I'm a (currentYear - 1961) yr old newcomer to C++.
My 'weapon of choice' at the moment is MS Visual C++ Express which for a freebie is more than adequate... if of course you like Windows stuff.
This site is a tremendous resource and I have a feeling I'll be back here often.
Try learning data structures (linked lists,hash tables,trees, etc). They're quite a challenge to learn, though. I'm still having a problem with binary trees and bitvectors. Should keep you occupied for a while.
PS: Learn templates before learning data structures.