FRIDAY: The top collegiate rowing teams in the southeast will take to the waters of Nathan Benderson Park on April 5-6 to battle for the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association (FIRA) Championship trophy.
The North Port Community Health Action Team (CHAT) will host the "Coming Together as a Community for Our Children" forum at the North Port City Hall Commission Chambers, 4970 City Hall Blvd., North Port, at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10.
Benefit from the county's sustainability expertise with a free 30-minute Energy Upgrade workshop. The home efficiency strategy workshops are open to civic groups, clubs, faith organizations and nonprofit associations, as well as businesses that would like to offer the workshop to their employees.
Libraries in the Sarasota County Library System will celebrate National Library Week, April 14-20, and encourage residents and visitors to stop in and experience why libraries are a vital part of the community.
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: