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This is it! Final chance to register for the Keeper of the Dream & Annual Meeting


Keep your eyes peeled around Newport! L.E.A.D. spreads a hidden message of love and acceptance through hand-painted rocks

You know what we could all use some more of? A healthy dose of positivity. Thanks to the wonderful kids in our L.E.A.D. group at the Center, these hand-painted rocks were marked with positive messages and hidden throughout Newport. (Hint: check out the areas around Thompson Middle School, the Paramount building on Broadway, and the park off Bridge street. Shown here before being hidden, each of these rocks (and some are also shells, how cool is that?) carry a small note which we all hope will brighten your day if you come across one. To make things even more fun, if you find one of these tokens, post it to our Facebook page. Hide the rock again for someone else to find or keep it for's up to you! (click here for the Center's Facebook page!) Have fun and happy findings!

Join us (virtually) on October 25th for the Keeper of the Dream & Annual Meeting via Zoom

Registration is still open for this year's Keeper of the Dream awards & Annual Meeting, held virtually via Zoom, on Monday, October 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Keeper of the Dream awards are bestowed on a person, couple or group whose outstanding commitment and contribution to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center embodies the ideals of Dr. King himself. Please RSVP by October 24, 2021 via this link. We can't wait to celebrate and recognize our amazing honorees. Congratulations to our wonderful honorees:Keeper of the Dream –– Jane Mead Timken Keeper of the Dream - Community Partner –– Blount Fine FoodsVolunteers of the Year –– Lois and Bob Zawrotny

Sunday Funday: Catch the Navy Band Northeast, hosted by Newport Classical

Formerly known as Newport Music Festival, our friends at Newport Classical will host Navy Band Northeast: Trident Brass Quintet for a free community concert this Sunday, October 24th at 2:30 p.m. in Miantonomi Memorial Park. Here's what Newport Classical has to say about the performance: "Navy Band Northeast’s very own Trident Brass Quintet will delight patrons with an eclectic and exciting program of classical standards and popular favorites. Supporting the Navy mission of community engagement, the band will bring something for everyone to enjoy to this high-energy musical experience, which is NOT to be missed." The concert is free but registration is required: click here!

We're still seeking toys for Santa's Workshop

Didn't make our drive-thru toy drive? That's okay –– you can still donate toys at your convenience. Deliver your toy donations anytime between 8:30 a.m. –– 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at our loading dock in front of the building. A list of suggested toys is available here. For questions, please contact Melanie Saunders at Last year, we provided toys and gifts for 820 kids and expect to help at least that many kids this year. Thank you for helping us make Christmas merry for local children. Please note: we are looking for any NEW toys for children ages 0-12.


To meet the needs of our Latinx families, the Center's food pantry continues to be stocked with diversified produce including cassava, taro, tomatillo, jalapeño and papaya. These nutritiously diverse foods can be used in a wide variety of nutritious recipes and dinners for your family. In addition to stocking the food pantry with this diversified produce, we would like to kindly highlight some shelf-stable items that we are in need of at the center:

–– Tortillas –– Sofrito –– Masa –– Chiles –– Sazon Seasoning Mix (Con Azafran) –– Caldo de Tomate –– Adobo All-Purpose Seasoning Donations for the food pantry are pivotal to our operation and we greatly appreciate each and every one we receive! Throughout the month of October and beyond, we ask for contributions of Latinx foods, like those shown above 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!

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

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.

¡Eso es todo! Última oportunidad de registrarse para el Keeper of the Dream & Annual Meeting


Viernes, 22 de octubre de 2021

¡Mantén los ojos bien abiertos alrededor de Newport! DIRIGIR. difunde un mensaje oculto de amor y aceptación a través de rocas pintadas a mano

¿Sabes de qué nos vendría bien un poco más? Una buena dosis de positividad.

Gracias a los maravillosos niños de nuestra L.E.A.D. grupo en el Centro, estas rocas pintadas a mano fueron marcadas con mensajes positivos y escondidas en todo Newport. (Sugerencia: observe las áreas alrededor de la escuela secundaria Thompson, el edificio Paramount en Broadway y el parque junto a la calle Bridge.

Mostradas aquí antes de esconderse, cada una de estas rocas (y algunas también son conchas, ¿qué tan genial es eso?) Llevan una pequeña nota que todos esperamos que ilumine tu día si te encuentras con una.

Para hacer las cosas aún más divertidas, si encuentra uno de estos tokens, publíquelo en nuestra página de Facebook. Esconde la piedra de nuevo para que otra persona la encuentre o guárdala para ti ... ¡tú decides! (click here for the Center's Facebook page!) ¡Diviértete y felices hallazgos!

Únase a nosotros (virtualmente) el 25 de octubre para el Keeper of the Dream & Annual Meeting a través de Zoom