Virtual Learning

Because of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, SAGE Learning in Retirement has found it advantageous to turn to virtual online learning. Since our members are seniors sheltering in place, we have turned to Zoom to continue enjoying our educational program.

When the pandemic crisis ends, hopefully, we will be able return to our two classrooms at St. Andrew and St. Charles Episcopal Church to resume our normal activities: the joy of learning and socializing together.


Tuesday 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Hot Topics

This is an open-ended class.  Participants can use any qualified source (newspapers, magazines, radio, television, books, etc.) covering the recent political or social scene and historical events with current relevancy.  Issues can be local, national or international.  Controversial topics are welcome as they engender discussion.  Join us if you enjoy lively, stimulating discussions.


Do you have a favorite presentation from past SAGE classes?  Now is a chance for your ENCORE! Pick one and re-share your presentation with your classmates.

Tuesday 1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.


Do you have a favorite collection?  People collect coins, stamps, cars, paintings, seashells, nutcrackers, buttons and matchbook covers to mention just a few.  Anything is collectable.  Explain what makes your collection fascinating and relate the history of individual items.  How do you display your collection?  Why do you enjoy collecting what you do?  Is your collection one you began as a child or developed as an adult?  Join us and share your interests.

Famous German /Austrian Composers

Some of the best classical composers were from Germany and Austria. Such men as Johann Sebastian Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Haydn, Handel, Mendelssohn, Bartholdy, Wagner, Richard Strauss, Liszt, Mahler, Schumannn, von Weber, Gluck and Schoenberg make up the top list but there are even more. This class will focus on the composers’ lives and their music. We will study their important contributions to music literature and relationships, if any, between the composers. We will examine the German and Viennese milieu and how place and time impacted music.

Wednesday 9:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

The New Yorker This Week

Discussion of articles in the current week’s edition. Those who are not subscribers can download the current edition from the Los Angeles Public Library ( Under E-Media and Digital Content, click on RBdigital.

TED Talks

TED (a mnemonic for Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences under the slogan “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Begun in 1984, TED today shares ideas from science to business to global issues. TED features charismatic speakers whose talks expose new ideas supported by concrete evidence and are relevant to a broad, international audience. Members of the class will each select an area of interest of at least one TED Talk and give its history, develop its concepts, and lead a discussion as to the value and viability of the chosen subject(s). The talks will be viewed in class followed by a discussion.

Wednesday 1:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Time Magazine’s “The 50 Best Podcasts to Listen to Right Now”

Time magazine lists episodes from 50 different podcasts.  Each class member will pick a recommended podcast, which the class will listen to and discuss.

A Sentimental Education By Gustave Flaubert

Considered one of the most influential novels of the 19th century, it was praised by contemporaries such as George Sand and Emile Zola but criticized by Henry James. The story focuses on the romantic life of a young man at the time of the French Revolution of 1848.

Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Netflix Movies

This class is for members who have a Netflix account (preferably streaming). Class members will select a movie they wish the class to view. Each week class members will view one or two movies prior to class. One possible list of titles comes from Esquire Magazine, which lists the “The 55 Best Movies to Stream on Netflix Right Now.”  During the class, the class member who selected the film will lead a discussion about the movie. Among the topics the class may want to address are character, plot, conflict resolution, structure, scenes, dialogue and visuals.

Thursday 1:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Arundhati  Roy’s The God of Small Things

Set in the Kerala area of India during the last half of the 20th century, Roy’s novel, winner of the 1997 Booker Prize, tells a multi-generational story of love and loss shaped by Indian history, politics, caste relations, and, of course, family conflict.  Available on Amazon (ISBN 9780812979657) for $7.19

Netflix Documentaries

Each class member will select a documentary from Esquire magazine’s “51 Best Documentaries on Netflix 2020” and then lead a class discussion of that documentary.