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.
Dubois Point Cleanup
Fall Foraging Tour
RISE presents a foraging tour with Wildman Steve Brill on Saturday, October 17. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., starting at Beach 59th and Rockaway Freeway, learn about the best of the wild foods Rockaway has to offer. Masks must be worn and social distancing maintained. To register, head to www.riserockaway.org/rise/events/
Sandy Anniversary Plant Giveaway
To mark the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, on Saturday, October 17, RISE will be hosting a "Quarantree" plant giveaway of Bayberry Shrubs. A plant native to the Rockaways' shoreline environment, and suitable for planting outdoors or grown in containers on balconies or small gardens over the winter. Stop by the RISE Center (58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd) between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to pick up a shrub.
Rockaway Car Corral
Got a nice ride to show off? The next Rockaway Car Corral will take place on Sunday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Harbor Optics lot (113-10 Beach Channel Drive).
Meet the Candidates
On October 20 at 7:30 p.m., the Rockaway Republican Club will host a meet the candidates night at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club (533 Beach 126th St). Joann Ariola for Queens Borough President, Peter Hatzipetros for Assembly, Tom Sullivan for Senate and Joseph Kasper and John Spataro for NY Supreme Court Justice are expected to attend.
RISE Documentary Screening
Join Rise on Wednesday, October 21 at 6 p.m. for the Virtual World Premiere film screening of "Everything is Different Now: Portrait of a Pandemic." Watch as Rockaway youth share their personal stories and reflect on life during the COVID-19 pandemic. For details, head to www.riserockaway.org/rise/events/
Disaster Preparedness Training
In a virtual meeting with Senators Sanders and Addabbo, plus Queens Recovery & Resiliency Co-Chair Denean Ferguson on Thursday, October 22 at 5 p.m., learn how to Prepare, Respond, Recover: What to Do When Disaster Strikes. Learn about different types of disasters from fires to hurricanes and how to be prepared. Zoom ID: 973 5221 4897, Passcode: 357301
Rockaway Film Festival
This year’s film fest is going virtual from October 21-25, for free. For the full lineup and to catch the films, head to https://rockawayfilmfestival.com/
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.