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Concerts, Collaging, and Canned Goods 🎶🎨🥫

Updated: Jun 5


LIVE FROM THE [LOADING] DOCK: The MLK's Outdoor Summer Concert Series Debuts This Wednesday, June 9th

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.

WATCH: Yacouba Diabate on the kora

Kicking off "Live from the [Loading] Dock" this coming 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.

CALENDARS FOR COMMUNITY: Middletown High School Senior Capstone Project Raised Funds for the MLK

There's never been anything better than an Aquidneck Island sunset... Until now - sunsets that sustain crucial community resources.

Aidan Paolo (pictured, left, along with the MLK's Alyson Novick, Nancy Harten and Heather Hole Strout), a senior at Middletown High School and longtime friend of the Center, came up with a senior Capstone project that combined creativity with community.

Aidan photographed the famously stunning sunsets of Aquidneck Island and compiled them into 2022 wall calendars. He then sold the calendars throughout the community, and 100% of proceeds benefitted the Center.

Support of the MLK Community Center is a family affair: Aidan's amazing mother and older brother are longtime volunteers at the Center.

We are thrilled that many young people in our community are finding creative ways to meet senior project and community service requirements in supporting the Center. Aidan's Capstone project is the perfect example: an intersection of his artistic abilities and a love of helping others. We wish Aidan and the Class of 2021 all the best in the great things their futures will bring!

THE MLK'S TWICE-WEEKLY GRAB & GO LUNCH IS HERE TO STAY, thanks to generous donations from Blount Fine Foods

The Center's popular Grab & Go lunch program continues twice weekly (Tuesday & Thursday, 11:30 AM - 1 PM) throughout the year. Born out of necessity when daily meal sites around Newport County closed their doors due to COVID-19, Grab & Go meals have quickly become a community mainstay. Blount Fine Foods is now donating all of the delicious, hearty soup to sustain this essential program, and for us to offer in the Food Pantry too. It's a huge amount: in a month, that's a whopping 2,400 cups of soup!

In addition to Blount's amazing generosity, the Grab & Go meal program is seeing some other changes as well: the program is now completely staffed by volunteers who prepare and serve the meal (and clean up, too). We can't say it enough: volunteers are truly the heart of the Center.

Be sure to stop by the Center for Grab & Go lunch each Tuesday and Thursday between 11:30 AM and 1 PM for a bite, and say be sure to say hi to our "souper" volunteers while you're there!


Reserve your family's tickets to Newport Music Festival's MLK Family concert before they're gone!

Newport Music Festival presents Grammy-Award winning musicians Third Coast Percussion for an exclusive concert for families with children enrolled in MLK Center programs! Friday, July 9th's energetic, family-friendly outdoor concert will be held on the basketball court behind the Center starting at 4:30 pm. If your child is enrolled in the MLK's Preschool, After School, and/or Summer Camp program(s), your family is eligible to attend this FREE concert!Watch Third Coast Percussion's NPR Tiny Desk concert here.

These reserved seats will no longer be available after next week! Starting June 15th, tickets will open up to the general public, and they're sure to sell out. So, if you're interested, be sure to reserve your family's spot now!

  • To register: Your child, if currently attending the Center, took a Third Coast Percussion flyer home with them (pictured). If you still have it, register on this webpage and use the special passcode listed on the flyer. You will not be able to get tickets without the passcode. If you no longer have access to the flyer, you can a.) ask your child's teacher, or b.) contact the Center (via email or call 401-846-4828) and we will provide you with the passcode for registration or c.) join our Facebook group for MLK parents and find the registration code there.

This performance is generously sponsored by Betsy Blair and Jim Van Winkle, with additional support provided by BankNewport and NewportFed Charitable Foundation.

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!


Calling all creatives, of all ages! Have you registered for tomorrow's FREE collage workshop with the Jamestown Arts Center!? All are welcome!

This free, instructor-led workshop will explore the influential works of West African-born, Brooklyn-based modern artist Aboudia, and teach collage techniques through a modern lens. All ages are invited to attend (children with parental supervision).

Where: The MLK Community Center, Newport, RI

When: TOMORROW: Saturday, June 5th, 11 AM - 1 PM

This workshop is FREE, but registration is required. REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 8 PM TONIGHT (FRIDAY, JUNE 4TH)

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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. Other dates: Weds, July 14th & Weds, August 11th (details TBD).

  • NOW ENROLLING: 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.

  • TOMORROW: REGISTRATION CLOSES TONIGHT (6/4) AT 8 PM: Inspired by Aboudia - Community Collage Workshop: On Saturday June 5th from 11 am - 1 pm, join the Jamestown Arts Center in celebrating the work of Aboudia, whose work is currently featured in their Africa Avant Garde exhibition, with this free community collage workshop. All ages welcome with parental supervision, & all materials supplied. RSVP here.

  • 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: Beginning 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. 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 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.

Conciertos, collages y conservas 🎶🎨🥫


Viernes, 4 de junio de 2021

EN VIVO DESDE EL MUELLE [LOADING]: La serie de conciertos de verano al aire libre de MLK ... debuta este miércoles 9 de junio

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.

WATCH: Yacouba Diabate en la kora

Dando inicio "Live from the [Loading] Dock" el próximo 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.

CALENDARIOS PARA LA COMUNIDAD: El Proyecto Capstone Senior de Middletown High School recaudó fondos para MLK

Nunca ha habido nada mejor que una puesta de sol en la isla Aquidneck ... Hasta ahora, puestas de sol que sustentan recursos comunitarios cruciales.

Aidan Paolo (en la foto, izquierda, junto con Alyson Novick, Nancy Harten y Heather Hole Strout de MLK), estudiante de último año de Middletown High School y amigo del Centro desde hace mucho tiempo, ideó un proyecto Capstone para estudiantes de último año que combinaba la creatividad con la comunidad.

Aidan fotografió los famosos atardeceres de la isla Aquidneck y los compiló en calendarios de pared de 2022. Luego vendió los calendarios en toda la comunidad y el 100% de las ganancias benefició al Centro.

El apoyo del Centro Comunitario MLK es un asunto de familia: la increíble madre y el hermano mayor de Aidan son voluntarios desde hace mucho tiempo en el Centro.

Estamos encantados de que muchos jóvenes de nuestra comunidad estén encontrando formas creativas de cumplir con los requisitos de proyectos y servicios comunitarios para personas mayores en apoyo del Centro. El proyecto Capstone de Aidan es el ejemplo perfecto: una intersección de sus habilidades artísticas y su amor por ayudar a los demás. ¡Deseamos a Aidan y a la generación del 2021 todo lo mejor en las grandes cosas que traerá su futuro!

EL ALMUERZO DOS VECES SEMANALES DE MLK LLEGA PARA QUEDARSE, gracias a las generosas donaciones de Blount Fine Foods

El popular programa de almuerzos Grab & Go del Centro continúa dos veces por semana (martes y jueves, de 11:30 a.m. a 1 p.m.) durante todo el año. Nacido por necesidad cuando los sitios de comidas diarias alrededor del condado de Newport cerraron sus puertas debido al COVID-19, las comidas Grab & Go se han convertido rápidamente en un pilar de la comunidad.Blount Fine Foods ahora está donando toda la deliciosa y abundante sopa para mantener este programa esencial, y para que la ofrezcamos también en la despensa de alimentos. Es una cantidad enorme: en un mes, ¡son la friolera de 2,400 tazas de sopa!

Además de la increíble generosidad de Blount, el programa de comidas Grab & Go también está experimentando otros cambios: el programa ahora está completamente integrado por voluntarios que preparan y sirven la comida (y también limpian). No podemos decirlo lo suficiente: los voluntarios son verdaderamente el corazón del Centro.

Asegúrese de pasar por el almuerzo Center for Grab & Go todos los martes y jueves entre las 11:30 a. M. Y la 1 p. M. Para comer algo, y asegúrese de saludar a nuestros voluntarios "souper" mientras esté allí.


Reserve las entradas de su familia para Newport Music Festival's ¡Concierto de MLK Family antes de que se vayan!

Newport Music Festival presenta músicos ganadores de premios Grammy Third Coast Percussion ¡para un concierto exclusivo para familias con niños inscritos en los programas del MLK Center! El enérgico concierto al aire libre para toda la familia del viernes 9 de julio se llevará a cabo en la cancha de baloncesto detrás del Centro a partir de las 4:30 pm. Si su hijo está inscrito en los programas preescolares, extracurriculares y / o campamentos de verano de MLK, ¡su familia es elegible para asistir a este concierto GRATUITO! Watch Third Coast Percussion's NPR Tiny Desk concert here.

¡Estos asientos reservados ya no estarán disponibles después de la próxima semana! A partir del 15 de junio, las entradas se abrirán al público en general y seguramente se agotarán. Entonces, si está interesado, asegúrese de reserve your family's spot ahora!

  • To register: Su hijo, si actualmente asiste al Centro, se llevó a casa un volante de Third Coast Percussion (en la foto). Si aún lo tienes, register on this webpage y utilice el código de acceso especial que figura en el folleto. No podrá obtener boletos sin el código de acceso. Si ya no tiene acceso al folleto, puede a.) Preguntarle al maestro de su hijo, o b.) Comunicarse con el Centro (por correo electrónico o llamar al 401-846-4828) y le proporcionaremos la contraseña para registrarse o .) Únete a nuestro Facebook group for MLK parents y busque el código de registro allí.

Esta actuación está generosamente patrocinada por Betsy Blair y Jim Van Winkle, con apoyo adicional proporcionado por BankNewport y NewportFed Charitable Foundation.

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!


¡Llamando a todos los creativos, de todas las edades! ¿Se ha registrado para el taller de collage GRATUITO de mañana con el Jamestown Arts Center!? Todos son bienvenidos!

Este taller gratuito dirigido por un instructor explorará las obras influyentes del artista moderno Aboudia, nacido en África occidental y residente en Brooklyn, y enseñará técnicas de collage a través de una lente moderna. Se invita a asistir a todas las edades (niños con supervisión de los padres).

Dónde: MLK Community Center, Newport, RI

Cuándo: MAÑANA: sábado 5 de junio de 11 a. M. A 1 p. M.

Este taller es GRATIS, pero registration is required. LA INSCRIPCIÓN CIERRA A LAS 8 PM DE ESTA NOCHE (VIERNES 4 DE JUNIO)

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


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Volunteers wanted! El MLK está buscando cocineros voluntarios para preparar comidas para nuestro programa de desayuno. Tampoco tienes que ser una persona mañanera, ¡puedes preparar la comida con anticipación! Si está interesado en ser voluntario con nosotros, complete un online volunteer application. Online registration is open: Tu puedes ahora register para Zumba, "Toning in '21", Yoga y Sabores Latinos online! Con este sistema, puede registrarse, reprogramar y cancelar citas cómodamente cuando lo desee. Le sugerimos que cree una cuenta para facilitar la administración de la cuenta (después de registrarse en su primera clase, se le indicará). Si no puede registrarse en línea, siempre puede comunicarse con Mel via email or by phone to register: (401) 846-4828. Grupos de Facebook: Recientemente hemos abierto dos grupos privados de Facebook: un grupo para Parents & Families of MLK Students, y un grupo para MLK Community Center Volunteers. ¡Únase a la conversación! (Padres: hemos estado compartiendo recordatorios, enlaces de registro para eventos familiares de MLK y pronto: ¡el enlace Zoom de graduación preescolar!)

  • Desayuno para llevar de lunes a viernes, de 7:30 a 8:30 a. M. (Entrada de Marcus Wheatland Blvd)

  • Despensa de alimentos: lunes, miércoles y viernes de 10 a 14 horas y miércoles por la noche de 16 a 18 horas; primer sábado de cada mes de 10 a.m. a 12 p.m.

  • Entrega de Food 2 Friends para personas mayores confinadas en el hogar. Contact Ed para más información