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Media Guide to Life@50+ AARP's National Event & Expo

Event Overview: Life@50+ | AARP's National Event & Expo in its fourth year, promises to be the biggest yet at the Las Vegas Sands Expo & Convention Center, October 14-16, 2004. Featured entertainers Smokey Robinson, James Taylor and The Smothers Brothers will delight the more than 20,000 expected AARP members.

Life@50+ is a unique expo and entertainment weekend for people who want to make the most of their lives at 50+. This national event features politicians, entertainers, exhibits, lectures, and health and fitness activities. Come to hear-Pulitzer prize winner journalist Dave Barry, Maya Angelou known as a remarkable Renaissance woman and one of the great voices of contemporary literature, actor Danny Glover, actress Mariel Hemmingway, admired actor, comedian, director, producer and humanitarian Jerry Lewis, seven-time Emmy Award-winner Mary Tyler Moore, famed Civil Rights leader Coretta Scott King, and much more. Take in a show featuring headline entertainers Smokey Robinson, James Taylor, and The Smothers Brothers.

Daily highlights include an early morning fitness activity by a national celebrity; ongoing musical performances showcasing Las Vegas talent; AARP University, lifestyle and feature sessions presenting dozens of celebrities and experts offering insights, entertainment and expertise on everything from TV sports to retiring abroad; on-site recording of veterans' oral histories by the Library of Congress and civil rights recollections by AARP Magazine staff; and finally, a festival of independent films with age-related themes, with commentary by Roger Ebert.

Speaker Interviews (see daily listing below for names and times): Need to be scheduled by calling Barbara Foelber at 202-434-2573.

Headline Entertainer Interviews: Call Barbara Foelber at 202-434-2573 to make arrangements for advance interviews in coordination with their publicists.

Wednesday, October 13 (5:00 p.m.)
Presidential Debate Watch Party
The last Presidential Debate from Tempe, Arizona will be available for AARP members to attend The Last Great Debate. This is an excellent chance to observe 50+ Americans reaction to this debate.

Project start date: September 7, 2004 with completion October 14, 2004
Homes for All Ages
This project is a partnership with Home Depot that is benefiting a deserving recipient as their home is modified making it navigable and livable for its residents. Home Depot is supplying material, skilled volunteers and AARP Nevada volunteers will work on this project. At the opening ceremonies, the keys will be turned back over to the home owners.

Project start date September 1, 2004 through October 16, 2004
Books and Bricks
AARP Nevada is partnering with the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation in a community outreach project for the National Event in Las Vegas to support The Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. This school is a national model charter school whose goal is to offer academic programs designed to enhance a child's character, respect, motivation and self-discipline. Agassi Prep is located in the heart of Las Vegas' most at-risk neighborhood and was created specifically to improve skill levels and combat lowered academic expectations.

Two areas that will be addressed include establishing a library and working to raise building funds. In order to establish a library at the school, there is a need to purchase books and AARP members, and AARP and NRTA staff and exhibitors have been invited to purchase a book or brick supporting both the library effort and building fund. Working with Barnes & Noble and the school, a complete list of books needed for all grades through eighth grade has been made available in advance and attendees will have opportunity to purchase on site in the exhibit hall at the "Books and Bricks" exhibit.

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