SAGE announces fall speaker series

CENTER VALLEY, Pa.  -- Senior Adults Gaining Enrichment (SAGE), an outreach program of Penn State Lehigh Valley, has announced the schedule for its fall 2011 four-part lecture series. Each SAGE session begins with coffee at 10:30 a.m., the featured speaker at 11 a.m. and lunch at noon. All lectures will take place in room 135 at Penn State Lehigh Valley, 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley, Pa. The fall schedule is:

Friday, Sept. 16
Being a Lehigh Valley Muslim, Pre- and Post- September 11, 2001

Members of the Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley will join us to share their experience of being Muslim, Post-September 11, 2001. The program will begin with an overview of Islam, followed by three panel members sharing their experiences. A question-and- answer period will follow.

Friday, Oct. 7
Pennsylvania Folklore

Kenneth Thigpen, director of academic affairs at Penn State Lehigh Valley, is known for his work exploring Pennsylvania folklore and documenting it through film. From “Halloween 1985” in State College, Pa., to a rattlesnake festival, Thigpen has collected oral histories and will share his research and experiences with the beliefs, legends and customs in and around Pennsylvania.

Friday, Nov. 4
Leonardo’s Horse and Its Trip through the Foundry

Local artist Milan Kralik will tell the story of Charles Dent and his dream of resurrecting the idea of Leonardo’s horse, building it, and giving it to Italy as a gift from the American people. The talk begins with a brief summary of Leonardo daVinci’s efforts to create the world’s largest bronze equestrian monument, then moves to Charles Dent organizing Leonardo daVinci’s Horse, Inc. (LDVHI) and taking the reins of this project in 1978, covering the horse’s evolution from clay to bronze at Tallix Art Foundry. This includes the artistic and technical aspects of sculpting, enlarging, mold making, casting, fabrication and engineering of the armature.

Friday, Dec. 2
Recharging and Rebalancing for Your Bonus Years

Connie Challingsworth discusses developing a plan for living a life of purpose and meaning, and a quest for greater options, choices, opportunities and possibilities. Her talk will explore getting the right balance in terms of lifestyle, health and wellness, re-working work, relationships, volunteering, lifelong learning and leisure. Explore the meaning of what the “new” retirement really means now and into the “bonus” years.

The cost of each lecture is $15 or $45 for the four-part series. The event is open to adults age 55 and over, but reservations are required. To reserve a space, contact Carol Buddock at 610-285-5058 or email

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Last Updated January 09, 2015