Ideas@50+ draws huge stars to San Diego

SAN DIEGO - AARP is launching its first ever Ideas@50+ National Event and Expo at the San Diego Convention Center this week.

The three-day event, designed to foster engagement and interaction between innovative thinkers and experts in various fields, runs Thursday through Saturday. It will feature talks from dozens of celebrities, including Martha Stewart, Kevin Spacey, Dan Marino, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Arianna Huffington, LeVar Burton, Joan Lunden and Jennifer Ashton.

The speakers are divided into four areas of focus: Health and Wellness, Money and Work, Technology and Innovation and Travel and Lifestyle.

On Friday night, there will be the Boomer Superstar Contest, hosted by American Idol’s Randy Jackson and featuring Taylor Hicks, Emilio Estefan and Patti Austin.

On Saturday night John Mellencamp, Los Lobos and Mavis Staples will perform.

Thursday’s events will kick off at 8 a.m. with a Community Day of Service, in which hundreds of AARP volunteers will hit San Diego neighborhoods for a variety of projects, ranging from home refurbishing, landscaping, mentoring, green projects, construction of community gardens and senior community center revitalization.

Online registration is closed. Anyone wanting to attend must register in person at the Convention Center beginning at noon on Wednesday.

Click here for a schedule of events. Hotel shuttle service will also be provided.

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