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. in Council Chambers at University Heights City Hall. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to

June 1: Irene Shaland, an internationally published art and travel writer, earned a bachelor's degree in theater journalism from St. Petersburg University in Russia, and a master’s in English from Case Western Reserve University. Her presentation, Face to Face with Africa, will conclude with a Q-and-A.

June 8: Ray Hoffman is director of the National WASP World War II Museum in Sweetwater, Texas, which honors the women pilots of World War II. His presentation will include a documentary film.

June 15: Gerald Polizzi is an “ambassador” for RoadScholar (formerly Elderhostel), established in 1975 as a learning program for adults. He'll discuss the work of the organization, that combines travel and education to provide 5,500 experiential learning opportunities across the world for 100,000 participants annually.

June 22: Sister Maureen Doyle is retiring after 34 years as director of Urban Community School in Cleveland. She'll reflect on her work at the school, in a neighborhood where 78 percent of residents, and growing refugee population, live at or below the poverty level. The school's 550 students, from 3 years old through eighth grade, receive individualized attention, helping 90 percent graduate from high school and 65 percent begin college.

June 29: Nicole Shefrin is founder of the public service agency Fostering Hope, which is dedicated to enriching the lives of children who have been traumatized and who are living in foster care or residential treatment. She'll discuss her work with a team of volunteers, to provide experiences to relieve children’s pain and hardship.

Kim Sergio Inglis

Kim Sergio Inglis is editor-in-chief of the Heights Observer. She lives in the Shaker Farm Historic District in Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 7:15 PM, 06.02.2017