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Free tax assistance sites open in Henrico Feb. 2

Eligible taxpayers can receive free help preparing their 2011 income tax return — and potentially increase their refunds by claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) — at sites hosted by MetroCASH and Henrico County.

The EITC is a refundable credit designed to help families and individuals who work and earn modest incomes — generally, families with children earning less than $49,078 and individuals without children earning less than $13,660. The benefit could provide a federal refund of $5,751 for families with three or more children and $464 for individuals.

Trained volunteers will help eligible taxpayers prepare and file returns at 13 sites throughout the metropolitan area, including two in Henrico: Dumbarton Area Library - 6800 Staples Mill Road, Thursdays Feb. 2 to April 12, 4-8 p.m., and Wednesdays Feb. 29 to April 11, 4-8 p.m.; and Fairfield Area Library - 1001 N. Laburnum Ave.; Saturdays Feb. 4 to March 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

MetroCASH works to help qualifying families maximize their tax refunds. The organization also offers eligible taxpayers a free alternative to paid tax-preparation services. Last year, volunteers helped area residents file 2,093 tax returns, generating $932,216 in EITC funds and a total of $2,577,886 in federal returns. The free service saved clients an estimated $418,600 in tax preparation fees.

Additional information is available at http://www.metrocash.org or by calling (804) 225-7915.


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

US Army Field Band to perform in Henrico Aug. 3

The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.

Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.

The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

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