Free tax help available at libraries

Eligible taxpayers can receive free help preparing their 2012 income tax return at sites hosted by MetroCASH and Henrico County.

Trained volunteers will help qualifying taxpayers prepare and electronically file returns at 14 sites throughout the metropolitan area, including two in Henrico: Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 2 through March 9; and Dumbarton Area Library; 6800 Staples Mill Road, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 6 through April 11.

MetroCASH helps families maximize their tax refunds by determining if they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a refundable credit designed to help families and individuals who work and earn modest incomes. To qualify, a family with three or more children must have earned less than $50,270, and an individual with no children must have earned less than $19,190. The credit could increase a federal refund by as much as $5,891 for families with three or more children and $475 for individuals.

MetroCASH also offers eligible taxpayers a free alternative to commercial tax-preparation services. Last year, volunteers helped area residents file 2,133 tax returns, generating $859,804 in EITC funds and a total of $2.4 million in federal refunds. The free service saved clients an estimated $426,000 in tax preparation fees. For details, visit or call 211.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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L.A. Theatre Works will present “Judgment at Nuremberg” at 2 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music, at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts. Originally a riveting teleplay, “Judgment at Nuremberg” became an Academy Award-winning film and a stage play. Tickets are $36. A free pre-show panel discussion with faculty and community experts about the social, historical, and political questions surrounding the Nuremberg trials will start at 1 p.m. For details, visit Full text

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