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Coronavirus threat affects local entertainment events, venues

| March 19, 2020 1:00 AM

• Due to recent recommendations concerning the coronavirus outbreak, Cypress Yard in Whitefish has postponed its Open Mic Nights on Thursdays and Trivia Night on Fridays until further notice. Call 897-4772 with questions and watch for updates on Facebook, Instagram or on the website: www.CypressYard.com.

Cypress Yard Mediterranean Restaurant is closed for in-house dining. Starting today, March 19, Cypress Yard will offer a selection of take-and-bake items as well as lunch and dinner pick up and delivery options, Monday-Friday 11-6 p.m.

Nancy Cawdrey Gallery will be closed except by appointment. Call 755-2727 or 249-6222 to make an appointment.

• Flathead Valley Gospel Music Association fundraising concert March 24 at Central Bible Church has been canceled.

• Whitefish Theatre Co., based at the O’Shaughnessy Center, will be closed through March 29, following the school schedule. There will be no rehearsal for “Sense and Sensibility” and the audition workshop on March 21 is canceled. We will have no volunteers in the theater during this time.

There will be no shows during the month of April. For now, “Sense and Sensibility” is on hold. No auditions are likely to happen during the month of April.

“It is our hope that some shows could be re-scheduled at later dates depending on circumstances and recommendations from the CDC,” a press release stated. “We have made several contingency plans that we could easily implement as things change, but know that we are making decisions based on the welfare of our staff, community, and our theater family of actors, patrons, and volunteers.”

Whitefish Theatre Co. will update its website regularly, and will send out social media updates and periodic emails.

• Flathead Valley Community Band has suspended all rehearsals.

• The Northwest Montana History Museum is closed until March 30. Public programs and classes in March such as the Quilting Class and Historic Film Club are canceled as well, but will certainly pick back up after this temporary closure is over.

Although the doors to the Museum will be closed, it will still have a staff presence in the building help with or discuss any of the other services offered, such as checking out rental halls for future private events, possible donations of historic artifacts and photographs, opportunities to view our historic photo collection, or to make purchases from our Schoolbell Books and Gifts. To arrange any of these things, call 406-756-8381 and we would be more than happy to help.