Star Wars New Year’s Eve Party
On Friday, December 31 starting at 8 p.m., join House on the Rock Church (112-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd) for a Star Wars costume party. Family Friendly, Games, Prizes, Food, Music. Galaxy Admittance: Bring Your Favorite Dish to Share!
New Year's Day Beachwalk
On Saturday, January 1, start the new year off with the American Littoral Society’s 40th NY Day hike along the beach at Fort Tilden. Meet at the little church (chapel at Fort Tilden) at 11 a.m. Dress warmly and bring a little mirror to signal across the harbor to another group at Sandy Hook at noon.). There will be champagne and cookies to toast the new year and look for some local wildlife: Snowy Owl, Sanderling, Loons). Bring a mask.
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. The Rockaway Hotel is also making an event out of it starting at 10 a.m. For details, see www.therockawayhotel.com/happenings
On Saturday, January 1, start the new year off
On Sunday, January 2 from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., St. Camillus Church (99-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd.) is hosting a blood drive. Walk-ins welcome but appointments preferred. For more info and to register, head to www.nybc.org
New Year’s Resolution Walk
On Sunday, January 2 at 10 a.m., head to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to join in a meditation on promises, plans, and wishful thinking. We’ll set new intentions for ourselves, and leave some behind creating our vision of an urban National Park. How far have we come and how far do we have to go? Reservations required, call 718-318-4340.
FRANC is offering free saliva covid testing and vaccines at Church of God Christian Academy Gym (1336 Central Ave) in Far Rockaway. Wednesday, January 5 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, January 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
It’ll soon be time to toss the Christmas tree. NYC Parks is here to help repurpose your tree. Drop off your Christmas tree at any Mulchfest location during park hours between December 26 and January 9. The local drop off is at Beach 94th Street and Shore Front Parkway.
On Saturday, January 8 at 3 p.m., meet on Beach 81st and the boardwalk for PINE. Pine is an installation conceived out of necessity to mourn in a time of compiling obstacles. It is a magical beach forest of repurposed trashed holiday spirit built from former Xmas trees. This outdoor experience will facilitate public grieving, commemoration, and regeneration during the pandemic, despite freezing temperatures. Dress warm and bring a blanket or beach chair. RSVP at: www.micca.co/2
Community Board 14 Meeting
On Tuesday, January 11 at 7 p.m., Community Board 14 will hold its monthly meeting on WebEx. For access info, see: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/queenscb14/index.page