— 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!

— 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 …

—   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. …

— Got an idea for a community project you’d like to see become a reality? This month, AARP Vermont is offering a free workshop on how to create livable public spaces that are engaging and accessible for people of all ages. Participants will also have the chance to apply for a $3,000 grant from AARP Vermont to purchase supplies and to promote their proposals. The half-day training in White River Junction is Friday, March 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., …

— Burlington voters participated in a discussion between the candidates for city council about the future of transportation, housing, job growth, and mobility at a candidate forum on Feb. 20. Voters learned more about how the next City Council will make Burlington a more livable city for people of all ages. Following is a video of the event provided by CCTV of Burlington. The event was sponsored by AARP VT and BBA. City Council Candidate Forum

— Applications are currently being accepted through Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET We know that it takes time to build great communities. But, we also believe that quick action can spark longer-term progress. AARP launched the AARP Community Challenge to fund projects that build momentum for change in communities to improve livability for all local residents. The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a …

—   Enjoy a free cup of coffee and share your ideas on making Greater Burlington more livable. Please join us Wednesday, February 14 from 9AM – 10AM.  NOTE: I have several free copies of the AARP book “Your Brain: Boost your memory and Improve Your Life; Smart Foods, Mental Workouts, Power of the Mind” that I will hand out to attendees. Please join us over a cup of coffee or tea ~ What: Coffee Hour with AARP VT with Coffee & Snacks When: February 14 from 9AM -10AM, Second Wednesday of Every Month Location: Nomad Coffee VT, …

— AARP Vermont has awarded grants to four organizations to support their efforts to make Burlington a more livable city. This year’s awards, totaling $6,850, focused on the LGBTQ community, transportation for newly settled refugees, the arts for older adults, and neighborhood mobility. The Pride Center, in collaboration with Champlain College students, will conduct a needs assessment of LGBTQ older adults to shape the center’s programming and outreach. AALV, which helps newly settled refugees, partnered with Old Spokes Home to provide …