OUR EVENTS:

Designed to engage the public in understanding the potential eco-system that a well-informed community and healthy coastal environment can provide for themselves and their families.

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May 2019

 

Cook and Chat: Grocery Store Tour

TIME: Wednesday, May 22nd, 5:00-7:00 PM
LOCATION: Arverne Stop & Shop

Take a tour of a grocery store and learn the ins and outs of navigating the grocery store, tips and tricks for making the healthy choice the easy choice, and how to get the most bang for your buck.

The class is free and open to all. Space is limited so please register in advance.

Questions? Contact Indy Li at ili@rwalliance.org or 718-327-5919.


 

ACTION AGENDA: Flood Workshop

TIME: Thursday, May 30th, 5:00-7:00pm
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Do you want to make a change in your community? Are you ready to brainstorms with neighbors, local organizations, and experts?

Be part of the ACTION AGENDA, a free workshop series intended to engage the community in conversations about climate change in Rockaway.

Learn more from some of the leading experts in climate change and flooding and see what measures individuals in the community can take to improve the situation in the Rockaways.

We ask for your presence at this exciting opportunity to discuss practical solutions for dealing with chronic flooding, preparing for natural disasters, and building for rising sea levels.

Featured Speakers:

Klaus Jacob - Climate Scientist, Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Ronald Shiffman - Professor Emeritus, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment

Claire Weisz - Principal, WXY Architecture and Urban Design

Helen Cheng, a Coastal Resilience Specialist @ the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, will be speaking about her Citizen Science Jamaica Bay Community Flood Watch Project. Find out how YOU can be involved in reporting and tracking flooding in your neighborhood. Helen has been working with RISE's Shore Corps Interns to get the effort started here in Rockaway. These high-school interns will be sharing some of their findings. 

For more information, please contact Daniel Borrero at dborrero@rwalliance.org or (718) 327-5919.


 

Moments in Tide

TIME: On Exhibit May 30th - June 29th 
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join us for "Moments in Tide," a photo exhibit showcasing the frequent flooding and effects of climate change on the Rockaway Peninsula. The exhibit will feature photographs by local photographer Giles Ashford and other local Rockaway based artists.

The exhibit's Opening will take place on May 30th at 5:00 PM and feature a discussion with renowned climate scientist Klaus Jacob of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Ron Shiffman of Pratt Institute, Claire Weisz of WXY Architecture, and Helen Cheng of Science & Resiliency Institute of Jamaica Bay (SRIJB). 

This Program is supported, in part, by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 


June 2019

 

World Science Festival Great Fish Count of 2019

TIME: Saturday, June 1st, 1:00-3:00 PM
LOCATION: Dubos Point, corner of Bayfield Ave. and Beach 65th St.

Striped bass and bluefish and fluke, oh my! Now in its fourth year, this hugely popular, all-age, hands-on event is a celebration of the marine life in the waters surrounding our five boroughs. Top marine biologists and scientists will work with you and your kids to discover–and count–the many species of fish and marine creatures (even seahorses) right here in our own city waterways. No net needed. We'll provide everything, including waders. Just head on down and help us count.
The Great Fish Count is FREE and open to the public. 
Produced in partnership with the Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.

 

PATAGONIA: Spring Activism and Alignment Yoga Series

TIME: Saturday, June 8th, 11:00 AM-2:30 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Tune in and align in order to turn out and connect. Patagonia is hosting a special yoga class at RISE followed by a community clean-up. Come get your flow on and learn how you can make a difference in your community!

Class is free and open to all levels.


 

Get Out and Play! Day

TIME: Saturday, June 15th, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join us as we celebrate summer with a Get Out and Play! Day. Before our annual Bike Parade at 2 PM, learn about the different resources in Rockaway and talk with doctors, social workers, and community health specialists who can answer your questions about staying healthy.

The event is FREE.

This event is made possible by the NYC DOT Weekend Walks Initiative and contributions from individuals like you! Please consider donating to RWA at https://www.rwalliance.org/rwa/get_involved/donate/.


 

2019 Rockaway Bike Parade

TIME: Saturday, June 15th, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join us for the 9th 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 2 PM from 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd and end at the B17th Concessions. Come early and enjoy free activities and resources during our Weekend Walks event from 12 - 2 PM!

This event is FREE. Anyone participating in the bike parade is required to sign in at the beginning of the parade. Children under 14 must have a parent or guardian present with them and to sign their waiver on the day of the event.

Registration is recommended to reserve your bike.


July 2019

 

Jamaica Bay Community Clean Up & Paddle

TIME: Saturday, July 13th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join RWA for a clean up and paddle day along Jamaica Bay. Local residents and children of all ages are encouraged to participate in this stewardship event.

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 NYC DEP, NYC DEC, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.


August 2019

 

Community Health Day

TIME: Saturday, August 3rd, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join us for a day under the El, in our garden, and inside as we raise awareness about our community's health! Community Health Day will be focused on providing information, services and fun activities about health. 

In addition to a variety of organizations that will be tabling, the day will include plenty of wellness activities. Local groups will lead sessions in meditation, yoga, and more! RWA students will lead arts activities for kids. Others will provide free screenings for diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions. 

This event is made possible by the NYC DOT Weekend Walks Initiative, L+M Development Partners Inc. and contributions from individuals like you! Please consider donating to RWA at https://www.rwalliance.org/rwa/get_involved/donate/.


September 2019

 

Fall Dune Planting

TIME: Saturday, September 21st, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 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 NYC DEP, NYC DEC, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.


October 2019

 

Daffodil Giveaway

TIME: Saturday, October 5th, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 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 the RISE Center located at 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692. Click here to register with New Yorkers for Parks. 


 

6th Annual Hip Hop Halloween

TIME: Saturday, October 12th, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for the 6th 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 & Clean-Up

TIME: Saturday, October 19th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

For the 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 NYC DEP, NYC DEC, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.


November 2019

 

Rockaway Thanksgiving Feast

TIME: Saturday, November 23rd, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

RWA invites you to join us for a special Thanksgiving meal to give thanks and celebrate our amazing community of friends, family, and neighbors. 

The meal is FREE to all, but attendees must register in advance for every person. The meal will include all the Thanksgiving favorites prepared by local Rockaway partners. 

Special thanks to L+M Development Partners and New York Community Trust for making this event possible. 


December 2019

 

Rockaway Holiday Market

TIME: Wednesday, December 11th, 4:00 - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for our annual Holiday Market! We will have a large selection of local Rockaway based vendors. Products include locally made soap, baked goods, jewelry, stationary, and much more. So, come purchase local produce and holiday gifts on December 11th! 

If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact Indy Li at ili@rwalliance.org for more information.

Special thanks to the Levitt Foundation and New York Community Trust for making this event possible.


 

Success Stories:

Meet Jadel

Jadel participated in her first RWA program as a 7th grader at PS43. Through high school she has been a valuable contributor to our ongoing efforts and today she continues to work with us while she attends Hunter College. Hear more about Jadel's story.