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UPDATES FROM THE MLK COMMUNITY CENTER

Friday, June 18, 2021

THE MLK COMMUNITY CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW LGBTQQ+ PROGRAMMING

Just in time to announce during Pride month, the MLK Community Center is proud to offer additional LGBTQQ+ community programs! Beginning July 7th, LGBTQQ+ youth are invited to join in our new L.E.A.D. (Love, Equity, Acceptance, Dreams) peer group.


The goal of the L.E.A.D. group, facilitated by those who identify as belonging to this community, is to provide LGBTQQ+ youth with a safe place to discuss challenges and ask questions, and empower them to embrace their authentic selves - whatever that looks like for them. The group will serve as a collaborative environment and currently has no rigid structure so that it may adapt to the needs of group members. Beginning July 7th, this group will meet every Wednesday at 3 pm at the MLK Community Center. No RSVPs are necessary - feel free to join us at any time. For more information, contact Mirasia at the Center: (401) 846-4828 x201 or mcassese@MLKCCenter.org.

Facebook event

Además, el AIDS Project of Rhode Island (APRI) ofrece pruebas de VIH / Hep C gratuitas, confiables y confidenciales a la comunidad del condado de Newport, ahora de manera regular y recurrente en el Centro Comunitario de MLK. Cada 1er y 3er jueves de cada mes, APRI facilitará las pruebas en el sitio en el Centro de 12 pm a 2 pm. Las próximas fechas son el 1 de julio y el 15 de julio (Facebook event). Para una cita, comuníquese con APRI al (401) 831-5522 o info@aidsprojectri.org


En la imagen: Mirasia Cassese (izquierda) y Melanie Saunders (derecha), miembros del personal de MLK, participaron en la ceremonia de izado de la bandera del Orgullo el 11 de junio en el Ayuntamiento de Newport.


¡Ven a visitarnos! El Centro tendrá presencia en Newport Out's Pride Market & Festival at Equality Park el sábado 26 de junio de 11 a 15 h. Pase por la mesa de MLK para conocer cualquiera de estos programas (y más), y pase por la mesa de APRI para obtener más información también sobre las pruebas gratuitas de VIH / Hep C!

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

Father's Day is this Sunday, June 20th


Throughout the week, MLK Preschool students made cards and picture frames to give to the special men in their lives this weekend. To all the dads, step-dads, grandpas, father figures, mentors, foster fathers, and uncles in our MLK family, we wish you a very happy Father's Day!




STORY & STRETCH - POWERED BY PRINCE:

Class teaches MLK kids mindfulness and simple yoga techniques


Check out this clip of Miss Judy (Judy Hall) and Miss Lisa (Lisa Cecchi), instructors of our Story & Stretch program, leading Preschool students through an adorable song that employs simple yoga techniques.


"Story & Stretch" is a program for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Preschoolers to learn techniques of mindfulness, simple yoga poses to get kids moving, and encourage children's mind/body connection. Physical activities are accompanied by literature and an activity. This program is Powered by Prince - made possible thanks to the generosity of Newport Hospital's Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund.


An adaptation of this class, named "Peaceful Warriors Powered by Prince," will return to MLK Education programs throughout the summertime. Led by Miss Judy Hall (MLK Community Center Imagination Library Coordinator) and Miss Jenny Williams (of Pennfield School), this class will teach Preschool students as well as rising Kindergarten - 2nd grade Summer Campers mindfulness, movement, yoga, and literacy along with journaling for emotional-awareness for the older students. This program too is generously Powered by Prince.


FREE COVID VACCINE CLINIC:

TODAY, Friday, June 18th from 2 pm to 5:30 pm, stop by the MLK for a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic, presented in partnership with Matt's Local Pharmacy. This clinic is open to all adults 18+. ID required; please bring proof of health insurance if you have it. No appointments necessary. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered.


All participants will receive a free supermarket gift card! Spanish-speaking staff will be on-site for assistance. See you soon!



PRESCHOOL GRADUATION:

Parents: have you received the Zoom link for this coming Thursday, June 24th's Preschool graduation ceremony!? A brief virtual Preschool graduation ceremony will be held via Zoom on Thursday, 6/24 at 12:45 pm. Please ask your child's teacher for the handout with the URL / QR code. To save yourself time the day-of, please make sure you're registered for a Zoom account in advance. We will have a projector set up so students can look out and see family members via Zoom "in the audience" so please plan to have your cameras on & microphones muted! Email or call with any questions: (401) 846-4828 x115

UNITEDHEALTHCARE DISH LIQUID DONATION: Our friends at UnitedHealthcare recently held a staff donation drive to generate donations of dish liquid for the MLK's food pantries. The Center's posts about food pantry needs really resonated with Jennifer Barros (pictured, front), who spearheaded the initiative among her UnitedHealthcare colleagues. Yesterday, Jennifer Barros (front), Mike Florczyk (left), and Renee Volpe (middle) of UHC stopped for a photo with MLK Director of Development Alyson Novick (right) when they dropped off their incredible donation — a whopping 92 bottles, or 176 lbs, of dish liquid. This contribution will go far in stocking the Center's food pantries with this household essential for weeks and weeks to come. Thank you!

JOIN OUR TEAM: The MLK Community Center is hiring for a variety of employment opportunities!

  • Hunger Services Assistant (part-time, permanent)

  • Front Desk Administrator (full-time, permanent)

  • Summer Program Teacher (part-time, seasonal)

  • Summer Camp Counselors (part-time, seasonal)

  • Preschool Assistant Teacher (part-time, permanent) To apply or learn more, please visit the Center's Indeed profile (also accessible through the 'Join Our Team' tab on our website).

FOOD PANTRY FEATURE: We're in need of 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 remainder of 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 & 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.

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! (Parents: we've been sharing reminders, registration links for MLK family events, and 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 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: Rain date: Wednesday, June 23rd 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

  • 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 & generous scholarships available. Contact Tanya by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x117.

  • Preschool graduation will be held on Thursday, June 24th at 12:45 pm over Zoom. Notices have gone home with each student, or email for the link.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • NEW: LEAD - Peer Group for LGBTQQ+ Youth: Beginning July 7th and continuing 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.

  • *NEW DAY & TIME: 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 dates are July 1st and 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

  • TODAY: Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic: Stop by the MLK (front lawn, beneath the tent) this coming Friday, June 18th between 2 pm and 5:30 pm for a free COVID-19 vaccination, thanks to Matt's Local Pharmacy. Open to adults 18+ with ID; no appointment necessary. Bring proof of insurance if you have it. Single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered. Spanish-speaking staff on-site to assist. Attendees will receive a supermarket gift card for their participation.

  • 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. 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 anovick@MLKCCenter.org www.MLKCCenter.org






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.


Nueva programación LGBTQQ + ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍🤎


ACTUALIZACIONES DEL CENTRO COMUNITARIO DE MLK

Viernes, 18 de junio de 2021

EL CENTRO COMUNITARIO DE MLK ANUNCIA NUEVA PROGRAMACIÓN LGBTQQ +

¡Justo a tiempo para anunciar durante el mes del Orgullo, el Centro Comunitario MLK se enorgullece de ofrecer programas comunitarios LGBTQ + adicionales! A partir del 7 de julio, se invita a los jóvenes LGBTQ a unirse a nuestro nuevo L.E.A.D. (Love, Equity, Acceptance, Dreams) peer group.


El objetivo de L.E.A.D. El grupo, facilitado por aquellos que se identifican como pertenecientes a esta comunidad, es brindar a los jóvenes LGBTQQ + un lugar seguro para discutir desafíos y hacer preguntas, y empoderarlos para que abrazen su yo auténtico, lo que sea que les parezca. El grupo servirá como un entorno colaborativo y actualmente no tiene una estructura rígida para que pueda adaptarse a las necesidades de los miembros del grupo. A partir del 7 de julio, este grupo se reunirá todos los miércoles a las 3 pm en el Centro Comunitario MLK. No es necesario confirmar su asistencia, no dude en unirse a nosotros en cualquier momento. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Mirasia en el Centro: (401) 846-4828 x201 o mcassese@MLKCCenter.org.

Facebook event

además, el AIDS Project of Rhode Island(APRI) ofrece pruebas de VIH / Hep C gratuitas, confiables y confidenciales a la comunidad del condado de Newport, ahora de manera regular y recurrente en el Centro Comunitario de MLK. Cada 1er y 3er jueves de cada mes, APRI facilitará las pruebas en el sitio en el Centro de 12 pm a 2 pm. Las próximas fechas son el 1 de julio y el 15 de julio (Facebook event). For an appointment, contact APRI at (401) 831-5522 or info@aidsprojectri.org


En la imagen: Mirasia Cassese (izquierda) y Melanie Saunders (derecha), miembros del personal de MLK, participaron en la ceremonia de izado de la bandera del Orgullo el 11 de junio en el Ayuntamiento de Newport.


¡Ven a visitarnos! El Centro tendrá presencia en Newport Out's Pride Market & Festival at Equality Parkon Sábado 26 de junio de 11 a 15 h. ¡Pase por la mesa de MLK para conocer cualquiera de estos programas (y más), y pase por la mesa de APRI para obtener más información sobre las pruebas gratuitas de VIH / Hep C también!

¡FELIZ DÍA DEL PADRE!

El día del padre es este domingo 20 de junio


A lo largo de la semana, los estudiantes de preescolar de MLK hicieron tarjetas y marcos de fotos para regalar a los hombres especiales en sus vidas este fin de semana. A todos los papás, padrastros, abuelos, figuras paternas, mentores, padres adoptivos y tíos de nuestra familia MLK, ¡les deseamos un muy feliz Día del Padre!




HISTORIA Y ESTIRAMIENTO - IMPULSADO POR PRINCE:

La clase enseña a los niños de MLK mindfulness y técnicas sencillas de yoga.


Verificar this clip de Miss Judy (Judy Hall) y Miss Lisa (Lisa Cecchi), instructoras de nuestro programa Story & Stretch, guiando a los estudiantes de preescolar a través de una adorable canción que emplea técnicas simples de yoga.


"Story & Stretch" es un programa para preescolares del Centro Comunitario Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. para aprender técnicas de atención plena, posturas simples de yoga para que los niños se muevan y fomentar la conexión entre la mente y el cuerpo de los niños. Las actividades físicas van acompañadas de literatura y una actividad. Este programa está impulsado por Prince, hecho posible gracias a la generosidad del Fondo en Memoria de Frederick Henry Prince del Newport Hospital.


Una adaptación de esta clase, llamada "Guerreros pacíficos impulsados por Prince", volverá a los programas de educación de MLK durante el verano. Dirigida por la señorita Judy Hall (coordinadora de la biblioteca de imaginación del centro comunitario MLK) y la señorita Jenny Williams (de la escuela Pennfield), esta clase enseñará a los estudiantes de preescolar, así como a los campistas de verano de Kindergarten a segundo grado, atención plena, movimiento, yoga y alfabetización junto con un diario. para la conciencia emocional de los estudiantes mayores. Este programa también está generosamente impulsado por Prince.


CLÍNICA DE VACUNAS COVID GRATIS:

HOY, viernes 18 de junio de 2 pm a 5:30 pm, pase por MLK para una clínica de vacunación COVID-19 gratuita, presentada en asociación con Matt's Local Pharmacy. Esta clínica está abierta a todos los adultos mayores de 18 años. Se requiere identificación; por favor traiga comprobante de seguro médico si lo tiene. No se necesitan citas. Se administrará la vacuna Johnson & Johnson de dosis única.


¡Todos los participantes recibirán una tarjeta de regalo de supermercado gratis! El personal de habla hispana estará en el lugar para brindar asistencia. ¡Nos vemos pronto!



GRADUACIÓN PREESCOLAR:

Padres: ¿han recibido el enlace de Zoom para la ceremonia de graduación de preescolar del próximo jueves 24 de junio? Se llevará a cabo una breve ceremonia virtual de graduación de preescolar a través de Zoom el jueves 24 de junio a las 12:45 pm. Pídale al maestro de su hijo el folleto con el código URL / QR. Para ahorrar tiempo el día de, asegúrese de estar registrado para una cuenta de Zoom con anticipación. Tendremos un proyector instalado para que los estudiantes puedan mirar hacia afuera y ver a los miembros de la familia a través de Zoom "en la audiencia", así que por favor planee tener sus cámaras encendidas y micrófonos en silencio. Email o llame si tiene alguna pregunta: (401) 846-4828 x115