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  • Monday, March 3, 2008 10:01am

Donate sweaters at The Enterprise

The Enterprise Newspapers is a donation point in the eighth annual Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive.

The drive, an annual event of KCTS-TV and Northwest Harvest, collects new and gently used sweaters for needy individuals in the Puget Sound region.

The Enterprise offices are at 4303 198th St. SW, Lynnwood. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The drive runs through February.

TeenHOPE open house on Saturday

TeenHOPE invites residents to come learn more about programs and volunteer opportunities at an open house set for 10 -11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the facility, located in Shoreline at 915 N. 199th St. TeenHOPE serve homeless and at-risk youth and their families. Staff will offer a tour of our facility and answer questions about our four programs: shelter, mediation, drop-in and street outreach.

Shoreline Stars nominations

The city of Shoreline is celebrating its 10th anniversary of incorporation. As part of this year-long event, the City Council will honor individuals and businesses that have made a positive impact on the city. The award has been named Shoreline Star. Criteria for individual or business:

• Nominee must reside, work or attend school in Shoreline

Business is located in Shoreline

• Nominee may be any age

• Nominee shall have contributed to the Shoreline community

• The nominee shall have made a direct impact or contribution to the community

• Traits of a Shoreline Star are: nominee whose dedication and ingenuity deserve special recognition, contribution of the nominee may be beyond the call of duty or job requirement, longevity of service to Shoreline

Nomination forms are available online at or by calling the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Service Department at 206-546-5041. Forms must be submitted by Feb. 14, to the City of Shoreline, 17544 Midvale Avenue N., Shoreline, WA 98133 or faxed to the city at 206-546-1524.

Free tax sites open for low-income

Free tax preparation services for low- and moderate-income Shoreline and North County residents will be available again this year. The free tax preparation sites are: Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center, 18560 First Ave. NE., Shoreline (call 206-365-1536 to schedule an appointment); and King County Library, 342 NE. 175th St. in Shoreline (no appointment necessary). Availability is noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, beginning Feb. 19, and 5-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning March 2.

For efficient filing, bring a Social Security card for each family member and it’s helpful to have a copy of last year’s return. If you are married and want to file electronically on-site, both parties need to be present to sign the return.

Tax filers with incomes less than $34,458 ($35,458 if married) with two or more qualifying children, less than $30,338 ($31,338 if married) with one child or less and $11,490 ($12,490 if married) for a single person, are eligible for the earned income tax credit program (EITC). The maximum amount of the credit varies from $4,300 for a family with two or more children to $390 for a single person.

Families with children may also apply for the Child Tax Credit, worth up to $1,000 per qualifying child. Additional credits are also available to working families for the cost of child care, but you will need to bring documentation of your child care expenses including the child care agency’s tax ID or the Social Security number of the provider.

The Senior Center site will operate until April 15 and the Library tax site will be open until April 13. The sites are a community service of AARP Tax Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service.

Investment club seeks members

A new investment club is forming and has scheduled a first meeting for 7 –8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 at the Hotwire Coffeehouse, 177551 15th Avenue NE, Shoreline.

Learn about financial matters, building wealth and friendships. Cost: Free. For more information, call 425-640-8799

City briefs can be sent to or mailed to 4303 198th St. SW. Lynnwood, Wash. 98036.

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