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All Stark Cultural Venues Closed and Events Canceled

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All Stark Cultural Venues Closed and Events Canceled

After careful consideration, the Stark Museum of Art, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center and the W.H. Stark House are to close beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and will remain closed until further notice. This includes general admission and all venue offices including The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation. All special programming and events scheduled at Stark Cultural Venues will be canceled through May 1, 2020.

Tad McKee, CEO of The Nelda C. and H. J. Lutcher Stark Foundation said, “Our highest priority is the health and well-being of our community and employees. We want to be responsible and help keep our patrons, staff, and volunteers healthy.” The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation is monitoring the progress of the Covid-19 virus and following the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will update as needed. Stark Cultural Venues staff are saddened to close the doors to such a wonderful and supportive community but want to do what is best for everyone.”

For more information, please visit Starkculturalvenues.org.

Cancellations for Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center:
-Spring Into Nature Camp – March 17-19
-Saturday Adventure Series: Incredible Adaptations – March 21
-Bird Watching Wednesdays – March 25, April 8 & 22
-Saturday Adventure Series: Trash to Treasure – March 28
-Up Close with Nature – March 28
-Saturday Adventure Series: Cooking with Chef Soleil – April 4
-Saturday Adventure Series: Bark Art – April 11
-EcoFest and Butterfly Release – April 18
-Saturday Adventure Series: Hop, Ribbit, Splash – April 25
-Up Close with Nature – April 25

Cancellations for W.H. Stark House:
-Second Friday & Saturday Tours – March 13-14
-Second Friday & Saturday Tours – April 10-11
-Art in the Park 1st Floor Tours – April 4
-Chapter One: Literature & Legacy at the W.H. Stark House – April 16
Postponed for a later date:
Stark Reading Contest County Final

Cancellations for the Stark Museum of Art:
-CREATE! Workshop: Glazing Pottery – March 14
-Spring Break Doodle Days – March 17-20
-Drawing Teacher Workshop – March 27
-Lunch & Look Drawn to Horses: Ila Mcafee – March 28
-Follow the Line Juried Student Art Reception & Awards – April 1
-SMA Playdate: Let’s Build – April 3
-Afterschool Art (9th – 12th) Drawing Realistic Hands – April 7, 1, 21, 28, May 5
-Easter Face Painting – April 10
-CREATE! Workshop: 3D Pop Art Portraits – April 25
-SMA Playdate: Let’s Play with Clay – May 1
Postponed for a later date:
Adult Studio Workshop: Pottery Wheel Basics

Updated: Lutcher Theater Closed Until Further Notice

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Lutcher Theater Postponing and/or Rescheduling Events
The Lutcher is closed until further notice and has temporarily suspended all public performances and events beginning today, March 17 through April 30, 2020, in compliance with orders and recommendations regarding the coronavirus and social gatherings declared by the Center for Disease Control and our federal, state and local governments.
The impacted events are:
  • Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – March 19th
  • Peter Rabbit Tales – March 25th (Lutcher Incredible Kid’s Event)
  • Fiddler on the Roof – March 30th
  • Viva Momix – April 5th
  • Service League Follies – April 17th
  • Diary of a Wombat – April 27th (Lutcher Incredible Kid’s Event)
  • Rent – April 30th
They are currently working with agents and producers attempting to reschedule events. As soon as they have “show-specific” information, the Box Office will contact the ticket holders for each show. If deemed safe to gather, and they are able to reschedule the show, your ticket for that show will be transferrable for the new date. If they are unable to reschedule or if you are unable to attend on the new date, you will be eligible for a refund.
Because so much of this information is still unknown, and because rescheduling involves decisions by several parties at various levels, they will not be able to process any refunds until final decisions are made for the remainder of the season.
The Lutcher Theater is working diligently to resolve these matters and will be in touch with you via email or phone call as soon as plans are finalized. Questions can be directed to boxoffice@lutcher.org or you may leave a voicemail at 409.886.5535. They are checking messages regularly.

Orange County Issues Disaster Declaration and Emergency Order

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First Case of COVID-19 Reported in Orange County

Orange County Judge John Gothia has issued a disaster declaration for Orange County effective immediately for the next 30 days..

Provisions within the declaration:

  • Any event sponsored by Orange County will cease
  • No gatherings of events of greater than 50 people
  • Limit visitation in nursing homes and senior centers
  • 24 Hour curfew in place for those under 18, not in school, and not accompanied by parent or guardian, or not arriving at or leaving from place of employment
  • punishment for price gouging for a variety of goods

Grocery stores and restaurants are left up to decide how to operate.

You can read the full disaster declaration here and the full emergency order here.

WOCCISD Cancels School Beginning March 23 Through April 3

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In anticipation of a Disaster Declaration of Emergency by Orange County, WOCCISD will close its schools out of an abundance of caution beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020. Our district will reassess this closing on or before Friday, April 3, 2020. Our goal is to return on Monday, April 6, 2020.

In the near future, our district will provide information related to a flexible education program. This program will provide educational opportunities in a variety of ways. We are also working on a plan to continue providing student meal service as well. Please be patient with us as we design these programs.

As you know, this is an unprecedented event, and it will take some time to coordinate these educational efforts. We plan to meet with our Leadership team to prepare for this new type of instruction. We will release more specifics later this week.

LCMCISD Cancels School March 17 Through April 3

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From Superintendent of Schools, Stacey Brister…

Out of an abundance of caution, LCM CISD will implement a Flexible Education Program (FEP) beginning Tuesday, March 17th, through Friday, April 3rd. Students will not report to school beginning tomorrow.

The FEP will include a blended instructional approach with both online and paper/pencil learning tasks. This plan will vary by grade level. Information regarding academic planning for your child will be sent from your child’s teacher.

The District will re-evaluate this plan on Friday, April 3rd, with a decision on continuing the flexible schedule or returning to school the following week. Parents will be notified of the outcome of this decision on or before April 3rd.

We also anticipate delivery of both breakfast and lunch by district transportation beginning tomorrow on students’ bus routes. We will use School Messenger to notify you of delivery schedules.
As we continue to navigate through the challenges presented by COVID-19, we will continue to update you with information regarding your child’s Flexible Education Program through School Messenger and District Facebook.

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