— By Carla Meyer When reading tutor Rosemary Revels asks for volunteers to read aloud, hands shoot up. All three first-graders in Revels’ recent session at North Country Elementary School, in the Sacramento suburb of Antelope, look eager to go first. “They are jumping to read first now because they know they are going to get a high five from Miss Rosemary,” said Revels, a tutor with AARP Foundation Experience Corps, referring to herself. The high fives come only after the …

— AARP California is looking for a livable communities intern to work in our downtown Sacramento office (with a lovely view of the State Capitol, we might add). Fair warning: You will not hone your coffee-making skills at AARP. Instead, we really work to provide our interns with valuable learning experiences, so this internship is highly customizable. The position will assist our Associate State Director, Community with executing our Livable Communities (LC) Strategy and agenda, which includes: Building an awareness of …

— Written by Anita Creamer Even in California, where the car has long been considered king, the streetscape of livable and age-friendly communities should be friendly, safe and inviting to people of all ages. After all, the kinds of sidewalks, streets and outdoor spaces that easily accommodate young parents with strollers also work well for bicyclists, grandparents pushing walkers and people using wheelchairs.Across the state, efforts are underway to make safe, accessible streets and sidewalks a reality. And for good reason: …

— Raise Your Voice Before They Raise Your Rates! The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) is expected to make a final decision on whether to let Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) raise your rates. Please join us to hear the Commissioners’ final ruling on August 14, 2014. In June an Administrative Law Judge recommended a $2.3 billion rate increase. While this amount is less than the company originally requested ($4.9 billion!), it’s still too much – especially as many California seniors and …

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— Don’t miss your chance to see a free screening of “The Big Wedding,” our newest AARP Movie for Grownups! When a charmingly modern family tries to survive a weekend wedding celebration, it has the potential to become a full blown family fiasco. This romantic comedy has an all-star cast featuring Robert DeNiro, Diane Keaton, Robin Williams, and Susan Sarandon. We’re hosting screenings in Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Diego on April 23rd and April 25th. RSVP today – space is limited! …

— We are pleased to announce that Blanca Castro has joined the staff of AARP California as the Senior Manager of Advocacy. She is based in our Sacramento office, located across the street from the California State Capitol. In her role, Blanca will work with our state’s leadership staff and volunteers to develop political strategies to address the issues facing Californians age 50 and older. She takes the helm of an experienced advocacy team focusing on critical policy matters in 2013 …