Off The Block

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:45am

Meet the Authors of the Ocean State
Discover the authors from your own backyard. Books on all topics and genres. Buy a book and have it signed! Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick. For more information call (401) 739-5440 or visit

Frosty Drew
Every Friday night (weather permitting) we open the Observatory, Sky Theatre, and telescopes to the skies and offer free stargazing and astronomy to anybody interested in observing. Open around 8 p.m. with views of the beautiful night sky over Ninigret Park showcasing dazzling planets, bright stars, speckled star clusters, mesmerizing nebulae, and vast galaxies. Stay open late, sometimes until dawn, and close when the skies become unobservable or everybody leaves. For more information call (401) 859-1450 or visit

A History of Coffee 
Join Jenna Teachout of the Newport Historical Society in discussing the stimulating impact the introduction of coffee had on life in the American colonies, specifically Rhode Island. Free. Thursday, April 27, begins at 6:30 p.m. Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Road, South Kingstown. For more information call (401) 783-8254.

Great Swamp Walk 
Join Audubon for a springtime walk into the Great Swamp Management Area. The high diversity of habitats support a large variety of both resident and migrant birds. Amphibians and reptiles are also awake after their long winter naps and should be active. Raindate: April 26. Audubon Rhode Island members: $10/$5; non-members: $14/$7; pre-registration required. Saturday, April 29, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Great Swamp Management Area, 296 Great Neck Road, South Kingstown. For more information call (401) 949-5454 or visit

Daffodil Days at the Blithwold Mansion
Celebrate spring at this beautiful thirty-three acre estate on Narragansett Bay with a spectacular display of more than 50,000 daffodils. Blithewold is one of the finest garden estates in New England with diverse gardens and a 45-room English style manor house. Blithewold is located on Narragansett Bay, 25 minutes east of Providence and 60 minutes south of Boston. It was named in Yankee Magazine’s Best Five Public Gardens in New England. April 1 to April 30, Blithwold Mansion, 101 Ferry Road (Rt. 114), Bristol. For more information call (401) 253-2707 or visit