. Questions? Call Robbi Patterson at 361-574-1222.
Rescheduled activities and events include:
Education K-12 schools Victoria County
- VISD High School Summer Program session 1 is June 8-23; session 2 is June 24-July 9. Register online at visd.net
- VISD is changing the dates of the graduation walk ceremonies to June 1-5. West High School will be held on June 1st and 2nd. East High School on June 3rd and 4th, and Liberty on June 5th. Each student will also be allowed to be accompanied by up to five guests.
- West High School Cheer Squad has made its tryout application available online through Google Forms in order to make collecting candidate information from a distance more practical. The form is available on the group’s Facebook page. For more information check out their website or Facebook page @VictoriaWestHighSchoolCheer. The deadline to submit forms is May 10.
- VISD meal distribution schedule has been adjusted to further reduce possible contact. The Child Nutrition Food Distribution schedule will change as follows: Monday and Thursdays only. Monday will contain breakfast and lunch for Monday-Wednesday; Thursday will contain breakfast and lunch for Thursday-Friday. Changes to Texas Department of Agriculture rules no longer allow VISD to distribute food for weekends. Points of distribution are Aloe, Crain, Hopkins, Rowland schools from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Stroman from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each child receiving a meal must be present, unless the parent provides a copy of a birth certificate, current report card, or student ID for each child.
- Bloomington school district is providing breakfast and lunch at both elementary schools and DaCosta Hall from 11 a.m to noon Monday. Please tell BISD staff how many meals upon arrival and they will deliver. Please do not get out of your vehicle. If you need meals delivered to your home, please contact Elvis Whaley at 361-645-5083 or Elvis.whaley@bisd-Tx.org.
- Faith Academy is doing distance learning and/or learning packets at both campuses.
- Nursery school district is giving students meals. Meals can be picked up at the school curbside from 7:30 to 9 a.m. for breakfast and 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. for lunch. The district is also doing distance learning.
- Sylvan Learning has canceled all camps for this summer due to COVID-19.
- Calhoun County school district is providing meals for children 18 years or younger (21 years and younger for special needs) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. This is a grab and go format. Each meal will include additional breakfast items for the next day. Children must be present to receive the meal. Please stay in your vehicle during pick up. You may utilize any curbside location. Visit calcoisd.org for curbside locations.
- Yorktown school district is providing curbside pickup and bus route delivery for meals and instructional materials. In order to minimize health risks all meals and materials for pick-up will be done via drive-thru in the Yorktown Elementary School car rider pick up line, 416 W. Fourth St. Do not park and walk up to school buildings. The pick-up process begins at 8 a.m. Staff will be available to direct you. Buses are anticipated to leave the campuses around 8 a.m. To receive your materials and meals via bus route have someone available to receive the delivery between 8 to 10 a.m. To minimize the risk of exposure to staff or families, we ask that no one board the buses. Please approach the bus doors and when they are opened pick up your items and return to your house or car. For more information and updates, visit yisd.org.
- Goliad school district is providing a school lunch from 10 a.m. to noon at the back side of the elementary cafeteria, 142 W. High St. and at Fenner Square, Spring Creek, Berclair General Store and St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Weesatche from 10 to 11 a.m. only. Children up to 18 years old are eligible and must be present to receive the meal. For more information, call 361-645-2364 during between 8 a.m.-noon.
- Edna school district is offering a pull up grab and go meal from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the back driveway of Edna Elementary, 400 Apollo Drive. You can drive up or walk up to the back drive to pick up the meals. You will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time. Edna school district is also offering a meal delivery along the regular bus routes from 9 to 11 a.m.
- Ganado school district is offering breakfast and lunch service. Meals are packaged to take home or to be delivered. Curbside service is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Ganado Elementary, 310 5th St. Delivery begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call the elementary school office at 361-771 4250 or the cafeteria at 361-771-4232.
- Industrial school district is providing meals to its students. Breakfast and lunch will be delivered. Buses will leave each morning at 9:30 a.m. from Vanderbilt and Inez schools, will run their regular routes, and will drop off meals at each regular bus stop. Meals may also be picked up by drive-thru only at the Industrial High School campus, at the back parking lot, and at Inez Elementary campus, at cafeteria doors from 10 to 11 a.m. each weekday. Student must be present to receive a meal.
- Shiner school district is providing daily breakfast and lunch food service. Parents need to request food service no later than 8 a.m. the day of service by emailing email@example.com. Service will run weekdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Students will receive a breakfast and a lunch, and this service is available for all children up to 18 years of age. This is a to-go service, and will not follow the posted lunch menu. The pick up location will be on the backside of the Shiner High School, 510 County Road 348, from the back door to the cafeteria. Follow the main drive all the way down and then left around the back of the school.
- Refugio school district is providing a free grab ‘n go meals from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekdays for all children 18 and younger at the Refugio Elementary School campus. Students must be present to receive a meal. Enter the circle drive for buses off of Swift Street. Do not leave your car; meals will be delivered to you vehicle.
- Woodsboro school district is offering weekly breakfast and lunch meals to students, school-aged only, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pickups are available at Woodsboro Elementary, use Julia Street entrance, and Bayside Community Center. Children must be present to pick up their lunch. Orders for the lunches are due by 9 a.m.
- El Campo school district is providing a free meal for the foreseeable future to all children ages 0 to 18. Meals are available for pickup at Northside Elementary, 2610 Meadow Lane, by the cafeteria on Blossom Meyer. Pickup will be from 10 to 11 a.m. District staff will deliver food to the vehicle; families will not need to leave the vehicle to receive the meals. Children must be present in the car to receive the meal.
- Victoria College’s Museum of the Coast Bend has resumed regular hours of operation in accordance with Open Texas state guidelines. Visit MCB in person, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is pay-what-you-want.
- Victoria College’s commencement ceremonies is postponed and tentatively rescheduled for Aug. 15.
- Victoria College’s Museum of the Coastal Bend, Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, and Emerging Technology Complex are closed to the public until further notice. For information on rescheduled events, contact the presenting organizations. The Welder Center Box Office is currently open regular hours, but only for phone and online orders.
- The University of Houston-Victoria has postponed its May 16 spring commencement ceremonies.
Local governments Victoria County
- City of Victoria’s Parks and Recreation canceled its spring adult softball and kickball leagues to comply with Governor Greg Abbott’s restriction on outdoor sports involving more than four people. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 361-485-3200.
- Members of the public can now attend Victoria City Council meetings at the City Council Chambers.
- In order to limit the number of people in the City of Victoria Development Services office amid COVID-19 concerns, planning and permitting services will be available by appointment only until further notice. The Development and Permitting Center has added an online scheduling feature for its permitting services. Request appointments by visiting victoriatx.org and clicking Development Services under the Departments tab. Permitting appointments can also be scheduled by calling 361-485-3320. To make an appointment with the Planning Services Division, call 361-485-3360
- City facilities are open to the public: 700 Main Center, 700 N. Main St.; City Hall, 105 W. Juan Linn St.; Municipal Court, services, 107 W. Juan Linn St.; Parks and Recreation office, 532 McCright Drive; Public Works, Public Safety; Police and Fire Department. Many city services will remain available remotely by phone, mail or email, and residents still are encouraged to use these methods. For more information, visit victoriatx.org or call Communications at 361-485-3110.
- City facilities reopening to the public on June 1: Riverside Park playgrounds, public bathrooms, athletic facilities and pavilions; (Riverside Park’s walking trails have remained open and were never closed to the public), 501-599 McCright Drive; Victoria Public Library, 302 N. Main St.; Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St. and Municipal Court, courtroom, 107 W. Juan Linn St.
- Victoria County Sheriff’s Office front lobby is closed until further notice. Call the Sheriff’s Office dispatch at 361-575-0651 to report crime. Answer their questions or follow their instructions, and a deputy will call you about your complaint. In an emergency, call 911. Visit the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for instruction on how to deposit funds on commissary or telephone accounts.
- Cuero City Hall is open during regular business hours.
- Calhoun County
- Port Lavaca City Hall is no longer accessible to the public for utility payments, permits and court fines. Utility fines may be made by phone at 361-552-9793 Ext. 238 or 239, at the drive-through window, or in the drop box. Building permits and inspections for water and electric hook-ups may be made with credit cards by phone at 361-552-9793 Ext. 232, or by check in the utility drop-box (coordinate with Maricela Gonzales 361-552-9793 x 232.) All court payments may be made with credit cards by phone at 361-552- 9793 Ext. 268, or by certified or cashier checks in the utility drop-box. All fire inspections will be on hold until further notice.
- All city of Port Lavca facilities are closed to the public. The city will continue to provide services to the public during this time through alternate means. For updates, visit the city’s website or the newspaper.
- Hallettsville City Park is open.
- Curbside is available at the Friench Simpson Memorial Library. To utilize the curbside services you can place items on hold through your library account online, or call at 361-798-3243 ext. 208, with desired titles and we will pull the books you request. Curbside services will only be available between the hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- The City of Yoakum Transfer Station and Municipal Golf House is on their regular schedules. City Hall will be open by appointment only, with limited access to the Utility Office lobby areas. Regular schedule pick up of yard waste and limbs will begin June 1. The library will begin providing remote access to books through an online order process beginning May 11.
- Green Dickson Park pavilions in Shiner are closed until further notice. The park is open for walking, running, exercise and biking.
- Goliad County Groundwater Conservation District office is closed. District employees will still continue to provide services to the public through alternate methods. The district can be reached at 361-645-1716 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Landowners needing water well registrations or permits can submit applications via fax at 361-645-1772 or at email@example.com. Water well drillers needing a 24-Hour Notice of Intent to drill should call 361-645-1716.
- Goliad County government is asking the general public to avoid visiting the Goliad County Courthouse until further notice.
- Edna City Parks are now open. Remember to use hand sanitizer after using equipment, benches and tables and practice social distancing.
- The City of Edna has closed until further notice the playground equipment, benches, etc. at the Pumphrey Children’s Park and Martin Luther King Park.
- The Jackson County Memorial Library remains closed to the public. The library will remain staffed and will offer curbside service for checking out books. Books can be requested via phone at 361-782-2162 or by using the online reserve system. Books can be returned to the outside book drop.
- Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture office is closed until further notice. The staff will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday by phone at 361-782-7146 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. All chamber events are canceled until further notice.
- As part of a broader effort to reopen Texas, state parks will resume limited overnight camping beginning May 18. This gradual reopening of overnight reservations will be limited at all state parks to varying degrees depending on individual park occupancy in order to align with safe business practices currently followed in Texas. Some existing reservations will be honored, but to prevent overcrowding, manage continued social distancing and safeguard public health, no new reservations can be made for now. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will notify the public once new reservations can be booked. Most state parks are open for day use.
- San Antonio River Authority is offering two new virtual programs, “River Camp!” and “River Proud Rhythms.” Follow the river authority on social media – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to take part in the education and music series.
- Workforce SolutionsGolden Crescent offices are closed. However, the staff is receiving calls and answering emails at firstname.lastname@example.org. For childcare services, email email@example.com. If individuals want to file for unemployment insurance, they need to call 1-800-939-6631 or they can file on line at twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/unemployment-benefits-services. Workforce Solutions does not determine eligibility for and are unable to answer any questions regarding benefits.
- Texas Department of Public Safety has extended the expiration date of Texas identification cards, driver licenses, commercial drivers licenses and election identification certificates. Additionally, the drivers licenses offices are closed.
- The May 26 primary runoff election is delayed until July 14, early voting will begin July 6.
- Gov. Greg Abbott has temporarily suspended certain regulations to ensure that Texans will have continued access to their pharmacists as the state responds to COVID-19. The Governor’s actions will allow pharmacists to conduct consultations by phone and remove regulatory barriers so that pharmacies can operate at full strength.
- Faith Family Church is now holding services in its sanctuary. Visit the Faith Family website for guidelines and also to register to attend. Children will remain in the sanctuary with their family. Those attending service are encouraged to wear a mask.
- Member churches of the Tri-County Cooperative Ministries, ELCA will begin to open their houses of worship beginning May 17. Worshipers will gather for in church communion services at Faith Lutheran Church, Weimar at 10 a.m. and Zion Lutheran Church, Moulton at 10:45 a.m. Pastors Herb Beyer and John Hunsicker will be leading the services. Faith, Weimar is located at 615 South Eagle Street and Zion, Moulton is at 307 North Hackberry. Those attending as ask to wear face masks and sanitize hands before entering.
- St. Peter Lutheran Church of Prairie Valley, West Point will continue to have outdoor drive-up services every Sunday through the month of May. Worshipers may choose to bring a lawn chair to sit nearer the worship center, however maintaining the 6 foot distance and continuing to wear masks. St. Peter is located at 640 Prairie Valley Road off of Highway 71. Those attending as ask to wear face masks and sanitize hands before entering.
- Evangelical Lutheran Church of Witting will have communion services Sunday, June 28 at 8 a.m. The Witting Church is located at 79 County Road 277, Moulton. Those attending as ask to wear face masks and sanitize hands before entering.
- Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sublime, located at 547 County Road 146, has tentatively scheduled Sunday, June 7 to begin “in church” 8 a.m. communion services. Those attending as ask to wear face masks and sanitize hands before entering.
- Son Valley Ranch will have drive through prayer from 6 to 7 p.m Wednesdays.
- Pilot Grove Church and Cemetery has postponed its annual Decoration Day, until October. Any gifting/donations can be mailed to 7246 SH 111 E. Yoakum, 77995.
- Community Baptist Church is now meeting again. Services times are 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays. There is no Sunday School or Children’s services at this time. Everyone is encouraged to wear masks. You can also hear the sermon on the church’s Facebook page, Aple Podcasts, Google Play Music or Youtube.
- The Diocese of Victoria has returned to regular Mass schedules with safety and social distancing measures in place. Parishioners who do not feel safe returning because of health concerns can watch the televises Mass from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Victory in Victoria at 9 a.m. Sundays on KAVU television and live-streamed at olvcathedral.org. In addition, the 8 a.m. Sunday Mass from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville is broadcast on Texas Thunder Radio (99.9 FM) or by downloading the free TUNEIN app to hear the Mass. There are also national broadcasts of the Sunday Mass on various cable networks.
- First English Lutheran Church, 516 N. Main St., has canceled all worship services and church activities until further notice. Visit felcvictoria.org to view sermons online. For more information, call the church office at 361-575-3623.
- Grace Presbyterian Church has suspended all activities and gatherings at the church, including Sunday Worship, until future notice.
- St. Peter’s Baptist Church, 2708 S. Laurent St., is holding parking lot services. Visit their Facebook page for updates.
- The Unitarian Universalist Church of Victoria is now holding worship services.
- All services and events at Zion Lutheran Church-Mission Valley are suspended until further notice. Services are available online at 10 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday with live-stream video at facebook.com/ZionMissionValley. Check there or call the church office, 361-578-5447, for updates.
- The Victoria VFW Hall located at 2001 Lova Drive is now open for rentals. For more information, call Gina Pena at 361-648-7664.
- The Victoria Public Library is closed through May 26
- The Shiner Gaslight Theatre has been canceled its 2020 season as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic represents the single greatest financial challenge the theater has had to face. Shiner Gaslight Theatre has asked patrons to help support this historic theatre by donating the value of their tickets back to the Gaslight Theatre. Other options include rolling over your patron or season tickets and transferring them for 2021.
- The Victoria Advocate’s offices are opening to the public May 18. For customer service, call 361-574-1200; for classifieds, call 361-574-1234 and for the newsroom, call 361-574-1222. Live chat is available at VictoriaAdvocate.com. A drop box is available in the One O’Connor parking garage.
- There will be a Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. May 25 at DeLeon Plaza. Gathering starts at 10:30 a.m. There will be speakers, the laying of wreaths and taps. Gary Moses will be the emcee. For more information, call 361-564-8436.
- The VFW Fish Fry is scheduled for 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 29. All tickets that were sold will be honored. For more information call 361-412-9678 or 361-220-6670.
- Victoria Master Gardeners has canceled its Lunch and Learn with the Masters events for the rest of the year.
- The Texas Historical Commission’s Fulton Mansion State Historic Site is now open for visitors. The grounds, mansion, and restrooms will be open. The Visitor Center will remain closed at this time.
- The Museum of the Coastal Bend is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.
- Children’s Discovery Museum is an interactive museum so they will not be able to open May 1. They are planning to reopen with the necessary precautions as soon as it is safe to do so.
- Museum of the Coastal Bend is documenting community experiences during this pandemic. Share a photo, a few words or a couple of paragraphs with the museum. If you have a story, photos or both, you would like to share, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Victoria Fine Arts Association has rescheduled JAMFest. The night of music that was originally scheduled for April 24 will now be Nov. 6 at the Club Westerner.
- Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry is continuing operation of canned and packaged food distribution. Food distribution for clients is on a once-a-month basis and the homeless can receive goods on a daily basis. The hours of operation are 9 a.m.-noon, weekdays. Call 361-572-0048 for more information.
- Adopt-A-Pet is open for curb service 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Vet service is available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Customers should call 361-575-7387 when they arrive and stay in their car, and a team member will come out to assist you.
- Affectionate Arms Adult Day Care is closed until further notice.
- Aransas Wildlife Refuge has temporarily suspended operations of its Visitor Contact Station and has suspended entrance fees temporarily to allow everyone to enjoy nature. Refuge lands, including nature trails and outdoor recreational activities, remain open and accessible to the public. Visit refuge information kiosks or brochure boxes for visitor information and refuge maps.
- The Barbara Bauer Briggs YMCA is closed until further notice. The YMCA is providing child care to YMCA members and the community for $83 weekly. The registration fee will be waived for medical staff and first responders.
- The Calhoun County YMCA is closed until further notice.
- Christ’s Kitchen is serving to-go plates from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside. The building is closed to the public until further notice. They will serve one healthy plate per person with no second servings.
- Entrances to all Matagorda and Sargent beaches are closed.
- Mid-Coast Family Services front office is closed, but staff are working remotely. You can reach us by calling the main number at 361-575-7842, leave a message and we will return calls as soon as possible. The Women’s Crisis Center remains open and you can reach that location at 361-573-HELP or 361-573-4357 to speak with a crisis counselor. Both thrift stores are closed for shoppers and donors.
- Victoria Art League is closed until further notice.
- All Vitality Court events are suspended. Vitality Court is continuing to move in new residents. We have implemented enhanced new move-in protocols to minimize potential resident and team member exposure.
- The Nave Museum is closed through June 18. The Hiromi Stringer exhibit is being rescheduled for 2021.