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Annual SAGE Membership 2023-2024

Calendar Sep 1, 2023

SAGE memberrship is available for anyone over 50+ and interested in lifelong learning.  There are no tests, little homework and no pressure to achieve any preset standards.  It is for the fun, friendship and keeping the brain sharp.

REMEBER - if you paid your registration in the Fall, you are still a member of SAGE for the winter and spring semesters.

The Membership fee covers September 1 to August 31.  The membership fee must be paid to take classes through SAGE or other Senior Colleges.  Membership Fees Are Non-Refundable. We do not prorate this fee if someone joins for just one semester.  

Funding is available for membership/class fees through TheSAGEfund.  Please leave a message at the SAGE Volunteer Office for more information by calling 768-9501. 


SAGE Book Club on ZOOM


with Barbara Pierce

Calendar Nov 15, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 32 weeks

*You must be a SAGE or MSCN member to enroll in this class.

This book club meets once a month (normally the third Wednesay) on ZOOM to discuss the book of the month. Books are chosen by the members to cover 3-months worth of reading.  The person who suggested the book is the designated facilitator of the meeting.  They are responsible for questions and discussion points and any other surprises they may come up with. 

April 24* - All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer Fleming - But nothing is as it seems in the small Adirondack town of Millers Kill, where betrayal twists old friendships and evil waits inside white-clapboard farmhouses. Russ and Clare struggle against the reach of the law, the authority of the church, and their own guilty hearts in All Mortal Flesh.

May 29* - Someone Else’s Shoes by JoJo Mayer - Nisha Cantor lives the globetrotting life of the seriously wealthy, until her husband announces a divorce and cuts her off. Nisha is determined to hang onto her glamorous life. But in the meantime, she must scramble to cope--she doesn’t even have the shoes she was, until a moment ago, standing in.

June 19 – I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer Fleming - When a Mexican farmhand stumbles over a Latino man killed with a single shot to the back of his head, Clare is drawn into the investigation. The discovery of two more bodies ignites fears that a serial killer is loose in the rural town while Russ is plagued by the media hysteria, conflict within the police department, and a series of baffling assaults.

Hope to see you there. It is never to late to jump in and start reading with us.

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Owls of Maine on ZOOM


with Bill Sheehan

Calendar Apr 24, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Membership in SAGE or other senior college is NOT required.

The Maine Owl Pellet Project (MOPP) is a collaboration between the University of New England, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. By engaging the public and promoting crowdsourced science, the project aims to better understand both the diet of Maine’s owls and the distribution and composition of the small mammal community, including the threatened northern bog lemming, on which they prey. But the Maine Owl Pellet Project needs your help to connect us with pellets!  Instructor Bill Sheehan will talk about the Owls of Northern Maine, the habitats that they prefer, and how to locate roosting spots where pellets might be found here in the county.  Mael or his staff will present the goals and protocols of collecting owl pellets for the project. Instructors: Bill Sheehan grew up in northern Maine and has been birding in the county for almost 40 years. "I am the past president of the Aroostook Birders and recently enjoyed seeing Aroostook County's first-ever Townsend's Solitaire in Caribou." Mael Glon, Ph.D., is an Endangered Species Biologist, Ecological Services

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Technology ... There is Help


with Crystal Tilley

Calendar May 1, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 4 weeks

The National Digital Equity Center connects Mainers to technology and the internet through free classes, tutoring, devices and more! Here is 4 classes SAGE will be offering in May.

          May 1 – Get Connected, an introductory class that explains the services of the NDEC and their programs.  Also included will be the Applying for the Affordable Connectivity Program that is an FCC program to help low-income people pay for connecting to broadband internet.

          May 8 – Identifying Fraud & Scams will teach you the different types of internet fraud and scams out there, some do’s and don’ts of protecting yourself online and what to do if you have experienced online fraud.

          May 15 – Tele-Health – Connecting with Your Healthcare Provider from Home.  In this class, you will look at how you can connect with your healthcare provider from the comfort of your home.

          May 22 – Using Software & Devices for Better Health.  In this class, we will explore apps, software and devices that help promote and maintain exercise and diet, monitoring blood sugar, blood pressure, weight medication reminders, using FitBits, Apple Watch, etc. and connecting to Bluetooth.

Instructor: Crystal Tilley, Aroostook County employee of National Digital Equity Center.

Travels with Rena


with Rena Kearney

Calendar May 1, 2024 at 4 pm, runs for 4 weeks

*Spring 2024 classes do not require membership in SAGE to enroll. 

Do you have some places on your "bucket list" you would like to visit? Visit some interesting places through PowerPoint presentation or DVD experience by a local world traveler.  Some places we might visit are England, Normandy, France, southwestern parts of the United States and possibly Costa Rica. 

Instructor: Rena Kearny, Retired school teacher but still substituting and a lifelong learner through travel.                                                                             

Games, Games and More Games


with Penny Kern

Calendar May 3, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 4 weeks

A little birdy told me they had never played Cornhole so, once the weather is warm enough to be outside, we will “definitely” play Cornhole. How about Yahtzee, card games, and learning new ones? Participants could bring their favorite games to share, or we can play old games we played as children. Who knows! Games are for the fun and relaxation of it, so the sky is the limit. No instructor – we are all there for fun and we will work together.

Facilitator: Penny Kern, a SAGE member and instructor.

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Ancestry Research


with Spike Savage

Calendar May 3, 2024 at 12:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

*Membership for Spring 2024 classes not required.

We have found that the usual 2-hour program does not give folks time to finish something. They just get into finding things and it is time to leave. We would like to try extending the length of the class to 3 hours, but it is still drop-in and leave when you want to. Spike and Dennis are extremely helpful and are willing to stay longer if needed. They know how to really dig into the program and pull-out interesting information. If you have been searching for a long time and are stuck or you do not know how to get any deeper, this class is for you. If you have never done it before, are interested, but just do not know where to start. This class is for you. Sign up today.

Instructors: Spike Savage and Dennis Prue who are experts in ancestry research and the program

French 101.5 by HYBRID


with Guy Gallagher

Calendar May 7, 2024 at 9:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

*The 2024 Spring Classes do not require membership to enroll.

Guy Gallagher, a retired professor from UMPI, will help us brush up our French Speaking Skills.  This is not for new learning but a half step above being new. Also, knowing a language is only part of the equation.  Practicing this skill on a regular basis is important for maintaining fluency and vocabulary in any language we speak. Join from the comfort of your own home or meet us at the University - your choice.  We will send a ZOOM link each week.

Instructor: Guy Gallagher, a retired professor of language at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

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