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DEAR READERS: Still getting those annoying robo calls from fake charities, fake IRS calls and other nuisance calls? It's important to report them to federal agencies so they can gather evidence and put a stop to these people. Be sure to:

• Report all scam calls to the Federal Trade Commission online or call 877-382-4357.

• Report all robo calls or unwanted telemarketing calls to the National Do Not Call Registry at 888-382-1222. You also can go to online and check to see if your phone number is registered. If it isn't, you can place it on the list to avoid those unwanted calls.

DEAR HELOISE: My friends and I love to read, and we enjoy having a lunch together every month. We take the books we've read to the place we're lunching and do a book exchange. If there is a book that no one seems to want, we donate it to a local nursing home or hospital.

-- Beth, via email

DEAR HELOISE: To avoid ironing linen napkins after washing, spread very wet napkins on a smooth, clean surface, pushing out bubbles. Let them dry completely, then peel them off, and you will be amazed at how crisp and smooth they will be.

-- Betty C., via email

DEAR HELOISE: If you get a phone call from someone offering something for free, be very alert for fraud. It might sound good to be offered a free hearing aid or a $100 gift card, but it's usually a scam to get as much information from you as possible. Under no circumstances should you answer any questions from the scammer who calls you.

-- Thomas in Indiana

DEAR HELOISE: In a recent column, I read about airing out a sleeping bag to get rid of the smell. I wash my sleeping bags in my washing machine with mild soap. I have no dryer, so I hang it on my clothesline. The sleeping bags are the same as quilts to wash. When it gets used for a few days, then it gets washed.

-- Opal A.,

Garden Grove, CA

DEAR HELOISE: If you find a clump of mascara on your mascara wand, simply take a textured paper towel and wipe the end of the wand on the paper until all clumps are gone. Do not use facial tissue or cotton pads, as the fibers will stick to the mascara.

-- Barb in New Mexico

Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email

MovieStyle on 03/20/2020

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