Annual Appeal

Support a Place of Belonging, Wellness and Camaraderie

We’re making steady progress towards our 2021 Annual Appeal goal of $100,000, but still need your help these next two weeks.

A gift to the Lauri Ann West Community Center allows us to provide scholarships, offer SilverSneakers, expand our community outreach programs, hire and retain expert instructors and upkeep the facility & make improvements.

If you are in a position to donate the Center, we would be incredibly grateful. Your contribution will help us enter 2022 in a stronger place.


Membership Promotion 

$0 to Join, $0 Due Your First Month and No Long-Term Contract

A membership to the Lauri Ann West Community Center is an investment in your health and wellbeing, and there’s no better time to join.

Joining fees have been waived through January 31 and no payment is required for your first month. There is also no long-term contract.

A membership includes full access to more than 40 group fitness classes, our fitness center, pickleball, indoor track and open gym times. 

Click here for membership levels and to learn morePromotion can only be redeemed by calling the Center (412-828-8566) or by visiting us in-person.


Winter Classes & Programs

Classes in Children’s Fitness, Soccer, Pickleball, Ballet and More Begin the Week of Jan. 10

Registration is open for our winter session 1, running January 10 – February 18. Limited spaces are available for the following classes:

Toddlers & Pre-K:
Jump Bunch Parent & Tot (ages 18-24 mo.) – Begins Jan. 12
Jump Bunch Fitness Fun for Toddlers (ages 2-3 ½) – Begins Jan. 12
Soccer Shots Mini (ages 2-3) – Begins Jan. 11
Soccer Shots Classic (ages 3-5) – Begins Jan. 11
Jump Bunch Pre-K Fitness Exploration (ages 3-5) – Begins Jan. 10
Pre-Ballet with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (ages 4) – Begins Jan. 11

School-aged Children:
Pre-Ballet with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (ages 6) – Begins Jan. 11
Soccer Shots Premier (ages 6-8) – Begins Jan. 11
Jump Bunch Sports and Fitness (ages 6-12) – Begins Jan. 10

Teens, Young Adults and Adults:
Pre-Ballet with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (ages 16+) – Begins Jan. 11
Pickleball Beginner (ages 18+) – Begins Jan. 10
Pickleball Advanced Beginner (ages 18+) – Begins Jan. 10

All classes are indoors and masks are required for all participants. 

Click here for complete class information and to register. Don’t delay! Registration closes five days before the start of each program at 9am.


Facility Reminders

As the colder weather is pushing more people inside to workout, we want to provide a few general reminders to keep all of us safe and healthy in the facility.

Group Exercise Reminders

  • Doors close once the class starts to prevent interruptions.
  • Please do not talk on your phone during class.
  • Limit conversations with other members during class so everyone can hear the instructor’s directions.
  • Wait for classes in the gymnasium to be completed and class attendees to exit before entering the gym for open gym or open pickleball. 

Fitness Center Reminders

  • Please make sure that you are wiping down equipment after you use it. As we enter cold and flu season, this becomes even more important.
  • Try to maintain proper social distancing in the fitness center. Do not crowd around equipment while others are trying to workout.


Community News

FosterLoveProject Collects Placement Bags

A big thank you from the Foster Love Project organization! 

They collected 38 placement bags that will go to agencies in the region to help support and comfort children in a new foster home.


Lauri Ann West Community Center Ugly Sweater Contest Extended

The Ugly Sweater contest at Lauri Ann West Community Center has been extended through Wednesday, December 22.  

Wear your ugly sweater to the Center, donate $5 (all donations go to the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry) and pose for a picture. 

Make sure to provide us with your name and email address. Winners announced on Christmas Day.


UPMC Children’s Hospital Offering Free COVID-19 Clinic Dec. 20

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh will be offering a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic for anyone ages 5 and older 5-7pm Monday, December 20 at Fox Chapel Area High School.

Booster shots will be available for adults, Pfizer shots for ages 5+, and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson shots for ages 18+.

Pre-registration is required. Click here to register online.

Parents/guardians must fill out a consent form for their minor child to be vaccinated. Please download, print and bring a completed form.


New Pittsburgh Buddhist Center Hosts Live Meditation Every Tuesday On YouTube

Holiday prep stressing you out? Join Bhante for a live meditation session via YouTube every Tuesday from 6-7pm.

No registration necessary. Join at


Fox Chapel Area School District Telethon is Dec. 23

Fox Chapel Area School District students will hold their 32nd annual telethon on 11am-1pm Thursday, December 23.

The telethon will raise money for Fox Families Care, a local organization that works to bridge the gap between the needs and resources of children and families in the Fox Chapel Area School District. The telethon will be broadcast live on the Swift Fox Media YouTube Channel.


Blawnox Volunteer Fire Company Continues Raffles

The Blawnox Volunteer Fire Company is continuing their Ongoing series of Sure Tip Raffles happening. 

The current board has 54 tickets left with the prize being a Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with Windows 10 Home.

Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased online.


Registration Open for Fox Chapel Area Adult Education’s Winter Classes 

Registration is open for Fox Chapel Area Adult Education classes. Start dates vary.

Offerings include art, fitness (from seated exercises to high impact), gardening, cooking/wine/spirits, history, Spanish and more. While most classes are held in the evening, Experimental Watercolors will meet Wednesday mornings so painters can take advantage of the winter light.

Classes make great gifts. Purchase a class for friends/family to join you. FCAAE gift certificates are also available.

Learn more at


Fox Chapel Area High School Students Selling Merchandise

Need a gift for the holidays? – visit the Fox’s Den online store. The Fox’s Den is operated by students enrolled in the school’s Business Experience Practicum course. Here, they learn about business operations, organizing products, using advertising strategies and growing a business.

Consider supporting this classroom experience while giving (or receiving) a Fox Chapel-related gift this holiday season.

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