• MLK Community Center

🍗Thanksgiving, holiday help, magic and art! 🍗

Updated: Nov 14


Need help this Thanksgiving? The MLK is here for here for you

We know the holidays can be very hard. Rising fuel and food costs don't make it any easier. The MLK's Thanksgiving Meal Pantry can help. Registered families receive a turkey, all the traditional sides and even a pie! To register for help, visit this link.

Last year, the Center helped over 500 families and 1,300 individuals celebrate Thanksgiving together.

"The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through."

Inspired by those words from Jackson Pollock, our After School teachers had an idea for an awesome lesson, to focus on the American painter's bold expressionist work, showing the world that art isn't just one technique, but rather it can be anything. When Ms. Tanya first showed the students (second-grade through fifth-grade) an example of Pollock's paintings, the kids were both excited and intrigued. Ms. Tanya went on to explain that art is an expression of one's true self and these splatter-type paintings are no different. Just because it might not look like the Mona Lisa or other traditional paintings doesn't mean that it's not art. As you can see above, our students understood the assignment! They did a fantastic job of sharing their creativity with us through these paintings by choosing different backgrounds, colors, textures and designs. Awesome job, kiddos!

Lunch and Learn, but make it magic!

Now you see it, now you don't. This week's Lunch and Learn treated our seniors to something really fun–– a magic show!

Thanks to the witty, funny and talented Scott of Great Scott Productions, our seniors marveled at card tricks, disappearing acts and other illusions that made them stop and say woah.

Generous donor support makes programs like Lunch and Learn possible.

REMINDER –– Vine & Fig: The Book Club, meets for the first time next week!

Is there a teen in your life interested in books, socially conscious topics and self-expression in a safe space? Well then, look no further as we've got something for you.

Starting Tuesday, November 9, from 4:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in collaboration with Newport Restoration Foundation, the MLK is offering Vine & Fig: Teen Book Club, a socially-conscious book club for teens (ages 13-19) interested in historical fiction and nonfiction.

Like our L.E.A.D. program, Vine & Fig expands our outreach to local teens, providing an opportunity to speak in a safe space on issues that really matter to them.

Vine & Fig will meet every Tuesday between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

REMINDER –– The Center will be closed on Veteran's Day

On Thursday, November 11, 2021, the Center will be closed to celebrate Veteran's Day. Thank you to all the brave men and women who've served in our military!

FOOD PANTRY FEATURE: We need cranberry sauce!

Due to supply chain restraints, cranberry sauce has been especially hard to come by this holiday season.

Can you imagine Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce? We can't either. If you're able to donate cans of cran, we would really appreciate it. Drop off your donations at our Loading Dock Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Starting your holiday shopping? Get a Newport Restaurant Group: gift card and support the MLK!

Once again Newport Restaurant Group's (NRG) annual holiday gift card sale benefits local hunger relief organizations like the MLK. From our friends at NRG: "Now more than ever, food insecurity is a daily threat for many in our communities. The past few years we've been proud to donate $2 per every gift card order sold to support to local food banks and area non-profits committed to building a sustainable and local food supply for those in need." For more info, please visit NRG's website at this link

Support Newport County, Support the MLK

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

  • 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.

  • NEW!: Vine & Fig –– Socially-conscious book club for teens: Starting on November 9, 2021, Vine & Fig will dive into historical fiction and nonfiction texts with an emphasis on safe-space discussions and support for any teen in the Newport County area. Please contact Melanie Saunders by email ( or phone (401-846-4828 ext. 124) for more information.

  • 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.

  • NEW DAY!: Free, Safe and Confidential HIV & Hep C Testing: Get tested for HIV & Hep C at the MLK by appointment every 2nd 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.

  • NEW DAY: 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.

  • 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

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🍗¡Acción de gracias, ayuda navideña, magia y arte! 🍗


Viernes, 5 de noviembre de 2021

¿Necesitas ayuda este Día de Acción de Gracias? El MLK está aquí para ti

Sabemos que las vacaciones pueden ser muy duras. El aumento de los costos del combustible y los alimentos no lo hace más fácil. La despensa de comidas de Acción de Gracias de MLK puede ayudar. Las familias registradas reciben un pavo, todas las guarniciones tradicionales e incluso un pastel. Para registrarse y recibir ayuda, visite este