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TONIGHT AT THE SPEEDWAY

Where: Citrus County Speedway, located three miles south of Inverness on U.S. 41.

What: Local drivers in five regular classes, plus Figure 8s.

When: Gates open at 5 p.m.; racing starts at 7.

Admission: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $2 for children ages 6-12, and free to children under 6 accompanied by an adult.

Notes: The points season at the quarter-mile paved oval already is in full swing. The early season has seen several winners in each of the five regular classes. The crowd-pleasing Figure 8s make their second consecutive appearance.

NATURE NOTES

Cleaning up: Project E.A.G.L.E., which stands for Enhancing A Great Living Environment, is a half-day voluntary clean-up of some of the state's most beautiful and scenic waterways and wildlife areas. It's set for July 22.

Project E.A.G.L.E. was launched by the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission in its Central Region last year in an effort to bring together the cooperative efforts of different groups and individuals in the area. More than 700 volunteers worked together to collect nearly six tons of trash _ 54 percent of which was recyclable. The event took place along the entire length of the Ocklawaha River and was so successful that the GFC decided to expand it to a statewide effort this year.

In the Central Region, Project E.A.G.L.E. again will target the areas along the Ocklawaha River and the Lake George Wildlife Managament Area. There will be 11 staging and collection sites, including two at Lake Georgia WMA. The clean-up will begin at 8 a.m. and finish at 1 p.m.

"Project E.A.G.L.E. is a good example of what can be accomplished when groups and individuals work together toward a common cause," said Lt. Joy Hill, GFC's Central Region public information officer. "Citizen support is the reason the original project was so successful. The people saw the need to clean up the river and then banded together to do it."

Volunteers with boats are needed to collect trash and transport it to collection sites. Volunteers also will be needed at those collection sites to sort and dispose of what is collected. There will be plenty to do for anyone who wants to help.

Everyone who participates will get free admission to a concert by country singer Holly Dunn at the Silver Springs attraction later that afternoon.

For more information, call (904) 732-1225.

_ Compiled by JOANNE KORTH

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