Community Programs

All MLK Community Programs are free of charge and open to the community.

Nutrition, Education & Cooking

MLK Community Center Newport

Nutrition Counseling with registered dietitian Kristin Niessink MS, RD, LDN.  She is available for one-on-one sessions free of charge to uninsured or under-insured clients. Those with insurance can request her service as well.  For more information or to schedule an appointment: contact Kristin Niessink, at or (401) 368-7614.

LivFit Cooking is offered at the MLK Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Registration is required. To sign up, contact Kristin at or (401) 368-7614.

Sabores Latinos algunos los lunes a las 5:00 a 6:00 de la tarde, los que hablan español están invitados a Sabores Latinos, el club de cocina de MLK se ofrece 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.  Para ver el horario haga clic aquí. Regístrese en línea o póngase en contacto con Mel a través de o (401) 846-4828 x 124. 

Note: Due to construction, beginning October 17, 2022, LivFit Cooking and Nutrition Counseling will be held at Community Baptist Church, 50 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd, Newport and Sabores Latinos will be held at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., Newport

Physical Wellness

MLK Community Center Newport

The MLK is pleased to offer several fitness classes and health screenings to the community.  All fitness classes are volunteer-taught, are tailored to everyone’s ability, and require registration. Please register for individual classes to stay informed about any cancellations. 

To register for a fitness class, contact Mel at or (401) 846-4828 x 124.

Zumba:  Thursdays from 4-5 pm.  Get your blood pumping with this morning dance-infused workout.  All levels are welcome to join in on this fun and musical program.  Registration is required.

Toning in ’23: Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  This full-body workout aims to improve balance, bone health, flexibility, and strength in a safe, welcoming, and fun environment.  All skill levels are welcome. Registration is required.

Yoga: Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and starting 1/20/23, Fridays from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Start your morning with this relaxing exercise class, designed for all students to increase strength and flexibility while linking breath to movement. Registration is required.

Tai Chi/ Qi Gong: : Fridays from 9:00am to 10:00am. This 2-part class includes Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese practice and medicine that is great for longevity and maintaining good health. Tai Chi is a free-flowing martial art that is practiced in the Far East and can be utilized as a form of self-defense. Great for all levels of movement. Registration is required

HIV/Hep C Testing (Free and confidential):  Presented in partnership with AIDS Project RI.  Every third Monday of the month from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Stop by to get breakfast too.  Walk-ins are welcome.  No registration required.  For more information, call (401) 831-5522 or email

VNS Clinic: Offered the third Wednesday of the month from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.  Services include glucose tests, rapid COVID tests, heartrate, blood pressure, O2 stats, COVID-19 guidance/info and medication review. Walk-ins are welcome.  No registration required.

Note: Due to construction, beginning October 17, 2022, ALL PHYSICAL WELLNESS CLASSES will be held at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., Newport

Community Engagement & Support

MLK Community Center Newport

Senior Lunch & Learn: First and third Wednesday of each month, from noon to 1:15 p.m. Open to all older age adults.  The program features activities and presentations on topics of interest to seniors.  A delicious, healthy lunch is served. RSVP required, call Melanie at 846-4828, x124

MLK Friends Lunches and Dinners:  Are offered monthly.  Sit down dining and “to go” options are available.

  • MLK Friends Lunch:  2nd Friday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • MLK Friends Dinner:  Last Wednesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

LEAD (Love, Equity, Acceptance, Dreams) LGBTQIA+ Youth Group
: Wednesdays at 3 p.m., LGBTQIA+ youth (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, inter-sex, ally or asexual) are invited to join our peer group. No RSVPs are necessary, join at any time. For more info, contact Mel at or (401) 846-4828 x 124. 

Live from the Loading Dock summer concert series:  Live concerts from our loading dock offered May – September.  Bring your chair or blanket!  Food is provided.  Check our calendar and social media for seasonal schedules and musicians.

Note: Due to construction, beginning October 17, 2022, ALL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS will be held at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., Newport

Learn More

For more information, please contact:

Mel Saunders, Community Programs Manager, (401) 846-4828 x124.


Nancy Harten, Director of Volunteers & Community Programs, (401) 846-4828 x103

“I started seeing the dietitian one-on-one. She's helping me change how I eat. I'm losing weight. I'm so much happier now. I love coming to the MLK Community Center. It's added a new dimension to my life."