Social Security office cuts public hours effective Nov. 19
Effective Nov. 19, the Santa Cruz Social Security office will be open to the public Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- a reduction of 30 minutes. Starting Jan. 2, the office will close to the public at noon every Wednesday.
Agency employees will work regular hours, but this smaller public window allows them to complete face-to-face interviews and process claims without incurring overtime, according to public affairs officer Shelly Parreira. Reduced funding provided under the continuing congressional resolution for the first six months of the fiscal year makes it impossible to fund overtime as it has in the past, she said.
Services such as applying for retirement, disability or Medicare benefits, signing up for direct deposit, replacing a Medicare card, obtaining a proof of income letter or changing address or telephone number are online at www.socialsecurity.gov or by calling 800-772-1213, or if hard of hearing, 800-325-0778.
Free financial planning clinic available Saturday
A free financial planning clinic will take place 2-6 p.m. Saturday at the Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Road, sponsored by the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Gary Cohen, of Chamberlain Financial Planning LLC, will speak at 2 p.m. on gender differences in investing. Ted George, of George Financial Advisors, will speak at 2:30 p.m. on retirement income strategies.
Registration starts at 2 p.m. for one-on-one appointments of 20-30 minutes with a financial planner between 3-6 p.m. Planners will answer questions about debt management, cash flow, Social Security, funding retirement or college, and other topics. There is no charge.
For information, go to www.scottsvalleychamber.com.
Grand opening Saturday features live entertainment
Kissing Bandits and Steve Abrams Trio will entertain Saturday when Business With Pleasure hosts a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1 Victor Square.
There will be food and drink and an opportunity to get your photo on a refrigerator magnet.
Friends of Library to host Art reception Saturday
The Friends of the Scotts Valley Library will host a reception for the "Wit & Whimsy" art exhibit 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the Scotts Valley Library, Kings Village Road.
"Wit and Whimsy," which will be on display until January, features the work of 14 Santa Cruz County artists demonstrating a vibrant and playful style. The art ranges from watercolors and recycled castaways to living succulent art, sculpture, illustrations, ceramics and painting and carving combinations.
For details, go to www.fsvpl.org.
Military exhibit, film honors World War II veterans
The Watsonville-Santa Cruz Japanese American Citizens League will rededicate a memorial plaque honoring Nisei veterans of World War II at a Veterans Day observance at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Pajaro Valley Memorial Park, 127 Hecker Pass Road, or, in case of rain, at Tokushige Kizuka JACL Hall, 150 Blackburn St.
At 1:30 p.m., a military exhibit by Paul Kaneko and Tosh Tanaka will be unveiled at Tokushige Kizuka JACL Hall and 442nd Regimental Combat Team veteran Lawson Sakai will present a keynote speech. The documentary film, "Valor with Honor" by Burt Takeuchi, will be shown.
The event is free, and light refreshments will be served.
To RSVP, call 722-6859 or write email@example.com.