Also: Waldorf School Annual 'Farm to Feast' fund-raiser SaturdayRedwood Credit Union is hosting its fifth free Youth Financial Literacy Academy in partnership with Sonoma County Schools and the National Endowment for Financial Education for local high school students.

The 16-hour workshop uses the High School Financial Planning Program, created by the National Endowment for Financial Education, and covers topics from budgeting, financial planning, saving and investing to credit and debt management.

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“We are passionately committed to financial literacy and strongly believe that money management skills learned at a young age are beneficial for a lifetime,” said Brett Martinez, president and chief executive officer of the credit union. “Eventually, we would like to see financial management skills made a mandatory part of the state’s high school economics curriculum, so we are piloting and examining the process through these extracurricular financial academies – and we are pleased to see that some schools are already looking at ways to incorporate financial literacy as a requirement.”

Redwood Credit Union has hosted four previous academies since 2009, its last one in March, and received positive response from students, parents and educators. The credit union also offers many other financial literacy and outreach programs, and hosts a variety of free educational seminars and events for its members and the community throughout the year.

The next session is Tuesday, June 21 through Friday, June 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Redwood Credit Union's Administrative Offices, 3033 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa

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Farm to Feast is taking place at Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm on Saturday, May 14 and will feature world-class chefs and a meal under a 100-year-old walnut tree on Summerfield’s 38-acre working biodynamic farm in rural Santa Rosa.

Farm to Feast is an annual scholarship benefit for Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm that helps support 35 percent of students who receive scholarship assistance, amounting to almost $700,000 annually.

The event begins at 4 p.m., and includes pre-dinner wine tasting, a multi-course dinner, and critically acclaimed wines.

Chef and co-owner Traci Des Jardins of San Francisco’s Jardinière will be joined by Sonoma County chefs and restaurateurs John Stewart and Duskie Estes of Zazu and Bovolo.

Pastry chef Patricia Taan of the Farmhouse Inn in Forestville will prepare desserts while Nick Peyton, owner and maître’d of Healdsburg’s Cyrus, is orchestrating dinner service.

Ted Lemon of Littorai Winery, who has been nominated for a James Beard Award as an Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional, will be pouring along with parents of current and former students who have wineries: Small Vines, Davis Family Vineyards, Claypool Cellars, Littorai Wines, Martinelli Winery, Porter-Bass and Kings Hill Cellars.

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