Community Extra: Opportunities

Taxes: Preparation is available at EdCC

Internal Revenue Service-certified accounting volunteers will prepare and electronically file income tax returns for those with incomes of less than $40,000 at Edmonds Community College.

Confidential tax return preparation will be offered on a drop-in basis beginning Tuesday until March 11 and again April 6-13 in Mountlake Terrace Hall, Room 212, at Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. Assistance in several languages will be available.

Filers should bring a copy of last year’s tax return if available; photo ID; Social Security cards for all family members; W-2, 1099 and 1098 forms; unemployment compensation statements; child-care expenses including provider name, address and employer number; information for college expenses; and a list of other income and expenses.

More info: 425-640-1874, or go to [URL];

Register: Special horse-riding lessons

HOPE Therapeutic Riding Center is taking registrations for this spring’s session for therapeutic riding lessons.

The program offers specially trained and certified instructors who know how to address the needs of people of all ages who face challenges including autism, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities or trauma from an injury or a difficult life experience.

Lessons will be held in Langley at the Island County Fairgrounds once a week for eight weeks on Tuesdays or any time on Thursdays, beginning on March 23 and 25. The registration deadline is Tuesday.

Fees for the session are $240. There is an additional $30 charge for new students to cover the new student assessment, which will take place at the fairgrounds March 2. A limited number of scholarships are available to pay for part of the session fees for those students who meet financial criteria.

More info: 360-221-7656, or go to [URL]

Go: Health checks free for all family

A free health screening event for the entire family will be offered 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Spooner Building, 2817 Rockefeller Ave., Everett.

No appointments are needed for those who wish to have free bone density, heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose, lung function, vision or hearing tests.

The first 100 participants can also have their cholesterol tested and should avoid eating or drinking for 12 hours before the blood draw.

The event is sponsored by Citrine Health, Everett Community College’s School of Nursing and Community Health Centers of Snohomish County.

More info: 425-259-9899 or

Pets: Spay or neuter on annual Spay Day

Dog and cat owners who want to have their pet spayed or neutered can take advantage of discounted pet spay and neuter surgeries on Spay Day 2010.

On Tuesday, PAWS, NOAH, Everett Animal Services, Homeward Pet Adoption Center, WAIF, the Skagit Valley Humane Society and several clinics in Snohomish, King, Island and Skagit counties will offer the service.

Fees for surgeries are $40 for cats and kittens and $80 for dogs and puppies. There may be additional charges for animals who require vaccinations, are overweight, geriatric, in heat or have other medical conditions.

More info: 425-787-2500, ext. 671, or to schedule an appointment.

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