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“Think spring” with indoor blooms and green

March, with its warm, sunny spells and continuing cold, gray, wintery, weather, actually brings some plants into bloom.

Very early spring bulbs, witch hazel and hellebores will bloom this month as forerunners of the gardening season to come.

One early bloomer that is in full flower now is the primrose, or primula. A bright, cheery plant, its colorful blooms can be found in many of our garden centers in March. Primulas sport bright, green almost lettuce-like leaves and the flowers bloom on stalks that arise from the center of the plant. Fairy primrose produce white, pink, or purple mini-blooms while other varieties have larger flowers in red, yellow, purple, pink, etc., with contrasting throat colors.

Care of the primrose in your home is relatively easy. They prefer to be located out of direct sunlight as they like indirect light and cooler temperatures. Water your primula as needed and do not allow it to dry out. Every two weeks, give the plant water-soluble fertilizer and pinch off any spent blooms.

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March fun continues as spring begins

Ongoing
Through April 30: Animation Exhibition, Imagination Station, One Discovery Way, Toledo. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m. 419-244-2674. www.imaginationstationtoledo.org.

Through April 25: Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks, Toledo Museum of Art, Canaday Gallery. Photographer, journalist and film director Gordon Parks captured a cross section of the human experience-from wealth to poverty, fame to obscurity. This compelling exhibition was organized by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Sanford University. www.toledomuseum.org or 419-255-8000.

Through May 30: Whistler: Influences, Friends and the Not-So-Friendly, Toledo Museum of Art, Works on Paper Galleries. The exhibition highlights the talents of the iconic American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), positioning his work within the context of his contemporaries, influences, friends, and enemies. www.toledomuseum.org.

Through Aug. 1: Croquet: A Sport Story, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. The Hayes Presidential Center contains the most extensive collection of printed croquet material in the nation and this unique collection forms the basis for an exclusive exhibit examining the history of croquet during its 19th Century heyday. www.rbhayes.org or 800-998-7737.

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Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Toledo, OH

Time goes by so quickly, it can be easy to forget important deadlines and even easier to let critical items fall to the nether regions of your to-do list.

Whether you get to everything or not, time marches on — so we’d like to share some March reminders with you. Tax time is right around the corner. If you haven’t filed your tax return yet, now is the time. But before you begin, you should make sure you have everything you need. For example, if you plan to claim your children or any other dependents on your tax return, you’ll need to have a Social Security number for each individual. If you don’t already have a Social Security number for a dependant, you better get to it right away. Applications and evidence requirements are available online at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber.

Request your 1099 online. If you receive Social Security benefits and your total annual income is $25,000 or more for an individual or $32,000 or more for a couple, you may need to pay taxes on a portion of your Social Security benefits. If so, you’ll need your SSA-1099, which shows the total amount of benefits received in the previous year. All 1099s were mailed by Jan. 31, 2010. If you receive Social Security and have not yet received a 1099 for 2009, you can request a replacement online at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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