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Tuition free classes

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

If you did not take a tuition-free class in the Fall 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 olli@sierracollege.edu and leave your mailing address.

Mail completed form(s) to: OLLI at Sierra College, 333 Sunrise Avenue, Suite 300, Roseville, CA 95661

Spring 2017 Classes

Bus 0809

Course designed for older adults. Techniques are offered to manage investments during retirement; includes generating both income and growth for investments, fixed income, stocks, mutual funds, annuities. May be repeated.

How to Construct and Maintain the All-Weather Investment Portfolio

This class helps the student manage their investments before or during retirement. Asset classes of Bonds, Stocks, and Alternatives are covered as well as investment vehicles such as individual securities, mutual funds, etfs, closed end funds, and annuities. The student will also learn valuable methods to either grow their funds or generate an income.
Russell Abbott

Roseville Gateway Center    Room 202                                   
#46626            2/16-3/9           Thur. 2:00-4:00pm

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.

America in the 1960s through the Lens of the Motion Picture Camera, Part 1

America in the 1960s is remembered as a decade of monumental changes in society, culture and politics. This was the era of the Counterculture Revolution: “the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius.” Rapid shifts could be observed in values, fashion and attitudes toward sex. Protests against racism and the Viet Nam War were occurring throughout the country and the Cold War was heating up. Even the film industry was affected. The 1960s brought about the end of the Hollywood Studio System and the introduction of the independent and underground cinema. The big studios were taken over by conglomerates. A number of films produced at this time reflect many of these transitional values and events. Among the films to be seen are: “The Apartment”(1960), “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” (1962), “Seven Days in May” (1964), “Westside Story” (1961), “A Thousand Clowns” (1965), “Dr. Strangelove or I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964).
Mike Theodore

Nevada County Campus       Room N12-103
#46628            2/14-3/21         Tues. 1:00-4:00pm

Roseville Gateway Center    Room 214
#46627            2/15-3/22         Wed. 1:00-4:00pm

America in the 1960s through the Lens of the Motion Picture Camera, Part 2

The second part of our film series on America in the 1960s will consist of 6 movies produced between 1966 and 1969. Among the films to be shown are: “Cool Hand Luke” (1967), “The Graduate” (1967), “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), “In the Heat of the Night” (1967), “The Odd Couple” (1968), “Easy Rider” (1969).
Mike Theodore

Nevada County Campus       Room N12-103
#46629            3/28-5/9          Tues. 1:00-4:00pm
no class 4/11

Roseville Gateway Center    Room 214
#46630            3/29-5/10        Wed. 1:00-4:00pm
no class 4/12

The A List, Six Essential Films, Part 1

The class title refers to the book “The A List, The National Society of Film Critics ‘100 Essential Films” edited by Jay Carr (2002). Featured films are six from various genres: “Annie Hall” (1977), starring/directed by Woody Allen with Diane Keaton; “Citizen Kane” (1941), starring/directed by Orson Welles; “Fargo” (1996), written/directed by the Coen Brothers with Frances McDormand; “The Graduate” (1967), directed by Mike Nichols with Dustin Hoffman; “Sunset Boulevard” (1950), directed by Billy Wilder with William Holden and Gloria Swanson; “The Wild Bunch” (1969) directed by Sam Peckinpah with William Holden. Films subject to change due to availability.
Curtis Covington

Twelve Bridges Library         Redwood Room
#46631            4/6-5/18           Thur. 1:00-4:00pm
no class 4/13

Engl 0812

Designed for older adults interested in exploring the writing of poetry. Exercises and experiments 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.

Exploring the Beat Generation: Poems and Prose

This course explores the profound works and lives of the “Beat Generation,” including poems and prose by Jack Kerouac, Diane di Prima, William S. Burroughs, Hettie Jones, Gary Snyder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Joanna McClure, and Helen Adam, Frank O’Hara, Herbert Huncke, and Ruth Weiss. While lecture and presentation are staples of each class, live readings, musical accompaniment, and in-class writing will all be utilized to inspire and enchant students.
Angela Sells

Nevada County Campus       Room N6-204
#46632            4/5-5/17          Wed. 2:30-4:20pm
no class 4/12

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.

Memoir Writing

This class builds on the structure learned in Beginning Memoir Writing; it is designed for those students who have taken Beginning Memoir Writing. Everyone has a tale to tell. How to tell it is the secret. In this class we will explore memoir writing, incorporating elements of fiction writing; plot descriptions, dialogue, etc. Participants will explore the emotional truths that live in their memories and focus on ways to bring their stories to life. Please bring writing material to class.
Judie Rae

Nevada County Campus       Room N11-102
#46633            2/6-3/20          Mon. 2:00-3:50pm
no class 2/20

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         Willow Room
#46634            2/7-3/14           Tues. 2:30-4:00pm

Twelve Bridges Library         Willow Room
#46635            4/4-5/16           Tues. 2:30-4:00pm
no class 4/11

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.

A Short Story Workshop

At first, we will read and discuss stories and insights about writing from writers such as Nabokov, Flannery O’Connor and Hemingway, as well as Campbell’s concept of the hero’s journey, basic narrative structure, and sources of story ideas. Nabokov: “Although we read with our minds, the seat of artistic delight is between the shoulder blades...Let us worship the spine and its tingle.” Students will be encouraged to apply insights like those to their own works as we workshop our stories in the later class sessions.
William Dane

Nevada County Campus       Room N6-205
#46636            2/8-3/1            Wed. 10:00am-11:50am

Espionage and Intrigue Favorites of American Readers

Espionage and intrigue are once again interesting U.S readers. When you think of espionage in literature in the last 50 years, Robert Ludlum comes to mind, most certainly followed by Alan Furst, John LaCarre, Daniel Silva, Stephen Hunter and others. Whether you like spy stories, military thrillers, government and high tech thrillers or intelligence intrigue, we’ll explore them all. Join us for amazing books, great discussions, and lots of authors and books to add to your “read next” list. This Roseville class will be one of our first classes to meet at our new location! It is located at 316 Vernon Street, Roseville.
Sue Clark

Roseville Center                    Room 349
#46637            2/6-3/20           Mon. 3:30-5:00pm
no class 2/20

Women in Mythology

Through lecture, presentation, in-class writing, and group discussion, this course explores the literary, psychological, spiritual, and cultural significance of female-centric mythological narratives, images, and persons. Come (continue to) journey to the African crossroads, learn about Greek goddesses, gather around for a folktale, watch a film by Maya Deren, sit in Frida Kahlo’s garden, or be mesmerized by poets. Each class focuses on storytelling for personal inspiration in the crafting of one’s own writing and artwork. Content varies each session.
Angela Sells

Nevada County Campus       Room N6-204                             
#46639            2/8-3/15          Wed. 2:30-4:20pm

Phyllis Rose, Author Extraordinaire

Join us for a fun ride through some of Phyllis Rose’s books, such as The Shelf and Parallel Lives. Her concern has always been why the number of readers are declining, and why some book stores only print the word “Books” on their tote bags. “Which books?” Phyllis asks. “The merchandising of reading... has a different flavor now, as if what you read mattered less than that you read.” A New Yorker article about Rose was titled, “Ghosts in the Stacks”. Intrigued? Amazon has many copies of both books, starting under $1.00. Buy both and bring them to class for an entertaining six weeks of the author’s work.
This Roseville class will be one of our first classes to meet at our new location! It is located at 316 Vernon Street, Roseville.
Sue Clark

Roseville Center                    Room 349                                   
#46638            4/3-5/15           Mon. 3:30-5:00pm
no class 4/10

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.

The Life and Music of Franz Joseph Haydn—Part One

Haydn composed prolifically in nearly every genre of his time. During his many years in service to the Esterházy family he was obligated to present as many as two operas and two formal concerts weekly. He taught Mozart and Beethoven and remained a major influence on them. Haydn did not actually “invent” the symphony or the string quartet, but he may be said to have brought them to their earliest perfection.
Steve Miller

Roseville Gateway Center    Room 221                                   
#46640            2/7-3/14          Tues. 10:00am-12:00pm

Nevada County Campus       Room N15-101                           
#46641            2/9-3/16          Thur. 2:15-4:15pm

The Life and Music of Franz Joseph Haydn—Part Two

This class is a continuation of Part 1. You did not need to attend Part 1 to take Part 2. Haydn composed prolifically in nearly every genre of his time. During his many years in service to the Esterházy family he was obligated to present as many as two operas and two formal concerts weekly. He taught Mozart and Beethoven and remained a major influence on them. Haydn did not actually “invent” the symphony or the string quartet, but he may be said to have brought them to their earliest perfection.
Steve Miller

Roseville Gateway Center    Room 221                                   
#46642            4/4-5/16          Tues. 10:00am-12:00pm
no class 4/11

Nevada County Campus       Room N15-101                           
#46643            4/6-5/18          Thur. 2:15-4:15pm
no class 4/13

Truckee-Tahoe Community Chorus

The course is designed for college aged students through seniors for the study of selected styles and periods of music and performance of selected repertoire. Includes discussion of musical elements, composition, vocabulary and history as well as vocal technique.
Susan Horst

Tahoe-Truckee Campus       Room 231                                   
#46644            1/23-5/8          Mon. 5:45-8:35pm
no class 2/20 and 4/10

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  • Fall and Spring M-Th: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    F: 9:00am - 1:00pm

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

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