More than 25,000 people are expected for the AARP's Orlando@50+ extravaganza, which runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the Orange County Convention Center. Actor Whoopi Goldberg, talk show host Larry King, "dog whisperer" Cesar Millan and tennis great Martina Navratilova are among the celebrity guests expected to attend. Experts will speak on various topics including health and fitness, relationships and social networking, financial planning and more. Nightly concerts are expected to feature Gladys Knight, Crosby, Stills & Nash, B.B. King, Gloria Gaynor and others. In between it all, attendees can explore an expo floor featuring more than 300 products and services geared to the 50+ audience. The AARP's Movies for Grownups Film Festival will host exclusive screenings, including some movies that have yet to hit the theaters, including Rob Reiner's Flipped. The director will be on hand to meet and greet attendees. Cost: Access to the expo floor, celebrity/expert general sessions and the film festival is $25 for AARP members, $35 for nonmembers. Concert tickets are extra and start at $25. Get more information and register online at www.aarp.org/events or by phone, toll-free 1-800-883-2784. On Facebook, search the AARP National Event & Expo page.
A spoonful of Disney
Remember taking the kids to see Mary Poppins when they were little? Well, grab your umbrella and the grandkids and head for the sing-along version of the 1964 film starring Julie Andrews, who made her big-screen debut and earned an Oscar playing the magical nanny. That the film is playing at the beautiful Tampa Theatre makes it, yes, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Score points by telling the kids that Mary Poppins is the voice of Princess Fiona's mother in the Shrek movies. Two weekend shows, 3 p.m. Aug. 7 and 8. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 children and seniors. Tampa Theatre is at 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8981; tampatheatre.org.
Added bonus: The theater will give out free play-along prop bags filled with goodies, and youngsters dressed in costumes inspired by the movie will be invited to join the parade on stage before the show.
Putting what you know to work
More than 2 million people age 55 and older are currently unemployed, according to the Labor Department. To assist them in the job market, a new online brochure, "Employment Options: Tips for Older Job Seekers," offers information for the older worker who is looking for help on how to use new technology, find job leads, write a resume, interview and identify skills. Among the suggestions, it pairs life skills that could be transferable as possible job skills, such as:
• If you keep a budget, job possibilities could include basic accounting and office management.
• If you have experience caring for children or relatives, job possibilities could include caregiving and customer service.
• If you have organized community events, job possibilities could include organizational skills and event planning.
• If you know how to weatherproof your home, job possibilities could include conducting energy audits and other "green services."
The brochure was developed by the Eldercare Locator (www.eldercare.gov) and Senior Service America Inc. (www.seniorserviceamerica.org) and is on the Eldercare homepage. Both agencies offer resources for older adults in communities and are worth a look.