While everyone is staying close to home, here is a list of reader-submitted opportunities to learn, take classes, contribute, stroll through galleries, or have front-row seats to hear and see some great musicians — from the convenience and comfort of your own home. All programs and activities are subject to change.
FAU Theatre Lab Goes Virtual: 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents a Playwright’s Master Class, followed by a Playwright’s Forum reading of “The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons” with talk-back at 4 p.m. Zoom master class $30 per event; readings $15 per event. Sundays through October. See fau.edu/theatrelab.
Palm Beach Photographic Centre: (ongoing) Virtual exhibition runs now through Nov. 28. Members Show features the 24th annual juried exhibition. Also on display is an exhibition showcasing works by young people, ages 10-17, from the summer’s virtual FOTOcamp. See the works at workshop.org.
The Symphonia at Home Features Weekly Series: 5 p.m. Thursdays on Facebook Live. The Symphonia hosts a variety of award-winning orchestra members discussing their instruments and sharing solo performances or videos from past concerts. TFor more information, visit thesymphonia.org or call 561-376-3848.
Order a ‘Rumtoberfest@Home’ meal from Bahama Breeze and enjoy a free online Caribbean concert for “Rumaway Monday.” Oct. 5: Patrick Simpson. Oct. 12: Chesley Rolle. Visit BahamaBreeze.com.
16th Annual Art Competition: Deadline Oct. 5. Artists 18 years and older residing in the tricounty area are eligible to participate in this virtual art competition to win $200 in seven categories. Hosted by City of Pembroke Pines and The Best in Show Studio 18. Call 954-961-6067. ppines.com/artcompetition. $15 per piece submitted.
Call for Virtualoso Talent Show: Submit entries by Oct. 15. Virtual talent show open to anyone in South Florida from age 3 to 103. Enter with a 2-minute family friendly video at virtualosotalentshow.com. A $10 application fee required per submission. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Artists and Charities Hand in Hand. For details email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tai Chi for Seniors with Arthritis: The Arthritis Foundation offers gentle class for seniors 10:30-11:30 a.m. through Nov. 4. Regular adult class 11 a.m.-noon through Dec. 1. Classes are virtual from Sunrise on Zoom. For details and link, call the Area Agency on Aging at 954-745-9567 ext.10249 to register. Classes meet twice weekly. adrcbroward.org. Free.
‘Mission United’ Virtual Happy Hour: 5:30–6:30 p.m. Oct. 5, and the first Monday through December. Hosted by United Way of Broward. Programs support U.S. military service members, veterans and their families with employment services, legal assistance, financial stability, education, health and housing information. Register to get Zoom link at bit.ly/335FI07 or call 954-462-4850.
FAU lectures Series: 7 p.m. Oct. 6 features journalist Jeffrey Toobin discussing his new book, “True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump.” Oct. 19. Author Mitch Albom discusses his latest book, “Finding Chika.” FAU’s Osher LifeLong Learning Institute lectures are on Zoom. $10 each. RSVP at fau.edu. Continues through Dec. 8.
Virtual Art Salons on Zoom: 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and the first Tuesday of the month through May. Includes artist introduction, a PowerPoint presentation, followed by an open discussion. See schedule and register for Zoom link at elleschorrphotography.com. Free.
Conversation with Operatic Countertenor Jordan Rutter: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 7. Learn about the career of embracing opera, concert repertoire, and contemporary work and how opera can bring change to society. Presented Stonewall National Museum and Archives in Fort Lauderdale. 954-763-8565. RSVP for Zoom link at bit.ly/3ch12SU. Free.
Cocktails and Composting: 7-9 p.m. Oct. 7. Join the Youth Environmental Alliance that will share ideas with like-minded individuals who enjoy learning composting and gardening tricks of the trade. From YEA in Davie. 954-382-0188. yeafrog.org/events. $10.
Norton Museum of Art Vista Series: 2 p.m. Oct. 8: Book & Art; 7 p.m. Oct. 9: Film & Talk; and Oct. 12: Finale features Tloke Nahuake with traditional Aztec music and dance at the Norton Museum of Art to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day. Call 561-832-5196 or email email@example.com. Visit norton.org/vista for details and see the finale on the museum’s YouTube channel. Registration required for select events; admission free unless otherwise noted.
Train the Brain Campaign & Virtual Workshops: 6-7 p.m. Oct. 8. Build resiliency with self-care and self-talk. Self-empowerment leads to self-improvement. All ages welcome. Also see “Sisters Serving Sisters,” 7-8 p.m. Oct. 9 on Zoom. For more information on the Palm Health Foundation’s behavioral health services email firstname.lastname@example.org. Register for link at TraintheBrainPBC.org. Upcoming: Write to Heal Workshop, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 14. Various workshops through Oct. 31. Free.
Science Off Tap Series — CSI Wildlife: 7-8 p.m. Oct. 8. Next month, Nov. 12: “Mangroves on the Move.” Presented by the Florida Museum of Natural History and University of Florida Thompson Earth Systems Institute on Zoom. Visit bit.ly/3lNZUKP to register. Free.
Festival of the Arts Boca’s 15th Anniversary Virtual Gala: 7 p.m. Oct. 8, Proceeds benefit music education initiatives in the community. Watch the celebration live on Facebook, YouTube, and the Festival’s website. Features presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin; former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky; violinist Joshua Bell, and more. Registration open now at bit.ly/3lugzmF. Silent auction access $10; “Party in Place” packages $150-$350. festivalboca.org.
‘Live from our Living Room’ @ New World Symphony: 7 p.m. Oct. 9 and 23. Virtual concerts on Facebook, YouTube; also on the 1st and 3rd Fridays in November and December. Plus, archived concerts available to stream. Visit NWS Digital at NWS.edu, Free.
Mental Health in Florida Virtual Speaker Series: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 10 with a discussion on Mental Health & Criminal Justice, presented by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Florida. New discussions monthly on the 2nd Saturday through Feb. 13. Register once for the series at namiflorida.org/speaker-series. Free.
Junior League of Boca Raton Offers Free Training for Nonprofits: Virtual workshops include Oct. 10 with Social Media and Digital Marketing; and Nov. 18 with Non-Profit Governance and Board Development. To register for the Zoom link, visit .jlbr.org/nonprofit-assistance.
The Mayor’s Ball will be Virtual: 7-8 p.m. Oct. 10. Monies raised through this event help support programming the Homeless Coalition brings to Palm Beach County residents. To donate, visit homelesscoalitionpbc.org or call 561-355-9912.
The Science of Nature: 10 a.m. Oct. 11. Join the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center on Facebook Live to celebrate the incredible journeys of migratory birds. Learn to identify the bird species that visit warmer winter climates around the world, with a focus on Florida snowbirds. Attendee backyard observations are welcome and encouraged. For ages 10-up. 561-544-8605. gumbolimbo.org. Free.
NSU Art Museum Extends Exhibits: (ongoing) Happy! will be on view through Oct. 11; Transitions and Transformations will be on view through January; plus I Paint My Reality: Surrealism in Latin America and William J. Glackens: From Pencil to Paint will remain until spring. The Museum in Fort Lauderdale begins its new exhibition season Nov. 21 with the South Florida Cultural Consortium exhibition. nsuartmuseum.org.
Veteran Stand Down Court: 1:30-4 p.m. Oct. 12. Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and Legal Aid Service of Broward host this virtual specialty court docket where low income or at-risk homeless veterans can get help. Requires a computer, mobile device, or telephone. Register for Zoom link by email: VetClinic@legalaid.org or call 954-318-4524 and leave a message with name and contact information. browardlegalaid.org or bit.ly/2FRWo27. Free.
Best Selling Author Lisa See: 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 12. Virtual presentation by New York Times best-selling author of “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane,” hosted by National Council of Jewish Women, Greenacres City. 973-476-4592. Register at ncjwpalmbeach.org. $25.
Stonewall Literary Book Club: 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 12. Topic: Sex Toys of the Gods. The Stonewall Literary Book Club meets on Zoom the 2nd Monday of the month. Hosted by Stonewall National Museum and Archives, Fort Lauderdale. 954-763-8565. Register for link at bit.ly/3646rM1. Free.
Tribeca Film Festival Presents Picture a Scientist: 4 p.m. Oct. 13 and 18. Chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. For ages 12-up. Free access; registration required. smdcac.org.
Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital Fundraiser: Open now, ends at noon Oct. 16. The project will provide Title-I schools with free educational programming. Resources will be geared toward K-12 classes to bring them an immersive environmental science experience. Donate at: sawgrassnaturecenter.org or bit.ly/3mQcU3a.
COVID-Relief Concert Series, JazzAid: 8 p.m. Oct. 17. Enjoy cool (virtual) jazz while fundraising for World Central Kitchen by Chef Jose Andres. Online series streaming from the Banyan Bowl. Series continues through April 10. 305-669-6990. pinecrestgardens.org/jazzaid. $15 per show.
Friends of Jupiter Beach Virtual Food & Wine Festival: 4-5 p.m. Oct. 17. This virtual 2-day auction fundraiser ends at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 and offers fun online presentations. 561-748-8140. Register to get link at fjbfoodandwine.org. $26 to commemorate the 26 years of Friends of Jupiter Beach.
Hot Topic Discussion — Election Campaign Ads & Polls: Noon Oct. 21. Panel of experts presented by the League of Women Voters PBC. Register for Zoom link at lwvpbc.org/events. Free.
12th Annual Go Blue Awards: 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. This year’s Loggerhead Marinelife Center event is online and features renowned photographer Joel Sartore as keynote speaker. Sartore has dedicated 25 years to National Geographic Magazine and is founder of the @NatGeo Photo Ark project. Virtual awards ceremony $25-up. marinelife.org/connect/goblue.
‘Ask Hanna' is a Free, Anonymous Health Chat: (ongoing) Submit queries anytime; answers provided 9-a.m.-5 p.m. South Florida PBS stations’ (WPBT & WXEL) Health Channel launched a free health counseling service. This service gives individuals access to general health and wellness related information and answers through a live chat with health advisors who provide immediate responses. Ask Hanna is available online at askhanna.tv.
Emerging Art From War-torn Syria, War and Hope: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Oct. 23. Virtual tours of exhibition available on the ArtServe Facebook page in Fort Lauderdale. 954-462-8190. See bit.ly/3i3DDFQ. Free.
Gift of Life Steps for Life Virtual 5K: Now through Oct. 25. Event is dedicated to raising awareness for blood stem cell and bone marrow transplants. Virtual, from Boca Raton. 917-982-2900. giftoflife.org/virtual5k. Various levels: $30-$60.
Broward Teacher/Entrepreneur Home Office Makeover Contest: Enter through Oct. 31. BrightStar Credit Union will reward one deserving Broward teacher or displaced entrepreneur affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, who needs a new or revamped workspace in their home. Submit a short 30-60 second video explaining why you should win, plus follow and tag @brightstarcu on Instagram. See bscu.org/makeover for rules and more details. Free to enter.
Susan G. Komen Florida Hosts Virtual ‘More than Pink’ Walk: 9 a.m. Oct. 17. To register visit facebook.com/komenflorida. For information about supporting the walk to benefit breast cancer research, contact Denise Mariani at email@example.com. To learn more, call 561-514-3020, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit komenflorida.org or bit.ly/2Rb8Njw. Also, see Publix Special K BOGO promotions during October for Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Hats Off Nonprofit Awards Nominations: Anytime now through Oct. 19. Nonprofits First honors members of Palm Beach County’s nonprofit sector for their dedication to service with the 4th annual Hats Off Nonprofit Awards. The public is invited to submit nominations online. 561-910-3891. HatsOffAwards.org. Free.
The Heritage Project Presents The Afro-Latinx Music Experience: 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 28. Zoom webinar presented by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. This is an artistic “Salon Series” with experts to examine a variety of topics affecting Black artists. Each session is 60 minutes of panel discussion and 15 minutes of audience Q&A. Register at bit.ly/2Rx8L5X. Free.
Spread Love Fundraising: Through Oct. 31. Business for the Arts Broward announced that proceeds from sales of signed limited edition prints of Cey Adams' “Love” mural will benefit BFA’s programming. Virtual fundraising campaign from Fort Lauderdale. 954-940-5344. Donate at bit.ly/33VWtcX. Free to browse, prices vary.
Boca History 101 — A Virtual Lecture Series: Noon-12:30 p.m., Thursdays, through Nov. 12. This 10-part virtual series. Topics include: A Brief History; Pioneer Days; Addison Mizner and the 1920s; and Boca During World War II. Presented by the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum. bocahistory.org. $25. bit.ly/2Yf0W8u. RSVP: 561-395-6766, ext. 101 or email email@example.com.
Broward House SMART Ride Reimagined: (upcoming) Nov. 20-22. Historically it’s been a 2-day 165-mile ride from Miami to Key West. This year, riders are being challenged to ride wherever they are that weekend. Anyone can participate by committing to log the miles, minutes, or any other measurable metric of a physical challenge they choose. Register at thesmartride.org or browardhouse.org.
Delray Affair is Open — Through Dec. 25: (ongoing) Hosted by Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, this year’s event is online. Let your fingers do the virtual strolling while you peruse artist bios and browse cyber shops, galleries, studios and boutiques from local exhibitors and vendors. Visit bit.ly/2PFtDXE.
Digital Days @ Unity of Delray Beach: (ongoing) New talks released 6 a.m. each Sunday. Virtual programs includes sermon and meditation, children’s lesson, plus videos and music by musical director D. Shawn Berry, and soloist Daniel Cochran. Other programs during the week include podcasts, inspirational writings and more at unityofdelraybeach.org.
Food Addicts (FA) in Recovery: 9:30-11 a.m. Sundays. Zoom meeting; contact Foodaddictssf@gmail.com or call 310-422-5959. Sunday Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food issues. Normally meets at Biscayne Medical Arts Center, Aventura. Register for link at bit.ly/2GC6P9V. Repeats weekly.
Ashanti Cultural Arts Virtual Classes & Events. (ongoing) Features beginner hip hop Saturdays 11-11:50 a.m.; advanced hip hop Thursdays 6-7 p.m.; African dance Saturdays noon-1 p.m. and much more. Sponsored by the City of Pompano Beach and the Rotary Club. See ashanticulturalarts.org.
Guy Harvey Facebook Live Sessions: (ongoing) 11 a.m. every Saturday through September. Features talks and resources online through the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation’s (GHOF) Facebook page, including Shark Talk, an educational workbook with stories, artwork, ocean conservation activities and games and quizzes to download at no cost. See facebook.com/DrGuyHarvey.
Broward Center Online Classes for All Ages: (ongoing) Free classes include singing, acting, dancing and improv. Stay connected with this online series available anytime. You can also follow the Facebook page to access previous videos and content. For details, see: browardcenter.org and click on Education@Home or visit bit.ly/2EhNvxA.
‘Voices of Race & Change’ Dialogues: (ongoing) Listen to webcasts curated and presented by author and professor Kitty Oliver, Ph.D. Topics include: Growing up White; School Integration; Ethnic Diversity; and Segregation-era Memories, etc. Features real stories told by people who lived the experiences. Listen at bit.ly/3hc88K1.
From The Frank to You — Virtual Workshops & Lectures: (ongoing) In this virtual classroom, guests of all ages can watch video art-making workshops, step-by-step craft tutorials, video lectures and storybook readings. New content added regularly. The Frank C. Ortis Art Gallery in Pembroke Pines. 954-392-2120. Visit thefrankgallery.org or bit.ly/2FtWCfE. Free.
FAU Galleries Present a Look at Our Past, Present & Future Politics: (ongoing) Through Jan. 15. Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters debuts four online exhibitions that are united by a consideration of current and historic political issues. Each online presentation will be accessible as a link at fau.edu/galleries.
Broward Library’s Facebook Collection: (ongoing) Includes videos curated for all ages. Consider: a recorded Zoom performance by the Miami Children’s Museum; or a “Matter of Fact Show” with MODS. You can meet an engineer from the NASA Artemis Program, take a virtual tour of Flamingo Gardens; or celebrate the legacy of Stevie Wonder. Visit: bit.ly/3igsmCP or broward.org/library. Free.
Palm Beach County Library — Digital Events: (ongoing) Many activities and programs are held on Zoom. Participants must pre-register. Download a PDF with instructions and then sign up for things, like stories and songs about magical unicorns, or learning more about watercolor painting. Whatever piques your interest is now online — from engineering a paper airplane to a Latin-flavor cooking demo. Visit bit.ly/2C62OZE or pbclibrary.org.