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These Corpus Christi events have canceled or are postponed amid coronavirus concerns

The Corpus Christi Caller Times logo The Corpus Christi Caller Times 4/15/2020 Staff reports, Corpus Christi Caller Times
a car that has a sign on the side of a road: A billboard near the Crosstown Expressway on Friday, March 13, 2020, displays information about the coronavirus and the hotline set up by the City of Corpus Christi and local health district. © Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times A billboard near the Crosstown Expressway on Friday, March 13, 2020, displays information about the coronavirus and the hotline set up by the City of Corpus Christi and local health district.

Editor's Note: The item on Beach to Bay in the Events list has been corrected.

As the coronavirus spreads across Texas and the country, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times wants to keep you updated on the latest news in our community and state. Numerous events and places have been closed, canceled or postponed.

Here are the latest updates: 

Events

The South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center has cancelled the April 4 Big Bloom.

While the garden will not have a massive plant sale, it remains open, with measures put in place for the safety of guests and workers.

-Mosaic Project of South Texas has postponed PRIDE 2020 events originally scheduled for June to October 2020.

-Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation has canceled all Easter Weekend camping and barbecue site reservations at Labonte and West Guth parks. All other special events permits have also been revoked until further notice.

-Arise-N-Run is postponed. 

-The SkillsUSA Texas Leadership and Skills Conference is canceled. The event was scheduled for April 2 through 5.

-All programs at Texas state parks have been canceled, though the parks remain open. Local state parks include Mustang Island State Park, Goose Island State Park in Rockport and Lake Corpus Christi State Park in Mathis.

-Rialto Theater in Aransas Pass is postponing the remaining performances of Murder on the Orient Express.

-The annual Earth Day Bay Day event is canceled. The event was scheduled for April 4. The Coastal Bend Bay Foundation will continue to celebrate Earth Day Bay Day through social media.

-All ranger-guided programs at the Padre Island National Seashore are canceled.

-Beach to Bay Relay Marathon is rescheduled to Oct. 10. The run originally was scheduled for May 16 because it traditionally is on Armed Forces Day, the third Saturday in May.

-Buccaneer Days, including the carnival and rodeo, will be postponed until November. The event was originally set for April 30 through May 10.

-The Aransas County Historical Society and the Rockport Center for the Arts are postponing the 'Art in the Texas Governor’s Mansion' presentation by Erika Herndon. The event was scheduled for March 26.

-Corpus Christi's Vestido Rojo event at the Solomon Ortiz Center has been postponed. The event was originally scheduled to take place on March 21.

-The South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center's Big Bloom event, which was set for April 4, has been canceled.

-The Bend Magazine's 5th Annual Brunch on the Bay event has been postponed. Tickets already purchased for the event will be transferred to the new date once decided.

-The Corpus Christi MPO Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting on Thursday, March 19 has been canceled.

-The State of the City event, which had been set for Thursday, March 19, will be rescheduled for later this year at the American Bank Center.  All tables and sponsorships purchased for the event will be honored for the future date, according to the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce.

-Coastal Conservation Association Banquet on Thursday, March 19 is canceled.

-Senior Officer’s Exam on Thursday, March 19 is canceled.

-Food Truck Festival on Saturday, March 21 is canceled

-Pops in the Park on Saturday, March 28 is canceled

-Nine High School baseball games at Whataburger Field are canceled.

-The Texas State Golden Gloves tournament in Fort Worth has been canceled until further notice. A dozen boxers from Corpus Christi were scheduled to compete in the event.

-The 2020 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) convention, held at the Omni Hotel & Resorts this year, was cancelled as a precaution.

-The Southland Conference followed the lead of other NCAA conferences and cancelled its men's and women's basketball tournaments as a precaution.

-The IceRays announced on Thursday that the North American Hockey League has suspended the 2019-20 NAHL season because of concerns with the coronavirus. The IceRays were scheduled to play Odessa in a three-game set Friday through Sunday at the American Bank Center. It is not known at this time when the season will resume.

-On the heels of Major League Baseball announcing that spring training will be suspended and the start of the season will be delayed, Minor League Baseball also put out a release that the start of the minor league season will be delayed. The Hooks were scheduled to start their 2020 season April 9 against Northwest Arkansas at Whataburger Field. An exhibition game between the Hooks and Round Rock Express was also scheduled for April 5 at Whataburger Field.

Venues

-Corpus Christi Animal Care Services has closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. Adoptions, fostering and return-to-owner services will continue by appointment by calling 361-826-4630. Drop-off of strays, wildlife and owner surrender (except for quarantine of biting animals) is suspended until further notice. 

-Corpus Christi Municipal Court lobby is closed until further notice. Citations can be paid online or by mail. 

-The South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will close to visitors beginning Friday, March 27.  

-Goodwill Stores and Donation Stations in Corpus Christi, Alice, Beeville, Kingsville and Portland are closed until further notice.

-The Malaquite Beach Campground will be closed until further notice. This includes the dump station at the campground. The Bird Island Basin will remain open and camping will be allowed on North and South beaches.

-Waves Resort on Padre Island will remained closed until the summer of 2021.

-The Texas Department of Public Safety has closed all driver's license offices in the state.

-All local Social Security offices are closed to in-person visits. Business is still being conducted online and by phone; call 866-613-2859 or visit https://www.ssa.gov/onlineservices/.

-All branches of Corpus Christi Public Libraries are closed as of Friday, March 20. Online resources available with a library card include eBooks, eMagazines, audio books, and reference materials at https://www.cctexas.com/library.

-All local state parks remain open but have closed public access to park headquarters, visitor centers and park stores. Park bath houses remain open. Local state parks include Mustang Island State Park, Goose Island State Park in Rockport and Lake Corpus Christi State Park in Mathis.

-Portland is closing its Senior Citizen Center, Community Center, Sports Complex and Municipal Park athletic fields and splash pads, and Bell/Whittington Library.

-The Exchange will be closed.

-The Texas State Aquarium is closed..

-The Art Museum of South Texas is closed.

-The Art Center of Corpus Christi is closed.

- Wings Over South Texas Air Show, originally set for April 4-5 at Naval Air Station Kingsville, is canceled.

-The Aurora Arts Theatre has postponed its productions of 'Rumors',' which was opening on Friday, March 20. Auditions for upcoming productions are canceled until further notice.

- The Harbor Playhouse will be going dark until further notice. The theatre plans to reschedule its run of'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' and its production of 'Pirates and Petticoats." Auditions for 'We Will Rock You' will also be rescheduled.

-Corpus Christi city officials announced the closures of the American Bank Center and Whataburger Field late Thursday. Both are expected to be closed until March 22. The events affected are:

-The YWCA CC will close at the end of Sunday, March 15, 2020 and remain closed for one week.

Nueces County Appraisal District offices will be closed to the public until April 1, as of Wednesday, though staff will be on site. Appraisal Review Board hearings for March will be rescheduled. Property owners can access appraisal district services and file protests by calling 361-881-9978 and leaving a voicemail, on the website at nuecescad.net or by email at rcanales@nuecescad.net. 

The City of Corpus Christi announced more closures on March 19. The following are closed until further notice:

  • Collier Pool and the Natatorum 
  • Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center
  • the Learning Center
  • Latchkey Program,
  • Corpus Christi 
  • Collier Pool and Corpus Christi Natatorium
  • Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center (Walking trails and playground are open daily, dawn to dusk.)
  • Corpus Christi Gym and Ben Garza Gym
  • Recreation Centers
  • All eight Senior Centers (Only serving curbside meals Monday- Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
  • Senior Companion Program 
  • Retired and Senior Volunteer Program 

More: Corpus Christi coronavirus preparations: Here are live updates on COVID-19

More: Texas coronavirus update: Gov. Abbott declares a 'state of disaster' for all counties

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