— Today, AARP announced the awardees for its 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant program, including a recipient right here in Oklahoma.  The City of Vinita has been awarded $25,000 to fund an innovative downtown-area revitalization project, which greatly improves the safety and walkability of their historic Route 66 Main Street area. The City of Vinita grant is among a total of $1.3 million that will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements …

— Ribbon cutting event to celebrate week-long beautification project in Historic East Village Vibrant colors on the street, an elevated and protected bike lane, landscaped sidewalks with planters and trees are just a few of the improvements seen on East Grand Ave. this week thanks to a pop-up Better Block beautification and accessibility project. Through to the work of dozens of local volunteers, the block of East Grand Ave. in Historic East Village, between East Fifth and East Sixth Streets, has …

— CLACKAMAS —AARP awarded more than $25,000 to three Oregon community projects with Community Challenge Grants. “These are ‘quick-action’ projects that spark change in local communities,” said state director Jerry Cohen. The grant program, now in its second year, is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone. The three Oregon Challenge Grant winners include: $10,000 to Verde to focus on mobile home repairs in the Cully neighborhood of Portland $7,000 to the …

— AARP Colorado is hosting two community forums in Denver on Aug. 9 and 23 and is inviting the Denver public to join the conversation. The AARP Affordable Housing Forum scheduled for Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., will be held at the New Hope Baptist Church, 3701 Colorado Boulevard in Denver. The forum scheduled for Aug. 23 will be held 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the SEIU-Justice for All Center, 2525 W. Alameda Ave. The forums are free, but …

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— It’s a one-of-a-kind event to give you a “taste” of the various volunteer opportunities at AARP New Hampshire.  Join us in Portsmouth, Concord or Manchester for Snack, Sample and Serve. Snack on a variety of tasty food; Sample the assortment of volunteer opportunities available at AARP New Hampshire; and Serve your community. If you’re interested in finding out what AARP has to offer, you might want to sign up for our upcoming Snack, Sample and Serve event. Portsmouth:  Thursday, September …

— AARP Iowa, Greater Des Moines Partnership, City of Des Moines, local businesses teaming up to create age-friendly, healthy, active block Bookended by the Iowa State Capitol to the east and the Des Moines River to the west, East Grand Ave. is a corridor to culture, food, shopping and activity in Downtown Des Moines’ bustling Historic East Village. Home to some of the best restaurants and retail options that Des Moines has to offer, the section of East Grand between East …

— Join AARP New York on August 2-3, 2018, for our second annual Leading on Livability: Innovation for an Age-Friendly New York at the Crowne Plaza Syracuse. Being the first state in the nation to join the Network of Age-Friendly Communities, New York is looking to increase their focus on livability, walkability, community health, economic development, and how these issues impact people of all ages. At the event, leaders in this field will be working together towards the common goal of making communities across …

— Volunteers Needed: Help us to Build a Better Block! AARP Iowa, the City of Des Moines, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, business owners, and local advocates are working together with Team Better Block on a temporary beautification project on East Grand Ave., in Des Moines, July 16-19. It’s going to take a village, so you too can be a part of this innovative and unique community-building opportunity! The pop-up project in the city’s East Village area, between  E. 5th & …

— AARP New Hampshire is pleased to welcome Goffstown and Portsmouth as the first members in New Hampshire of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. As the first communities in the Granite State to sign on to the network, their civic leaders will have access to global resources and information on age-friendly practices, models of assessment and implementation, and the experiences of towns and cities around the world. The network helps participating communities become great places for people of …

— Despite continued suburban sprawl, communities across the nation are taking steps to become better places to live and age in, according to data analyzed from the newly updated AARP Livability Index. More communities are enacting policies to improve livability with notable increases in housing trust funds that set aside revenue for a variety of affordable housing strategies—now in over 200 counties. Along with overall livability trends, AARP identifies the top ten large, mid-size and small cities. This is the first, …