A retirement fair for members of the California Public Employees Retirement System, one of a series of events statewide this year to educate members about their retirement options, is scheduled Aug. 22-23 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

CalPERS members include all state employees, all classified public school employees, Sacramento State University employees, and employees of local governments such as the City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

Due to growing interest in retirement planning, CalPERS is expanding its annual series of statewide retirement planning fairs. This year, more fairs are scheduled at more locations throughout the state – 23 fairs in 20 cities – from late April to early November.

CalPERS members who attend the fairs – employees of the state, local government, and public schools – will receive information on CalPERS benefits, programs, and services to help them plan for a financially secure retirement. Retirees receive information about how to better manage their retirement assets.

Topics include health benefits and long-term care insurance, the impact on retirement of service credits, CalPERS member home loans, supplemental income plans and other issues.

Other booths will feature representatives from Social Security, the State Savings Plus Program, the State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS), and various public employee and public retiree organizations.

In addition, there are workshops on CalPERS benefit basics, retirement service credit, Social Security, CalPERS supplement income plans, CalPERS online services, CalPERS member home loans, CalPERS health benefits, and the State Savings Plus Program. Workshop seating is limited, but fair attendees can pre-register on a first-come-first-serve basis when they arrive.

For more detailed information about the 2008 CalPERS retirement fairs, including maps and driving directions, visit the CalPERS Web site at CalPERS members can pre-register for the fair at the CalPERS Education Center in the my|CalPERS area of the Web site.

Following is the schedule of the 2008 CalPERS retirement planning fairs through the remainder of the year.

Friday, August 15, Chico, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Chico Area Recreation and Park District, 545 Vallombrosa Avenue.

Friday, August 22, Sacramento, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street.

Saturday, August 23, Sacramento, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street.

Thursday, September 4, San Marcos, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., North County Regional Education Center, 255 Pico Avenue.

Friday, September 5, Riverside, 9 a.m. – 2
p.m., (Address to be determined)
Thursday, September 18, Fresno, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Radisson Hotel (downtown), 2233 Ventura Street.

Thursday, September 25, Los Angeles, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., CalTrans Building-Los Angeles, 100 South Main Street.

Saturday, October 18, Palm Desert, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Ronald Reagan Elementary School, 39800 Liberty Drive.

Tuesday, October 21, Eureka, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, 921 Waterfront Drive.

Wednesday, October 22, Arcata, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Humboldt State University, 1 Harpst Street.

Saturday, October 25, Palmdale, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Antelope Valley Regional Occupational Program Office, 1156 E Avenue S.

Saturday, November 1, Norwalk, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., John Glenn High School, 13520 Shoemaker Avenue.

CalPERS, the largest public employee pension fund in the U.S. with more than $244 billion in assets, provides retirement and health benefits to 1.5 million active and retired California State, local public agency, and public school employees and their families on behalf of 2,600 public employers statewide.

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