Money Smart Week schedule April 21-28

Money Smart Week 2012, April 21-28, is a series of classes and activities designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Held in coordination with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Money Smart Week brings experts to the public for great learning opportunities.

Full details about Money Smart Week events are available on the Calendar.

Except where noted, all meetings are free and held at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Most do not require registration.

Through April 14:

Dollar Design Contest. Prizes awarded in two kids’ age categories for creative new designs for the U.S. dollar. Official entry blanks available at the library’s Children’s Desk and at many area financial institutions. Entries due April 14.

Saturday, April 21:

Living for Women conference, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at UW-Fond du Lac. Features keynote address from Dannelle Gay, of Madison, How I Saved $40,000 in Less than a Year, and breakout sessions. Cost to attend: $5 in advance, $10 after April 14. Registration form available online, at the library's Help Desk and at CitizensFirst Credit Union.

The Big Read, 1 p.m. Stories and activities for kids kindergarten through third grade. Families that register in advance will receive a free copy of the book, The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Commercials. Register at the Calendar or by calling the Children’s Desk at (920) 929-7080, ext. 127.

Penny the Pig, 2 p.m. Parents will learn how to teach their children good saving and spending habits. Children ages 3 to 10 with parent will receive a free piggy bank.

Monday, April 23:

When I’m 65, 1 p.m. Learn about Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Part D and Social Security.

Job Changes and Your Retirement Assets, 1 p.m. Learn how to manage your retirement accounts in the face of a job change, with information on tax implications and alternatives.

Cutting Back and Keeping Up, 2 p.m. How to get a handle on finances and financial stress, with tips on creating a monthly budget and getting your spending on track.

Investing Fundamentals Everyone Should Know, 6 p.m. Discover how low expenses, tax efficiency and the proper asset allocation result in successful investing.

Tuesday, April 24:

Long-term Care Insurance and Home Health-care Law, 9 a.m. An overview of the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and its regulatory authority, including Wisconsin Long Term Care and Home Health Care Insurance laws

Estate Planning: Documents that Speak for You When You’re Not Able, 10:30 a.m. Reasons and realities behind wills, trusts and financial and health care powers of attorney, with an explanation how they can help avoid court proceedings.

Avoiding Identity Theft, 6 p.m. Learn more about identity theft and how to deter, detect and defend yourself against it.

Credit Reports: Why They’re Important and How to Improve Yours, 7 p.m. Learn how to improve your credit score, clean up your credit and get a free copy of your credit report.

Wednesday, April 25:

Where Does My Money Go?, 9 a.m. Learn money management skills and receive materials to help you be in charge of your finances. Session is hands-on and interactive.

Outlook and Opportunities, 10 a.m. Discuss current topics of concern to investors, including the slow pace of economic recovery, inflation, interest rates, rising deficits and the upcoming presidential election.

Medicare Made Easy, noon. Learn how Medicare works, what A, B, C and D stand for and what your options are. Find out if there’s extra help for lower-income or high medical expense situations.

Do I Need Long-term Care Insurance?, 1 p.m. Answers to the questions: What is long-term care? Will it be necessary to my insurance portfolio? How much will it cost? How much do I need?

Home Buying Basics, 6 p.m. Learn about the home-buying process and what programs are available to help homebuyers.

Thursday, April 26:

Upcycling … From Trash to Treasure, 6 p.m. Learn about how upcycling – taking materials considered scrap and turning them into valuable media for artwork. Learn how to repurpose.

For additional information on any of these events, visit the Calendar.

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