On the Block
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.
QPR (Q = Question someone about potential suicidal thoughts, P = Persuade them to seek help and R = Refer them for professional assistance.) This is a free evidence-based suicide prevention training on Monday, Sept. 13, from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Sponsored by NAMI BI.
Take & Make Craft Kits for preschoolers. Available for pick up Tuesdays only.
Outdoor Storytime: With Ms. Morgan at 10:30 a.m. All safety protocols will be followed.
Author Event with Marie Force. Sept. 15, 7 p.m.
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.) All levels of players welcome.
Drag Queen Story Hour: Sept. 18 at 10:30 a.m. Join us for a drop-in story hour, photo booth, button making and more.
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.)
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.
Wake Up Well Podcast
Block Island’s community podcast, Wake Up Well, has launched its second season and continues to ask questions about personal well-being and our collective responsibility and power to keep the island well. You can listen to Season Two on Anchor or Spotify and you can join the conversation at email@example.com.
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 September 21. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
Soup Group suspended
Soup Group has been suspended until the indoor mask mandate on Block Island is lifted.
Block Island Farmers Market
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. Wednesday markets will be held at the Manisses; Saturday markets are at Legion Park.
Block Island Gardeners’ Luncheon
The BI Gardeners invite the community to their Edibles Luncheon at the Narragansett Inn on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 12 noon. Please bring a dish from your garden (or someone else’s) to share. The lunch will be followed by a 20-minute TED Talk: “How Trees Talk to Each Other.”
Berrigan film at Block Island Maritime Institute
“The Berrigans: Devout and Dangerous” - Film Screening - Friday, September 10 at 5:15 p.m. Join the filmmakers at BIMI for the one and only showing of this film, directed by Sue Hagedorn, and featured at the Block Island Film Festival. Followed by Q and A.
At the Historical Society
Outdoor book signing and talk with slide-show presentation by Ben Hruska, author of “Valor and Courage: the Story of the USS Block Island Escort Carriers in World War II.” Book signing Sept. 16 at 6 p.m., talk at 7 p.m.
Annual Meeting, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m.
Program: “Block Island Cultural Landscapes: Options for the Future,” with Val Talmadge, Executive Director, Preserve RI. Sept. 19, at 10:30 a.m.
The Nature Conservancy and Block Island Conservancy presents:
Andy’s Way bird walk. September 15, at 8 a.m. Meet up in the parking area. This is a bird walk for all skill levels. Bring binoculars and wear shoes that can get wet. Contact Kim to sign up at email@example.com
Monarch Butterfly Walk and Tagging. Saturday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m. at Hodge Preserve. Learn about the migration of monarchs and participate in MonarchWatch. Butterfly nets will be available. Contact Kim to sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org
Queer Nature Walk, in conjunction with Block Island Pride. Sunday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. Meet at Andy’s Way. Take a walk to Beane Point as some coastal examples of “Queer Biology” are highlighted. Contact Kim to sign up at email@example.com
Block Island Residents Association Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony
BIRA will present its annual Island Treasures award to three members of the Block Island Community on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. St. Andrew Parish Center. All are invited.
Committee for the Great Salt Pond Annual Meeting
Please join the CGSP for its annual meeting on Sunday Sept. 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Narragansett Inn. The business portion will begin at 4, followed by speakers: Elizabeth Herron with Watershed Watch to give an update on the water quality work being done in the Pond; Block Island Town Manager Maryanne Crawford and Harbormaster Kate McConville for a review of activity on the Pond this summer; and an update from attorney Dan Prentiss on the Champlin’s case.
2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Block Island
Join in for the Walk to End Alzheimers, Sunday, Sept. 19. This two-mile walk will start at Fred Benson Town Beach with registration starting at 10 a.m. and a ceremony at 11 a.m. The walk will start at 11:15 a.m. All events will implement safety protocols including physical distancing, masks (where required), contactless registration, hand sanitizing stations and more. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines will be closely monitored to ensure the event adheres to recommendations and is safe for attendees. For more information about the Block Island walk, contact Peter Greenman
(401) 466-2950, Sandra Kelly (401) 466-2802, or Jennifer Phillips (401) 466-8806.
Lions Club September Golf Tournament
The Block Island Lions Club Golf Tournament is on Monday, Sept. 20 at the Exeter Country Club. The golf tournament is open to all. Cost: $110 per player. This is a fundraiser for the Block Island School scholarship fund and educational enrichment programs. Join as a single player or submit a team. Price includes boat ticket, breakfast voucher on the boat, 18 holes of golf, lunch and drink ticket at the clubhouse. The group departs on the 8:15 a.m. ferry. To sign up, please contact Jon McCusker at (401) 218-3476 or Michele Phelan at (401) 741-6577.