News from the Community Center – July 2, 2020

Important update to our mask policy

As you may be aware, the PA Secretary of Health has issued an order for all residents to wear face coverings at all times, both indoors and outdoors. We received guidance today and are amending our safety protocols regarding masks at the Community Center as follows, effective immediately:

  • All members must wear a mask upon entering and exiting the facility and should remain on throughout the facility.
  • Masks may be removed only when exercising on a piece of cardio equipment, participating in a group exercise class, or personal training once you have reached your station. Masks are to be replaced as soon as that activity is completed and before moving through the building. 
  • Masks are required in the free weight and lifting areas.
  • Masks are to be worn outside if you cannot be socially distant.
  • Campers and camp counselors will wear masks at all times inside the building. While outside and socially distant, masks will not be required.
  • All Lauri Ann West Community Center staff will continue to wear masks, except when outside and socially distant.

We ask for your cooperation in following this policy as we make all efforts to comply with this state-wide order. Our priority will continue to be the health and safety of our members, guests, and the community.

Obviously, this isn’t a typical summer. We’re doing things differently to keep members, campers, and staff safe. Classes are smaller, kids are learning to socially distance, and we’ve introduced rigorous cleaning procedures. Safety is so important, but so is having a great experience. We caught up with a few members this week to see what they think about things at the Center since we reopened.

Click here for the July group ex schedule  

We have found a nice schedule of group ex classes that works for our members and allows us to utilize our patio as much as possible. In the coming weeks we are looking at adding new virtual options, and we’ll keep you posted on those as they are confirmed.

Reminder if you’re joining us in person:
Please remember to sign the assumption of risk, bring a mask, and bring your own mat. See you at the Center!

A few spots remain in these upcoming half day camps:

Like all of our programs, these camps will have reduced sizes, practice social distancing, and follow thorough sanitizing procedures.

Lisa is back with a pasta salad recipe that is her family’s favorite for picnics and holidays. It’s perfect for this weekend! Click here for her Italian Mac Salad recipe.

We’re also happy to share that Aspinwall Everyday Gourmet is backing up and running at the Community Center. For now, they are offering family dinners to-go Tuesday through Thursday. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for weekly menus or call/text Monica at 412-287-1353 to join their weekly menu text list.

From the Fox Chapel Area High School Counseling Department:

Sometimes we need to get into the right mindset to shift some of our negative thoughts. This week, we’re sharing the Mind Jar – a practice that’s great for both kids and adults. Take some time and watch the six minute meditation which focuses on emotional blizzards and learn how to calm the storm. 

“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.”  – Steve Maraboli


Wishing all of our members and friends in the community a safe and happy Fourth of July. While our celebrations may be different this year, we hope that you’re still able to have a day with good family, food, and fun. We’ll see you back here on Sunday, July 5. 

Thoughts, ideas, or concerns? Let us know about them at