Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all senior citizens. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205 or send an e-mail to

Nov. 6: Thomas Mansbacher, who recently retired after playing for 37 years in the cello section of the Cleveland Orchestra, will reflect on his career, and the uplifting influence of music in his life. Mansbacher earned a degree in urban affairs before formally initiating his music career with a master's degree from the Yale University School of Music.

Nov. 13: Marcia Pledger, a longtime resident of University Heights and veteran reporter for the Plain Dealer, will discuss strategies of business, development, manufacturing and entrepreneurship, to reinvent Northeast Ohio's economy. She recently completed a mid-career fellowship at the University of Michigan, and took a round-the-world tour in the company of 17 other accomplished journalists, to explore the economies of other nations.

Nov. 20: Steven Mitchell, M.D., an anesthesiologist from Akron, is an active participant in the lifesaving missions of Doctors Without Borders. Originally established 1971 in France as Medicins Sans Frontieres, the organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. Currently assigned to Sri Lanka, Mitchell has also served in Nigeria, Syria, Haiti, and Southern Sudan. He'll talk about his and his colleagues' experiences of bringing humanitarian aid to those affected by the devastation and displacement of war and natural catastrophes, and misunderstandings that threaten to deprive those in need of necessary medical care.

Nov. 27: In observation of Thanksgiving Day, there is no talk scheduled, but much to be grateful for.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 10:11 AM, 10.31.2014