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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/.


July 2019

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

TIME: Wednesday, July 3rd, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
LOCATION:  RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Every year 1 in 5 New Yorkers experience a mental health issue, learning how to respond can help save lives. Mental illness and substance misuse affect everyone, increasing awareness strengthens communities!

Mental Health First Aid is a national program that teaches individuals how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance misuse.The 8-hour training provides the skills to provide initial support when someone nearby experiences a mental health crises. The training covers topics including: safety, depression, anxiety, psychosis, bipolar disorder, and substance use.

Space is limited, please register online: https://rockawaywaterfrontalliance.timetap.com/ 

This training is facilitated by Thrive NYC.


June 2019

 

Moments in Tide

TIME: On Exhibit May 30th - June 29th 
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join us for "Moments in Tide," a photo exhibit showcasing the frequent flooding and effects of climate change on the Rockaway Peninsula. The exhibit will feature photographs by local photographer Giles Ashford and other local Rockaway based artists.

The exhibit's Opening will take place on May 30th at 5:00 PM and feature a discussion with renowned climate scientist Klaus Jacob of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Ron Shiffman of Pratt Institute, Claire Weisz of WXY Architecture, and Helen Cheng of Science & Resiliency Institute of Jamaica Bay (SRIJB). 

This Program is supported, in part, by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 


 

Ways to Play! Day

TIME: Saturday, June 15th, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join us as we celebrate summer with a Ways to Play! Day. Before our annual Bike Parade at 2 PM, learn about the different resources in Rockaway and talk with doctors, social workers, and community health specialists who can answer your questions about staying healthy.

The event is FREE.

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/.


 

2019 Rockaway Bike Parade

TIME: Saturday, June 15th, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join us for the 9th Annual Rockaway Bike Parade to promote human powered transportation! Walk, dance and bike your way along the Rockaway Boardwalk. We encourage individuals, school groups, and organizations to join in the festivities.

The parade will depart at 2 PM from 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd and end at the B17th Concessions. Come early and enjoy free activities and resources during our Weekend Walks event from 10 AM - 2 PM!

This 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.

Registration is recommended to reserve your bike.


 

Spring Activism and Alignment Series with Patagonia

TIME: Saturday, June 8th, 11:00 AM-2:30 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Tune in and align in order to turn out and connect. Patagonia and RWA are hosting a special yoga class at RISE followed by a community beach clean-up. Come get your flow on and learn how you can make a difference in your community! Class is free and open to all levels.

Students can receive community service hours for their efforts. 


 

World Science Festival Great Fish Count of 2019

TIME: Saturday, June 1st, 1:00-3:00 PM
LOCATION: Dubos Point, corner of Bayfield Ave. and Beach 65th St.

Striped bass and bluefish and fluke, oh my! Now in its fourth year, this hugely popular, all-age, hands-on event is a celebration of the marine life in the waters surrounding our five boroughs. Top marine biologists and scientists will work with you and your kids to discover–and count–the many species of fish and marine creatures (even seahorses) right here in our own city waterways. No net needed. We'll provide everything, including waders. Just head on down and help us count.
The Great Fish Count is FREE and open to the public. 
Produced in partnership with the Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.

May 2019

 

ACTION AGENDA: Flood Workshop

TIME: Thursday, May 30th, 5:00-7:00pm
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Do you want to make a change in your community? Are you ready to brainstorms with neighbors, local organizations, and experts?

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

Learn more from some of the leading experts in climate change and flooding and see what measures individuals in the community can take to improve the situation in the Rockaways.

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

Featured Speakers:

Klaus Jacob - Climate Scientist, Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Ronald Shiffman - Professor Emeritus, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment

Claire Weisz - Principal, WXY Architecture and Urban Design

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 high-school interns will be sharing some of their findings. 

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


 

Cook and Chat: Grocery Store Tour

TIME: Wednesday, May 22nd, 5:00-7:00 PM
LOCATION: Arverne Stop & Shop

Take a tour of a grocery store and learn the ins and outs of navigating the grocery store, tips and tricks for making the healthy choice the easy choice, 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.


 

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.

Update 4/3: REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.


 

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.


 

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!

This is a rain or shine event. In the case of rain, Wildman Steve will do an indoor talk (and sampling!) on a variety of local plants.


 

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.


 

Mobile Health Van @ RISE

TIME: Wednesdays, May 1st from 5:00-7:00 PM, May 8th from 4:00-7:00 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. 

Come check it out!

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.

This year's event will include: Live music along with activities like bracelet-making, plantings, grow your own microgreens, composting, face painting, 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 Indy Li at: ili@rwalliance.org.

Special thanks to PSEG, the Bluestone Organization, and Tides by Arverne By the Sea for sponsoring this event.


 

“Deities, Part One” by Andil Gosine - Exhibit Opening

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

"Deities" comprises thirteen digital prints composed by artist Dr. Andil Gosine from his participation in Project Prithvi, a monthly clean-up of Jamaica Bay organized by the Queens-based group Sadhana. The images show broken idols of gods and goddesses, remnants of Hindu rituals performed by local residents. Gosine explains:

I started to make these offerings to water as long as I've known myself. Every time we went to the beach, the first thing my grandmother taught me to do was to find a flower and offer it to the ocean, with a prayer to Mother Earth. Each Divali, a "puja" would be performed at my parents' home and the (usually entirely biodegradable) materials from it were supposed to be left at a river bank. There was something quite beautiful about growing up with that practice. But rituals have to change with the times and context. Encountering those idols at Jamaica Bay, most of them made from plastic or other toxic materials, I felt conflicted: they were beautiful and ugly; they elicited a warm sentimentality but they were also evidence of my own self-destructive habits. These offerings were supposed to offer a kind of reverence for nature, but they were actually destructive to the environment.

Gosine's resulting images underline this sense of conflict, and invite viewers to reflect on their own participation in rituals that need to shift with the times, and to respond to the on-going global ecological crisis. 

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This program is cosponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU (A/P/A) and supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


 

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.


April 2019

 

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.


 

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.


 

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.


 

Mobile Health Van @ RISE

TIME: Wednesday, April 3rd and April 10th from 5:00-7:00 PM, April 17th from 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 Wednesdays in April to promote National Stress Awareness month. Come check it out!

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


March 2019

 

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.


 

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!

Class is filled. Check back for more workshops like this in the future.

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


 

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.


 

RESCHEDULED: Grow Your Own Micro-Greens

TIME: Monday, March 18th, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Microgreens are the small edible greens harvested after a plant germinates, typically less than 2 weeks. Microgreens are safe to eat and have high levels of phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Even better – you can grow them at home with a few supplies.

Learn how to grow your own micro-greens so you can eat fresh veggies all year round!

This is an upcycle project - if you have a shallow take-out container, please bring it. 


 

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. 

We're all booked! Registration is closed! 
Please check out our Cook and Chats scheduled in April and May.

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


 

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.

We're all booked! Registration is closed! 
Please check out our Cook and Chats scheduled in April and May.

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


 

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.


February 2019

 

Crafting Self Care: Learn to Knit Pt. 2

TIME: Monday, February 25th, 2:00-4:00pm
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

In this second series of Learn to Knit. Joyce, one of our volunteers and DIY craft extraordinaire, will teach us how to do the knit and purl stitches. You do not have to have attended Learn to Knit pt. 1 to attend. Knitting is a great activity for self-care... knitting with others is even better!

In exchange for FREE learn to knit classes, we ask that you consider donating your finished product. We will have more details about where you can bring your finished product during class.

If you have your own knitting supplies, please bring them!


 

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.


 

Crafting Self Care: Learn to Knit Pt.1

TIME: Monday, February 11th, 2:00-4:00pm
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Knitting is a great activity for self-care. Research suggests that this relaxing craft can improve well-being and mental health. Join us as Joyce, one of our volunteers and DIY craft extraordinaire, teaches the basics of knitting. We'll give you information on getting started, yarn selection, supplies you'll need, how to shop, where to shop, fun facts, how to find discounts and more. There will be a raffle prize for one lucky participant.

In exchange for FREE learn-to-knit classes, we ask that you consider donating your finished product. We will have more details about where you can bring your finished product during class.

If you have your own knitting supplies, please bring them! 

This is a two-part series. Our next Learn to Knit class will be February 25th from 2:00-4:00 PM.


 

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.


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.


 

Cook & Chat: Pasta-Making Class

TIME: Wednesday, January 9th, 5:00-7:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Making fresh pasta is easier than it sounds. Learn how to make a basic pasta with roasted veggies and enjoy a delicious meal with us. Over dinner, Indy will talk about carbohydrates, sugar and answer any questions you might have!

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


 

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