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Live the life you've earned

LIFE Expo for Boomers+ is a new event created by The Columbus Dispatch to celebrate and connect Baby Boomers with the topics that interest them the most: travel ideas and adventure, ancestry exploration, ways to volunteer and give back, financial planning, protecting one's identity, pets, tech gadgets, home livability and more!  Join us as you embark on your next adventure through life. 

Rick Steves LIVE on Saturday, October 14!


Rick Steves

Saturday, October 14

11:00-12:00 p.m.   First Lecture

12:00-1:00 p.m.     Selfie Line, *ticket required

1:30-2:30 p.m.        Second Lecture

*Limited seating.  Exact details in ticketing information. 
**Times subject to change.

Guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves is America's most respected authority on European travel. Rick took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. As an 18-year-old, Rick began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started his business, Rick Steves' Europe, which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a staff of 100 full-time, well-travelled employees at his headquarters in Washington state. There he produces more than 50 guidebooks on European travel, America's most popular travel series on public television, a weekly hour-long national public radio show, a weekly syndicated column, and free travel information available through his travel center and ricksteves.com. Rick Steves' Europe also runs a successful European tour program. Rick Steves lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington. His office window overlooks his old junior high school.

11:00 a.m. Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door
Rick Steves shares lessons he’s learned from a lifetime of travel in an entertaining and information-packed hour-long slideshow lecture. You’ll learn all the latest on stretching your travel dollar, avoiding crowds, eating and sleeping well, and packing smart. When Rick makes a mistake, he takes careful notes so you can learn from his experience rather than your own. After spending a third of his adult life living out of a carry-on-the-plane sized bag in Europe, Rick knows exactly how you can enjoy maximum travel thrills for every mile, minute, and dollar in your next adventure.   

1:30 p.m.  Rick Steves' Connecting with the World Through Travel
Rick Steves shares how travel can be both fun and enlightening. Sharing experiences gleaned from adventures from Iran to Denmark to Morocco to El Salvador, Rick explains how good travel humanizes our world and can make us both better citizens of our planet and more thankful Americans. After a life time of travel Rick Steves shares how exploring our world broadens our perspectives and why that broader perspective is the best possible souvenir.

Check out the Dispatch Q&A Interview with Rick Steves!

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Join Us!

Join Us!

LIFE Expo for Boomers+

Saturday, October 14 | 10:00am - 3:00PM

   SUNDAY, October 15 | 11:00am - 3:00PM


There are three options for general admission into the LIFE Expo:

(1) $5 at the door.    (2) pick up free General Admission vouchers at area Petland stores starting October 1.   (3) download your free ticket online now!  

Starting October 1, purchase your guaranteed seat to see Rick Steves -- either the VIP EXPERIENCE tickets or RESERVED SEATING tickets. Otherwise, while seats remain, General Admission ticket holders are welcome to see Rick Steves's presentations.  Keep in mind that seats to see Rick Steves are not guaranteed for general admission ticket holders, and general admission seats are first come, first served.  The best way to guarantee you have a great seat to see Rick is to purchase the VIP Experience or Reserved Seating tickets, which includes admission to the LIFE Expo and more! Details below under Tickets.

PARKING is complimentary for this event.

Fawcett Event Center

2400 Olentangy River Rd

Columbus, Ohio


At the Show

At the Show

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BBB "No Scam" Zone

Scams can happen to anyone, and actually affect one in four North American households each year at an estimated loss to individuals and families of $50 billion, yet many consumers believe they are invulnerable. Scammers are creative and are constantly changing their techniques. They prey on relevant topics, even personal tragedies, and perpetrate their crimes in a variety of ways. And, they exploit the full range of communication channels to make contact with their targets and readily adapt to incorporate new communication methods or popular mediums. 

Attend the No Scam Panel Presentation on Saturday or visit the No Scam Zone during the show to get up-to-date information about the latest scams affecting Central Ohio.  Meet with representatives from the Better Business Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, Ohio Department of Commerce, Franklin County Guardianship Service Board, Ohio Attorney General's office, and Columbus Division of Police Economic Crime Unit:

  • Learn about scams in your area so you are more likely to spot one before falling victim
  • Learn what to do when you receive an email or phone call that you believe is a scam
  • Know who and how to report it when you believe you were the victim of a scam

Remember, awareness and education can provide the best means for protecting yourself from becoming a victim! 


Thank You Sponsors

Thank You Sponsors

We thank our sponsors!

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Ohio Living

Ohio Living will be giving visitors the opportunity to win one of three door prizes including a delicious dinner for up to 12 guests at The Crossings at Goodale Landing  prepared by professionally-trained chefs.

Stop by and received a specially-designed cookie from Cookie Bouquets at our booth #82 & 83.

Step into virtual reality and try out their Virtual Rehabilitation Platform with Ohio Living Sarah Moore's Functional Pathway's therapy team.

Visit on Sunday and attend one of three Tai Chi experiences brought to you by Ohio Living.

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