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Saturday, FEBRUARY 23

Tax prep: Ridgewood Savings Bank announced today that it will again be hosting ARIVA’s free Tax Preparation Days at four convenient Bronx locations. Tax Prep will be held at Allerton Avenue branch – 711 Allerton Avenue; (718) 882-2220 between 9:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Bronx residents are eligible for free tax filing if they are single with no dependents and earn less than $25,000 or file with dependents and earn less than $50,000. Since space is limited, qualifying taxpayers must call the branch that is hosting the session in advance to schedule an appointment.

I spy hunt: Come join us for Holiday Express from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Holiday Express puts magnificent model trains, train stations and sheds, bridges and tunnels, carousels and Ferris wheels—all populated with toy figurines in colorful nineteenth-century dress—on display at the New-York Historical Society! But you can discover more than meets the eye! Spot the intricate details in these amazing model train scenes made by the Märklin model train company. New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between West 76th and West 77th Streets.

sunday, FEBRUARY 24

Macy’s story time: Join us for the reading of “The Purim Surprise” by Lesley Simpson. Naomi just moved into a new apartment in the city and is feeling grumpy. She wonders why her mother wants to celebrate Purim with complete strangers and is worried that her mother forgot her seventh birthday. But she’s in for a surprise—join us to find out what happens! Recommended for ages 4-7 years. New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between West 76th and West 77th Streets.

Monday, FEBRUARY 25

Personal Finance: Learn how to manage your finances, maintain good credit and make the most of your budget in this free five-week course. Free savings accounts and one-on-one sessions also available to graduates. Classes begin from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush, 2806 Church Ave.(between Nostrand & Rogers Aves.) To register call, 718.469.4679, first come first served. NHS is a not for profit housing organization. www.nhsnyc.org.

saturday, MARCH 2

tax prep: Ridgewood Savings Bank announced recently that it will again be hosting ARIVA’s free Tax Preparation Days at four convenient Bronx locations. Tax Prep will be held at Soundview branch – 1626 Bruckner Boulevard; (718) 589-1323 from 9:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Bronx residents are eligible for free tax filing if they are single with no dependents and earn less than $25,000 or file with dependents and earn less than $50,000. Since space is limited, qualifying taxpayers must call the branch that is hosting the session in advance to schedule an appointment.

Saturday & Sunday, MARCH 2 & 3

Dance: Dancewave is proud to announce the return of the “Kids Cafe Festival Goes to College” at the Kumble Theater of Performing Arts at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. “Kids Cafe Festival Goes to College” is designed to provide a much needed service to the dance community by introducing interested high school students to college dance options and bringing new dancers into the dance field. The college theme is a twist on Dancewave’s annual “Kids Cafe Festival,” a popular community event now in its 19th year that invites high school dancers from all over New York City. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 with valid student ID, $12 kids under 12 yrs., group rates available. To purchase tickets: (718) 488-1624, www.kumbletheater.org. Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, Kumble Theater of Performing Arts. Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street, Brooklyn.

ONGOING

Immigration services: Free immigration services. Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 67 Hanson Place, Office of Coucil Member James. Call (718) 260-9191.

Until march 9

Timehri Transitions: Expanding Concepts in Guyana Art. The artist will include Damali Abrams, Carl Anderson, Dudley Charles, Victor Davson, Marlon Forrester, Gregory A. Henry, Saddiq Khan, Donald Locke, Andrew Lygt, Bernadette Persaud, Keisha Scarville, and Arlington Weithers. The curator will be Carl E. Hazelwood. The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday from 11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Wilner Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba 219 East Second Ave. B, New York, New York 10009, (212)674-3939. Admission is free.

Donations: St. Robert Bellarmine Church is joining efforts with the Dioceses of Trenton to bring relief to victims in the hardest hit areas. The church has organized a sorting sub station in the parish and will be delivering donations to various locations shortly. The church is seeking donations of cardboard shipping boxes for packing or rubber bins for storage for victims. Donations are tax deductible and the church will provide you with a receipt upon request. Feel free to contact St. Robert Bellarmine Church at any time Attn: SRB Hurricane Relief Effort, 61 Georgia Rd., Freehold, NJ 07728 or srbwelcome@gmail.com, Pam Stengel (732) 580-0075, Linda Altini (917) 578-4852. Phone: (732) 462-7429 or Fax: (732) 409-3496.

Queens Sickle Cell: The Queens Sickle Cell Advocacy Network, 207-08 Hollis Ave., Queens Village, N.Y., presents a Parent to Parent Support Group meeting every first Monday of every month, 7:00 p.m. For directions and registration, call (718) 712-0873 or email Qscanorg@verizon.net.

Fairway Market Shuttle: Fairway Market is now offering a free group shuttle bus to its Red Hook, Brooklyn store at 480-500 Van Brunt St., Mondays thru Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. For pick-up reservations for groups of 10 or more, within a five-mile radius of the store, call Viola Williams or Marcy Rosenblum at (347) 750-1251. There will also be pickups on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at 589 Prospect Ave., between 11 and 10 avenues. All seniors get a five percent discount in the store. Each group will have an hour and a half to shop and/or enjoy a bite to eat in the picturesque cafe by the waterfront.

Farmers Market: Seeds in the Middle is sponsoring The Crown Heights Farmers Market offering fresh fruits and vegetables, including calaloo and Caribbean favorites and accepting EBT, WIC, Snap, FMNP, Health Bucks, and Fresh Connect. The market will be operating every Thursday from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. at Hamilton Metz Park at Albany and Lefferts avenues, Brooklyn. For more information, visit www.seedsinthemiddle.org.

Computer Training: Mount Carmel Worship and Outreach Center is holding adult and children computer training programs, 10:30 a.m 12:30 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Call (917) 609-0909 for registration details.

Reverse Mortgage Counseling: Are you a senior homeowner struggling to make ends meet? A reverse mortgage may be an answer. NHS can help determine if this is the best option for you. All programs discussed are backed by the federal government. For information, call (718) 469-4679.

Foreclosure Services: Are you behind in your mortgage or seeking a modification? The Flatbush Development Vcorp, NHS of East Flatbush and the Center for N.Y.C. Neighborhoods are offering free services and assistance. Referrals for free legal assistance are also available. To schedule an appointment, call (718) 469-4679.

Home Improvement: Did your roof collapse? Does your brolier need replacement? Do you need major repairs done but lack the finances? NHS of East Flatbush can assist you. For information on home improvement programs, call (718)469-4679.

Compiled by Natalie Y. Henry

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