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Nearly half of the acts, including musicians, authors and productions, as part of the 2019-2020 series were postponed to the fall or 2021.

The 2020-2021 series lineup, which Dalrymple said was confirmed in February, hasn’t been publicly announced.

Historically, NIACC has hosted an evening reception in the spring to publicly announce the upcoming Performing Arts and Leadership Series lineup but the event was canceled in May.

“We’re working on some announcements here in the near future,” Dalrymple said.

NIACC is within days of starting renovations to the community auditorium, built in 1979, including the seats, flooring and lighting.

The project, which was originally scheduled for 2021, is funded by a $15 million bond issuance voters in the college’s 11-county region approved in March.

“We knew in April, we’d need (next summer) open for things because things were starting to get moved out,” she said.

While not providing too many specifics, Dalrymple said NIACC is planning to host several socially distanced events yet this year, including a virtual escape room.

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The Surf Ballroom & Museum has been closed since March 17. It’ll reopen its museum on Wednesday.

The Surf Ballroom & Museum in Clear Lake doesn’t have any live entertainment events on its 2020 calendar.

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