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Updated: May 8



Join us for new community programs, just in time for spring

May is just around the corner, which means spring is here! Our Community Programs staff have been busy bees putting together some exciting new programs - many of which begin right at the start of May, so make sure you RSVP today! For all of these events, masks and social distancing are required. All in-person indoor events have capacity limits, so please register in advance.

Sabores Latinos, Clase de cocina y nutrición impartida en Español, Mondays at 5 pm: Sabores Latinos is the MLK’s first cooking class taught completely in Spanish. Participants will cook a new recipe alongside the instructor and get to take home a hearty meal to share with their families. The class is taught by two amazing cooks who both speak Spanish: Yoli and Chef Carmen. Yoli’s class will explore a variety of Latin dishes, and Chef Carmen of Sprout and Lentil will focus on plant-based options. Classes will alternate each week between traditional & plant-based.

  • Monday, May 3 at 5 pm: Sabores Latinos with Yoli (traditional)

  • Monday, May 10 at 5 pm: Sabores Latinos with Chef Carmen (plant-based)

Spanish speakers interested in attending may register by calling the Center at (401) 846-4828 (ask for Jose) or email.

Lunch & Learn, 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month at 12 pm:

Lunch & Learn, the MLK’s lunchtime lecture series for older adults, returns to the MLK for a regular schedule starting in May: every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month.

  • Participants at this coming Tuesday, May 4th’s Lunch & Learn will enjoy a hearty hot lunch and Lois Vaughn will provide musical entertainment on the piano.

  • Tuesday, May 18th’s Lunch & Learn will also feature a delicious meal, plus a talk by the RI Office of Healthy Aging (topic TBD).

To register, call the Center at (401) 846-4828 or email.

Surf & Turf Grab 'n Go Meal, sponsored by BedJet and the Aramli Foundation, Wednesday, May 5th at 11:30 am:

This Wednesday, May 5th from 11:30 - 1 pm (while supplies last), enjoy a delicious free Surf & Turf meal, catered by Speakeasy Bar & Grill, at the MLK. A beautiful meal of steak tips, shrimp scampi, and garlic mashed potatoes will be served. This meal is generously sponsored by our friends at BedJet and the Aramli Foundation. No RSVP required; while supplies last.

HIV/Hep C Testing: Thursday, May 6th by appointment 12 pm - 2 pm:

Free, accurate, and confidential HIV & Hep C testing will be offered at the MLK Community Center on Thursday, May 6th from 12 pm - 2 pm, by appointment. This program is presented and run by the knowledgeable professionals at AIDS Project Rhode Island.

To make a confidential appointment: contact APRI by phone at (401) 831-5522 or email.


Pictured: Representatives from the businesses involved in the Fish & Chips Giveback Program present a check to Heather Hole Strout, Executive Director of the MLK FISH & CHIPS FOR GOOD: WE'RE "BLOWN OUT OF THE WATER"

Remember the Fish & Chips For Good campaign from a month or so ago? Local businesses O'Brien's Pub, Midtown Oyster Bar, Atlantic Grille, and Fieldstones Bar & Grille came together throughout February and March to donate a percentage of Fish & Chip sales to the MLK, and the Fitzpatrick Team and Tavern on Broadway joined in to match the sales. Well, the results are in, and we're officially blown out of the water: this campaign generated over $5,800 in donations for the MLK! Lured in by these delicious eateries, our community really took the bait on this one, and we are so thankful. (Sorry for the fish puns, we had to.) Thank you to these amazing local businesses & the community members who showed their support. Together, we can do an ocean of good for Newport County.


This past Saturday, students from the Naval Justice School of Newport's Legalman Accessions Class 20030 volunteered their time to beautify the Center's outdoor space after a long winter, and get the Center ready for Spring. Students and their families planted gorgeous flowers, cleaned up garden beds, and much more. We're thankful it was such a beautiful day, and even more thankful to the students for donating their time on a sunny Saturday.


Caleb & Broad's motto has always been "Good Food for Good People." In that spirit, they've launched the DO GOOD apparel collection, to do good in the community. When you purchase a piece from this collection, an incredible 100% of proceeds support the MLK Community Center. Look stylish this Spring, support a local business, and Do Good? It doesn't get much better than that.


Our friends at Clean Ocean Access (COA) are trying to make MLK After School students into Clean Ocean Avengers! To spread ocean awareness throughout the community, COA hopes to donate 40 Clean Ocean Avengers kits to the MLK - but they're a bit short of their goal. By making this contribution to Clean Ocean Access, you'll ensure an MLK student receives a kit.


Imagine: You're a single parent. You work full time and are the primary caregiver to your 2 children. You rent an apartment and your housing community doesn't have amenities like a dishwasher. You prepare dinner after a full time work and parenting schedule, and then it's time to do the dishes.

When you wash dishes by hand, dish soap is one of those things that you feel like you're constantly running low on. And, when every dollar spent is a well-thought out choice, even dish soap can be considered a luxury. So, if you're looking for a different way to uplift your Newport County neighbors, consider grabbing an extra bottle of dish soap or 2 at the market this week. You're welcome to bring any donations by the Center's loading dock Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM.


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Please note: The MLK will soon be able to offer community members the ability to register for Community Programs online! So, you would no longer have to call or email the Center in order to RSVP. Of course, anyone who is unable to register online will still be able to call, but we hope this new technology adds convenience and flexibility to your lives and schedules. Programs with online scheduling capabilities will eventually include: all fitness programs (yoga, Toning in '21, Zumba), Sabores Latinos, LivFit, and Lunch & Learn.

  • 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 low-income housing communities. Schedule

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

  • Produce to the People (formerly Veggie Days): weekly vegetable distribution, Thursdays 10 am to 1 pm or while supplies last.

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

  • THIS WEDNESDAY: Surf & Turf Grab 'n Go Meal, catered by Speakeasy Bar & Grill: this Wednesday, May 5th from 11:30 am to 1 pm, enjoy a meal of steak tips, shrimp scampi, & garlic mashed potatoes sponsored by BedJet and the Aramli Foundation. Meal available while supplies last! Free. Masks required; eating on-site not permitted.

  • THIS THURSDAY: Free, Confidential HIV / Hep C Testing: Make an appointment for a free, accurate, and confidential HIV / Hep C test for this Thursday, May 6th's clinic at the MLK from 12 pm to 2 pm. Presented by APRI - AIDS Project RI. To make an appointment, call (401) 831-5522 or email

  • NOW ENROLLING: Preschool for registered students. DHS accepted & generous scholarships available. Openings available for 3 year olds. 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

  • NOW ENROLLING: 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