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December 2018

 

Alumni College Panel

TIME: Saturday, December 15th, 11:30am-2:30pm
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd

RWA is hosting a College Panel with a number of our honored alumni! We have alumni that are majoring in a variety of fields including Art, Aviation Management, Business, Engineering, BioMed, and so many more. Many of these alumni are local Rockaway students who went to Rockaway schools. A few will be at the RISE Building in person, and a few will be calling in from places as diverse as Japan, Ireland, and Paris.
 
This is a wonderful opportunity for high-schoolers to talk to college students of all years about any questions they may have regarding college life, applications, studying abroad, classes, schedules, financial aid, etc. Please register in advance. This event is FREE for all! Free pizza will be served.

 

Holiday Market

TIME: Wednesday, December 12th, 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 12th! 

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


 

Holiday Favorites Cooking Class

TIME: Wednesday, December 5th, 5:00-7:00pm
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Join us for the first cooking class in the Cook & Chat series. We're cooking up some Holiday Favorites with a healthy twist. Over our meal, Indy, from the RWA staff, will talk about USDA dietary guidelines and tricks on how to easily portion out your plate.

Registration is recommended, but not required.
We'll begin promptly at 5:00 PM, please arrive on time!


 

Crafting Self Care - DIY Eye Pillow

TIME: Monday, December 10th, 2:30-3:30pm
LOCATION: 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

For this month's Crafting Self Care Activity we will be making lavender scented eye pillows. A simple arts and crafts project that you can do at RISE or at home that will help you relax and unwind after a long day. We'll provide the materials, you'll come ready to get creative! We'll also have some information about sleep and managing stress.

Registration encouraged, but not required.

Please direct any questions to ili@rwalliance.org


November 2018

 

Rockaway Thanksgiving Feast

TIME: Saturday, November 17th,1:00 - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: 
RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

REGISTRATION IS FULL please arrive at 2:30pm to join the waitlist. 

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. 


October 2018

 

Pickling with Joyce and Tiffany

TIME: Wednesday, October 24th, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join Joyce, farm-share volunteer and pickle-maker extraordinaire, and Tiffany, owner of her
own culinary business "More Please," for a fall Pickling Workshop.

Pickling is the process of preserving or expanding the shelf life of food in brine or vinegar. You can pickle vegetables, fruits, eggs and even meat! For this workshop we will be pickling a variety of organic vegetables kindly donated by Sang Lee Farms.

This event is FREE and open to all ages.This is an up-cycle project. We encourage "Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle!" So please bring your own cleaned jar(s).

To register click here.


 

Sandy Anniversary Planting & Clean Up

TIME: Saturday, October 20th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Meet at Beach 44th St and the beach  

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


 

Day in the Life of the Hudson & Harbor

TIME: Tuesday, October 16th, 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Dubo's Point, Beach 65th and DeCosta Ave

RWA is proud to partner with the New York State DEC in their annual "Day in the Life" event, in which school groups participate in hands-on citizen science work across the Hudson River Estuary and its surrounding waterways. 

RWA educators will meet participating school groups at Dubo's Point Wildlife Sanctuary to collect data on water quality and species assemblages. Workshops are one hour in length, and we can accommodate classes of up to 30 students at a time. 

Please contact RWA Program Coordinator Juli Schroeger at programs@rwalliance.org if you'd like to register a class or volunteer to help day-of. 


 

Hip Hop Halloween

TIME: Saturday, October 13th, 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 6th, 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 6th distribution. 

Unfortunately, registration has closed.You can sign up for the waitlist here.


September 2018

 

Fall Foraging Tour with Wildman Steve Brill

TIME: Sunday, September 30th, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
LOCATION: Meet at RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd. (B59th St) 

On Sunday, September 30, 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 RWA, the tour is free of charge.

This vastly under-appreciated natural habitat of the Rockaways 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 fruit will be doing great here. We'll find autumn olive bushes galore, with nutrient-rich red berries that taste like a combination of raspberries, currants, and pomegranates. Another tasty fruit is the American hackberry tree, with berries that taste like the candy coating of M&Ms. The most abundant fruit will be winged sumac, with berries you swish in water to make pink lemonade.

The fields in the empty lots provide greens and root vegetables. We'll be finding stands of sweet and peppery common evening primrose roots, along with strongly-flavored white-colored wild carrots.

Please register in advance! For "Wildman's" 2018 tour calendar and additional info, please visit here.


 

CitiesAlive 2018

TIME: September 24 - 28, 2018
LOCATION: Brooklyn Marriott (333 Adams Street)

CitiesAlive 2018

Green Infrastructure: Designing the Future of Resilience

What is the future of our city regions? Will they be unbearably hot and regularly flooded by intense rains and high tides? Will they be increasingly unhealthy and more divided between 'us and them'? Will there be a lack of green space and job opportunities? CitiesAlive provides green infrastructure solutions to urban challenges by bringing together designers, researchers, contractors, manufacturers, and policymakers. Discover how to shape a healthier, more resilient future in NYC this September.

CitiesAlive 2018 will explore topics like flood management, biodiversity, biophilic design, urban agriculture, vertical forests, coastal greening, green finance, new performance metrics, advancements in green infrastructure policy and regulations and new research findings from over 80 expert speakers.

For more information and to register please visit citiesalive.org


 

Dune Planting

TIME: Saturday, September 22nd, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION:
 Meet at 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 Ferry, NYC DEP, NYS DEC, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.


 

International Coastal Cleanup

TIME: Saturday, September 15th, 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 Cleanup 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 Arlo Hotels, LaGuardia Gateway Partners, NYC Ferry, NYC DEP, NYS DEC, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.


 

The Landfill Project Visioning Workshop

TIME: Saturday, September 8th, 12:00 - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd. (B59th St)

The Edgemere Landfill, a former municipal dump in the Rockaways, Queens, has been closed for over 20 years. The landfill operated as a disposal site from 1938 to 1991, receiving about 1200 tons of waste per day. 

Today, Edgemere Landfill is capped and is at the end of a remediation process that has converted it into a spectacular, and yet unused site offering views of Jamaica Bay and the distant Manhattan skyline. The land is facing an as-yet-undetermined future.

The Landfill Project is an exhibit at the Rockaway Institute for a Sustainable Environment, that explores the site and strategies to create and use it for positive impact for Edgemere. Defining the constraints, opportunities and expressions of the site's unique features helps to imagine what this land could become in the future.


August 2018

 

Community Health Day

TIME: Saturday, August 4th, 11:00am-3:00pm
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd. (B59th St) [Find us outside under the El-tracks!]

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 and services about mental and physical 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. 

Local clinicians will also be providing talks such as Choosing the Right Doctor/Therapist, and Race and Mental Health. Others will provide free screenings for diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions. 

Participating in activities and talking to tablers will earn participants stickers for their 'Health Passport.' Those that fill up their passports will be eligible for prizes at the end of the day! This event is free and open to the public.

This event is made possible by the NYC DOT Weekend Walks Initiative, the TCNY 2020 Mental Health Day, and the NQ PPS Community Health Forum. 


July 2018

 

Jamaica Bay Community Clean Up & Paddle

TIME: Saturday, July 21st, 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 SweetWater Brewery for sponsoring this event.


 

The Landfill Project: Visioning Workshop

TIME: Sunday, July 15th, 12:00 - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd. (B59th St) 

The Edgemere Landfill, a former municipal dump in the Rockaways, Queens, has been closed for over 20 years. The landfill operated as a disposal site from 1938 to 1991, receiving about 1200 tons of waste per day.

Today, Edgemere Landfill is capped and is at the end of a remediation process that has converted it into a spectacular, and yet unused site offering views of Jamaica Bay and the distant Manhattan skyline. The land is facing an as-yet-undetermined future.

The Landfill Project is an exhibit at the Rockaway Institute for a Sustainable Environment, that explores the site and strategies to create and use it for positive impact for Edgemere. Defining the constraints, opportunities and expressions of the site's unique features helps to imagine what this land could become in the future.


 

Jamaica Bay Community Clean Up & Paddle

TIME: Saturday, July 7th, 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 SweetWater Brewery for sponsoring this event.


June 2018

 

The Landfill Project: Exhibition Opening

TIME: Sunday, June 24th, 12:00 - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd. (B59th St) 

The Edgemere Landfill, a former municipal dump in the Rockaways, Queens, has been closed for over 20 years. The landfill operated as a disposal site from 1938 to 1991, receiving about 1200 tons of waste per day.

Today, Edgemere Landfill is capped and is at the end of a remediation process that has converted it into a spectacular, and yet unused site offering views of Jamaica Bay and the distant Manhattan skyline. The land is facing an as-yet-undetermined future.

The Landfill Project is an exhibit at the Rockaway Institute for a Sustainable Environment, that explores the site and strategies to create and use it for positive impact for Edgemere. Defining the constraints, opportunities and expressions of the site's unique features helps to imagine what this land could become in the future.

 


 

Movie Screening: Ocean Frontiers III

TIME: Friday, June 8th, 6:30-9:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

New York's ocean use is growing rapidly, with massive new ships, soaring demand for offshore sand mining, and proposed wind energy development offshore. Our busy waters are also home to endangered whales and sea turtles, and support thriving fishing and recreation industries. It's more important than ever that we plan ahead for responsible ocean growth.

Join us for a special screening of Ocean Frontiers III. This hopeful film explores the challenges at the heart of ocean conservation and development, presenting solutions from a range of people who are leading the way to a healthy and sustainable ocean future.

Following the film, there will be panel and conversation so participants can learn how to get involved.


 

Wellness in Motion

TIME: Saturday, June 2nd,  12:00PM - 4:00PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St), Far Rockaway, NY 11692

Join us as we bike and walk down the peninsula to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining mental and physical wellness. Participants will also have the opportunity to ride with doctors, social workers, and community health specialists who can answer questions about participants' health. At the finish line, all participants will receive a free bag with gifts and information about community resources.

The event will depart at 1 PM from the RISE Center and travel to the Beach 17th St. The event 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 and to sign their waiver on the day of the event.

This event is made possible by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


May 2018

 

Visit to Sang Lee & Briermere Farms

TIME: Saturday, May 19th, 8:00 AM - 6:30 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 Farms is the farm partner for Rockaway's first official Farm Share. Sang Lee provides low cost, seasonal, certified organic produce for the Rockaway Farm Share Market that meets at RISE every Wednesday from 4-7PM. Please click here to learn more about the farm share.

The general public is welcome to join us for this special tour of Sang Lee Farm in Peconic, NY.

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


 

12th Annual Earth Day Rockaway

TIME: Saturday, May 5th, 12 PM - 4 PM
LOCATION: RISE Center, 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.


April 2018

 

Discover Coral Exhibit

TIME: Sunday, April 22nd, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance presents Discover Coral, an exhibit the explores coral reefs and how the changing climate and pollution are affecting the healthy and vibrancy of some of the most ecologically important habitat in the world.

Coral reefs are home to twenty-five percent of all marine life and 500 million people globally rely on coral reefs for food, tourism income and coastal protection. Corals are also fascinating organisms and the architects behind the world's largest structures.They are however in a dramatic state of decline. The world has lost over 40% of corals over the last 30 years due to pollution, destructive fishing and climate change.

Discover coral and what you can do to help save this important natural resource. The exhibit is inspired by Jeff Orlowski's film, Chasing Coral, and the XL Catlin Seaview Survey and was realized by artists Heather Kramer and Diwa Tamrong. 

We thank the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs for their generous support through the Cultural Development Fund. 


 

Beach Clean Up & Dune Planting

TIME: Sunday, April 22nd, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
LOCATION: Meet at B44th 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 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 for sponsoring this event.


 

Spring Dune Planting

TIME: Saturday, April 14th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Meet at B44th 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 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.


 

Create Far Rock Town Hall - Far Rockaway

TIME: Thursday, April 12th, 6:30-8:00pm

LOCATION: Queens Library for Teens, 2002 Cornaga Ave., Far Rockaway 

We invite you to a community-wide initiative, Create Far Rock, to envision the future of the arts on the eastern end of the Rockaways. Join us at a town hall to help identify cultural assets and ways to grow the capacity of art and culture in our community. Your input over the next months is critical to ensure that the arts and culture have a solid foundation in a vibrant, equitable, and diverse Far Rockaway. Your input will help formulate investments in the local arts and cultural sector over the next two years.

For more info visit https://www.rwalliance.org/rwa/projects/CreateFarRock/


 

Create Far Rock Town Hall - Arverne

TIME: Tuesday, April 10th, 6:30-8:00pm
LOCATION: RISE, 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Arverne, NY 11692

We invite you to a community-wide initiative, Create Far Rock, to envision the future of the arts on the eastern end of the Rockaways. Join us at a town hall to help identify cultural assets and ways to grow the capacity of art and culture in our community. Your input over the next months is critical to ensure that the arts and culture have a solid foundation in a vibrant, equitable, and diverse Far Rockaway. Your input will help formulate investments in the local arts and cultural sector over the next two years.

For more info visit https://www.rwalliance.org/rwa/projects/CreateFarRock/


March 2018

 

Art Slam

TIME: Friday, March 9th, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Calling all artists, creators, designer, performers, musicians, vocalists, designers, singers, writers, & others to show off their craft! This is a great opportunity to come meet other artists & see the talent in Far Rockaway!

Each person will have 3-5 minutes to perform or present their talent. On the day of, performers will sign up at the door. Time slots are on a first come, first serve basis. For performers, a mic and speakers will be provided. Visual artists, please bring a USB drive or printed copies of your work, and limit presentation to 5 slides.

This event kicks off a community-wide initiative to envision the future of arts & culture in Far Rockaway, Arverne, and Edgemere. All are welcome. All ages. Email events@rwalliance.org or call 718-327-5919 with any questions.

Please RSVP in advance by emailing your name and talent to events@rwalliance.org.

Special thanks to the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs for making this event possible. 


January 2018

 

NYC Master Composter Certificate Course

TIME: Every Saturday, Jan 6th - Feb 24th, 10:00 - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

The NYC Compost Project Master Composter Certificate Program is an advanced composting course that trains a select group of New Yorkers every year to support, develop, and maintain community-based compost projects across all five boroughs.

The course requires 24 hours of classroom instruction, two field trips, 30 hours of compost related fieldwork, and a final project.

Registration deadline is 11/27

Find more information and the application at: http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/zerowaste/residents/
master-composter-certificate-program.shtml


 

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