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July 2015

 

Outdoor Film Screening: Pan! Our Musical Odyssey

TIME: Friday, July 17th at 9PM
LOCATION: Rockaway Community Garden- 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway

Join us for a free film screening as part of Destination Rockaway: Passport International Outdoor Film Series hosted by Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and the Queens Museum of Art to celebrate culture in Queens.

Film: Pan! Our Music Odyssey (Jérôme Guiot, Trinidad and Tobago, 2014, 80min, English, English ST, French, Japanese with English ST)

The story of the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, the only new acoustic musical instrument invented in the 20th Century. The film dramatises the mythical invention of pan in the 1940s, and then surges forward to tell the stories of people from all over the world—T+T, France, Japan, the USA—who have staked everything on their love of the instrument, and whose passion and daring draw them each year to the "world championships" of steelband.

Co-presented with caribBEING and Indo Caribbean Alliance


 

Bike Bonanza/Rockaway Summer Fest/DOT Weekend Walk

DATE/ TIME: Saturday, July 18th, 2015  11AM - 3PM
LOCATION: Firehouse 59 - 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd @ Beach 59th St., Rockaway, New York.

This event is FREE to the public and includes a bike swap, learn to ride lessons for kids, free helmet give aways and activity tables for kids to make bike related crafts. Join Bike New York, Recycle A Bicycle, NYC Department of Transportation-Bike Safety, NYPD and NY Coalition for Transportation Safety to promote and educate kids about biking. Pick up a free helmet, upgrade your child's bike, have your child learn how to ride for the first time or learn important cycling skills and traffic principals. 


 

Outdoor Film Screening: Mateo

TIME: Friday, July 24th at 9PM
LOCATION: Rockaway Community Garden
                     5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway

Join us for a free film screening as part of Destination Rockaway: Passport International Outdoor Film Series hosted by Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and the Queens Museum of Art to celebrate culture in Queens.

Film: Mateo (Maria Gamboa, Colombia, 2014, 72min, Spanish, English ST) 

Mateo collects extortion money on behalf of his uncle and uses his pay to help out his poor mother in a violent neighborhood alongside the Magdalena River valley. Mateo agrees to infiltrate a local theatre group in order to uncover its members' political activities. Under pressure, Mateo must make difficult choices. *Contains some adult language.

Co-presented with CinemaTropical


 

Outdoor Film Screening: Felix

TIME: Friday, July 31st at 9PM
LOCATION: Rockaway Community Garden
                     5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway

Join us for a free film screening as part of Destination Rockaway: Passport International Outdoor Film Series hosted by Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and the Queens Museum of Art to celebrate culture in Queens.

Film: Felix (Roberta Durrant, South Africa, 2013, 97min. In English and Xhosa with Eng ST)

Described as "Billy Elliott with Cape jazz," the film follows 14-year-old Felix as he dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father. When he leaves his township to take up a scholarship at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father's old band to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.

Co-presented with African Film Festival


September 2015

 

5th Annual Bike Parade

TIME: Saturday, September 12th, 2015, 11AM - 1PM
DEPARTURE LOCATION: Firehouse 59
5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692

Join us for the 5th Annual Rockaway Bike Parade to promote human powered transportation! Walk, dance and bike your way along the Rockaway Boardwalk. We encourage individuals, school groups, and organizations to join in the festivities.

The parade will depart at 11AM from Firehouse 59 and travel along the Rockaway Boardwalk where participants will compete for prizes in the "Best of Show" award competition taking place at 12 noon.  "Best of Show"Awards Competition (3) Judged Categories: "Most Unique/Artistic" - "Most Entertaining" -  "Most Green- Environmentally Friendly".

The parade is free however all participants are required to register in advance. Children under 14 must have a parent or guardian present with them on the parade and sign their waiver on the day of the event.

All participants in the parade, are eligible to win a "Best of Show" Award trophy.  


 

Rockspot Bike Tour

DATE/TIME:  Sunday, September 20th, 2015  12 noon -2PM

DEPARTURE LOCATION: Firehouse 59 at Beach 59 St. & Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway, New York.

The Rockspot Bike Tours are interactive tours that allows participants to explore select sites of environmental and historical significance along the Rockaway Peninsula.

Join us for a bike tour to the east end of the Rockaways. We will travel through Arverne East to do some foraging and explore the natural vegetation and protective dune barrier growing along the eastern end of the Rockaway Peninsula.

Adults and families are welcome to join this tour. Registration is required. $10 suggested donation for adults on the day. Kids under 18 are FREE.


 

American Littoral Society Intl Clean Up

TIME: Sunday, September 20th, 2015 10AM - 12PM

LOCATION: Beach boardwalk at Beach 59th St

Join us for the Annual Coastal Clean Up on Rockaway Beach. People of all ages are encouraged to participate. All trash collected at this event will be entered into the national database, which goes to help establish legislation to reduce trash along our shores.

Students can receive community service hours for their efforts. Students should bring any paperwork from their schools for signatures. 

Registration is not required. This event is hosted rain or shine! 


 

Community Dune Planting

TIME: Sunday, September 27th, 2015  12 noon to 2PM
LOCATION: Firehouse 59 - 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692

Come join RWA in creating a natural protective buffer of dunes along the east end of the Rockaways. 

As we learned from Storm Sandy, the natural vegetation and dunes that exist off our shores served as a protective buffer to the homes and businesses that exist in these areas. Join us in planting shrubs and trees native to the area at this event.

Families and people of all ages are welcome to participate in the planting. Students can receive community service hours. Registration is not required. This event is rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.

Special thanks to NY State DEC and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation for their support.


October 2015

 

Daffodil Giveaway

DATE:           Sunday, October 4, 2015

TIME:            TBD

LOCATION: Firehouse 59 Beach 59th Street

New Yorkers for Parks is offering free daffofil bulbs for any Rockaway community groups or individuals interested in hosting projects at their schools, businesses or neighborhood blocks. RWA is hosting the Queens distribution event at our site.  

Register by clicking here 


 

Fall Tree Giveaway

TIME: TBD 12:00-2:00pm
LOCATION: Firehouse 59, Beach 59th Street

Come get your free tree giveaway at the NYRP Tree Giveaway Event hosted by Rockaway Waterfront Alliance at Firehouse 59. The public can pick up their free tree if they agree to the following:

• To plant in one of the five boroughs.
• To keep trees properly watered and maintained.
• Not to plant along streets, in containers, terraces, balconies or on roofs.

Special thanks for the generous support from NY Restoration Project. 


 

Rockspot Bike Tour

TIME: Sunday, October 11th, 2015   10Am-12 noon

DEPARTURE LOCATION: Firehouse 59 at 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY

The Rockspot Bike Tours are interactive tours that allows participants to explore select sites of environmental and historical significance along the Rockaway Peninsula.

This tour will depart from Firehouse 59 and head over to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge where we can stop for a rest and walk through the trails at the refuge. This is a more advanced ride, not suggested for novice riders.

Advanced registration required. $10 suggested donation on day of event. 


 

Annual Hip Hop Halloween Celebration

TIME: Sunday, October 18, 2015,  1PM - 4PM
LOCATION: Hip Hop Community Garden/ Beach 59th St @ Rockaway Beach Boulevard

Join Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for the 5th Annual Hip Hop Halloween. Celebrate halloween with family and friends by taking part in painting a pumpkin, face painting and festive food. This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.


 

Storm Sandy Anniversary Planting

TIME: Sunday, October 25th, 2015    10 AM- 12 noon

LOCATION: Firehouse 59 - Beach 59th Street & Rockaway Beach Blvd

For the two year anniversary of Storm Sandy, RWA is bringing people of all ages together to create a nature protective buffer for the Rockaway community.

 As we learned from the storm, the natural vegetation and dunes that exist off our shores served as a protective buffer to the homes and businesses that exist in these areas. Many of these dunes were compromised by the storm and need to be replenished to be effective.

Families and people of all ages are welcome to participate in this dune restoration project. Students can receive community service hours. No registration is required. This event is rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.

Special thanks to NY State DEC and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation for their support


 

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