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Retired Teachers Association hosts Children’s Festival organizer

The Nevada County Division of the Retired Teachers Association will meet March 4 at the Alta Sierra Country Club. The program will feature Karen Nelson, organizer of the annual Children’s Festival, which takes place every July at Pioneer Park. CalRTA has dual purposes. Its core purpose is to protect the benefits of retired educators and provide them with the tools to achieve a secure and dignified retirement. The second purpose is to preserve and support public education and active educators. CalRTA is an advocacy group working with state and federal representatives on those issues that have an impact on either of the purposes stated above.

Currently, Social Security penalties, which are levied on educators who are in the State Teachers Retirement System, are a major issue. In April, members of CalRTA are going to Washington, D.C., to meet with representatives to discuss Social Security solvency and the impact of the penalties. The Nevada County division meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. with a business meeting at 11:30 a.m. followed by a luncheon at noon. The cost is $15. The meeting is open to all who are interested. Reservations deadline is Feb. 27. For information or reservations, call Marian Hughes at 530-272-5785. Those who attend are asked to contribute a jar of peanut butter. Since August, more than 300 jars have been contributed to the Interfaith Food Ministry.