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To register for a Club OLLI class or Special Interest Group (SIG) you need to be a Club OLLI member. An annual membership is $20 and is valid August 1 – July 31 each year. Club OLLI has classes that are fee based and some that are free to members. Class fees are located within each class description. To become a member or register for a class complete the Club OLLI Membership/Registration form.

English

Writing for Wellness: The Power of Poetry in our Everyday Lives

Come play with ideas and words. In this six week poetry writing class we will explore the power of writing to understand ourselves and our experiences and to bring healing and wellness to our everyday lives. The atmosphere will be supportive, non-judgmental and encouraging—the perfect place for beginning writers curious about the possibilities of poetry in their lives. Designed for writers of all levels.
Annie Mascorro
Fee  $25.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Roseville Gateway Center
# Club401 2/10-3/17
Tues., 4:00-6:00pm
Room 107

Nevada County Campus
# Club804 2/11-3/18
Wed., 5:00-7:00pm
Room N8-108

Film

African Women Filmmakers

Through the lens of African women cinematographers, explore the evolving role of women on the continent of Africa. Beginning with Beti Ellerson’s investigation of African women in modern cinema, this course will examine and compare the works of ethnographic documentarians (Anne-Laure Folly/Safi Faye) and feature film cinematographers (Claire Denis/Euzhan Palcy). Both genres and filmmakers examine the role(s) and place(s) of women in rural Africa, the former focusing on tradition, the latter colonialism and its immediate effects on tradition and the changing roles of women residing in the continent. Subtitled short and feature films will be supplemented with director interviews and critical readings.
Ellen Sander
Fee  $30.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Nevada County Campus
# Club407 4/6-5/11
Mon., 10am-1pm
Room 613

Roseville Gateway Center
# Club806
4/7-5/12
Tues., 2:15-5:15pm
Room N15-101

American Cinema: Oldies But Goodies

Wonderful films from yesteryear to view and discuss: The Manchurian Candidate (1962); Zorba the Greek (1964); Rachel, Rachel (1968); Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969); Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1973); Silkwood (1983).
Lincoln Curtis
Fee  $40.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Nevada County Campus
# Club801 2/20-3/27
Fri., 1:00-4:00pm
Room N12-103

Ethics in Film

This series provides an opportunity to view films and discuss the ethical issues they raise. These films include: Emperor (2012), Silkwood (1983), A Time to Kill (1996), and The Railway Man (2014).
Prepare yourselves for a very worthwhile and stimulating day!
Augustine/Covington
Fee  $35.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Rocklin Campus
# Club902 1/16-2/6
Fri., 1:00-4:00pm
Room D-12

Film Study of To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird has become a classic of modern American literature and an award winning film. The novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize the same year it was published, 1960, and was the only novel written by Harper Lee. It recounts summer in the life of a young girl named, Scout, her brother, Jem and their lawyer father, Atticus Finch in rural Alabama during the Great Depression. Only 2 years later the film was released to great critical praise. It was nominated for 8 Academy awards including Best Picture. Best Actor was awarded to Gregory Peck along with 2 more Oscars. In this class we will  we will watch the film and discuss the looming Civil Rights movement in America.
Linda Derosier
Fee FREE

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Twelve Bridges
# Club203 3/24 only
Tues., 9:30am-12:30pm
Willow Room

Film Adaptions/Remakes

Filmmakers take a crack at three classic films. The Postman Always Rings Twice (USA 1946) and Jerichow (Germany 2008); All That Heaven Allows (USA 1955) and Far From Heaven (USA 2002); La Cage Aux Folles (France 1978) and The Birdcage (USA 1996).
Lincoln Curtis
Fee  $40.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Nevada County Campus
# Club803 4/10-5/15
Fri., 1:00-4:00pm
Room N12-103

Foyle's War

“Foyle’s War” is a very popular British TV series set in Hastings England between 1940-1945. It features Michael Kitchen as an understated Chief Superintendent of Police. It is a time of war, and Foyle must deal with the stress and chaos of a society marked by profiteering, the black market, murder, and racial tension. And all these are set within the political, social and ethical currents of the times. In the course of our class, we will also be attentive to broarder historical events that deepen our awareness of the war and it’s shaping of the modern world. In that, this is a series that enriches our understanding of WW II and is worthy of our study. This class is continuation of the series which we began in Summer 2013.
Augustine/Covington
Fee  $35.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Twelve Bridges
# Club202 2/18-3/11
Wed., 2:00-5:00pm
Redwood Room

Foyle's War 2

This is the continuation of the class that ended on 3/11, and this class will conclude the series. “Foyle’s War” is a very popular British TV series set in Hastings England between 1940-1945. It features Michael Kitchen as an understated Chief Superintendent of Police. It is a time of war, and Foyle must deal with the stress and chaos of a society marked by profiteering, the black market, murder, and racial tension. And all these are set within the political, social and ethical currents of the times. In the course of our class, we will also be attentive to broarder historical events that deepen our awareness of the war and it’s shaping of the modern world. In that, this is a series that enriches our understanding of WW II and is worthy of our study. This class is continuation of the series which we began in Summer 2013.
Augustine/Covington
Fee  $35.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Twelve Bridges
# Club204 4/8-4/29
Wed., 2:00-5:00pm
Redwood Room

Recent European Films

Extraordinary prize-winning films to view and discuss. As It Is in Heaven (Sweden 2004); I’ve Loved You So Long (France 2004); The Lives of Others (Germany 2006); Volver (Spain 2006); Locke (England 2013); Ida (Poland 2013).
Lincoln Curtis
Fee  $40.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Roseville Gateway Center
# Club403 4/7-5/12
Tues., 1:00-4:00pm
Room 107

Whistleblowers & Informants on Film, Part 1

Go “undercover” with us as we explore the “real and not so real” stories behind several of the best expository stories on film. We will examine the “back” story which makes some of these films “stranger than fiction.” Each film brings its own particular slant on politics, police corruption, nuclear power, corporate fraud and discrimination. Our film choices will include: All the King’s Men (1949); Serpico (1973); The China Syndrome (1979); The Insider (1999); Erin Brockovich (2000); and North Country (2005).
Linda Derosier
Fee  $40.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Twelve Bridges
# Club201 2/9-3/23 (No class 2/16)
Mon., 1:00-4:00pm
Redwood Room

Roseville Gateway Center
# Club402 2/11-3/25 (No class 2/18)
Wed., 9:30am-12:30pm
Room 613

Health

Learn to Play Mahjongg

Mahjongg, or the Game of Four Winds, is an ancient Chinese tile game similar to Gin Rummy. This class introduces the basics and beyond. It will also prepare students to participate in Club OLLI's year round Mahjongg Club.
Renee Neal
Fee  $25.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Roseville Gateway Center
# Club435 1/27-3/3
Tues., 12:00-2:00pm
Room 102

Stretch and Tone for Grown-ups

Drawing from a variety of time-tested disciplines, this class offers effective, results-producing exercises for those of a "certain age," designed for you. These exercises will protect and strengthen your back, and add strength and elasticity to your muscles and frame. Using tiny precise and delicate pulsing movements, you will also work your heart in a very gentle way. It is not too late to rejuvenate your body! Comfortable clothing and yoga mat required.
Laina Dicker
Fee  $40.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Roseville Gateway Center
# Club430 1/13-5/14 (No class 3/31 and 4/2)
Tues./Thur., 11:00-11:50am
Room 525

Tai Chi - Beginning

Tai Chi is a gentle and graceful movement class designed to build better balance, coordination, and focus in older adults. Students are encouraged to wear loose comfortable clothing. Our program features the Yang Long Form.
Dicker/Fee
Fee  $40.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Roseville Gateway Center
# Club410 1/12-5/13 (No class 1/19, 2/16, 3/30 and 4/1)
Mon./Wed., 10:00-10:50am
Room 525

Tai Chi – Intermediate

This class is designed for continuing students who are working on or who have completed the beginners class of the Yang Long Form.
Dicker/Fee
Fee  $40.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Roseville Gateway Center
# Club415 1/12-5/13 (No class 1/19, 2/16, 3/30 and 4/1)
Mon./Wed., 11:00-11:50am
Room 525

Tai Chi – Intermediate 2

This class is designed for ongoing students to learn the 3rd and 4th section of the Yang Long Form and to refine the entire form.
Renee Neal
Fee  $40.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Roseville Gateway Center
# Club420 1/12-5/13 (No class 1/19, 2/16, 3/30 and 4/1)
Mon./Wed., 12:00-12:50pm
Room 525

Tai Chi - Advanced

This class is designed for students to practice and review the Yang Long Form. Students should wear loose, comfortable clothing and may wear socks and shoes if needed.
Renee Neal
Fee  $40.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Roseville Gateway Center
# Club425 1/13-5/14 (No class 3/31 and 4/2)
Tues./Thur., 10:00-10:50am
Room 525

History

"Tear Down This Wall!" or how Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev Changed Our World

Two leaders. Two completely different worlds. Two completely different characters…who not only understood each other, but also understood what they could do for their people…and the world. Was their relationship easy? Were all their decisions popular? Who stood with them in making the difficult decisions? We will cover these and many other issues related to their relationship and its far-reaching influence.
Alex Yarmolyuk
Fee  FREE

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Roseville Gateway Center
# Club404 4/23 only
Thur., 10:00am-12:00pm
Room 107

California Automobile Museum

Come visit the California Automobile Museum with OLLI and enjoy this outstanding invention that so affected our lives and culture.
We will provide roundtrip transportation on a Sierra College bus from the Rocklin Campus. We will meet in front of the Dietrich Theatre at 8:30am. Price includes bus trip and entrance fee. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.
Fee  $15.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
# Club505 4/10 only
Fri., 8:30am-2:00pm

Empire Mine

Take a trip back in time to the late 1800s to early 1900s at the Empire Mine in Grass Valley. The Empire Mine is one of the largest, richest, and longest-operating (1850-1956) gold mines in California. It produced more than eight billion dollars in gold by today's standards. We will take private tours of the Cottage and Mineyard followed by a traditional Cornish pasty lunch served in the old Club House by docents dressed in early 1900s’ costumes.
The tours will begin at 10:30am, arrive 15 minutes early for check-in. Members from the Grass Valley area please meet us there. The $26 is the price being charged by Empire Mine for both tours and lunch. We will provide complimentary roundtrip transportation on a Sierra College bus from the Rocklin Campus. We will meet in front of the Dietrich Theatre and leave promptly at 9:00am. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.
Fee  $26.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
# Club510 5/5 only
Tues., 9:00am-3:00pm

Literature

Great Russian Masters: Dostoevsky and his The Brothers Karamazov

Dostoevsky wrote The Brothers Karamazov, that alone makes it great. But who and what led him to write? What about his biography is fundamentally different from other writers of the time? Why is Dostoevsky relevant today? Let us work together to answer these questions.
Alex Yarmolyuk
Fee  FREE

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Roseville Gateway Center
# Club405 3/5 only
Thur., 10:00am-12:00pm
Room 107

Literature of Louisiana

Join us on a journey through Louisiana literature and explore its connection to Cajun and Creole culture and Southern literary figures. Recorded in folklore, lyrics, poetry, and historical documents, the literature of Louisiana chronicles the shared history of the Cajuns, Creoles, and Southern literary figures. Louisiana literature evolved as natives (descendants of Acadians, Africans, and North Americans) and expatriate writers with various local roots examined local color and infused lyrical and poetic narratives into poetry, the short story, and the novel. With emphases on folklore and storytelling, Cajuns, Creoles, and other groups both inspired and influenced Southern literary movements. The foundation of Cajun culture, short stories, folk tales, and poetry published from the late 19th century to the present will be read and discussed in a seminar setting.
Ellen Sander
Fee  $30.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Roseville Gateway Center
# Club406 2/9-3/23 (No class 2/16)
Mon., 10:00am-1:00pm
Room 613

Nevada County Campus
# Club805 2/10-3/24 (No class 2/17)
Tues., 2:15-5:15pm
Room N15-101

Short Fiction of John Steinbeck

Lecture/discussion featuring the short fiction of Steinbeck. Short stories from Pastures of Heaven and The Long Valley, as well as the short novels, Tortilla Flat, Cannery Row, and Of Mice and Men. Excerpts from a half-dozen Steinbeck films, including Grapes of Wrath.
Timothy May
Fee  $25.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Nevada County Campus
# Club802 4/8-4/29
Wed., 2:00-4:30pm
Room N6-205

Music

OLLI Orchestra

The OLLI Orchestra is an ensemble of 35-40 players which concentrates on the classical repertoire of the 18th-20th centuries. Rehearsals focus on preparing a concert of music for the general public each semester, and the atmosphere is one of fun and mutual support.
Steve Miller
Fee  $40.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Nevada County Campus
# Club815 1/28-5/13 (No class 4/1)
Wed., 6:30-9:00pm
Room N15-101

Placer Pops Chorale

The Placer Pops Chorale, led by Artistic/Musical Director Lorin Miller, is an auditioned choral group of about 75 singers that performs with its own orchestra.  The Chorale puts on two major concert series each year, in May and in December, along with special appearances and benefit performances, including the annual, free “A Gift of the Heart” Homeland concert celebrating the 4th of July. The group is diverse in nature, and has participants of all ages. Successful completion of the course constitutes membership in the Placer Pops Chorale. Auditions are by appointment and arranged through the website or by calling 530-878-0226. Visit www.placerpops.org for performance dates and information.
Lorin Miller
Fee  $40.00

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Rocklin Campus
# Club905 1/27-5/5
Tues., 6:30-9:30pm
Room D-2

Tom Fisher: China, China , China

This series is dedicated to the absolutely incredible and beautiful mountains of China and their associated peoples. The scenery is spectacular, the mountains foreboding, the cliffs precipitous and the dangers abound. This was Tom’s most hazardous, difficult and challenging photo journey yet undertaken—as the images will confirm. All of these sessions are brought to light in room D-12 with its plush seats and large screen.

Mount Huashan

Situated in Huayin City, Mt. Huashan is ~75 miles from Xian. It’s famous for the incredibly dangerous steep and narrow paths, precipitous crags and a stupendous picturesque combination of five mountain peaks. Also found here are gorgeous and almost inaccessible Taoist temples, other religious structures and encrusted caves for hardy religious hermits. There are cable cars bobbing along thin steel cables, hundreds of feet above mountain ravines, giving rise to hair-raising and panic ridden vistas providing the ride and view of a lifetime.

Zhangijajie Mountain and National Forest Reserve

Located in Zhangjiajie City within Northern Hunan Province, it is a National Geopark, composing some 1,400 sq. miles. The most notable feature of the park is the pillar-like formations caused by years of erosion and covered with dense foliage. Unbelievably, there is a huge quartz-sandstone pillar which stands 3,540 feet high! The area has 3,103 bizarre peaks between which are deep cavernous ravines, beautiful streams, pools and waterfalls, caves and two natural bridges. The area inspired much of the footage for the 3-D film, Avatar.

Stone Forest or Shilin

Known for its incredible limestone formations, the tall peculiarly shaped rocks emanate from the ground like stalagmites, with many looking like petrified trees thereby creating the illusion of a forest made of stone. This ‘forest’ features stones in various formations such as animals, plants and even human figures—some are elegant, some are rugged, but each is lifelike with its own distinguishing features. This is an example of karst topography, ~270 million years old and originally a vast expanse of sea.

Jiuzhalgou Valley

This area covers ~116 sq. mi. of gorgeous broad-leaf forest and woodlands, within mixed mountain and highland systems. Local fauna includes endangered giant pandas and the golden snub-nosed monkey plus it has 40% of all plant species existing in China. It is best known for its fabulous dozens of blue, green and turquoise-colored lakes and waterfalls nested in the beautiful karst hills, sharply jutting mountains and gorgeous valley.

Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountains)

Found in the subtropical monsoon climate zone of China’s Ahjui Province, Mt. Huangshan became a magnet for hermits, poets and landscape artists fascinated by its mountainous and fantastic landscape. It embodies dramatic formations of natural stone pillars, glorious waterfalls, hidden foreboding caves, gorgeous lakes and colorful hot springs formed by its complex geological history. A must visit.

Guilin Mountains and River Li

Guilin’s peaks are made of limestone formed in part from shells and skeletons of marine animals. Easily viewed are the fantastical shapes, colors and forms the limestone creates as it gives way to the River Li below. River Li looks like a jade-green belt, winding its path at the bottom of countless marvelous limestone mountain formations. Along the river, the vivid inverted water reflections, the clear pools, fantastic waterfalls, as well as other beautiful scenes make both sides of this river look like a picture scroll. The river people are often covered with clouds and mist around the mountains as they fish, supported by bamboo rafts floating tirelessly down river, complimented by the traffic of the many river boats hauling cargo and tourists.
Tom Fisher
Fee  $35

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Rocklin Campus
# Club901 2/20-3/20
Fri., 2:00-4:00pm
Room D-12

Special Interest Groups

Book Club

Meets to choose and discuss great books. Selections include fiction and nonfiction, contemporary and classic. Discussion is informal and participation is encouraged. Memb ers will need to obtain their own book.
Linda Derosier-Coordinator
Fee $ FREE

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Twelve Bridges
# Club610 2/10 first meeting
Group will meet every 2nd Tues. of the month
Tues., 11:30am-1:00pm
Redwood Room

Nevada County Campus
# Club630 2/11 first meeting
Group will meet every 2nd Wed. of the month
Wed., 2:15-3:45pm
Room N6-204

Bridge Club RG

A relaxed group of folks who want to play Bridge. All levels welcome.
Beryl LeVine - Coordinator
Fee $ FREE

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Roseville Gateway Center
# Club615 1/16-5/15
Fri., 10:00am-12:00pm
Room 102

Great Decisions

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Each year, eight topics are chosen by a panel of experts. This year we tackle critical issues from the relationship between Israel and the U.S. to China’s foreign policy. Members will need to purchase their own book (one book for the entire year). Cost will be about $22 and can be ordered at: www.fpa.org/great_decisions
Mike Theodore - Coordinator
Fee $ FREE

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Roseville Gateway Center
# Club620 2/24 first meeting
Group will meet every 4th Tues. of the month
Tues., 2:00-4:00pm
Room 613

Mahjongg Club

Exercise your strategy and develop your skill when you practice with fellow Club OLLI members. Members will have a place to meet and practice on a regular basis. Bring your mahjongg set if you have one.
Marcia Smith - Coordinator
Fee $ FREE

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required
Roseville Gateway Center
# Club605 1/7-5/13
Wed., 2:00-5:00pm
Room 102

Nevada County Campus
Kent Penwarden-Coordinator
# Club625 1/13-5/14
Tues. and/or Thur., 9:00-11:30am
Room N7-206

Contact

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  • 333 Sunrise Ave.
    Roseville, CA 95661
  • Fall and Spring M-Th: 8:00am - 4:30pm

    Closed Friday

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

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