FREE INCOME TAX HELP
Assistance by IRS trained volunteers; American Bible Society, 1865 B'way (61st St.), 877-719-2221 to schedule appointment [through 4/17].
HEART OF SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
Austin's film festival seeks entries, categories incl. adult/mature, children/family & comedy. Deadline May 15 with $40 submission fee; 800-310-FEST or www.austinfilmfestival for info.
the SELFLESS SELF
Father Laurence, author of Christain Meditation: Your Daily Practice leads evening of meditation at Sufi Books, 227 W. B'way (betw. Franklin & White Sts.), 334-5212; 7:30, $5.
FREE COFFEE TASTING
Tasting seminar with knowledgeable coffee drinker Aileen Carrell; Starbucks, 540 Columbus Ave. (86th St.), rsvp 780-1900; 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Dinner & socializing for bisexuals & their supporters; NY Spaces, 131 W. 72nd St. (betw. B'way & Columbus Ave.), 714-7714; 6-8, call for info.
THE VINTAGE THRIFT SHOP
New non-profit high-end second hand store opens today?wine & hors d'oeuvres served; 292 3rd Ave. (betw. 22nd & 23rd Sts.), 871-0777; 5, free.
Covenant House Nineline seeks volunteers to help homeless youth & their families; call 727-4031 for info.
IDES OF MARCH
Multimedia collaboration of video projects, installations, sculpture & paintings; ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington St. (betw. Suffolk & Clinton Sts.), 254-3697; call for times & price [through 3/24].
STEVE MADDEN SALE
Annual winter clearance, now until March 31; Three locations: 150 E. 86th St. (betw. Lexington & 3rd Aves.), 426-0538; 540 B'way (betw. Prince & Spring Sts.), 343-1800; 2315 B'way (84th St.), 799-4221.
SINGLES UPBEAT SOIREE
Introductions, buffet, conversation & drinks; Penthouse at Sutton Pl. Suites, 300 E. 58th St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Aves.), 718-875-3878 res. req.; 9:30, $38 [repeats Sat.].
WOMEN WHO IDENTIFY AS BUTCH
Talent show & dance party for Women's History Month?first prize $300; Lesbian & Gay Community Center, One Little West 12th St. (betw. Hudson St. & 9th Ave.), 620-7310 ext.256; 8, $10.
BEAUX ARTS BALL 2000
Prada sponsors The Architectural League of New York's ball with live music, drinks & hors d'oeuvres?dress white; St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave. (112th St.), 753-1722; 9-1 a.m., $100-$500..
CONTRA & SQUARE DANCE
Beginners welcome, no partner needed, live music, wear soft-soled nonstreet shoes; P.S. 199, 270 W. 70th St. (West End & Amsterdam Aves.), 459-4080; 7, $15.
EIGHTH ANNUAL SPRING EVENT
Open bar, buffet-style dinner, dancing & more?benefit for Crohn's disease & ulcerative colitis; Roosevelt Hotel, Madison Ave. (45th St.), 679-1570; 9-1 a.m., $150.
Month-long wine samplings. Today, Fressen Restaurant's Jerri Banks joins Union Sq. Wine & Spirits for "Fantasy & Unusual Wines" theme, 33 Union Sq. W. (betw. 16th & 17th Sts.), 675-8100; 2-6, free.
The International Library of Poetry will award $58,000 in prizes. Contest is free, deadline is April. 30; 410-356-2000 or www.poetry.com for info.
SUNLIGHT EDUCATION & RESOURCE FAIR
Exhibitions, workshops & resources at The Lighthouse, Inc., 111 E. 59th St. (betw. Lexington & Park Aves.), 629-9770; 10:30-5, call to reg.
coping with ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
The NYC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association hosts discussion on managing early, middle & late stages of Alzheimer's disease; 360 Lexington Ave. (betw. 40th & 41st Sts.), 983-0700; 6-7:30, free.
FRIENDLY FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP
Moderate & advanced French speakers gather to read & chat every Monday night at The Magic Carpet, 54 Carmine St. (betw. Bedford & Bleecker Sts.), 914-776-7723; 7-9, free.
DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
Monthly meeting lead by Dr. Ira Laufer; Cabrini Medical Center, 227 E. 19th St., rm. 340 (betw. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), 995-7017; 5:30, free.
ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE
Beginners welcome, no partner needed, live music, wear soft-soled nonstreet shoes; Metropolitan Duane Church, 201 W. 13th St. (7th Ave.), 459-4080; 7, $10.