Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center Report – December 2017

Wishing everyone a Safe, Healthy and Happy New Year in 2018! In reflection, 2017, was a unique year for our awesome nation. We experienced many historic events that will undoubted have long-term impacts. Despite all of the daily distractions, historic disasters and terrorism, social and civic instability and varied political opinions, I believe that we all learned a little more about each other through conversations that were forced to happen as we experienced all of the outrage, empathy, sorrow, grief and disbelief of the day’s events in the past year. We are a GREAT NATION and as we learn from each other, we will see how powerful WE can be, when WE stand together respecting and accepting the differences we all have. USA all the way!

The Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center held our Annual Christmas Party with Santa on Friday December 15th. Despite the poor weather conditions, Santa navigated his way to the MLK Center with the help of the Newtonville Volunteer Fire Company and Engine 1266. The attending children and their families were treated to fresh chili and hot chocolate with the backdrop of snowflakes from a small winter storm. Santa gave out gifts and the United Community Collaboration provided free pajamas to all the kids.

Winners of the coloring contests (3 categories) were given custom made holiday baskets from one of our awesome residents that provides them for us every year – Shout out to Sandy G! Thank you again!  After the activities door prizes for a lucky child and parent were distributed which included a brand new bike, donated by the All Out Trendsetter MC and a special custom basket by Sandy G. The children and adults had a blast and look forward to next year’s holiday season.

I would like to THANK all of the residents for their donations as well as the Atlantic County Toys for Tots program. This event was only possible through the AWESOME people of our community – their donations and volunteerism completely made this event possible. THANK YOU ALL!

This year the MLK Center will start our new Afterschool Program on Monday January 8th. Our afterschool program will include homework help, arts & craft activities, organized recreational activities, speakers, mentors and demonstrations. We will also provide FREE dinner to all attending children 6-18yrs old. Registration is required and forms were distributed to all Buena Regional School students, you can also pick up registrations forms at the MLK Center. The afterschool program will be held every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6pm. Please contact the MLK Center for any additional details.

The MLK Center is a perfect place to have a birthday party, baby shower or any family celebration. Our Community room can accommodate parties up to 125 people and the Center is situation on Wilder Hines Park, a 10 acre with recreational activities including basketball, tennis and a large playground area. There is even a paved walking path (1/2 mile) so you can safely walk and enjoy the outdoors.

To have your next family celebration at the Dr. Martin Luther King Center, contact us @ 609-704-7262 or pick up your application at the Center or our Municipal building on Route 40 next to John C. Milanesi Elementary School.

Current activities at the MLK Center include: The Seniors of Newtonville Area: Meeting every Wednesday at 10am- all senior citizens over 55 can come, participate and have lunch for $1.00.  Our NEW afterschool program with FREE dinner every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6pm (registration is required). Every Friday we have ZUMBA classes at 5:30pm. Come out and have fun while you dance to festive Caribbean music. Initial class is free and each session is $5. Group and multi session discounts are available.  Story Time with Mrs. Cocoa meets the 2nd and 4th Friday’s during the month and now is also broadcast on Facebook Live on her Facebook page! If your child is 3-7 and you want them to read more – this is a perfect setting. If you have any questions about any activities or programs, we can be reached at 609-704-7262 or email us. MLKCenter@BuenaVistaNJ.com.

The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey is also located within the Dr. Martin Luther King Center. Tours can be arranged by calling 609-350-6662. The current exhibit “A Time for Change” shows the involvement and events of the civil rights movement that occurred in South Jersey. Also on display is “Jet, Black, Brown and Tan” the legacy of John H Johnson, a new exhibit “Black Cowboys and Buffalo Solders” and the artwork of Leonard Faust is featured in the main gallery. The PRINCE and Tribute to Muhammad Ali exhibits are located in the Roberta J Corbitt Community Room.

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