Here is what’s happening at the Community Center the week of November 23:

  • Thanksgiving hours, special group ex schedule & open pickleball
  • Our commitment to you
  • Virtual Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre classes
  • Drive-thru toy drive Dec. 5
  • 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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Thanksgiving Hours: 7am – 12pm

Thanksgiving day group ex schedule:

  • 7:15-8:00am – Lo/Hi with Cassie
  • 8:00-8:45am –  Spin with Jen
  • 9:30-10:30am – “Get Buff Before You Stuff” Circuit with Dante (available virtually, too!)

Open pickleball will be available from 10:00-11:00am on Thanksgiving day.

Reminders:
Capacity in the fitness center is still limited to 20 people. Live capacity is always available on our website to check before you come in. We will not be issuing any guest passes. With limited capacity, we want to ensure that all of our members have access to classes and the fitness center.

We will resume our normal hours on Friday, November 27 and offer these classes:

8:00-8:45am – Spinning with Cassie
9:30-10:15am – Tone Central with Caylene

Wishing you all a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving! Please know you are at the heart of what we do every day. We are truly thankful for your commitment, participation, and support.

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Over the last several months, the Lauri Ann West Community Center has been committed to providing the programs and activities that our community needs to get through this pandemic together. We promise to continue to listen to you, remain flexible, and respond to what our community needs. 

As we strive to meet these needs, the health and safety of our community and the people we serve is our top priority, especially as COVID-19 cases rise. We are working hard every day to provide the safest experience possible by following federal, state and local public health guidelines.

Our commitment to our members, staff, and community is this:

  • We are maintaining aggressive cleaning and sanitization protocols throughout our facility.
  • We are adhering to social distancing guidelines and have adjusted our operations to make that possible.
  • We are providing readily available hand sanitizer throughout our building.
  • We have trained all of our employees on policies and procedures to create the safest experience possible. 
  • We are requiring masks for all people at all times, both staff and members.
  • We welcome any questions or concerns either by speaking with a manager on duty at the Center or by contacting us at questions@lauriannwestcc.org.
  • We will continue to be a safe place that unites and inspires our community.
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Registration is open now for virtual classes for kids and adults starting December 1. We’re excited to partner with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to offer all the same classes that we’ve offered at the Center. Although everything is virtual, space is still limited. Be sure to reserve your spot early!

We’re also offering a special virtual program – Dance the Story: The Nutcracker. Join the PBT for an up-on-your-feet virtual story time with basic ballet steps, choreography, and a craft. Caregivers are welcome to dance along and learn to bring books to life with movement. Craft supplies will be picked up at the Community Center before the program.

Saturday, December 5 from 12-3pm at the Community Center

Join the Pittsburgh North Optimists for a Drive-Thru Toy Drive in the Community Center’s parking lot! Santa will be there with candy canes for the children as they make their toy or gift donation.

Everything will be given to the Sharpsburg Family Worship Center for their “Give a Gift” holiday event. This lets families buy gifts for children 18 and younger for as little as 50 cents a piece. Teenagers also benefit from the program, so the gifts don’t need to be only toys.

Please try to stop by with an upwrapped gift! The gifts and toys that are donated will help make the holiday season a special time for children in our area.

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From the Fox Chapel Area High School Counseling Department:

We’re sharing a message that is perfect for Thanksgiving break. This week is about primers – an action, word, or object that activates certain parts of the brain just before carrying out a task. Primers can help us find gratitude in different moments throughout the day. You can choose a physical object: a piece of jewelry that’s special, a picture of a loved one, or anything that brings a positive thought or experience to you. Another option is to make your own primer. Use these suggestions over the Thanksgiving holiday if you’re feeling crafty:

  • Gratitude stones: get a small stone (smooth is best for painting), paint pens or acrylic paint, a fine paintbrush and decorate the stone with an inspiring word or a picture.
  • Picture Collage: find pictures that make you happy to create a collage you can hang in a spot that you’ll see throughout the day.
  • Make it Stick: choose the primers you like and copy them onto colorful post-it notes to hang in prominent places around your home.

Remember, allowing gratitude has many health benefits. Not to mention, it just feels good to appreciate the small things and be grateful.

“The struggle ends when the gratitude begins.” – Neale Donald Walsh

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We’ve faced a lot of challenges this year. But at the Center, we still have a lot to be thankful for. The support that you’ve given the Center has helped us through our hardest times. Thank you, on behalf of all of us at the Center. The generosity of this community gives us hope that we will one day be even stronger that we were before.