Your taxes can be prepared at no cost by volunteers from the AARP TaxAide program. All volunteers are trained in tax preparation and certified by the IRS. All returns will be e-filed and you can have your refund sent directly to your bank. Most clients receive their refund deposits within two weeks. You do not have to be retired or a member of AARP to benefit from this free program. The program begins Feb. 1 and runs through April 16. Call 1-888-AARPNOW for additional information.
* Sherwood Regional Library (Fairfax County). 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 5-8 p.m.
The Alice Ferguson Foundation announces the 19th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup for March 31 and April 1, from 9 a.m.-noon. Have fun with your neighbors and friends while helping your community by picking up trash. Site leaders and volunteers are needed at hundreds of sites throughout Northern Virginia. To learn more about sites closest to you, call 301-292-5665 or visit www.trashfreepotomac.org.
Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, a community based non-profit, will hold its annual gala March 24 from 6-11 p.m. The "Starry, Starry Night" gala will be held at Mount Vernon Country Club, 5111 Old Mill Road, Alexandria. Tickets are $150 ($125 if purchased before March 1). Tickets include: open bar, choice of food, live and silent auction and dancing to a live band. Proceeds support the programs of GSH&FS. 703-768-9404 or Jupiter@goodhousing.org.