Here’s what happening at the Center the week of September 21:

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Big Fitness Updates!


Reservations no longer required to use the fitness center

We listened to member feedback and beginning Monday, Sept. 28 you will no longer need to make a reservation in Mindbody to use the fitness center. We will still enforce a capacity limit of no more than 20 people in the fitness center at one time. Starting Monday, our live fitness center capacity will be available on our homepage if you would like to check before coming in. Please note that the fitness center will be close from 12:00-12:30 each day for sanitizing. 12:30-1:30pm each day is recommended for seniors or compromised members, but reservations will not be required. Mindbody reservations will still be required for all group ex classes.

Temperature checks no longer required

Beginning Monday, Sept. 28 members will no longer be required to have their temperature taken when entering the building. Signs will be posted at all entrances asking members to not enter if they are experiencing two or more symptoms; have tested positive; are personally awaiting results; or have been in contact with someone who tested positive.

Essentrics classes are back 

Essentrics will be offered at the Center two times per week beginning September 30 with our new instructor, Carolyn Marshall. Please check Mindbody to register!

Elevated track is open

The elevated track in the gymnasium is now open for runners and walkers. We ask members to follow all posted safety guidelines when using the track.

More updates coming soon!

We are always striving to make sure that the Center is safe for our community while also providing a great experience for our members. Stay tuned as we announce additional updates to help add value to your membership. 

This week at the Center

Check out the circled classes to see our new additions so far this month.

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Support the Community Center and enjoy a great meal!

Two menus, prepared by Aspinwall Everyday Gourmet, are available for curbside pickup at the Center on October 2 and 3. In addition to a delicious meal, we’ll also send you home with a special treat, some reminders about what makes the Community Center so special, and how your contribution is making a difference when we need it most.

Proceeds from Celebrate the Center at Home help us meet these important needs in our community:

  • Our new Full Day Learning Pods for dozens of local students who need a safe place to learn virtually. Your contribution helps to fund scholarships for several of these students along with other costs to sustain the program for as long as our community needs it.
  • Our after school program that has been a staple in our community for many years. Unfortunately, with capacity limits we are only able to take a fraction of the students this year, yet many of our fixed costs, including busing, remain the same. While we are proud to be able to accommodate every family who requested it, we are barely breaking even each day.
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We’re so grateful to everyone who is a part of the Lauri Ann West Community Center. Now, more than ever, you are making an important difference to our programs, our future, and our community. We hope that you’ll take a look at our digital annual report to see all that you helped make possible over the past year. You are an important part of what makes us successful and we cannot thank you enough.

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Limited spots are available on Mondays and Thursdays in our Arts & Enrichment after school program. 

We offer this two hour program for grades K-5 with a unique combination of a relaxed atmosphere with enriching activities that are sure to inspire and complement individual interests with time in our Maker Studio, gymnasium, and outdoors.

We are looking for instructors for our full day learning pods at the Center! The instructor will work in this program to provide supervision and appropriate interaction with students along with enrichment activities. If you have experience in Early Education, Child Development, Special Education, or Elementary Education we’d love to hear from you!

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From the Fox Chapel Area High School Counseling Department:

Take some this week to reflect on recent and past events and people who have given you experiences for which you feel gratitude. Now create a list of several of those experiences. Once you’ve developed your list, expand on each of those experiences. Describe how the experience made you feel. If you’re comfortable doing so, share these experiences with others. Sharing your gratitude will help you keep a more positive mindset. 

“Be thankful for the struggles you go through. They make you stronger, wiser and humble.  Don’t let them break you. Let them make you.”  – Unknown

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Happy first day of fall! As the season changes it is a coincidence that we are also evolving here at the Center. Summer brought many challenges as we navigated safely reopening and introducing both old and new programs for the community. As we move through these final months of the year we look forward to doing even more to provide you with a safe, welcoming experience. As always, please let us know if you have thoughts or questions about how we can accomplish that.