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Senior Center offers free tax assistance

The Los Altos Senior Center offers free tax assistance Monday mornings through April 14.

The Tax Aide service, sponsored by the AARP Foundation, is the nation’s largest volunteer tax assistance program. Los Altos has hosted a Tax Aide site for more than 15 years where trained and certified volunteers meet with clients, review their paperwork and records, and prepare and electronically file both federal and California state tax returns.

The service is free for clients with low to moderate incomes, with a special emphasis on those 60 and over.

Appointments for tax services are required. Call the Senior Center at 947-2797 to make an appointment, or to inquire if your tax return qualifies, as some returns may be too complex.

Clients should bring last year’s tax return, all 2013 tax information, a Social Security card or statement and their checkbook to the appointment.

Workshops aim to help potential candidates

Los Altos residents interested in running for city council in November are invited to attend free candidate orientation workshops designed to provide information and insight on the challenges of campaigning and what to expect in office.

The workshops are scheduled 9-11 a.m. at the Los Altos Town Crier, 138 Main St.

The orientation is divided into three parts: “Preparing to Run,” dealing with understanding the level of commitment, March 29; “Running a Campaign,” involving filing requirements and ethics, April 26; and “Serving the City,” focused on city governance and key issues, May 3. Past and present Los Altos civic leaders and volunteers will contribute to the discussion.

To RSVP, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Library hosts program on native plants

The California Native Plant Society has scheduled a presentation on “Native Uses for Native Plants” 7 p.m. Friday in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Naturalist John Kipping will discuss indigenous peoples’ relationship with California native plants and how the plants can be used today for food, medicine and material sources.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

Auditions scheduled for Los Altos Live!

Local performers of all ages are invited to audition for the “Los Altos Live!” talent show.

Auditions for the sixth annual event are scheduled noon to 5 p.m. March 29 and 30 in the choral room at Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave. Auditions are open to residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

The talent show is scheduled April 26 in the high school’s Eagle Theater, with a run-through dress rehearsal April 25.

Proceeds from the event benefit Camp Everytown.

For more information, visit facebook.com and enter “Los Altos Live” in the search box.

Child Advocates sponsors fundraiser

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley has scheduled the fundraiser “Star Chefs and Wines (and Spirits!) They Love” 4:30-8:30 p.m. April 13 at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Executive chef Jarad Gallagher of Chez TJ in Mountain View will join 14 other Bay Area chefs and local wineries in creating small plates and beverage pairings.

The event will include live and silent auctions and an opportunity to hear from a family and children who have benefited from the support of the nonprofit Child Advocates of Silicon Valley.

Tickets are $150.

For tickets and more information, call Karen Scussel at (408) 573-5601, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit BeMyAdvocate.org or castarchefs.org.

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