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November 2017

 

Rockaway Thanksgiving Feast: SOLD OUT

TIME: Saturday, November 18th, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: 
RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

THIS EVENT IS UNFORTUNATELY SOLD OUT 

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) & RISE invite 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* and will include Thanksgiving favorites prepared by our Rockaway partners:   

  • Breezy's BBQ
  • Caracas Rockaway
  • Diwa's Bread
  • Edgemere Farm
  • Goody's Chicken & Ribs
  • Oceanside Pies
  • Tacoway Beach

* ALL attendees must register in advance for each person

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



 

"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

 

Sandy Anniversary Planting & Clean Up

TIME: Saturday, October 21st, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Meet at Beach 44th St. and the Boardwalk

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


 

Hip Hop Halloween

TIME: Saturday, October 14th, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 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.


 

Daffodil Giveaway

TIME: Saturday, October 7th, 10:00 AM - 1:00 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 to pick up daffodil bulbs at the October 7th distribution. 


 

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

 

Dune Planting

TIME: Saturday, September 23rd, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION:
 Meet at Beach 44th St. and the Boardwalk

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 and NYS DEC for sponsoring this event.


 

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


 

International Coastal Clean up

TIME: Sunday, September 17th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: B59th St. and the Boardwalk

Join RWA and the NYC Chapter of Surfrider Foundation 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! 

Special thanks to NYC DEP, NYS DEC, LaGuardia Gateway Partners, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.


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.


 

Jamaica Bay Community Clean Up & Paddle Part 2

TIME: Saturday, July 15th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: 
Meet at 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, NYS DEC, Patagonia, and Williams for sponsoring this event.


 

Jamaica Bay Community Clean Up & Paddle Part 1

TIME: Saturday, July 8th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Meet at 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, NYS DEC, Patagonia, and Williams for sponsoring this event.


June 2017

 

2017 Rockaway Bike Parade

TIME: Saturday, June 17th,  11:00AM - 4:00PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St), Far Rockaway, NY 11692

Join us for the 6th Annual Rockaway Bike Parade to celebrate the Rockaway community and healthy living! Walk, dance and bike your way along the Rockaway Boardwalk. We encourage individuals, school groups, and organizations to join in the festivities.

This years theme is "Reuse & Recycle." Parade participants are encouraged to create something fun and festive from recycled materials to wear in the parade. Starting at 11AM, the roadway at Beach 59th St will be closed for participants to work on decorating bikes, costumes and finalizing details on their floats.

The parade will depart at 2 PM from the RISE Center and travel to the Beach Boardwalk at B97th St where trophies will be awarded for the "Best of Show" award competition taking place at 3 PM. There will be three awards given by the Judges for the Individual Adult, Individual Child, and Group Category. 

The parade is FREE however all participants are required to register in advance and sign in at the beginning of the parade. Children under 14 must have a parent or guardian present with them on the parade and sign their waiver on the day of the event.

Special thanks to our sponsors: NYC Ferry, Arverne By the Sea, Transportation Alternatives, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.


 

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.


 

Visit to Sang Lee Farms

TIME: Saturday, May 20th, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Meet at RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join us for an exciting all day tour of Sang Lee Farms in the Northfork of Long Island.

Sang Lee is the farm that will provide low cost, seasonal, organic produce for the intergenerational farm share RWA is beginning this summer. Please click here to learn more about RWA's farm share.


 

11th 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

 

Beach Clean Up & Dune Planting

TIME: Saturday, April 22nd, 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 Patagonia and Global Brands Group for sponsoring this event.


 

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 - Dune Planting

TIME: Saturday, March 25th, 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 planting we will be restoring native plants 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.


 

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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