A University of Maine at Presque Isle program that serves local residents over 50 and believes in “learning for life” will host its Fall Kick-Off event on Friday, Sept. 9 in the Campus Center.

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For 19 years, Seniors Achieving Greater Education [SAGE] has brought short courses in arts, sciences, and specialty areas to the region’s senior community.

SAGE is one of 17 senior colleges in the Maine Senior College Network, and one of two senior colleges north of Bangor. The program welcomes intellectually curious adults, age 50 and older, who have a desire to learn in the company of people with both shared and different perspectives. SAGE brings members together in a relaxed atmosphere to discover new things about the world and about themselves.

At the Sept. 9 event, participants will have the opportunity to learn about upcoming SAGE classes and activities. Coffee will be served beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by brief presentations by instructors and facilitators leading this fall’s SAGE classes. New 0301and current members will be able to register for classes and activities at the event.

This fall, SAGE officials will offer 22 exciting courses, learning events, and excursions—on topics ranging from Aroostook military history, songwriting, and how to use a cell phone camera. Learning excursions include trips to Explore Trains and the Churchill Dam Museum and a Moose and Fall Foliage Ride.

Classes range in length from one day to four weeks and will be offered between Sept. 27 and Nov. 14.

The cost that participants pay for the education and interaction they get is minimal. Membership in Seniors Achieving Greater Education is $17 per semester or $32 for the year (Sept. 1 to Aug. 31). Courses are free for members; some hands-on courses and field excursions have additional fees and some courses may require the purchase of a book.

To register for a class or to make a reservation for the Sept. 9 Kick-Off, contact Mary Lawrence at 768-9502.

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