Nona Lipsey is a bit of a Mah Jong enthusiast.
When she moved to the Virginia Beach area to live closer to family in 2010, she joined the Simon Family JCC after hearing about the regular Monday games.
During a few Mah Jong games, Nona heard about water exercise programs offered during the week. Gradually, she became a regular.
Fast forward a few months and Nona had a set schedule. Three times a week, she’s at the Center for her morning water aerobics class at 11 and usually stays for lunch. On Monday, she arrives mid-morning and leaves sometime in the afternoon, when Mah Jong is over.
“I could be here all day and watch the people pass by, enjoying friends,” she says.
Nona says that sense of community has always drawn her back to the JCC, but after her husband died three years ago, her community center friends provided her with an extended family when she needed it most.
“It’s my home away from home,” she says. “It’s great watching the children pass by, and families—people of all ages. With wonderful programs, and an inviting facility, it’s a vibrant community center.”