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

March 5: In their previous visit to Senior Citizen Happenings, students at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) performed beautiful arias from the beloved operas of Giuseppe Verdi. Today’s performance will feature the work of another esteemed composer as the students celebrate the 95th anniversary of the founding of CIM, acclaimed for its superior music programs for both undergraduate and graduate students.

March 12: Thomas Sperl is celebrating his 23rd year as principal bass with the Cleveland Orchestra. This native of Buffalo, N.Y., and graduate of the Eastman School of Music, will talk about his career, which began when he played with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and later the Rochester Philharmonic. He'll also discuss the Cleveland Orchestra's current season of performances.

March 19: Marc Ursick will discuss his work as consulting manager in the Cleveland office of Ernst & Young—a global, Fortune 500 financial services firm. Ursick recently worked in Bogotá, Colombia, for two months, on a pro bono basis, as a participant in the company's philanthropic vantage program. Designed to enable top employees to grow professionally, the program also helps them to gain a perspective on the world while serving as cultural ambassadors sharing modern business acumen and experience with budding Latin American companies.

March 26: Shaving heads to conquer kids’ cancer is what drives the nonprofit St. Baldrick's Foundation. Using proceeds from its many events nationally, the foundation funds promising research, seeks cures for childhood cancer, and helps give survivors long, healthy lives. Since 2005, the foundation has shaved 57,912 heads all across America and granted $154,552,703 for children's oncology research. Heights resident Krissy Dietrich Gallagher will discuss her work as volunteer event coordinator with the foundation, and organizer of the fourth annual Cleveland Heights St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event, scheduled for March 15 at the CH Community Center.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 10:48 AM, 02.27.2015