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First-ever offsite Lunch & Learn visits Rough Point 🚐

Updated: Sep 18

UPDATES FROM THE MLK COMMUNITY CENTER Friday, September 17, 2021

LUNCH & LEARN HITS THE ROAD: First-ever off-site event

We were delighted to offer our first-ever offsite Lunch & Learn program this week. On a sunny late summer Wednesday, thirteen seniors headed off in our van driven by Melanie, our Community Programs coordinator. The group enjoyed a special visit to Rough Point, a spectacular mansion and a museum with an extensive collection of fine and decorative arts and a sprawling historic landscape with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.


The group toured the seaside gardens and lunched al fresco overlooking the waters off Cliff Walk. For many, it was the first time they had visited the estate, or the first time in a long time. One senior was elated by the Caribbean garden, talking about plants found in his native Barbados. Others talked about how it had been years since they had been to that part of the City, or how as a child they didn’t think this part of the community was available to them. Generous support from our friend Sue Klau combined with strong collaboration between the MLK and Newport Restoration Foundation made this unique and engaging activity possible for our seniors.



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FREE PET VACCINATION CLINIC THIS MONDAY: Bring your kitty or pup on 9/20 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Does your furry pal need their shots? Bring your leashed or crated well-behaved dog or cat to the MLK's Main Entrance this Monday, 9/20 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Vaccines are available first-come, first-served. Thanks to our [human] pals at The Potter League for Animals for bringing this free program to our community.


COVID UPDATE: Masks again required anywhere inside the MLK

Mask-wearing has been mandatory for kids and staff in all our Education programs since we reopened those programs in June 2020. Mask-wearing was not required for fully vaccinated people in other parts of the building. This week, we've made the decision to again require masks for all people in the building, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are available for anyone who needs one. No one likes wearing masks but it’s the prudent decision to help keep our community safe.


EXTENDED PRESCHOOL HOURS: More learning and fun, more help for parents

We hear you, Preschool parents! We surveyed our Preschool families: overwhelmingly, they asked for a longer program day to care for their little ones while they're at work. So, starting this Monday 9/20 we're extending the program day by an hour, for a total of five additional hours per week, at no added cost. Preschool will now be open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each weekday. Before COVID, Preschool was open from 7:00 – 4:00. During the pandemic, Preschool has been open from 8:00 – 4:00. The added hours means families have childcare at the end of the day and it means our preschoolers have more time for learning, fun, and friendships...like time with their puppet pal Jose, shown here with Lead Teacher Ms. Valencia.

FOOD PANTRY FEATURE:Adult Nutrition Supplements (Ensure / Boost)

The Center’s Mobile Food Pantry, Food 2 Friends pantry delivery program, and on-site food pantry serve folks who have a wide array of needs. For many folks who are food insecure, getting adequate nutrition is often a struggle, simply given a lack of access to nutritious food. If you add mobility issues or other health challenges on top of food insecurity, this nutrition deficit is even greater.

For this reason, nutritious adult meal replacements are always in extremely high-demand in our food pantries. Many of the folks we serve rely on Ensure and Boost as a staple in their diets: these beverages are convenient, vitamin-packed, dense in calories ....and tasty! It might seem like something small, but two of our Food 2 Friends volunteers can attest to the life-altering effect adult nutrition drinks can have on people’s lives. A Food 2 Friends client, Mr. E*, now lives with a relative out of state. Prior to his move, however, Mr. E* had a host of medical issues, including some that made it difficult to swallow and difficult to taste anything. As a result, he had become dangerously underweight. Adding adult meal replacement drinks to his diet through the MLK’s Food 2 Friends pantry delivery program drastically changed his medical outlook. After each drop-off visit, our volunteers would remark about how much weight Mr. E* was able to gain and how he continued to improve with each visit. Our staff and volunteers firmly believe the addition of adult supplemental nutrition drinks through the Food 2 Friends program ultimately allowed Mr. E* to be well enough to move in with his family, where he now happily resides. Throughout the month of September and beyond, we ask for contributions of adult supplemental nutrition drinks, like Ensure and Boost, for distribution in our food pantry programs. We can accept your donations at the Center's on-site loading dock Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Thank you! *Name changed to protect client privacy.

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HERE TO HELP

View all: Google Calendar / Facebook events


Online registration is open: You can now register for Zumba, "Toning in '21," Yoga, Lunch & Learn, 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, 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!


  • Breakfast: Mon - Fri, 7:30 - 8:30 am. Grab & go, or dine-in. (Edward St. 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 - 12 pm.

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

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

  • Daily Bread: Bread and other baked goods available free of charge 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.

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

  • 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

  • Indie Cycle Electronics Recycling Drive: If you're doing some decluttering during the next few weeks, we have good news - Indie Cycle will return to the MLK for another Electronics Recycling Drive on the morning of Saturday, October 2nd. Simply pull up to the Center between 9 AM and 12 PM and a volunteer from Indie Cycle will unload your electronics from your vehicle. A list of what can be accepted is available on Indie Cycle's website.

  • MLK Drive Thru Toy Drive: The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center will host a Drive-Thru Toy Drive in front of the Center on Wednesday, October 13th from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Donated toys will stock our annual Santa's Workshop holiday gift assistance program. A list of suggested toys is available here.

  • 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 (NEW!) 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. 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

  • Sabores Latinos: Every Monday at 5 pm, Spanish speakers are invited to join Yoli and friends for Sabores Latinos, the MLK's cooking class offered en Español. Participants will explore recipes from around the Latin world, cook alongside the instructor, and take home a meal to share with their families. All Spanish speakers are invited to attend. Spanish speakers are invited to attend. Please 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, Registered seniors can enjoy a hearty meal, socialization, and a fun activity or informative speaker every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 12 pm. RSVP with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124. *NEW DAY: Lunch & Learn will now be held on the first & third Wednesday of the month.

  • 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.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (401) 846-4828 anovick@MLKCCenter.org www.MLKCCenter.org



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Las primeras visitas de almuerzo y aprendizaje fuera del sitio Rough Point 🚐