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Top BMX riders will celebrate Easter in Sarasota
Some of the top BMX riders in the United States and Canada will be in Sarasota this weekend for the National Bicycle League (NBL) Easter Classic, Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24 at the Sarasota County BMX Track, 1500 N. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota.
The Easter Classic is part of the NBL National Championship Series featuring 25 races at venues across the United States. Amateur and professional riders in multiple age groups will compete to qualify for a national title. (MORE)
Express bus service between North Port and Sarasota starts Monday
Beat the high gas prices and commute to work on SCAT's new Express bus service between North Port and downtown Sarasota. Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) will debut its new Express bus service on Monday, April 25.
Give your input on Sarasota County's Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
The county's first Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan is under development. The plan is designed to outline a safe, convenient and efficient bicycle and pedestrian system that provides access to major destinations within Sarasota County and surrounding counties. The first draft is expected to be available in summer 2011.
You are invited to attend a housing seminar on forclosure, bankruptcy, and credit management. Join the community conversation about the housing crisis with our panel of experts: Chief Judge Lee Haworth, 12th Judicial Circuit Court; Sherry Ellis, bankruptcy attorney; and others on Tuesday, May 10, at the Venice Public Library from 6-7:30 p.m. (MORE)
KSCB accepting volunteer award nominations
Keep Sarasota County Beautiful (KSCB) is now accepting nominations until May 9, for the 2011 Volunteer Awards Recognition Program. http://bit.ly/fLKQP7
Special O'Laughlics 6
Tuesday, April 26
7:30 p.m. @ 3333 N. Tamiami Trail (McCurdy's Comedy Theatre)
T-Rec Coalition of Sarasota County is sponsoring this one night only performance by talented comedians who have completed Les McCurdy's special comedy workshops. http://bit.ly/g5D4iW
"Name that insect or spider or ...!"
A guided walk @ Manasota Scrub Preserve
Join Dr. Fred Santana on Wednesday, April 27
At the Lakeview Park Clean-Up, some residents were picking up some branches of a tree when a dangerous Water Moccasin slithered out and dashed into the water. It might be useful to know one when you see it, but the differences between the venomous Florida Water Moccasin (or Cottonmouth) and the wholly harmless Water Snake can be subtle. Here are a few images and links that might help. First, here's a Water Moccasin
Another shot of a Water Moccasin (click for a huge image):
Here's the plain old harmless Florida Water Snake:
Another clue (thanks Ray):
When in water, Water Moccasins move on top of the water - almost as if they were gliding on the surface, like this:
Water Moccasins are to be met with extreme caution. "When a moccasin is nesting or has her young in their nest it will aggressively defend that area," says Ray. "Moccasins have aggressively attacked people."
Water Snakes tend to be partly submerged, partly out of the water, more like this: