Events Calendar

Events Calendar

In light of the pandemic, we have tailored a series of virtual programs for community members to stay connected. 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.

 

Virtual Knitalong

Wednesday, May 19, 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 (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 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 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 (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 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: 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 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 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 (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 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.

Beach Cleanup

Saturday, June 12, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Meet at RISE

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 Rockaway's. For this cleanup we will be clearing the shoreline of any 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.

Special thanks to Patagonia for sponsoring this event.

Virtual Living Classroom: Community Cooking (Elementary School)

Friday, June 18, 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 Living Classroom: Community Cooking (Middle School)

Friday, June 18, 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 25, 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 Living Classroom: Community Cooking (Middle School

Friday, June 25, 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.

Jamaica Bay Community Cleanup & Kayak

Saturday, July 17, 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, August 7, 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 18, 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. 

Fall Foraging Tour w. Wildman Steve Brill

Saturday, October 16, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Meet at Beach 59th St and Rockaway Freeway

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 limit the group to 10 people. 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.