Events

Events

Our events are 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.

In light of the corona virus, we have been tailoring a series of virtual programs for everyone to stay in touch and inspire one another during this very difficult time. In the coming weeks we will be kicking off new weekly zoom chats and DIY projects with scientists, designers and chefs. Stay tuned and stay safe.

 

Virtual Knitalong

Wednesday, April 1, 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm
Join us on Zoom

This is a space for community members to come together virtually to knit. All levels are welcome! Join us every Wednesday at 1:45pm by using this link: https://zoom.us/j/435817636

DIY sewing workshop with Fashion Designer Conchi Vitale

Friday, April 3, 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm

Join the workshop here: https://zoom.us/j/696269465

Conchi Vitale is an established fashion designer and founder of Sewing in Soho. In addition to designing her own line of clothing, Conchi is an accomplished sewing instructor who has taught people of all ages.

As the corona virus hit NYC, Conchi got to work making handmade face masks and neck gaiters for people to protect themselves. Check out her instagram feed.

Conchi will be hosting a series of live zoom chat sewing classes with RISE, Fridays at 2:15PM EST to support Project: Sew & Protect. We will be making protective face masks. There will be time for questions and answers at the end of class.

Materials needed:

  • 1/4 yard cotton fabric,
  • Sewing machine,
  • Sewing needles,
  • Thread,
  • Scissors,
  • Ruler,
  • Measuring tape,
  • Chalk, erasable markers, or pencils,
  • Pins,
  • 1/4" flat elastic. 

Tune in to meet Conchi and enjoy making yourself or someone working on the front lines a face mask for peace of mind and protection from the virus.

Mother's Day Foraging Tour with Wildman Steve Brill

Sunday, May 10, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd

On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10th, RISE will be hosting a special tour with America's go-to guy for foraging, "Wildman" Steve Brill. Steve will lead one of his world-famous foraging tours of the Far Rockaway seashore. 

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. The tour is free of charge but registration is suggested.

Stop 'N' Swap

Saturday, June 6, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Beach 59th St and Rockaway Beach Blvd

Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free!

You don't have to bring something to take something. No furniture or large items, please.

This event is brought to you by GrowNYC and NYC Zero Waste.

Jamaica Bay Community Cleanup & Kayak

Saturday, July 11, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Join RISE 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 NYS DEC, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.

Jamaica Bay Community Cleanup & Kayak

Saturday, July 18, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Join RISE 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 NYS DEC, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.

International Coastal Cleanup

Saturday, September 19, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Beach 59th St and the Boardwalk

Join RISE 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 NYS DEC, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.

Daffodil Giveaway

Saturday, October 3, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd

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.

RISE is hosting a distribution event at the RISE Center located at 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692. 

Fall Dune Planting

Saturday, October 3, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Beach 44th St and Edgemere Avenue

Come join the RISE 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 NYS DEC, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.

7th Annual Hip Hop Halloween

Saturday, October 17, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Join RISE for the 7th 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 & Cleanup

Saturday, October 24, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Beach 44th St and Edgemere Avenue

For the anniversary of Storm Sandy, RISE 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 NYS DEC, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.

 

Rockaway Thanksgiving Feast

Saturday, November 21, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd

RISE 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 Levitt Foundation for making this event possible. 

Holiday Market

Wednesday, December 9, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd-

Join RISE for our 3rd 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 9th! 
 

Special thanks to the Levitt Foundation for making this event possible.