Seniors

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a variety of programming for those 60 and older. A complete schedule of programs is published in the community center’s newsletter, and available online at www.clevelandheights.com.

Research has found exercise to be extremely beneficial in managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. SAC offers a group exercise program, Delay the Disease, designed specifically for those living with Parkinson’s. There is no cost to participate, and the program takes place on the second, third and fourth Wednesdays of each month, at 2 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 12:05 PM, 07.31.2018

UH Senior Happenings

Senior 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. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

Aug. 2: Stephen Harrison, curator of recent Jazz Age exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art, will partake in a conversational interview with Professor Henry Adams of Case Western Reserve University, who called the exhibit a “dazzler!"

Aug. 9: William Barrow, special collections librarian at Cleveland State University, will share historic photos of Terminal Tower, the most iconic building in Cleveland’s landscape.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 12:16 PM, 07.24.2018

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a variety of programming for those 60 and older. A complete schedule of programs is published in the community center’s newsletter, and available online at www.clevelandheights.com.

The city of Cleveland Heights offers social work services to its senior residents through the Cleveland Heights Office on Aging. Two part-time social workers are available to answer questions and offer guidance on a wide variety of topics.

The social workers have information and can connect seniors to services to make life more manageable.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 3:02 PM, 06.28.2018

UH Senior Happenings

Senior 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. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

July 5: Robert Perko, interim chief of the University Heights Fire Department, will talk about the department's work in the community, to assure personal and family safety.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 3:03 PM, 06.28.2018

UH Senior Happenings

Senior 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. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

June 7: Laquana Graham, special events coordinator for the Cleveland Water Department, will explain the complex processes involved in water treatment and distribution, the state-of-the-art facilities that get water from Lake Erie to our homes, and experiments with STEM professionals that make science, technology, engineering and math come alive.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:41 AM, 06.04.2018

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a variety of programming for those 60 and older. A complete schedule of programs is published in the community center’s newsletter, and available online at www.clevelandheights.com.

Here are some new and noteworthy SAC programs taking place in June:

On Tuesday, June 5, at 11 a.m., local historian Dennis Sutcliffe will present another story in his series about “Lost Cleveland.”

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:38 AM, 06.04.2018

UH Senior Happenings

Senior 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. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

May 3: Jacki Bon, marketing and communications coordinator at the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Eduational Foundation, will highlight the conservatory's unique workshops, including calligraphy, pulp painting, the piano-hinge book, folding origami corrugations, and introduction to letterpress.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 8:53 AM, 05.01.2018

CH Senior Center News

May is Older Americans Month, a time for older adults to join together with others in the community to learn, socialize and celebrate. Each year, the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC) celebrates this designation on the last Thursday in May with an Older Americans Month Forum.

The forum will take place on Thursday, May 31, 1–3 p.m. Reservations are not necessary.

This years’ topic is Senior Safety, and the event will feature presentations by Annette Mecklenburg, Cleveland Heights police chief, and Janet Montoya, MetroHealth’s community health and fall prevention specialist. The program will begin with a reading by the Cleveland Heights poet laureate, and will conclude with light refreshments.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 8:52 AM, 05.01.2018

CH Senior Center News

This spring, performing artists Jan Bruml and Drinda Kiner return to the Senior Activity Center (SAC) with a dramatic arts class, Page to Stage, that looks at character development. Class discussion will focus on how an actor creates a role, how to bring a character from a script to the stage, how to make a character believable, and more. There will be play reading and monologues, with no need for memorization.

This class is free and held on Wednesdays, beginning April 18, 1:30–3 p.m. Advance registration is required.

Women out Walking (WOW), a fitness initiative sponsored by the Cleveland Heights Parks and Recreation Department, returns for it’s third year this April.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:55 AM, 03.31.2018

UH Senior Happenings

Senior 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. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

April 5: Peter Knox, Case Western Reserve University professor of history and director of Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, will chronicle the development of the Baker-Nord Center, especially its Cleveland Humanities Festival, which explores the challenges and opportunities caused by the movement of people. In the history of every nation, demographic shifts (exile, immigration, deportation, migration) become part of the fabric of civic and cultural life.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:52 AM, 03.31.2018

UH Senior Happenings

Senior 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. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

March 1: Terry Allan, health commissioner with the Cuyahoga Board of Health, will provide an overview of community and family services, environmental health and safety. He'll cover three pressing issues: healthy eating and active living, the opiate epidemic, and infant mortality rates.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:06 PM, 03.01.2018

UH Senior Happenings

Senior 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. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

Feb. 1: Jacklyn Chisholm, president, and Douglas Bennett, vice president, will discuss the work of the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland. Among the services it offers is the largest Head Start program in Ohio, a home energy assistance program, family development workshops, job and career planning, and neighborhood opportunity centers.

Feb. 8: Amy Kim Kyremes-Parks, director of Fairmount Presbyterian Church, will present a 24-minute, award-winning documentary. “Locked in a Box” traces the lives of people who fled their homelands in search of safety and freedom, only to end up in U.S. prisons in a system run by Immigration Customs and Enforcement. The film strips away political rhetoric to show the human cost of detention.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:33 AM, 02.01.2018

CH Senior Center News

In the age of technology and touch screens, old-fashioned board and card games are making a comeback.

The benefits of this simple group activity are well documented and can include: increased memory formation and cognitive skills; decreased risk for disease; an improved immune system, and improved coordination and dexterity; and increased opportunies to socialize, laugh with others and have fun, which can lower blood pressure.

At the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), games are a part of everyday programming. Groups gather each week to play Bid Whist, Bridge, Pinochle, Rummikub, Mah Jong and Scrabble. Check SAC’s newsletter or call for specific dates and times.

Starting on Monday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m., SAC will add a new program, Chess with Leo.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:31 AM, 02.01.2018

UH Senior Happenings

Senior 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. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

Speakers for the January programs are listed below; for a full description, view the calendar at www.universityheights.com.

Jan. 4: Michael Brennan, the new mayor of University Heights.

Jan. 11: Ann Porath, who manages the volunteer attorneys of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:32 AM, 01.03.2018

CH Senior Center News

Helping older adults successfully age in place is a shared goal of Fairhill Partners and Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC). For several years, the two organizations have teamed up to offer health workshops for seniors, to help participants better manage their health, reduce fear of falling, increase physical activity, and improve their quality of life.

In January, Fairhill Partners will bring a six-session Chronic Pain Self-Management (CPSM) workshop, developed at Stanford University, to SAC.

Chronic pain—pain lasting six months or more from a variety of causes—can cause one to feel irritable, tired, isolated, or helpless, and prevent individuals from doing things they enjoy. Workshop participants will learn proven techniques for safely and effectively managing pain, in sessions that will cover nutrition; managing medications; decision-making; communicating with family, friends and doctors; and evaluating new treatments.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:30 AM, 01.03.2018

Transportation assistance is available to help local seniors

With inclement weather upon us, this can be a time of worry for seniors, who might be struggling to keep up with the cognitive and physical demands of driving, and their families .

According to the U. S. Department of Transportation's recently released statistics, fatal accidents involving senior drivers over the age of 65 increased by 8.2 percent in 2016.

Residents of Cleveland Heights and University Heights are fortunate to live in a walkable community. But when bad weather or physical limitations make that too difficult, there are several transportation alternatives available.

The city of Cleveland Heights has a medical van that runs Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 4:20 p.m., and transports residents ages 60 and older to medical appointments, shopping trips and errands. Call 216-691-7377 for more information.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 10:41 AM, 12.04.2017

UH Senior Happenings

Senior 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. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

Dec. 7: Christopher Dawson, senior prospect researcher for University Hospitals, will highlight the 150-year history of this Northeast Ohio health care institution. It provides vital health care services, an academic medical center for advanced treatment options, and ground-breaking research and education for the next generation of clinicians.

Dec. 14: Matthew Clarboneau, chair of the Center for Music at The Music Settlement, will perform with Linda Allen and Cathleen Bohn. Their recital will feature “Music Gems from Past Eras,” a nostalgia-filled musical journey complete with the old “chestnuts” from the turn of the century and early 1900s.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 10:48 AM, 12.04.2017

CH Senior Center News

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness month. On Nov. 9, 1:30–3:30, the Center 4 Brain Health will offer free memory screenings, by appointment, at the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC).

Memory screenings are not used to diagnose memory impairments, but are an initial step toward finding out if further medical testing might be beneficial. Memory screenings are also appropriate for individuals who want a baseline measure to which they will be able to compare future memory performance.

 

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:48 AM, 10.31.2017

CH Senior Center News

The open enrollment period for Medicare is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Medicare health and drug plans change every year, so it’s time for seniors to review their coverage.

Counselors from the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) will be at the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, Oct. 1, to help seniors review insurance plans and answer questions about Medicare coverage.

Seniors are invited to schedule an appointment to ensure their current health or drug plans are the most cost effective for them, and to learn about the different coverage options.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 12:31 PM, 10.01.2017

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. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

Oct. 5: Rachel Kribbs, director of community programming at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), will welcome gifted instrumentalists and vocalists from CIM, one of the country's distinguished music conservatories. [This program will take place at University Heights City Hall.]

Oct. 12: Nancy Levin, director of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System, will conduct a guided tour of the newly renovated University Heights Library, 13866 Cedar Road, in anticipation of its grand re-opening on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. [This program will take place at the University Heights Library.]

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 12:35 PM, 10.01.2017

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 info@universityheights.com.

Sept. 7: Gregory Malkin, director of the Young Entrepreneur Institute at University School, will discuss basic business principles and procedures, such as using money wisely, problem solving and consumer needs. He shares these with graduating students, so that they understand the real world ahead of them.

Sept. 14: Megan Van Boorhis, chief operating officer of Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, will present a vision of Cleveland’s diverse arts and culture treasury as a leading contributor to our community’s vitality.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:03 PM, 09.03.2017

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC) offers many opportunities for seniors to experience the arts. From tango to modern dance, drawing and painting to guitar and ukulele lessons, the arts are an integral part of SAC’s programming. Among SAC’s fall arts offerings are the programs described below.

All The World’s A Stage provides an interactive look at what happens in the theater—from script to production. Join group leaders Jan Bruml and Drinda Kiner, who have lifelong experience in the theater, on Wednesdays, 1:30–3 p.m., beginning Sept. 13. The class is free; registration is required.

A new season of Creative Expressions will continue to meet on Saturdays this fall and winter under the direction of art instructor Susan Morse. Each session will provide hands-on experience with new media designed to broaden one’s means of artistic expression. No art experience is necessary. This program receives funding from the Ohio Arts Council, which allows SAC to reduce registration fees.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:01 PM, 09.03.2017

Cleveland Heights Senior Center News

Do you have a passion for helping others? Join the CARE program as a volunteer to help maintain the safety and independence of local older adults in need. 

CARE volunteers assist with projects inside and outside the home that enable older adults to stay safe in their homes as long as possible.

CARE is a new collaborative program for homeowners aged 60 or older who live in the cities of Cleveland Heights, Highland Heights, Lyndhurst, Maple Heights, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Solon and South Euclid.

CARE’s mission is to engage community resources in order to maximize the safety and independence of older adults who wish to remain in their homes.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:20 PM, 08.01.2017

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a wide variety of programming for those 60 and older, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A complete schedule of programs is published in the community center’s newsletter, which is available at Cleveland Heights City Hall, local libraries, the community center and online at www.clevelandheights.com.

SAC’s focus for the month of July is needlework.

Quilting 101, a new craft workshop taught by Cleveland Heights fiber artist Martha Young, will begin on Thursday, July 6, 1–2:30 p.m., and continue through the month. Attendees will learn to create a hand-pieced placemat or table runner from beautiful fabric provided by the instructor.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 4:54 PM, 06.30.2017

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 info@universityheights.com.

No programs are scheduled for the month of August. Senior Citizen Happenings will resume its weekly schedule after Labor Day, on Thursday, Sept. 7.

July 6: Heather Hodges, president of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, will discuss the work of the council, to engage and educate Americans on international affairs and foreign policy.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 4:52 PM, 06.30.2017

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 info@universityheights.com.

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.

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

CH Senior Center News

June is Brain Awareness month and the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC) offers many activities to benefit brain health, including a variety of exercise opportunities. Exercise is key to overall health, promoting increased blood flow to all areas of the body, including the brain.

Seniors can increase their step counts by using the indoor track, giving pickle ball or table tennis a try, or enrolling in a dance, tai chi or yoga class. However one chooses to exercise, the benefit is the same. Some classes are free, others charge a fee, but seniors can try any class one time for free and see what they like.

Learning a new activity and gaining skills also increases brain function. From Spanish to art, the senior center offers a variety of enrichment classes that will stimulate brain function while expanding one’s knowledge.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 7:13 PM, 06.02.2017

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 info@universityheights.com.

May 4: Jason Hanley, vice president of education and visitor engagement at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, will discuss his work overseeing its K–12 and adult education programs. Hanley has taught courses in music history at Hofstra, Stony Brook, Cleveland State, and Case Western Reserve universities, published articles on music technology, and is also a composer and performer.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:12 AM, 05.03.2017

CH Senior Center News

May is Older Americans Month. Each year, the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC) celebrates this designation with a forum held on the last Thursday in May. This year’s forum, Cleveland Heights: a Welcoming City, will focus on how immigration enriches all of our lives, and explore the ethnicity of those who make Cleveland Heights their home.

The Cleveland Heights Commission on Aging—an advisory group made up of senior residents whose mission is to advise CH City Council on matters of importance to seniors—organizes the forum each year. Past topics have included Arts in the Heights, Women Who Lead and Inspire, and Housing Matters.

The program will take place this year on Thursday, May 25, 1–3 p.m., and will begin with a reading by Christine Howey, the Cleveland Heights poet laureate, and conclude with light refreshments.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:10 AM, 05.03.2017

New program will assist senior homeowners

Last year, the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center collaborated with three other senior service agencies—the Community Partnership on Aging, the Maple Heights Senior Center and Solon Senior Services—to develop a program that will better assist older homeowners with the upkeep and maintenance necessary to remain independent and safe within their homes.

The initiative, funded in part by a senior center innovation grant from the Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services, is in response to a call for innovation in senior centers as the aging population changes due to the large number of baby boomers now entering older adulthood.

The result of this collaboration, the CARE Program, is set to launch in April and will be open to seniors in the communities served by the participating senior service agencies, which include Cleveland Heights, Highland Heights, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Solon and South Euclid.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:01 PM, 03.30.2017

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 info@universityheights.com.

April 6: Dee Perry, who recently retired after 40 years on Cleveland’s airwaves, has logged more than 10,000 interviews on the radio. She also served as program host for “Sound of Applause” on WVIZ Ideastream (Channel 25), which celebrates the visual and performing arts and examines current events through an artistic lens. Perry will look back on 20 years of covering arts and culture in Northeast Ohio, and her plans for the future, which include painting, photography, and writing songs and plays.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:06 PM, 03.30.2017

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a wide variety of programming for Cleveland Heights residents 60 and older, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A complete schedule of programs is published in the community center’s newsletter, which is available at Cleveland Heights City Hall, local libraries, the community center and online at www.clevelandheights.com.

Starting this April, SAC offers new arts programming:

On Saturday April 15, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Screen Painting Workshop will teach the century-old traditional Baltimore folk art, which also enhances the privacy of one’s home. Bring a window screen (and a snack) to the workshop—one you think passersby can see through easily. After you’ve painted it, no one will be able to see in, but you will still see out.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:03 PM, 03.30.2017

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center, located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a wide variety of programming for Cleveland Heights residents 60 and older, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A complete schedule of programs is published in the community center’s newsletter, which is available at Cleveland Heights City Hall, local libraries, the community center and online at www.clevelandheights.com.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 3:50 PM, 02.28.2017

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 info@universityheights.com.

March 2: Ronna Kaplan is chair of the Center for Music Therapy at The Music Settlement, the first community-based music therapy program in the country. She'll present a progam on the center's November 2016 50th anniversary: Celebrating 50 years of impacting lives through music.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 3:52 PM, 02.28.2017

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 info@universityheights.com.

Feb. 2: Mary Sue Tanis has, for 40 years, headed Youth Challenge in Cleveland. She'll describe the work of this nonprofit organization that partners teenage volunteers with physically disabled children for sports, games, arts, plays and more.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 12:56 PM, 01.31.2017

CH Senior Center News

Preventing falls is a major focus for seniors, and the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC) has programs to help.

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 7, and continuing every Tuesday, 9–11 a.m., through March 28, SAC will offer a course called Matter of Balance. The class will provide information and advice, along with exercise and group discussion.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 12:54 PM, 01.31.2017

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 info@universityheights.com.

Jan. 5: University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld will reflect on the city's issues and accomplishments, as well as the challenges of providing service in the City of University Heights. She'll outline the possible development of new projects to benefit the community in the new year.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 10:37 AM, 01.03.2017

CH Senior Center News

Regular classes at the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC) resume in January, along with additional special programs intended to entertain and inform.

Cleveland history enthusiasts will want to attend a special program on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m., in which local historian Dennis R. Sutcliffe will highlight the fascinating history of the vicinity of 105th Street and Euclid Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 10:35 AM, 01.03.2017

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 info@universityheights.com.

Dec. 1: Carl Topilow, conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, will celebrate its 20th anniversary season with his red, white and blue clarinets, while telling behind-the-scenes stories—the funny and the unexpected—of the history and legends of the Cleveland Pops.

Dec. 8: Maureen Kenny, professor at the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Law, and co-director of a new human-trafficking project in its Criminal Justice Clinic, will discuss the scourge of human trafficking and the work being done to help victims recover their lives.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:27 AM, 11.30.2016

CH Senior Center News

Movement is important at any age, but paying attention to the ways in which we move is increasingly essential as we get older. At the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC) there are many opportunities for movement, and “chances to dance.”

On Mondays at 9:30 a.m., Gladys McGothlin leads the Beginning Line Dance class, teaching basic line dances set to contemporary music. Her class provides exercise and is a fun way to start the week dancing with friends.

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m., a group gathers under the direction of Wes Senseman to learn traditional English Country Dance. The music is delightful and the dancers are all smiles. Senseman insists that if you can walk, you can dance, so give English Country Dance a try!

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:25 AM, 11.30.2016

CH Senior Center News

Cleveland Heights Meals on Wheels began in 1978 as a cooperative effort between local churches and the Cleveland Heights Office on Aging. The program’s volunteers deliver meals to Cleveland Heights senior residents. A few of the original volunteers have remained active in the organization for all of its 30-plus years.

One of these dedicated volunteers is Mary Sayre. Active since 1982, she has delivered meals, acted as volunteer coordinator, served on the board of directors, and held every office, including president. Volunteers like her are the heart of this organization that continues to serve seniors in Cleveland Heights.

Meals are prepared at the McGregor Home, heated and packaged at Fairmount Presbyterian Church, and delivered around the noon hour on most weekdays. The cost for a hot meal and a cold lunch delivered together is $6.25 per day and you must be at home to receive your meal.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 7:37 PM, 11.01.2016

UH 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 info@universityheights.com.

Nov. 3: Farida Ejaz, Ph.D., senior research scientist at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, will present an overview of financial wellness for the elderly, and strategies for avoiding elder financial abuse. His talk will include a Q-and-A session, and acknowledge the interplay of financial wellness, health and family relationships.

Nov. 10: Caitlin Browdie, M.A., will reflect on her recently completed two-year experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay. There, her fluency in Spanish and master’s degree in global interactions and international relations, from Cleveland State University, helped facilitate her understanding of Latin America’s history, culture and destiny.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 7:40 PM, 11.01.2016

CH Senior Center News

October at the Cleveland Heights Senior Center is full of classes designed around the concept of creating a healthier you. Some classes are free; some have a fee. Call 216 691-7379 for registration information.

Healing Heights: Attend this workshop, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m., featuring local healing arts practitioners for an afternoon of learning and fun.

Dance 101: So you think you can’t dance? You can! Dance 101 begins Oct. 7 at 11:15 a.m., and continues for eight weeks. Enjoy dance movement to improve strength, balance and flexibility, and explore the art of improvisation with instructor Leslie Keller.

Brain Health: Join the Center 4 Brain Health on Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. for Strengthening Your Brain, an interactive brain aerobics class.

MetroHealth Talk: On Oct. 11 at 11 a.m., a MetroHealth professional will provide an educational session on a variety of topics.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 1:50 PM, 09.30.2016

UH 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 info@universityheights.com.

Oct. 6: The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Kay Carlson, its director, will discuss the work of this nonprofit to conserve a natural area, educate visitors about nature, and promote better environmental stewardship. The nature center’s All People’s Trail, which the National Park Service named a National Environmental Education Landmark in 1971, showcases a panoply of wildlife and plant species.

Oct. 13: Meredith Bond, dean of the College of Sciences and Health Professions at Cleveland State University, will discuss the new Center of Innovation in Medical Professions and its Partnership for Urban Health, a collaboration with Northeast Ohio Medical University. Recently awarded a $5.5 million grant from the Cleveland Foundation, the partnership prepares primary-care physicians to practice in urban settings, within the context of interprofessional learning communities, to meet the unique health-care needs of underserved urban neighborhoods.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 1:35 PM, 09.30.2016

UH 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 info@universityheights.com.

Sept. 1: Yolanda Anderson will describe her work as coordinator of Access Your Benefits, a service of trained counselors using a National Council on Aging survey, to help older adults find and enroll in federal, state and local public benefits programs for which they are eligible.

Sept. 8: Brandon Chrostowski, proprietor of EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute, will describe his work to give formerly incarcerated adults a foundation in the hospitality industry, provide a support network for future leaders in Cleveland’s vulnerable neighborhoods, and prepare them for successful transition to the world of business professionals.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:51 AM, 09.01.2016

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a wide variety of programming for Cleveland Heights residents 60 and older.

This fall, SAC is offering new Saturday art workshops: collage, printmaking, silk painting, clay and more. Take advantage of this opportunity to try something new and explore your creative side. Previous art experience is not needed, and the cost is just $5 per workshop. SAC’s art programs are made possible through a Creative Aging Grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:41 AM, 09.01.2016

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a wide variety of programming for Cleveland Heights residents 60 and older.

Did you know that the city offers social work services to its senior residents through the Cleveland Heights Office on Aging? Two part-time social workers are available to answer questions and provide guidance on a wide variety of topics.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 5:25 PM, 07.29.2016

UH 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 info@universityheights.com.

Aug. 4: Louise Prochaska, theology and philosophy department chair at Notre Dame College, has a specialization in morality. She will probe the essence of conscience and free will while discussing the formation of personal character.

Aug. 11: Vincent Guerrieri, a journalist with Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and volunteer at the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park, will share stories and identify treasured memorabilia that has shaped the history and legends of baseball.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 5:30 PM, 07.29.2016

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a wide variety of programming for Cleveland Heights residents 60 and older.

Do you need to check your e-mail, research plane fares, print a coupon, or write an article for the Heights Observer? If you need to use a computer, SAC has a computer room with 12 computers available for seniors' use, free of charge. All of the computers use Windows 7 and are equipped with Word, Excel and Internet access. If you need help using a computer, volunteer computer tutors are available to answer questions on Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to noon; Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon; and Thursdays, 2–3 p.m.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 5:07 PM, 07.01.2016

UH 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. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

July 7: Melanie Hogan, director of LEAP (Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential) will discuss her work helping people with disabilities to transition effectively to normal life in the community.

July 14: Henry Adams, Ph.D., professor of art history at Case Western Reserve University, will conduct a conversation with Peter van Dijk, a world-renowned architect who has played a major role in the historic renovation of Cleveland.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 5:03 PM, 07.01.2016

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. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

June 2: Sara Phillips, manager of the University Heights Library, commemorates the 100th anniversary of Heights Libraries founding.

June 9: Pierre Brault, creator of Mercury Theatre Company, which performs shows at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, will describe the company's summer shows.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 9:56 AM, 05.30.2016

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a wide variety of programming for Cleveland Heights residents 60 and older.

Every Monday (12:15–2 p.m.) and Friday (10 a.m. to noon) a group gathers at the senior center to play a friendly game of table tennis. Beginners are always welcome. SAC has extra paddles available; players should wear athletic shoes and comfortable clothing.

Estimates are that more than 20 million people play table tennis recreationally in the U.S., and it is the most popular racket sport in the world. It is a sport that can be enjoyed by individuals of any age and physical ability, and is great exercise, teaching hand-eye coordination, challenging balance and stimulating rapid response.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 9:53 AM, 05.30.2016

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. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

May 5: Kevin Richards, founder of the Fairmount School of Music and the nonprofit Roots of American Music, has been a key figure in the Heights music scene for several decades. He'll discuss the work of his music school, which employs more than 15 instructors and offers lessons for a variety of instruments, as well as his nonprofit work to bring music into schools and senior citizen centers, thereby broadening the community's appreciation for music.

May 12: Accompanied by glorious clips from the best of traditional operetta and musical theater, Laura Neill, executive director of Ohio Light Opera (OLO), will unveil the lineup for OLO's 38th summer season: "Kiss Me Kate," "Annie Get Your Gun," "The Mikado," "Have a Heart," "La Vie Parisienne," "The Dancing Years" and "The Little Dutch Girl." OLO performs June 18 through Aug. 13, at the College of Wooster.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 11:49 AM, 04.30.2016

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a wide variety of programming for Cleveland Heights residents 60 and older.

May is Older Americans Month, and SAC will offer many special programs, including:

Thursday, May 5, 1 p.m.: Sing along to familiar folk tunes as SAC’s guitar and ukulele group hosts a spring sing-along.

Tuesday, May 10, 11 a.m.: SAC’s third annual Local Food Day will feature presentations and discussion on the topics of Food not Lawns, local farm markets and food scarcity. A healthy box lunch will be available following the program for those who reserve and pay in advance.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 11:53 AM, 04.30.2016

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. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

April 7: Krista Hawthorne, executive director of Reaching Heights, will describe the work of this nonprofit organization that sees the Cleveland Heights-University Heights public school system as one of the community's greatest assets. Reaching Heights mobilizes community members and financial resources to support its public schools, creating innovative extracurricular programs, and fostering excellence and pride in Heights schools.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 1:40 PM, 03.28.2016

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a wide variety of programming for Cleveland Heights residents 60 and older.

The following programs are among the new and notable activities offered in April:

Tuesday, April 5, 11 a.m.: Adaire Petry will present Courageous Conversations—a program and talk exploring what she calls the “heart of dying.”

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 1:35 PM, 03.28.2016

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. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

March 3: Krystal Culler, director of the new Center 4 Brain Health at Menorah Park (27100 Cedar Road, Beachwood), will outline services and programs that can enhance memory and thinking skills, including brain aerobics classes, memory assessments, support groups, memory screenings, Bright Minds book club, and special cognitive fitness sessions.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 11:12 AM, 03.01.2016

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a wide variety of programming for Cleveland Heights residents 60 and older.

SAC is the recipient of a grant from the Ohio Arts Council—part of its Creative Aging Ohio Initiative to encourage new, innovative arts programming. SAC will use the grant to focus on storytelling from a personal perspective.

The program, Our Stories: Portrayals of Life, is free, but can accommodate only 12 participants. Register soon to reserve a spot.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 11:09 AM, 03.01.2016

CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a wide variety of programming for Cleveland Heights residents 60 and older.

Participation in the arts has proven to be an integral part of successful aging. SAC offers many arts programs; classes in music, language, dance and the applied arts are available at low or no cost.

One such program, the arts and crafts group, meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 1–3 p.m.  Project ideas come from the group and its leaders, Susan Roberts and Leone Lee.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 5:46 PM, 01.31.2016

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. To receive the monthly schedule by e-mail, call 216-932-7800, ext. 205, or send an e-mail to info@universityheights.com.

Feb. 4: Members of Heights High's Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, Robert Cronquist (Class of 1947) and Bernice Shanker (Class of 1946) will speak about their achievements and experiences. Cronquist has conducted various orchestras, and is music director for the acclaimed Cleveland Women’s Orchestra. Shanker has dedicated her life to education, teaching in local public schools.

Feb. 11: Instumentalists and vocalists from the Cleveland Institute of Music will perform a concert.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 5:50 PM, 01.31.2016