Mirowitz Center opens for some in-person programs


Harvey Gerstein speaks in September 2019 at the Mirowitz Center during a kickoff event for Friends Enjoying Life, a group Gerstein formed to provide social opportunities for active senior men.

ERIC BERGER, Associate Editor

The Mirowitz Center at Covenant Place is again offering in-person programming after more than a year of only virtual activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are trying to really bring things back with an eye towards wanting to make sure people still feel safe and comfortable here,” said Joan Denison, president and CEO of Covenant Place, a senior living facility near Creve Coeur.

The organization will also continue to offer online programming because of the demand for it, Denison said.

In-person programming at the Mirowitz Center, which is open to the general public, includes showing a movie every Friday at 1 p.m. on a 14-foot screen. Space for the movies is limited to 30 people.

Reservations are required for all in-person activities.

The organization is also asking attendees to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for older adults, which means wearing a mask at events, Denison said.

In July, the organization will begin offering exercise classes from Tuesday to Thursday at 11:15 a.m.

Also starting that month, on Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the organization will open the HJ’s Café space for people to play games such as mah jongg, bridge and poker.

People can also order a boxed lunch for the game sessions.

Even though the threat posed by the virus has waned, the organization will still offer its online programming, which Denison said has proved popular.

The organization has had more than 7,000 people from 80 zip codes attend the virtual events.

For people who do not have much experience on the computer or internet, the Covenant Place offers sessions with tech tutors.

To obtain information or RSVP for in-person or virtual programming, visit  https://covenantplacestl.org/classes-programs-events/ or call 314-432-1610 x 1112.

The organization does not yet have a date for when it plans to reopen HJ’s Café for dining.