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 tailored a series of virtual programs for community members to stay in touch and inspire one another during this difficult time. Check out our website for regular updates.

 

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.

 

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.

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!