Take a survey about Suncoast Parkway
Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, a division of the Florida Department of Transportation, is seeking input about travel on the Suncoast Parkway in an effort to improve travel in Hernando and Citrus counties. Travelers are asked to take an online survey at legacy.rsgsurvey.com/s12101/passwordx.asp?x=HCC. The survey, which is available through the end of today, is conducted by Resource Systems Group, a national transportation market firm. Answers will be kept confidential. For information, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org and reference the Suncoast Parkway Travel Survey.
Animal Services meeting is Tuesday
A town hall meeting to discuss the findings in the recent audit report of county Animal Services is planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Palace Grand in Spring Hill, weather permitting. Panelists include John Druzbick, county commissioner; Mike Nickerson, the county's public safety director; Richard Silvani, executive director of the PetLuv Nonprofit Spay and Neuter Clinic; Mary Peter of Stillwater Dog Training; and veterinarian Raul Figarola. The meeting has been organized by Joanne Schoch of the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. The public is invited.
Be alert for smoke, controlled burns
The Southwest Florida Water Management District will continue conducting controlled, prescribed burns in the Weekiwachee Preserve during August and September. Approximately 400 acres will be burned in small, manageable units. The burns are part of routine maintenance of lands managed by the district to avoid uncontrolled wildfires and enhance natural conditions. Burns will be conducted only when weather conditions are favorable. Efforts will be made to ensure that smoke does not affect homes or highways, but motorists should use caution when smoke reduces visibility. Call (352) 796-7211 or toll-free 1-800-423-1476, ext. 4467.
Christmas singers ready to rehearse
The Nature Coast Festival Singers will begin rehearsals for the group's Christmas concert series on Monday. The group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. New singers are welcome. There are no auditions. First-time members need only pay for the music the first year. For information, call (352) 666-0674 or (352) 556-8549.
Boating skills class for all levels is $50
A Boating Skills and Seamanship course will be offered from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 23 at the Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St. This course is for both experienced and new boat owners. Topics include navigation, powering a boat, lines and knots, weather and the boat's radio, and instructions for using a course plotter. Those who take the course receive a Florida safety education ID and may be eligible for insurance discounts. The cost is $50. Call Jeff at (352) 397-5417.
Tommy Mara and the Crests benefit concert: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show at 8, Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. $25, plus tax; bring a school supply. (727) 863-7949.