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AARP to Host Cross-Generational 'Life Festival' in San Antonio May 15-16
Date:4/27/2009

Event Will Feature Nearly 100 Exhibits, Forums on Health Care and Financial Security, Job Fair for Older Workers, Free Health Screenings and Top Musicians

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SAN ANTONIO, April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AARP, the world's largest advocacy organization for people age 50+, today announced it will bring its first ever "Life Festival" event to San Antonio on May 15-16. The two-day, cross-generational celebration will feature high-profile speakers addressing health, wellness and financial security topics, exhibits, free health screenings, a job fair, and a banner weekend of musical entertainment. UnitedHealth Group has signed on as the premier sponsor for the AARP Life Festival.

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"At a time when our country is in the middle of an economic slump and the health care crisis is at an all time high, we hope to help the people of San Antonio navigate these uncertain times by delivering relevant information and resources," said AARP Texas State Director Bob Jackson. "AARP is committed to improving the quality of life for Americans of all ages and the festival is just one more way we are able to connect with them on a one-to-one basis and arm them with the tools they need."

The festival will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and is free to all AARP members and only $10 for non-members age 40 and up (includes a 1-year AARP membership, a $16 value). Featured speakers include:

  • Sandra Cisneros, writer best known for her acclaimed novel The House on Mango Street (1984) and her subsequent short story collection Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (1991).
  • Carmen Marc Valvo, fashion designer, cancer survivor, and healthy living advocate
  • Father Albert Cutie, radio personality, author and advisor
  • Jorge Ramos, ESPN Deportes sports commentator
  • Henry G. Cisneros, former mayor of San Antonio
  • Dr. Ana Fuentevilla, medical director for the national support team of Evercare, which is one of the nation's largest health-coordination programs for people with long-term or advanced illnesses, seniors and persons with disabilities.

The Friday evening (May 15th) concert, through the gracious support of The Academy of Tejano Artists and Musicians, will include performances by:

  • Lush - a band headed-up by noted Tejano singer and Grammy Award-nominee, Stefani Montiel, who performs a variety of music, including old standards.
  • Las Voces de Tejas (The Voices of Texas) - an all-female, Grammy Award nominated mariachi "supergroup", featuring Patsy Torres, Shelly Lares, Rebecca Valadez, Stefani Montiel and Leslie Lugo.
  • Ruben Ramos & The Mexican Revolution - Grammy Award-winning Tejano music legend.

The Saturday evening (May 16th) concert will feature three-time Grammy Award winners Los Lobos, who have notched a number one single and sold millions of records worldwide.

Evening concerts will be open to attendees for an additional fee and tickets are $10-$25. All concert tickets must be purchased on-site and will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Daytime festival activities for attendees will include a "marketplace," featuring approximately 100 national and local businesses, and engaged organizations that are working to build up our communities and empower people. Attendees will be able to participate in health and wellness events, health screenings, and financial-security activities, along with an interactive exhibit floor where there will be music, entertainment, and interactive learning. Additionally, there will be a job fair featuring local and national companies with job opportunities specifically for older workers.

In conjunction with The Alameda Museum, the AARP Life Festival will also host a "Painting Across Generations" activity for children to paint a portrait of their grandparent. The portraits will be displayed in the "marketplace" and will be eligible to receive a various prizes that promote family activity.

Additional information on the AARP Life Festivals, transportation to the event and pre-registration is available online at www.aarp.org/events.

ABOUT AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 34.5 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's 40 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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