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.
New Year’s Day, January 1, is a time for renewal with an ice cold dip in the Atlantic. We don’t have official word on which dips are on but Covid can’t stop people from jumping in the ocean. Head to the beach at noon and take the plunge or look out for bigger groups, possibly at Beach 146th, Beach 127th, Beach 119th or Beach 91st Street.
Virtual New Year’s Day Walk
Get comfy in your PJs and join Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society and Alex Zablocki of the Jamaica Bay Rockaway Parks Conservancy on January 1 at 11 a.m. on Facebook Live as they explore the dunes, shorelines and woods of Fort Tilden and bid 2020 farewell with a toast. See www.facebook.com/events/3864597650267681 for more info or follow the Littoral Society or JBRPC on Facebook.
The New York Blood Center will be at St. Camillus Springman Hall (180 Beach 100th Street) on Sunday, January 3, from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. for those who wish to donate blood. For appointments, call 516-478-5262.
Join RISE for an online knitalong on Wednesday, January 6 at 2 p.m. All levels welcome. Join here: https://zoom.us/j/435817636
Parks & Public Safety Committee
The next CB14 committee meeting will be Wednesday, January 6 at 7 p.m. There will be a Mayor's Office Presentation for a mini soccer pitch at Bayside Playground- 320 Beach 104 street and a Thursby Basin Park capital project presentation- Beach 62-63 Streets. Meeting ID: 847 2728 0773. Passcode: 786164.
Community Board 14
The next CB14 meeting will be Tuesday, January 12 at 7 p.m.. Agenda and details on how to join Zoom meeting will be at: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/queenscb14/index.page
Think you have Covid-19? Find out. To find testing sites, head to Nyc.gov/covidtest or text COVID test to 85548. Councilman Eric Ulrich’s office (114-12 Beach Channel Drive) is also offering self-testing services Mondays and Tuesdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting January 4, for free. Results available in 24-48 hours.
Food Help for Seniors/Disabled
Are you a senior or disabled person who lives from Arverne to Neponsit 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.