Posted By Alan Donald @ Apr 1st 2020 11:25am In: Events

Spring is finally here and we could not be happier about the pleasant weather, longer days and colorful blooms that it brings! We also have Easter, Passover and Earth Day to look forward to later this month! The COVID-19 pandemic that we are in the midst of has certainly created a very different and uncertain time for us.

However, respecting the social distancing guidelines, stay at home ordinances, and closure of non-essential businesses orders does not mean we have to stop enjoying ourselves. Rather, this gives us opportunities to spend more time with family, to improve our home environments, to participate in events and activities in different ways, and even to volunteer. Many event and activity organizers - both local and remote - have responded to this situation and are offering an array of virtual events and activities.

Plus, there are many other fun and healthy things you can do at home. Please stay healthy and safe, enjoy some of the events and activities listed in our April 2020 Calendar of Events below and share your own findings and ideas with us so we can continue to update this list for everyone's enjoyment:

Virtual Events & Activities:
Daily, 2pm: Virtual History Tours by Bulldog Tours, via Facebook Live
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 5pm: Charleston Music Hall's Listen Here, There, Anywhere Series
Monday - Thursday, 5-5:45pm: Virtual Karate Classes by Japan Karate Institute, via Zoom
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2pm: Virtual Classroom at Live5 News, via Facebook Live
Weekdays, 10am - 2pm: Virtual Aquarium Tours, via Facebook Live
Wednesdays, 1-3pm & 6-8pm: Virtual Watercolor Workshops by Redux Art Center & Mia Loia, via Facebook Live
Wednesday - Saturday, 7pm: Virtual Jazz Shows via Forte Jazz Lounge's Facebook Page 
Weekly music videos by Morantz Entertainment

Tennis at Home by the USTA & Net Generation
Virtual Art History Lessons + Craft, hosted by Dorothy Shain
SCWF Art Contest "Forks, Knives and Spoonbills" Menu Art
No Intermission, Post and Courier and local music and theater professionals
Virtual Group Fitness Classes by the College of Charleston
Virtual Pilates, Meditation & Yoga Classes by Urban Yoga, Satsang Yoga, Tracy Abeles, Charleston Power Yoga, Still Soul Studio
Virtual 5K Training by Fleet Feet, via Facebook Live
Virtual Music Lessons (for Charleston County School District Students), White Key Studios via Facebook Live
Virtual Walkthroughs of the Gibbes Museum of Art through the Google Arts & Culture App & Virtual Gallery Tours 
Virtual Education & Community Program of the Gaillard Center
Virtual Voice Lessons by Amy Billings, email 
Virtual Tap Dance Lessons, The Gracie + Lacy Show, email 
Virtual Barre Classes by Barre South
Tabletopia access to licensed board games

1: Virtual Paint Party with Drew Brophy
1: Virtual Jeep Run, Heart of Illinois Jeeps
1-2: 3D Paper Mosaic, Bloom & Grow  
2: "A Brush With History", Online Watch Party and Q&A
3: Virtual Comedy Show, Zoom
6: Virtual Tai-Chi Beginners Workshop by Master's Studio
9: Are you Camera Ready?, SheHive
10: Sean McGowan - Jazz Guitar - Live Concert Online
21: Lyrid Meteor Shower 

Other Things To Do at Home:
7 Renovation projects to keep you busy - Click Here
8 Virtual Happy Hour games to play - Click Here
250+ Creative ways to keep your family sane during COVID-19 Crisis - Click Here
At home activities - Click Here
Digital board games - Click Here
Exercises to try at home - Click Here
Learn at Home - Click Here
New, must-try dishes - Click Here
Travel lover's guide to staying sane - Click Here
Watch the Charleston Symphony "Pictures at an Exhibition" - Click Here
Word of the Day - Click Here

Local Events Happening In-Person (this is current as of March 31st but readers should continue to monitor the event websites for changes and cancellations):
18: Chucktown Brewdown: Homebrew Festival, Fam's Brewing Co., Charleston
18: Benefit Jazz Concert for Donovan Smalls, Hanahan Amphitheater, Hanahan
18: 20th Annual CYDC Golf Tournament, Bulls Bay Golf Club, Awendaw
U Pick Strawberries, Boone Hall Plantation, Mount Pleasant 

Opportunities to Donate & Volunteer:
Charleston Animal Society 
Charleston Area Senior Citizens 
Donations to MUSC Health  
Hospital Hero 
Lowcountry Food Bank 
Meals on Wheels 
Rent Sons 
Trident United Way 
Misc. opportunities listed via CHSToday 

Some Popular Apps to Try:
For Families: Monopoly, Trivia Crack, Uno
For Kids: GoNoodle, Subway Surfers, Transformers and Rescue Bots
For Adults: Netflix Party, Scrabble, Virtual Poker

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