Normally this page would be full of events and happenings around town. With Coronavirus causing most, if not all events and meetings to be canceled, we can only list a limited number of events that are virtual or with social distancing in mind.
Arverne East Proposal
What’s the plan for the 115 acres of Arverne East? Find out in an online meeting on Thursday, August 13, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. From a nature preserve to mixed-use development, see what is in the works for this long-underutilized land. To RSVP and for more info, head to https://cutt.ly/6s9N3AW
Cops & Kids
Queens Defenders and the NYPD’s 101st Precinct are hosting a softball tournament on Friday, August 14 at 3 p.m. at O’Donohue Park on Beach 17th Street. Masks required. All equipment will be sanitized. For more info call 718-261-3047 ext.618.
The Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, Surfrider and NYC Parks are hosting a beach clean up on Saturday, August 15, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Meet on the boardwalk on Beach 109th Street. Social distancing will be in effect and masks and sanitizer will be available. Gloves, bags and tools provided. For more info or to RSVP, head to www.jbrpc.org/shorelinecleanups
In memory of the late inspector Lenz, the 101st Precinct, Rockaway Nassau Safety Patrol and Hatzalah will be playing softball on Sunday, August 16 at 12:30 p.m. in Bayswater Park on Bay 32nd Street. The Lenz family will be in attendance. Rain date: 8/23.
The Community Boathouse is back! Kayaking programs are now taking place at Bay Breeze Park on Beach 88th Street and the bay. Open paddles take place every Saturday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunset paddles take place on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to walk up, sign up and spend some time exploring Jamaica Bay. Kayaks and lifejackets provided. Social distancing and masks required when in groups. Follow the Community Boathouse Rockaway Beach on Facebook for more info.
Think you have Covid-19? Find out. To find testing sites, head to www.Nyc.gov/covidtest or text COVID test to 85548
Zumba Under the Stars
Zumba with Lisa G is back at the Beach 108th Hockey Rink on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Due to social distancing, maximum allowance is 50 people, so allowance is first come first served. Bring a mask and enjoy dancing the night away.
Paddle Out for
Black Surfing Rockaway will hold its next paddle out on Saturday, August 22 at 9 a.m. on Beach 73rd Street. This paddle out will continue 13 blocks to Beach 86th Street in honor of Breonna Taylor who was killed on March 13.
On Saturday, August 22 at 10 a.m. on Beach 108th Street, there will be a paddle out in support of the NYPD, FDNY and DSNY.
Food Help for Seniors/Disabled
Are you a senior or disabled person who lives between Beach 149th and Beach 96th Street and unable to get food during the pandemic? Contact Lew Simon or Jeanette M. Garramone for help at 718-945-1216. If you are able to donate any canned goods or food items to this cause, you can also reach out.
Kevin "Soupy" Campbell is back with yoga on the beach. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, join him on Beach 104th at 8:30 a.m. to get your Om on.