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May 2016

 

Quintet of the Americas Comes to Far Rockaway

TIME: Sunday, May 29th, 2 - 3 PM
LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and the Quintet of the Americas for a special Memorial Day weekend concert. The performance will include music by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland, marches by John Philip Sousa, Armed Forces Salutes, Broadway, Yankee Doodle, and Jim Cohn's new Rockaway Suite.

As part of the concert, the Quintet of the Americas will perform, for the first time, "Rockaway Baby," a brand new piece by composer Lev Zhurbin. This special piece is inspired by the life stories shared by Rockaway seniors earlier in the year.

This concert is part of an extended residency by Quintet of the Americas funded by Chamber Music America.


June 2016

 

National Trails Day Trail Building

TIME: Saturday, June 4th, 11 AM - 2 PM
LOCATION: Michaelis Bayswater Park - Beach 32nd St & Beach Channel Drive

Public Transit Directions: Take A train (Far Rockaway) to Beach 35th St station. Walk one block to the park and meet at the Comfort Station.

Come join RWA and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation in clearing and beautifying an overgrown trail along Jamaica Bay in Michaelis Bayswater Park. Adults and children alike are welcome to participate in this event. Please wear long sleeves, long pants, and closed toed shoes.

Registration is not required, but students looking to do community service hours are encouraged to bring paperwork from their schools. 

Special thanks to Patagonia & National Fish & Wildlife Foundation for supporting this event.


 

Washed Ashore Art Exhibition

TIME: Sunday, June 12th, 11-1 PM
LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

We encourage families, students and the general public to join us for the public opening of this exciting inaugural show at the Rockaway Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE).

The large scale murals in this exhibit were created by local youth in the RWA Living Classroom program using trash and recycled debris collected off the shores of the Rockaway Peninsula to raise awareness of the problem of shoreline pollution.

The opening will also include music and hands on activities for kids and families.

This program is brought to you by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


 

R+R Lecture Series: Environmental Protection

TIME: Sunday, June 12th, 1-3 PM
LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Please join us for the first installment of RWA's Recovery+Resiliency (R+R) Lecture Series. During this lecture we will discuss environmental protection and how our community can work together to put plans in action.  

Led by an impressive panel of experts, this free workshop provides the Rockaway community with useful information on how to protect our peninsula from further environmental degredation. Stay tuned for more upcoming R+R Lectures.  

Panelists: GrowNYC, Surfrider Foundation, Riverhead Foundation, Science and Resilience
Institute at Jamaica Bay, and the Clearwater

Special thanks to our sponsor: NY Rising Community Center Recovery Service provided in partnership with the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR).


 

Children's Puppet Show

TIME: Tuesday, June 14th 2016 at 10:00 AM 

LOCATION: Beach 17th St Boardwalk Amphitheater

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance is kicking off their free performance series for school children with City Parks Puppets in the Parks at the Beach 17th St Boardwalk Amphitheater (Seagirt Blvd, Far Rockaway) with the performance of "Brier Rabbit" a classic american folktale updated for a modern audience in three short acts.

City Parks Puppet Mobile, is one of the only traveling puppet theaters in the country; traveling the five boroughs of the city in a Puppet Mobile equipped with a stage and staff of professional puppeteers, bringing entertainment to 50,000 children and families each year.

The family-friendly outdoor matinee is free for the public and Rockaway Public Schools, but space is limited so reservations are required. To reserve space contact Judah Asimov by email at: jasimov@rwalliance.org   Please provide the date and time of performance preferred and age and number of children attending. Children must be accompanied by an adult or teacher. 


 

Jamaica Bay Horseshore Crab Count

TIME: Saturday, June 18th, 2016, 7:30 PM (7:52 crabs emerge)

LOCATION: Dubos Point Wildlife Sanctuary- De Costa Ave @ Beach 64th St

Each May and June, the shores of the Rockaways play host to thousands of spawning horseshoe crabs.  In this time frame, on 12 nights coinciding with the new and full moon phases, the yearly horseshoe crab survey is conducted.  All systematic counts are taken in or near darkness at high tides along the beaches of Rockaway and Jamaica Bay.


 

Stop 'N' Swap

TIME: June 25th, 12-3 PM
LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free!

You don't have to bring something to take something. No furniture or large items, please.

This event is brought to you by GrowNYC and NYC Zero Waste.


July 2016

 

Community Celebration & Jamaica Bay Paddle

TIME: Saturday, July 9th, 11 AM-1 PM 

LOCATION: Michaelis Bayswater Park - Beach 32nd St & Beach Channel Drive

Public Transit Directions: Take A train (Far Rockaway) to Beach 35th St station. Walk one block to park and meet at the Comfort Station. 

Come join RWA and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation for a community volunteer day to put the final touches on cleaning up an overgrown trail along Jamaica Bay and host a celebratory paddle for volunteers afterwards.

Local residents and families are welcome to participate in this stewardship event.

Registration is not required, but students looking to do community service hours are encouraged to bring paperwork from their schools. 

There will be a limited number of kayaks for the public to use at no cost. Kayaks will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis to those who participate in the clean up. Participants are required to sign waiver on the day of the event. Children under 16 must have a parent present to sign their waiver. 

Special thanks to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Patagonia for their support.


 

Queens Bike Bonanza/ DOT Weekend Walks

TIME: Sunday, July 17, 11AM - 3PM
LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

This event is FREE to the public and includes a bike swap, learn to ride lessons for kids, free helmet give away, 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. 


 

Community Paddle & Clean Up

TIME: Saturday, July 30th, 11 AM-1 PM
LOCATION: Dubos Point Wildlife Sanctuary- De Costa Ave @ Beach 64th St

Public Transit Directions: Take the A train (Far Rockaway) to Beach 60th St. Walk north towards Jamaica Bay. Make a left on Beach Channel Drive. Right on Beach 64th St to Decosta Ave.

Join RWA for a shoreline clean up and paddle along Jamaica Bay hosted by youth in the RWA Shore Corps Program. 

Local residents and families are encouraged to come clean the shoreline along Jamaica Bay at Dubos Point. There will also be FREE shoreline activities for young children.

After the clean up RWA will have a limited number of kayaks for the public to use at no cost. Kayaks will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis to volunteers who participate in the clean up.

Participants are required to sign waiver on the day of the event. Children under 16 are required to have a parent present to sign waiver. 

Special thanks to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Patagonia for their support.


September 2016

 

Intl Coastal Clean Up

TIME: Saturday, September 17th, 2016 10AM - 12PM

LOCATION: Beach boardwalk at Beach 59th St

Join us for the Annual International Coastal Clean Up in partnership with the American Littoral Society 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! 


 

Rockaway Dune Planting

TIME: Sunday, September 25th, 2016, 11 AM - 3 PM

LOCATION: Meet at RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Come join the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for a community volunteer day culminating in a celebration of the land and water.

For this dune restoration we will be planting shrubs and native grasses to create a natural protective buffer of dunes along the east end of the Rockaways.

Adults and kids alike are welcome to participate in this event. Dress accordingly.

Registration is not required but students looking to do community service hours are encouraged to bring paperwork from their schools.

Special thanks to Patagonia for sponsoring this event.


October 2016

 

Rockspot Bike Tour

TIME: October 2nd, 2016  10 AM - 12 noon

DEPARTURE LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

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 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.


 

Daffodil Giveaway

TIME: Saturday October 8th, 10 AM-1 PM

LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

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


 

Fall Foraging Tour with Steve Brill

TIME: Saturday, October 8th 10 AM-12 noon
LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

America's go-to guy for foraging, "Wildman" Steve Brill, in conjunction with the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, will lead one of his world-famous foraging tours of the Far Rockaway seashore. This tour is the "Hunt for Autumn Olive Berries". By studying foraging and nature, those who join us on this tour will learn to enjoy edible plants and reaffirm their commitment to preserving and rebuilding our ecological riches.

The 2-hour walking tour begins at 10AM at RISE Center. Advanced registration is suggested as space is limited.
Tour is $20/adult, $10/children under 12 to be given at the start of the tour.

For "Wildman's" 2016 tour calendar and additional info, please visit http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com


 

Hip Hop Halloween Celebration

TIME: Sunday, October 16th, 1 PM - 4 PM
LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

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


 

Sandy Anniversary Planting

TIME: Sunday, October 23rd, 2016, 10 AM- 12 noon

LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

For the four year anniversary of Storm Sandy, RWA is bringing people of all ages together to create a natural 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 Patagonia for their support


 

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