AARP offering tax help beginning Feb. 2
AARP Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, will offer free tax preparation assistance to low- and middle-income Hernando County residents starting Feb. 2.
Special attention will be given to those age 60 and older. AARP membership is not required to use this service. Free electronic filing will be available at all sites.
Those wishing to have their tax forms prepared must bring photo ID and Social Security cards (including Social Security cards for all dependents); a copy of last year's tax return; all applicable tax records for 2008 showing income, deductions and credits, and a canceled check with bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit of any refund.
The free service will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, Feb. 2 to April 15, at the following locations. No appointments are necessary. For information, call toll-free at 1-888-227-7669 or visit www.aarp.org/taxaide.
Mondays: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
Tuesdays: First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
Wednesdays: High Point clubhouse, 12249 Clubhouse Road, High Point.
Thursdays: First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; Spring Hill Enrichment Center (behind Oak Hill Hospital), 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
Fridays: Brookridge clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.
Come join hippo for his 49th birthday
A 49th birthday celebration of Lucifer, the resident hippopotamus at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd. (U.S. 19), will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday.
Lu will be presented with a birthday cake, and Happy Birthday will be played on the accordion by park volunteer George Schultz.
Lu, an African hippopotamus, was born Jan. 26, 1960, at the San Diego Zoo. He weighed 90 pounds at birth and now weighs about 6,000 pounds.
For information, call the park at (352) 628-5343.
Middle school jazz band to perform
The High Point Concordia Chorus will present a performance of the Hudson Middle School Jazz Band at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road, off Cortez Boulevard.
Tickets are $3 each or $5 for two, which can be purchased at the door, or in advance at the office or by calling Virginia at (352) 592-2147.