Center Closed Until Further Notice
 The Board of Directors and staff at the Southside Community Center share your concern surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19), and our hearts go out to all those impacted. Our top priority is to keep you and our team healthy and safe. Therefore, in accordance with Governor Inslee’s Proclamation, the Southside Community Center has been closed for all travel, classes and activities from March 17 to at least April 6, unless the need for closure continues.

If you have concerns or questions, please call us at 509-535-0803 or email us. Since Governor Inslee announced stay-at-home orders (March 23-April 6) staff will periodically covering the phones. If you need help email me or for immediate urgent help call 911. Please understand that we may not be able to get back to you immediately. We encourage you to continue checking the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation website, our website and our Facebook page for updates. We will also stay in touch via email.

If you have paid for an activity, travel or event we will offer a refund, a credit towards another trip, monthly lunch or other activity or you can use the credit towards your membership. We are offering private rentals alternative dates for their functions and working with instructors for makeup classes.

During this stressful time we encourage you to reach out to each other, your family, friends and associates for support. If you need assistance with groceries, books, puzzles, etc. please contact the Center or other support agencies. Many people can feel isolated, so consider your friends and reach out to them via phone calls, video conferencing or home visits practicing social distancing and other recommendations by the CDC. Many organizations such as Meals On Wheels also need assistance. Please help them, if you are healthy and able, during this crisis.

Like many non-profit organizations, this closure will have an economic impact on the Center. We are grateful for your continued support of the Center during this time and in the months to come. To help with the anticipated financial shortfall caused by the virus, we also ask that you consider donating to the Center. Thanks to Robin Walter for her generous donation.

We are a family and together we will work through this crisis and continue providing quality service to our members and guests. The Board of Directors and staff thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. We look forward to reopening our doors and welcoming you back. It has only been a couple of weeks and we miss you already! As a community and Center we will work together to get through this by supporting our friends, neighbors, small businesses, non-profit organizations and each other. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have concerns or questions.

Lisa Rosier

Executive Director

Southside Community Center

 Thanks for Your Generosity
  • Phyllis Williams, Ruby Harris, Kaye Engel, Donna Carl for candy
  • Cindi LaMar for hand crafted jewelry for Classy Corner
  • Dorene Rugg for Classy Corner donations
  • Dot Verry, Ann Armstrong, Joanne Baldwin, Margaret Johnson for coffee
  • Gary Gunning for lending library books
  • Donna Carl for paper products
  • Altari Peterson, Thelma Gustafson, Phyllis Williams and an anonymous donor for office supplies
  • Les Spillman for three cases of soft drinks
  • Ralph Fishburn for sharing his Spokesman Review
  • Bernadine Sanders for de-icer
  • Nicole Hur for coffee
  • Donna Carl for Kleenex
  • Fred Hollon for blankets/afghans
  • Joann Baldwin for copy paper

Thanks For Volunteering
Here's a big shout of gratitude and thanks to:
  • Terry S, Melinda and Terri for getting a $750 sponsorship from the Larry H. Miller Lexus dealership
  • Margaret, Joyce, Terry, Melinda, Carol and Cornelia who volunteered and helped with set up for the Spokane Wedding and Events (SWAE) dinner meeting March 9. The napkins were beautiful, and the tables showed off what the Center can do for special events and weddings.
  •  Margaret for the gift certificate from the Chalet Restaurant (which will be raffled at a future Luncheon.

Volunteer Opportunities
  • Help maintain the community contacts list through data base data entry a few hours a week. Flexible hours, training provided. Contact: Lynn Terry 509-499-8700.
  • Fido Fete*—be a committee member to plan and make our dog festival happen.
  • Newsletter*—Help format the newsletter and create other documents using Microsoft Publisher.
  • October Health Fair*—be a committee member to plan and make the Health Fair happen.
* Contact Claudia 509-701-5964,

Welcome New Members

Robert Adams * Mia Bohn * Donna Dwiggins * Gayle and Kathleen Fellman * Mary Gordon * Jim and Charlotte Mansfield * Dick Rutter *
Maureen “Mo” Troxel
Next New Member Orientation Tuesday, April 21 at 11 a.m. before the Volunteer Appreciation luncheon. Luncheon is hosted for new members.

                                   Wish List
  • Large artificial trees and light to decorate the ballroom
  • Stanley box cutter
  • Duct tape and gaffers tape
  • Regular coffee (we have plenty of decaf)
  • Diet and regular sodas, seltzers and front desk candies
  • Sponsors for van upkeep
  • Volunteer drivers for day trips
  • #20 copy paper
  • Tissues, napkins, paper plates
  • Keyboards needed for a new music class
  • Lighted arches to decorate for Center events and rentals

Get Healthful, Affordable Meals Delivered to Your Door Starting April 6
Don’t want to cook, but don’t want “junk food.” Helpful Plates, a new small business that is renting the Center’s kitchen, will prepare nutritious meals that meet your dietary needs and deliver them to your home once a week or you can pick them up at the Southside Community Center. They are taking orders now and will begin full operations April 6. The meals are freshly prepared and frozen; they can be reheated in the oven or microwave in minutes with easy directions.
Helpful Plates offers two different meals each day with the dessert of the day. They also offer a different soup every day. In addition, they offer pastas, pastries and cookies sold separately that are not frozen and freshly baked twice a week. Meal prices range from $6.95 to $8.95, 16-ounce soups with biscuit and dessert are $5.95, and casseroles purchased by the pan (9”x11”) are $12.
You can order as many as your freezer can hold. During a seven day period the first delivery is free. More than one delivery in a seven day will require a $3 delivery charge for each extra trip. Alternatively, you can pick up meals on Wednesday between 1– 4 p.m. at the Southside Community Center.
To get information or a menu, call Brandy, 509-216-6423 / Kerry, 509-362-6642 / Melinda 509-434-4303 or email If there is no answer, please leave your name and phone number. A website will be available soon.

 Attention All Gardeners
The Southside Community Center is opening a new community garden in spring of 2020 located behind the 10 foot cyclone fence just west of the Center.
We are taking reservations for plots in the garden for folks who want to raise veggies and/or flowers. There will be 30-40 4x8-foot raised beds available at a cost of $25 for the season. The $25 includes water and soil. If you are interested call Dennis Anderson at 280-6854 or email
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.