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Show off your green thumb earlier than Arbor Day

Show off your green thumb earlier than Arbor Day

Citrus County, Florida -- Arbor Day is a great excuse to get out in the sunshine and get your hands dirty every year on the third Friday in April. This year, the opportunity is coming earlier than Apr. 29, though, and it's hitting even closer to home.

Citrus County residents are invited by the Southwest Florida Water Management District to help plant hundreds of live oak and longleaf pine trees on "local" Arbor Day, Friday, Jan. 21, which was chosen because it is the ideal time to plant trees in our local climate.

The event, which is scheduled to take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., will take place at the district’s Lake Panasoffkee property at 7519 N.W. 18th Way.

Friday Night Thunder

Friday Night Thunder

Inverness, FL -- Friday Night Thunder is rolling into town this week.

On Friday, Jan. 21 you can jump on board some of the hottest rides, scope out trendy sports cars, and hitch a ride into the past with some of the classics.

Presented by the Citrus County Corvette Club and the City of Inverness, this car cruise has something for everyone, so grab the kids and head over the Inverness Government Center, located at 212 West Main St., between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Concert at the Courthouse

Concert at the Courthouse

Inverness, FL -- Citrus County is putting on it's dancing shoes.

Guitarist Jack Williams will be performing at the Historic Courthouse in downtown Inverness on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Guests will be allowed into the event at 6:30 p.m. with a $10 admission fee.

The music will begins at 7. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information visit, inverness-fl.gov.

Professional Workshop this Wednesday

Professional Workshop this Wednesday

Citrus County, FL --

Professional Development Workshop

Date & Time: Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 9:00 a.m.

Place: College of Central Florida Conference facility

This month's topic is "International Trade". Representatives from the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Florida, and the Ocala Chamber of Commerce will have a panel discussion on international trade & exporting. 

For more on this event and to make a reservation visit, the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce.


Free screening of 'How to Train Your Dragon' tonight!

Free screening of  'How to Train Your Dragon' tonight!

Lecanto, FL -- As part of Lecanto's Movies in the Park Spring/Summer series, the hugely successful animated film How to Train Your Dragon will be shown for free under the stars tonight in Lecanto Park.

Bring your own picnic basket, blanket, and seating to this free family event, and dress appropriately for the weather, because the screening is outside.

The show will start at dark, and fresh popcorn will be provided.

Lecanto Park is located  at 3505 W. Educational Path in Lecanto. Tonight's film is about a hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons before unpredictably becoming the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself. It is rated PG and runs 98 minutes long.

The rest of series' schedule is below:

Bird Trail to re-open on Monday

Bird Trail to re-open on Monday

Citrus County, Florida -- According to the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners, The Eagle Snag Bird Trail at the county landfill will be reopened Jan. 18 after an expansion project temporarily closed the trail. The trail will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The completed project will provide an additional 800,000 cubic yards of disposal capacity at the landfill.

Bird watchers must go to the landfill office first and register before setting out on the trail where they can see eagles and many other birds that visit the landfill. There are several vantage points where birdwatchers can stop and observe or take photos.

Construction expected to slow traffic in coming weeks

Construction expected to slow traffic in coming weeks

Crystal River, FL -- Those that regularly drive the intersection of County Road 491 and C.R. 486 in Citrus County should prepare for slower traffic in the coming weeks, according to the Board of County Commissioners. More utility work is scheduled through the end of January.

Motorists on the 491/486 intersection should be watchful for the next two or three weeks as the contractor for the C.R. 486 widening project makes lane shifts for traffic near the intersection of the two roads.