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Bonus Newsletter! ☕️ Cream Tea & Treats To-Go, Yard Sale, Concert Series, & more

Updated: Jun 12

UPDATES FROM THE MLK COMMUNITY CENTER Bonus Enewsletter Monday, June 7, 2021

ST. COLUMBA'S ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY: This year, offering tea to-go & all proceeds benefit the MLK

The beloved St. Columba's annual English Garden Party returns in 2021 but, like many things these days, looks a bit different. This year, enjoy St. Columba's classic cream tea ... to-go! Our friends at St. Columba's in Middletown are making scones, tea sandwiches, and other delicious treats for a festively boxed Devonshire cream tea to-go this Saturday, June 12th. In addition, 100% of proceeds support the MLK Community Center. Enjoy yummy cream tea and treats and support the Center's crucial community programming? What could be better!? Simply order as many teas as you'd like ($15 for each box, or $25 with an accompanying flower arrangement), and stop by the parish hall between 3 pm and 5 pm this Saturday, June 12th to pick up. Clotted cream, strawberry jam, and tea bag of your choice included: all you'll need to add is hot water, sugar, and milk/lemon. Reserve online ahead of time to ensure they'll have enough! You can also call or come by the parish between 10 am and 1 pm on weekdays to get your order in, or simply stop by this Saturday to order.

Order Online

Saturday, June 12th 3 pm to 5 pm St. Columba's, 55 Vaucluse Avenue, Middletown, RI (401) 847-5571

ISLAND CARPET YARD SALE: To Benefit the MLK Community Center

A rainy Memorial Day weekend a few weeks back meant that so many plans were derailed... including the Island Carpet Yard Sale, to benefit the MLK Community Center.

Be sure to stop by the Island Carpet showroom for the yard sale's rain date: this Saturday, June 12th between 10 am and 3 pm.

Carpet remnants in all of the most popular sizes (5'x8', 6'x9', 8'x10', and 9'x12') will be available. As if you needed even more of a reason to attend, there will also be a food truck on-site! Check out the Facebook event here or their website for more information.

LIVE FROM THE [LOADING] DOCK CONCERT SERIES: Join us this Wednesday, June 9th for this fun, family-friendly event!

The MLK Community Center is bringing live, upbeat entertainment for all ages to the community free of charge - live from our loading dock - on the second Wednesday each month throughout the summer.

Kicking off "Live from the [Loading] Dock" this Wednesday, June 9th at 4:30 pm is West African native Yacouba Diabate on the kora, thanks to the generosity of event sponsor Jeff Brooks, Realtor - Hogan Associates. This music series is presented in conjunction with Common Fence Music.

Click here to check out a video of Yacouba Diabate on the kora.

**RAIN PLANS TO BE DETERMINED. Stay tuned to the MLK's social media for further developments, or give us a call the day-of: (401) 846-4828.

NEED TO GET VACCINATED FOR COVID-19? MLK Vaccine Clinic Friday, June 18th

If you or a loved one is in need of a COVID-19 vaccination, you're in luck! A vaccination clinic will be held at the MLK Community Center in Newport on Friday, June 18th from 2 pm to 5:30 pm. Attendees will receive a supermarket gift card for their participation. More details to be determined: stay tuned to our newsletter and social media.

FOOD PANTRY FEATURE: We need low-sodium foods

This month's Food Pantry Feature is low-sodium foods. We know: this is a pretty broad category of foods, but the demand in our pantry is great. Have you been there? Your doctor reviews your lab report and tells you to reduce your salt intake ... immediately. For many of us, lifestyle changes like this are challenging enough on their own. But combatting food insecurity on top of that? What would you do if access to low sodium foods wasn't possible?

That's where the MLK comes in. Low-sodium foods are among our most-requested items. Many seniors in our Food 2 Friends program follow a sodium-restricted diet, as well as so many others that we see at our Mobile Food Pantries and on-site food pantry. For those who have or are at risk of kidney disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, or simply anyone trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle, low sodium foods are essential.

Are you able to donate some low sodium foods throughout the month? We need items like: low sodium soups, canned beans, canned vegetables, diced tomatoes, etc. You can also look for low sodium packaged rice and stovetop pasta dishes, low sodium spice mixes... really anything that says "Low Sodium" or "No Salt" on the packaging!

We accept donations of non-perishable food, fresh produce, household cleaning and personal care items at our loading dock Monday - Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Thank you!

When you give, the MLK can keep helping. Click here to donate.


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! (Parents: we've been sharing reminders, registration links for MLK family events, and soon: the Preschool Graduation Zoom link!)

  • 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, 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 at W Evans St., between Girard & Fahey, behind the Florence Gray Center in Newport.

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

  • Live from the [Loading] Dock, Summer Concert Series: Nothing says "summer" like an outdoor concert! June - August, 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. Wednesday, June 9th at 4:30 enjoy the sounds of Yacouba Dibate on the kora (traditional West African stringed instrument), thanks to the generosity of our music sponsor Jeff Brooks, Realtor - Hogan Associates. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served.

  • Preschool for registered students. DHS accepted & generous 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. Registration documents available to download online

  • **For Families of MLK Students - Newport Music Festival Family Concert: On Friday, July 9th at 4:15 pm, the Newport Music Festival is putting on a special concert for families of the MLK Community Center's education programs, thanks to generous sponsorship from Betsy Blair & Jim Van Winkle with additional support provided by BankNewport and NewportFed Charitable Foundation. GRAMMY Award-winning Chicago-based quartet Third Coast Percussion will perform. The concert will be held behind the Center. Registration in advance is required, but a special code is needed to reserve online. Please ask your child's teacher for the registration code or email Tanya and we can provide you with it. More info & performers here

  • 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. Space is limited & classes book fast, so reserve your child's spot ASAP: Jeanette Nessett, LifeSpan: email or call (401) 444-8088.

  • 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 Thursday* morning at 8:30 am. All skill levels & all community members welcome. RSVP online or with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124. *Note: Starting today, Mon., June 7th, Zumba will no longer be offered on Thursdays & will instead be offered on Mondays at 8:30 AM.

  • Free, Safe, and Confidential HIV & Hep C Testing: Get tested for HIV & Hep C at the MLK by appointment on Thursday, June 17th, 12 - 2 pm. 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

  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR: COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic: Stop by the MLK on Friday, June 18th between 2 pm and 5:30 pm for a free COVID-19 vaccination. Attendees will receive a supermarket gift card for their participation. More information to follow.

  • 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.*Class will resume on tonight, June 7th, with Chef Carmen.

  • 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. RSVP with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124

  • 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.

Boletín de bonificación! ☕️ Crema de té y golosinas para llevar, venta de garaje, serie de conciertos y más


Boletín electrónico de bonificación

Lunes, 7 de junio de 2021

S T. FIESTA ANUAL DEL JARDÍN DE COLUMBA: Este año, ofrece té para llevar y todas las ganancias benefician a MLK

La querida fiesta del jardín inglés anual de St. Columba regresa en 2021 pero, como muchas cosas en estos días, se ve un poco diferente. Este año, disfruta del clásico té crema de St. Columba ... ¡para llevar! Nuestros amigos de St. Columba's en Middletown están preparando bollos, sándwiches de té y otras delicias deliciosas para un té con crema de Devonshire en caja festiva para llevar este sábado 12 de junio.

Además, el 100% de las ganancias apoya al Centro Comunitario MLK. ¿Disfruta de un delicioso té con crema y golosinas y apoya la programación comunitaria crucial del Centro? ¿¡Que podría ser mejor!?

Simplemente ordene tantos tés como desee ($ 15 por cada caja, o $ 25 con un arreglo floral que lo acompañe) y pase por el salón parroquial entre las 3 pm y las 5 pm este sábado 12 de junio para recoger. Se incluyen crema coagulada, mermelada de fresa y bolsita de té de su elección: todo lo que necesita agregar es agua caliente, azúcar y leche / limón. ¡Reserve en línea con anticipación para asegurarse de que tendrán suficiente! También puede llamar o pasar por la parroquia entre las 10 am y la 1 pm los días de semana para recibir su pedido, o simplemente pasar este sábado para ordenar.

Order Online

Sábado 12 de junio

3 pm a 5 pm

St. Columba's, 55 Vaucluse Avenue, Middletown, RI

(401) 847-5571

VENTA DE PATIO DE ALFOMBRAS DE LA ISLA: En beneficio del Centro Comunitario de MLK

Un fin de semana lluvioso del Día de los Caídos hace unas semanas significó que muchos planes se descarrilaron Island Carpet Yard Sale, en beneficio del Centro Comunitario MLK.

Asegúrese de pasar por la sala de exhibición de Island Carpet para la fecha de lluvia de la venta de garaje: este sábado 12 de junio entre las 10 am y las 3 pm.

Los restos de alfombras en todos los tamaños más populares (5'x8 ', 6'x9', 8'x10 'y 9'x12') estarán disponibles. Como si necesitaras una razón más para asistir, ¡también habrá un camión de comida en el lugar!

Revisar la Facebook event here o su website para más información.

EN VIVO DESDE LA SERIE DE CONCIERTOS DE [LOADING] DOCK: ¡Únase a nosotros este miércoles 9 de junio para este divertido evento familiar!

El Centro Comunitario MLK ofrece entretenimiento en vivo y alegre para todas las edades a la comunidad de forma gratuita, en vivo desde nuestro muelle de carga, el segundo miércoles de cada mes durante todo el verano.

Dando inicio "Live from the [Loading] Dock" este miércoles 9 de junio a las 4:30 pm es Yacouba Diabate, nativo de África Occidental, en la kora, gracias a la generosidad del patrocinador del evento Jeff Brooks, Realtor - Hogan Associates. Esta serie musical se presenta junto con Common Fence Music.

Click here para ver un video de Yacouba Diabate en la kora.

** PLANES DE LLUVIA A DETERMINAR. Estén atentos a los MLK social media para más desarrollos, o llámenos el día de: (401) 846-4828.

¿NECESITA VACUNARSE POR COVID-19? Clínica de vacunas MLK Viernes 18 de junio

Si usted o un ser querido necesita una vacuna COVID-19, ¡está de suerte! Se llevará a cabo una clínica de vacunación en el Centro Comunitario MLK en Newport el viernes 18 de junio de 2 pm a 5:30 pm. Los asistentes recibirán una tarjeta regalo de supermercado por su participación. Más detalles por determinar: permanezca atento a nuestro boletín y redes sociales.

CARACTERÍSTICA DE LA DESPENSA DE ALIMENTOS: Necesitamos alimentos bajos en sodio

La característica de la despensa de alimentos de este mes son los alimentos bajos en sodio. Lo sabemos: esta es una categoría bastante amplia de alimentos, pero la demanda en nuestra despensa es grande.

¿Has estado allí? Su médico revisa su informe de laboratorio y le dice que reduzca su consumo de sal ... inmediatamente. Para muchos de nosotros, los cambios de estilo de vida como este son lo suficientemente desafiantes por sí solos. ¿Pero combatir la inseguridad alimentaria además de eso? ¿Qué haría usted si el acceso a alimentos bajos en sodio no fuera posible?

Ahí es donde entra en juego el MLK. Los alimentos bajos en sodio se encuentran entre nuestros artículos más solicitados. Muchas personas mayores en nuestro programa Food 2 Friends siguen una dieta restringida en sodio, así como muchas otras que vemos en nuestras Despensas Móviles de Alimentos y en la despensa de alimentos en el lugar. Para aquellos que tienen o están en riesgo de tener una enfermedad renal, enfermedad cardíaca, presión arterial alta o simplemente cualquier persona que intente adoptar un estilo de vida más saludable, los alimentos bajos en sodio son esenciales.

¿Puede donar algunos alimentos bajos en sodio durante el mes? Necesitamos artículos como: sopas bajas en sodio, frijoles enlatados, verduras enlatadas, tomates cortados en cubitos, etc. También puede buscar arroz empacado bajo en sodio y platos de pasta para estufa, mezclas de especias bajas en sodio ... realmente cualquier cosa que diga "Bajo en sodio" o ¡"Sin sal" en el empaque!

Aceptamos donaciones de alimentos no perecederos, productos frescos, limpieza del hogar y artículos de cuidado personal en nuestro muelle de carga de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a. M. A 5:00 p. M. ¡Gracias!