Time for Taxes: Wheaton IRS office to stay open Saturdays
The Internal Revenue Services office located at 11510 Georgia Ave. in Wheaton will be one of three Maryland IRS offices to open their doors the next two Saturdays to help taxpayers who may not be able to seek assistance during the work week.
The Wheaton, Baltimore, Annapolis and Salisbury offices will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 20. The walk-in offices offer guidance and information on tax services. In particular, the Saturday staff will help residents find out if they are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, which offers tax credits of up to $5,657 for employed residents who earned less than $48,279 in 2009, according to the IRS. IRS personnel will be available to answer taxpayers' questions, offer additional information about the EITC, provide publications about the credit and help prepare returns claiming the credit.
Taxpayers not in these areas can locate the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center nearest them by visiting IRS.gov. Find a list of local offices, and days and hours of service, by state at www.irs.gov/localcontacts.
Aside from IRS offices, taxpayers may also receive assistance at one of the 12,000 free tax-assistance sites nationwide. Taxpayers can locate the most conveniently located Volunteer Tax Assistance Site in Maryland by calling 1-800-906-9887.
calling for help to pass budget
Brookside Gardens is calling for its visitors and fans to show support before the County Council next week in favor of the garden's parking lot improvement and overall master plan. Write a letter to the County Council stating your support of the project, which will add 63 parking spaces to the Visitor's Center parking lot, improve safety pedestrian, the lot's aesthetics and move the Conservatory up to the Visitor's Center. Councilmembers need to hear funding Brookside's projects are important as they discuss the upcoming Capital Improvements Project Budget, which will fund the garden's future projects, according to a letter sent out to supporters by Brookside Gardens Director Stephanie Oberle. Supports also attend the Council's public hearings 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 and Feb. 11 in the Council office building, 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. To testify at any County Council public hearing, call 240-777-7803.
Wheaton Christian school
to host open house
St. Catherine Laboure, a diverse excellence in education Blue Ribbon School guided by Gospel values, is holding an open house 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the school, 11811 Claridge Road in Wheaton. The school is now accepting applications for pre-K through eighth grade, and spots for the 2010-2011 school year are available. School officials will arrange tours by appointment.
Catherine Laboure provides an environment that maximizes students' spiritual, physical and intellectual growth through traditional and hands-on educational experiences. The school strives to form life-long learners dedicated to service and leadership, and teachers value each student as a child of God.
Rockville Catholic school
to host open house
Catch the St. Jude spirit when St. Jude Catholic School opens its doors to the community during Catholic Schools Week 2010. St. Jude Catholic School, a Catholic school with a mission to provide high-quality, values-based education, will host an open house tonight from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the school, 4820 Walbridge St. in Rockville. Admissions information and teachers will be available for prospective families.
St. Jude Catholic School serves students in pre-k through eighth grades of all religious, racial, ethnic and income backgrounds. Before- and after-school care is available for a nominal fee. A bus is provided to and from St. Francis Church on Muncaster Mill Road for the families that live upcounty.
For information on the curriculum, admissions policies and registration, call the school's office at 301-946-7888 or visit www.stjuderockville.org for a "video visit" to the school.
St. Jude Catholic School is also holding an auction gala 6:30-10:30 p.m. Feb. 27 to support school programs. For more information, including placing an ad in the auction booklet or donating an item or service to the auction, visit www.stjuderockville.org and click on the Auction Gala button. Or call Cecilia Mayer Rowedder, the gala chairwoman, at 301-910-0603 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Holiday Park Senior Center
to host safety seminar
Join the final session of a three-part series on "Safety Matters," a senior safety seminar hosted by Holiday Park Senor Center. Learn how to plan for a safe and secure home 1:15 p.m. Feb. 25 at the center, 3950 Ferrara Drive in Wheaton. The seminars are free, but space is limited, so come early. They are presented by a consortium of Montgomery County Departments such as the Office of Consumer Affairs and the department of Police and Fire & Rescue. For more information, visit www.holidaypark.us.
Pro-bono public relations and marketing services opportunity
Through March 1, C. Fox Communications, a Silver Spring-based public relations and marketing agency, will be accepting applications to its annual Inspired Thought Award. The IT Award is worth up to $20,000 of pro-bono public relations and marketing services. Go to www.cfoxcommunications.com for an application and guidelines. There is no fee to apply.
Catholic Charities to hold weekly immigration charlas'
Come "chat" about immigration at 11 a.m. every Tuesday at Catholic Charities Montgomery County Center, at 12247 Georgia Ave. in Wheaton. For $30 a person, learn about law, your rights and the potential benefits of your immigration situation before hiring an immigration attorney.
Senior volunteer drivers needed
The Senior Connection urgently needs Montgomery County residents to volunteer to help their neighbors 62 and older live as independently as possible by providing escorted transportation to scheduled medical appointments, helping with grocery shopping and running errands and paying a friendly visit or making a phone call to share companionship.
The time commitment and schedule are flexible, and volunteers are provided with life-skills training and recognition events. The Senior Connection also provides volunteer liability insurance coverage.
Call The Senior Connection at 301-962-0820, or e-mail
Learn the ABCs
of starting a business
Ever wonder what it takes to be an entrepreneur? How to get started? How to select the right legal form? Where to get money for start up? How to prepare a business plan? Learn the answers to those questions and many, many more at a county-sponsored business seminar.
The next session will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 12 on the eighth floor of the Wheaton Business Innovation Center, 11002 Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton. Free parking will be available in the adjacent garage at Westfield Wheaton Plaza.
Register at www.RockvilleREDI.org or by calling 301-315-8096.
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