Events

Events

We encourage you to check out our upcoming events calendar. Due to COVID, all in person events require social distancing and registration in advance. 

 

 

Sandy Anniversary Clean Up & "Quarantree" Plant Giveaway

Saturday, October 16, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
RISE Center - 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd

For the 9th Anniversary of Storm Sandy, RISE is bringing people of all ages together to care for our shoreline and 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 serve as a protective buffer to the homes and businesses in the area. Many of these dunes are compromised by storms and shoreline erosion and need to be cared for to be effective.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be honoring this event a little differently than in the past. In addition to cleaning the open space in our area, RISE will be hosting "Quarantree" plant giveaway of the Dwarf "Jellybean" Blueberry Shrubs. A plant native to the Rockaways' shoreline environment, and suitable for planting outdoors on patios, yards and gardens. 

Shrubs will be given out to those who participate in the clean up on a first come first served basis. Families and people of all ages are welcome to participate.  Students can receive community service hours. This event is rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. 

Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained. This event is free but advance registration is required. 

Special thanks to L&M Development and Bluestone Group for supporting this event. 

 

Fall Foraging Tour w. Wildman Steve Brill

Saturday, October 16, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
RISE Center - 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd

This fall, RISE will be hosting a tour with America's go-to foraging team, "Wildman" Steve Brill and his daughter Violet. The vastly under appreciated natural habitat of the Rockaways offers all the best wild foods of the seashore.

The sandy soil of the Rockaways 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. 

Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained. 

This event is free but advance registration is required. This event is rain or shine.

This event is full. Please contact us at info@riserockaway.org if you wish to attend.

Rockaway Bike Tour FUNDRAISER

Saturday, October 9, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Join Tom Finkelpearl, former Commissioner of NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs and longtime part-time Rockaway resident, for a private bike tour of the Rockaways focusing on the area’s history, especially the impact of legendary NYC Parks Commissioner Robert Moses. The ride runs roughly 10 miles, mostly along the Rockaway boardwalk west to Jacob Riis Park, and returns to RISE Rockway.

After the tour, we invite you inside the RISE Center, for light refreshments and viewing of “Hinterland,” a new photography exhibit by local artist Susannah Ray.
All participants will receive a RISE drawstring bag, tshirt, and water bottle.

Masks will be required for entering the RISE Building, but not for the ride itself.
Tour is limited to 15 registrants. Advanced registration is required for this event.
You will need to bring your own bikes, helmets, and fill out a liability waiver form.
Street parking is available near the RISE Building.

RAINDATE: Sunday October 10

 

 

RISE/NPCA Jamaica Bay Community Cleanup

Saturday, October 2, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Meet at RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard

Join RISE for a clean up along Jamaica Bay. Local residents and children of all ages are encouraged to participate in this stewardship event. For this cleanup we will be clearing the area of any litter in order to prevent any bay pollution. As active members of our community we need to do our best to keep our bay clean for all visitors and wildlife. 

Students can receive community service hours for their efforts. Registration is not required. This event is hosted rain or shine! 

Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained.

Special thanks to the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), NYS DEC, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.

Daffodil Giveaway

Saturday, October 2, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beach 59th St and Rockaway Freeway

Join the 20th anniversary of the Daffodil Project – sign up now to get free bulbs! A living memorial to the victims of 9/11 and the largest civic effort in city history, the Daffodil Project gives out bulbs for free to plant in public spaces across all five boroughs. RISE is hosting one of the Queens distribution sites. Advanced registration is required. 

Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained. This event is hosted rain or shine. Supplies will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. 

 

Photography Exhibit Opening: Hinterland by Susannah Ray

Saturday, September 18, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Join us for the opening reception of Susannah Ray's photography exhibit "Hinterland", documenting the remaining undeveloped acres of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area in Queens, the remnants of a seaside neighborhood that was razed in 1968 under New York City's urban renewal policies. The year-long series captures the landscape in it's rewilded state, haunted by ghosts of the lost neighborhood, prior to development that began in spring 2021.

International Coastal Cleanup

Saturday, September 18, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Beach 59th St and Rockaway Boardwalk

Join RISE for the annual International Coastal Cleanup in partnership with the American Littoral Society. 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.

Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained. Registration is not required. This event is hosted rain or shine! 

Special thanks to Patagonia for sponsoring this event. 

Community Clean Up

Saturday, September 11, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Beach 25th St & Boardwalk

Join us for a neighborhood cleanup on Beach 25th St. People of all ages are encouraged to participate. Students can receive community service hours for their efforts.

Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained. Registration is not required. This event is hosted rain or shine, so dress accordingly. 

Special thanks to Patagonia for supporting this event!

Community Cleanup

Saturday, September 4, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
RISE Center - 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Join RISE for a neighborhood cleanup around the RISE Center. People of all ages are encouraged to participate. Students can receive community service hours for their efforts.

Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained. Registration is not required. This event is hosted rain or shine! 

Special thanks to Patagonia for supporting this event!

Jamaica Bay Community Cleanup & Kayak

Saturday, August 7, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Meet at 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 waivers on the day of the event. Children under 18 must have a parent present to sign their waiver. 

If you arrive after 11:15am please meet us at the cleanup site: Dubos Point (B65th & Bayfield Ave)

Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained.

Special thanks to the National Parks Conservation Association, NYS DEC, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.

Rockspot Student-Led Afternoon Tour

Friday, August 6, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard

Rockspot is the first community network in the Rockaways, created by RISE, intended to support a strong local economy by local residents and people who are visiting! Rockspot NYC is hosted by the RISE Summer Shore Corps students, who have been working this summer to manage all content, media and information on the new virtual MapMe platform.

Come join us on Friday, August 6th for a public tour of some of the "favorite picks" by our Summer Shore Corps students on the best businesses and services in the Rockaways!

Beach Cleanup

Saturday, July 17, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Meet at B59th St and the Boardwalk

Come join RISE for a Community Beach Cleanup. With summer now here it's that time of year when people are getting ready to come down to the beach. This event will be a community volunteer day in a celebration of the land and water that makes up the Rockaways. For this cleanup we will be clearing the shoreline of litter in order to prevent any ocean pollution. As active members of our community we need to do our best to keep our shores clean for any and all beachgoers. 

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.

Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained. 

Special thanks to Patagonia for sponsoring this event.

Plant Swap

Saturday, June 26, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
RISE Hip Hop Community Garden (58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd)

Rise will be hosting its first Community "Plant Swap"!

Please come out and  join other plant enthusiast from the five boroughs to swap and share - plants, tools, pots, soil, tips and more!

RISE will not be providing any plants so please make sure you bring your own to swap out.

Raindate: 
Saturday, July 17, 2021
 
If you have any questions feel free to reach out to llachner@riserockaway.org.

Pickling Workshop with Joyce Artis

Wednesday, June 23, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Hip Hop Community Garden (58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard)

Now that RISE's 2021 Farm Share Program is just around the corner, you're invited to our Pickling Workshop!
 
RISE volunteer, Joyce Artis will once again guide us in creating delicious refrigerator pickles to take home and enjoy. Refrigerator pickles are ready within a few hours. However, they get better with time! This is also a great way for you to reuse one of your glass jars, so please bring along a clean medium sized jar to take home your pickled produce. Looking forward to seeing you there. Please stay tuned for additional upcoming RISE workshops. If you have any questions please email llachner@riserockaway.org. 
 

Special thanks to NYS DEC, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.

 
 
 

Beach Cleanup

Saturday, June 12, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Meet at B59th St and the Boardwalk

Come join RISE for our first Community Beach Cleanup of 2021. Now that summer is approaching it's that time of year when people are getting ready to come down to the beach. This event will be a community volunteer day in a celebration of the land and water that makes up the Rockaways. For this cleanup we will be clearing the shoreline of litter in order to prevent any ocean pollution. As active members of our community we need to do our best to keep our shores clean for any and all beachgoers. 

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.

Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained. 

Special thanks to Patagonia for sponsoring this event.

Shore Corps Senior Graduation Celebration

Friday, June 11, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

Come join RISE to celebrate the graduating seniors currently in our Shore Corps high school internship program! Shore Corps has brought together a diverse pool of high school youth, from throughout the Rockaway Peninsula, to gain experience working on environmental conservation, community development, and civic engagement projects. In this Graduation Celebration Event, let's show support to all of the current high school seniors in the Shore Corps Program for all their hard work and perseverance, as well as congratulate them as they begin this exciting next chapter!

Virtual Living Classroom: Community Cooking (Middle School)

Friday, June 11, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Middle School children and their families to explore what it means to eat healthy both in the meals we make and in the farming practices we support. Students will dive into topics like balanced diets, community gardening, and the impacts of mass farming on the environment. Using what we learned, we will follow a quick cooking tutorial to make an easy, healthy, and delicious meal at home! Also, be sure to check out our farm share where we bring fresh, locally-grown organic produce directly from the farm to Rockaway.

Virtual Living Classroom: Community Cooking (Elementary School)

Friday, June 11, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Elementary schoolchildren and their families to explore what it means to eat healthy both in the meals we make and in the farming practices we support. Students will dive into topics like balanced diets, community gardening, and the impacts of mass farming on the environment. Using what we learned, we will follow a quick cooking tutorial to make an easy, healthy, and delicious meal at home! Also, be sure to check out our farm share where we bring fresh, locally-grown organic produce directly from the farm to Rockaway.

Virtual Art Workshop with Joyce Artis

Saturday, June 5, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

RISE is happy to announce that Joyce Artis will be hosting our next Virtual Art Workshop. Joyce is a former Far Rockaway resident. She has been a part of RISE's volunteer group for the past six years. Joyce has during Farm share season been a staple at the Family Share table. She has participated in loads of RISE programming and events from the Nutrition workshops to Pasta making.

Joyce has also lead several other workshops for RISE. She brought RISE its First ever Pickiling Workshop, Micro Greens Workshop, and as an expert Knitter she has instructed and led the ongoing volunteers group Knitting Workshop. She has also tabled for RISE at the Annual National Night Out Against Crime in Far Rockaway, RISE's Earth Day event and was also a Co-Creator of the RISE Volunteers Valentine's Day Market!

Participants of this Art of Writing Workshop will be given a prompt as inspiration to create an original written piece: poem, essay, or short story to treasure and share. Each author will be encouraged to share their reactions to the written pieces through positive reinforcement and personal connections. Participant should also be prepared to breathe easy, engage in gentle movement, and be on the lookout for a surprise!

Thank you for your interest in RISE and please stay tuned for more Virtual Art Workshop to come!

Materials needed:

  • Stationery, notebook or journal, etc.
  • Your favorite writing instrument pen or pencil etc.
  • Colorful paper 6 x 6
  • A comfortable location and your favorite beverage!

 

Virtual Living Classroom: Community Cooking (Middle School)

Friday, June 4, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Middle School children and their families to explore what it means to eat healthy both in the meals we make and in the farming practices we support. Students will dive into topics like balanced diets, community gardening, and the impacts of mass farming on the environment. Using what we learned, we will follow a quick cooking tutorial to make an easy, healthy, and delicious meal at home! Also, be sure to check out our farm share where we bring fresh, locally-grown organic produce directly from the farm to Rockaway.

Virtual Living Classroom: Community Cooking (Elementary School)

Friday, June 4, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Elementary schoolchildren and their families to explore what it means to eat healthy both in the meals we make and in the farming practices we support. Students will dive into topics like balanced diets, community gardening, and the impacts of mass farming on the environment. Using what we learned, we will follow a quick cooking tutorial to make an easy, healthy, and delicious meal at home! Also, be sure to check out our farm share where we bring fresh, locally-grown organic produce directly from the farm to Rockaway.

Virtual Knitalong

Wednesday, June 2, 2:00 pm to 3:00 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 2:00pm by using this link: https://zoom.us/j/435817636

Virtual Living Classroom: Protecting Pollinators (Middle School)

Friday, May 28, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Middle School children and their families to learn the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and how we can protect them. Pollination by bees, birds, butterflies and bats not only benefits the organism but the plants and larger crops too! In this session we will cover topics like the impact of pesticides/herbicides on ecosystems and how other safer gardening practices can help pollinators thrive.

Virtual Living Classroom: Protecting Pollinators (Elementary School)

Friday, May 28, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Elementary schoolchildren and their families to learn the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and how we can protect them. Pollination by bees, birds, butterflies and bats not only benefits the organism but the plants and larger crops too! In this session we will cover topics like the impact of pesticides/herbicides on ecosystems and how other safer gardening practices can help pollinators thrive.

Virtual Art Workshop With Camila and Dominika Part 2

Saturday, May 22, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

RISE is happy to have artists Camila Morales and Dominika Ksel hosting our next Virtual Art Workshop. Camila and Dominika both reside in the Rockaway’s, each have over 10 years experience working in the arts. You might recognize their work, last year RISE commissioned the two of them to create Sonic Constellation for Art Underneath the Elevated located under the elevated train tracks on Beach 58th street and Rockaway Freeway. The art workshop they are hosting extends from their practice merging art and ecology and consists of two parts.

Day Two: Participants will meet over Zoom and import the audio recordings as mp3 files and upload them to Audacity, an open source app that should be downloaded before the workshop. Next, a short presentation and discussion on environmental art and how we can reframe our lenses on our ecological impact; transforming how we relate to the debris and waste produced by us and around us. Lastly, we will share the physical and auditory works made during the workshop.

Thank you for your interest in RISE and please stay tuned for our next Virtual Art Workshop, there will be more to come!

Materials needed:

  • Recording device, you can use your phone
  • Download Audacity
  • Markers or colored pencils
  • Scissors  
  • Liquid glue  
  • Paper towels or rags
  • Newspaper or magazines 
  • Twine, fishing wire
 

Virtual Living Classroom: Protecting Pollinators (Middle School)

Friday, May 21, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Middle School children and their families to learn the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and how we can protect them. Pollination by bees, birds, butterflies and bats not only benefits the organism but the plants and larger crops too! In this session we will cover topics like the impact of pesticides/herbicides on ecosystems and how other safer gardening practices can help pollinators thrive.

Virtual Living Classroom: Protecting Pollinators (Elementary School)

Friday, May 21, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Elementary schoolchildren and their families to learn the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and how we can protect them. Pollination by bees, birds, butterflies and bats not only benefits the organism but the plants and larger crops too! In this session we will cover topics like the impact of pesticides/herbicides on ecosystems and how other safer gardening practices can help pollinators thrive.

Virtual Art Workshop With Camila and Dominika Part 1

Saturday, May 15, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Beach 59th Street and Rockaway Freeway

RISE is happy to have artists Camila Morales and Dominika Ksel hosting our next Virtual Art Workshop. Camila and Dominika both reside in the Rockaway’s, each have over 10 years experience working in the arts. You might recognize their work, last year RISE commissioned the two of them to create Sonic Constellation for Art Underneath the Elevated located under the elevated train tracks on Beach 58th street and Rockaway Freeway. The art workshop they are hosting extends from their practice merging art and ecology and consists of two parts.

Day One: Participants will join in RISE's community cleanup where they will learn about environmental stewardship and how they can make art with the debris collected. Creating art from refuse has an expansive history and is even more critical today as we see how much waste many forms of art making produce. Participants will also be asked to record audio of the different sounds they hear on the beach connecting with the local biophony and later transforming them into audio compositions. Finally, we will walk through steps on how to create sculptures and jewelry with the debris collected using various design techniques.

Thank you for your interest in RISE and please stay tuned for our next Virtual Art Workshop, there will be more to come!

Materials needed:

  • Recording device, you can use your phone
  • Download Audacity
  • Markers or colored pencils
  • Scissors  
  • Liquid glue  
  • Paper towels or rags
  • Newspaper or magazines 
  • Twine, fishing wire
 

Community Cleanup

Saturday, May 15, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Beach 59th Street and Rockaway Freeway

Come join RISE this Saturday for a cleanup to help make your community a cleaner place for everyone. We will be working to complete our goal from the previous cleanup of clearing out the lot from Beach 59th to 62nd street To insure a safe and effective cleanup RISE will be handing out gloves and bags to all participants. RISE appreciates all of you for taking the time out of your day to help make a difference in our community, no matter how big or small. Hope to see you out there.

For more information about this event please email info@riserockaway.org. 

Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained. Registration is not required. This event is hosted rain or shine! 

Virtual Living Classroom: Protecting Pollinators (Middle School)

Friday, May 14, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Middle School children and their families to learn the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and how we can protect them. Pollination by bees, birds, butterflies and bats not only benefits the organism but the plants and larger crops too! In this session we will cover topics like the impact of pesticides/herbicides on ecosystems and how other safer gardening practices can help pollinators thrive.

Virtual Living Classroom: Protecting Pollinators (Elementary School)

Friday, May 14, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Elementary schoolchildren and their families to learn the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and how we can protect them. Pollination by bees, birds, butterflies and bats not only benefits the organism but the plants and larger crops too! In this session we will cover topics like the impact of pesticides/herbicides on ecosystems and how other safer gardening practices can help pollinators thrive.

Mother's Day Foraging Tour with Wildman Steve Brill

Sunday, May 9, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Meet at Beach 59th St and Rockaway Freeway

For Mother's Day, RISE will be hosting a foraging tour with America's go-to guy for foraging, "Wildman" Steve Brill.

The sandy soil of the Rockaways 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. Field garlic is a very tasty relative of onions and garlic. 

This event is free but advance registration is required as tour will be limited to 10 people. This event is rain or shine. Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained. 

This event is full. Please contact us at info@riserockaway.org if you wish to attend.

Virtual Living Classroom: Protecting Pollinators (Middle School)

Friday, May 7, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Middle School children and their families to learn the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and how we can protect them. Pollination by bees, birds, butterflies and bats not only benefits the organism but the plants and larger crops too! In this session we will cover topics like the impact of pesticides/herbicides on ecosystems and how other safer gardening practices can help pollinators thrive.

Virtual Living Classroom: Protecting Pollinators (Elementary School)

Friday, May 7, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Elementary schoolchildren and their families to learn the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and how we can protect them. Pollination by bees, birds, butterflies and bats not only benefits the organism but the plants and larger crops too! In this session we will cover topics like the impact of pesticides/herbicides on ecosystems and how other safer gardening practices can help pollinators thrive.

Virtual Living Classroom: Marine Debris (Middle School)

Friday, April 30, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Middle School children and their families, focused on the issue of marine debris, specifically plastics. Participants can make a recycled art project, an advocacy campaign, or come up with their own medium to raise awareness of minimizing single-plastic use. 

Virtual Living Classroom: Marine Debris (Elementary School)

Friday, April 30, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Elementary schoolchildren and their families, focused on the issue of marine debris, specifically plastics. Participants can make a recycled art project, an advocacy campaign, or come up with their own medium to raise awareness of minimizing single-plastic use. 

Behind the Scenes Tour of NY Marine Rescue Center

Sunday, April 25, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

During this tour you will get the unique opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to rescue and rehabilitate local sea turtle and seal species. Participants will go on a tour through the different areas in the New York Marine Rescue Center such as the lab, treatment room, and animal rehabilitation areas. You will discuss the different species that are present in your local waters, common natural behaviors of these animals, their protection status, and the best practices for observing these animals in their natural habitat. You will also learn the common reasons on why these animals are brought into their hospital facility, the procedures and care that goes into getting them back to health, and releasing them back into the wild.

Virtual Art Workshop With Jennifer Jones

Saturday, April 24, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

RISE is happy to have artist Jennifer Jones hosting our next Virtual Art Workshop. Jennifer is a Far Rockaway resident and a lifelong New Yorker. She is a teaching artist who teaches Art History at Westchester Community College and Discovering the Arts at Purchase College. In this workshop, we will create two different types of sculptures inspired by artists Alma Thomas and Joe Minter. First, we will start with making a relief sculpture and then transition over to a sculpture in the round. While we wait for them to dry, participants will have the option of making three-dimensional abstract sculptures. Finally for the last few minutes of the workshop, we will all screen-share our final products with one another. Thank you for your interest in RISE and please stay tuned for our next Virtual Art Workshop, there will be more to come!

Materials needed:

  • Recycled cardboard boxes 
  • Ruler
  • Acrylic paint, markers or pens 
  • Scissors or xacto knife  
  • White glue  
  • Paper towels or rags

Virtual Living Classroom: Marine Debris (Middle School)

Friday, April 23, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Middle School children and their families, focused on the issue of marine debris, specifically plastics. Participants can make a recycled art project, an advocacy campaign, or come up with their own medium to raise awareness of minimizing single-plastic use. 

Virtual Living Classroom: Marine Debris (Elementary School)

Friday, April 23, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Elementary schoolchildren and their families, focused on the issue of marine debris, specifically plastics. Participants can make a recycled art project, an advocacy campaign, or come up with their own medium to raise awareness of minimizing single-plastic use. 

Greater Rockaway Community Design Workshop 2: From Vision to Action

Thursday, April 22, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

Join us to participate in the Greater Rockaway Community and Shoreline Enhancement Planning process. Learn more about environmental resilience on the ocean side, opportunities for green workforce development, and how you can shape the final plan! This community design workshop will be an interactive meeting hosted on Zoom.

The Greater Rockaway Community & Shoreline Enhancement Plan builds on numerous initiatives by city, state, federal, and nonprofit partners to conduct a comprehensive site assessment and develop a preliminary design to enhance dunes along the Atlantic shoreline of the Rockaway Peninsula into an extensive, biodiverse, and habitat-rich dune system that provides economic opportunities for residents. Click here for more details

Community Clean Up

Saturday, April 17, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
59th Street and Rockaway Freeway, DOT Lot

Come join RISE this Spring for a cleanup to help make your community a cleaner place for everyone. With the weather finally starting to clear up RISE is encouraging everyone to go outside and get their hands a little dirty. To insure a safe and effective cleanup RISE will be handing out gloves and bags to all participants. RISE appreciates all of you for taking the time out of your day to help make a difference in our community, no matter how big or small. Hope to see you out there.

For more information about this event please email info@riserockaway.org. 

Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained. Registration is not required. This event is hosted rain or shine! 

Virtual Living Classroom: Marine Debris (Middle School)

Friday, April 16, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Middle School children and their families focused on the issue of marine debris, specifically plastics. Participants can make a recycled art project, an advocacy campaign, or come up with their own medium to raise awareness of minimizing single-plastic use. 

Virtual Living Classroom: Marine Debris (Elementary School)

Friday, April 16, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Elementary schoolchildren and their families, focused on the issue of marine debris, specifically plastics. Participants can make a recycled art project, an advocacy campaign, or come up with their own medium to raise awareness of minimizing single-plastic use. 

Virtual Art Workshop with Daris Garnes

Saturday, April 10, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Join us on Zoom

RISE is happy to announce that Daris Garnes will be hosting our first Virtual Art Workshop. Daris is a Rockaway Resident and visual artist, she uses her love of photography, painting and colored pencils to empower herself and others. Daris has been part of the RISE family for awhile now, when she is not busy you can always find her participating in one of our community programs or events, and if we ever need a hand Daris is the first person to volunteer her time. 

Daris' goal for this workshop is to lead you on a creating and relaxing journey through the practices of coloring, shading, stretching, and breathing. Thank you for your interest in RISE and please stay tuned for our next Virtual Art Workshop, there will be more to come!

Materials needed:

  • Printed copy of coloring book
  • Coloring Pencils
  • Fine Tip Markers
  • Pens/Pencils  
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • 3 sheets of scrap paper 

 

Virtual Living Classroom: Marine Debris (Middle School)

Friday, April 9, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Middle School children and their families to focus on the issue of marine debris, specifically plastics. Participants can make a recycled art project, an advocacy campaign, or come up with their own medium to raise awareness of minimizing single-plastic use. 

Virtual Living Classroom: Marine Debris (Elementary School)

Friday, April 9, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Elementary schoolchildren and their families is focused on the issue of marine debris, specifically plastics. Participants can make a recycled art project, an advocacy campaign, or come up with their own medium to raise awareness of minimizing single-plastic use. 

Virtual Living Classroom: Birding Basics (Middle School)

Friday, March 26, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Middle School students and their families to discover the many different local bird species that live by the beach and bay in Rockaway as well as in urban cities like NYC. Together we will learn to identify birds by field marks and song! Just in time for the spring migration, students will be hooked on birding as a recreational outdoor activity.

This event is full. Please contact us at info@riserockaway.org if you wish to attend.

Virtual Living Classroom: Birding Basics (Elementary School)

Friday, March 26, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Elementary schoolchildren and their families to discover the many different local bird species that live by the beach and bay in Rockaway as well as in urban cities like NYC. Together we will learn to identify birds by field marks and song! Just in time for the spring migration, students will be hooked on birding as a recreational outdoor activity.

Greater Rockaway Community Design Workshop 1: Laying the Vision

Wednesday, March 24, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

Join us for an introduction to the Greater Rockaway Community and Shoreline Enhancement Planning process. Learn more about environmental resilience on the ocean side, opportunities for green workforce development, and how you can get involved! This community design workshop will be an interactive meeting hosted on Zoom.

The Greater Rockaway Community & Shoreline Enhancement Plan builds on numerous initiatives by city, state, federal, and nonprofit partners to conduct a comprehensive site assessment and develop a preliminary design to enhance dunes along the Atlantic shoreline of the Rockaway Peninsula into an extensive, biodiverse, and habitat-rich dune system that provides economic opportunities for residents. Click here for more details

Community Conversations on COVID-19 Vaccines

Tuesday, March 23, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

Community Conversations on COVID-19 Vaccines

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity (RISE) invite you to a virtual Community Conversation about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Join us in a discussion about what vaccines are, their side effects, who is currently eligible to be vaccinated and where you can get a COVID-19 vaccine. There will be time for questions and answers to help you make an informed decision about vaccination for you and your family.

We look forward to talking with you!
Interpretation iQSpanish will be available.

American Sign Language interpretation and translation services are available upon request for certain events. Please contact Jasmine Gutierrez at jotero2@health.nyc.gov or call (917) 936-8491 to get more information about this event. To make an accommodation request, please contact us no later than 72 hours before the event.

RISE will be hosting this event along with DOHMH and also the Far Rockaway Arverne Nonprofit Coalition (FRANC).

For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit nyc.gov/covidvaccine.

Virtual Living Classroom: Birding Basics (Middle School)

Friday, March 19, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE workshop is for Middle School children and their families to discover the many different local bird species that live by the beach and bay in Rockaway as well as in urban cities like NYC. Together we will learn to identify birds by field marks and song! Just in time for the spring migration, students will be hooked on birding as a recreational outdoor activity.

Virtual Living Classroom: Birding Basics (Elementary School)

Friday, March 19, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Elementary schoolchildren and their families to discover the many different local bird species that live by the beach and bay in Rockaway as well as in urban cities like NYC. Together we will learn to identify birds by field marks and song! Just in time for the spring migration, students will be hooked on birding as a recreational outdoor activity. Families must register in advance, to receive zoom dial in details. 

Virtual Living Classroom: Birding Basics (Middle School)

Friday, March 12, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Middle School children and their families to discover the many different local bird species that live by the beach and bay in Rockaway as well as in urban cities like NYC. Together we will learn to identify birds by field marks and song! Just in time for the spring migration, students will be hooked on birding as a recreational outdoor activity. Families must register in advance, to receive zoom dial in details. 

Virtual Living Classroom: Birding Basics (Elementary School)

Friday, March 12, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Elementary schoolchildren and their families to discover the many different local bird species that live by the beach and bay in Rockaway as well as in urban cities like NYC. Together we will learn to identify birds by field marks and song! Just in time for the spring migration, students will be hooked on birding as a recreational outdoor activity. Families must register in advance, to receive zoom dial in details. 

 

 

Virtual Living Classroom: Birding Basics (Middle School)

Friday, March 5, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Middle School children and their families to discover the many different local bird species that live by the beach and bay in Rockaway as well as in urban cities like NYC. Together we will learn to identify birds by field marks and song! Just in time for the spring migration, students will be hooked on birding as a recreational outdoor activity. Families must register, in advance, to receive the dial in zoom details. 

Virtual Living Classroom: Birding Basics (Elementary School)

Friday, March 5, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE virtual workshop is for Elementary schoolchildren and their families to discover the many different local bird species that live by the beach and bay in Rockaway as well as in urban cities like NYC. Together we will learn to identify birds by field marks and song! Just in time for the spring migration, students will be hooked on birding as a recreational outdoor activity. Families must register, in advance, to receive zoom dial in details. 

Virtual Living Classroom: Sustainable Energy (Middle School)

Friday, February 26, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE workshop is for Middle School children and their families to learn about the different forms of renewable and nonrenewable energy. Students will explore how we obtain and use energy from fossil fuels, the sun, wind, and water. While learning about the benefits of sustainable energy, we will create solar water filters and wind turbines! Families must register, in advance, to receive dial in zoom details. 

Virtual Living Classroom: Sustainable Energy (Elementary School)

Friday, February 26, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This FREE workshop is for Elementary schoolchildren and their families to learn about the different forms of renewable and nonrenewable energy. Students will explore how we obtain and use energy from fossil fuels, the sun, wind, and water. While learning about the benefits of sustainable energy, we will create solar water filters and wind turbines! Families must register, in advance, to receive zoom dial in details. 

Resiliency in Rockaway: Shell-ebrate Oysters as Fantastic Filter Feeders for Middle Schoolers

Friday, December 18, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Virtual

Come join RISE in this exciting virtual Living Classroom series called Resiliency in Rockaway! In this three week long after school program, you will hear from knowledgeable, Rockaway educators about the topics of climate change, marine science, and the importance of filter feeders. This is a great opportunity for you to collaborate with students across the peninsula on fun activities and learn how the unique ecosystems that make up the community are adapting to our changing world.

Gain a new appreciation for these mighty little creatures by learning about the past, present, and future of oysters in Rockaway in this workshop tailored to middle schoolers.

Resiliency in Rockaway: The Wonderful World of Marine Science for Middle Schoolers

Friday, December 11, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Virtual

Come join RISE in this exciting virtual Living Classroom series called Resiliency in Rockaway! In this three week long after school program, you will hear from knowledgeable, Rockaway educators about the topics of climate change, marine science, and the importance of filter feeders. This is a great opportunity for you to collaborate with students across the peninsula on fun activities and learn how the unique ecosystems that make up the community are adapting to our changing world.

Become more connected to this coastal community by diving into the many cool ways we can observe the health of our oceans in this workshop tailored to middle schoolers.
 

Resiliency in Rockaway: Climate Change and How We Can Make a Difference for High Schoolers

Friday, December 4, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Virtual

Come join RISE in this exciting virtual Living Classroom series called Resiliency in Rockaway! In this three week long after school program, you will hear from knowledgeable, Rockaway educators about the topics of climate change, marine science, and the importance of filter feeders. This is a great opportunity for you to collaborate with students across the peninsula on fun activities and learn how the unique ecosystems that make up the community are adapting to our changing world.

We can see the effects of climate change on a regular basis, but in this session, we will come up with solutions together on how to make a more resilient coastline in this workshop tailored to high schoolers.

Resiliency in Rockaway: Climate Change and How We Can Make a Difference for Middle Schoolers

Friday, December 4, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Virtual

Come join RISE in this exciting virtual Living Classroom series called Resiliency in Rockaway! In this three week long after school program, you will hear from knowledgeable, Rockaway educators about the topics of climate change, marine science, and the importance of filter feeders. This is a great opportunity for you to collaborate with students across the peninsula on fun activities and learn how the unique ecosystems that make up the community are adapting to our changing world.

We can see the effects of climate change on a regular basis, but in this session, we will come up with solutions together on how to make a more resilient coastline in this workshop tailored to middle schoolers.

 

Rockaway Thanksgiving Feast

Saturday, November 21, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Beach 59th St and Rockaway Freeway

EVENT FULL

Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained. Due to health and safety concerns RISE will be handing out pre-packaged to go containers with your Thanksgiving meal. There will not be a sit down meal this year.

RISE invites you to join us for a special Thanksgiving giveaway 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:

  • Cuisine By Claudette
  • Goody's Chicken & Rib
  • La Cevicheria
  • Rockaway Beach Bakery
  • Rockaway Food Initiative at Rockaway Brewing Company

Special thanks to L+M Development Partners and Levitt Foundation for making this event possible. 

This event is full. Please contact us at info@riserockaway.org if you wish to attend.

Documentary Screening: Everything is Different Now: Portrait of a Pandemic

Wednesday, October 21, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Virtual

Join us for the Virtual World Premiere film screening of "Everything is Different Now: Portrait of a Pandemic." Watch as Rockaway youth share their personal stories and reflect on life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This film is a collection of works created by high school students who participated in RISE's Shore Corps Program this summer.

This screening is a fundraiser to support RISE's youth programs, which serve young people in the Rockaways and focus on environmental stewardship, civic engagement, and community planning. Mentors and students will talk about the process and engage the audience in a Q&A session after the film.

Get your ticket on Eventbrite today!

Sandy Anniversary Plant Giveaway

Saturday, October 17, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Beach 59th St and Rockaway Freeway

EVENT FULL

Join us in honoring the eight year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be honoring this anniversary a little differently than in the past.

RISE will be hosting a "Quarantree" plant giveaway of Bayberry Shrubs. A plant native to the Rockaways' shoreline environment, and suitable for planting outdoors in yards and gardens. 

Registration is required, but it does not guarantee you a plant. Shrubs will be given out to those registered on a first come first served basis.

Families and people of all ages are welcome to participate. Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained.

Special thanks to NYS DEC and Patagonia for supporting this event. This event is part of the NACTO "Wellness Way" Initiative in partnership with the NYC DOT.

 
This event is full. Please contact us at info@riserockaway.org if you wish to attend.

Fall Foraging Tour w. Wildman Steve Brill

Saturday, October 17, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Meet at Beach 59th St and Rockaway Freeway

EVENT FULL

This fall, RISE will be hosting a tour with America's go-to foraging team, "Wildman" Steve Brill and his daughter Violet. The vastly under appreciated natural habitat of the Rockaways offers all the best wild foods of the seashore.

The sandy soil of the Rockaways 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. Field garlic is a very tasty relative of onions and garlic. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will host two separate tours, led simultaneously by "Wildman" Steve and Violet Brill, to ensure the groups remain small and socially distanced.  Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained. 

This event is free but registration is required, as this event will fill up fast. This event is rain or shine and is part of the "Wellness Way" Initiative in partnership with NYC Department of Transportation.

Daffodil Giveaway

Saturday, October 3, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Beach 59th St and Rockaway Freeway

RISE will be distributing prepacked totes with free daffodil bulbs, trowels and gloves for any Rockaway community members or individuals interested in planting bulbs at their home, schools', businesses' or neighborhood blocks.

Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained. This event is hosted rain or shine. Supplies will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. 

This event is sponsered by NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation and NACTO and is part of the "Wellness Way" Initiative in partnership with NYC Dept of Transportation.

 

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.

International Coastal Cleanup

Saturday, September 19, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Meet at Beach 59th St and Rockaway Freeway

Join RISE for the annual International Coastal Cleanup in partnership with the American Littoral Society. 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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be doing this event a little differently. We will be handing out prepacked tote bags with gloves, bags, and instructions. Participants are encouraged to head to the beach or surrounding area to do a self guided cleanup.

At the end, participants can bring their full bags of trash to the drop off point and will be rewarded with our September "Quarantree" giveaway - the "Jelly Bean" Blueberry bush. A native plant that can be planted outside or cared for in a container over the winter. The plant giveaway is limited only to those participating in our clean up and is on a first come first serve basis. 

Students can receive community service hours for their efforts, but they must email programs@riserockaway.org. Staff will not sign physical forms during the event.

Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained. Registration is not required. This event is hosted rain or shine! 

Special thanks to NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation, Patagonia and NACTO for sponsoring this event. This event is part of the "Wellness Way" Initiative in partnership with NYC Dept of Transportation.

International Coastal Cleanup

Saturday, September 19, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Meet at Beach 59th St and Rockaway Freeway

Join RISE for the annual International Coastal Cleanup in partnership with the American Littoral Society. 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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be handing out prepacked tote bags with gloves, bags, and instructions. Participants are encouraged to head to the beach or surrounding area to do a self guided cleanup.

Students can receive community service hours for their efforts, but they must email programs@riserockaway.org. Staff will not sign physical forms during the event.

Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained. Registration is not required. This event is hosted rain or shine! 

Special thanks to NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event. 

DIY sewing workshop with Fashion Designer Conchi Vitale

Friday, May 22, 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

Conchi will be hosting a series of live zoom chat sewing classes with RISE, Fridays at 2:15PM EST to support Project: Sew & Protect. Check out her instagram feed and website.

This class we will be making a new mask style. There will be time for questions and answers at the end of class.

Materials needed:

  • 2 pieces of 9in x 6in fabric
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Ruler/measuring tape
  • Erasable markers 
  • Pins
  • 2 pieces of 7in elastic 
  • Twist ties

 

Mother's Day Foraging Tour with Wildman Steve Brill

Sunday, May 10, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

For Mother's Day, RISE will be hosting a virtual tour with America's go-to guy for foraging, "Wildman" Steve Brill. Over Zoom, Steve will lead us on one of his world-famous foraging tours followed by a Q&A. Join the workshop here.

The Far Rockaway seashore 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!

CANCELLED: Spring Dune Planting

Saturday, March 21, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED 

Come join 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.

Spring Pickling Workshop

Wednesday, March 4, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach BLvd

Join our Shore Corps teen interns, who along with our own chef extraordinaire Tiffany, will be cohosting a 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.

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).

Valentine's Day Craft Market

Wednesday, February 12, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Join us for our first Valentine's Day Craft Market hosted by RISE's team of volunteers! We will have a large selection of local Rockaway based vendors. Products will include locally made soap, baked goods, jewelry, stationary, and much more. Come out and purchase locally produced gifts for your special someone! 

Pajama and Coat Drive

Thursday, December 19, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
RISE Center

Join RISE, Askhrcart, and J. Backer Group for a free pajama and coat drive for children this winter. The pajamas and coats will be geared towards kids ages 4-12 years old. We will also be providing festive food, drinks, and music. We ask that all parents register here noting their child's age, gender, and clothing size. The giveaway will continue while supplies last.

Rockaway Holiday Market

Wednesday, December 11, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The RISE Center, RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Join RISE 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 11th! 

If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact info@riserockaway.org for more information.

Rockaway Thanksgiving Feast

Saturday, November 23, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The RISE Center, RISE, 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. 

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING, PLEASE ARRIVE AT 2PM AND WE WILL SEAT YOU IF FOOD IS STILL AVAILABLE.

Special thanks to Sang Lee Farms and L+M Development Partners for making this event possible. 

Sandy Anniversary Planting & Clean-Up

Saturday, October 19, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Beach 44th St and Rockaway Beach Blvd

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

6th Annual Hip Hop Halloween

Saturday, October 12, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Join RISE for the 6th 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.

Fall Dune Planting

Saturday, October 5, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Beach 44th St 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 Ferry, NYS DEC, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.

Daffodil Giveaway

Saturday, October 5, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
The 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 the Queens distribution event at the RISE Center located at 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692. Click here to register with New Yorkers for Parks. 

Crafting Self Care: Learn to Knit Pt.2

Monday, August 12, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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!