No matter your social class — upper, middle, lower or no class at all — no doubt the tax man comes to call on April 15. If you find yourself in the low- or moderate-income class of taxpayer, the AARP tax aide program is offering free help, especially if you are a senior citizen.

AARP volunteers will be available to prepare 2014 income tax returns through the tax deadline. Participants in the program must bring a photo ID and Social Security card, 2014 tax forms and Affordable Care Act marketplace form 1095-A and any exemption documents. If you are a homeowner, bring your homeowners insurance declaration page and tax returns for 2013.

Times and places for the AARP tax aide program in Orleans Parish are:

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays at the AARP Community Resource Center, 3502 Carrollton Ave., and at the East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd.

9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd., and at the Rosa Keller Library, 4300 S. Broad St.

Schedule an appointment by calling (504) 485-2164. For information about the program call (888) 687-2277.

More tax help

Loyola University College of Law is offering tax assistance to people with low to moderate incomes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays through April 9 in room 112 of the law building, 526 Pine St., with the exception of April 2-6 because the college will be closed for Easter.

Those who live in eastern New Orleans, the Lower 9th Ward, Bywater, the Marigny or St. Bernard Parish, tax help also will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays March 21 and 28, at the Community Center of St. Bernard Parish, 1111 LeBeau St., Arabi.

For information call (504) 861-5668. For pre-recorded directions call (504) 861-5665.

Derby Golf Tournament

The Louisiana Derby Golf Tournament to benefit the New Orleans Fair Grounds’ backstretch community will be held on Tuesday, March 24, at Lakewood Country Club and Golf Course, 4801 Gen. Degaulle Dive. Golfers will gather at 11 a.m., and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Registration closes on Sunday, March 22, and forms can be found at tournament. Players may sign up as a team of four for $450 or as individuals for $125. A team scramble format will be used, and hole partnerships are available. Team handicaps and final scores will be determined by Lakewood Golf Course officials.

Prizes include tickets to Jazz Fest, a two-night stay at the Hotel Monteleone, Edwin Watts gift certificates and Pat O’Briens gift cards. Vendor partnerships are available.

For information, contact Paige Marcinek at paige. or at (504) 948-1161.

Basin cleanup

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s first Spring Sweep is scheduled from 9 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 21, all around Lake Pontchartrain.

The Spring Sweep will complement the annual fall cleanup, which has been held for 25 years. Presented by Entergy, the event will be held in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Clean Up.

Individuals and groups who want to volunteer should contact JoAnn Burke, LPBF education coordinator, at Information about sponsorships and partnerships is available by emailing

Volunteers will be working in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany and St. Charles parishes. A south shore picnic will be held after the cleanup.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at