On the Block
The Nature Conservancy & B.I. Conservancy
The TNC and BIC co-sponsor free, guided nature programs throughout the year. Together, they offer many different ways to connect to the fields, marshes, and beaches that make the island so exceptional. Check out the advertisement on page 13.
Island Free Library Events
1) Friday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. Dave Marchetti’s Animal Experience. Learn about snakes and other reptile friends up close and personal. 2) Sunday, Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. “The Untold Story of How the Stories Were Told: Personal Reflections of a Shoah Interviewer.” 3) Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. Improv Workshop. 4) Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 5 p.m. “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” Shakespeare on the Library Lawn. 5) Thursday, Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. “The Seeking Shelter” exhibit returns with Frida Berrigan. 6) Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. “Green Screening” with The Nature Conservancy.
Hal Madison Boat Race
The Block Island Club will host the 36th Annual Race on Saturday, Aug. 10 at noon. There will be a skippers' meeting at the Block Island Club on Corn Neck Road at 9:30 a.m. Any questions should be directed to the Block Island Club at (401) 466-5939.
Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Island Free Library 10 to 11 a.m., NAMI B.I. invites everyone to watch a TEDTalk: “How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are,” by Andrew Solomon. Join us in discussion to agree or disagree.
Arts and Artisans Festival
Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11 from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harbor Church.
Great Toy Boat Race
Sunday, Aug. 11 at 9:30 a.m. on the bridge on Ocean Ave. (below the police station). The rain date is Monday, Aug. 12. Starting at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased the day of the race. All proceeds go to the Early Learning Center. Come and see if your boat wins. Great prizes will be awarded.
In response to the most recent mass shootings, there will be a Prayer Vigil at St. Ann’s By the Sea this Sunday night, Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. The whole community is invited to participate through your presence and your prayers at this gathering. Join us as we ask God for safety for our people, and solutions for our nation.
Dodge Street Nightmarket
Join Dodge Street businesses Thursday evenings for shopping and entertainment offerings geared toward all ages and families. Games, stories, and workshops, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Soup Group Every Tuesday
Meet at the Community Center at 12:30 p.m. If you need a ride or have a question, call Gail Pierce at (401) 466-5470 or Debbie Martin at (401) 466-5224.
Not New Boutique
Open every Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Andrew Parish Center, Spring Street, lower level and barn. Good, clean, used clothing. Accepting donations throughout the summer at the drop-off box at the Parish Center. Please no household items.
Farmers Markets will be on Wednesdays, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at The Spring House and Saturdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Legion Park throughout the summer.
House And Garden Tour
Thursday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The corner of Old Center and Corn Neck Road. Contact Historical Society (401) 466-2481, or visit blockislandhistorical.org for more information.
Block Island Maritime Lecture Series
Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. “Strategies to deal with sea level rise” lecture by Brian Oakley, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Geoscience at Eastern Connecticut University.
SoundWaves Movie Night
Tuesday, Aug. 13. The movie “Big Trouble in Little China” will be playing at the Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion starting at 8 p.m.
Bingo at the Fire Barn
Tuesday, Aug. 13. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Blues on the Beach
Wednesday, Aug. 14. Come and enjoy the music. Town Beach at 6 p.m.
Arts and Crafts Guild Fair
Sunday, Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On the Historical Society lawn.
Block Island Conservancy Fair
Sunday, Aug. 18 from 1 to 6 p.m. at The Solviken Nature Preserve on Corn Neck Road. Bring the whole family to the Solviken property for a cookout, fair games and much more. Contact biconservancy.org/bic-fair for more information.
Boating Safety Course
Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Payne’s Dock. Pre-register by calling (401) 466-5572.
Saturday, Aug. 24 at 8 a.m. Join the Ecumenical ministries and Peter Wood to celebrate music, dance and prayer. On Old Mill Road. In the meadow across from Peter’s house, refreshments will follow.
The Block Island Early Learning Center 2019/2020 academic school year registration is now open for all children 18 months to five years of age. Deadline is Friday, Aug. 9. Please call 466-9695 for more information or with any questions.
CGSP Annual Meeting
Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Narragansett Inn at 4 p.m. U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse will be the guest speaker.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
On Sept. 22, the Alzheimer’s Association, R.I. Chapter will put on Block Island’s first ever “Walk to End Alzheimer’s.” Registration is live and can be done online at www.alz.org/ri/walk or by contacting Bella Garcia at either (401) 421-0008 or firstname.lastname@example.org.