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

Jan. 8:  “Big Chuck” Schodowski, a legendary TV personality who spent 47 years on WJW Channel 8, recently celebrated his 80th birthday. He'll reminisce about being hired for a “temporary” position that he wasn’t sure was permanent until he retired in 2007., Schodowski created hundreds of characters and entertained countless audiences in a television career that started in 1960.

Jan. 15: Raluca Besliu, associate in research development for International Partners in Mission, works with people across the borders of faith, culture and economic circumstances to build justice, peace and hope around the world.  Since its founding in 1974, IPM has joined 306 grassroots organizations to implement 348 Project Partner initiatives in more than 40 countries, primarily in Africa, Asia and Latin America, by providing urgently needed financial assistance and facilitating technical training for the world’s most marginalized people.

Jan. 22: Deborah Osgood is vice president of development and marketing for the Achievement Centers for Children (formerly the Society for Crippled Children), a nonprofit health and human services agency based in Highland Hills. She'll describe the work of the organization's occupational and physical therapists, who care for children and adults with a broad range of disabilities and special needs, including autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome, and other neurological and emotional challenges. Focusing on its clients' abilities, rather than their disabilities, the Achievement Centers celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

Jan. 29: Appletree Books has two new owners, Lynn Quintreel and Alice Webster, who will take about this revered Heights landmark and destination for book lovers of all ages. Located at 12419 Cedar Road, the store was run for 25 years by Jane Kessler.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 10:50 AM, 01.05.2015