Although the principal goal of SAGE is learning in retirement, the organization offers numerous opportunities for members to enjoy social interaction with each other. Over the years members have gathered to enjoy numerous activities in addition to study group participation.
Some enduring friendships have developed, and there have even been a few romances and marriages. At class break times members hover around the coffee and teapots to exhange ideas and pleasantries as they nibble on snacks provided by that day’s presenters. Members may also decide to have lunch at one of the local restaurants. The Thursday Lunch Bunch has been a tradition for a number of years.
A group of members who are avid cinophiles meet monthly to discuss two or three chosen movies via Zoom. Although currently unable to view the movies at various theaters, the group has found Netflix and various online services, Kanopy, Amazon, etc. also provide many movies and documentaries, both old and new that lead to rich, sometimes eye-opening discussions and shared commentary. The film group has proved so successful that SAGE has introduced several Zoom classes including those on Oscar Winning Films, Oscar nominated films, Foreign Films, Documentaries, Japanese Films, Film Noir and Anime and Manga. (See current and past Classes)
One of the principal extracurricular activities of SAGE has been trips to various attractions around Southern California. Journeys have taken members as far north as Santa Barbara and as far south as San Diego. For information on our theater parties, ethnic restaurant adventures, museum visits, and Los Angeles Conservancy walks, check our Trips page.
The SAGE Players are an ever-changing cast of SAGE members who present readings each winter of some of the most memorable plays. The audiences can attend at no cost and we welcome non-members as well. This year’s upcoming productions will be performed via Zoom so travel will not be a problem.
SAGE has traditionally held retreats at resort facilities outside of the Los Angeles area. The retreat is a special time away when up to 50 members meet to spend two days in activities that differ from the usual classroom study groups. For more information on past retreats, check our Retreats page.