A ‘novel’ approach to the Mutt March Festival tomorrow

Mutt March Festival adapts to novel coronavirus pandemic

The CoVid-19 pandemic resulted in numerous canceled events, but two organizations are definitely going ahead with theirs — one happening only “online,” the other re-scheduled to a definite date four months down the road.

The 17th annual Mutt March Festival, sponsored by the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast at Memorial Park on Saturday, March 28, is not taking place in person, but a “virtual” Mutt March is set up online for tomorrow from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

Planned is a “flea-less” virtual vendor market; a “virtual” doggy costume contest; a Blessing of the Animals by Rev. Jude Denning, an in-home “Walk-A-Thon” and more. For more information, go to https://hstc1.org/muttmarch.
Although performances and productions at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart are suspended through April 15, one organization decided to reschedule its April 25 event to August 29.
Elev8Hope’s inaugural Lip Sync competition, which should be an unforgettable evening of entertainment, is now set for August 29 at 7 p.m. Mark your calendars now, so it won’t get lost in all the rescheduled events later!
The evening will showcase 10 Martin County “rock star” businesses battling to “bring it” in terms of their best Lip Sync, dance, and fundraising capabilities for the local nonprofit organization.

The top-10 contestants were hand selected by the community by accumulating the highest votes via social media campaigns and competitions. They include Orangetheory; Stretch Zone; Powerhouse Gym; Martin County teachers; O’ French Bistro Café; Tami Karol Insurance; Elite Gas; Vakani Orthodontics; Chef’s Table; and Keller Williams of the Treasure Coast.

Tickets for the Aug. 29 event can be purchased at lyrictheatre.com.For more details, go to Elev8hope.org.

If you’re wondering if your favorite event is canceled, here is the list as of March 27:

Apollo School:

Echoes of Old Hobe Sound, set for March 28, and Nathaniel Osborn in the Speaker Series, planned for April 16, at the Apollo School of Hobe Sound, both are canceled. All open houses are canceled until further notice. Email [email protected].

Audubon of Martin County:
All events are canceled until April 30. The office at 621 S.E. Palm Beach Road, Stuart is closed until further notice.  www.audubonofmartincounty.org/

Barn Theatre:
The final days of “Noises Off,” set for this weekend, March 27, 28 and 29, at the theater, 2400 S.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart, are canceled. Go to www.barn-theatre.com or call 772-287-4884.

City of Stuart:
The Stuart City Commission meeting was canceled March 23, as well as its Community Redevelopment Board meeting April 7. The next City Commission meeting is scheduled for April 13. City personnel are working on a virtual system to allow the city to conduct public meetings remotely, while retaining public participation and records during this time. Information on the virtual meetings program and process will be forthcoming. Go to www.cityofstuart.us/

Downtown Stuart Craft Fair:

The 23rd Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Fair originally planned for this weekend, March 28 and 29, is canceled. Go to www.artfestival.com.

Elliott Museum:
The Elliott Museum and House of Refuge, 825 N.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart, closed on March 17, and a re-opening date has not been determined. Go to www.hsmc-fl.com/.

Environmental Studies Center:
The Environmental Studies Center, 2900 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach, is following the same protocol as Martin County schools and all teachers are working remotely. The center is closed to the public currently, although staff members are caring for on-site animals. The Spring Open House is postponed. Go to www.escmc.org/ to stay informed.

Historic Preservation Month 2020:
Events in May to celebrate the 12th annual Historic Preservation Month 2020, as planned by the Martin County Historic Preservation Board, are postponed until October. Organizations that provided information for the board’s Schedule of Events will be contacted in late August or early September to see if their events should be listed on the October schedule. Call Joette Lorion Rice at 305-281-0429 or email [email protected].

Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce:
All events, including the Chow Down Hobe Sound Truck Eventoriginally planned for Friday, March 27, are canceled through May 1. The chamber office at 8958 S.E. Bridge Road is closed to the public except by appointment only. Call 772-546-4724.

Hobe Sound Polo Club:

The free Saturday afternoon polo matches at Hobe Sound Polo Club on Bridge Road have been temporarily discontinued. The club will announce its reopening, which likely will not be until the fall season, later this year.

Village of Indiantown:
The Village Hall at 16550 S.W. Warfield Boulevard is closed to the public. Big Mound Park, Booker Park and Post Family Park also are closed. The regularly scheduled March 26 Village Council meeting was canceled, as are all meetings through March 31. Village staff, who are working on a system to conduct meetings remotely, will then make a determination about April meetings. Go to www.indiantownfl.gov.

Indiantown Complete County Committee for Census 2020:
All programs related to Indiantown‘s Census 2020 have been canceled. These include:
— Census Block Party, Saturday, March 28, Booker Park.
— Census Information Session, Sunday, March 29, MacDonald’s
— Census Day Celebration, April 1, Post Family Park.
Go to www.indiantownfl.gov.

Indiantown Hoe Down:
The 3rd Annual Indiantown Hoe Down, sponsored by the Indiantown Chamber of Commerce, originally scheduled for April 4 is postponed but may be rescheduled. Go to www.indiantownchamber.com or call 772-597-2184.

Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce:
All events planned in March and April by the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce are canceled. Go to www.jensenbeachflorida.info to stay up to date.

Kane Center:
All active senior programming at the Kane Center, 900 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart, including fitness classes, games, groups, lectures, concerts, special events, classes and workshops are on hold until further notice. Go to www.kanecenter.org or call 772-223-7800.

Kids’ Fishing Tournament at Lake Annie:
The inaugural Kids’ Fishing Tournament, originally planned for March 21 at Lake Annie in Indiantown, was postponed and is slated to be re-scheduled. Go to www.indiantownchamber.com or call 772-597-2184 to stay informed, because this is one you don’t want to miss!

The Lyric Theatre:
All performances at The Lyric Theatre, 59 S.W. Flagler Ave., Stuart, including the 2020 Youth Arts Celebration originally set for April 4, are canceled through April 15. Go to www.lyrictheatre.com to update.

Martin County Administration:

Public access is restricted at several county facilities with no walk-in traffic allowed at administration, building department and utilities/public works. For assistance in administration, call 772-288-5400; for assistance in the building department, call 772-288-5916; for assistance in utilities/public works, call 772-221-1434. As of today, March 27, the Board of County Commissioners plan to continue to meet in the Armstrong Room of the Blake Library. For the most up-to-date information, go to www.martin.fl.us and click on the Covid-19 link at the top of the page.

Martin County Public Library System:
All branches of the Martin County Library System are closed to the public. All events, programs, and classes are canceled, including BookMania. While book drops will be open, no materials will be due and no fines will accrue on closed days. Go to www.martin.fl.us/libraries.

Neighborhood Advisory Council meetings:
All Martin County Neighborhood Advisory Council meetings scheduled for April – Golden Gate, April 6; Port Salerno, April 16; and Old Palm City, April 20 – are canceled. No decision has yet been made about meetings in May. Call 772-320-3095 for updates.

Pat Mark Rio Skate Jam:
The Pat Mark Rio Skate Jam, originally set for April 4 at Langford Park, Jensen Beach, is canceled. Call 772-334-1954.

Project Lift Clam Bake:
The 10th Annual Clam Bake to benefit Project Lift, originally scheduled for April 11 at Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach, is postponed. Organizers are planning to re-schedule the event. Go to www.projectliftmc.com or call 772-221-2244 to stay informed.

Red, White and Blue Bash:

The Operation 300 Red, White and Blue Bash, scheduled to take place this weekend, March 28 and 29, at Hangar 3 in Stuart, has been postponed. Go to www.op300.org/red-white-blue-bash.

Sunset Concerts at the Gallery:
The Sunset Concert at the Gallery featuring the Suzuki Lighthouse Strings on April 14 is canceled because of an HVAC repair project. The Court House Cultural Center and the galleries are both closed. A re-opening date has not yet been determined. Go to www.martinarts.org to stay informed.

Top Chef of Martin County:
The 4th Annual Top Chef Martin County to benefit House of Hope originally planned for April 6 at The District Table & Bar has been postponed. New date to be announced. Go to www.hohmartin.org to learn more.

City of Stuart’s Waterfest:
Waterfest, planned by the City of Stuart for March 28 is canceled. For more information, go to www.cityofstuart.us/495/Water-Fest.

To announce your organization’s events — or cancellations — send an email to calendar@MartinCountyCurrents.com and include your contact information! In the meantime, stay Martin Strong!