Here is what’s happening at the Community Center the week of November 30:

  • Giving Tuesday
  • Pop-up Essentrics classes
  • Virtual Nutcracker program with PBT
  • Toy drive and bag collection
  • 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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Giving Tuesday is Tomorrow – December 1

Giving Tuesday is the alternative to the shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. During this busy time of year, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to pause and celebrate the causes and organizations that matter most to you. 

In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, we hope you will support the Lauri Ann West Community Center by making a donation. Your gift means so much, especially now. With your support, we will continue to be there for everyone in our community from young students to seniors and everyone in between. 

If you have already contributed this year, thank you! Please help us spread the word about this wonderful day and the need right here in our community.

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Carolyn’s pop-up Essentrics classes have been a hit! We’ve added even more in December, so keep an eye on Mindbody to grab your spot in one of these classes:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 1, 8:30-9:30am
  • Tuesday, Dec. 8, 8:30-9:30am
  • Tuesday, Dec. 15, 8:30-9:30am
  • Friday, Dec. 18, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 22, 8:30-9:30am
  • Monday, Dec. 28, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 29, 8:30-9:30am
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Special program Dec. 4 and 12

Join the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for Dance the Story: The Nutcracker. PBT favorite Marcie Day will lead an up-on-your-feet virtual story time with basic ballet steps, choreography, and a craft. Craft supplies will be picked up at the Community Center before the program.

Toy Drive: Sat., Dec. 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.

Foster Love Project Bag Collection, now through Dec. 16
Each year, more than 15,000 kids are served through the foster care system in Pennsylvania alone. Many of these kids are taken to a foster home with no belongings or a few items thrown into a trash bag. Foster Love Project provides a bag of goods to be given to kids at time of transition. Please consider putting a bag together and dropping it off at the collection box in our lobby. Click here for more information on what you should include in the bag. 

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From the Fox Chapel Area High School Counseling Department:

This week’s practice is a Metta meditation that focuses on loving and kindness. The secret of the effectiveness of Metta meditation is that it is unified and eliminates the barrier between ‘I’ and ‘you.’ This short script on Metta meditation works equally well for expressing love to others and yourself in the same way. The steps are simple:

Sit comfortably and take a few deep breaths to relax your body.
Tune in to the moment and begin with expressing gratitude to yourself for committing to this kindness practice.
When you are ready, close your eyes and visualize yourself being loving and empathetic towards others. Notice how it makes you feel.
Next, thinking about yourself and everyone you know, say – ‘May you have the strength to overcome all your struggles’; ‘May you always be honest and truthful’; ‘May you get all the happiness you deserve in life’; ‘May you always be surrounded with people who love you and care for you.’
At this point, do not try to discriminate who these good wishes are for. Allow the power of these positive contemplations to spread in your system and reflect in your persona.
Open your eyes after a few deep breaths, notice your feelings, and end the session by uttering ‘Namaste’ with joined hands.

“You cannot do kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson