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December 2017

 

RWA Holiday Party and RISE Up Showcase

TIME: Wednesday, December 20th, 4:00-7:00pm
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join us on December 20th for our annual Holiday Celebration! This year will be a special one, as students in out Shore Corps Program will present RISE Up: A Showcase for the Talent of Rockaway Youth. 

RISE Up gives local Rockaway high schoolers or recent graduates with a special talent to perform in front of their family and friends in a stress-free setting... and each performer gets a small prize! Sign-up below as space is limited. For more details, email Program Assistant Daniel Borrero at dborrero@rwalliance.org. 

The celebration on the 20th is free and open to the public! Free food will be served, holiday music will set the mood, and there will be games galore. 

Sign-Up Link: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjSq01cRHq-foQjuuxZfXMr67mcqd--5hcsfEgZldethXhYw/viewform?usp=sf_link


 

Building Just Communities

TIME: Thursday, December 14th, 10:30 AM - 1:00pm
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join us for an interactive and collaborative workshop for changemakers who want to create equitable community spaces. In this workshop participants will learn how to be reflective and effective racial justice advocates. Participants will leave with a toolkit for social change.


 

Holiday Market

TIME: Wednesday, December 13th, 4:00 - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for a holiday market! Come purchase local produce and holiday gifts from your Rockaway favorites including:

  •       Baked Goods by Rockaway Beach Bakery
  •       Diwa's Bread
  •       Goldies' Soaps
  •       Gluten Free Goodies by Alexa 
  •       Pantry items from the Rockaway Buying Club
  •       Oceanside Pies
  •       Tea by Rockaway Herbs
Special thanks to the Levitt Foundation and New York Community Trust for making this event possible.

November 2017


 

"JANE" Goodall Film Screening

TIME: Sunday, November 12th, 11:45AM 
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join us for an Exclusive screening of "JANE" a documentary film about the life of Jane Goodall directed by Brett Morgen with an original score by Philip Glass.

A special Q&A session with Executive Producer Debra Eisenstadt will follow the screening. 

This event is a fundraiser for Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. All proceeds go to support RWA's environmental arts programs in New York City Public Schools.

Tickets are $30 at the door. Children ages 7-16 are FREE.
Seating is limited.

PARENT ADVISORY: This film is not recommended for children under 7 years of age.


October 2017

 

Rockaway Gets Naloxone: Open House

TIME: Thursday, October 5th, 4:00 - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join RWA and Rockaway Gets Naloxone to learn how to prevent, recognize, and respond to an overdose emergency. Get the free opioid overdose antidote, naloxone. Learn what you can do to address the City's (and Rockaway's) overdose epidemic.  
Come view multi-media presentations and participate in hands-on training. Ask questions. Learn about the rising threat of fentanyl and find out how overdose education and naloxone distribution is but one of a variety of strategies that are needed to address the epidemic.

September 2017

 

Farm Share Watercolor Workshop

TIME: Wednesday, September 20th, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

In this all-levels-welcomed watercolor workshop, participants can stop by the RISE Farm Share and try their hands at watercolor painting the week's fresh produce.

Beginners will learn to setup their palette from warm to cool colors, and go through quick exercises to experience several watercolor techniques, such as wet on wet, dry brush or glazing effect. For more advanced participants, we will focus on attention to composition. 

Supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own materials.

Our instructor, Chemin Hsiao, is a Taiwanese painter, illustrator and art instructor based in Queens. He has exhibited work in New York, Los Angeles, and Berlin. Most recently his work was featured at the event Taiwan: A World of Orchid at the Queens Botanical Garden as part of the individual exhibition "Sitting with the Garden" (on view until Sep. 24th, 2017). More of Chemin's work could be seen at the portfolio website: www.cheminart.com

This event is part of the FREE 14 Sculptors Inc. On the Rock 2017 public art exhibition programs


August 2017

 

Evening of the Arts Under the Elevated

TIME: Saturday, August 5th 6:00 - 10:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE - 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692

Join us for an evening of art, food, and fun on Beach 59th Street and the Rockaway Freeway El-space. The event will unveil new public artworks developed in partnership with youth and residents engaged in Rockaway Waterfront Alliance's programs. No registration required. Free to the public.

Artworks include:

  • Projected Swimmers by Jessica Findley
  • Bioluminescence Parade by RWA's AQUA 101 Summer Camp
  • Rockaway Petroglyph by Kevin Sudeith 
  • Rockaway Field Guide  by Jonathan Chesley, Alexandria Donati, Andrea Parker, Jean-Christian Bourcart, and Diana Gruberg

This program is supported by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment of the Arts ArtWorks Program, NYC DOT WeekendWalks, and with funds from the Decentralization Program, as administered by the Queens Council on the Arts.


July 2017

 

Open House: Access to Opportunity Transportation Study

TIME: Monday, July 24th, 5:00-7:00pm
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join RWA and the New York City Department of Transportation for an Open House to prioritize and provide feedback on draft recommendations created through the Access to Opportunity Eastern Rockaways transportation study. Light refreshments will be provided!

Get ready to learn about short-term improvement projects, visualize future streetscapes, hear project updates, and see desired long-term improvements.

For more information, contact Laura MacNeil at 212-839-6690 or lmacneil@dot.nyc.gov. No RSVP necessary, but please provide advance notice for accessibility accommodations.


 

Zoning for Flood Resilience: Community Workshop

TIME: Tuesday, July 18th, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join NYC Department of City Planning and RWA for a workshop focused on how zoning changes can help make your neighborhood more resilient to flooding! The informational meeting and workshop will focus on design and development in the Rockaways.

Following a short presentation on zoning rules that were adopted after Hurricane Sandy to facilitate resilient buildings, participants will have the opportunity to share their ideas on how to shape a future update to these rules to advance resiliency in the Rockaways and across the city.


June 2017

 

Quintet of the Americas Comes to Rockaway

TIME: Saturday, June 10th, 12:00-2:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and the Quintet of the Americas for Winds of Change, an environmental concert.

The June 10th concert will feature the World Premieres of Bruce Odland's World Winds and Kevin James's Rockaway Beach - Winter 2017, both commissioned by theQuintet in response to Hurricane Sandy and the Rockaways.

Bruce Odland has devised a musical game for the Quintet and audience to react to the Earth's air currents in real time as projected visually so everyone can be involved. Kevin James has recorded samples of sounds collected in the Rockaways including bird songs, surf, jets from JFK, and underwater sounds. He has combined these with musical parts for the quintet in an evocative piece. Mr. James worked in collaboration with RWA's Shore Corps high school interns who assisted in the collection of the field recordings.   

Founded in Bogota, Colombia in 1976, the Quintet has specialized in bringing music from the Western hemisphere to audiences in the United States since its arrival in New York in 1979. The group has enjoyed an international career that has taken them to concert halls throughout the Americas and Eastern Europe


 

The Great Fish Count

TIME: Saturday, June 3rd, 12:00 - 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Michaelis Bayswater Park - Beach 32nd St & Beach Channel Drive

New York's waterways are wilder than you think. Now, you can explore them! Discover the underwater world in your own backyard. As part of the World Science Festival, drop by Bayswater Park to help leading marine scientists catch, count, identify, and release some of the 225 fish species found in the Harbor and Hudson ecosystem.

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


May 2017

 

Resiliency Speakers Series/Climate Forum: Beat the Heat

TIME: Wednesday, May 24th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
LOCATION: Meet at RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Summer means outdoor fun. Summer also means heat waves, which can be dangerous and deadly. Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the U.S. In New York City, more than 80% of heat stroke deaths involved victims who were exposed to heat in homes without air conditioning. 

As part of its Resiliency Speaker Series, join Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and the Science and Resiliency Institute at Jamaica Bay to learn about heat waves, how hot they can get in New York City, how heat affects your body, and how you can prepare yourself for extreme heat situations. 

This is a NY Rising Community Center service provided in partnership with the Governors Office of Storm Recovery.


 

12th Annual Earth Day Rockaway

TIME: Saturday, May 6th, 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.

This year's event will include: Live music and food along with activities like kite-making, recycling Olympics, mock dolphin rescue, plantings, composting, face painting, water testing, raptor demonstration, firehouse safety obstacle course, and art-related booths to learn how to appreciate and conserve the earth's resources.

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 Judah Asimov at: jasimov@rwalliance.org.

Special thanks to Beach Green, NextEra Energy Resources, PSEG Long Island, and NYC Ferry for sponsoring this event


April 2017

 

Farm Share Workshop

TIME: Saturday, April 8th, 2:00-5:00pm
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Starting this summer, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance will begin an intergenerational farm share. Becoming a member will allow you to you to have direct access to high quality, seasonal, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers at a lower cost than you could find at a farmers market or supermarket.

In this workshop we will talk about weekly meal planning around your Farm Share. Learn how to sort, store, and prioritize using the veggies in your share. Get comfortable with your veggies by learning more about their seasonality, cooking techniques that work for different parts of the plant, and strategies to make home-cooking efficient, flexible, and fun.


March 2017

 

DATE UPDATED - Resiliency Speaker Series: Composting 101

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

As part of its Resiliency Speaker Series, join Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and the New York City Compost Project to learn how to compost in your backyard or community garden. 

This workshop will cover compost recipes, elements, basic tools and site designs in order to successfully compost your garden waste and food scraps. It will also include a hands on activity to engage participants in learning how to build balanced compost piles out of the materials available in your community.

This is a NY Rising Community Center service provided in partnership with the Governors Office of Storm Recovery.

 


 

Community Agriculture Workshop

TIME: Saturday, March 4th, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Along with Just Food, we are exploring ways to create a CSA market that will provide more healthy and low cost fruits and vegetables to our community. Participants in this CSA workshop will learn the skills to launch, manage, and sustain a vibrant and inclusive CSA and hear about options for a partner farm.

What is a CSA? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is an investment between a farm and a community-based membership that allows farmers to grow vegetables directly for its members and community to receive a weekly delivery of a "share" of the farm's fresh vegetables.

Space is limited so registration is required. 


February 2017

 

Mental Health First Aid (2 of 2)

TIME: Saturday, February 4th, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

One in five New Yorkers experience a mental health disorder in any given year. Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. These two 4-hour courses use role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). This class is ideal for teachers, community members, and other laypeople who want to play a stronger role in helping their communities address unmet mental health need. 

There is a minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 participants, so please RSVP ahead of time. Participants are required to attend both Saturday sessions. 

For more information please visit DOHMH's Thrive NYC


 

DATE UPDATED - Resiliency Speaker Series: Flood Risk, Rockaway, and your Home

TIME: Saturday, February 4th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

New York City's flood risk is on the rise. Join RWA for an important workshop led by the New York Legal Assistance Group, Center for NYC Neighborhoods, and FloodHelpNY.org.

Learn how to keep your home and finances safe from flooding. We will discuss rising flood insurance costs and how to lower your risk and your insurance rate.

Please RSVP here or at info@rwalliance.org

This is a NY Rising Community Center service provided in partnership with the Governors Office of Storm Recovery.


January 2017

 

Mental Health First Aid (1 of 2)

TIME: Saturday, January 28th, 11:00-3:00pm
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

One in five New Yorkers experience a mental health disorder in any given year. Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. These two 4-hour courses use role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). This class is ideal for teachers, community members, and other laypeople who want to play a stronger role in helping their communities address unmet mental health need. 

There is a minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 participants, so please RSVP ahead of time. Participants are required to attend both Saturday sessions. 

For more information please visit DOHMH's Thrive NYC


 

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