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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January 2019

 

Cook & Chat: Hydroponics Workshop

TIME: Wednesday, January 23rd, 5:00-7:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Hydroponics is the art of growing plants without soil. Come learn about setting up a hydroponics system and create your own mason jar hydroponics system to take home. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious hydroponic-grown meal with us.


February 2019

 

Cook & Chat: Heart Heath

TIME: Wednesday, February 6th, 5:00-7:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Let's talk about heart health and different types of protein sources. What are comes to mind when you hear "protein"? What are the USDA recommendations around meat consumption for a healthy heart? What is the environmental impact of eating meat? Join us as we explore topics around protein and make black bean burgers and sweet potato fries.

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 & Chat: Food Access is a Human Right!

TIME: Wednesday, February 13th, 5:00-7:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Let's talk about food justice. What is food justice? What does it mean to have a sustainable food system? What is food waste and why is it a problem? What's your "food story"? Join us as we explore the basics of food justice while cooking a delicious meal together.

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.


March 2019

 

Cook & Chat: Demystifying Food Labels

TIME: Wednesday, March 6th, 5:00-7:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Let's talk about the Nutrition Facts and common front-of-package labels. What's the difference between "Organic", "Natural" and all those other labels on our food? How can you make the most of all this information? Join us as we talk about the different types of labels on packaged food and make a seasonal veggie stir-fry together.

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 & Chat: Knife Skills

TIME: Wednesday, March 13th, 5:00-7:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Learn basic knife skills and other tricks for how to cook a quick and nutritious dinner. Chef Tiffany will demonstrate how to chop, dice and slice up vegetables for a delicious homemade broth. We'll be making a delicious and simple ramen for dinner.

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.


 

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.


 

Beach Clean Up & Dune Planting

TIME: Saturday, March 30th, 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 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

 

Spring Dune Planting

TIME: Saturday, April 13th, 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.


May 2019

 

13th Annual Earth Day

TIME: Saturday, May 4th, 12:00-4:00pm
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.


 

Steve Brill Spring Foraging Tour

TIME: Sunday, May 12th, 10:00-12:30pm
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!


 

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.


July 2019

 

Jamaica Bay Community Clean Up & Paddle

TIME: Saturday, July 6th, 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.


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 Keneisha

As a champion for arts and science education, Keneisha brings to us a successful track record that ranges from her experience at the Brooklyn Museum to specialized hands-on learning. She has been a lead educator for RWA for over three years in environmental arts and urban gardening. Hear more about Keneisha's story.