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Weekend Preview



Widespread in North America, this melodious bird is among the most familiar of birds in the US.
Volunteers will walk in a line, elbow to elbow, to flush sparrows into a row of mist nets. Once the birds have flown into the nets, they will be banded, and then released.

Five AM Faith and Fitness

The early bird catches the worm, right? Or in this case, the early bird gets fit! Elaine Monagas, owner of New U Weight Loss Center has started an early morning fitness group for anyone who wants to get healthy. The group meets at 5 am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at her shop located in – plaza on Northcliffe Blvd and they head out on a journey to get fit together. I’ll admit, I’m not a morning person. Elaine had been inviting me to join the group for a few weeks and I kept putting it off because I couldn’t bring myself to get up and active that early.

Light displays that are sure to amaze


The Griswald Family Light Display at 3920 S Swan Terrace in Homosassa.

Wildlife Park Wonder

Sebastian Hawes will be orchestrating the holiday lights display at Ellie Schille Homosassa Springs State Park. He has been creating amazing holiday lights displays since at least 2008. He was 16 then and his lighting display captured the public's attention.

This year Homosassa State Park Celebration of Lights is a nine evening event from Saturday December 17 through Christmas Eve December 24.

A donation of $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 3 through 12 is suggested. Children age 2 and under are admitted free.

Thanksgiving Happenings 2016


There are always so many wonderful ways local businesses and organizations give thanks and celebrate on Thanksgiving. Here are a few of them.

• Taipei Taipei in Brooksville is providing a free outdoor buffet for all to enjoy. The buffet will be comprised of his top ten dishes. Taipei Taipei is located at: 322 N Broad St; Brooksville, FL 34601-3805. The event will take place between 12 and 3PM on Thanksgiving Day. The owner of Taipei Taipei states, "Thanksgiving is a time for family. You are my family. We deeply grateful (sic) for the life we built...here."

The Giraffe Ranch

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Elena Sheppa talks with group from Melborne before going on the tour.

Just over the Withlacoochee River on 98-301 heading to Dade City on Mickler Road is a ranch that started out with cattle, but now specializes in species a bit more exotic.

On the 46 acre property, giraffe, zebras and ostriches roam freely in an area that mimics their natural habitat.  Visitors can choose to view the ranch by Safari Truck, Segway or even by Camel.

Florida Travels: perfect locations for campers

photography by Melissa Fordyce


Our state has some of the most beautiful and diverse places to visit. You can travel from one end to the other and feel like you have been completed transported to another part of the country.

My family and I love to camp, but we are fairly new to it. Since owning our camper, we have visited 3 beautiful locations in the great Sunshine State.


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