Get Your Taxes Done, Celebrate Black History, and Improve Your Health Through Better Nutrition
Now through April 14th
By appointment only
Get your taxes done close to home! Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:15 to 11:30 am Free Now Through April 15th, Online
South Orange Public Library, 65 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ 07079
AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program will again offer free basic tax preparation for moderate income and elderly taxpayers. The service is open to any taxpayer with no residency restrictions. Similar services are being offered at other libraries on different days and at different times. For additional locations and times go to TaxAide. To make an appointment in South Orange, call the library reference desk, 973-762-0230.
Online Tax Preparation Service Free
United Way of Northern New Jersey and its partners launched a free and secure online tax preparation site for low- and moderate-income households. Our IRS-certified tax preparers are committed to safely delivering our signature top-notch preparation and filing service to maximize your tax refund. Tax Filing Opens February 1, 2022. Visit File Your Taxes | United Way of NNJ (unitedwaynnj.org)
to access everything you need:
- Easy-to-use, secure online tax portal
- Checklist for documents to upload
- Answers to frequently asked questions
- Information about common tax credits
- Access to free self-filing software
For questions about the online filing portal or if you are experiencing difficulties getting started, email UnitedWayTaxPrep@UnitedWayNNJ.org or call 973.993.1160, x521. Wednesday, February 9, 2022
“Taking a Closer Look at Reparations”, 7 pm, virtual Free Thursday, February 17th, 7:30 -8:30 pm or
Join the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race and the SOMA Action Racial Justice Committee to learn more about the issue of reparations from an informed panel with Khalil Gibran Muhammad - Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Laurie Beachum, Esq., Director of Communications for New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (NJISJ) and others. Members of the panel will provide the historical context supporting reparations and will inform participants about related NJ legislation efforts that are currently underway. Panelists will also answer questions from the audience using the Zoom Ask a Question feature. Register in advance for this free Zoom event Here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Sunday, February 20th, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Trivia Event to Showcase Black History and Culture, virtual Free Thursday, February 24th
How much Black History do you know? Whether you know a little or know a lot and no matter how you identify racially, the South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition on Race invites you to try your hand at multiple rounds of virtual Black History Trivia
. Follow along as the game host gives instructions over a private Zoom link and use your personal smartphone to download the free app to enter your answers privately. Earn points for right answers and speed. Only the top five-point earners will appear on the screen each round. So, laugh and congratulate yourself in the privacy of your home. The Community Coalition on Race will award the final top five-point earners gift cards for Black-owned, South Orange or Maplewood businesses in honor of Black History Month. Sound like fun? Then, register for one of only two sessions. Each Smartphone device player requires a separate registration and slots are limited. Both sessions are identical, so please only register for one game to allow space or others. Select the date that is most convenient for you and register for only one session below
:Thursday, February 17, 2022 7:30 -8:30 PM Register HereSunday, February 20, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM Register Here
Between the World and Me Book Discussion, 5 – 6 pm March 13th to June 8th
Seton Hall University DEI and South Orange Maplewood Cross-Cultural Works
Join Associate Professor Jon Radwan as he leads a discussion of the 2015 National Book Award Winner for nonfiction, Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. We encourage all to engage in this book discussion. Print and digital copies of the book are available in the University Library, South Orange, and Maplewood Libraries. The first 10 participants to fill out this form will receive a free hard copy of this book. Copies can be picked up on campus or at Words. Books can also be purchased at the Seton Hall Bookstore or Words Bookstore. Note: for a 10% discount at Words - Include “Seton Hall/SOMA CCW Event” in the comments section.
Between the World and Me is a 2015 book on race in America that has earned extraordinarily high praise. It was endorsed by Toni Morrison, won the National Book Award for Non-fiction, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. It is structured as a letter from a Black father to his Black teen son about how to grow up and live in our race-conscious society. Coates shares his own experiences, growing up and eventually becoming a journalist, to help his son understand both difficult historical periods like the Civil War and contemporary problems like police brutality.
For more information and to register, Between the World and Me Book Discussion
Just Say YES to Fruits & Vegetables! 1 pm, weekly (virtual) Free
This limited series, presented by Victoria Galarza, Senior Nutrition Educator from the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, will begin on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, span 13-weeks and feature one-hour weekly sessions on different nutrition topics. This series will be fun hours of learning, discussing and sharing how we can best select and enjoy all the nutritious foods our bodies need to be healthy. The dates (1 pm) and topics will be:
March 16 Fruits and Vegetables
March 23 My Plate
March 30 Stretching Food Dollars
April 6 Food Safety
April 13 Fiber
April 20 Meal Planning
May 4 Beans
May 11 Nutrition Facts Label
May 18 Healthy Beverages
May 25 Farmer's Market
June 1 How to Store Fruits and Vegetable
June 8 Cooking Matters at the Store Tour
Save the dates now! Contact Kathleen Johnson at RWJ if you are interested (732.846.0131or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Register once and that’s all you need to do. Join for all the sessions, or just the sessions that interest you, but definitely participate!!!!