• MLK Community Center

🍽️ 🎄 250 happy holiday diners feast at the MLK

Updated: Dec 11, 2021


Santa's Workshop is less than 2 weeks away

And just like's Christmas at the MLK.

Our elves in Santa's Workshop are hard at work making sure over 800 children will have toys and gifts this Christmas. They've been working since late summer to make the holiday merry.

Toys and gifts are everywhere but we still need more ... and we need it now. You can make Christmas a special time for the children in our community. Check out our Holiday Help page and see how you can help today.

Santa's Workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 15 –– Friday, December 17. Please deliver your new, unwrapped toys to our loading dock as soon as possible (Mon-Fri 8:30 - 5:00)


Thanks for dinner, Aramli Foundation and BedJet!

Over 250 people enjoyed a festive Surf & Turf dinner on Wednesday, thanks to our generous friends at The Aramli Foundation and BedJet. Newport’s own Charlie Holder and his amazing crew from Midtown Oyster Bar took over our kitchen and prepared a holiday feast: clam chowder and jerk pork cracklings to start, followed by beef short ribs, stuffed sole, garlic whipped potatoes and green beans and carrots. Volunteers from Midtown helped Mark and Ida Aramli serve the delicious meal. Smiles and compliments abounded. One of our favorites was the woman who thanked every person who helped serve the meal, saying “You have no idea how much it matters to have a meal like this.” We’re grateful to host this very special experience for the community.

Now thru 12/8: Donate a toy, get a future entrée

Caleb & Broad: Looking for dinner plans tonight through December 8th? Well, look no further! Rich and our friends over at Caleb & Broad are having a toy drive promotion to benefit the MLK's Santa's Workshop. The deal is simple. You bring in a brand new toy, have yourself a delicious meal and leave with a voucher for a FREE future entrée. We know, we know–– awesome, right? Here's a link to their Facebook event for more details: Caleb & Broad

Christmas Trees at the Center!

How do you normally decorate your Christmas tree? We love hearing about different traditions and styles from all of our family and friends in Newport County. Wait, what's that? You don't have a Christmas tree yet and still need one? Well, we've got trees coming! Come by the Center on Thursday, December 9, starting at 10:00 a.m. to receive a free, small Christmas tree. Heads up: These are LIVE trees and a stand is included! How great is that? (Very great, if you ask us!) Supplies are limited and first-come, first-served so be sure to get here early.

A different kind of 'Elf' showing this year and Tea-To-Go...

The holiday movie showing is back …. with COVID-19 precautions, to keep everyone safe. The theater will only seat 236 people (50% capacity) for this event to allow for social distancing.

Mask wearing is recommended for all, and required for those who are not vaccinated.

This is a lot less seats than usually available for this favorite event, and we know this means some of our friends won’t be able to attend. We thank you for understanding.

Memorial Funeral Home is once again sponsoring this beloved community event at Jane Pickens Theater on Sunday, December 12th at 1:30 p.m.

Admission is free; freewill donations of nonperishable food for the MLK Community Center' s Food Pantry are requested.

If you can’t be seated for the movie, you can still donate food to help people in need in Newport County. Buddy the Elf (masked of course!) will be on hand with his fellow elves for curbside food donations.

Doors will open at 12:30; showtime is at 1:30.

Thanks to our friends over at St. Columba's Chapel, this Christmas Tea-To-Go event benefits the Center:

"Amid the holiday bustle, what could be nicer than a simple way to entertain friends and family, or to give yourself a treat? On Sunday, December 12, we're having our classic Christmas tea –– for takeout!

The fire will be lit in the Parish Hall, with carols playing, and we will have a little shop to browse for holiday goodies and gifts...All proceeds will benefit the MLK Community Center." Additional information here