“I started seeing the dietician one-on-one.  She's helping me change how I eat.  I'm losing weight.  I'm so much happier now.  I love coming to the MLK Community Center.  It's added a new dimension to my life."


We believe... all individuals deserve access to programs that improve their well-being and quality of life.

For more information, please contact Melanie Saunders, Community Programs Coordinator, at MSaunders@MLKCCenter.org or call (401) 846-4828 x124. 

Cooking / Nutrition

The MLK contracts with Registered Dietitian Kristin Niessink who is available for one-on-one nutrition counseling free of charge to uninsured or under-insured clients.

For more information or to schedule an appointment: contact Kristin Niessink, Registered Dietitian, at niessink6@aol.com or (401) 368-7614.


LivFit Cooking & Nutrition is offered at the MLK every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 5 pm. RSVP required: contact Kristin at niessink6@aol.com or (401) 368-7614.

Sabores Latinos is the MLK's first cooking class taught completely in Spanish! Offered every Monday at 5 pm, this class will alternate between traditional and plant-based each week. RSVP required: contact Mel at MSaunders@MLKCCenter.org or (401) 846-4828.

Community Meals

For information, contact Melanie Sauders, Community Programs Coordinator, at msaunders@mlkccenter.org or (401) 846-4828, ext. 124.

The MLK is pleased to offer several different monthly meals.

Lunch & Learn is a twice-monthly lunchtime lecture series for older adults. Speakers from the community offer topics of interest to seniors while a healthy lunch is served. These events are open to the public, but an RSVP is necessary to attend.

Grab & Go lunches are offered twice weekly, on Tuesday and Thursdays from 11:30 am to 1 pm. No RSVP is needed to attend. 

Grab & Go meals are offered on a rotating basis, often once per month. 

Health & Financial Information

For more information, contact the Center at 

(401) 846-4828

Income Tax Assistance (Note: Not offered during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

Flu Shots are offered every October. 2021 dates & times to be determined.

Santa's Workshop

For information, please contact Dezarae McMillan, Client Support Specialist, at DMcMillan@MLKCCenter.org or call

(401) 846-4828 ext. 118

Santa's Workshop: The holidays are such a special time, but for those who need help supplying toys for their families it can be stressful. Fortunately, with donations from the community, the MLK Center helps to provide needed assistance.


Who is eligible?

Any Newport County resident.

The registration webpage will become live in the fall prior to the holidays.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Melanie Saunders at MSaunders@MLKCCenter.org or call

(401) 846-4828

The MLK Community Center offers free fitness programming, suitable for all ages and skill-levels, on a weekly basis. Classes are taught by certified fitness instructors on a volunteer basis (we're always looking for volunteers to lead programs!)

Masks & social distancing required. Please RSVP in advance with Mel. 

Community Yoga Class

Tuesdays & Fridays, 8 am

"Toning in '21" Fitness Class

Wednesdays, 8:30 am

This full-body workout aims to improve balance, bone health, flexibility, and strength of participants in a safe, welcoming, and fun environment.

Zumba Fitness Class

Thursdays, 8:30 am

RSVP required for all. Please contact Mel.

For more information, please contact Judy Hall, Imagination Library Program Coordinator,  at ImaginationLibrary@MLKCCenter.org.

Fitness Programming

Imagination Library 

In 2020...



People attended socially-distant cooking & wellness classes


Students served through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library


Seniors attended socially-distant Lunch & Learns


Children received holiday gifts through Santa's Workshop

Did you know:


The MLK offers free fitness classes, open to all!

Community Yoga Class

Tuesdays & Fridays, 8 am

"Toning in '21" Fitness Class

Wednesdays, 8:30 am

Zumba Fitness Class

Thursdays, 8:30 am

...and be sure to join us for

Sabores Latinos,

Cooking classes taught en Espanol, Mondays, 5 pm 

RSVP required for all. Please contact Mel.

For our most up-to-date information on events:

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All children who reside in Newport County, from birth to their 5th birthday, are eligible to receive a free book in the mail each month, thanks to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, presented by the Bazarsky Family Foundation in collaboration with the MLK Community Center.

For more information or to register, visit our Imagination Library webpage or contact Judy Hall, Imagination Library Program Coordinator, at ImaginationLibrary@MLKCCenter.org or call (401) 846-4828.