The Edward King House. Photo Credit: Edward King House

Chair assisted yoga and Tai Chi for seniors are just two of the programs due to be offered at City Hall over the next several weeks as work gets underway to replace a sewer line that services the Edward King House Senior Center.

With construction set to impact the area around the historic building as early as next week, the Center has announced that it will be closed to the public Monday, June 10through Monday July 8, 2019.

However, thanks to the coordination of City administration and King House staff, community members will still be able to take part in a variety of activities at three alternate venues through June 28, 2019.

Those locations include City Hall, located at 43 Broadway; the Newport Public Library, at 300 Spring St.; and the Martin Recreation Center, commonly known as “The Hut,” at 35 Golden Hill St.

In addition to the center’s popular yoga and Tai Chi programs at City Hall, other classes currently scheduled include a Boxing Fitness class at the Martin Recreation Center, along with Bridge, and a Drawing and Painting class. Meanwhile, the Newport Public Library will be serving as a hub for the center’s Senior Health Insurance Program as well as a Friday morning Bridge Club. 

A full calendar of activities is found attached and on the King House website at

All those interested in signing up for a class are reminded that registration is required for all programs. Knitting, Billiards, Cribbage, Scrabble, Writing Your Family History, the Diabetic Support Group, and Watercolor Group activities have also been placed on hold while construction is underway.

For an updated calendar of events, King House community members are encouraged to visit The City will also be providing updates on construction progress on the City’s website If you are in need of further information on specific programs, please contact (401) 846-7426 or email

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