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Island Free Library Programs

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

Library Hours:
Tues. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Wed., Thurs. and Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat.s 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Registration open for “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” Summer Reading Program at islandfreelibrary.beanstack.org. Open to all kids, teens and adults.
Wed: 10:30 a.m. Lapsit Story Time for ages 0 to 2. Stories, songs, and fingerplays at the library with Ms. Morgan.
Thur.: 10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime for ages 3 to 5 years with Ms. Morgan. Read, sing, dance and play!
Fri., Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. Kids’ Concert with Carrie. Come sing, dance, and relax on the library lawn while Ms. Carrie and crew play old and new favorites for all ages.
Tues. 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 will teach you. All are welcome to participate.
Tues.: Clase de ingles/English Language Class in-person at the library. La clase de ingles sera en la biblioteca. Beginner class: 5:30 to 6:40 p.m. Intermediate/advanced: 6:50 to 8:00. Individual tutoring is available weekdays, email mthenehan@yahoo.com
Tues., Aug. 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.
Thur.: 8:30 a.m. Movement for Life. Join Tom Hobin on the library’s front lawn for this easy-to-follow Tai Chi based movement.
Thur.: 5 - 6 p.m. D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read). Join others in an hour of silent reading. No other library services will be available - and no chitchatting, please.
Sat. at 10 a.m.: Mah Jongg. Come play a game or two. If you don’t know how to play, we will teach you. All are welcome to participate.
Sat. 1 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!

The Mary D. Ball

The 28th Annual Mary D. Ball will be held on Sat., Aug. 6 at the Sullivan House from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets available at eventbrite.com. The ball 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 is $2,500.

Block Island Gardeners Annual Meeting

Everyone is invited to the B.I. Gardeners Annual Meeting on Wed., Aug. 10 at 4 p.m. at the Community Center. Guest speaker will be Kate Venturini-Hardesty, Program Administrator for the U.R.I. Master Gardener Program and head of its Leadership 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. Any questions, please call Maude at (203) 233-4889.

Caretakers Support Group

The Caregivers Support Group meeting in person at the Community Center on Thur., Aug. 11 at 4 p.m. Meetings are free of charge and held every other week. Contact Kerri Gaffett at kblockisland@aol.com for questions.

Re-Register for Summer Senior Ride Service

Call for details. 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.

Pop-up Art Activities at Spring Street Gallery African Drumming Circle on Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m. on the lawn at the Spring Street Gallery. Some drums and hand instruments provided. Drop in and learn some new rhythms. Jammin’ Toast with André on Sun., Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. Bring your instruments and jam with new and old friends. All experience levels. Singers wanted. Hang out, have fun, make music.

Block Island Arts and Crafts Guild Fair:

Sun., Aug. 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Historical Society. Ten percent of all proceeds go towards scholarships for B.I. School students.

The Nature Conservancy and Block Island Conservancy present:

Weekly programs for kids and adults are held Mon. through Sat. throughout the summer, bird banding, marsh mucking, nature walks, and opportunities to participate in citizen science programs. See ad on page 13 for details.
Nature Hot Spots: at different trailheads each day, Tues. through Sat. Stop by to pick up a trail map, hear about nature walks and learn more about the nature of Block Island. Tues. the van is at Hodge Preserve and Andy’s Way; Wed. at Nathan Mott Park and Town Beach; Thur. at Clay Head Trail and Ocean View Pavilion; Fri. at Fresh Pond Trail and Mohegan Bluffs; Sat. at Rodman’s Hollow and Settler’s Rock.
Trail Less Traveled: Mon., Aug. 8 at 8 a.m. Beane Point, Meet at Andy’s Way parking area.
Community Science: Help collect important data about Block Island’s special critters and
habitats. Different subject and location each week. Wed., Aug. 10: Seal Monitoring at Settlers Rock. Noon.
Weekly Beach Cleanup: Volunteer at a different location each week. Garbage bags provided, but bring work gloves. Need to perform volunteer hours for school or other organizations? This is a great way to help out. Thurs., Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. at Ocean View Beach.
Ecosystem Walk: Salt Marsh at Andy’s Way. Thurs., Aug. 11 at 4 p.m.
Silent Walk: Clay Head Trail. Thurs., Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Andy’s Way Bird Walk. Fri., Aug. 12 at 4 p.m. Meet in parking area.

Blues on the Beach

The next Blues on the Beach, featuring Neal and the Vipers, will be Aug. 31 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion.

Not New Boutique Wed. (rain date Thurs. through June, July and Aug.. Accepting donations of good, clean used clothing, shoes, pocketbooks, hats and belts. Items may be dropped off at St. Andrew Parish Center on Spring Street at the lower-level box.

The International Student Center at Harbor Church The recreation room is open weekly on Mon., Tue. and Wed., 6 to 9 p.m. All summer student workers are welcome.
Vacation Bible School The Harbor Church will be holding Vacation Bible School from Aug. 8 to 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. Register online at www.myvbs.org/Ontheisland, or pick up a paper registration form in the sanctuary or fellowship hall.

Senior Café Tues. and Thurs. from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Block Island Community Center.
Come socialize, play games, learn a new craft, and more. Sponsored by the Senior Advisory Committee. Soup Group starts Tue., Aug. 2, at 12:30 p.m.

Soundwaves Movies on the Beach

Raiders of the Lost Ark” on Aug. 9 at dusk (7:45-ish). Bring blankets, chairs, refreshments. Admission is free. Donations appreciated.

The B.I. Historical Society presents:

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