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.
Paddle Out for Laura Deckelman
Beloved photographer and ferry advocate, Laura Deckelman, who died earlier this year, will be remembered with a paddle out on Saturday, September 19 at 9 a.m. on Beach 73rd Street. Deckelman often photographed surfers, so those with a board are asked it pay tribute to her with a paddle out. A memorial ferry ride will also take place on October 11.
Virtual Great Irish Fair
The Fair must go on, even if virtual. This year, the Great Irish Fair, usually held in Coney Island, is going virtual. Tune in to Facebook Live on Saturday, September 19 starting at 4 p.m. to catch performances by Andy Cooney, The Canny Brothers Band, The Narrowbacks, Susan and Gerard, The Whole Shabang and more. Check it out at Facebook.com/TGIFNYC. To keep the tradition alive, donations will be accepted online, but are not required to watch the show.
Census Rally & Resource Fair
On Saturday, September 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Parking Lot (Beach 20th and Plainview Ave), Senator Sanders is hosting a 2020 Census sign up, resources for new moms, voter registration, a food giveaway, school supply giveaway and mask and hand sanitizer giveaway. Please wear a mask and bring a reusable bag.
Rockaway Oyster Fest
The 6th Annual Rockaway Oyster Fest will take place on Saturday, September 26 at RBQ. Social distancing will be in effect, so tickets are limited. Each $50 ticket includes unlimited oyster and beer, and music from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. For tickets, search “Rockaway Oyster Fest” on www.Eventbrite.com
Celebrate Rosh Hashanah
Stop by West End Temple (147-02 Newport Ave) on Thursday, September 17 between 6 and 8 p.m. to meet Rabbi Ross, greet Temple members and pick up some special High Holiday treats thanks to the generosity of Jill and John Hunziker.
Think you have Covid-19? Find out. To find testing sites, head to Nyc.gov/covidtest or text COVID test to 85548
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.