AARP is offering the Smart Driver Course for drivers age 50 and older to refine existing skills and develop safe driving strategies.

Since 1979, the course has helped more than 15 million drivers learn research-based tips to adapt their driving to compensate for physical and cognitive changes that may occur with aging.

The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. The cost for the online course is $17.95 for AARP members and $21.95 for nonmembers.

To register for the online course, visit aarpdriversafety.org.

Participants should contact their insurance companies to determine if possible discounts are available.

On the West Bank, the four-hour course will be held at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. Call (504) 349-1786. Don Robinson is the instructor. The course schedule is as follows:

Jan. 19: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Marrero-Westwego classroom

Feb. 24: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Marrero-Westwego classroom

March 21: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Gretna classroom

April 20: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Marrero-Westwego classroom

May 19: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Gretna classroom

June 13: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Gretna classroom

July 13: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Marrero-Westwego classroom

Aug. 18: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Marrero-Westwego classroom

Sept. 12: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Marrero-Westwego classroom

Oct. 5: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Marrero-Westwego classroom

Nov. 17: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Marrero-Westwego classroom

Dec. 12: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Marrero-Westwego classroom

Classes at the The Landing, 3601 Behrman Place, Algiers, will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 9, June 8, Aug. 10 and Nov. 9. To register, call (504) 391-3213.

Classes at the St. Charles Senior Center, 626 Pine St., Hahnville, will be Jan. 7 and March 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (985) 783-6683. Ann Coston is the instructor.

The Jefferson Senior Center, 4518 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson, will host the course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 8, March 5, May 7, July 2, Sept. 3 and Nov. 5. To register, call (504) 391-3213. Ann Coston is the instructor.

Classes at East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie, will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Esplanade 3 room Jan. 10, Feb. 7, March 14, April 11, May 2, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12 and Oct. 3. Call (504) 302-1712 to register. Carl E. Drichta is the instructor.

At the St. Charles Senior Center, 626 Pine St., Hahnville, the class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 6. Call (985) 783-6683. Ann Coston is the instructor.

St. Maria Goretti Church, Msgr. Gauthreaux Center, 7300 Crowder Blvd., New Orleans. will host the course from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 16 and Nov. 12. Call (504) 391-3213. Ann Coston is the instructor

To locate a classroom course, visit aarp.org/findacourse. Course times, dates and locations will be listed, along with a phone number to call to register, or call toll-free at (888) AARP-NOW (227-7669).

Christmas tree recycling

Jefferson Parish will pick up Christmas trees Thursday through Saturday. Only real, clean, unpainted and nonflocked trees are acceptable for reuse.

Prior to placing trees curbside, residents must remove all lights, tinsel, garland, ornaments, tree stands and plastic bags from their Christmas trees.

The trees will be recycled to help with marsh restoration and some will be composted.

Garbage trucks will make one pass through each neighborhood to collect trees.

Yetoria Lumpkin DeShazier writes about the people and events in Algiers and the West Bank. Contact her at ydeshazier@gmail.com or call (504) 367-0905.