Free Tax Preparation Help

The Los Angeles Public Library has partnered with the AARP Tax Foundation, CSULA, CSUN, and UCLA to provide free income tax preparation at selected libraries. Click here for more information.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS. More info at the IRS website.

Doing your own tax prep? Here are a few tips from the IRS that you should know.

The tax filing deadline date in 2017 is Tuesday, April 18 rather than the traditional April 15 date. In 2017, April 15 falls on a Saturday, and this would usually move the filing deadline to the following Monday — April 17. However, Emancipation Day — a legal holiday in the District of Columbia — will be observed on that Monday, which pushes the nation’s filing deadline to Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Under the tax law, legal holidays in the District of Columbia affect the filing deadline across the nation.

 

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Experience Talks 3/26: Active Octogenarians

Tune in to Experience Talks, our weekly “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener,” on Sundays at 5:00 PM PT on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online, and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! Experience Talks is produced by the non-profit EngAGE, Inc.

 

Miss the show? You can always hear it as a podcast on the Listen Page of our website! You’ll also find an archive-in-progress of all of our previous shows there for you to enjoy. New shows are usually posted within 48 hours after broadcast.

 


MARCH 26, 2017 @ 5 PM PT
ACTIVE OCTOGENARIANS
JACKIE GOLDBERG (THE PINK LADY)
SUNIE LEVIN
JIM MAURER
with host CYNTHIA FRIEDLOB


JACKIE GOLDBERG, known as the Pink Lady, is a teacher, actor, writer, and toastmaster. For over 40 years, she was in the fashion industry as a Womens’ Wear marketing & sales rep. At age 70, she developed a series of seminars called, “Get Up, Get Out, & Get a Life,” to encourage fellow seniors to embrace new challenges. She also began an acting career. This led to her creation of the non-profit Senior Star Power Productions and an annual live stage show featuring performers over the age of sixty. The 2017 show will be an intergenerational version of last year’s “America Salutes Our Veterans.” Audition info here for the show coming up in the Fall.  More about Jackie here.

SUNIE LEVIN holds degrees in Psychology and Education as well as a Master’s degree in remedial reading. She founded the Midwest Reading and Dyslexia Clinic in Kansas City, Missouri, for children and adults with learning problems. She’s also an author who’s written books about grandparenting, the importance of making new friends when you’re older, and how to choose a retirement community. She’s conducted workshops and seminars throughout the country and was a syndicated columnist for many newspapers. Click here to learn more about Sunie and her book, Make New Friends…Live Longer: A Guide for Seniors. Click here for a list of all of her books available on Amazon.

JIM MAURER grew up playing piano, having started at the age of five. He played in some of the most famous hotels in Los Angeles, including the St. James Club, an art deco hotel on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, for the club’s nearly ten-year existence. He also played piano at private parties for scores of Hollywood film, television and theatre elite. For many years, Jim volunteered at Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, CA, playing the piano every afternoon in the lobby. His community service was acknowledged with awards from Women in Theatre, the City of Burbank, the California State Senate, and KNX radio. Click here to listen to some of Jim’s music on YouTube. His album, “Romantic Christmas Classics,” is available here on CD Baby.


This program was originally recorded as a 2012 podcast for Experience Talks Online.

 

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Tim Carpenter’s TED Talk

Have you ever listened to EngAGE Founder and Executive Director Tim Carpenter’s excellent TED Talk? In 2011, he explained EngAGE in an informative and entertaining presentation to a very receptive audience. Take a look! It’s eleven minutes well spent.

 

 

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News from Tavarua: Master Gardener Visits

Master Gardener Caran Greenwald, from the Master Gardener Association of San Diego County recently visited Tavarua Senior Apartment’s courtyard in Carlsbad, CA. Residents enjoyed her presentation of “Vegetable Garden 101.” The presentation got more exciting when it moved outside, and the residents were able to ask questions and receive feedback from the Master Gardener about their own gardens. Tavarua actively participates in community gardening to promote healthy living and help establish better monthly budgets for residents.

~ Tracy Freeburg, Program Assistant

 

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News from North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony: Art Show 3/28

Join us for NoHoSAC resident Larry Blecha’s first art show! He is in his 60s and only started to experiment with paint a couple of years ago after an injury. This is why the name of the show is Art: It’s Never Too Late to Start. The art show also will feature the work of residents Alvin Fels, Bert Sanders, Deborah Holzel & Caroline McElroy. It runs until the end of June.

~ Sara Debevec, Program Director

 

 

 

 

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News from Casa Bonita: Hand-Crafting for Valentine’s Day

Artistic residents at Casa Bonita Senior Apartments in Huntington Park, CA, created two different Valentine’s Day art projects. For the first project, they painted puzzle pieces, then glued them on a foam heart shape and framed it. For the second project, residents painted wooden frames with different color paints, then decorated the frames with sparkling rhinestones. Some lucky Valentines must have been very happy to receive these!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~Sandra Vargas, Regional Program Director

 

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News from San Antonio Gardens: Jewelry

Residents of San Antonio Gardens Senior Apartments in Norwalk, CA,  model their high fashion bracelets from the Jewelry Making Class.

~Essence Parker, Regional Program Director

 

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Profiles: Composer John Kander

“Profiles” is an EngAGE Blog category devoted to occasional posts about older people who have made a significant creative impact in our world. Today’s subject: JOHN KANDER.

JOHN KANDER, who celebrates his 90th birthday on March 18th, is the composer half of the legendary, Tony-winning  songwriting team, Kander and Ebb. They created the scores for the Broadway musicals Cabaret, Woman of the Year, The Act, Chicago, and others, as well as numerous songs for stage and film, including “New York, New York,” the hit by Frank Sinatra that’s the unofficial anthem of the city.

Producers of the long-running, Tony-winning revival of Chicago announced that the record-breaking production will celebrate Kander’s 90th birthday at the March 21 performance at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC). That evening’s show will feature surprise appearances and special performances for Kander, who will be present.

Partner Fred Ebb passed away in 2004, but Kander continues to work. He’s currently represented Off-Broadway with his 2015 musical with Greg Pierce, Kid Victory, a musical study of a brutal kidnapping and its aftermath.

Learn more about John Kander at the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and read/listen to his interview today that celebrates his birthday on “Fresh Air.”

 

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Experience Talks 3/19: Bill Thomas, MD

Tune in to Experience Talks, our weekly “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener,” on Sundays at 5:00 PM PT on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online, and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! Experience Talks is produced by the non-profit EngAGE, Inc.

 

Miss the show? You can always hear it as a podcast on the Listen Page of our website! You’ll also find an archive-in-progress of all of our previous shows there for you to enjoy. New shows are usually posted within 48 hours after broadcast.

 


MARCH 19, 2017 @ 5 PMPT
BILL THOMAS, MD
with host TIM CARPENTER


DR. BILL THOMAS is an author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer, and physician whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. Best known for his health care system innovations, he is the founder of a global non-profit (The Eden Alternative) and The Green House Project, both of which work to improve the care provided to older people. Dr. Thomas also developed the Senior ER model of care and is now working to transform the acute care services provided to elders.

Dr. Thomas starred in the 2014 Sundance award-winning documentary, Alive Inside, “a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity.” He has been traveling the country since 2014 starring in what he calls his Age of Disruption Tour, a “nonfiction theater performance” that has played in over 80 cities. He describes it as kind of like a TED Talk on steroids. Experience Talks host Tim Carpenter appeared as part of the first tour when it played in Portland and Los Angeles. You can follow Dr. Thomas online at his ChangingAging.org blog and learn more at his website.

In this program from our 2012 Audio Archives, host Tim Carpenter talks with Bill Thomas about his career and his novel, Tribes of Eden.

 

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News from Tavarua: Prepping for the Annual Art Show

We posted last week about the upcoming Annual Art Show at Tavarua Senior Apartments in Carlsbad, CA, on March 20th from 4 to 6 p.m. But it’s not only art preparation that’s keeping the residents busy; they’re also creating beautiful table centerpieces using succulents. Join us on the 20th and see them — and the art show — in person!

~ Tracy Freeburg, Program Assistant

 

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