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Actor to perform as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in two events

Betty Jean Steinshouer, an actor, will portray author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in a "living history" performance at two events Jan. 12. Rawlings wrote The Yearling, among other books, and Steinshouer's performance will describe Rawlings' life at Cross Creek in Alachua County. The performance is part of the Reading Across Citrus: One Community, One Book project. In that project, Citrus residents are encouraged to read Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray. The book is available at the county's libraries. Steinshouer's performances Jan. 12 will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 W Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs; and 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lakes Region Library, 1511 Druid Road, Inverness. Ray will speak and sign books at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Curtis Peterson Auditorium at the Lecanto school complex.

Homeowners can recycle real Christmas trees for free

LECANTO _ County residents may recycle Christmas trees at the Citrus County Landfill free of charge during January. This recycle program is for homeowners only and dropoff is for natural trees only. Call 527-7670.

Motorcyclist dies at scene after he loses control, misses curve

INVERNESS _ A 47-year-old Inverness man was killed Wednesday evening when his motorcycle went off the road in Sumter County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Anthony Marques of 887 Stately Oaks Drive was driving west on County Road 462 when he missed a curve in the road and veered onto the shoulder, striking a stop sign, according to the FHP. Marques was thrown off the motorcycle and died at the scene, according to the FHP.

Classes for guardian ad litem volunteers set for January

WILDWOOD _ The Florida Guardian Ad Litem program will conduct daytime training for Citrus County candidates on Jan. 13, 14, 18 and 19 at Wildwood City Hall, 100 N Main St. More than 350 children in the county are assigned to the Guardian Ad Litem program. They have been removed from their homes as innocent victims of abuse or neglect and are protected by the courts. Because more cases come into the system than can be resolved, there are too many without volunteer guardians. You can help this critical problem by volunteering your heart, time and skills to advocate for these children in need. For information on this or future classes, call the Inverness office at 341-6725.