— It’s been 55 years since Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, changing the course of civil rights in America. AARP South Carolina invites members to celebrate the MLK holiday weekend, Jan. 12-15, in Myrtle Beach. AARP is a key sponsor of the celebration, which includes a 5K Freedom Run, film festival, ecumenical service, talent show and parade. Saturday morning will feature a job fair and workshops on contract possibilities for small businesses and the …

— Food, rides, competitions and music. What could make the South Carolina State Fair even better? Senior Day at the Fair, on Wednesday, Oct. 18. AARP South Carolina will host a pavilion that day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring entertainment, resources and a preview of a new website for the state Office on Aging. The fair runs Oct. 11-22 at 1200 Rosewood Drive in Columbia. Admission is $10 a day, $7 for people 55 and older, free for active …

— Today, AARP South Carolina cancelled its previously announced 5th congressional district candidate forum set for Monday, June 12, 2017 at Winthrop University. The live event was to be broadcast live on WRHI radio. Unfortunately, AARP was informed by Ralph Norman’s campaign that he was unable to make the event. According to AARP’s previously-established qualification criteria, only one remaining candidate, Archie Parnell, was eligible for participation. Rather than host a single-candidate forum in contravention of its non-partisan approach to voter education, …

— Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. But you can take steps to protect yourself. Join us to fight back against fraud at a free shredding event in South Carolina during May. Please limit your items to three bags or boxes. Shredding services are provided free and open to the public.   Myrtle Beach Shredding Event May 16, 2017 9:00 am – 12 noon Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 1251 21st Street N, Myrtle Beach SC 29577 Columbia Shredding Event May 18, …

— As a sponsor of the South Carolina State Senior Sports Classic, the AARP state office is encouraging active lifestyles for the 50-plus crowd. More than 30 events for athletes 50 and older will take place May 16-20 on the campus of Francis Marion University in Florence—the only South Carolina site for the National Senior Games Association, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Founded by former Harlem Globetrotter Fulton Hines, the classic is staffed and staged by volunteers, with support from …

— On Friday, September 23,  AARP South Carolina,  the Veteran’s Welcome Home and Resource Center, and and Military Officers Association of American will host the 3rd annual Myrtle Beach Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the U.S. Army Reserve Building, 3392 Phillis Blvd. Participants are offered free dental, medical and eye screenings, a hot breakfast and hot lunch, eyeglasses, haircuts, showers, Goodwill clothing vouchers, non-perishable food items, flu and pneumonia vaccinations, access to attorneys …

— Corn dogs, roller coasters, prize pigs, live music and AARP—what’s not to like at the South Carolina State Fair? Scheduled Oct. 12-23 in Columbia, the fair will offer educational exhibits, promote community projects and celebrate talent from around the state. Competitions in agriculture, horticulture, livestock, home arts and fine arts will recognize award winners with more than $300,000 in prizes. AARP South Carolina will be the title sponsor for Senior Day, Oct. 19, one of the most popular days at …

— You already know how to keep your body fit. But what about your brain? On Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 5:45 p.m. CDT, AARP offices in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina will host a tele-town hall featuring world-class experts on brain health. Mental fitness is a top concern for people as they age, according to a 2014 AARP survey. Last year, AARP and the British charity Age UK launched the Global Council on Brain Health, a group of scientists, …

— Did you know that one in four individuals between the ages of 44 to 70 are interested in becoming entrepreneurs? In fact, entrepreneurs over the age of 50, also known as encore entrepreneurs, are one of the fastest-growing groups of entrepreneurs in the United States. A growing number of workers age 50-plus are turning interests, hobbies or skills into a small business.  Whether you are interested in starting a small business right away or are intending to wait until after …

— by Wallace Cunningham AARP SC Multicutural Outreach Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, the widow of legendary tennis star Arthur Ashe, will have a photography exhibit “Dafuskie Memories” at the Columbia Museum of Art from May 27 – August 7. She has achieved excellence and recognition in her field, especially on a project to make sure that Black women photographers are not forgotten. In addition, to the exhibit her book Daufuskie Island: 25th Anniversary Edition will be in the museum store for a limited …