TO-DO LIST: Virtual, social distancing-approved activities in Sugar Land and Missouri City, April 13-19

Both Painting with a Twist and Pinot's Palette in Sugar Land are offering take-home paint kits. (Courtesy Pexels)
Both Painting with a Twist and Pinot's Palette in Sugar Land are offering take-home paint kits. (Courtesy Pexels)

Both Painting with a Twist and Pinot's Palette in Sugar Land are offering take-home paint kits. (Courtesy Pexels)

With stay-at home orders in place for Fort Bend and Harris counties, traditional events and activities in the community have been canceled. However, many organizations are moving meetings online: The local chamber of commerce is hosting informative webinars, and businesses are adapting to provide patrons with entertaining activities at home. Below is a virtual to-do list for the week of April 13-19.

April 13

Hear from Fort Bend ISD leaders

The Fort Bend ISD board of trustees will meet April 13 at 6 p.m. via videoconference. The board, along with Superintendent Charles Dupre and other FBISD officials, will discuss the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on end-of-year activities such as graduation ceremonies. Among other regular business, the meeting will also include an update on online learning and the 2019-20 budget. The public can listen to the meeting here. If an individual wishes to address the board, they must submit the request form by 4:30 p.m. Free.

Tune into the Missouri City City Council special meeting

Missouri City City Council will hold a special meeting April 13 at 6 p.m.. At the meeting, council will host a public hearing to receive feedback for or against the disannexation of 34.16 acres of land near Sienna Parkway and McKeever Road. The public can listen to livestreamed audio from the meeting here. To sign up to speak, Missouri City residents must email the city secretary at [email protected], call at 281-403-8686 or fill out the online public comment form. Free.

April 14

Join in the conversation on the CARES Act

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce is hosting a second discussion over Zoom about the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act on April 14 at noon. Local banking leaders and tax professionals will present on the latest CARES Act updates and answer questions about how the federal measure can help local business owners. Free.

Listen in on the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court meeting

The Fort Bend County Commissioners Court will meet April 14 at 1 p.m. Commissioners will consider waiving passenger fees on public transportation and setting up a warehouse for organizing and distributing coronavirus donations. To livestream the meeting, click here. If an individual wishes to address the court, they must fill out this form and email it to [email protected] by 11 a.m. April 14. Free.

April 17

Learn about how Lamar CISD is responding to the coronavirus

Lamar CISD board President Kay Danziger will join Jim Rice, a Fort Bend ISD trustee and Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce education division chair, for a Zoom webinar. Danziger will discuss how the district is handling the coronavirus pandemic, recent district accomplishments and more. Free.

Ongoing activities

Make masks

The city of Sugar Land put out a call for residents to make masks in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The donated masks will go to essential Sugar Land employees who continue to work during this time.

Craft at home

Both Painting with a Twist and Pinot’s Palette in Sugar Land are offering customers the opportunity to pick up painting supplies and instructions for a fun at-home activity. $25-$29.,

Play a round of golf

The Quail Valley Golf Course in Missouri City remains open and has daily tee times available. The clubhouse has upped its cleaning and sanitation efforts and is advising golfers to adhere to the 6-foot social distancing guidelines. Free-$58.

Work out from your house

Spenga, which was preparing to open a gym location in Sugar Land prior to the coronavirus outbreak, is livestreaming workouts that can be done from the comfort of your home. Workouts will be streamed live on social media. Free.

By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Northwest Austin

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition and in December 2021 moved to Austin to become the reporter for the Northwest Austin edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.