On the Block

Fri, 04/29/2022 - 2:15am

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 open on Tuesdays 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Please remember face masks are required while visiting the library.


Tuesdays: Take & Make Craft Kits for preschoolers are available for pick-up.
Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m. Music Time with Ms. Carrie, Ages 6 months to 5 years old. Join us on Facebook or in person.

Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m. Lapsit Story Time for ages 0 to 2. Stories, songs, and fingerplays at the library with Ms. Morgan.

Thursdays: 10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime for ages 3 to 5 years with Ms. Morgan. Read, sing, dance and play! Join us on Facebook or in person.
Fridays: 10:30 a.m. Healthy Kids with Kim Gaffett, the OVF Naturalist with the TNC. All kids welcome! Come join us outdoors at the library.
Friday, April 29, 3 p.m. Dia De Los Ninos Party - A celebration of children, families, and reading emphasizing literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. All ages welcome.


Tuesdays: 5:45 p.m. Dungeons and Dragons. Grades 6 through 12 are invited to come to play or learn.


Tuesdays: 5:30 p.m. Stitch Together: Bring your projects (knitting, crochet, weaving, or embroidering) for crafting and conversations. All ages and skill levels welcome –bring your problems and questions - help is available!
Tuesdays: Clase de ingles/English Language Class in-person at the library. La clase de ingles sera en la biblioteca hoy. Beginner class: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Intermediate/advanced: 6:40 to 7:50. Individual tutoring is available weekdays.

Thursday, May 5, 11 a.m. - Broadening your Knowledge of Investing. Join Peter Gobis III, Financial Advisor for Edward Jones for an approximately 30-minute seminar designed to educate the attendees’ knowledge beyond their current investments.
Friday, April 29 at 4 p.m. - Gathering of Poets. A night of poetry for everyone who wants to read or listen.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. Mah Jongg. Join us for a fun game of Mah Jongg in Room A at the Island Free Library. Do not know how to play? No problem - we will show you.

Saturdays, 10 a.m. on May 7, 14, and 21: The Island Free Library invites you to discussions on the book “Drawdown, The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.” Presented by Socha Cohen.
Arbor Day Celebration - Block Island School On Friday, April 29, at 9 a.m. the Block Island Gardeners will celebrate Arbor Day
at the Block Island School with the presentation of red maple saplings to students in grades K to 7. Parents and friends are invited to attend. The red maple is native to the continental USA and Canada, and its north-south range (from Newfoundland to southern Florida) is the greatest of any tree species in the eastern forests. Red maple was adopted as the state tree of Rhode Island in 1964.

Celebrate 50 Years of Clean Water
The award-winning New Shoreham water pollution control facility will be holding an open house on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of “Clean Water Week.” Sponsored by the R.I. Department of Environmental Management and R.I. Clean Water Association. Come for a family-friendly tour and learn how much thinking and hard work go into treating wastewater. Please be advised that due to infrastructure of the facilities, no open-toed shoes, high heels, or flip-flops will be allowed.
Caretakers Support Group
The Caregivers Support Group will be meeting in person at the Community Center on Thursday, May 5, 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.
Senior Ride Service

Open to island seniors (60 and over) and persons with special needs as well as caretakers without transportation. Register by calling Gloria Redlich, Senior Coordinator at (401) 486-9279 or email gloryb311@gmail.com. To call for a ride contact Sue at (401)742-0436 or Vin at (401) 741-1410.
Helping Hands Food Pantry
Helping Hands food pantry will be held on Wednesday, May 4, at 12 to 2:30 p.m. at the Harbor Church. Masks required and please bring reusable bags. Heavy rain day will be Thursday. The next Helping Hands food pantry will be on May 18.
La despensa de alimentos será el miércoles 4 mayo a las 12 hasta 2:30 p.m. en Harbor Church. El uso de máscara es requerido. Por favor traer bolsas reusables. Si llueve será el jueves!
Not New Boutique
Spring is here! Time to clean your closets. The Not New Boutique will be accepting donations of good, clean used clothing, shoes, pocketbooks, hats and belts starting on May 10. Items may be dropped off at St. Andrew Parish Center on Spring Street at the
lower level box. Watch for the opening sale on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Parish Center, then every Wednesday (rain date Thursdays) through June, July and August.
Chili-Fest is Back!
Please come and support the B.I. School Ceramics Department on Wednesday, May 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. You get to buy a hand-made bowl, sample a large variety of chilies and cornbread, vote for your favorite recipes and keep the bowl! All for a great cause. If you
have a chili recipe you would like to enter, please contact Lisa Robb at (401) 575-3167 for details. Fabulous prizes will be awarded for the best recipes!
St. Ann’s Summer Festival

Save the date! Saturday, June 25 (rain date June 26) St. Ann’s is holding a Summer Festival with tag sale, silent auction, craft fair, and food. Donations are now being accepted for the tag sale on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (401) 466-5471
for further information.
The Nature Conservancy and Block Island Conservancy present:
Crazy-as-a-Coot Bird Walk - Tuesday, May 3 at 8 a.m. Changing locations based on weather, wind, and hot bird sighting tips. Call Kim for location: (401) 595-7055.