A University of Maine at Presque Isle program that serves local residents over 50 and believes in “learning for life” will host its spring kick-off event at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 18 in the Campus Center.

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Seniors Achieving Greater Education, or SAGE, is one of 17 senior colleges in the Maine Senior College Network, and one of two senior colleges north of Bangor. The program provides an opportunity for lifelong learners to expand their knowledge in the company of people with both shared and different perspectives. SAGE brings members together in a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere to discover new things about the world and about themselves.

At the free March 18 event, participants will have the opportunity to socialize with SAGE members and learn all about upcoming SAGE classes. Coffee will be served starting at 9:30 a.m., and the official program begins at 10 a.m. The event will include brief presentations by the learning facilitators taking part in this spring’s SAGE classes, a short presentation on “What Does Your SAGE Board of Directors Actually Do?,” and then class registration.

This spring, SAGE officials are offering 24 exciting courses, learning events and excursions—on topics ranging from English handbell ringing and conversational French to readers theater and water fitness.

Classes range in length from an hour to five weeks and will be offered between March 31 and May 17.

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.

For more information about SAGE, contact Nancy Roe at 768-7271. To register for a class, contact Mary Lawrence at 768-9502. To view spring course offerings, visit www.umpi.edu/sage.

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