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Island Free Library Programs

The Free Island Library invites all to participate in the programs listed below. More information available at islandfreelibrary.org.

Library opening hours:
Tu es. 11am – 7pm; Wed, Thu and Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Registration is open for the “Reading Beyond the Box” summer reading program at islandfreelibrary.beanstack.org. Open to all children, teenagers and adults.
*** CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS ***
Wed: 10:30 a.m. Lapsit story time for 0 to 2 year olds. Stories, songs and finger games in the library with Mrs. Morgan.
Thursday: 10:30 a.m. Preschool story time for 3 to 5 year olds with Ms. Morgan. Read, sing, dance and play!
Fri. August 5 at 1 p.m. Children’s concert with Carrie. Come sing, dance and relax on the library lawn as Ms. Carrie and her team play old and new favorites for all ages.
*** ADULT PROGRAMS ***
Tu es. at 5:30 p.m. Mah Jongg. In addition, we will play on Sat. at 10 a.m. Come play a game or two. If you don’t know how to play, we’ll teach you. All are invited to participate.
Tuesday: Clase de ingles/English Language Class in person at the library. The English class will be in the library. Beginner class: 5:30 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. Intermediate/advanced: 6:50 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Individual tutoring is available on weekdays, email [email protected]
Tuesday, August 16 and 23 at 7 p.m. You are invited to a PowerPoint presentation by Socha Cohen on the book “Drawdown, the Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming”, edited by Paul Hawken.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. Movement for Life. Join Tom Hobin on the library lawn for this easy-to-follow Tai Chi-based move.
Thursday: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. CHER (Drop it all and read). Join others in an hour of silent reading. No other library service will be available – and no chatter, please.
Sat. at 10 a.m.: Mah Jongg. Come play a game or two. If you don’t know how to play, we’ll teach you. All are invited to participate.
Sat. 1 p.m. Stitch Together: Bring your projects (knit, crochet, weave or embroidery) for crafts and conversations. All ages and skill levels are welcome – bring your problems and questions – help is available!

The Ball Mary D.

The 28th Annual Mary D. Ball will be held Saturday, August 6 at the Sullivan House from 5-9 p.m. Tickets available at eventbrite.com. Prom will be different this year without Mary D. but she will be there in spirit. Ticket prices are $100 per person. A reserved table for 10 costs $2,500.

BLock Island Gardeners Annual Meeting

Everyone is invited to the BI Gardeners Annual Meeting on Wednesday, August 10 at 4 p.m. at the Community Center. The guest speaker will be Kate Venturini-Hardesty, administrator of the URI Master Gardener Program and head of its board of directors. She will present “Caring for your landscape with an island mentality: letting nature take the lead”. A short business meeting will precede the presentation. Refreshments served. If you have any questions, please call Maude at (203) 233-4889.

Guardian Support Group

The Caregiver Support Group meeting in person at the Community Center on Thursday, August 11 at 4 p.m. Meetings are free and take place every two weeks. Contact Kerri Gaffett at [email protected] with any questions.

Re-register for the Senior Ride Summer Service

Call for details. Register by calling Gloria Redlich, Senior Coordinator at (401) 486-9279 or email [email protected] To call in for a run, contact Sue at (401) 742-0436 or Vin at (401) 741-1410.

Ephemeral artistic activities at the Spring Street Gallery African Drumming Circle Mondays 5-6pm on the Spring Street Gallery lawn. Some drums and hand instruments provided. Enter and learn new rhythms. Jammin’ Toast with André on Sunday, August 7 at 6 p.m. Bring your instruments and jam with new and old friends. All levels of experience. Singers wanted. Go out, have fun, make music.

Block Island Arts and Crafts Guild Fair:

Sunday, August 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Historical Society. Ten percent of all proceeds go to scholarships for BI School students.

The Nature Conservancy and Block Island Conservancy present:

Weekly programs for children and adults take place on Mondays. per Sat. throughout the summer, bird banding, marsh cleanups, nature walks and opportunities to participate in citizen science programs. See ad on page 13 for more details.
Nature Hot Spots: At different starting points each day, Tuesday. by Sat. Stop by to pick up a trail map, hear about nature walks, and learn more about the nature of Block Island. Tu es. the van is at Hodge Preserve and Andy’s Way; Marry. at Nathan Mott Park and Town Beach; Thu. at Clay Head Trail and Ocean View Pavilion; Fri. to Fresh Pond Trail and Mohegan Bluffs; Sat. at Rodman’s Hollow and Settler’s Rock.
Less Traveled Trail: Monday, August 8 at 8 a.m. Beane Point, meet at Andy’s Way parking area.
Community Science: Help collect important data on Block Island’s special creatures and
habitats. Different topic and location each week. Wednesday August 10: Seal watch at Settlers Rock. Midday.
Weekly Beach Cleanup: Volunteer at a different location each week. Garbage bags provided, but bring work gloves. Need to volunteer hours for school or other organizations? It’s a great way to help. Thursday, August 11 at 2 p.m. at Ocean View Beach.
Ecosystem walk: Salt marsh at Andy’s Way. Thursday, August 11 at 4 p.m.
Silent Walk: Clay Head Trail. Thursday, August 11 at 7:30 PM
Andy’s Way Bird Walk. Fri. August 12 at 4 p.m. Meet at the parking lot.

blues on the beach

The next Blues on the Beach, featuring Neal and the Vipers, is August 31 from 5:30-7 p.m. Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion.

No new store Marry. (rain date Thursday through June, July and August. Accepting donations of clean, quality clothing, shoes, wallets, hats and belts. Items can be dropped off at St. Andrew’s Parish Center on Spring Street to the lower level box.

The International Student Center at Harbor Church The recreation room is open weekly Monday, Tuesday. and Wed., 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All summer student workers are welcome.
Vacation Bible School The Harbor Church will be holding a Vacation Bible School August 8-11 from 4-7 p.m. Register online at www.myvbs.org/Ontheislandor pick up a paper registration form in the shrine or community hall.

Seniors cafe Tu es. and Thurs. 1-3:30 p.m. at the Block Island Community Center.
Come socialize, play games, learn a new trade and more. Sponsored by the Senior Advisory Committee. Soup Group starts Tuesday, August 2 at 12:30 p.m.

Soundwaves movies on the beach

Raiders of the Lost Ark” on August 9 at dusk (approximately 7:45 a.m.). Bring blankets, chairs, refreshments. Free entry. Donations appreciated.

The BI Historical Society presents:

“Valor and Courage: The Story of the USS Block Island Escort Carriers in World War II” on Thursday, August 18 at 6 p.m.

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