On the Block

Thu, 08/05/2021 - 6:15pm

Island Free Library Programs
The Island Free Library invites everyone to participate in the programs listed below.
More information and Zoom links available at islandfreelibrary.org.
Library Hours: The Library is now open for in-person browsing. Tuesdays 11 a.m. -7 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Take & Make Craft Kits for preschoolers. Available for pick up Tuesdays only.


Outdoor Storytime: With Ms. Morgan at 10:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required and all safety protocols will be followed.

Book Group: Zoom book meeting at 2 p.m. - read the first third of the book: “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit” by Jeannette Winterson.


Night Market on Dodge Street: Stop by the Island Free Library to visit our Story
Walk and Book It Forward programs as well as visit the local community shops.
Night Market Grand Finale: with chess expert Graham Watkins, 4 to 6 p.m.


Magic the Gathering: August 13, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bring your cards and enjoy the fun.


2021 Mah Jongg: Come join us outdoors to play a game or two of Mah Jongg. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 2021 Mah Jongg cards are available. (Cancelled if raining.)
Stitch Together: Bring your projects (knitting, crochet, weaving and embroidery) and join us from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on our front patio. (No Stitch Together on rainy days.)


2021 Summer Reading Program “Tail and Tales.” Sign up at Islandfreelibrary.beanstack.org. Kids, teens, and adults welcome.
Free pH soil testing.
The URI Master Gardener program is now offering free pH soil testing on Block Island. Take a soil sample, then place it in the drop-off box at the Island Free Library during business hours. Directions are available at https://web.uri.edu/mastergardener/soil-testing-service. Questions? Call Maude Chasse at (203) 233-4889 This is an ongoing program.
Living with Loss Support Group and Caretakers Support Group
The next Block Island’s Living with Loss Support Group and Caregivers Support Group will be meeting in person at the Community Center on August 10. Living with Loss will begin at 3 p.m., and Caretakers Support will begin at 4 p.m. Meetings are free of charge and will be held every other week. Contact Kerri Gaffett at kblockisland@aol.com for questions.
International Student Center for Summer Workers at Harbor Church
Summer student workers are welcome on Tuesdays for a free dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and to use the recreation center from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. American student workers are welcome to come for cultural exchanges with students from all over the world. For more information, or to make a donation to the center, contact the church office at (401) 466-5940.
Soup Group returns

The Senior Advisory Committee announces that Soup Group will be held on Tuesdays, at 12:30 p.m. at the Community Center. Please make reservations by calling Gail Pierce at (401) 466-5470. This is a very nice gathering to bring a friend to, or meet a new one. Need a ride? Call Gail too.

Tuesday Night Talks at BIMI
John Dodd, executive director of the Atlantic Shark Institute presents: “Sharks: Tracking Apex Predators Along the Rhode Island Shore and Block Island.” Block Island Maritime Center. Tuesday, August 10, at 7 p.m.
Soundwaves Movies on the Beach

Soundwaves at Fred Benson Town Beach is showing the 1987 movie “Moonstruck,” (Rated PG) on August 17, at sunset. Experimental music and art one hour before showtime. Admission is free. Donations encouraged.
At the Historical Society

“Seeking Shelter: A Story of Place, Faith, and Resistance,” rescheduled to Monday August 9. 5 p.m. BI Maritime Institute 
“Valor and Courage: The Story of the USS Block Island Escort Carriers of WW II. Book signing with Dr. Benjamin Hruska. Sunday, August 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, August 19: Block Island’s Architecture and Cultural Landscapes: Preservation Ideas for the Old Harbor Historic District. 7 to 9 p.m.

Block Island Arts & Artisans Festival
Paintings, photography, ceramics and more. Sat., August 7 and Sun., August 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon., August 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Narragansett Inn.
Block Island Arts & Crafts Guild Fair
Sunday August 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lawn of the Historical Society. A portion of the proceeds from sales goes to funding scholarships for students of the Block Island School.
The Mary D. Ball is back
The Mary D. Ball is back. Saturday, August 7, 2021 5 to 9 p.m. at the Sullivan House. Music, dinner, and dancing under the tent and the stars for all to celebrate and support The Mary D. fund, helping those in need for over 50 years. A great night for a great cause. See you there!
5K Family Fun Run or Walk
The National Alliance on Mental Illness-BI and the Block Island Medical Center are cosponsoring a beach run or walk, Saturday, August 7 at the Fred Benson Beach Pavillion. Register in advance at RunSignup.com (t-shirt guaranteed) or paperless system requiring a smartphone (or other device that can connect to the internet) the same day of the race. Registration begins at 4 p.m., race starts at 5 p.m. T-shirts, trophies, and medals. Bring the whole family. Pets welcome. A great pre-dinner event.
Blues on the Block
A rebranding of Blues on the Beach. Free concerts will be held on Wednesday Aug. 11 and Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m. Fred Benson Town Beach.
Celebration of Conservation
Saturday, August 21, at 8 a.m. Across from Peter Wood’s in The Meadow, on Old Mill Road. All are welcome. Sponsored by Peter Wood and the Block Island Ecumenical Ministries.
Nature Hot Spots, Nature Van, and weekly hikes
The Nature Conservancy and Block Island Conservancy offer a variety of nature walks and programs for all to enjoy. Check out the ad on page 9 for this week’s schedule of guided trail hikes, bird walks, cool community science outings, night sky viewing and more.
Check out the new Nature Van! Parked at a trailhead each day (Tues. - Sat.) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the van will be at Rodman’s Hollow Tuesdays, Clay Head Preserve Wednesdays, Solviken Thursdays, Nathan Mott Park Fridays, and Sachem Pond on Saturdays. Stop by to pick up a trail map and to learn more about Block Island’s nature.
Block Island Yacht Club Around the Island Yacht Pursuit Race
The BIYC is hosting the Around the Island yacht race on Sunday, Sept. 5, for racing and cruising sailboats. This family-friendly event is scheduled to start at noon with a pre-race skippers meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. at the New Harbor Boat Basin, near the Oar Restaurant. Awards will be presented to racers in both spinnaker and cruising classes at the Beachhead Restaurant at 6:15 p.m. For info and registration, see www.regattanetwork.com/event/21899. For questions, email info@blockislandsailing.com or info@sailbi.org.
Not New Boutique

Sale of gently used clothing, shoes, and bags. Every Wednesday (rain date Thursdays) on the grounds of St. Andrew Parish Center. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations of good, clean clothing, shoes, pocketbooks and jewelry are being accepted in the box by the door on the “lower level.” The Ladies Guild thanks all who have made this possible and says the Boutique has had a great start.
Block Island Farmers Market
Note: Saturday’s August 7 Farmers Market will be held on Sunday instead due to the running of the 2021 Block Island Triathlon.
Markets will be held every Saturday and Wednesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Don’t forget to bring your kitchen scraps for composting. Acceptable composting materials include fruit and vegetable scraps and peelings, coffee grounds, and eggshells.