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CSET Offering Free Tax Assistance

CSET Offering Free Tax Assistance

Community Services Employment Training (CSET) is offering free tax preparation services to Kings and Tulare County families with a household income less than $50,000.  The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will operate through April 12.

More than 100 volunteers took a month-long course to become IRS certified tax preparers.  The volunteers are trained to file taxes for the families and help them identify tax credits for which they are eligible.  Common tax credits include the Earned Income Credit, Child Tax Credits, Child & Dependent Care Credit, Retirement Savings Contribution Credit, and Education Credits.

The VITA program is available at multiple locations in Tulare County.  Residents can visit an office in Orosi, Porterville, Tulare (in February only) and Visalia for assistance. The sites are open from 9am-3pm on Saturdays.

Kohl's Open 100 Hours Straight

For the first time ever, Kohl’s will keep its doors open for more than 100 hours straight – beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 through 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24.

 “The holiday season is an eventful time for families, and Kohl’s is making it easy for shoppers to wrap up their last- minute gift giving with 24-hour access to Kohl’s stores right up to Christmas Eve,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief customer officer. “Not only does Kohl’s have the hottest gifts at incredible prices, now shoppers will have the added benefit of being able to check off their lists, day or night, whenever it is most convenient for them.” 

French Yarn in Need of New Home!

French Yarn in Need of New Home!
The Tulare Historical Museum needs your help in spreading the word.  It' has an extremely large selection of beautiful wool yarns from France.  The yarn is 100% wool and there are many colors available.  The yarn is perfect for embroidery or needlepoint.               The skeins are left-overs from arts & crafts projects from the past--and could be put to good use by a loving artist.   &n

Back-To-School Shopping? Read this first!

Back-To-School Shopping? Read this first!

It's time to think about ways you can shop wisely for back-to-school clothing and school supplies. Savvy shoppers begin planning now to get the most for their back-to-school dollars.

"Hold on to your wallets", said CEO, Blair Looney of Better Business Bureau serving Central California. School supplies, school clothes, electronics, shoes and much more will be purchased in the upcoming months and one third will most likely do some of that shopping "online". Families are prepared to spend an average of $800 to get their children ready for the new school year.

Just about everyone has felt the economic pinch and with that, families plan to shop for sales now more than ever. Shopping online can be more intriguing due to coupons, and buy more generic or store brands, among other money-saving strategies.

On-line purchasing may save time, but check before you click!

Young Entrepreneurs Stepping Up For Edison Challenge!

 

On Wednesday, March 13, teams of young entrepreneurs from Tulare, Fresno and Kings county high schools will present projects at the Visalia Convention Center, in response to Southern California Gas Company Challenge for Student Entrepreneurs.

The Challenge is designed to encourage students to develop products, services or other economic growth ideas that can be applied in the San Joaquin Valley.

Eight high school teams will represent the following schools: Golden West High School (Visalia), Porterville High School, Harmony Magnet Academy (Strathmore), McLane High School (Fresno), Minarets High School (Oakhurst-North Fork), Sierra Pacific High School (Hanford), Lemoore High School, and Mt.

Spring Ahead This Weekend - Daylight Saving Time

Spring Ahead This Weekend - Daylight Saving Time

It's time to spring ahead for Daylight Saving time! This weekend - Sunday at 2 A.M. specifically, the time changes. Most of us turn our clocks ahead before going to bed Saturday night. 

Ever wonder why we do this? Here's an interresting article explaining more about daylight saving time. 

Oh, and here's something else - FREE BREAKFAST!

 

·         On March 10th you’ll lose an hour of sleep. Don’t lose out on breakfast too. Enjoy a FREE bag of bagels from fresh&easy on March 10th and 11th. Get your bagel coupon at freshandeasy.com.

Free Cell Phones For Those Who Cannot Afford Them

Free Cell Phones For Those Who Cannot Afford Them

If you need a cell phone-- but can't afford one-- you could be in luck!

A new federal program is helping some of those who can’t afford a cell phone, to obtain one for free.