We encourage you to check out our upcoming events calendar. Due to COVID, all in person events require social distancing and registration in advance.
Wednesday, October 27, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
This FREE virtual workshop is for Middle School children (6th - 8th grade) and their families to explore our oceans, the threats our marine life are facing, and what we can do to protect them. Students will dive into topics like ocean zones, marine life, acidification, and water pollution. Using what we learned, we will complete a short activity testing our knowledge of what our oceans look like!
Friday, October 29, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
This FREE virtual workshop is for Elementary School (3rd - 5th grade) children and their families to explore our oceans, the threats our marine life are facing, and what we can do to protect them. Students will dive into topics like ocean zones, marine life, acidification, and water pollution. Using what we learned, we will complete a short activity testing our knowledge of what our oceans look like!
Sunday, November 7, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Meet at Beach 59th St & Rockaway Freeway
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.
This event is free but registration is required, as this event fills up fast. This event is rain or shine. Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained.
Sunday, November 7, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
RISE Center - 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Join us for the reception for the Rockaway Field Guide Exhibition, showcasing the artwork of Kelly Funabashi Osborne, Haydn Long and photography of Giles Ashford developed for the field guide. The guide features plants and wildlife native to the Rockaway Peninsula as well as an introduction by Steven Handel and essay by Judah Asimov. Copies of the 1st Edition of the Rockaway Field Guide publishing will be available.
This exhibit complements the Steve Brill foraging tour hosted earlier in the day.
Saturday, November 20, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Beach 59th St and Rockaway Freeway
Due to health and safety concerns RISE will be distributing 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. No more than 4 servings per family The meal includes all the Thanksgiving favorites prepared by local Rockaway partners:
Special thanks to L+M Development Partners and Levitt Foundation for making this event possible.
Saturday, December 4, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Inspired by the local music and beaches of Queens, The Painting Pavilion is Renée Berthelette’s debut solo exhibition. Each painting is inspired by a specific beach of the Rockaway Peninsula, and was created using rhythm-based paint application to the beat of local jazz musicians. Visitors are encouraged to bring headphones: corresponding QR codes will link to videos of the creative process with the soundtrack of local jazz musicians. This project is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.