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Hurricane Harvey forces AARP tax program to find new homes

February 27, 2018

Although Hurricane Harvey is about six months in the past, it is still affecting life around the greater Houston region.

That includes tax season. The AARP’s free Tax-Aide Program for Seniors has been forced to move at least two sites for its service due to damage at various facilities,.

The Kendall Neighborhood Library and Katherine Tyra Branch Library were both closed following Hurricane Harvey. Both were previously the sites of the AARP tax program. New homes have been found.

The Kendall Library Tax Preparation site has been relocated to St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church, 1100 Eldridge Parkway in west Houston. The site will be open for tax help noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.

The Katherine Tyra Library Tax Preparation site has been relocated to Living Word Church, 16607 Clay Road in Katy. It will be open Tuesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays.

Anyone needing assistance with their taxes and seeking a site closer to home can go to www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide. You can search for locations and see what documents you need to bring. There are dozens of sites in the region with people eager to help.

No appointments are necessary.

Primary election

Early voting for the Texas primaries are currently underway. Anyone registered can cast ballots in the Republican or Democratic primaries.

Early voting ends March 2 and Election Day is Tuesday, March 6.

Texas has an open primary, meaning it is not necessary to declare which party you are a member of and can vote in either primary. However, if you are a Democrat and vote in the Republican primary, you will not be able to vote in any potential Democratic runoffs or vice versa.

For more information or to view sample ballots, go to www.hctax.net in Harris County, www.fortbendcountytx.gov in Fort Bend County or www.co.waller.tx.us in Waller County.

Chef Fest

Harvest Green’s 2nd Annual Chef Fest will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 4.

The event is held on a sustainable 12-acre farm in Richmond.

Featured chefs hail from Houston, Dallas and Austin and run the gamut from Aqui pastry chef Jillian Bartolome - recently named a 2018 James Beard Award semifinalist - to chef Monica Pope, also known the “Alice Waters of the Third Coast.”

In addition to the chefs, there will be a variety of craft beers by Southern Star, Spindletap and St. Arnolds breweries. Children can learn about cooking at a special Kids Can Cook tent sponsored by HEB.

Tickets are $90 if purchased online, $105 at the door. Tickets for children ages 5 to 16 are priced at $30. Children under age 5 are admitted free. Ticket prices cover unlimited plates, adult beverages and all of the activities.

For more information, go to www.cheffesthouston.com.

Career fair

A Houston Professional Career Fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Hilton Houston Galleria Area, 6780 Southwest Freeway.

This is a free event for job seekers and includes complimentary parking. Attendees should bring 10-15 resumes and dress in business professional attire. Company representatives will be on hand interviewing and looking for potential new employees.

For more information, go to www.hirelive.com.