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BINGO / Sunday 1 -3 p.m. (vaccinations required)
Bridge / Welcome Bridge - Monday and Wednesday /1-3:30 p.m. (new time)
Party Bridge - Thursday 12:15-4 p.m.
Teal Ladies - First Thursday of each month, May 6 / 10 a.m.-noon
Knifty Knitters - Tuesday / 1-3 p.m.
Pinochle - Friday / 1-3 p.m.
Quilters - 2nd and 4th Wednesday/ 1-3 p.m.
Tai Chi with Altari - Wednesday / 10-11:30 a.m.
Chair Yoga with Altari - Thursday / 2:30 p.m.
Qigong - Dr. Brian Flake - Monday / 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Mexican Train - Wednesday /10 a.m.-noon
Texas Hold’em Poker - Monday and Friday / 1-4 p.m.
Wii Bowling - Monday and Wednesday / 1-3 p.m.
Pilates* - Friday / 9-10 a.m.
Line Dancing - Wednesday / 5:30-6:16 p.m. and Friday/ 10-11 a.m.
Have questions about times, costs, requirements? Call Lori at 535-0803.
Plus more as we get a schedule set. Check your email for updates.

 The Red Hat Ladies Are Back—June 21
The Red Hat Ladies will meet on the third Monday of the month starting on June 21 in the Schultz Room.
If you are not a member, please join or renew your membership prior to the meeting.
For those not fully vaccinated, masks will be required.
For information on call Gayle at 509-926-8787
Calling All Volunteers
We need your ideas and energy to help with the upcoming events now in the planning stages — like the monthly luncheons, Community Health Fair, Estate Sale, Santa Breakfast as well as gardening. You can be on the committee and/or help during the event. All help is valued and appreciated. Lori is also looking for Front Desk Ambassadors. Call Lori at 535-0803 for more information.

Classy Corner Open After Renovation
Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday from noon to 2 p.m.
Come shop for treasures or donate items. Clothes can no longer be accepted due to the pandemic.
 Community Garden Update

After a few metaphorical rocky spots, the Thornton Murphy Community Garden is underway and accepting applications for plots. Fees are $25 for a 4x8 garden box. Scholarships are available. The fixed number of plots will be allocated on a first come-first served basis. The Center is the fiscal agent for
For information contact Dennis Anderson at 509-280-6854 or your application and check payable to
“Southside Senior and Community Center” to:
Southside Community Center
3151 E. 27th, Spokane, WA 99203
Community Garden Rules

AARP Title 5 Offers Potential to Work at the Center
You may be eligible to qualify for the AARP SCEP Program (Title 5) and get paid to work at the Center. We need volunteer, kitchen, lunch and future
travel coordinators. If you qualify for this federal program you could get paid for up to 20 hours a week work in these areas. See Lisa for details.

 Welcome New Members
Kay Marcy * Charlene Khane
Wish List
  • Coffee
  • Car battery (for van)
  • Soft drinks (including diet)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disposable glover ( sizeXL)
  • Disposable masks (adult)
  • Donations appreciated

 Thank You....
  • Ron Rector – Jewelry
  • Jessie Quincy – glass ware
  • Lois Bradshaw – coffee supplies
  • Liz Monahan – printer paper
  • Bernadine Sanders – coffee, Kleenex, printer paper
  • Annette Silver – boxes, jewelry display cases for classy corner, CDs and much more
  • Phyllis Williams – printer paper, pens, pencils, plants
  • Margaret Nelson – printer paper
  • Altari Peterson – printer paper
  •  Barbara Lindsey – printer paper, legal pads
  • Joanne Baldwin – stamps, printer paper, pens, pencils
  • To everyone for donations and renewing your membership! Every cent helped keep our doors open during the Pandemic.

 GoFundMe Link For Community Garden
By Dennis Anderson
The Community Garden Project, chaired by SCC Board Member Dennis Anderson, has established a GoFundMe account to raise money to build a new accessible community garden in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood next to the Center. While the City of Spokane is providing the land and irrigation, we must provide money for fencing and building the planting boxes.
To achieve the first steps of our vision by this summer we need to raise money to build a fence between the garden and the water reservoirs (approx. $8,000) and build the raised beds (approximately $300 each). We have space for 100 raised beds. The ultimate goal is to raise $50,000 to ensure the sustainability of this community collaboration between the Southside Community Center, Washington State University Landscape Architecture, Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council, Downtown Meals on Wheels, the City of Spokane Parks Department and the Master Foundation of Spokane County.
The garden will serve up to 100 families in the surrounding areas. It will also have a central gathering area, outdoor classroom for education, children's garden, event space for ceremonies, a rest/picnic area and a tool shed. Garden fees are $25/season per box and scholarships are available to
those in need. We welcome any contributions to this project. A reservation form is below.
There also is a button for the GoFundMe page where you can donate to the project. Your support will allow us to start the ground breaking process.
For additional information please contact the project chairman, Dennis Anderson at

Southside Community Center Has Just the Right Space for All Your Needs

Affordable, competitive rates.
• Ballroom accommodation for up to 300 people with tables and chairs.
• Newly renovated flooring and sound system with conferencing capabilities.
• You or your caterer are welcome in our commercial kitchen.
• Accessible with lots of easy parking.
• Smaller rooms available at a low rate.
• Members receive a discount.
For details about amenities and ratescontact Lisa at 535-0803 or email

The Donna J. Johnson
Endowment Fund Is a Reality

Donna Johnson left $10,000 to start an endowment fund for the Spokane Community Center. The purpose of an endowment fund is to provide financial security for the organization. It gives donors a way to perpetuate the Center’s programs and activities. Donna’s gift, along with $4,289 in the Center’s Sunset Heritage Society (given earlier by donors to start an endowment fund), are now being managed by Innovia Foundation.
You are invited to support the Center’s future by donating to the Endowment Fund. There are many ways for you to give and grow the fund for the financial security of the Center.

Checks: Payable to Innovia with The Donna J. Johnson Fund noted in the                memo line.
2. Gifts of Securities: Innovia supplies the Securities Transfer Form.

3. Insurance policies, retirement funds, real estate gifts, or other planned     gifts: Arranged by calling Innovia’s Director of Gift Planning.

For those not familiar with endowments and how they work, think of an endowment as an investment account in which the principal can never be touched. The earnings of the account are used to fund operations of the center. In the case of this fund, even the earnings cannot be distributed for five years.

An endowment gift gives donors the option to perpetuate their annual gifts. For example, the $100-year donor might make a $2,000 endowment gift in order to continue annual gifts of $100 to the organization in the future. Income in this example is based on 5% earnings, which is not unusual over time. The gift can also be restricted for a specific program or activity.

Questions: Call the Center at 535-0803.

How to Help During Covid
We’re asked to stay home to slow the virus’ spread, but many of us grapple with how to be there for each other when we can’t be near each other. Here are some ways to support others.
Check on Your Neighbors
Wave and say hi to neighbors, through the window if they walk by or across the street if you are outside at the same time. Go out of your way to say hello and just try to connect... it seems important to make sure we don’t forget how to be humans while also keeping distance. Be especially aware of older neighbors and help with errands, shopping, etc.
Donate Money and Blood
Allocate money you’re saving on transportation and eating out to arts orgs, mutual aid organizing groups, and restaurant gift certificates.
Dine at Home
Order food from local restaurants (even though you have a stocked pantry) to support them. Curbside pickup or contactless delivery protects them and you from potential transmission.
Buy Giftcards Now, Use Later
A number of small local businesses have asked that customers purchase gift certificates now to help them through the hard times.
Take Care of Yorself
As they say, secure your own oxygen mask before assisting others. In other words, self-care is incredibly important now, and ensuring that you’re making safe and smart choices is a civic duty of the utmost importance.
So, for some, doing your part will simply mean taking care of yourself. And that’s okay!

Leave a Legacy …..
Estate gifts left in your will to the Donna Johnson Legacy Fund for Southside Community Center are used to enrich and sustain programs. Please consider this as you update your will. Call Lisa at 535-0803 for more details.

Two Ways to Shop and Help the Center
1. Shop at Amazon Smile. Go to, select Southside Senior & Community Center as your organization and shop as you usually do. Amazon then donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the Center.
2. Shop at Fred Meyer.  Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the Center at When asked to select your organization, enter BC373--please note this is a new organization number. Then every time you use your Rewards Card, the Center gets a donation! And you still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates. Rewards Cards are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

Membership is a Bargain!
If you are a non-member and regularly participate, you will save money by becoming a member. For example, if you’re a mahjong enthusiast and play a minimum of three hours every week, the activity fee alone adds up to over $150 a year. This amount is three times the yearly membership of $50 for one and twice the couple’s membership of $75. What other benefits do you get as a member?
  • The newsletter mailed to your home.
  • Discounts on many Center activities, travel programs, and room rentalss
  • Perks, like early members-only shopping at garage sales.
  • Participate in games and many activities for free.
  • Elect board members and vote on issues at annual meeting.
  • Soon to be announced discounts at local businesses
A limited number of scholarships are available for those needing financial help to afford membership. Please contact Betty at 535-0803.

Membership–sponsored Fund
Sponsor a membership for someone who’d like to join our community here at Southside Community Center but can’t afford the membership. Your donation will allow someone in financial difficulty to enjoy center activities for one year. Contact Betty if you are interested in being a membership sponsor.