On The Block
Common Ground Coffeehouse
This Friday, April 13, the Common Ground Coffeehouse at the Harbor Church will screen “Last Men in Aleppo,” described by The Los Angeles Times as “a tightly focused, on-the-ground account” of three of the founders of the White Helmets, ordinary citizens who risk their lives constantly as first responders to explosions in the ongoing Syrian civil war. (The organization was also mentioned in the recent news reports about chemical weapons attacks in Syria.) The film won the Grand Jury Documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2018 Academy Awards. A light supper will be served at 6:30 p.m.; coffee and dessert will be available before the film begins at 7:15. No charge, but donations are welcome.
Island Free Library Events
- Fun activities after school every Friday at the Island Free Library at 1 p.m. A different activity every week: Legos, arts and crafts, board games, and STEM projects.
- Friday, April 13 and 20 — 5 to 7 p.m.: After Hours at the Underground (Grades 6 through 12)
- Saturday, April 14 — 1 p.m.: Movie Premiere Party: “Coco.”
- Tuesday, April 17 — 1 to 5 p.m.: Decorate Your Space: All materials provided to create art for the reading lounge (Grades 6 through 12)
- Wednesday, April 18 — 3 to 5 p.m.: Make Your Own Slime Party! (Grades K through 5)
- Wednesday, April 18 — 7 to 8 p.m.: Karaoke and Open Mic (Grades 6 through 12)
- Thursday, April 19 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Movie Marathon (Grades 6 through 12)
Cemetery Awareness Day
Saturday, April 14. Cemetery Awareness Day will bring together groups of volunteers in the form of local residents, Historical Society members, Block Island students and visitors. The cemetery chosen to be cleaned in New Shoreham is Rhode Island Historic Cemetery #1, on West Side Road and Center Road. Stone carver Karin Sprague will instruct in the method of gentle stone cleaning. Pruning around overgrown stones will also be directed. All ages welcome. Those wishing to help clean this cemetery should arrive at the stone pillars on West Side Road at 10 a.m., with clippers and gloves. Anyone with questions may contact Pam Gasner of the Block Island Historical Society at Blockislandhistory@gmail.com
Join The Samaritans and its community partners for a presentation by recovery advocate and mother Anita Baglaneas Devlin, author of “S.O.B.E.R, a mother and son’s journey of heartache, anger and, eventually of hope.” Her presentation will be more than a story of drug addiction and recovery. Monday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m., Harbor Baptist Church, Water Street, Block Island.
The Hurricanes Girls Varsity Softball team will have home games on Tuesday, April 17, 2:30 p.m. at Heinz Field. Come show your support. Go Hurricanes!
Lunch Bunch is every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Community Center.
Crazy-as-a-Coot Bird Walk
Join us on Tuesday, April 17 from 8 to 9 a.m. All are welcome! No one is too young, or too old, or too novice, or too expert, to join this band of happy birders/walkers. Call Kim Gaffett at (401) 595-7055 on Monday before the Tuesday Coot Walk to learn of the location, which changes based on weather, wind, and hot bird sighting tips.
Helping Hands Food Pantry
Every other Wednesday at the Harbor Church. The next Helping Hands Food Pantry will be Wednesday, April 18, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Block Island High School Reunion
This year’s reunion of the Block Island School will be open to all graduates and anyone who attended high school on the island, and will also include teachers. The reunion will be held at and catered by Winfield’s/Yellow Kittens, with music and food. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook. Final deadline to RSVP is Sunday, April 15.
B.I. Gardeners’ Arbor Day Celebration
Join the Block Island Gardeners in the 22nd annual celebration of Arbor Day at the Block Island School on Thursday, April 26, at 9 a.m. Meet at the front entrance. The Block Island Gardeners will present a short program, and distribute crape myrtle shrubs to students.
Stop the Bleed Training
Uncontrolled bleeding accidents happen every day, and providing bystanders with basic training can help save lives. Learn these skills at Operation: Stop the Bleed on Sunday, April 22 at the Fire Barn from 1 to 3 p.m. Register at blockislandstb.eventbrite.com, or for more information contact email@example.com