— La Gran Tamalada, a free event hosted by AARP Texas, offers a hands-on way to learn how to make tamales. This year the festive workshop will be held Sunday, Dec. 17, from 3-5 p.m., at the Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St., San Antonio. In many parts of Texas, preparation of big batches of tamales is a family-centered celebration during the holidays. AARP Texas invites adults and children to learn about the ingredients, recipes and cooking methods involved. Held annually since …

— He’s cheating on her with an elegant ballet instructor. She’s cheating on him with a charming younger man. In The Lovers, Debra Winger and Tracy Letts play a long-married, dispassionate couple who are both in the midst of serious affairs. On the brink of calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance. This film is rated R for sexuality and language. AARP’s Movies for Grownups celebrates and encourages films with unique appeal to audiences …

— By Laura Tillman Marie-Pierre Stien of Houston is a creative person fond of trying new things. A school administrator, she writes flash fiction—stories of less than 500 words—and she’s working on illustrations she will give away to people. It’s not surprising that Stien, 54, isn’t intimidated by social media. She uses Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for her artistic endeavors and for advocacy and outreach. Stien is taking on a relatively new online medium—the podcast—produced by AARP in Houston. The online …

— By Ellen Chang Mari Okabayashi, of Houston, has volunteered with AARP at state legislative sessions, congressional and city council hearings, and community events. She has advocated for defending Social Security, making Houston more walkable, limiting payday lending fees, helping older people avoid becoming victims of fraud, and opposing utility rate hikes. She also serves as a Texas Silver-Haired Legislator for Harris County. “Volunteering for AARP allows me to meet so many of our seniors,” said Okabayashi, 67. “I get to …

— You can’t stop getting older, but you can disrupt aging by ignoring outdated expectations and defining yourself. Bill Thomas, M.D., a geriatrician and Life Reimagined Institute expert, is on a national tour promoting a new view of aging through a nonfiction theatrical performance called “Life’s Most Dangerous Game.” Sponsored by AARP, the tour includes stops in Fort Worth, Nov. 14; Tyler, Nov 15; Waco, Nov. 16; Austin, Nov. 17; and Houston, Nov. 18. The show complements AARP CEO Jo Ann …

— AARP invites Texans to kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month in San Antonio Sept. 15 with a guided bus tour of the historic San Antonio Missions, where Native Americans lived and worked in the 1700s. The tour is one of several free events during the month-long celebration. The AARP state office also will host Celebrando con AARP on Sunday, Oct. 9, from noon to 6 p.m. at San Antonio’s Traders Village, featuring live music and information about community resources. Nearly …

— The AARP Block Party, which will pop up at major events around the country, makes it first stop in a few short weeks at Fiesta San Antonio. We’ll be at Maverick Park on April 22, from 9 AM to 5 PM, and April 23, from 3 PM to 10 PM. Join us for music, dancing and cycling, plus stay to see skateboarding and meet legendary San Antonio Spur, George “The Iceman” Gervin. We’ll also have special giveaways, plentiful resources and …

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— Texans can enjoy a film from Spanish actress and director Iciar Bollain on Nov. 24 at a free screening sponsored by AARP Texas and the City of Austin. Flores de Otro Mundo (Flowers From Another World) is about a group of vibrant young women who travel by bus to a remote village overwhelmingly populated by men. With practical intentions, the women dream of better lives, while the men ache with romantic yearnings. The movie, which was first shown in the …

— In San Antonio, the holiday season wouldn’t be the same without sharing and eating tamales. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced tamalera, join AARP for its second annual Gran Tamalada (Great Tamales-Making Party) on Saturday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, 723 S. Brazos St. The event is cooking class, history lesson and cultural celebration rolled into one. Similarly, the tamales have several ingredients rolled up into one flavorful concoction. A tamalada is a …

— Mother Nature’s soggy wrath, a monumental first-of-its-kind celebration, and an airshow could not keep more than 600 drivers from recycling their private documents and electronics in Corpus Christi. The AARP Shred Day event was held at KIII-TV (an ABC affiliate) Saturday, April 18 and it set a new record. The event was highly publicized online and during KIII-3 newscasts, and people were listening. In fact, the shredding was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., but it started 40-minutes earlier because …