— Do you know a volunteer, over the age of 50, who’s made a significant impact on your neighborhood? Now’s your chance to get them recognized by nominating them for AARP’s most prestigious community service award. What is it? The Ethel Percy Andrus Award, named after AARP’s founder, aims to shine a light on outstanding local volunteers who donate their skills, time and love to their communities. AARP DC will be accepting nominations until July 9, 2018, and the winner will receive …

— Do you paint or draw? Perhaps you make pottery, jewelry or sculpt. Or do you enjoy digital photography or poetry? In whichever of these arts you shine, you are invited to enter your best works in the Celebration of the Arts — a competition for amateur artists 50 and over who live in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Winners will receive awards, cash prizes (up to $100), as well as the opportunity to exhibit in one or more …

— Our Two-Part Online Q&A Session Can Help You Stay Up-to-Date Staying Connected, Competitive and Current in Your Career Part 1: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET From job search to daily job requirements, technology now plays a role in virtually every career. Have your skills kept pace? Maybe you’re looking to change careers or advance in your current job. Or perhaps you haven’t had a job …

— Join our online Q&A sessions to learn how to age-proof your career. As an experienced worker, you have years of expertise and advanced skills to offer. What are you doing to help employers recognize them? Whether you’re looking for a new job, working to advance in your current company or thinking about a career change, you want to showcase your skills with confidence. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions, Age-Proof Your Career for simple tips and tools to help you …

— Join our online event for free job searching tips, tools resources, interactive videos, recruiter chats and more. AARP’s Online Career Fair: Spotlight on Part-Time Work & Skills Thursday, January 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET You can find jobs that don’t require 40-plus hours a week in just about every industry and company. But why choose part-time work? You may miss the office camaraderie after stopping full-time work. Or you may want some extra income to travel or fund …

— AARP DC is hosting a free party to watch and participate in the AARP Online Career Fair on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. Job seekers 50-plus are invited to visit prospective employers’ virtual booths and chat online with company representatives. They can also ask questions in webinars and chat with career coaches online. Workers 50-plus typically experience longer bouts of unemployment than their younger counterparts, and this event aims to shorten the duration. The watch party is …

— Update on August 31, 2017: This event has already reached the venue capacity. However, you may still register here for the online event and participate from the comfort of your home! ### Are you seeking a career change or a new job? Join AARP DC for a job seekers program with a simulcast of “AARP’s Online Career Fair” and in-person support resources of a local job counselor. The event features webinars and live chat sessions with access to more than 40 …

— If you’re 50 or older, you probably have valuable job experience. But do you have the right tools for a successful  job search? AARP DC is offering a hands-on workshop to help job seekers find employment and develop the skills they need in today’s workplace. In 2015, District residents ages 45-64 had higher unemployment rates than the national average for that age group. The event, called Job Search in the Digital Age, will be Thursday, June 22, at 4 p.m. …

— Join AARP on Tuesday, September 20 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET in AARP’s free Virtual Career Fair.  This live event is a great way for job seekers to: Re-charge their job search Connect with local and national employers and volunteer organizations, such as American Red Cross, AT&T, Toys R Us, and UnitedHealth Group Chat with recruiters, submit résumés, view job openings, and tap into on-site educational resources Get timely job search advice during four live webinars and half-dozen …

— More 50+ Americans are finding out every day that owning a small business can be a great opportunity. Whether out of necessity to generate income or to turn a passion into a paycheck, older entrepreneurs are starting small businesses more than any other age group! So where do you start if you’re interested? How do you turn an idea into reality? Tune into a special AARP Encore Entrepreneur telephone town hall meeting on Wednesday, October 28 from 7-8 p.m. Experts from AARP …

—   Make your dreams of starting your own business come true by attending the June 30th Mini-Coaching Fair co-sponsored by AARP DC, the Small Business Administration and SCORE. Meet your local small business resource partners who provide expert business coaching. Learn what it takes to pursue a small business venture.  Register at:  SBA/Encore/AARP Mini-Coaching Fair 6-30-15                

— By Bob Stephen and Rosa Maymi As you’re mapping out your retirement plan, don’t forget to include Social Security and Medicare in your thought process. When it comes to enrolling in these hugely important programs, timing is everything. Enrollment doesn’t usually happen at the same time, and both deserve special attention. Let’s take a close look at each. Social Security When You Are Eligible for Social Security Benefits Your eligibility for full Social Security benefits depends on when you were …