— Texas historian weighs in on Black History Month It’s midday at Huston-Tillotson University, and rows of offices are quiet, a lunchtime lull. Dr. Theodore Francis’ office, however, is buzzing with activity. As I sit talking to the professor, a series of students eagerly appear in his doorway. One student drops in to ask Dr. Francis what he missed the other day in class. There’s a moment between them, a sense of rapport. “I’ll see you in class,” Francis reminds the …

— By Thomas Korosec After Hurricane Ike struck Houston in September 2008, volunteers with the nonprofit Avenue CDC helped fix Angela Guerrero’s grandmother’s house. Now Guerrero is in a position to repay the favor by helping restore houses damaged by Hurricane Harvey in August. Guerrero, 31, is part of a small army of volunteers in nonprofit organizations who are helping to restore their communities in Harvey’s wake. Many are being helped by funds from AARP Foundation, which has invested $3.2 million …

— 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 …

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— Looking for a short-term job where you also can help with the recovery effort of Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria? AARP is assisting the Small Business Administration as it looks to hire thousands of temporary employees to help with disaster relief efforts due to the recent storms. Opportunities include loan specialists, damage verifiers, and legal assistants. Positions are available from now until December 31. Some of the positions will be located at an SBA processing center in Dallas. Learn more here. …

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— Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas may be eligible for disaster-related loans issued by the Small Business Administration. Relief is available to businesses needed to repair or replace property or to get their businesses restarted after suffering economic injury from the storm. Learn more here about the loans.     

— AARP Texas is teaming up with residents of the Linwood neighborhood of Fort Worth, the City of Fort Worth, and others to create a “Better Block” demonstration project. The Linwood Better Block initiative gets underway this week with a “Community Walk & Talk” that takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Linwood Park entrance, 362 Foch Street. The event is free and open to the public. Members of the news media are encouraged to …

— Los desastres naturales tal como el HuracĂĄn Harvey permanecen con nosotros mucho mĂĄs allĂĄ de la duraciĂłn de la tormenta. AdemĂĄs de la dolorosa pĂ©rdida de vidas, el proceso de reconstrucciĂłn de viviendas e infraestructuras afectadas tarda meses, y en este caso, anticipamos que tardarĂĄ años. Casi de inmediato despuĂ©s del desastre aparecen estafadores sin escrĂșpulos que se aprovechan de las vĂ­ctimas, vendiendo servicios o productos engañosos o sin valor. El trauma de eventos como este afecta a mucha gente …

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— Community organizer and volunteer Albert Valtierra has worn many hats: company executive, historian, grandfather, activist. But lately the proud Mexican-American and retiree of 20 years has been wearing a different hat – a party hat. Partnering with AARP, Valtierra and the Dallas Mexican-American League will host Fiesta Diez y Seis con AARP. The Sept. 17 celebration in Dallas is one of over 10 upcoming community events organized by AARP Texas and other groups in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, …

— Would you like to be a driving force behind positive change in the lives of others? Are you an encouraging teacher who’s great at organizing and directing? AARP is proud to announce an opening for the position of AARP Driver Safety state coordinator for Texas. AARP Driver Safety is an award-winning program that is growing nationwide. As a state coordinator volunteer, you’ll work with others in engaging and life-saving ways. The state coordinator recruits, coaches and provides direction to AARP Driver Safety volunteers. …

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— Natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey can create high levels of stress and anxiety for survivors. Research shows most recover but others can suffer psychological disorders like post-tramautic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. Those who need to talk are urged to seek help. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) has made its disaster distress helpline available at 800-985-5990 to serve those experiencing emotional distress related to a natural …