— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Vermont for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Attend AARP’s free, two-part webinar to find out how. Tips for Working Caregivers from Working Caregivers Part 1: Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Are you trying to balance caring for an aging or disabled loved one while working full or part time? Get the tips, ideas and support you need at AARP’s free, two-part webinar. Register today to get answers from AARP experts, a working family caregiver like you …

— To help prevent identity theft, AARP Vermont is hosting two shredding events in Burlington and Montpelier, which are free and open to the public. Workers will be at shredding trucks to help dispose of documents with identifying information. The limit is three boxes or bags per car. Events will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, in the Ben and Jerry’s parking lot, 30 Community Drive in South Burlington; and Tuesday, June 11, at the Dog …

— Find out what you can already be doing to prepare at our free, two-part webinar. Retirement Planning: Top Tips to Get or Stay on Track Part 1: Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Are you making the right decisions today for a better retirement down the road? You can and AARP is here to help you get on track with your retirement plans. Simply register now for our free, two-part …

— For more than 70 years, the annual Town Officer Education Conferences have provided an opportunity for municipal officials and citizen volunteers to receive updates on tax laws; learn about new technology, procedures and programs; and discuss other job-related matters. The conferences, sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension in collaboration with several partner organizations, will be held on April 4, 2019 at Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee, and on April 11, 2019 at the Holiday Inn, Rutland. The program will workshop …

— A recent AARP placemaking workshop in White River Jct. attracted some 80 town and city planners, community organizers, grassroots groups and local citizens to learn more about creating public spaces that are vibrant, welcoming, safe and accessible for everyone. These projects employ temporary changes with the goal of leading to permanent change that supports healthy active lifestyles for people of all ages and abilities. The workshop featured a number of presentations on actual projects that have been launched in VT …

—   Linda Bowden of Burlington has been has been appointed State President of AARP Vermont, a volunteer position working closely with both staff and volunteers throughout the state to help AARP achieve its mission in Vermont. Her responsibilities include serving as a volunteer spokesperson, chairing the AARP Vermont Advisory Council, building networks and community partnerships, and recruiting volunteers. “Linda has distinguished herself as both a dedicated volunteer who not only embraces the mission of the organization and the state office, …

— AARP Vermont held a Placemaking workshop in White River Junction on March 13. In addition to several excellent presentations, and announcement was made about funding opportunities for local projects around the state. (See links to presentations below.) This is your chance to “start small” by test-driving a process or material in your community with the expectation that the ‘test drive’ will be further improved upon and refined over time to progress permanent change. Your project will be aimed at temporarily …

— By Greg Marchildon, State Director, AARP Vermont There was a time when access to the internet was a luxury and even a novelty. Those days are long gone. Today, fast, reliable and affordable access to the internet is as much a necessity as electricity. All aspects of our lives are touched by the digital revolution: Children need access to do their homework, businesses require a connection to serve their customers and we all need the internet to stay connected with …

—   The 7th Annual “A Show of HANDS” features 100 decorated wooden hands adorning the walls at Penny Cluse Café during March. A silent auction of the hands will take place on Thursday, March 28 from 6:00-8:00pm (bidding ends at 7:45). The exhibit and auction benefit HANDS, a local non-profit that provides food for older adults. “We’re so grateful that artists support our efforts by donating their artwork,” said Holly Cluse, Co-owner of Penny Cluse and President of the HANDS Board. …

—       Conversation with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Moderated by Jen Kimmich, Co-Founder of Alchemist Brewery Flynn Center Mainstage: March 23rd, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM This discussion will feature Hickenlooper’s economic development initiatives, including affordable housing and public transportation, in urban and rural areas. He will also talk about the challenges and opportunities of the legalization and regulation of cannabis in Colorado, which was the first state to develop a regulatory market for recreational marijuana. Vermont’s economy, like Colorado’s, …