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Friday, July 9, 2021


Schedule produce pickups through the Fresh Food Connect app

Attention, all MLK Grow a Row gardeners! And, attention to those among us eyeing our now-green tomatoes & wondering "...Is there any way my family can possibly eat all of these?" If you're someone who has been participating in our Grow a Row program or if you just happen to find your garden is a little too productive after all this rain, we wanted to make it even more convenient to share your garden's bounty with your Newport County neighbors. Introducing the Fresh Food Connect app, for iOS and Android.

Once your eggplants are plump and your vines bursting with beans, pull up the Fresh Food Connect app, estimate how many pounds you're willing to spare, and, if you live in Newport County, schedule a convenient produce pickup right from your doorstep. One of our amazing MLK volunteer couriers will stop by your home within the designated timeframe and grab your homegrown goodness from the designated pickup area at your home - completely contactless. If you don't live in Newport County or if you don't need to arrange a pickup, you're still able to download the Fresh Food Connect app to track your produce donation progress, and schedule a time for you to drop off your produce.

This is the first year we're piloting this nation-wideFresh Food Connectprogram, and we are the only organization using this platform in New England.We'd love to show the country how many generous green thumbs are in lil Rhody!And, we may or may not soon have a special gift for all of our Grow a Row gardens, too, so please get in touch with us if you've been Growing a Row (either via registering as a Gardener on the app, or via email)! Plus, who doesn’t want one less errand to run!?

Check out the Fresh Food Connect FAQs to learn more about the simple registration process. Contact Ed with any questions, and/or to just let him know that you’re participating in Grow a Row so we can get you your garden swag: email or call (401) 846-4828 x119.


It's hard to believe July is in full-swing! Our second Live from the [Loading] Dock concert is right around the corner, this Wednesday, July 14th from 4:30 pm - 6 pm. Thanks to a collaboration with Common Fence Music, the Robertico Arias Percussion Ensemble will perform, and a cookout-style meal will be served. Arias, a Dominican Republic native, is a talented musician and master percussionist. Wednesday's concert is sure to be a blast! While we're hoping for sunshine so we can enjoy the performance outdoors, this event will be rain or shine and held indoors if weather forecasts dictate. Bring along the whole family, and if it's sunny, bring your blankets and/or lawn chairs. This event is made possible through the generosity of event sponsors Caleb & Broad and Point Wine & Spirits. We’ll see you there!


LUNCH & LEARN: This past Tuesday, Becky of Mermaid Masterpieces taught our Lunch & Learn participants that everyone is an artist. Becky led a step-by-step paint workshop with Lunch & Learn participants in which she broke down how to paint a scene of the Newport Bridge on the water. Lunch & Learn, a twice-monthly free program at the MLK, offers a healthy meal, fun activities, information & resources, and fellowship for older adults. On Tuesday, folks enjoyed a yummy meal of whole grain pasta salad and, with Becky's lively instruction and thanks to generous support from our friend Sue Klau, tried their hand at acrylic painting. A blast was had by all. Thank you, Mermaid Masterpieces!

SUMMER CAMP:Although it was a short week with the Monday holiday, Summer Adventure Camp at the MLK was jam packed with activities! This week, lessons and activities centered around marine biology. Students enjoyed lessons in literacy, mathematics, and art, trips to the beach, a trip to the Naval Undersea War College, the 'Movement & Mindfulness' and 'Peaceful Warriors' programs, both Powered by Prince, and their last activity of the week: percussion workshop "Think Outside the Drum" with Third Coast Percussion, presented by the Newport Music Festival (photos to come!). Summer Camp is made possible thanks to the generous support from people from across the community and funders like United Way of Rhode Island/Women United.

TODAY'S VENUE CHANGE: Today's Newport Music Festival community concert with Third Coast Percussion, originally scheduled to be held on the basketball court behind the MLK Center, will relocate to the Great Friends Meeting House (21 Farewell St, Newport) due to today’s storm.

Please check your email for additional information - ticket holders will be notified via email of any changes.

If this change of venue impacts your attendance plans, please email the Box Office:

Pictured: Alyson Novick, Director of Development at the MLK Community Center, stops for a smile upon receiving the $1,250 grant check from Lucy Kinsley, Lenny Bucci, and Christine Stevenson of the Newport Elks.

THANK YOU, NEWPORT ELKS: Our friends at the Newport Elks #104 recently applied for and received a Gratitude Grant from the Elks National Foundation. The Newport Elks #104 generously decided to split these funds to benefit both the MLK Community Center and the Salvation Army. Longtime friends of the Center, we remain humbled by the Newport Elks' ongoing support.

ISLAND CARPET REMNANTS SALE: Our friends at Island Carpet Tile & Hardwoods are always coming up with creative ways to support the Center! From now until the end of July, stop by their store in Middletown and shop amazing deals on carpet remnants. Every dollar goes directly to the Center! Is there anything better than a great deal, while supporting local business AND a local nonprofit!?

EILEEN ON THAMES' CHALK FOR CHARITY: Have you heard about Eileen on Thames' Chalk for Charity initiative? Eileen 'chalks' her artistic abilities up to spending hours in her driveway as a kid, drawing with chalk. Inspired by this and a desire to increase access to art for all Newport County children, Eileen launched her Chalk for Charity initiative: purchase a pack of chalk from Eileen on Thames and 50% of proceeds will support the MLK Community Center. Check out her website for more.

FOOD PANTRY FEATURE: We Need Cereal of All Types

Summer is officially in full-swing, which means school is out, and many food-insecure families no longer have school meal programs to rely on. In 2018, around 64% of Newport public school students received free or reduced cost meals at school. But that food insecurity does not simply disappear once the school bell rings.

Since children are out of school, our food pantry request for the month of July is assorted cereal. Not only is it a favorite among children, but it's a meal or snack that kids can prepare on their own. A moment from a recent Mobile Food Pantry stuck with us: a 10-year-old boy approached a staff member at a Mobile Food Pantry and asked for just a box of cereal. He was grateful, and could be seen walking back to his home eating it right from the box. Of course kiddos love the sugary stuff, but we ask for a variety of cereal, so there's something for everyone. Whole grain cereals with low-sugar contents are great for adults and kids alike. You're welcome to stop by our loading dock on-site at the Center Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm to drop off any donations. Thank you!

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HERE TO HELP View all: Google Calendar / Facebook events Volunteers wanted! The MLK is currently seeking Volunteer Cooks to prepare meals for our Breakfast program. You don't have to be a morning person either, you can meal prep in advance! If you're interested in volunteering with us, please fill out an online volunteer application. Online registration is open: You can now register for Zumba, "Toning in '21," Yoga, and Sabores Latinos online! With this system, you can conveniently register, reschedule, and cancel appointments at your convenience. We suggest you make an account for easy account management (after you sign up for your first class, it will prompt you). If you aren't able to register online, you are always able to contact Mel via email or by phone to register: (401) 846-4828. Facebook Groups: We've recently opened two private Facebook groups: one group for Parents & Families of MLK Students, and one group for MLK Community Center Volunteers. Please join the conversation!

  • Grab & Go Breakfast Mon-Fri, 7:30 - 8:30 am. (Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance)

  • Food Pantry: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm and Wednesday evenings from 4 pm to 6 pm; first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 12 pm

  • Food 2 Friends delivery for homebound seniors. Contact Ed for more info

  • Mobile Food Pantry visits to communities throughout Newport County. Schedule

  • Daily Bread: Mon-Fri at the Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance, while supplies last

  • Produce to the People @ the MLK (formerly Veggie Days): weekly vegetable distribution at the MLK Center, Thursdays 10 am to 1 pm or while supplies last.

  • Produce to the People @ Newport Heights: The Center's weekly free vegetable distribution is hitting the road for the summer! Beginning June 1st, every Tuesday throughout the summer from 10 am - 1 pm (or while supplies last), get free, local produce for you and your family. Located behind the Florence Gray Center in Newport (on W. Evans St, between Girard Ave and John H. Chafee)

  • Grab & Go Lunch: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Sponsored by Blount Fine Foods. Free! Menu TBD.

  • Live from the [Loading] Dock, Summer Concert Series: This summer, bring a blanket/lawn chair to the Center's front lawn on the 2nd Wednesday of the month for upbeat music from diverse musicians and a meal. On Wednesday, July 14th at 4:30 pm, enjoy the sounds of the Robertico Arias Percussion Ensemble. Arias, a Dominican Republic native, is a talented musician and master percussionist. This event made possible thanks to the generosity of event sponsors Caleb & Broad and Point Wine & Spirits.

  • Preschool for registered students. DHS accepted & scholarships available. Contact Tanya by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x117.

  • After School program for registered elementary school students. DHS accepted & generous scholarships available. Contact Jeanine by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x209

  • Summer Adventure Camp: Offered June 28 - August 20, 2021 Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4 pm for registered campers. Rising 1st through 5th graders eligible. Campers enjoy daily field trips around Aquidneck Island, and make & maintain academic strides in math, literacy, science, & more through daily lesson plans. DHS accepted & generous scholarships available. Contact Jeanine by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x209.

  • WAITLIST ONLY: SafeSitter Babysitting Safety Course: This free class, presented by LifeSpan, will introduce aspiring babysitters ages 11-14 to essential babysitting safety guidelines, including first aid, CPR, sitter safety, and more. Wednesday, July 14th, 8:45 am - 2:30 pm. To join the waitlist, contact Jeanette Nessett at LifeSpan by email or call (401) 444-8088.

  • NEW: LEAD - Peer Group for LGBTQQ+ Youth: On Wednesdays at 3 pm, LGBTQQ+ youth are invited to join the LEAD Youth Peer Group at the MLK (L.E.A.D. = Love, Equity, Acceptance, and Dreams). No RSVP necessary. Please contact Mirasia at the Center with any questions: via email or call (401) 846-4828 x201.

  • Yoga Class: Yoga is offered at the Center every Tuesday and Friday morning at 8 am. All skill levels & all community members welcome! RSVP online or with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124.

  • Toning in '21 Fitness Class: Every Wednesday at 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. All skill-levels & all community members welcome. RSVP online or with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124.

  • Zumba Fitness Class: Every Monday morning at 8:30 am. All skill levels & all community members welcome. RSVP online or with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124.

  • Free, Safe, and Confidential HIV & Hep C Testing: Get tested for HIV & Hep C at the MLK by appointment every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 12 - 2 pm. The next date is July 15th.This program is held in a confidential, private setting, separated from other Center programming. Participants are welcome to enter through the Center's Edward St entrance, where someone from APRI will meet you at your appointment time. To make an appointment: Call or email APRI: (401) 831-5522

  • NEW: Sabores Latinos: Every Monday at 5 pm, Spanish speakers are invited to join Yoli and Chef Carmen for Sabores Latinos, the MLK's first cooking class offered completely en Español. Yoli will teach recipes from around the Latin world, while Chef Carmen of Sprout & Lentil will teach plant-based recipes & nutrition. Participants cook alongside the instructor, take home a meal for their families, and learn a new recipe. Classes will alternate between traditional (taught by Yoli) & plant-based (taught by Chef Carmen). Spanish speakers are invited to attend & RSVP online or via email or call (401) 846-4828.

  • LivFit Cooking & Nutrition: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 pm. to approximately 6 pm. Participants explore healthy, low-cost recipes using ingredients commonly found in the food pantry. Participants cook alongside the instructor, take home a meal for their families, and learn a new recipe. RSVPs required with Kristin via email or text (401) 368-7614.

  • Lunch & Learn, the MLK's lunchtime meal and lecture series for older adults, will return to the MLK for a recurring schedule starting in May. Registered seniors can enjoy a hearty meal, socialization, and a fun activity or informative speaker every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 12 pm. July 6th's activity is painting with Mermaid Masterpieces. RSVP with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124. *NEW TIME: Stay tuned - Lunch & Learn will switch to Wednesdays beginning in August

  • Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, presented by the Bazarsky Family Foundation in partnership with the MLK Community Center, puts books into the hands and hearts of children all across Newport County. They partner with local communities to mail a hand-selected, age-appropriate, high-quality book each month to registered children from birth to age five, completely free of cost & regardless of family income. Registration & more info

  • Food Pantry Donations: We accept donations of non-perishable food, fresh produce, household cleaning and personal care items at our loading dock Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Please ring the bell upon arrival. A list of our current needs available here.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (401) 846-4828

No temenos la capacidad de traducir cada entrada del blog a español porque usamos una herramienta de traducción en el internet. Por favor, disculpe cualquier error gramática. Por favor, llame al Centro si tiene alguna pregunta.

La primera aplicación en NE conecta su jardín al MLK 📱➕🍅


Viernes, 9 de julio de 2021


Programe recolecciones de frutas y verduras a través del Fresh Food Connect aplicación

¡Atención, todos los jardineros de MLK Grow a Row! Y, atención a aquellos entre nosotros que miran nuestros tomates ahora verdes y se preguntan "... ¿Hay alguna forma en que mi familia pueda comerse todos estos?" Si usted es alguien que ha estado participando en nuestro programa Grow a Row o si simplemente encuentra que su jardín es demasiado productivo después de toda esta lluvia, queríamos que fuera aún más conveniente compartir la recompensa de su jardín con su Newport. Vecinos del condado. Presentando elFresh Food Connect aplicación, para iOS y Android.

Una vez que las berenjenas estén regordetas y las vides llenas de frijoles, levante el Fresh Food Connect app, calcule cuántas libras está dispuesto a gastar y, si vive en el condado de Newport, programe una recolección conveniente de productos agrícolas directamente desde la puerta de su casa. Uno de nuestros increíbles mensajeros voluntarios de MLK pasará por su casa dentro del período de tiempo designado y tomará su bondad de cosecha propia del área de recogida designada en su hogar, completamente sin contacto. Si no vive en el condado de Newport o si no necesita organizar una recogida, aún puede descargar el Fresh Food Connect aplicación para realizar un seguimiento del progreso de la donación de productos y programar una hora para que los entregue.

Este es el primer año que estamos probando este programa a nivel nacional. Fresh Food Connectprogram, y somos la única organización que utiliza esta plataforma en Nueva Inglaterra. ¡Nos encantaría mostrarle al país cuántos pulgares verdes generosos hay en lil Rhody! Y es posible que pronto tengamos o no un regalo especial para todos nuestros jardines Grow a Row, así que contáctanos si ¡Hemos estado creciendo en fila (ya sea registrándose como jardinero en la aplicación o por correo electrónico)! Además, ¿¡quién no quiere hacer un recado menos !?

Revisar la Fresh Food Connect FAQs para obtener más información sobre el sencillo proceso de registro. Comuníquese con Ed si tiene alguna pregunta o simplemente hágale saber que está participando en Grow a Row para que podamos ofrecerle su botín de jardín.: email o llamar (401) 846-4828 x119.


¡Es difícil creer que julio esté en pleno apogeo! Nuestro segundo Live from the [Loading] Dock El concierto está a la vuelta de la esquina, este miércoles 14 de julio de 4:30 pm a 6 pm. Gracias a una colaboración con Common Fence Music, se presentará el conjunto de percusión Robertico Arias y se servirá una comida al aire libre. Arias, nativo de la República Dominicana, es un talentoso músico y maestro percusionista. ¡El concierto del miércoles seguramente será genial! Si bien esperamos que haya sol para poder disfrutar de la actuación al aire libre, este evento será con lluvia o sol y se llevará a cabo en interiores si las previsiones meteorológicas lo dictan. Traiga a toda la familia y, si hace sol, traiga sus mantas y / o sillas de jardín. Este evento es posible gracias a la generosidad de los patrocinadores del evento. Caleb & Broad y Point Wine & Spirits. ¡Nos vemos allí!


ALMUERZO Y APRENDIZAJE: El martes pasado, Becky de Mermaid Masterpieces enseñó a nuestros participantes de Lunch & Learn que todo el mundo es un artista. Becky dirigió un taller de pintura paso a paso con los participantes de Lunch & Learn en el que analizó cómo pintar una escena del puente de Newport en el agua. Lunch & Learn, un programa gratuito dos veces al mes en MLK, ofrece una comida saludable, actividades divertidas, información y recursos, y compañerismo para adultos mayores. El martes, la gente disfrutó de una deliciosa comida de ensalada de pasta integral y, con las animadas instrucciones de Becky y gracias al generoso apoyo de nuestra amiga Sue Klau, probaron la pintura acrílica. Todos se divirtieron. Gracias,Mermaid Masterpieces!

CAMPAMENTO DE VERANO: ¡Aunque fue una semana corta con las vacaciones del lunes, el Campamento de Aventuras de Verano en MLK estuvo repleto de actividades! Esta semana, lecciones y actividades centradas en la biología marina. Los estudiantes disfrutaron de lecciones de alfabetización, matemáticas y arte, viajes a la playa, un viaje al Naval Undersea War College, los programas 'Movement & Mindfulness' y 'Peaceful Warriors', ambos impulsados por Prince, y su última actividad de la semana. Third Coast Percussion, presentado por el Newport Music Festival (¡fotos por venir!). Summer Camp es posible gracias al generoso apoyo de personas de toda la comunidad y donantes como United Way of Rhode Island/Women United.

CAMBIO DE LUGAR DE HOY: HoyNewport Music Festival concierto comunitario con Third Coast Percussion, originalmente programado para celebrarse en la cancha de baloncesto detrás del MLK Center, se trasladará a Great Friends Meeting House (21 Farewell St, Newport) debido a la tormenta de hoy.

Consulte su correo electrónico para obtener información adicional; los titulares de las entradas serán notificados por correo electrónico de cualquier cambio.

Si este cambio de lugar afecta sus planes de asistencia, envíe un correo electrónico a la taquilla: