Here is what’s happening at the Community Center the week of December 28:

  • We’ve almost reached our year-end goal
  • Winter Lantern Installation at McCahill Park
  • Mindfulness Moment

Thank you so much for your continued support! Just a reminder, we are not charging membership dues on January 1 and will be pro-rating December dues once we re-open.

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Wow! We cannot thank everyone enough for the generosity that you’ve shown us this year. Especially these last few weeks.

We know that many of you have already contributed to the Center in some way this year. But if you haven’t, or if you are in a position to contribute again, we could really use your support to reach our fundraising goal. Please consider making a donation before the end of the year.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Please know that all of the great things that happen at the Center are possible because of you. Every happy kid at summer camp; every parent that can breathe easy knowing their child is safe after school; and every senior that has an encouraging place to stay active. All of this happens because of support from people like you. Thank you!

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Here is something festive to do to welcome in 2021!

On New Years Day after sundown, the field at McCahill Park in Fox Chapel will be filled with a lovely display of glowing lanterns for one night only. Please enjoy the display of light from the safety of your car, or park and wander through the field of light while being mindful of masking and social distancing.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Fox Chapel Parks Conservancy, dedicated to supporting Fox Chapel’s parks and conserving land. Learn more here.

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From the Fox Chapel Area High School Counseling Department:

This week’s practice focuses on savoring. Take a break by taking some pictures in your everyday life that focus on anything that promotes positive feelings. Examples include simple pleasures of life like a cup of coffee or a beautiful sky. Try to make your pictures beautiful, creative, and meaningful to you. By taking a photograph it requires a certain amount of focused attention and appraisal of one’s direct environment. Typically, a photographer scans the environment for beauty, meaning, or value. In doing so, you may see and notice unique and positive features of your daily life that are normally left unseen. 

After taking some pictures, answer the following questions:

  • What did you feel/experience when taking the photographs?
  • Look at your photos. What do you experience when looking at them?
  • Is it possible to discover an underlying, general theme in your photos that seems to positively contribute to your well-being?
  • What can you learn from this experience?

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”  -Marc Riboud

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We are hopeful that the Community Center will be able to reopen as planned on Monday, January 4 at 8:00 a.m. We will send an update later this week to confirm our reopening plans or provide an update should Pennsylvania extend its current mitigation efforts. Please know that if the Center must remain closed beyond January 4, we will continue to offer virtual fitness offerings.

In the meantime, we wish you all a joyous New Year. During this extraordinary year, we’ve been grateful for your extraordinary support. Thank you. Here’s to a happy, healthy, and abundant 2021!

If you’re looking for some yummy foods to enjoy on New Years Eve, check out Aspinwall Everyday Gourmet at the Community Center. They are offering dinners and appetizer feasts for curbside pickup at the Center. Learn more here