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Tuition free classes

If you did not take a tuition-free class in either the spring or summer 2017 semesters 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 olli@sierracollege.edu and leave your mailing address.

Mail completed form(s) to OLLI at Sierra College, 316 Vernon Street, Suite 200, Roseville, CA 95678

Summer 2018 Classes



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.

The Remarkable Films of John Cusack

John Cusack is one of those actors that slips by us despite his performances in many fine films. We will watch five of his films beginning with “Gross Pointe Blank”(1997); “America’s Sweethearts” (2001); “Serendipity” (2001); “Runaway Jury” (2003); and “Must Love Dogs” (2005).
Curtis Covington

Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 259
  6/14-7/12,  Thursday, 1:00-3:50 pm



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 and share what you have written outside of class. Meet in a safe, low-key environment and teacher evaluation of your work is offered. Write a memoir to share with your family or to leave to posterity.
Sue Clark

Twelve Bridges Library, Willow Room
#61545 6/12-7/17, Tuesday, 2:30-3:50 pm


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.

Amy Bloom—Award Winning Novelist

From short stories to novels, Amy Bloom is considered a “plainspoken, no-feints writer.” The New York Times wrote, “Ms. Bloom writes warmly and astutely, with arresting precision.” Perhaps that’s why she has won so many awards. We will concentrate on her 2008 novel, “Away,” but those who wish to read more of her seven books may have additional contributions to our discussions. Join us on Wednesday mornings to read and discuss Amy Bloom’s “humor and dazzling prose.”
Sue Clark

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 229
#61544 6/13-7/25, Wednesday, 10:00-11:20 am
no class 7/4



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.

The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Verdi’s best-known operas have been part of the repertoire since his own time, a reflection not only of their musical quality-something critics and musical professionals were slow to acknowledge-but also of their emotional resonance and their social sensibilities. We will enjoy Aida, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Macbeth, Nabucco and Rigoletto.
Steve Miller

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
#61547 6/12-7/24, Tuesday, 10:00am-12:50 pm
no class 7/3

Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101
#61546 6/14-7/26, Thursday, 1:00-3:50 pm
no class 7/5


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  • 316 Vernon Street
    Roseville, CA 95678
  • Fall and Spring M-Th: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    F: 9:00am - 1:00pm

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

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