Sarasota County Government offices, including libraries, Sarasota County Historical Resources and recreation centers, will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Other entertainment includes music by The North Port Chorale, The North Port Woodwind Quintet and The Fiddle Crabs String Band; demonstrations of quilting, wood carving and spinning; and dramatic performances by storyteller Katie Adams in a unique version of the Johnny Appleseed story told through quilts.
Registration is still open for the two-week class series, scheduled for 9-11 a.m.Dec. 1-5 and 6-8 p.m.Dec. 8-12. Each participant will have the opportunity to create and take home unique items including homemade wreaths and natural home cleaning products.
Twenty-two individuals and groups from the more than 2,500 people who participated in KSCB events this year were honored at the Nov. 12 dinner at the Circus Arts Conservatory - Sailor Circus Arena following a nomination and selection process.
Mediation is an informal and voluntary process to resolve disputes before resorting to litigation. It saves filing fees and is free to any person living in the 12th Judicial Circuit. No problem is too small or too large, and locations are available in Arcadia, Bradenton, Sarasota and Venice.
The county has extended a conditional offer of employment to a new director of the Office of Financial Management (OFM). The candidate, Kimberli Radtke, has spent the past eight years working as the county's operating budget manager.
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County's (DOH-Sarasota) Health In Motion Mobile Medical Unit staff will provide free and low-cost health services at 11 sites around the county during December.
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: