AARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest, free volunteer run tax assistance and preparation service, is looking for volunteers in Brunswick County for tax counseling and electronic filing of returns.
Tax-Aide helps low and moderate income taxpayers at six sites in the county, including Leland, Boiling Spring Lakes, Southport, Oak Island, Shallotte and Calabash. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. You do not have to be a member of AARP to volunteer.
Some of these names you would recognize (Venus Flytrap, Ginseng), others are more obscure and slightly mystical (Queen of the prairie, small whorled pogonia), but they are all native to North Carolina and they are rare.
These plants and more, totaling 412 endangered, threatened and special concern species, belong to all of the citizens of North Carolina, but are protected by only a small staff at the Department of Agriculture.
Shallotte Rotary Club’s second annual Coastal Hounds Walk the Town dog walk is set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Shallotte Middle School.
All of the registration fees will go to Carolina Canines for Veterans, a program that provides service dogs to wounded warriors. As of May 2010, Carolina Canines, located in Wilmington, has placed 10 service dogs to Wounded Warriors at no charge to the veteran.
The length of the walk is 1.25 miles for the Bassett hound track and 2 miles for the top hound track.
Brunswick Family Assistance Agency will begin taking applications on Oct. 1, by appointment only, for its Christmas Basket/Tree of Hope program. The agency will continue to take applications through Nov. 12.
Applicants should call 754-4766 to schedule an appointment to apply for this program. Applications will also be taken at Victory Free Will Baptist Church and Family Resource Center in Leland.
The USDA recently announced that U.S. shrimp producers in the Gulf and South Atlantic states were certified as eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for farmers and fishermen program benefits.