FEBRUARY 17, 1997

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Free cat surgeries offered

   King County Animal Control's "Feline Fix '97" is Feb. 25-26, when coupons will be distributed to local veterinarians for no-cost cat spay/neuter surgeries subsidized by King County. Participating hospitals include Canyon Park Veterinary, Bothell, 481-1444; Cat Clinic at Canyon Park, 489-1484; Hollywood Hill Animal Hospital, Woodinville, 486-8387; Inglemoor Animal Hospital, Bothell, 488-2000; and Kenmore Animal Hospital, 485-6575. Coupon availability is limited, so contact veterinarians soon. Call 296-3488 for more information.

Horse lecture series ending

   The final lecture in the King County Executive Horse Council Tuesday Night Lecture Series will be held Feb. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Woodinville Fire Station, 19900 144th Ave. NE. Guest lecturer and Woodinville veterinarian Dr. Joe Bergevin will discuss and answer questions regarding horse feet and teeth. A donation of $5 is requested at the door. For information, call 485-3453 or 718-2161.

Taxes made easier

   Preparing your federal income tax returns can be made easier, just make sure you keep track of all your records throughout the year. You should start with a copy of this year's return. Add to that any canceled checks, receipts, and records that will help when you file your next tax return. By keeping your income and expense records in good order, you can save hours of time.

Child care lowers taxes

   The credit for child and dependent care expenses can lower taxes for those who work or are looking for work and who pay someone to care for a child or dependent. The credit can equal up to 30 percent of the expenses paid to care for a child under age 13 or a spouse or dependent who is not capable of self-care. Figure the credit on Form 2441 with Form 1040 or on Schedule 2 with Form 1040A.

Frog monitors needed

   Monitors are needed to keep track of frogs, salamanders, and other amphibians in county wetlands. Attend a one-day training in February to learn identification of frog and salamander eggs; call 296-1911.

Tree damage information kit available

   For information on dealing with storm damage to trees, call 1-800-527-3305. Press 0 and ask for a "Storm Damage Kit." The information is free.

Babysitting class

   The Evergreen Babysitters Club will teach childcare skills Feb. 22 at Evergreen Hospital from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $30. Register at 899-3000.