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, July 8, 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 1:45pm by using this link: https://zoom.us/j/435817636

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.