All You Need to Know About

Our Phase 3 Opening
We are incredibly happy to welcome you all back to the Center and are grateful for your continued support that has allowed the Center to stay open and not close our doors permanently.

We are resuming some exercise classes and will kick off our lunches in May per Health Department guidelines — unless the Governor changes the phases. Some schedules may change as we merge our temporary and older calendars. We may have classes that are not returning while others merge with ones that were allowed during lock down. A list of what we know now is below.
Masks and social distancing will still be required unless you are in a group where everyone has completed their vaccinations (two with Moderna and Pfizer or one with Johnson and Johnson). This is particularly important for people playing cards. BTW, your vaccination card will be like your passport.
Each person who comes to the Center for a class or to volunteer will be asked to sign a “COVID-19 Self-Assessment of Symptoms” questionnaire. This will allow you to participate and keep the Center free of the virus.
We will continue to sanitize daily. Everyone will also be asked to sign a form that acknowledges the potential risks and that they are aware of CDC and SCC policies regarding wearing masks and social distancing —- and that you will adhere to these policies.
Phase 3 allows for up to 400 people maximum to attend outdoor activities, as well as events in indoor facilities — so long as 400 people does not exceed 50% capacity for the location, and physical distancing and masking protocols are enforced. Larger venue events are capped at 25% occupancy, or up to 9,000 people, whichever is less, and must follow spectator guidelines.
Additionally, Phase 3 will allow up to 50% occupancy or 400 people maximum, whichever is lower, for all indoor spaces. This applies to all industries and indoor activities currently allowed; restaurants, gyms and fitness centers and movie theaters, among others, may all increase their capacity.
Thank you for your support and understanding. We are all anxious to get back to some kind of “normal”, to see and reconnect loved and familiar faces, and have some fun.

What’s Starting Up at the Center?
  • Welcome Bridge starts April 5, Mondays and Wednesdays /12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Party Bridge starts April 8, Thursdays / 12:30- 3:15 p.m. For details contact Candy McCoy 509-443-6713
  • Tai Chi with Altari, every Wednesday / 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is $6 per student per class.
  • Chair Yoga class with Altari, every Thursday / 2:30-3:30 p.m. Cost is $7 per student per class. Contact Altari at for more info.
  • Knifty Knitters, every Tuesday / 1-3 p.m.
  • Qigong class with Dr. Brian Flake,  every Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. For info, call Dr. Flake at 838-2616.
  • Quilters, second and fourth Wednesday, 1- 3 p.m.
  • Bingo on Sunday (vaccinated players only) starts Sunday, April 11 / 1-3 p.m.
  • Vaccination Clinic for All Ages April 13 / Noon –2 p.m. and May 13 / Noon-2 p.m.
  • Classy Corner—renovation in process. Opening days to be announced.
  • Plus more as we get a schedule set. Check your email for updates.
  • Exercise Classes with Laurie. For info or to sign up, email Laurie at
  • Walking for Fitness, Monday/Wednesday, May 17-June 30; 8:30-9:30 a.m., $75 members/$104 non-members
  • Low Impact Workouts, Tuesday/Thursday, May 18 - July 1, 9-10 a.m.,
  •  $80 session; $6 per class/members; $112 for session or $8 per class non-members
  • Welcome Back Luncheon
  • Estate Sale–September
  • Community Health Fair–October
  • Veteran’s Dinner-November
  • Breakfast with Santa–December
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.
Class Corner Upgrade in Progress
 Classy Corner is presently going through a renovation and upgrade, so we cannot accept any items for the thrift store until work is completed. In the future, clothes will not longer be accepted due to the pandemic. But we are appreciative of your support. We will keep you posted on Classy Corner's reopening, and the types of items we are looking for. As we naviagate into Phase 3, we hope to announce a limited reopening.
 Welcome New Members
  • Shari Barnard
  • Kathy Lannen
Wish List--Donations Appreciated
  • 8½ x 11 white 20# copy paper
  • Coffee
  • Car battery (for van)
  • Pens, mechanical pencils

 Thank You....
  • Cindy Johnson for donations to Classy Corner
  • Phyllis Wilson for working on the Center gardens
  • Annette Silver for the fun plaque
  • To everyone for donations and renewing your membership! Every cent has helped us to keep our doors open during this challenging time!

 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

 EWU Heart Activity Research Study Needs You
By Claudia Craven
EWU is recruiting participants over the age of 60 to participate in a study that monitors their heart activity during daily life. I signed up and received a questionnaire and three monitors that I wore for four days during the daytime and then just did my “normal” stuff. The monitors are like a wrist watch and a waist belt. Easy-peasy and maybe I’ll add something to heart research.
Dr. LaPier told me that they are currently recruiting more people to take part in the study. Contact Dr. Tanya LaPier (509-280-6342 / or for more information or questions.

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
Getting Around—Rides for Seniors
STA Paratransit Rides for Seniors are available for people age 60 and over to travel to essential destinations. Vans pick up the rider at their home or other location and drive to their destination. Rides for Seniors fare is $2. Fares can be paid in cash or any other Paratransit payment method (PT One Ride or a Paratransit Monthly Pass). Schedule trips the day before, or the same day with at least two hours advance notice.
Vans have a reduced number of passengers to maximize social distancing during travel. This temporary measure will remain in effect until further notice and is part of our effort to protect vulnerable populations during the coronavirus emergency.
Have a question? Need to schedule a trip? Contact a Paratransit Reservationist at (509) 328-1552. Representatives are available 7 days a week, including holidays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Good News! ACT2 Classes Now Online
ACT2 face-to-face classes were cancelled in the spring due to the pandemic and its restrictions. Now classes for winter quarter are offered online! Registration is now underway. A printed brochure is not available, but information and registration can be found at Or call 509-279-6030 and choose option 1 to connect to an agent. Class categories include: Take Care of Business, Get Fit, Find Your Inner Artist, Learn a Language, Enhance Your Wellbeing, Master Your Technology, Express Yourself, and Study History and Culture. Participants need an email address, access to WiFi and a computer or iPad. After registering, they receive an email from their instructor. When it’s class time, they “click” on the email which sends them to class. Their instructor opens the class and after a few more clicks they’re in — staying active (physically and/or mentally)!

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.