7/1/22 Happy Fourth of July


🎓Aww…Excited Preschoolers in their Caps and Gowns

Friday, July 1, 2022

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From All of Us at the MLK Community Center
Happy 4th of July
We will be closed Monday in Celebration of Independence Day

Congratulations to the Preschool Graduating Class of 2022!

2022 PreK Graduation
2022 PreK Graduation
2022 PreK Graduation
2022 PreK Graduation
Would you like to support the MLK Community Center’s education efforts?

2022 PreK Graduation
Proud parents, grandparents and siblings showed up in full force on June 24, for this exciting day. Each child received a memory book – our version of a yearbook – that included self-portraits made by each child.
As you can see, the children were so excited for their special day!
Parents also received a portfolio of their child’s work that included samples of their writing and artwork, an assessment of their social and emotional development, and record of their cognitive growth to share with upcoming kindergarten teachers.

2022 PreK Graduation
Senior Lunch & Learn, Wednesday, July 6, 12 P.M.
Bingo with People’s Credit Union

Senior Lund & Learn
Join us on Wednesday,
July 6, at noon for Senior Lunch & Learn. This week we will be playing Bingo with
People’s Credit Union

This lunch series is free-of-charge, geared towards adults aged 55 years and older, and is offered on the first and third Wednesdays of every month. Please register by contacting Mel at 401-846-4828 ext. 124 or by email at
. Hope to see you there!

Here’s a Look at One of Our Camp Programs
Peaceful Warriors, Powered by Prince

Bilingual stories
yoga rest
yoga rest

Peaceful Warriors
This summer camp yoga and mindfulness program,
funded by
Powered by Prince
promotes the connection between the body, mind, and breath.
This class includes breathing exercises, stretches, a bilingual story time, calming music, and ends with a guided question and Wonder Box containing a secret item inside.

yoga rest
yoga heart stone
On June 29, campers were asked what they hoped to learn from yoga this summer. Some of the answers included:
I hope to learn to be more patient, I hope to learn to calm my body, and I hope to make new friends

It’s MLK’s 100th Birthday!
Save the Date for Our Centennial Celebration

MLK Earns Best of the Best!

Best Award
Food Bank Award
We are excited to announce that the
RI Community Food Bank
awarded the MLK Community Center’s Hunger Services a
“Best of the Best”

Best Practices award for 2022.
The award, pictured with the Hunger Services Team, is in recognition of impressive practices and procedures that go above and beyond what the Food Bank requires of its members.

We received this award after reexamining how we perform our core mission of serving the public and providing services. During the pandemic, we made it a priority to reevaluate how we engage with clients and instituted changes that offer a more dignified, respectful, and accessible experience.

Summer Fitness Challenge
A Six-Week Work Out Program for All Skill Levels

Summer Fitness Challenge
Summer Fitness Challenge
with Dr. Matt Sweeney
This one-hour class is a six week series offered Mondays beginning July 18.
Whether you are an avid athlete, you’ve never worked out, or you fall somewhere in between, this class is for you.
Come get fit for the summer! This class will utilize concepts of strength, conditioning, fat burning, and muscle gain. You will work hard but you will also have a lot of fun.
This is a six week commitment. Please
register online
. If you have questions, please call Mel at 401-846-4828 ext.124 or email

LEAD Open House

LEAD Open House
In the Pantry
Cereal and Canned Proteins Needed

Canned Protein
Cereal is still in hot demand and will be throughout the summer. We also need canned proteins including SPAM, tuna, chicken, beef, etc. Any and all varieties accepted.

Please bring your donations to the Loading Dock
Monday – Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Would you like to help but prefer to give a monetary donation? Just click below.

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Year-Round Job Opportunities at MLK: Join Our Team!

We are now accepting applications for:
Lead Preschool Teacher
Preschool Assistant Teacher
Summer Camp Counselor 21+
If you or someone you know wants to join our team, please visit our website to learn more about each role and how to apply.

Online registration is open
for Zumba, “Toning in ’22,” 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 x124.
Facebook Groups: 
Check out our 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 – 9:00 am
    . Grab & go, or dine-in. 
    (Edward St. entrance)
  • Food Pantry:
     Mon, Wed, Fri 10 am – 2 pm; Wed evenings 4 pm – 6 pm
  • Food 2 Friends
     delivery for homebound seniors. 
    Contact Jose
     for more info
  • Mobile Food Pantry
    delivers food
    to communities throughout Newport County.
  • 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
    weekly vegetable distribution on Tuesdays at Newport Heights 11am-1pm; the MLK Center, Thursdays 10 am to 1 pm or while supplies last; Fridays at Oxbow Farms, Middletown 11am – 1pm
  • Grab & Go Lunch

    Every Tuesday and Thursday
     from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Free! Rotating menu
  • Preschool 
    for registered students. DHS accepted & generous scholarships available. 
    Contact Tanya by 
    or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x117. 
  • After School 
    program for registered elementary school students. DHS accepted & generous scholarships available. 
    Contact Jeanine by 
     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 Mel with any questions: 
    or call (401) 846-4828 x124.
  • Yoga Class
    : Yoga is offered at the Center every Tuesday and Friday at
    8:30 am

    All skill levels & all community members welcome! 
     or with Mel: 
     or call (401) 846-4828 x124
  • Toning in ’22 Fitness Class
    : Every Wednesday at 8:30 am, t
    his 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. 
     or with Mel: 
     or call (401) 846-4828 x124
  • Zumba Fitness Class
    : Every Monday morning at 8:30 am. All skill levels & all community members welcome. 
     or with Mel: 
     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 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 
     will meet you at your appointment time. 
    To make an appointment: Call or 
    email APRI
    : (401) 831-5522
  • Sabores Latinos
    Todos los lunes a las 5 de la tarde, los que hablan español están invitados a Sabores Latinos, el club de cocinar de MLK ofrecido en español. Los participantes exploran recetas de todo el mundo latino, cocinan junto al instructor y se llevan a casa una comida para compartir con sus familias. Todos los que hablan español están invitados a atender y compartir.
    (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 
    or text 
    (401) 368-7614
  • 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. 
     or via 

    or call (401) 846-4828
  • 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.

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