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News roundup: free spay/neuter services, free rose pruning demo, LGBTQ job fair, tutoring fundraiser, identity theft warning, Audubon society volunteers needed

Here’s a roundup of various news from in and around the neighborhood.
Seattle Animal Shelter is offering free spay and neuter services, plus microchipping, from Feb. 27 through March 3. Space is limited; to schedule an appointment, call 206-386-4260.

These surgeries usually cost between $144-$186 for dogs, $102-$108 for cats and $90 for rabbits. While there is no residency requirement to take advantage of this special offer, pets of Seattle residents must be currently licensed or a license can be purchased on the day of the appointment. For altered animals, a one-year license is $24 for cats and $35 for dogs; a license is not required for rabbits.

Seattle Rose Society experts will host a free rose pruning demonstration from 12-3 p.m. Saturday, March 4 at Woodland Park Rose Garden at the zoo. Learn tips on the proper tools and techniques for pruning your roses.
Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a free job fair for LGBTQ youth and allies from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E.

Youth of all ages are welcome to attend and there will be many employment opportunities for high school-age youth (14-19) and young adults (19-24). Attendees should come prepared to spend some time visiting the various booths, which will have representatives from private employers as well as City of Seattle youth-employment and stipend programs.

Invest in Youth, which coordinates free tutoring programs at local elementary schools, including Daniel Bagley Elementary by Green Lake, is hosting a special fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. March 3 at 415 Westlake to raise money for its programs. You can buy tickets here.
Seattle Police are warning that tax-related identity theft is a big problem during tax season, as identity thieves try to use stolen Social Security numbers to get a tax refund or a job. Police suggest you contact the IRS if they send you a notice saying their records show you were paid by an employer you don’t know, or more than one tax return was filed using your Social Security number. SPD suggests you file your tax return as soon as possible; don’t routinely carry your Social Security card and always question when you’re asked to provide the number; research your tax preparer; and use a cross-shredder for old and unneeded financial statements.
Seattle Audubon Society is recruiting volunteers for its spring FUN (Finding Urban Nature) program at Greenwood Elementary School.

FUN introduces 3rd and 4th grade students to the nature in their own schoolyard habitat, and examines how each organism depends on others to survive. Volunteers lead small groups of four to six students through a series of outdoor investigations, which teach kids to use their senses and scientific practices to discover the importance of urban biodiversity firsthand.
Volunteers devote about two hours a week for four weeks to lead 4-6 students through each lesson, with the support of the school’s FUN Team Leader and classroom teachers. No previous teaching or science background is necessary; volunteers will attend a training session before going into a school.
The program needs volunteers at Greenwood Elementary School for lessons in April and May.
Contact us at [email protected] or call 206-523-8243 ext. 12 if interested.