COVID-19 related announcements as of Monday, 3/16

This article has been updated throughout the day, with the latest update at 10:10 p.m. CST.

Ruby’s Pantry, previously scheduled for distribution on Wednesday, March 18, has been cancelled.

The Headwaters Science Center will be closed from March 18 to March 27.

The Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area will be closed from March 18 to March 27.

The Bemidji Public Library closed at 7 p.m. Monday, March 16, and plans to remain closed until April 1. The website will remain available.

City of Bemidji public facilities such as the Sanford Event Center and Nielson-Reise Arena will also be closed from March 18 to March 27.

All sessions for Bemidji’s Adventures in Lifelong Learning are cancelled for March and April.  ALL will return in the fall.

Hope House’s REACH meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, has been cancelled.

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts submitted these cancellations:

  • Headwaters CoffeeHouse Open Mic scheduled for Friday, April 3 is canceled.
  • First City Singers and First City Bell Choir have suspended activities until further notice.
  • Alice Blessing Finger Painting Technique Workshops scheduled for March 27-28 and April 6 are postponed, details for new dates pending.
  • Dave Cofell Concert scheduled for March 28 is canceled.
  • Monroe Crossing scheduled for April 18 at the Historic Chief Theater is postponed, details for new date pending.
  • Headwaters Jam Band scheduled for April 7-28 is canceled.

The Bemidji Senior Center will close until further notice. As a result, the tax assistance program from the AARP will be suspended until further notice.

Bemidji “Bone Builders,” an exercise group for seniors with osteoporosis, is cancelled until further notice.

Central Elementary’s kindergarten registration event, previously scheduled for this evening from 4 to 6 p.m., has been cancelled.

Schoolcraft Learning Center and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School will close Monday. Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School and Nevis will close Tuesday. Most other schools in the area, including Head Start programming and St. Philip’s Catholic School, will follow Gov. Walz’s mandated closure of Wednesday. Child care for elementary-aged children of health care professionals, first responders and other emergency personnel is mandated by Gov. Walz’s executive order. Bemidji Area Schools has a form available for those professionals who qualify.

Bemidji State University events will be canceled until further notice. This includes the free volunteer tax assistance program. Students are on an extended spring break, with online classes likely to be the only delivery method until further notice.

Bemidji Area Schools will close Wednesday. United Way of the Bemidji Area’s Backpack Buddies program will load the kids on free and reduced lunch with eight days worth of food. Free school breakfasts and lunches will also be available to students who need them.

The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17, in between Brigid’s and Keg ‘n’ Cork, has been cancelled.

The Bemidji Community Food Shelf’s Sleigh Ride for the Food Shelf, previously scheduled for Sunday, March 24, has been cancelled. Donations for the BCFS online are strongly encouraged.

Beltrami County Master Gardeners are CANCELLING the 2020 GARDEN PARTY.  This is because the Centers for Disease Control has advised that a gathering of 50 or more people should be cancelled because of the risk of transmission to people of the COVID-19 virus.  If you have already sent in your registration fees, those will be returned to you.

To view previously announced cancellations, view articles here.

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