Stay-At-Home Update

Stay-At-Home Update

Lourie Center staff, instructors, and board of directors is wishing you all a safe and healthy isolation in the wake of the COVID-19 situation.  Our schedule to re-open will be in compliance with the Governor’s mandates and the Richland County District One Schools system. Please check our voice mail message, web site, or Facebook page for updates.  At this time, the Lourie Center is closed, tentatively set to reopen on June 1.

We miss you all and look forward to opening our doors again when it is safe to do so. Remember-while we are distancing ourselves physically, we can also stay in (remote) contact socially just by staying six feet apart, making calls by phone, or communicating with an internet connection. If you are a member or senior care professional and would like to be a part of our wellness-calls-to-members campaign, please email here.

Our board of directors and staff will continue to closely monitor the situation, adjust and communicate as needed.

Emergency Senior Nutrition Meal Distribution

Starting Monday, March 23, Senior Resources has been offering all senior citizens in Richland County the opportunity to pick-up 5 FREE meals once a week.  Meals will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Please see the Senior Resources web site for exact requirements to be eligible to receive these services.

Staying Active at Home

In the meantime, fitness instructors from the Lourie Center and the surrounding community have some great online options for staying active at home during this closure. They are available through Facebook, web sites, or apps. We encourage you to continue to work out and keep spirits up during this stressful time. See details below on a few:


Zumba Gold with Lisa Weems

Live class every Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 10:30 am.

The invitation for Zoom (free download) and the class are posted on her


Facebook page/group Fitness with Lisa. 

At this page you will find a waiver to acknowledge, payment information (optional),plus the links and passwords to her various Zoom classes.


Middle Eastern Dance with Tarifa Salem

If you are interested in her classes please visit link for details.  If the fees are something you cannot handle due to loss of employment etc, just reach out to her!


Strong to the Bone with Joan Johnson

You Tube videos available here


FREE Zoom Zumba Party with Dionna and Tammie

7:30 PM every Mon, Wed, until Apr 29, 2020

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 309 663 115

Tai Chi with Bill Patterson on Facebook


Zumba®Gold with Andrea Kirsch

Monday/Wednesday 11am

Tuesday/Thursday 9am

Zumba®Gold Link


Fit Columbia at home workouts: Click here to learn more about working out at home.

ALSO! Art Therapy 


City Yoga of Columbia

On-Demand Yoga classes.

$10/class to rent for 48-hours

$30/class to purchase

Planet Fitness offers a free 20-minute class daily at 4 pm PT, 5 pm MT, 6 pm CT, 7 pm ET for 20 minutes, streamed live on Facebook.

Share the Yale Science of Well-Being Class. One of the big ideas behind “The Science of Well-Being,” Yale’s most popular class of all time, is that true happiness doesn’t come from your circumstances or your achievements. It comes, professor Laurie Santos, PhD, told CNN, from simple daily practices like being grateful, living in the present moment, and connecting with others.

Now might be the best time to tune in to her massively popular course, which has been available online for about two years via Coursera. It’s free to audit the classes, and costs $49 for access to the full course materials and assignments (plus a certificate of completion). Over one million people have already signed up for the next semester of the class, which started March 24.

Fitbod App

Through at least May 1, Fitbod is making bodyweight-only workouts completely free.

  • Be sure to update to the latest App Store version for access.
  • Bodyweight-only workouts will be free to log until May 1st, or later as they continue to monitor the situation.

For more information about this free bodyweight-only Fitbod version, please visit our Help Center article through this link.

Unfold Yoga and Wellness – DigitalA series of FREE, live, web-based, 20 minute movement and meditation classes. Recorded sample classes also available anytime.
The first Thursday of every month at 1:30 PM


Harriet Nichols’ Spanish lessons/assignments

Spanish I

Spanish II

Monday Musings from Kathryn Van Aernum, Creative Coach and Art Instructor

We interrupt our regular broadcast…
In the past weeks as we’ve been hearing more and more about COVID-19 (how do they come up with those names) I’ve been pondering the paradox of connection this pandemic contains.
As a long-time meditation practitioner and as someone who has lived through some internal challenges, I’ve learned that within the pod of crisis always lies the seed of transformation…

read more here

12 Famous Museums offer virtual tours of their galleries.
Metropolitan Opera announced it would stream encore presentations on their website each night at 7:30 PM.
You can also stream through the Met Opera’s on-demand app.Chatter Pack
A variety of online resources for enrichment: Virtual tours, online learning, geography & nature, music, arts & culture, literature, entertainment, anxiety & mental health, prayerIvy League Online ClassesOver 450 online courses are available for free through all eight Ivy League schools
TRANSPORTATIONThe Original Blue Ribbon Taxi Company is providing free rides to seniors living in lower income communities who are going to doctors appointments, grocery stores or the pharmacy. You must be over 60 years old and live in the city Columbia to receive a free ride. According to Barbara Dodtson, president of the Original Blue Taxi Company, the rides would be once a week if seniors are going to to doctor’s appointments, grocery stores or the pharmacy. Others can ride at a 15 percent discount.If you want to know more, call Dodtson at (803) 786-9472 or go to their website here.
VIRTUAL SENIOR CENTERSPrograms listed below allow people to call a conference call line using their phone or log into an internet connection to access fun and interesting enrichment and education sessions. Each program is open to all US residents; there may be small fees, but we suggest reaching out directly for more information.Covia Well Connected Register for programs: 877-797-7299Lifetime Connections Without WallsProgram Guide: Catalog.pdf
Register for programs: 888-500-6472Dorot USA University Without WallsRegister: 212-769-2850Mather LifewaysProgram Guide:Register: 888-600-2560 or email

Local and National resources:

CDC recommendations and updates

Helpful tips for preparing your household

Cleaning and Disinfecting recommendations


For general questions about COVID-19, the DHEC Care Line is available daily from 8am – 6pm at 1-855-472-3432

Prisma Health Response

Lexington Medical Center Response

Breaking Down the Tax Provisions in the CARES Act
Donating to charities may mean a lower tax payment in 2020, thanks to the newly passed law to deal with the economic fallout from COVID-19. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) provides new tax incentives for individuals and corporations making charitable contributions. The act also allows nonprofits and other tax-exempt organizations to take advantage of certain benefit programs typically provided to businesses.
Brief summaries and break downs of the act and its tax provisions are posted below.
Deductions for Charitable Contributions
Before passage of CARES, only taxpayers who filed itemized tax returns were able to take advantage of tax deductions resulting from donations to charity. But now, taxpayers who do not itemize can take a tax deduction of up to $300 for certain qualified charitable donations. The new tax benefit is expected to provide a giving incentive to middle-class families and other taxpayers typically claiming the standard deduction ($12,200 for individuals and $24,400 for couples) under the 2017 tax law.
To receive the deduction, the charitable contribution must be in cash and made to a publicly supported charity (generally a 501(c)(3) organization that is at least 30 percent supported by the public). The deduction is not available for contributions made to donor-advised funds or non-operating private foundations (private foundations that grant money to other charitable organizations).
CARES also expands tax incentives for corporations and those who itemize their deductions. Previously, individuals who itemized were only permitted to claim a charitable contribution deduction of up to 60 percent of their adjusted gross income. Under CARES, the percentage limitation is removed for qualifying cash contributions made in 2020 as long as the contributions do not exceed the individual’s adjusted gross income.
To take advantage of this deduction, individuals must make an affirmative election on their 2020 tax returns, and the deduction limit may not be used for contributions to donor-advised funds or non-operating private foundations. CARES also increases the limits on cash contributions for corporations from 10 percent to 25 percent of the corporation’s taxable income. The limitation for contributions of food inventory is also increased from 15 percent to 25 percent.

We will include updates and resources for our members and the community. If you have news or resources to share, please send it along via email.  Thank you.