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Virtual events for the week of Aug. 31 through Sept. 6

This week brings us virtual events like a trip to Hogwarts and a drag contest.

Streaming Coffee With a Curator: Streaming on the Dali YouTube channel, Kelly Figley, manager of Tampa International Airport’s Public Art Program, discusses the airport’s diverse art collection. Free. 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesday. (727) 823-3767.

Dreams of Dalí in Virtual Reality (at home): Travel through Dreams of Dalí using your home virtual reality systems. Go to and download the tool that fits your device. Free.

Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of Coronavirus: A virtual exhibition expressing artist impressions of the current reality of the coronavirus. Find it at Remains on virtual display through Dec. 12. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. (813) 974-4329.

Neighbors: Slideshow for America: Numerous photographers present slideshows featuring U.S. communities that are underexposed during COVID-19. Find it at Free. 10 a.m. daily. (813) 974-5866.


Imagine Our Florida’s Virtual 5K: Run or walk at your own pace and on your own time. Sign up at for the link to self-report your time. You can run on a treadmill, around the block or out in nature. You have until Dec. 31 to complete your run. $25. (727) 742-2029.

Save the Manatee Virtual 5K: Run, walk or bike your favorite course near home and receive a manatee T-shirt, finisher’s medal and race bib. Benefits Save the Manatee Club’s manatee conservation efforts. Sign up at Donations appreciated. (407) 539-0990.

Yoga as a Quiet Meditation: Certified yoga instructor Aileen Curtin leads an hour of quiet meditation. Find it on the First Unity Spiritual Campus Facebook page. Donations appreciated. 6-7 p.m. Monday. (727) 322-4610.

The Yoga Hour (Virtual): Instructor Sharon Orbin takes you through yoga poses for relaxation and balance. Call the center for access information. $10 suggested donation. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. (813) 922-8167.

Running With the Rays: Run the equivalent of 3.1 miles at your own pace and in any location. Benefits the Rays Baseball Foundation and the Rowdies Soccer Fund. To register, go to Run ends Sept. 30. $50. Anytime Tuesday-Sept. 30. (727) 825-3242.

Centering Prayer: This contemplative method of silent prayer follows Thomas Keating methods. Call the Franciscan Center for a Zoom ID. Free (donations appreciated). 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday. (813) 229-2695.

Mindfulness Meditation: Learn mindfulness practices to help reduce stress, focus your intention, gain happiness and improve your health. Tune in on the First Unity Facebook page. Free (donations appreciated). Noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday. (727) 322-4610.

Overcoming Clutter: Learn effective techniques to become more organized, reduce stress and have more time to do things you enjoy. Find the class at Free. 4-5 p.m. Wednesday. (727) 298-3080, ext. 1710.

Virtual Meditation 101: Elizabeth Faubert teaches you the basics of meditation to achieve relaxation. Call for a Zoom ID. 2-3 p.m. Thursday. (727) 298-3080, ext. 1710.

SHINE Medicare Counseling Via Phone: To make an appointment to speak confidentially with a local SHINE Medicare counselor by phone, call (727) 724-1525, ext. 4107, or go to Free. 1-4 p.m. Thursday.


Virtual “Back to Hogwarts”: Enjoy the Magic at Home: Tune in to to get to a virtual Platform Nine and Three Quarters, where you’ll find celebrity readings, Cineconcerts, wand combat tricks, a movie marathon, themed crafts and recipes. Find it online through Tuesday. Free. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Tuesday. (720) 338-1068.

FRIENDS Virtual Dance Party: Special-needs families can burn some energy with a virtual dance party via Zoom. Disney attire encouraged. Join at Free. 7-9 p.m. Saturday. (813) 245-2782.

Performing arts

Friday Night Virtual Concerts: Find reruns of Francis Wilson Playhouse’s virtual Friday Night Concert Series at Performances include Stay at Home Cabaret, FWP Meets Laugh-In, Summer Holiday and Radio Days. Free (donations appreciated).

My Vote, My Voice, My Right: One City Chorus presents their song about the current state of voting in America. Go to their Facebook page to view it. Free.

Virtual Drag Contest: As part of an inclusivity outreach into the LGBTQ+ community, Come Out St. Pete is hosting a virtual drag contest for drag queens, kings, trans and non-binary. Winners get $250 in cash and prizes. Enter at through Sept. 7. Free.

Pants Optional Comedy Online Happy Hour: Comedians from Tampa Bay, Ohio and England make you laugh from home via Zoom. Rated PG-13. Register at for a Zoom ID. Free (registration required). 6-7 p.m. Wednesday. (813) 598-9653.

Living Room Plays: Featuring selected scenes and favorite artists from more than 40 years of American Stage productions. Plays are performed on the virtual stage. Call American Stage for viewing instructions. Free (donations appreciated). 8-9:30 p.m. Friday. (727) 823-7529.


Virtual Comedy Class: Comedians from Spitfire Theater teach the fundamentals of comedy. This is the first of a six-week series. For a Zoom ID, register at $200 (all six weeks). Noon Sunday.

Virtual Plant Sale: Go to to pick out and pay for your choice of more than 300 plants. Then, pick them up between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday at the clubhouse, 405 Seminole St., Clearwater. Plant prices vary. Anytime Monday-Saturday. (727) 316-5504.

Flash Fiction Contest: The librarians at Barbara S. Ponce Public Library are hosting a flash fiction contest. Ages 8 and older are invited to enter a 1,000-word or less fiction piece based on preselected theme. Call the library for the theme. Submission period is Monday-Sept. 7. Winners receive prizes and get their work printed in a zine that will be distributed at the library. Visit for more information. Free. 10 a.m.-11:59 p.m. daily. (727) 369-0669.


Artist Laureate Conversation: The Mickett-Stackhouse Studio hosts Noel Smith for a conversation on “political art.” Find it on the Creative Pinellas Facebook page. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. Monday.

Voting Is Our Voice Weekly Discussions: A weekly series of discussion on voting and democracy issues that are important to the Black community. Register at for a Zoom ID. Free. 6-7 p.m. Wednesday. (727) 323-1104.

Stonewall Conversation: Artist Steve Locke: Locke discusses public monuments, who decides if they get installed and the impact they have on future generations. Go to, hover over “programming” and select “public programming” to register for a Zoom ID. Free. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.


Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: The festival streams movies to your home. This portion features the three-part French miniseries Proud. Each part focuses on the historic moments of one man. Rental periods last for five days. To register, go to $12. Anytime Monday.

Taste the Town: Area restaurants unite to generate business, posting weekly menus and specials on Facebook so diners can form their dining strategy before leaving home. Find the menus on the Taste the Town Facebook page. Available through Sept. 7. Free (food/drink additional). Noon daily through Sept. 7. (727) 461-0011.

Tampa Virtual Game Night: Sessions of virtual trivia, charades, drawing and other games. Find them at Free. 5-11 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Toll-free 1-833-202-7626.