Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Roosevelt Island Day - Planting, Clean Up, Games, Rides, Yoga, Rowing, Blood Drive, Petting Zoo, Concert & Much More Family Fun Saturday June 21

According to Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Charlene Indelicato:
Roosevelt Island Day 2014 will take place very soon and excitement for this fantastic yearly event is building quickly. Urban American, in partnership with RIOC and the Roosevelt Island Youth Program, invite you to join in the neighborhood beautification effort and free community celebration on Saturday June 21, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Many wonderful activities are planned for this free event, including an early-morning planting and cleanup, carnival games and rides, outdoor yoga classes, a free concert, giveaways and much more. We hope that you will take part in this celebration of your community and the people that make Roosevelt Island such a unique and special place in New York City.
Roosevelt Island Residents Association President (RIRA) Jeff Escobar reports:
... As a kick-off to summer, I encourage all to attend this year’s Roosevelt Island Day on Saturday, June 21, for a day of family fun, games, rides, and more. Not only does Roosevelt Island Day allow us to come together and strengthen the bonds that make us a community, to meet neighbors old and new, and to have another excuse to be outdoors, but it is also a day when you, as a resident, can give back to the Island. Sometimes, in the fun and hoopla, it can be forgotten that Roosevelt Island Day was originally created as a day of Island service and beautification; a day when anyone and everyone is encouraged to pick up a shovel and plant new flowers and seedlings throughout the Island, to clean up and take care of Island areas that need attention, and to generally come together as a community to make this Island a more clean and beautiful place to live, work, and play. Interested in being a volunteer or want to help out? All you need to do is show up on Roosevelt Island Day and raise your hand, and you’ll be given a t-shirt and a task. We hope to see all of you there. Make sure that you come by the RIRA Hospitality Table early that morning to get some coffee and bagels for fortification.

In conjunction with Roosevelt Island Day and its theme of service to the community, RIRA continues to hold its annual Blood Drive at the Farmer’s Market, every Saturday through Roosevelt Island Day. If planting and repairing are not your fortes, but you still want to give back to our community, then consider signing up to give blood. It takes only a little to help so many....
Charlie DeFino, Executive Director of the Roosevelt Island Youth Program (RIYP) adds:
I am thrilled that this wonderful Roosevelt Island tradition, which was revitalized by RIYP and Doryne Isely 15 years ago, will again take place this Saturday thanks to the joint efforts of RIOC, Urban American, RIYP, Cornell NYC Tech, Rivercross, Island House, Westview and other contributors.

Enjoy the day.
RIOC provides this Roosevelt Island Day Schedule Of Events:
8:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM: Free Yoga Classes* (Lawn south of Rivercross, opposite Blackwell House)
9 AM: Bagels and Coffee Volunteer Breakfast
9 AM - 12 PM: "Spruce Up" and Flower Planting
10 AM - 3 PM: Blood Drive (Senior Center, 546 Main St.)
10 AM - 3 PM: RIEx - Children's Art Workshops (Blackwell Plaza, 500 Main St.)
11 AM - 1 PM: Petting Zoo
12 PM - 3 PM: Free Carnival Games & Rides
1:30 PM - 3 PM: NY Life - Masonic ID Screening (Plaza, 591 Main St.)
6 PM: Free Concert at Good Shepherd Plaza

*Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing.
More information on the 13th annual

Roosevelt Island Blood Drive

 Image From NY Blood Center

 available at previous post.

A new addition to Roosevelt Island Day will be the folks from East River Crew who invite

Image Of East River Crew Rowing Past Roosevelt Island From Chantal Frank

everyone to their table for information on their East River rowing club.

Also check out the Roosevelt Island Explorers

Image From Roosevelt Island Explorers

on Saturday:
We are inviting you to join us for a creative exploration of the Blackwell Park Grounds during Roosevelt Island Day celebrations.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
10:00am – 3:00pm
Blackwell Park
Following the children’s lead, we plan to:
1. Create art with found materials,
2. Paint the face of Roosevelt Island through portraits of its citizens,
3. Tell and act Roosevelt Island stories,
4. Make music with instruments made from reclaimed materials,
5. Choreograph dance with this music,
6. Dress up in costumes made on the spot…
And, as always, enjoy being together!
If you are interested in helping, please contact Leila:
More information to follow soon…
Best regards,
Leila & the RiEx Team
There will also be a concert starting at 6:30 PM with the FDR Drive Band.

Roosevelt Island Day is always a fun time. Stop on by.

Here are some scenes from 2013 Roosevelt Island Day

UPDATE 6/19 - A Reader adds:
RI Island community emergency response team (CERT) will be providing Ready NYC information and raffle free go-bags and fire extinguishers. Ready NYC teaches disaster preparedness - do you know what a go bag is? Do you know how to use a fire extinguisher? Stop by the table