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If you took a tuition-free class in the Spring 2016 semester you only need to complete the OLLI Tuition-free registration form. 

If you did not take a tuition-free class in the Spring 2016 semester you will need to complete a Sierra College/OLLI application AND the tuition-free registration form.

To request an application and/or registration form be sent to you, please call the OLLI office or send an email to and leave your mailing address.

Mail completed form(s) to:

OLLI at Sierra College, 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin, CA 95677

Summer 2016 Classes

DRAMA 0809

Course designed for older adults. Introduction to a series of films examined for originality, creative virtuosity, impact, structure, and direction. Selected films illustrate a specific dimension of film genre. Genres change with each offering. May be repeated.

Directed by John Ford and Starring John Wayne

We are going to revisit many of the films that John Ford and John Wayne made together; they are among the best from their collaboration from 1938 to 1963. Beginning with “Stagecoach” (1939); “They Were Expendable” (1945); “Fort Apache” (1948); and with Henry Fonda, “The Quiet Man” (1952); “The Searchers” (1956); and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence” (1962).
Curtis Covington

Twelve Bridges Library
# 61241 June 16-July 21
Thurs. 1-4 pm
Redwood Room

ENGL 0812

Designed for older adults interested in exploring the writing of poetry. Exercises and experimetns with language in writing poetry. Uses primarily American poets (from Walt Whitman to Susan Howe and from George Oppen to Emily Dickinson) to determine how writers use image, form, sound and rhythm effectively. Develops a language with which to speak about the craft of poetry. May be repeated.

This is the Moment - Poetry of the Here and Now

Celebrate the possibility, joy, and power of the present moment in this 6-week course designed as a beginning poetry writing class or as a continuation of two previous sessions- “Poetry in our Everyday Lives” and “Opening the Door- Poetry as Possibility.” Writers of all levels will play with language, write from the heart, and explore hidden reservoirs of wisdom and delight within. We will read selected contemporary poems and use these works as springboards for the creation of our own poems. The atmosphere will be supportive, non-judgmental and encouraging. Designed for writers of all levels.
Annie Mascorro

Roseville Gateway
# 61242 June 15-July 20
Wed. 10 am-12 pm
Room 215

Nevada County Campus
#61243 June 15-July 20
Wed. 2-4 pm
Room N6-205

ENGL 0814

Course for older adults interested in exploring creative writing. Exercises in creative writing drawing ideas from personal observation and experience. Overcome obstacles of how and where to begin writing, what to write about, and how to shape ideas into a variety of formats—creative paragraphs, short stories, nonfiction and fiction. Experiment with various styles, structures and forms of writing. Focus and topics will vary with each offering. May be repeated.

Write Your Memoir

From your first written word to a book, this class is designed to help you write your memoir. Learn how to outline and organize your ideas. Write new material each session. Share what you have written outside of class. Meet in a safe, low-key environment. Teacher evaluation of your work is offered. Write a memoir to share with your family or to leave for posterity.
Sue Clark

Twelve Bridges Library
#61244 June 1-July 19
Tues. 3:30-5 pm
Willow Room

ENGL 0815

Course for older adults interested in exploring literature. Study of selected styles of work and/or authors in literature. Examination of theme and impact of work on society. Includes discussion of the influences of the geographic, economic, cultural, and physical setting at the time of writing. May be repeated.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Author Gabrielle Zevin published “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” in 2014, which became a bestselling novel. A.J. Fikry is a reclusive, independent bookstore owner who loses interest in life, other people, and books until… A Storied Life is moving, funny, poignant; it speaks to the hearts of true book lovers. What better way to begin your summer reading than to read, and discuss the life of A. J. Fikry?
Sue Clark

Roseville Gateway
#61245 June 13-July 25 (no class July 4)
Mon. 3:30-5 pm
Room 202

MUS 0810

Course designed for older adults. Study of selected styles and periods of music. Includes discussion of musical elements, composition, orchestration, vocabulary and history for the selected topics. May be repeated.

Summer at the Opera

It’s that time again! Come enjoy an exciting program of operatic masterpieces at either the Rocklin or the Nevada County Campus. This summer’s lineup consists of Carmen (Bizet), Fidelio (Beethoven), Die Zauberflote (Mozart), Otello (Verdi), and others to be announced.
Steve Miller

Rocklin Campus
#61246 June 14-July19
Tues. 10 am-1 pm
Room D-12

Nevada County Campus
#61247 June 16-July21
Thurs 1-4 pm
Room N15-101


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  • Roseville Gateway
  • 333 Sunrise Ave.
    Roseville, CA 95661
  • Summer M-Th: 8:00am - 4:30pm

    Closed Friday

Shari Smith Program Coordinator, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

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