A: Study, Activity, Growth and Enrichment, Learning in Retirement.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What types of courses are offered?
A: Topics for classes are submitted by members and thus reflect member interests. Typical categories for classes include History, Science, Economics, Music, Literature, Film, Current Events, Art and Travel, Religion/Philosophy.
Q: How many courses can I take?
A: As many as you want. We recommend new members start with one class or two to determine the time commitment and add on from there.
Q: How many days does SAGE LR meet?
A: Sage has four terms per year. Each term (8-10 weeks) offers 12 classes. Each class meets once a week for two to three hours, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. (You can view the current class offerings on our main SAGE website.)
Q: Is there a social life component?
A: Yes, of course. Collegiality and community spirit are key attributes of who we are. There are group social activities outside of formal classes. Many friendships (and partnerships) have been made at SAGE. We foster active engagement with each other as we share SAGE’s core value of life-time learning.
Q: Does SAGE LR have other activities?
A: SAGE has other activities that engage members beyond the classroom: for example, the Speakers Series where guest speakers or SAGE members are invited to present on topics from the broader community; field trips; theater presentations by the SAGE Players; Informational Forums by a panel of speakers; the Film Group; Play readings over brunch or dinner; and special interest groups. Members are encouraged to initiate new groups depending on their interests.
Q: What does membership at SAGE cost?
A: Annual dues are $250 for a single membership and $450 for a couple. For a limited time, one-term trial memberships are available for $25. Trial members who then opt to join SAGE pay prorated normal dues for the remainder of the membership year.
Q: Do I need a college/university degree?
A: No, just a love of learning and sharing in active discussions.
Q: Can I visit a class?
A: Yes! Non-members may sit in on 2 class sessions to see how SAGE discussion groups work. The class coordinator must be informed prior to your visit.
Q: Where do classes meet?
A: In-person classes meet at The Episcopal Church of Saint Andrew & Saint Charles (SAGE has no religious affiliation but we rent classrooms;) at 16651 Rinaldi St in Granada Hills. We also offer hybrid classes on ZOOM so you have the option to attend in person or on ZOOM.
Q: As a new member of SAGE LR, will I receive a mentor to help acclimate me?
A: Yes. Your class coordinator or a member of your class will familiarize with the ins and outs of our study groups, our approach to participating in and leading discussions, and will be available to answer your questions and help in any way they can. If wanted, SAGE volunteers can provide training sessions on using Zoom and using various presentation software.
Q: What is my responsibility in a class?
A: Regular attendance and participation. In each of the classes you sign up for, you will also choose a sub-topic of the class theme, research it, develop discussion questions and present to the class on your scheduled day.
Q: Is Sage a non-profit?
A: Yes, we are a 501(c)(3)
Q: How long ago did SAGE start?
A: SAGE was founded in 1987 under the mentorship of California State University at Northridge (CSUN).
Q: Is there an administrative staff?
A: Except for a part-time administrative assistant, all organizational responsibilities and duties are performed by SAGE members.
Q: How is general information passed along to members?
A: The best source of information is our Website which is constantly being updated. SAGE also sends out Global emails, and we have a lively newsletter, SAGE Observations (also available on the Website.)
Q: Are there any additional costs beyond the membership fee?
A: There may be an additional fee for trips.
Q: When is the fee payable?
A: The fee is payable in full before the start of the Fall Quarter in September. New member fees will be prorated once they join.
Q: How are the class offerings determined?
A: SAGE members propose possible classes for consideration four times a year. Our volunteer Curriculum Committee votes to provide the most interesting, relevant classes spread over our ten categories
Hopefully, we have addressed all your questions. If not, call us at 818-831-5064 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org and leave a message which will be followed up ASAP.
Signing up for a SAGE course is like embarking on a mini-adventure. The terrain is always new and interesting, there’s much to explore, the conversations are stimulating, and I’ve met some delightful fellow travelers along the way.COOKIE
SAGE has been a lifeline to me for almost eight years. After retiring, I tried a few local classes requiring no homework, but I lasted only a few weeks. I realized I wanted something much more enriching. Then, I discovered SAGE. It is amazing to be able to learn so much that is new about the world.
I have met like-minded seniors at SAGE, with whom I share classes and outside activities. It is very gratifying to be learning in a group setting where we learn from each other. Continued learning has made a positive difference in my life.ROSA
When the pandemic hit, SAGE saved my life! Instead of being “stuck at home”, I was taking 3 Zoom classes a week, feeling involved and stimulated.
The people in SAGE come from all different careers and this means we learn a lot from each other. And if you don’t find a class or a group that interests you, can create one.
If you are a retired person who has always enjoyed learning, SAGE is a highly satisfying place to continue your journeyBARBARA