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Virtual Weekend Roundup

04/17/2020 12:19AM ● By Jessie Monsivais
By: Jessie Monsivais  Photo via: Texas State Aquarium

If you're missing your daily social interaction with friends and the community, you are not alone. Luckily, there are many ways to keep levity and exuberance present in these days of isolation. We've rounded up a list of virtual events happening in the Coastal Bend to keep boredom at bay and stay connected with the community.  

The Texas State Aquarium is offering a limited series of free Flint Hills Resources Aquavision Distance Learning programs that bring you a closer look at the creatures that inhabit the Aquarium. Each live interactive program offers a live view of the animals and a Q&A with a Texas State Aquarium Educator. All you need to connect is a computer, smartphone, or tablet with internet access. The Aquarium will post their Zoom programming on Facebook Live. Follow the Texas State Aquarium Facebook page to tune in! www.facebook.com/TxStateAquarium

Welcome the weekend with much-needed virtual pet therapy hosted by the Gulf Coast Humane Society. Tune in on their Facebook page as they go live to deliver interaction with the cutest adoptable pets and answer your questions. /www.facebook.com/GulfCoastHumaneSocietyCorpus

Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (MANERR) is helping you get to the beach with their virtual beachcombing excursions. Every Monday at 1 pm, MANERR features their Facebook series, Beach Combing, to allow folks an opportunity to get outside virtually. One o'clock on Wednesdays and Saturdays deliver enrichment to your day, with "Conversations with Tony Amos," a glimpse into the legendary Tony Amos's life, who was a profound researcher at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute. www.facebook.com/manerr

Keeping you connected to art, the Art Museum of South Texas has introduced Creative Distancing, an opportunity to invite aesthetically stimulating individuals into the Museum and let them do their thing. Submit photos of your creations by tagging AMST for a chance to be included as a part of #AMSTLocalLunes. "Just a few minutes of creative fluidity within our walls, and we all start to feel better." www.facebook.com/visitamst

Join artists during virtual Happy Hour every Friday at 4 pm on Rockport Center for the Arts' Facebook page. Curator Elena Rodriguez moderates a Q&A, which explores the artist's practice, philosophy, and body of work. This Friday, April 17, features art duo Lauren Redding (silverpoint draftsman) and Brett Harvey (sculpture). With a new theme every Friday, set up your art supplies while you tune in to create your own artwork. www.facebook.com/rockportartcenter

House of Rock has your Friday night plans covered, and it's perfect for enjoying from your couch. Tune in on YouTube for live streams of your favorite local bands performing. Don't forget to donate while you groove in your living room! www.youtube.com/texashouseofrock