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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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March 2019

 

Mobile Health Van @ RISE

TIME: Wednesdays, March 6th and 13th at 5:00-7:00 PM, 20th and 27th at 1:00-4:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

St. John's Episcopal Hospital's Mobile Health Van is back on the move and coming to RISE. Services include: blood pressure screenings, primary care information, health and wellness resources and more. 

The Mobile Health Van will be outside of RISE every Wednesday in March. Come check it out!

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


 

Teen Battle Chef

TIME: Wednesday, March 20th, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join us as we transform the RISE building into a culinary cook-off arena. RWA's ShoreCorps will battle it out for the best tasting recipe and we need judges! All are welcome to taste some fantastic food and weigh-in on who will win the Champion title.

This event is free and open to all.

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


 

Crafting Self Care: Crochet Workshop

TIME: Wednesday, March 27th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join Fabiola, owner of Handmade Cocoon, for a beginner crochet workshop at RISE. You'll learn the basics of crochet and have time to practice your skills. This workshop is free to attend and is open to all levels. If you have your own supplies, please bring them.

Instruction will be given in English and Spanish.

Yarn and crochet hooks will be provided for the first 10 people who register!

Check out Fabiola's work at instagram.com/handmadecocoon


 

Beach Clean Up & Dune Planting

TIME: Saturday, March 30th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Intersection of B44th and Rockaway Beach Blvd

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

For this event we will be cleaning the shoreline and planting native beach plum and shrubs 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.


April 2019

 

Cook and Chat: All About Salt

TIME: Wednesday, April 3rd, 5:00-7:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Learn all about spices and salt, how to cut back on salt without compromising flavor and how to prevent diet-related diseases. We'll be making Trinidadian callaloo (vegetarian spinach soup) and sweet plantains.

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.


 

Cook and Chat: All About Sugar

TIME: Wednesday, April 10th, 5:00-7:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Learn all about sugar, diabetes, how to portion and limit your sugar intake. We'll have a guest chef visiting, check back to see what's on the menu!

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.


 

Spring Dune Planting

TIME: Saturday, April 13th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Intersection of B44th and Rockaway Beach Blvd

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.


May 2019

 

Cook and Chat: All About Fats

TIME: Wednesday, May 1st, 5:00-7:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Learn all about fats and oils, different smoke points and the dangers of Trans and saturated fats. We'll teach you how to make your own nut (or seed!) butter from scratch.

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.


 

13th Annual Earth Day

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

Come out and enjoy a day of fun by the Rockaway beach with free activities and programs for families and kids of all ages.

All activities are free and intended to raise awareness of the natural resources along the Rockaway shoreline. 

Organizations interested in participating in tabling at this event are encouraged to contact Indy Li at: ili@rwalliance.org.


 

Mother's Day Craft Market

TIME: Wednesday, May 8th, 4:00 - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Come find a gift for the special women in your life. We will have a large selection of local, Rockaway-based vendors set up all evening. Products include locally made soap, baked goods, knitted goods, jewelry, and more!

If you're interested in being a vendor, please contact Indy Li at ili@rwalliance.org.


 

Steve Brill Spring Foraging Tour

TIME: Sunday, May 12th, 10:00-12:30 PM
LOCATION:  RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12, America's go-to guy for foraging, "Wildman" Steve Brill, will lead one of his world-famous foraging tours of the Far Rockaway seashore, in conjunction with The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and RISE, and the tour is free of charge. 

This vastly under-appreciated natural habitat offers all the best wild foods of the seashore. The sandy soil is poor, limiting tree- and grass growth, but benefiting other species that can take advantage of the unblocked sun and nutrient-poor soil.

Wild greens will be doing great here, and there are dozens of species that thrive in sunny fields in mid-spring. Pokeweed is well-known in the Deep South, but virtually unknown in NY. Poisonous raw, "Wildman" will instruct participants how to prepare it properly. His Vegan Poke Sallet will still cause death, only those who try it will die of happiness!


 

Cook and Chat: Food Justice & Choosing Local

TIME: Wednesday, May 15th, 5:00-7:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

How does locally grown food promote a sustainable food system? What are the benefits of choosing locally grown food? What are "food miles" and why do they matter? For dinner, we'll be making a 100% locally-grown meal.

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.


 

Visit to Sang Lee & Briermere Farms

TIME: Saturday, May 18th, 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Meet at RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Did you know… the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance partners with Sang Lee Farms to offer fresh, certified organic produce to the Rockaways every week between June and Mid-November?

The RISE Farm Share is the first of its kind in changing the way we eat by improving access to high quality, nutritious food in the Rockaway community. Want to learn more about becoming a member of the RISE Farm Share? Click here

New and returning Farm Share members are invited to join us for an exciting all-day tour of Sang Lee Farms on the Northfork of Long Island. You won't want to miss this opportunity to meet the farmers who grow our delicious veggies and see where your food comes from!

Not a member of the Farm Share? That's okay! The general public is also welcome to join us for this special tour for free.

The bus will be leaving from RISE (5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692) at 8:30AM and will return by 6:30PM. The trip is free of charge, but you must register in advance as space is limited.


 

Cook and Chat: Grocery Store Tour

TIME: Wednesday, May 22nd, 5:00-7:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Take a tour of a grocery store and learn about unit price, couponing, shopping sales, 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)

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

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

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 Interns will share some of the other projects they've been working on as well. 

Other speakers will include:

-Klaus Jacob - Special Research Scientist @ the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of the Earth Institute (Columbia University)

-Philip Orton - Research Assistant Professor of Physical Oceanography & Storm Surges @ Stevens Institute of Technology

-Ronald Shiffman - Urban Planner and Professor @ the Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development

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


June 2019

 

Diabetes Self-Management Program

TIME: Fridays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19 at 2:00-4:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

The Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) is a 6-week group program for people with type 2 diabetes. The program, offered by Community Health Coaches from St. John's Episcopal hospital, is designed to help you manage your diabetes. 

Topics include:

  1. Techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration
  2. Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance
  3. Healthy eating
  4. Appropriate use of medication; and
  5. Working more effectively with health care providers.
  6. Make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program.

You must be able to complete at least 4 out of the 6 sessions.

More details about registration to come!
Questions? Contact Indy Li at ili@rwalliance or 718-327-5919


 

Get Out and Play! Day

TIME: Saturday, June 15th, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join us as we celebrate summer with a Get Out and Play! Day. Bike, walk, or run to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining physical wellness. At the finish line, we'll have free bags with gifts, fun activities to keep you moving and information about community resources. You will also have the opportunity to talk with doctors, social workers, and community health specialists who can answer your questions about staying healthy.

The 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.

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/.


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.


 

Jamaica Bay Community Clean Up & Paddle

TIME: Saturday, July 20th, 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.


 

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