Here is what’s new at the Community Center the week of October 25:

  • New Personal Trainer – Mike Marks
  • Book Club
  • Get to Know Our Staff
  • Trunk or Treat
  • Cafe Menu
  • Community News

New Trainer – Mike Marks

We have recently added a new personal trainer to our team, Mike Marks. If you see him in the facility, please make sure to welcome him to the Center! To learn more about Mike please see his bio below.

Mike has worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach, online lifestyle coach, and group exercise instructor. He received his Master’s in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh in August of 2020. His passion is to get people up and moving. Proper form, safe progression, and resilience are a few words to describe the core of his training philosophy. He believes that training should be used to improve longevity and make one strong for life. His hobbies include hiking, bouldering, fly fishing, and taking his dog for walks.

Mike has his personal trainer certification from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and has been training for approximately two years.

If you would like to schedule a personal training session with Mike, please contact Sam McClelland (

Book Club

Did you know that there is a book club that meets at the Lauri Ann West Community Center on the third Thursday of each month at 6pm? The November meeting of the Top Shelf Book Club will be held on the 18th. This book for this month is The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. Read it for the first time or reread it for the 10th time, but come prepared to discuss.

Please reach out to Nadine Ostrowski ( with any questions.

Get to Know Our Staff

Each week we will be highlighting a different Community Center staff member. This week’s spotlight staff member is Jan Shaw. Jan has been a steady fixture at our welcome desk for the past 4.5 years. Here’s a little more about Jan!

Tell us a little bit about your background:

Grew up in Squirrel Hill, attended Indiana University in Bloomington & Pitt for my Masters Degree in Information Science. Married with 2 grown boys who attended Fox Chapel Schools. My whole family is in Pittsburgh except for my boys who live in Austin and Chicago.

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


Do you have any hidden talents?

I can drive a golf ball 200 yards, I’m a decent cook and I can do needlepoint.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Movies, dinner with friends and volunteer for my synagogue.

What is your favorite food?


What is your favorite childhood member?

Spending time with my dad.

How would your friends describe you?

Fun, loyal, good listener, good at connecting people together.

Trunk or Treat

Saturday, October 30 at 4pm

You and a friend could be attending the November 8th Pittsburgh Steelers vs Chicago Bears game!

Two tickets to the Steelers/Bear game will be awarded for the spookiest, best decorated car! These tickets are for Section 108, Row F! Six rows from the field.

How do I register to bring my car?

Decorate your car/truck/van/SUV, make it as spooky as you can and win a prize! Reach out to Nadine O. at and reserve a spot!

Do I have to register for my kids to trick-or-treat?

No! All of the boos and ghouls in our community are invited to stop by. But are you ready to walk through the scaaaaary haunted parking lot? Do you dare to reach into the mobile monsters to get a treat? Feel free to share our Facebook event or flyer with your friends and neighbors!

Community Events

The Fox Families Care & Fox Chapel PTO are having a Winter Coat Drive. On October 27th, 28th or 29th, drop off boxes can be found inside DMS, Hartwood, Kerr, Fairview and O’Hara Elementary. Morning curbside drop off will also be available on those days.

Looking for a Christmas gift for someone in the school district? Or some new spirit gear for your family? The Foxes Den is a store managed by students in the Business Experience Practicum class at Fox Chapel Area High School.

They are focused on providing students, staff, parents and community members with high-quality Fox Chapel Area Foxes gear and services.

They are gracious for your support this year and are excited to show you what they are bringing this semester.

The Fox Chapel Area High School National Honor Society will host its annual “Boo Bash” for boys and “ghouls” in pre-K to 3rd grade on Thursday, October 28, from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. The celebration will include tricks, treats, and a spook-tacular time for all.

RSVP to with number of children attending no later than Monday, October 25th.


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