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TAX SNACKS: For some reason, no matter how high I set my withholding, and no matter how little money I make, I always end up owing the state of Oregon around $300 come April 15. I imagine I'm not alone. Pazzo Ristorante understands the springtime squeeze, and is offering a heck of a deal to ease the pain: a three-course Italian prix fixe dinner for $20.10, served Sundays to Thursdays through tax day. Pazzo Ristorante, 627 SW Washington St., 228-1515, pazzo.com.
FILE FREE: While we're on the subject, here's a bit of help for flustered filers: If you earned $57,000 or less in 2009, you can file your federal income taxes online for free (through H&R Block's very reliable software) at thebeehive.org/freetaxes.
SING IT, STEPH: You'll need to unwind after crawling through the tax maze. May we suggest you spend an evening sipping Manhattans at Jimmy Mak's while listening to the moody crooning of Stephanie Schneiderman? There's no cover! Jimmy Mak's, 221 NW 10th Ave., 295-6542, jimmymaks.com. 7 pm Thursday, April 1. Free. 21+.
THAT'S THE TICKET: The first 50 customers to show up at either Pix Pâtisserie location this Sunday morning will get to take part in an Easter-egg hunt. Each chocolate egg (there are 50 of them) contains a coupon worth up to $50 in Pix goodness. Pix Patisserie, 3402 SE Division St., 232-4407; and 3901 N Williams Ave., 282-6539, pixpatisserie.com. Pix on Division opens at 10 am, Pix North at 9 am Sunday, April 4.
BUDGET BORSCHT: Ararat, everyone's favorite Armenian bakery/market/restaurant/dance club, serves an $8 lunch of pilmeni, shish kebab, borscht, salad and dessert every day. The same menu, at dinner, is $10. Ararat, 5716 SE 92nd Ave., 235-5526.
THEY DON'T SERVE SCHWANZSTUCKER: Kenny & Zuke's Sandwichworks screens classic movies on Tuesday and Sunday evenings at 6:30 and 5 pm, respectively. This Tuesday it's Young Frankenstein. They also show Blazers games. 2376 NW Thurman St., 954-1737. Free.