Writing Your Retirement Paycheck

How can I be sure my retirement funds will last my lifetime? This important question will be addressed in an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop series March 20 and 27 at the DMACC Hunziker Center in Ames.

Writing Your Retirement Paycheck is designed to provide information needed by those approaching retirement within the next ten years.The workshop outlines key factors to consider prior to retirement and describes two strategies for structuring your retirement income. “For most of us,” says Barb Wollan, Human Sciences Specialist in family finance, “our paychecks have been determined by someone else all our lives. But in retirement, many of us are responsible to write our own paychecks. How will we know how big it should be?”

According to Barb Wollan, who will lead the workshop, topics include: inflation, health costs, Social Security, required minimum distributions, annuities, and more. “Individuals need to make their own decisions about retirement,” says Wollan, “but clear and non-commercial information is a necessary ingredient for decision-making.”

Barb Wollan points out that even those who work with a trusted financial professional must ultimately make the decisions themselves. A financial professional can suggest or recommend products and strategies, but it is the consumer who decides and then lives with the results of the decisions.

A fee of $25 per person or couple for the Writing Your Retirement Paycheck workshop will help to off-set direct expenses and to support the Human Sciences Extension Program in Story County. Register by March 19 by contacting the Story County Extension Office at 515-382-6551 or xstory@iastate.edu.

Babysitting Basics class to be offered

A Babysitting Basics class for youth in fifth- and sixth-grade is being offered by ISU Extension and Outreach on March 15. The class will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Participants will learn about the responsibilities of a babysitter, what employers expect and how to care for infants and toddlers. There will also be guest speakers teaching on the subjects of age-appropriate toys and activities, safety, and basic first aid and rescue breathing. All participants receive a book filled with information about child care, as well as a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Registration forms are available at www.extension.iastate.edu/story and are due with the $25 registration fee by March 5. For questions about Babysitting Basics, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach – Story County office at 515-382-6551 or email Mary Wilkins, youth outreach coordinator, at mwilkins@iastate.edu.

Water Rocks Day Camp

Water Rocks! Day Camp is planned for youth in third- through sixth-grades and will be held Thursday, March 8, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m., at McFarland Park.

Through activities, participants will learn about the amazing Mississippi Watershed and the great things found in it — like water, soil, animals and more. Participants will also explore careers and how they can help take care of the watershed at home and in their communities.

The program is being offered in partnership between Water Rocks and ISU Extension and Outreach – Story County. Registration is due with a $25 payment by March 1 to ISU Extension and Outreach – Story County and can be found at www.extension.iastate.edu/story. Questions may be directed to Mary Wilkins, youth outreach coordinator, at 515-382-6551 or mwilkins@iastate.edu.

Winging It! Day Camp

Stretch your wings, fly like a falcon and engage your owl eyes! Discover birds through activities, games and crafts during this spring break day camp, including owl pellets, a bird hike and more!

This day camp is being held Monday, March 12, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at McFarland Park and is co-sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach - Story County and Story County Conservation. The program is designed for children in grades three and four. Participants will need to bring a sack lunch, along with full water bottle, and dress to hike outside part of the day. Registration can be found at www.storycountyconservation.org and includes a $25 fee due by 4 p.m. on March 2.

Questions may be directed to Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 or ISU Extension and Outreach – Story County at 515-382-6551.