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Some Things to Do

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.


Valentine’s Market

Head to the Rockaway Hotel on Beach 108th Street for a market featuring dozens of local vendors selling goods and goodies for your sweetie. The market will be held on Thursday, January 28 and Friday, January 29 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be a 50/50 for the Rising Tide Effect.


Virtual Knitalong

Join RISE for an online knitalong on Wednesday, February 3 at 2 p.m. All levels welcome. For login info, see: www.riserockaway.org/rise/events/ 


Health and Social Services Committee Meeting

On Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m., join the virtual Community Board 14 Health and Social Services Committee Meeting featuring updates from St. John’s Hospital and a mobile Planned Parenthood health center. For agenda and details, check out www1.nyc.gov/site/queenscb14/calendar/calendar.page


Community Board 14

The next monthly community board meeting is Tuesday, February 9 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. For agenda and details, check out www.1.nyc.gov/site/queenscb14/calendar/calendar.page  


Souper Bowl Collection

St. Francis de Sales church will be collecting cans of soup the weekend of February 6 and 7 to donate to local food pantries. The weekend of the Big Game, leave soup at the back vestibules of the church on Beach 129th Street. Online orders can be addressed to St. Francis de Sales, 129-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Belle Harbor, NY 11694.


Graybeards Pot-A-Gold

The Graybeards annual fundraiser is on. Consider purchasing a $100 ticket to be in the running and help support this great nonprofit organization in their efforts to support the community. The 50-50 drawing will be held on January 30. Last year’s winner took home more than $50,000! For info, contact Rick Horan at Rick@horan.me or 917-354-3700.


Sea Changes Rockaway Sundays

Want to join in a global movement of jumping into the ocean every week? Every Sunday at 2 p.m.  head to the beach or bay and jump on in.

Get Tested

Think you have Covid-19? Find out. To find testing sites, head to www.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 on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., for free. Results available in 24-48 hours.


Get Vaccinated

The coronavirus vaccine is now open to some New Yorkers in various fields like health care, education, first responders or those ages 65 and older. To find out where you can get vaccinated, head to nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or to make appointments by phone, call 877-VAX4NYC


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.


Got events? Send an email to katie@rockawaytimes.com  with details for consideration to be listed.

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