Here is what’s new at the Community Center the week of November 22:

  • Holiday Hours
  • Get to Know Our Staff
  • Holiday Happenings!
  • Facility Reminders
  • AEG Cafe
  • Community News

Holiday Hours

Our hours will be slightly adjusted this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Wednesday, November 24th – Normal hours (6am-8pm)

Thursday, November 25th – Thanksgiving (7am-11am)

Friday, November 26th – Normal hours (6am-8pm)

Don’t forget to sign up for one of the classes we will offer on Thanksgiving Day.

8:15am – 9:15am – Essentrics with Carolyn

9:00am – 10:00am – Get Buff Before You Stuff Circuit Training with Theresa

Class size is limited. Registration opens 2 days in advance!

Get to Know Our Staff

Each week we will be highlighting a different Community Center staff member. This week’s spotlight staff member is Dennis Kelly. You can see Dennis working at both the welcome desk and in the fitness center. Here’s a little more about Dennis:

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m originally from Northeastern PA and have lived in Western PA twice, most recently for 22 years. I’m a Villanova Grad with a Master’s from IUP.

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

Death Valley or a cabin in the woods. I love the desert.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I am a former US Navy Officer

What do you like to do in your free time?

Shooting sports and golf

What is your favorite food?


What is your favorite childhood memory?

Playing practical jokes on my brother

How would your friends describe you?

Loyal. I make friends slowly and keep them forever.

Holiday Happenings!

Breakfast With Santa: Santa called and asked if he could swing by the Lauri Ann West Community Center and have breakfast with some of our Fox Chapel Area School District kids and their families and, of course, we said yes! Join us for breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 4th from 9am-11am! Purchase your tickets here.

Due to space availability we will be limiting seating for breakfast to 60 people (kids and parents), so if you want to eat with the big guy, don’t wait to get your tickets.

Volunteer Elves Needed! Since Santa can’t bring his usual team of Elves (the North Pole Workshop is busy checking the lists twice and getting ready for the big flight!), he’s going to need help with the following:

• Checking families in and getting everyone nametags

• Getting kids ready for pics with Santa (using/handing out wipes to help clean off hands and faces…Santa’s chair is white!  Can you imagine?!)

• Taking pictures of the kids and their families with Santa (using parent’s mobile phones)

• Handing Santa the right naughty/nice certificate (matching names)

• Other small tasks as needed

Email Nadine at or call her at 412.828.8566 x105 and be an honorary Elf!

Letters To Santa: Starting Saturday, December 4th, the Lauri Ann West Community Center will be a North Pole Express officially designated’Letters To Santa’ drop off point.

Come to the Santa Station near the Everyday Gourmet Café and write your letter to Santa, then pop it in the official North Pole Express mailbox.  Don’t forget to include your return address!

Ugly Sweater Contest: We are having an Ugly Sweater Contest for all members and staff the week of December 13th!  You can make your own sweater or buy one, but the uglier it is the better your chance to win! We will take pictures of all contestants in their sweaters and they’ll be put up on the wall to be judged.

We’re asking for a $5 donation to compete and all monies raised will go to the St. Vincent DePaul Sharpsburg Food Pantry.

Fox Families Care’s Angel Tree Project: Calling All Angels! The Lauri Ann West Community Center is proud to support Fox Families Care’s Angel Tree Project!

If you’ve walked into our building the past few days you probably have seen the new tree at the Welcome Desk. Feel free to pick and angel (or two!) off of the tree. Make sure you use the clipboard by the tree to write down the tags that you take.

Please help Fox Families Care make this holiday season extra special for children who qualify for assistance through the Fox Chapel Area School District.

Help make wishes come true!

Gift drop will occur here at the Lauri Ann West Community Center on December 6th.

Stay tuned for more details.

Foster Love Project’s Bag Drive Drop: The Lauri Ann West Community Center is proud to be a collection point for Foster Love Project’s Bag Drive Drop.

From November 15th – December 11th we will have a box set up in our lobby area (across from the Welcome Desk) to collect bags. If you’re not familiar with this project, here’s a little more information about their mission:

There are currently more than 14,000 kids in foster care in Pennsylvania. Every day children are transitioned into new homes with a few items thrown in a trash bag. Our transition bags are given to every foster agency we can connect with who will share our vision in ensuring that kids are able to take a bag of new belongings with them when they change homes. So far, we’ve had the privilege of collecting and distributing more than 14,000 FLP transition bags throughout 4 states. This holiday season, would you take the time to shop and pack for a bag of our requested items for a child in need?

Click here to see what is required for each bag. We would love for you to join us in celebrating this cause!

Facility Reminders

As the colder weather is pushing more people inside to work out, 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. This is to prevent interruptions to the attendees who have already begun their class.
  • Please do not talk on your phone during class.
  • Please limit conversations with other members during class. Members have mentioned having a hard time hearing the instructors directions because of other conversations taking place.

Fitness Center Reminders

  • Please make sure that you are wiping down equipment after you use it. As we go into 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 work out.

Community News

Pittsburgh Concert Chorale will be performing their Sounds of the Season concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 4th at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church (384 Fox Chapel Road).

Tickets are available online or at the door. Ticket prices: Adults – $20 online/$23 at the door; Students – $8; children age 11 and under are free. All tickets can be ordered online at or by calling 412-635-7654.

Ferra’s Automotive Services Inc. is joining other local Towing Companies by opening their hearts and wallets to make as many less fortunate local children have a Happy Christmas morning this year. You can help out by dropping off a NEW unwrapped toy at Ferra’s Automotive (1315 Main Street Sharpsburg, PA 15215). If you need your donation picked up, just call Ferra’s at (412) 781-7519 and they will come for it in a shiny tow truck!

The final event in the Fox Chapel Parks Conservancy Lantern Series will take place on Saturday, December 18th at 5:00pm at Salamander Park.

Parking on Hemlock Hollow at McCahill Park. Hemlock Hollow will be closed to through traffic. Please leave pets at home.


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