Here is what’s new at the Community Center the week of November 15:

  • Positive Painting Project
  • Get to Know Our Staff
  • Looking for Group Ex Instructors
  • December Speaker Series
  • Community News

Positive Painting Project

If you’ve been in the Lauri Ann West Community Center recently, you’ve probably noticed some new artwork adorning our walls. Please see below for the story behind this artwork.

From Alisa and Todd Whysong:

Katie Whysong was a young woman with a big wish: that no one suffer from depression, anxiety or exclusion alone. Her sweet and quiet demeanor drew people to her. She was also a gifted artist. Katie wanted to use these gifts to support and encourage others.

Katie lost her own battle with depression on March 10, 2021, yet her spirit continues to fight the war. It is in her honor “The Positive Painting Project” was born. A talented, creative and artistic team assembled and worked together to continue the mission Katie began. With overwhelming community support, the Positive Painting Project started with a simple goal of creating canvases painted and printed with positive messages. These would be installed in the middle school restrooms to encourage and support students – to remind them that help is available and that they are loved no matter what.

We believe this message should be shared with everyone in the community and we are proud of being a part of “Spreading HOPE, one sign at a time.”

More information on this mission can be found here.

Get to Know Our Staff

Each week we will be highlighting a different Community Center staff member. This week’s spotlight staff member is Albert Moore (also known as Al). Al is one of the newest members of our welcome desk team. Here’s a little more about Al:

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was raised in a large family. I have a Masters Degree. I’m a Vietnam Era Veteran.

If money was no object, where would you choose to vacation?

Costa Rica and New Zealand

Do you have any hidden talents?

I have a great sense of humor.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Biking and reading

What is your favorite food?

My Tollhouse cookies

What is your favorite childhood memory?

Family vacations to the Finger Lakes

How would your friends describe you?

Honest and trustworthy

Looking for Group Exercise Instructors

The Lauri Ann West Community Center is looking to expand our group exercise offerings. If you know of an instructor that is certified to teach the following classes, please reach out to Sam McClelland (

Cardio Kickboxing

  • Looking for an instructor to lead a cardio-based, minimal equipment style kickboxing class.
  • Required: evening availability and valid certification

Strength Conditioning

  • Looking for an instructor to lead a crossfit style class with minimal equipment and a focus on conditioning workouts.
  • Required: evening and morning availability and valid certification

December Speaker Series

Next in our KnowBodies series:

So You Want to Know More About Your Family History

With Kate Townsend

December 12, 2021

Doors open at 7:00pm; talk begins at 7:30pm

Kate assists clients in discovering their own family history utilizing the know-how of an experienced investigator. Having previously worked as an investigator at a large financial institution as well as investigative firms, Kate conducted complex due diligence, fraud and anti-money laundering investigations. She puts the same sleuthing skills she harnessed in the high-stakes corporate world to task when she conducts research for her clients. If a record exists, she has the determination and expertise to locate it while providing detailed and thoughtful analysis. Kate specializes in conducting research in Pennsylvania (particularly Western and Central), West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland.

Community News

The Fox Chapel Garden Club presents Glitter, Shiver & Glow.

Wednesday, December 8th from 4pm-7pm at the Allegheny RiverTrail Park

Come dressed for the weather and join us in an open-air celebration! Shop for beautiful arrangements, member-created treasures, live holiday house plants, bulbs, wreaths, greens and more.

Admission tickets: $10 per adult

Stroll through Blawnox on Saturday, December 4th collecting a cookie at each participating business! All are welcome to this free event from 11am-3pm. A map of participating businesses will be provided at the Veteran’s Monument on the corner of North Street and Freeport Road.

This event is sponsored by the Best of Blawnox. For inquiries contact:


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