• MLK Community Center

Register to Receive Cancellation Alerts from the MLK

Updated: Feb 28


Friday, February 19, 2021


Cancellation/delay notices sent via RI Broadcasters

It appears that we're having one of those winters again - one where there seems to be a different snow shower every week.

If you're not signed up already, you can receive real-time alerts from the MLK regarding any weather-related programming changes (cancellations, delays, etc.) by signing up for text message/email alerts from the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association. This includes notices for all of our programs (education, food, and community) and volunteer opportunity cancellations. RI Broadcasters are also responsible for posting closures to local news stations, so if the MLK had any programming changes, you'd also see any of our program changes on your local news station.

To register, visit the link below and look for us under the 9.) Preschools/DayCare category (listed as Martin Luther King Comm. Ctr) and under the 11.) Businesses category (listed as MLK Community Center). Simply check the box, and hit "Submit" at the bottom of the page.

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Not only do Mystic Pines Candles smell incredible, throughout the month of February 30% of candle sales (on candles not already connected to a charitable cause) will benefit the MLK Community Center. These candles come with a custom MLK label and featuring a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quote, a collectors item for all of our rockstar MLK Center supporters ;)


Stop by Cargill's upcoming job fair on Saturday, February 20th between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn about current job openings in nearby North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Did we mention there's a $1,200 sign-on bonus!?

This will be a COVID-friendly event, with social distancing measures in place. Masks must be worn at all times.

Stop by in-person, apply online, or text "Jobs" to (952) 800-1459. Facebook event

FISH 'N CHIPS... FOR GOOD O'Brien's Pub & friends around the Island are contributing 10% of all fish & chips sales to the MLK Center throughout the month of February. Midtown Oyster Bar, the Atlantic Grille, and Fieldstones Grille are also participating -- and the Fitzpatrick Team and the Tavern on Broadway have agreed to match O'Brien's donation amount! What's more, Breakwater Surf Co. is offering a 25% discount on a full-priced item to anyone who shows a receipt from a participating restaurant. These promotions are month-long!


One of our most asked-about programs this year has been the AARP Tax-Aide program. Unfortunately, things still remain uncertain. We do know that all AARP tax prep programs this year are virtual, so there will be no meeting in-person. For now, you're able to contact the Edward King House (401-846-7426) or the Portsmouth Senior Center (401-683-4106) to schedule your virtual tax-prep appointments there.


The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center is humbled to be nominated in 3 categories for Newport Daily News & Newport Life Magazine's "Best of Newport County."

You can vote once per day until 2/28.

Want to be an all-star friend of the MLK? Bookmark the website and remember to vote once per day!

Please look for us under "Professional Services" in the Child Care, Non-Profit, and Summer Camp categories!

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  • Grab 'n-Go Breakfast Mon-Fri, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. (Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance)

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

  • Mobile Food Pantry visits to low-income housing communities

  • Preschool for registered preschool students. Openings currently available for 3 year olds. Contact Tanya by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x117

  • After School program for registered students

  • Daily Bread: Mon-Fri at the Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance, while supplies last

  • On-site food pantry: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday evenings from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. First Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Voter Registration for the March 2nd Special Election will be held outside the Center every daytime on-site food pantry day until January 31st

  • AARP Tax Prep: We are still unsure as to whether tax prep will return to the Center in 2021. In the meantime, anyone interested in having their taxes prepared may contact the Edward King House at 401-846-7426 or the Portsmouth Senior Center at 401-683-4106 for appointments. Taxes will be prepared virtually; no in-person appointments

  • Veggie Days weekly vegetable distribution outside, Thursdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or while supplies last. Now year-round!

  • Grab 'n Go lunches: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free! Presented in collaboration with McGrath's Clambakes & Catering. Menu TBD. Eating on-site not permitted. Main Entrance on Marcus Wheatland Blvd

  • NEW: St. Patrick's Day Meal: Free festive & hearty grab 'n go meal and dessert for St. Patrick's Day! Wednesday, March 12th, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Toning in '21 Fitness Class: Every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., 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 welcome. Masks required & space very limited. RSVP with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124

  • Zumba Fitness Class: Every Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. Suitable for all skill levels. Masks required & space is very limited. RSVP with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124

  • LivFit Cooking & Nutrition: LivFit returns to the Center Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to approximately 6 p.m. RSVPs required with Kristin via email or text (401) 368-7614.

  • TOMORROW: Drive Through Recycling Drive: Stop by the MLK Community Center on Saturday, February 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon for a drive-up electronics recycling drive, sponsored by Indie Cycle, LLC. List of accepted electronics available here

  • 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 across the world. 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. More info

  • Donations: Donations of non-perishable food, fresh produce, household cleaning and personal care items are accepted at our loading dock Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please ring the bell upon arrival. Masks required to donate. 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.

Regístrese para recibir alertas de cancelación de MLK


Viernes, 19 de febrero de 2021


Avisos de cancelación / demora enviados a través de RI Broadcasters

Parece que volvemos a tener uno de esos inviernos, uno en el que parece haber una lluvia de nieve diferente cada semana.

Si aún no está inscrito, puede recibir alertas en tiempo real de MLK con respecto a cualquier cambio de programación relacionado con el clima (cancelaciones, retrasos, etc.) registrándose para recibir alertas por mensaje de texto / correo electrónico de la Asociación de Radiodifusores de Rhode Island. Esto incluye avisos para todos nuestros programas (educación, comida y comunidad) y cancelaciones de oportunidades de voluntariado. Las emisoras de RI también son responsables de publicar cierres en las estaciones de noticias locales, por lo que si MLK tuviera algún cambio de programación, también verá cualquiera de nuestros cambios de programa en su estación de noticias local.

Para registrarse, visite el enlace a continuación y búsquenos en la categoría 9.) Preescolares / Guardería (listada como Martin Luther King Comm. Ctr) y bajo la categoría 11.) Negocios (listada como MLK Community Center). Simplemente marque la casilla y presione "Enviar" en la parte inferior de la página.

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