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Here is what’s happening at the Community Center the week of December 7:

  • December group ex updates
  • Support the Center with AmazonSmile
  • O’Hara Township food drive
  • Mindfulness Moment

Reminder: Masks are now required to be worn by all people the entire time they are inside the Lauri Ann West Community Center. Learn more.


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  • This month’s schedule has 34 classes a week – including 15 offered virtually.
  • Starting December 15, Charlie’s Apprentice Essentrics is moving to 11am – 12pm on Tuesdays.
  • Carolyn has pop-up Essentrics classes all month long. Upcoming pop-up classes are on Tues., Dec. 8, 8:30-9:30am and Tues., Dec. 15, 8:30-9:30am.
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Shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate to your favorite charity, at no cost to you. Simply follow this link to select the Lauri Ann West Community Center as your charity of choice and 0.5% of the prices of your Amazon purchases will be donated to us. Sign up for AmazonSmile

Make sure that after you sign up, you always visit smile.amazon.com to do your shopping so that your purchases are eligible for the donation. Thank you for helping the Center!

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Saturday, December 12 from 12-3pm

The Township of O’Hara is sponsoring a “Spread Cheer” touchless food drive on Saturday, December 12 from 12-3pm in the municipal parking lot. Our local food bank has requested nonperishable items that may be used for side dishes for the holidays. For example, canned vegetables, boxed stuffing, boxed potatoes, or gravy. Also requested are canned soups, canned ham, and cereal. Let’s all help our neighbors in need by spreading holiday cheer!

Click here for more details.

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From the Fox Chapel Area High School Counseling Department:

This week is all about Thought Challenging which is taken from the Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook. Thought Challenging is a simple yet powerful cognitive behavioral therapy technique for reducing anxiety. 

Anxiety can be described as an unhelpful thinking pattern that you experience when your mind fixates on threats, uncertainty and negativity. Thought Challenging helps by broadening your focus to include the bigger picture. Below is a Thought Challenging technique to try.

The THINK Technique:

True – Is this thought 100% true? If not, what are the facts, and what is opinion?

Helpful – Is paying attention to the thought useful to me or others?

Inspiring – Does the thought inspire me or does it have the opposite effect?

Necessary – Is it important for me to focus on the thought?  Is it necessary to act on it?

Kind – Is the thought kind?  If not, what would be a kinder thought?


Thought Challenging Tips:

· Writing or typing your thought challenging process is more powerful than trying to do it in your head. 

· If you’re not used to paying this much attention to your inner dialogue, thought challenging might feel unnatural at first. That’s okay. Over time, it will start to feel easier. 

“The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go.” -Dodinski


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Last Friday we wrapped up another week of our Full Day Learning Pods. While it’s not the school year any of us envisioned, we’re thankful that we can do something to help make things a little easier for local students and families.

More than that, we’re thankful to you for making this possible. Your membership and donations provide the support we need to be there for families in our community when they need us most. Thank you! Until next week, be safe, be well, and take care of each other.

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