Virtual events for the week of April 13-19

We found plenty to keep you busy while staying in your home.
Melissa Etheridge promises to give us a free Facebook concert every day until social distancing ends.
Melissa Etheridge promises to give us a free Facebook concert every day until social distancing ends. [ Lauren Dukoff ]
Published April 13, 2020

This week seems to be heavy with cultural and business events. From poetry and worldwide dancing to tips on restarting you business, here are some of the virtual events happening this week:

Poetry Contest: 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. Go to The contest ends Saturday. (727) 724-1525, ext. 4112.

Front Porch Party: The Gulfport Historical Society invites area residents to take a photo of how you or your neighbors are coping with the coronavirus pandemic. All photos must be taken in Gulfport. Select photos will be posted on the society’s Facebook page and shown in an exhibition after safe distancing rules are lifted. For contest rules, go to

Virtual Art Competition: Artists have expressed what happens to them when they are confined by social distancing rules. Now you choose the winner. Go to to see the submissions. Voting takes place through April 27. It’s free to vote and to look at the art anytime through April 27.

Escape Galapagos: The Florida Aquarium partners with the Tampa Bay STEM Network for a virtual reading program aimed at children ages 7 to 14. Author, scientist and storyteller Ellen Prager reads from her new fiction novel Escape Galapagos. Each reading is meant to inspire imagination, an interest in science and a sense of adventure. Readings are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through April 24. Find it at Free. 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Melissa Etheridge: The Virtual Medicine Show: Melissa Etheridge has vowed to do one-hour concerts from her home on Facebook Live every day until social distancing ends. Go to Free. 6 p.m. daily.

Virtual Water Education: In recognition of April being Water Conservation Month, the Southwest Florida Water Management District has a variety of free online resources. Educators and students can go to to access activity sheets, virtual watershed excursions, water education videos and student workbooks. Kids can calculate how much water is used in their home and help devise ways to reduce consumption. Free. Anytime Tuesday-Sunday.

Chakras for Beginners: Learn what foods correspond with each chakra and how to adjust your diet accordingly. Go to Free. 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. (727) 527-2222.

Batman Media’s “Quarantine Edition” Live Trivia Night: Sign up for a account and join Batman Media for a night of live laughs and trivia. Get the Zoom invitation 30 minutes before the game at Free. 7-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. (727) 265-1483.

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Music in the Museum — Live Stream: The Henry B. Plant Museum presents a Facebook performance by classical guitarist John Barr. Go to Free. 10-11 a.m. Wednesday. (813) 258-7302.

Online Chair Yoga: A chair is all you need to get some exercise in your own home. Go to and sign up to get a message with the Zoom access. $7. 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday. (727) 418-7623.

World Creativity and Innovation Week: Changing Your Perspective — The Ocular Effect: World Creativity and Innovation Week encourages people to use new ideas, make new decisions and take new steps toward making the world, and your place in it, better through creativity. In celebration, the Morean Arts Center presents a series of virtual activities April 15-21. This portion features photographer Doc Jon talking about how where you stand and “mind composition” affect photos. Registration required here. Learn more at The registration page provides Zoom information. Free. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Check the website for more in the series. Here are a few happening this week:

The New Normal: This portion features a roundtable conversation on business models in the current climate. Free. 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Rise of the Creative Entrepreneur: This global online summit focuses on creative entrepreneurship and artistic independence. Free. 1-2:15 p.m. Thursday.

Be the Next Big Thing: Branding and digital marketing expert Marc Ensign reveals the secret behind building a personal brand. Free. 2:30-3:45 p.m. Thursday.

Every Next Level of Your Life Will Demand a Different You!: Holistic perspectives and modern ideas on the topic. Free. 4-5 p.m. Thursday.

National Water Dance: Join a simultaneous dance on social media to demonstrate your thoughts on water issues and climate change. All dances must begin and end with the same movements. To watch videos of them, go to Then, join the live stream on Facebook at or Instagram at @nationalwater_dance. Free. 4 p.m. Saturday.

Winter Dreams: Tchaikovsky & Sibelius: TFO (live recording): Tune in to the symphony that launched a legend — Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 — in this live Florida Orchestra recording from last November. Tune into WSMR-FM 89.1 and 103.9 FM radio or stream online at Free. 7-9 p.m. Thursday.

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