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Oswego Group: Fourth Sunday, 2 pm

Join other SAGErs in Oswego for discussion and socializing. 


Oswego Group: Time: 4th Sunday, 02:00 PM 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 821 3206 5529
Join by phone: 929 205 6099          Passcode: 1969

Men's Night Out, 3rd Friday at 7 pm

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Men's Night Out, Third Friday at 7 pm

Join Zoom Meeting:

Join by phone: 1 929 205 6099 

Meeting ID: 817 6668 1893
Passcode: 1969

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I think we are all probably tired of looking out our windows. The best remedy will be getting out of the house more when it's safer. Until then, you can "Open a New Window" right here. Just x out of pop up ads and click on "open a new window somewhere in the world." And it's not just a static picture -- you'll see people walking, cars driving, waves crashing and branches in the breeze. You might look out on Thailand; maybe Spain -- want to look out another window? just click on "open a new window somewhere in the world" again. Enjoy!

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What you should know about Monkey Pox 

As of July 1, 96 cases of monkeypox have been identified in New York, in and around New York City. Anyone can get monkeypox, but based on the current outbreak, men who have sex with men are being affected more than other groups. Symptoms include rashes, bumps or blisters. Flu-like symptoms may also be present. It's spread through close physical contact. If you are experiencing symptoms, talk to your health care provider. To protect yourself, talk to sexual partners about their possible exposure, and/or avoid skin-to-skin contact.

Use the QR code to find more information, or visit the NY State Department of Health here. 

LGBTQ History: First Syracuse Pride 

In June 1985 the Gay/Lesbian Conference of Syracuse decided for the first time to have an outdoor public rally as part of their weekend celebration of Syracuse Pride '85. 

For more, go to the LGBTQ History Page here. 

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For Your Health


 For Your Health:                        

 CDC says there is a potential for   airborne spread of COVID-19    

This is interesting:

LGBT Icon Quiz

3 O'Clock Pie

3 O'Clock Pie meets once a month, on the first Friday, at 3 pm in the center. Join SAGERS for games, coffee, and of course, pie.

60+ Circle of Friends 

A social group for participants who are sixty or older. The group meets once a month, on the third Wednesday, in the afternoon at 12:30pm. The meeting takes place at a local restaurant each month. Call for details.

Alzheimer's Assn Caregiver Support Group

Support group for caregivers of people with dementia, facilitated by the Alzheimer's Association. First Tuesday, 3 pm. 

Art Classes

Watercolor and other arts classes are held at various times throughout the year, call us for more info. 

Breakfast Club

The group meets once a month, on the first Wednesday at 9:30 am. The meeting takes place at a local restaurant each month. Call for details.

Crafting in the Center

Craft with others on the 2nd Tuesday, SAGE Upstate Center, 4:30 pm. New projects each session.

Fitness Classes

Sillycize is our summer exercise class on Mondays and Fridays at 11:15 am. In Fall, Falls Prevention classes will resume to help participants improve balance and build strength to help avoid falls. Open to people of all fitness levels. 

Knitting, & Fabric Arts

Sage Upstate member Deborah Hardy leads a knitting, needlecraft circle at the Sage Upstate Center on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm. The group is open to knitters and other fabric artists with all levels of experience and is a place where participants can come to learn to knit or to join other experienced knitters in a welcoming environment.

Men's Night Out 

Meets on the 3rd Friday of each month at 6:30 pm. This social event includes games, movies, conversation and opportunities for gay, bisexual and transgender men to come together to build social support

Monday Night Men's Group

Full support group for men; it meets every Monday at 6 pm. The group takes new members twice yearly. Call for info.


Oswego Potluck

Monthly potluck for SAGERs in Oswego County. Meets on the fourth Sunday, 2 pm, atTrinity Methodist Church, 45 E. Utica St. in Oswego. Bring a dish to pass if you are able. 

Syracuse 2nd Sunday Potlucks

Social time at 4 pm, program at 5 pm, potluck supper at 6 pm. Past potluck programs have included local authors, films,  legal issues, local history, an intergenerational panel, cooking classes, and travel stories. Bring a dish to pass if you are able. 

Trans Social

Safe space for aging trans folks -- bring a snack and a game to share if you are able. Now on summer schedule -- third Saturday at 7 pm. 

Utica Potluck

Monthly meeting for SAGERs in Oneida County. Meets second Saturday each month at Utica Unitarian Church, 10 Higby Rd. in Utica. Bring a dish to pass if you are able.


Social group for LGBT people of color meets monthly. The group offers an opportunity for aging LGBT people of color to meet new friends, socialize and find connections in a friendly and supportive environment.

Writing Group

Ongoing group open to writers of all levels, all forms of writing. Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. 

For dates and other info, please click on the calendar tab above. 

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Free, easy, local access to information and assistance about available options for long term care services and supports ... regardless of age, income, or payor source.

  • Personal care services

  • Education & counseling

  • Health and Wellness

  • Behavioral Health supports and services

  • Developmental/ intellectual disability supports and services

  • Social supports

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Community long term care services and support designed to help people remain healthy and independent.

Get help with long term care services/supports for 

  • Older adults

  • Adults with disabilities

  • Children with disabilities

  • Families

  • Caregivers

  • Professionals

For answers to all your questions 800-342-9871

or call one of the NY Connects partnering agencies

315-697-5700 (Madison County Office for the Aging)

315-427-3122 (ARISE)

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ARISE: 315-427-3122

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Home for the Holidays? It will be ok.

So we're looking at the start of the holiday season for many, and it looks like traveling and gathering with people are the worst things we could do. It's easy to be down about that, but you can do it. Here are some tips from the experts ... and don't forget, SAGE will be there for you at our Thanksgiving Open House on Zoom (see above).

Second Sunday at SAGE

Second Sundays are back, with music, art, and social connection. 

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2nd Sunday of every month, 4:00 PM Eastern Time

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 893 1950 6041
Join by phone: 929 205 6099          Passcode: 1969


Let's Stay Safe

The Center is open to fully vaccinated visitors. Masks and social distancing are recommended but not required. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the front desk where participants sign in and out. 


Meeting in the Center AND on Zoom:

Falls Prevention Fitness, Knitting and Fiber Arts, Men's Night Out, SAGEVets, Trans Social, and the Writers group.

Meeting in the Center Only: First Friday Social

Meeting in the community (not on Zoom): 60+ Luncheon, First Thursday Dine Out, Breakfast Club, Utica Social, Walking Group


Second Sunday won't be back to the building until September. We are planning to hold our annual picnic in person on the Second Sunday in August. 

Oswego:  Will move to new meeting place, and as soon as we do, the group will meet in person.


Also: We are also working on bringing a few other groups back, such as health crafting and bingo. Stay tuned!

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Gay 5K:

June 4

Second Sunday with SAGE

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February 1: Seimone Augustus

"It's incredible to think that there are children right now, at this very moment, that will grow up only knowing 'marriage' and not 'gay marriage.' Love is love, and there's not any one face you can assign to it."


Simeone has played for the WNBA since 2006. She was born in Baton Rouge to Seymore and Kim Augustus, both of whom were influential in Seimone’s young basketball career. Her mom is one of two people to have ever beaten her at HORSE. She married LaTaya Varner on May 9, 2015.  The Seimone Augustus Foundation works to provide opportunity and raise awareness around health and wellness, with a special focus on issues surrounding hunger and heart health.

Watch her play here

Read more here



Anyone can get Monkeypox, but the hardest hit group in the US are men who have sex with men. Check with your County Health Department for information on vaccines and tests as they become available. If you have difficulty getting answers, please contact us: 315-478-1923 or kdill@sageupstate.orgFind tips on how to avoid getting the virus here

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