You can keep your distance and still support the arts, take a fitness class or celebrate Easter. Here are some virtual events that are being held this week. Want to enter an event in our database? Click here to learn more.
Virtual Easter activities
People hid eggs in their yard and took pictures. Now kids from afar can take their time, zoom in and out, move the camera side to side and see how many eggs they can find from the safety of their home. There’s also an egg hunt-themed game. For both activities, go to sites.google.com/a/csisd.org/easter-fun/home/president-s-day-videos. Free. 9 a.m. today-Sunday.
Easter drive-in service
An Easter service you can attend live, from the comfort of your own car. Parking spot reservations are required and can be made at eventbrite.com/e/easter-drive-in-service-tickets-100317151300?aff=ebdssbdestsearch. Free. 5-5:45 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Road, Brandon. (813) 689-4229.
Easter Sunday sunrise service
Join First Unity Church St. Petersburg in celebrating a virtual Easter sunrise service live from North Straub Park. Tune in at facebook.com/unitycampus. Free. 6:45-7:45 a.m. Sunday. (727) 527-2222.
Virtual sunrise service
Bok Tower Gardens holds its 94th annual sunrise service on Facebook Live. The virtual service includes a message from Rev. Tim Nunez, Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Wales, and sacred carillon music performed by Geert D’hollander. Go to facebook.com/pg/boktowergardens. Free. 7 a.m. Sunday.
Handel’s Messiah: the Florida Orchestra
On Easter, the Florida Orchestra shares love and joy through a performance of the full Messiah in this live recording from December. Tune in to WSMR-FM 89.1 and 103.9 or stream online at WSMR.org. Free. 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday.
April is National Poetry Month, and the Safety Harbor Public Library is holding a poetry contest. But it’s not your ordinary poetry contest. Think of it as a mental health exercise. All poems must reflect your fears, frustrations and concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Poets of all ages are encouraged to submit original one-line poems. Winners will be chosen from categories of adult (19 and older), teen (13-18), tween (9-12) and youth (8 and younger). All submissions must be made online at tinyurl.com/uw3vtxy. The contest ends April 18. Free. (727) 724-1525, ext. 4112.
Tampa Theatre Virtual Cinema
Stream exclusive theatrical arthouse films, not available on other streaming platforms. Just create an account, purchase a virtual ticket through the Oscilloscope e-store and you will receive a Vimeo link and password to view the film as many times as you want for three days. Check back, because film titles change. Benefits Tampa Theatre. $11.50 per film. Available today-Sunday. tampatheatre.org. (813) 274-8286.
Virtual B.E. Book Club
Go to the Body Electric Facebook page and RSVP for a link to join a discussion of the classic Women Who Run With the Wolves. Free. 6-7 p.m. today. facebook.com/events/216191276304956/Tampa.
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Thunderdome with Chelsea Hooker
Jobsite Theater and the Florida Bjorkestra combine to bring us a YouTube video of Chelsea Hooker singing Thunderdome, the song made famous by Tina Turner. Listen in at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NebRNKlEN04&=&feature=youtu.be.
Shine Mural Festival
A virtual tour of more than 90 murals created from 2015 to 2018 in St. Petersburg. Click on any mural on the map for detailed information including photos, audio descriptions and artist information. For the virtual map, go to https://stpeteartsalliance.org/shine-mural-festival/. Found at the St. Pete Arts Alliance website. stpeteartsalliance.org.
From Shakespeare to Langston Hughes
Bob Devin Jones of the Studio@620 in St. Petersburg has created a new live stream fireside chat. Tune in at the gallery’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Studio620/. Free. 7-8 p.m. Thursday.
Virtual Career Event for Students and Entry Level Workers
Waitresses, baristas, Uber drivers, cashiers, customer service reps and interns are invited to learn about federal training and service learning programs available. No degrees or experience required. Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/waitresses-baristas-cashiers-uberdrivers-customer-service-interns-tickets-91590470563?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch. Free.
Fair-Tastic Team Building
Think of the sights, sounds and smells of the fair as you virtually escape the confinement of your home. Cracker Country challenges us to build our own turn-of-the-century Florida State Fair. This makes a good team-building challenge. Assign co-workers or friends tasks and invite them to the challenge. Go to facebook.com/Cracker.Country.livinghistory. Free. 10 a.m. today-Friday.
Virtual standup comedy
Amateur comedians from across the country test out their skits on silent digital audiences. Watch them at zoom.us/j/261523536. Even professionals like Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon are having trouble with this exercise. Free. 8-9 p.m. Friday.
Daphne and Friends: The Socially Distant Drag Show
Daphne Ferraro has gathered her friends from across the country to present 90-minute virtual drag shows to benefit drag queens who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. Tune in to the show by following @daphneferrarotall on Instagram. Free. Tip performers through their Venmo accounts. 9:30 p.m. Friday.
Lady Janet’s Digital Drag Show
Tampa Pride grand marshal Angelique Padro, known as Lady Janet, has also organized a virtual drag show. Lady Janet’s Digital Drag Show benefits and stars area drag dancer Robyn Demornay. You can find it at facebook.com/AngeliquePadro. Donations can be made through Cash App at $TheLadyJanet and $Robyndemornay. Free. 7 p.m. Saturday.
Online Aqua Yoga
If you own a pool and are looking for aqua yoga inspiration, go to https://www.christafairbrother.com/events/ and register for a Zoom link. This 45-minute class includes postures and floating meditation. $12. 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday.
Learn From Home with the Ringling
Visit ringling.org/learnfromhome to find art projects families can do at home, lesson plans for teachers and other activities for students. Parents are encouraged to join the Ringling’s Family Programs Facebook group, where they can find educational and creative projects every week. Free. Available anytime daily. (941) 359-5700.
Crayola at Home Activities for Kids
Crayola Orlando provides parents activities to keep kids busy and meet home school standards. Download step-by-step crafting instructions, coloring pages, games, apps and colorful science experiments that use household items. Go to CrayolaExperience.com/Creativity-at-Home. Free. Available anytime daily.
Virtual Holocaust Homeschool Curriculum
Take your homeschooler through various Holocaust topics, including “Dry Tears: The Story of a Lost Childhood,” “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" and “Farewell to Manzanar.” Go to flholocaustmuseum.org/learn/curriculum/. Free. Available anytime daily.
Puff Takes a Nap
Puff is the nickname of the glass furnace at the Morean Glass Studio in St. Petersburg. With the closure of the Morean, Puff was extinguished. Watch a video tracing the process from the removal of the molten glass, its crystallization and the multiday cooling of the furnace. Find it at moreanartscenter.org/2020/03/puff-takes-a-nap/. Free. Available anytime daily.