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Pg 14 • March 2020 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC.


Upbeat’s Spring Guide#1 Through March 27, 2020


National Arts Program Exhibition and Competition


UPBEAT’s Good NEWS SERVICES


FREE TAX PREPARATION


Sonoma County, CA. ~ For the tenth consecutive tax season, United Way of the Wine Country (UWWC) is partnering with local sites to provide free tax preparation to qualifying individuals and families in Sonoma, Mendo- cino, Lake, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties through the Earn It! Keep It! $ave It! (EK$) program. UWWC’s 2020 EK$ coa-


Santa Rosa, CA. ~ The City of Santa Rosa Pub- lic Art Program, in con- junction with the National Arts Program, is proud to announce the open- ing of the 17th Annual National Arts Program exhibition and competi- tion. This program pro- vides Santa Rosa artists of all ages with an op- portunity to showcase their artistic accomplish- ments and encourages artistic growth. Participants are eligi-


ble for $3,450 in awards. This year’s exhibition features 200 works by artists of all ages, back- grounds and levels of experience. The public is invited to


visit the exhibition at the Finley Community Cen- ter, on display through March 27, 2020. The Finley Community Cen- ter is located at 2060 W. College Avenue in Santa Rosa. Hours are Monday through Fri- day, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. The awards ceremony and reception, also open to the public at the Fin- ley Community Center,


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takes place on Sunday, March 8, 3 - 5 p.m. The program and reception are supported in part by the following local sponsors: Clone Digital Print and Copy, Rileystreet Art Supply and Village Art Supply. National Arts Program


was established in 1985 by the National Art Pro- gram Foundation to in- spire, acknowledge, and reward creative accom- plishments throughout the nation. The program began as a pilot proj- ect in Philadelphia and has extended nationally to include 90 venues in over 30 states. The con- cept of the National Arts Program is to provide an uninhibited opportunity for all people to pres- ent their talents at any level in a public exhibi- tion, free to artists and the public. To learn more about this program, visit www.nationalartspro- gram.org.


To learn more about the City of Santa Rosa arts programs, visit www.sr- city.org/arts.


lition offers free tax prepa- ration at 13 sites in Sonoma County, 6 sites in both Men- docino and Lake counties, 3 sites in Humboldt County, and one in Del Norte County. In Sonoma County, tax cli- ents can dial 2-1-1, text their ZIP Code to 898-211 or call 800-325-9604 to make an appointment, which are avail- able February 1 through April 15 with some sites running through October for post-tax season filing. Clients can also receive help back-filing for up to three years, if needed. Qualifying individuals or


families include households earning $60,000 or less an- nually. For the 2019 tax sea- son, more than 6,557 tax returns were filed for free at UWWC’s EK$ tax sites with more than $9 million returned to tax filers. At UWWC’s EK$ tax sites, IRS-certified tax preparers help individuals and families claim significant tax credits including the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) as well as the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and Young Child Tax Credit. The EITC is a federal credit for qualifying low-wage work- ers, and the CTC is a federal credit for families with chil- dren under the age of 17.


...continued on page 20 If you would not be laughed at, be the first to laugh at yourself. — Benjamin Franklin


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