“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."


You can now reserve your spot for the majority of our Community Programs all online! Click here to reserve your spot for Sabores Latinos, Lunch & LearnYoga, Zumba, and Toning in '22.


*We recommend you create an account (after you're done registering for your first class) so you can easily cancel & reschedule all of your classes in 1 place. They'll even send email or text message reminders! 


We believe... all individuals deserve access to programs that improve their well-being and quality of life.

For more information, please contact Melanie Saunders, Community Programs Coordinator, at MSaunders@MLKCCenter.org or call (401) 846-4828 x124. 

Cooking / Nutrition

The MLK contracts with Registered Dietitian Kristin Niessink who is available for one-on-one nutrition counseling free of charge to uninsured or under-insured clients.

For more information or to schedule an appointment: contact Kristin Niessink, Registered Dietician, at niessink6@aol.com or (401) 368-7614.


LivFit Cooking & Nutrition is offered at the MLK every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 5 pm. RSVP required: contact Kristin at niessink6@aol.com or (401) 368-7614.

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: Register online, or contact Mel at MSaunders@MLKCCenter.org or (401) 846-4828.

Community Meals

For information, contact Melanie Saunders, Community Programs Coordinator, at msaunders@MLKCCenter.org or (401) 846-4828, ext. 124.

The MLK is pleased to offer several different monthly meals.

Lunch & Learn is first and third Wednesday of the month at noon. Speakers from the community offer topics of interest to seniors while a healthy lunch is served. These events are open to the public, but an RSVP is necessary to attend.

Grab & Go lunches are offered twice weekly, on Tuesday and Thursdays from 11:30 am to 1 pm. No RSVP is needed to attend. 

Grab & Go meals are offered on a rotating basis, often once per month. 

For more information, contact the Center at 

(401) 846-4828

  • Flu Shots are offered every Fall. Call for info.

Santa's Workshop

For information, please contact Nancy Harten at NHarten@MLKCCenter.org or call (401) 846-4828 x103

Santa's Workshop: The holidays are such a special time, but for those who need help supplying toys for their families it can be stressful. Fortunately, with donations from the community, the MLK Center helps to provide needed assistance.


Who is eligible?

Any Newport County resident.

The registration webpage will become live in the fall prior to the holidays.

For more information, please contact Melanie Saunders at MSaunders@MLKCCenter.org or call (401) 846-4828

The MLK Community Center offers free fitness programming, suitable for all ages and skill-levels, on a weekly basis. Classes are taught by certified fitness instructors on a volunteer basis (we're always looking for volunteers to lead programs!)

Zumba Fitness Class

Mondays, 8:30 am


"Toning in '22" Fitness Class

Wednesdays, 8:30 am


Community Yoga Class

Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:30 am

Summer Fitness Challenge
A six-week workout plan for all skill levels
Mondays at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
July 18, 25, Aug 1, 15, 22, 29

Please register here for Fitness Challenge Only

For more information, please contact Judy Hall, Imagination Library Program Coordinator,  at ImaginationLibrary@MLKCCenter.org.


All children who reside in Newport County, from birth to age five, are eligible to receive a free book in the mail each month, thanks to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, presented by the Bazarsky Family Foundation in collaboration with the MLK Community Center.

For more information or to register, visit our Imagination Library webpage or contact Judy Hall, Imagination Library Program Coordinator, at ImaginationLibrary@MLKCCenter.org or 401-924-4252

Fitness & Wellness

Imagination Library 

Health & Other Programs

In 2021...



People participated in English and Spanish cooking classes


Students served through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library


Seniors attended twice-monthly Lunch & Learns


Children received holiday gifts through Santa's Workshop

Did you know:


The MLK offers free fitness classes, open to all!

Zumba Fitness Class

Mondays, 8:30 am


"Toning in '22" Fitness Class

Wednesdays, 8:30 am


Community Yoga Class

Friday, 8:30 am

...and be sure to join us for

Sabores Latinos,

Cooking classes taught en Espanol, Mondays, 5 pm 

RSVP required for all. RSVP online or contact Mel.

For our most up-to-date information on events:

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