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State lawmakers, county commissioners and law enforcement officers will hold aPretrial Services Symposium Friday, Dec. 2, at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall. The symposium is free and open to the public.
Hope for homeowners
A panel of financial experts will be on hand to answer your questions about forcelosure, bankruptcy or credit during afree Hope for Homeowners seminar Dec. 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Selby Library Auditorium, 1331 First St., Sarasota.
Fruitville Library 10 years old
And it doesn't look a day over 5. Comecelebrate this anniversary from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, with music, displays and a Mistletoe Market of holiday items.
Run, run, Rudolph!
America's best beach hosts the 35thannual Sandy Claws Beach Run at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Siesta Beach pavilion. This year's run features an DJ spinning tunes, healthy snacks, a raffle, and of course, a visit from Santa.
More mobile health services
Get free and low-cost health services at 15 sites throughout the county in December. Services offered include diabetes screening, blood pressure tests, pregnancy testing, HIV and tuberculosis testing and adult immunizations.
New videos this week
Hear how homeowners in Sarasota County and surrounding cities are using the Get Energy Smart program to save energy and money.
ALSO: When the world's best BMX racers age 2-5 came to Sarasota, the competition was on to see just who was the best of the tiny best.
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: