Club OLLI Classes

Overview

Club OLLI Classes

To register for a Club OLLI class or Special Interest Group (SIG) you need to be a Club OLLI member. 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.

Fall 2019 Classes

Arts and Humanities

Calligraphy: from Caves to Greeting Cards

Petroglyphs often remind visitors about art and letters from the past and how they’re an influence today. Join us on a journey about the evolution of calligraphy; it will enlighten your awareness of its place in history. Rocklin calligrapher Phawnda Moore provides interesting highlights about the early scribes who made illuminated manuscripts, the printing press, the Italian Renaissance and letter writing. She shares a glimpse into how her modern card designs reflect techniques from the past. You’ll even have a few minutes to try writing with some of her tools, including a quill!
Phawnda Moore

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$10
#Club324 - 10/31 only          
Thurs., 1:00-3:00pm

Introduction to Eastern Religions—Part 1

A brief introduction to the religious beliefs, practices and values of Eastern religious tradition, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. We will explore the history of each of these religions, as well as their philosophy, mythology, rituals, practices, beliefs and values. Special consideration will be given to the impact of these traditions on the modern western world.
Jason File

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 229
$25
#Club902 - 9/13-10/11        
Fri., 10:30am-12:00pm

Introduction to Eastern Religions—Part 2

You did not have to attend Part 1 to enroll in Part 2
Jason File

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 229
$25
#Club903 - 10/25-11/22        
Fri., 10:30am-12:00pm

Remarkable and Stunning

Join us in this fascinating and extraordinary selection of subjects for this fall series. 

Session 1—Yellowstone: One of the most beautiful parks in America. It is composed of some of the most beautiful eco-environments found in any other National Parks. We will traverse the park and soak up its unbelievable beauty.

Session 2A—Chinese Chariot: For more than 1,000 years chariots thundered across China’s battlefields—dominating warfare far longer than anywhere else on Earth. We will view amazing archaeological discoveries of China’s first super weapon. 

Session 2B—The Flat Earth: This session focuses on the early view of the Middle Ages that the earth was flat. We will discuss the history, concepts and theories related to this position, and the “Flat Earth Society.”

Session 3—The Mighty Zapotecs: Known as the “Cloud People” and dwell in southern highlands of central Mesoamerica and in the Valley of Oaxaca. We will visit archaeological sites with buildings, ball courts, and magnificent tombs plus see grave goods including finely worked gold items.

Session 4—1421, The Year China Discovered America: Absolutely new, provocative and incredibly fascinating theory that the Chinese discovered the Americas before 1492.

Tom Fisher

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Rocklin Campus, Room D-12
$25
#Club901 - 10/4-10/25       
Fri., 1:30pm-3:30pm

Astronomy

Astronomy—Part 1

The development of astronomy as a modern science and principal astronomical discoveries are examined. Scales and measurements, ideas of space and time, terrestrial and celestial motion, and scientific theories provide the foundation of astronomical study. The properties of light, matter, and gravity are applied to our understanding of the solar system and known universe. Students will learn how to observe planets, moons, stars, and constellations. The Earth-Moon system, lunar eclipses, origin, evolution, and structure of solar system planets and their atmospheres, solar physics (the Sun, solar wind, eclipses), and the nature of comets, asteroids, and satellites (moons) are studied.
Ellen Sander

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$30
#Club336 - 9/9-10/7       
Mon., 10am-12pm

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N7-205
$30
#Club835 - 9/13-10/11      
Fri., 1:30-3:30pm

Astronomy—Part 2

This course begins with a survey of solar system exploration with particular emphases on recent space missions, their contributions to astrobiology and potential human colonization of ultra-Earth objects. Students will learn how to use small astronomical telescopes to observe the Sun, and become familiar with star,  star cluster, and nebula observation. Observational properties of stars and their formation, stellar structure (atmospheres and interiors), stellar evolution including stellar remnants (white dwarfs, neutron stars, back holes), structure and evolution of galaxies, the interstellar medium, supernovae, quasars, and extrasolar planets are studied.
Ellen Sander

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$30
#Club316 - 10/21-11/25 (11/11)       
Mon., 10am-12pm

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N7-205
$30
#Club817 - 10/25-11/22      
Fri., 1:30-3:30pm

The Cosmos

This brief course is an introduction to All That Is. How did this happen? Where did it come from? Will it end? What is this “All” made of? How is it held together? Where are we? And what are we made of? What brought life to life? Are we alone, or should we expect visitors? How do we know these things that happened a long time ago in a galaxy far far away? Here is an opportunity to peer over the edge of knowledge into the depths of the unknown.
Kent Penwarden

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103
$15
#Club823 - 9/16-9/23      
Mon., 10am-12:00pm

Field Trips

Crocker Art Museum—The Race to Promontory

Come explore the Crocker Art Museum and learn about Crocker history and visit several galleries. We will view the gallery “The Race to Promontory” which celebrates the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah. Enjoy a no-host lunch at the Crocker Café before heading home. We will provide complimentary roundtrip transportation on a Sierra College bus from the Rocklin Campus. We will meet at the Dietrich Theater and leave at 9:15 am. Price includes bus transportation and entrance fee. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.
Shari Smith

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Rocklin Campus
$25
#Club920 - 9/17 only       
Tues., 9:15am-1:30pm

Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park

Explore and honor the efforts and sacrifices of American civilians on the World War II home front. Find out how they lived, worked and got along. Many faces, many stories, many truths weave a complex tapestry of myths and realities from this time of opportunity and loss. We will provide complimentary roundtrip transportation on a Sierra College bus from the Rocklin Campus. We will meet at the Dietrich Theater and leave promptly at 8:00am. Price includes bus transportation and entrance fee. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.
Janet Rankin

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Rocklin Campus
$45
#Club915 - 9/26 only       
Thurs., 8:00am-6:00pm

Understanding Hydraulic Mining at Malakoff Diggins State Park

The famous Sawyer Court decision, the Pelton Wheel and the amazing Malakoff Diggins State Park are the topics of this field trip in Nevada County focused on hydraulic mining. We will have a tour of the abandoned town of North Bloomfield, view the open mine pit, explore the Hiller Tunnel, and do tombstone rubbings at the historic town cemetery. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring a bag lunch and drink. Adventuresome folks may wish to bring a flashlight and an extra pair of tennis shoes for the Hiller Tunnel. We will meet at the Rocklin Campus Dietrich Theater and leave at 8:30am, then proceed to pick up at Nevada County Campus at 9:30am. Price includes bus transportation and entrance fee. 
Terence McAteer

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Rocklin Campus
$45
#Club910 - 9/23 only       
Mon., 8:00am-4:00pm

Film

Baseball Films: Fact, Fun and Fantasy

We’ll spend five weeks enjoying some of the greatest baseball films ever made, with plenty of time for discussion. “Fact” in the course title includes the story of Jackie Robinson, whose career was a turning point in the history of race relations in America. We will have fun with popular films like “Bang the Drum Slowly,” “Bull Durham,” and “Moneyball.” The course ends with the ultimate sports fantasy film, “Field of Dreams.” Play Ball!
Winslow Rogers

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103
$40
#Club809 - 9/26-10/24 
Thurs., 1:00-3:30pm

Faye Dunaway: Fierce and Formidable

She’s an Oscar winner and a defining face of the late 1960s/early 1970s New Hollywood era, providing movies with one of the toughest, coolest, and most sensual and glamorous of Leading Ladies. Join us as we revisit some of the defining moments of her career, including these incredible films that we’ll be watching and discussing: “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967); “Chinatown” (1974); “Three Days of the Condor” (1975); and “Network” (1976), a film that perhaps feels more modern now than it did than during its release.
Sam Schlafer

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Twelve Bridges Library, Redwood Room 
$35
#Club204 - 9/13-10/4
Fri., 1:00-4:00pm

Female Perspective: How Women Look at Film

In this film class we will watch five films with a decided “female gaze” ie. films made by women about women. The term is the title of a book by Alicia Malone who attempts to show how female directors, writers and actors chose a different path to “look at” the story and not just “be looked at” as has often been the case with their male counterparts. Each week we will examine more closely and discuss the following examples of another way to “look” at a film: “Mrs. Soffel” (1984) starring Diane Keaton, directed by Gillian Armstrong; “The Piano” (1993) starring Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin, directed and written by Jane Campion; “Mansfield Park” (1999) starring Frances O’Connor and Lindsay Duncan, directed by Patricia Rozeman written by Jane Austen and Patricia Roseman; “Frida” (2002) starring Salma Hayek, directed by Julie Taymor, written by Hayden Herrera and Diane Lake; “Belle” (2013) starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Emily Watson, directed by Amma Asante and written by Misan Sagay. 
Linda Derosier

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Twelve Bridges Library,  Redwood Room
$40
#Club208 - 11/5-12/10 (no class 11/26)
Tues., 1:00pm-4:00pm

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 259
$40
#Club309 - 11/6-12/11 (no class 11/27)
Wed., 9:30am-12:30pm

Foreign Cinema (2017–2019)

Remarkable foreign films to view and discuss. “Everybody Knows”—Fahradi (Spain); “The Cakemaker” Graizer (Israel); “Faces, Places” Varda (France); “The Guilty” Moller (Denmark); “Transit” Petzold (Germany)”
Lincoln Curtis

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus,  Room N12-103
$40
#Club816 - 9/13-10/11 
Fri., 1:00pm-4:00pm

Hollywood in the 1940s—Part 2

The period immediately after World War II brought many changes in America and Hollywood. We’ll consider how those changes influence films from the period. We’ll screen and discuss “The Best Years of Our Lives,” “The Stranger” (by Orson Welles), “Crossfire,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” and “Rope” (by Alfred Hitchcock). Important themes will emerge. You need not have taken Part 1 to take Part 2.
Dan Shoemaker

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus,  Room N15-101
$40
#Club818 - 9/13-10/11
Fri.,  1:00-4:00pm

“On the Basis of Sex”: Ruth Bader Ginsburg the Early Years

“On the Basis of Sex” (2018) is a historical biography based on the story of lawyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg born 1933 (current Supreme Court Justice). It chronicles her years at Harvard and Columbia in the mid 1950’s, follows her attempts to find employment as a lawyer, her husband’s battle with cancer, her role as mother of two small children, a professorship at Rutgers Law School in 1963. The film ends with the country’s legal struggles for equal rights for all “people” under the law in a record breaking Tax case in the1970’s; Moritz v. Commissioner. Starring Felicity Jones as RBG and supporting roles by Armie Hammer, Kathy Bates, and Sam Waterston. Directed by Mimi Leder and based on the book of the same title by Daniel Stiepleman. This film gives insight into the personal, private as well as the public life into one of our most brilliant legal minds of our age. Join us for a frank and informative discussion of this ground breaking film.
Linda Derosier

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Twelve Bridges Library,  Willow Room
$10
#Club209 - 10/22 only
Tues.,  1:00-4:00pm

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 259
$10
#Club328 - 10/23 only
Wed.,  9:30am-12:30pm

Race, Culture and Prejudice on Film

Cinema often reflects problems in American culture, and prejudice remains a persistent one. Films can reinforce or challenge difference, alienation, and subjectivity. We’ll examine and discuss “In the Heat of the Night” (1967, Norman Jewison), “Lone Star” (1996, John Sayles), “Liberty Heights” (1999, Barry Levinson), “The Missing” (2003, Ron Howard), and “The Shape of Water” (2017, Guillermo del Toro). These films star Sidney Poitier, Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Pena, Adrien Brody, Cate Blanchett, Tommy Lee Jones, and Sally Hawkins.
Dan Shoemaker

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus,  Room N15-101
$40
#Club802 - 10/25-11/22
Fri.,  1:00pm-4:00pm

The Coen Brothers, Part One: Crimes and Journeys

Joel and Ethan Coen are a brotherly directing duo who have made a career of making films that celebrate a variety of cinematic genres while also being unlike anything the silver screen has seen before. They’ve hammered out ruthless revenge tales, high-flying comedies, melancholy character studies, and wild and raucous musical adventures, and every inch of their films are idiosyncratic and unique. This will be the first of two classes, with this one focusing on some of the brothers’ more popular films (which usually feature rogues, outlaws, bloodthirsty criminals, as well as those who are just plain in over their heads), which means we will be watching and discussing: “Fargo” (1996); “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000); “Miller’s Crossing” (1990); and “No Country for Old Men” (2007). Please note: These movies are full of humor, dark and otherwise, and can be rated R for some graphic elements, including violence.
Sam Schlafer

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Twelve Bridges Library,  Redwood Room
$35
#Club206 - 10/25-11/15
Fri.,  1:00pm-4:00pm

Geography

The Galapagos: Lessons from a Fragile Land

This course will discuss the history and present state of The Galapagos Islands from discovery to the modern day. We will see what the government of Ecuador and the people of the Galapagos have done well and what they could have done better to protect this fragile land. Students will consider the lessons we can take from the Galapagos to protect our fragile land in the California foothills.
Louise Johnson, Ed.D.

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus,  Room N15-101
$10
#Club825 - 10/28 only
Mon.,  2:00pm-4:00pm

Government and Politics

Current Issues in Foreign Affairs

This course reviews some of the key elements of President Trump’s policies in foreign affairs, and compares them with the policies of his predecessors and longstanding traditions in American foreign policy. We review how he sees America’s role in the world, and his trade and immigration policies. And we discuss the rules-based international order that the US has led since WWII and its future in light of the rise of populism and growing resistance to globalization around the world.
Ambassador Steven Browning (ret.)

Ambassador Steven Browning (ret.)

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103                  
$30
#Club810 - 11/5 – 12/10 (no class 11/26)        
Tue., 10:00-12:00pm

Freedom of Speech and Press Defined by the Supreme Court

There has been much discussion these days about “Fake News” along with questions about limits to Freedom of Speech and Press. This course will highlight famous Supreme Court decisions (Schenck, Branden-burg, Tinker, Barnette, Miller, etc) and how they have provided boundaries to these cornerstones of our democracy. This is an interactive course as the students will become the Court to help decide cases. Participants will understand the limits of speech and press—why you can’t yell “fire” in a theatre or why elected leaders never sue the press.
Terence McAteer​

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$15
#Club312 - 9/12-9/19
Thurs., 10:00am-12:00pm 

Jacksonian America

This course will be taught in parts during the Fall and Spring semesters. The class will analyze the impact that the Age of Jackson had on the United States. Part 1 will focus on Jackson’s background and his rise to power, along with the men he competed for power with (Clay, Adams, Calhoun). Part 2 will look at the issues these men faced during Jacksons two terms in power.
Donald Fraser

Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 349
$30
#Club315 - 9/18-9/25 
Wed.,  1:00-3:00pm

Understand the Electoral College in Preparation for 2020

The Electoral College is a baffling, semi-mysterious portion of the Constitution that defines our Presidential election system. We’ll discover why our Founding Fathers devised this unique process and the history behind some interesting Presidential elections, similar to 2000, where the Electoral College became the centerpiece of the election. Furthermore, besides understanding how the Electoral College works, we will create a variety of Electoral College scenarios envisioning how the 2020 election might play out. Note: This class will be taught in Placer and Nevada Counties during every OLLI semester in 2019 and 2020.
Terence McAteer

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103 
$10
#Club821 - 9/9 only           
Mon., 10:00am-12:00pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$10
#Club313 - 9/11 only
Wed., 10:00am-12:00pm

Voting in America

Is voting a privilege or a right? Did you know that people have been beaten, killed, and force-fed all in an effort to win access to the elective franchise? In this course we’ll explore the fight for universal suffrage from our founding to the present day.
Janet Rankin

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101
$15
#Club828 - 11/5-11/12
Tues., 10:00am – 12:00pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 255
$15
#Club329 - 11/6-11/13
Wed., 10:00am – 12:00pm

History

A Gold Country Innkeeper Relives California’s History

From a rough and tumble gold mining village, 1850, sprang the famous hotel Legér (LAY-ZHAY). The innkeeper will discuss her years in Mokelumne Hill, how she relived historical traditions, and overcame memories of Moke Hill as a “bad man’s town” and site of murders most every Saturday night. She’ll discuss historical stories of the gold country that kept her hotel guests asking for more. She’ll share her show and tell bag of memorabilia to keep you interested in one of California’s most historical eras.
Sue Clark

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 229
$25
#Club332 - 10/28-12/9 (no class 11/11)
Mon., 3:30-5:00pm

America’s Lesser Known Wars and Conflicts

For most of American History, the United States has been self-absorbed with internal expansion and adhered to George Washington’s admonition of staying out of the international conflicts (foreign entanglements). But there were some exceptions. Some of the conflicts to be discussed are the Mexican American War, Spanish American War, the War of 1812, and smaller conflicts such as the Whiskey Rebellion, the Nicaraguan incursion and subsequent takeover, the incursion into Columbia (Panama Canal), interference in the Hawaiian Revolution among others.
David Morehouse

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 231
$30
#Club327 - 9/19-10/17
Thurs., 10:00am-12:00pm

Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103                    
$30
#Club822 - 11/18-12/9           
Mon., 10:00am-12:00pm

America’s Utopian Experiments—Dreams of a Better Way

From the Shakers to Brooke Farm to the Oneida community, America was a land of opportunity to experiment with forming a better society. These experiments were purely American in that they were formed by people who were not limited by the strictures of the past prevalent in Europe at the time. In America, these societal pioneers did not ask why as much as they asked why not.
David Morehouse

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$10
#Club326 - 9/27 only
Fri., 1:00-3:00pm

Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103                    
$10
#Club824 - 11/21 only       
Thurs., 1:00-3:00pm

Centennial of the 1919 Palmer Raids: Socialism in the U.S.

The late 1800s and early 1900s brought worker unrest, protests and political activism. Due to huge disparities in wealth, the newly formed Socialist Party began to take hold in America and ran Eugene Debs multiple times for President. This course will examine the social upheaval of this period culminating with the Palmer Raids in 1919 to quash socialism and communism. It is a perfect centennial discussion for looking at similar issues in today’s America.
Terence McAteer

Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103                    
$20
#Club819 - 11/13-11/20      
Wed., 10:00am-12:00pm

Twelve Bridges Library, Willow Room                    
$20
#Club207 - 11/14-11/21 
Thurs., 2:00-4:00pm

Cornish History and Culture: the Cousin Jacks and Jennies

“Cornish History and Culture: The Cousin Jacks and Jennies” will explore “the sense of difference” that propels a global culture emanating from Cornwall, a Celtic land in the United Kingdom. The course will uncover the wellsprings of culture in geology and geography, and then follow developments, including industrialization and migration. Giving attention to Nevada County and California, the course will trace the revival of Cornish language and music, and provide context for King Arthur, Ross Poldark and Doc Martin.
Gage McKinney

Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103                    
$25
#Club827 - 10/7-10/28 
Mon., 10:30am-12:00pm

Divorced, Beheaded, Died—Henry VIII and His Wives

Discover the facts and fictions that revolve around one of England’s most iconic kings and his six wives. Wes Henry a megalomaniacal narcissistic tyrant? A serial monogamist? Or a serial murderer? Was Anne Boleyn a witch? Did Catherine of Aragon die of a broken heart? How many Catherines were there, anyway? These questions and more will be discussed and dissected as we follow Henry’s matrimonial chronology and reveal how our perceptions are colored by pop culture depictions.
Katherine Longshore

Roseville Center (Vernon) Room 259
$30
#Club323 - 11/1-12/6 (no class 11/29)
Fri., 1:00-3:00pm

FLOTUS III—America’s Third Group of First Ladies

You’ll like this energetic group of post-Civil War First Ladies, all Northerners, who lived in times of great technological and social change. Lucy, Crete, Nell, Frank, Carrie, and Ida — talented, educated, and well-traveled women — these First Ladies came from working or middle class backgrounds, rather than great wealth. These self-made women were the first First Ladies to have (gasp!) earned college diplomas and worked outside the home to support themselves before marriage. Crete and Ida experienced the trauma of presidential assassination. Nell died young. Frank married and bore children while in the White House. Lucy wrote, “Women’s minds are as strong as men’s — equal in all things and superior in some.”
Joan Griffin

Twelve Bridges Library, Redwood Room              
$25
#Club203 - 9/25-10/23
Wed., 11:00am-1:00pm

FLOTUS IV—America’s Fourth Group of First Ladies

We’ll meet Edie, Nellie, Ellen, Edith, and Flo, the first five First Ladies of the Twentieth Century. Changing times—with new technologies and new roles for women—led to changing expectations for the women in the White House. More than helpmates and hostesses, they were stepping out, becoming public figures, even taking on projects and issues of their own, quite separate from their husbands. We’ll explore the lives and contributions of these formidable and influential women, each of whom helped to shape the President and his legacy, and as a “modern woman,” leave a legacy of her own.
Joan Griffin

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259              
$25
#Club318 - 9/12-10/10
Thurs., 1:00-3:00pm

FLOTUS V—America’s Fifth Group of First Ladies

Which Mid-Twentieth Century First Lady actually served barbecued hotdogs to the King and Queen of England? Was it Grace, Lou, Eleanor, Bess, or Mamie. Their names are more familiar than most First Ladies of earlier eras. Their skirts were shorter, their voices louder. They appeared in newsreels and were heard on the radio. They include a hiker whose secret service agent couldn’t keep up, a globetrotting geologist who was nearly killed in the Boxer Rebellion, a UN Ambassador who authored thirty books, and a soap-opera addict with a famous pink dress. This group of First Ladies is bound to impress and entertain us, as we learn how each one helped to shape the Presidency.
Joan Griffin

Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101             
$25
#Club811 - 9/23-10/21
Mon., 2:00-4:00pm

History Matters

In this discussion course, we will try to make sense of current events by putting them in historical perspective. Each session will begin with a comparison between a current topic and a historical event or era. Students are encouraged to bring their own current events to class to share and discuss so that as a group we can pool our knowledge and gain greater insights into world events.
Janet Rankin

Roseville Center Campus (Vernon), Room 225    
$25
#Club333 - 9/16-12/9 (This course meets once a month: 9/16, 10/21, 11/18 and 12/9)
Mon., 10:00am-12:00pm

It’s All Greek to Me!—Democracy

“What Athens was in miniature, America will be in magnitude,” Thomas Paine noted in 1792. But is this true? Ancient Greece’s most famous export to this day is arguably democracy. Would Plato or Aristotle recognize their democracy in America’s governmental system? In this course, we’ll compare and contrast the influences, the similarities, and adaptations of Grecian ideals on American democracy.
Janet Rankin

Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101   
$10
#Club806 - 10/8 only
Mon., 10:00am-12:00pm

Roseville Center Campus (Vernon), Room 259  
$10
#Club301 - 10/14 only
Mon., 10:00am-12:00pm

JFK Assassination: Lingering Doubts, Conflicting Facts

A majority of Americans alive in 1963 still do not believe the Warren Report. A second Congressional inquiry suggested there likely was a conspiracy. Many key witnesses met strange deaths after JFK died. They could not all be coincidences. Roger Peterson has met and talked with several people who witnessed the assassination. He has published three articles on the case, two in American History magazine.
Roger Peterson

Roseville Center Campus (Vernon), Room 259  
$10
#Club303 - 11/22 only
Fri., 10:00am-12:00pm

It’s All Greek to Me!—Minoans and Mycenaeans

Many eras comprise the millennia labeled “Ancient Greece” and each has its own unique characteristics. In this class, we will look at two of the most important ages prior to Classical Greece, the Minoans (who lived on Crete and Santorini) and the Mycenaeans (who lived on the Pelopennese or southern mainland of Greece). These people made major contributions to the areas of art and engineering and yet few know of their accomplishments. We’ll explore how their cultures influenced later Greek culture and even our own.
Janet Rankin

Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101  
$10
#Club833 - 10/29 only
Tues., 10:00am-12:00pm

Roseville Center Campus (Vernon), Room 255  
$10
#Club335 - 10/30 only
Wed., 10:00am-12:00pm

The Transcontinental Railroad: 150 Years Since Opening the West

The completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in1869 was the single largest event which opened up the Western U.S.. The class will discuss the politics behind Lincoln’s decision to sign the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862, the role of the Big Four (Stanford, Hopkins, Huntington and Crocker) and the fateful story of Theodore Judah. As Californians, we will also focus our discussions on “The Octopus”—Southern Pacific and its importance in the development of this state.
Terence McAteer

Roseville Center Campus (Vernon), Room 231  
$15
#Club314 - 12/3-12/10
Tues., 10:00am-12:00pm

Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103
$15
#Club820 - 12/4-12/11
Wed., 10:00am-12:00pm

WWII—The Home Front

When thinking about WWII you know about Pearl Harbor and D-Day, but do you know about the Double V Campaign? The war front gets all of the glory, but in actuality, the war was won in equal measure because of the sacrifice and dedication of those on both fronts—at home and abroad. In this course, we’ll explore the multifaceted ways that we won the war abroad because of the efforts of those at home. This course coincides with a field trip to the Rosie the Riveter National Park in Richmond, CA. See Field Trips for dates and times.
Janet Rankin

Roseville Center Campus (Vernon), Room 255  
$15
#Club334 - 9/11-9/18
Wed., 10:00am-12:00pm

Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103
$15
#Club829 - 9/12-9/19
Thurs., 2:00-4:00pm

Wyatt Earp: Real vs Reel

Earp is one of the most memorable of Old West figures. More than 20 films have been made about him plus a popular TV series. But he wasn’t like what the movies claimed…and he didn’t think of himself as a lawman either. Roger Peterson interviewed three people who personally knew Earp. His work has been cited in Earp’s biography and that of his third wife Josie, and American History magazine published Peterson’s cover story on Earp’s life.
Roger Peterson

Twelve Bridges Library, Willow Room
$10
#Club201 - 10/28 only
Mon., 2:00-4:00pm

England 1485–1600: A History of the Tudors

This course will mark the transiting of England from a feudal to a modern state. It will highlight the personal and political drama of Henry the 8th and the issues of succession, Bloody Mary, and the Virgin Queen Elizabeth. It will also survey the social, economic, cultural and religious history of the period beginning with the War of the Roses and reaching the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the ascendancy of the Elizabethan age. And, in all of this, we will seek to gain insights from this tumultuous age for our own.
Emil Augustine

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$30
#Club306 - 9/10-10/8
Tues., 2:00-4:00pm

Twelve Bridges Library, Willow Room
$30
#Club202 - 9/11-10/9
Wed., 2:00-4:00pm

Literature and Writing

Great Art after the Great War

The Great war, one that both the British and Germans believed would end by Christmas 1914, influenced a sea change in daily life from social positions to literature and art. This class explores how four artists responded to the devastation and change wrought by a war that had certainly not finished by Christmas. We will look at the writers Virginia Woolf, TS Eliot and F. Scott Fitzgerald and the artists from the Omega Workshop, the Futurists, the Dadas and the Surrealists. Re-reading the texts is not necessary to enjoy the class.
Catharine Bramkamp

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus,  Room N6-205                         
$25
#Club805 - 11/12-12/13         
Tue., 2:30-4:30pm

Just Write!

A supportive group venture designed to encourage writers of all levels of experience and genres. Discussions will focus on how to produce “good” writing—including description, dialogue, voice—as well as how to avoid problems and pitfalls. Each week, students will spend time creating new work through individual interpretation of teacher-directed exercises and assignments. Sharing through in-class constructive critique sessions provides the opportunity to learn new techniques, improve what we already know and get to know other writers.
Katherine Longshore

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus,  Room N6-205                         
$25
#Club807 - 11/12-12/3         
Tues., 10:00am-12:00pm

Transformative Journaling

Transformative journaling is a way to organically organize our thoughts and experiences in a positive effective manner. By telling our story we not only move ourselves into the heroine position, but recent findings, linked to the studies of brain plasticity have discovered that consistent journaling can reduce doctor visits and improve overall health. We will learn how to start, what to write, and work with feedback about our process.
Catharine Bramkamp

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus,  Room N6-205                         
$25
#Club807 - 11/12-12/3         
Tues., 10:00am-12:00pm

Writing Down Your Stories: The Art and The Craft

Your life stories are important and they need to be told. Share them with your family and friends (or publish them). Take part in fun exercises designed to inspire creative ideas for your own stories. Learn specific techniques to get started writing or improve your writing craft. Learn to give and receive gentle, helpful feedback. For memoir or fiction. Designed for new or intermediate writers. Please bring a notebook or journal and your favorite pen or pencil. Let’s get started together! (This is an on-going class, come to continue your writing projects or join us as a brand new member of the group!)
Joan Griffin

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 349                       
$25
#Club317 - 9/10-10/8       
Tues., 10:00am-12:00pm

Music

Bright Personality Series: The Life and Work of Igor Stravinsky

“Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the coordination between man and time.”—Igor Stravinsky How can a person coordinate his time so that the result of his life and work will be positive both for society and for himself? Igor Stravinsky, the famous composer of the 20th century, knew the answer to this question. But his path to understanding his purpose and music was by no means easy. Birth in troubled Tsarist Russia, youth, family, emigration, first rejection, and then applause, “Petrushka”, “Firebird”, “The Rite of Spring”, love and passion, Coco Chanel and mysterious “perfume music”. Join this two hours discussion, perhaps the music of Stravinsky will allow you to better understand yourself and the amazing connection between man and time.
Alex Yarmolyuk

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus,  Room N12-103                      
$10
#Club801 - 10/22 only  
Tues., 2:00-4:00pm

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 259                    
$10
#Club302 - 10/24 only  
Thurs., 2:00-4:00pm

More Stories Behind the Songs

Who knew that Paul Simon got the title of one of his hits when he was looking at a menu in a Chinese restaurant and saw a chicken and egg entrée called Mother and Child Reunion? Or that comedian Billy Crystal’s uncle produced Rock Around the Clock. Stevie Wonder wrote a song about reincarnation (Higher Ground) and days later nearly died in a car accident. The title of the Stephen King novel The Shining was inspired by the chorus (“we all shine on”) of John Lennon’s hit, “Instant Karma.” These and other fascinating back stories of a wide variety of rock/pop/soul songs from the 1950s through the 1980s will be featured in the class. You’ll watch music videos of the songs and video interviews with the artists themselves telling you how they came to write some of rock’s greatest songs. Note: This class is the second part of another class, The Stories Behind the Songs.
David Anderson

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 259                    
$20
#Club305 - 9/20-10/4 
Fri., 10:00am-12:00pm

OLLI Orchestra

Experience orchestral works from within by playing them with the OLLI Orchestra, an ensemble of music-loving amateurs. Our weekly rehearsals emphasize music appreciation and an atmosphere of mutual support. Making music builds community. We will present a concert for the public at the end of the semester.
Steve Miller

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus,  Room N15-101                    
$40
#Club815- 8/28-12/4 (no class 11/27)
Wed., 6:30-9:00pm

Placer Pops

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. Membership in the chorale is by audition, which take place twice a year and which can be arranged via the Chorale website, www.placerpops.org. Prospective members must have the ability to both sing and dance, as each semester several professionally choreographed pieces are performed by the Chorale during each of our shows.
Lorin Miller

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Rocklin Campus,  Room D-1                    
$40
#Club905- 9/3-12/3
Tues., 6:30-9:30pm

Rock Goes to the Movies

When Blackboard Jungle hit movie theaters in 1955, teenagers showed up in droves just to dance in the aisles to the opening credits, which were set to Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock.” Smart Hollywood producers recognized right away that there was money to be made from putting rock music into motion pictures. If you like the movies and rock music, you’ll enjoy this entertaining class full of knowledge, anecdotes and surprises. The class will feature a wide variety of films (documentaries, comedies, dramas, etc.) and music (rock/pop/soul) from the 1950s to the present. You’ll also learn fascinating facts about the movies, actors and directors and see many interesting video clips from the films and music videos representing decades of rock.
David Anderson

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus,  Room N15-101                    
$20
#Club803 - 10/8-10/22
Tues., 1:00-3:00pm

Rock Goes to the Movies II

If you enjoyed our Rock Goes to the Movies class, get ready to rock again with this sequel! The class will feature a wide variety of films (documentaries, comedies,dramas) from the 1950s to the present where the soundtrack (rock/pop/soul) plays an important role. You’ll learn fascinating facts about the movies, actors, and directors and watch many interesting video clips from the films and music video clips from decades of rock.
David Anderson

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 259                   
$20
#Club304 - 10/11-10/25
Fri., 10:00am-12:00pm

The Stories Behind the Songs

Music fans spend a lot of time trying to find meaning in the songs they know and love. From “That’ll Be the Day” to “Midnight Train to Georgia” to “Born in the USA,” the creation stories behind many of the songs you know by heart are filled with surprises. In this class, you’ll learn the fascinating stories about your favorite rock/soul/pop songs from the 1950s all the way through the 1980s. You’ll also watch music videos of the songs and video interviews with the artists themselves telling you how they came to write some of rock’s greatest songs.
David Anderson

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus,  Room N15-101                  
$20
#Club804 - 9/17-10/1
Tues., 1:00-3:00pm

Special Interest

Book Club

Meet to choose and discuss terrific books. Selections include fiction and nonfiction, contemporary and classic. 

Discussion is informal and participation is encouraged. Members will need to obtain their own books.

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Twelve Bridges Library,  Fir Room
Free
#Club280 - 9/12-12/12 (Meets the second Thursday of each month: 9/12, 10/10, 11/14, 12/12)
Thur., 10:00am-12:00pm
Gloria Beverage

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus,  Room N6-204
Free
#Club880 - 9/10-12/10
Tues., 11:00am-12:20pm (Meets the second Tuesday of each month: 9/10, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10
Grass Valley book club has selected “Where the Wind Leads” by Vinh Chung as their book for the September meeting.

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 229
Free
#Club380 - 9/11-12/11(Meets the second Wednesday of each month: 9/11, 10/9, 11/13 and 12/11)
Wed., 10:00am-12:00pm
Roseville book club has selected “Blind Assassin” by Margaret Atwood as their book for the September meeting.

Learn and Play Mahjong

Challenge your thinking in a fun, social way. Learn to play the ancient Chinese game of four winds, Mahjong. This class will introduce the basic rules of play according to Classical Chinese rules as codified by the British, advance through challenge of special hands and conclude with strategy. The history and art of Mahjong will be presented. Bring your Mahjong set, if you have one.
Kent Penwarden—Coordinator

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N5
FREE
#Club881 - 9/10-12/10
Tues., 2:15-4:00pm

Mahjong Club

Enjoy playing Mahjong with other Club OLLI members in a friendly social setting. Style of play is Classical Chinese as codified by the British Mahjong Association. All skill levels are welcome, however basic knowledge of the game makes playing more fun. Bring your Mahjong set if you have one.
Kent Penwarden—Coordinator

Nevada County Campus, Room N5              
FREE
#Club881 - 9/10-12/10
Tue., 2:15-4:00pm

Mahjong Club—Roseville

Join us! Learn and play American Mahjong in a friendly, social setting with other Club OLLI members. Members meet and practice on a regular basis, but you may drop-in when you are available. All skill levels are welcome. No supplies needed.

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 229              
FREE
#Club381 - 9/11-12/11
Wed., 1:00-4:00pm

Team Sudoku

This beginners’ course (intermediates accepted) will teach the basics of Sudoku, a practical and appealing puzzle that trains logical thinking habits. Sudoku provides a temporary escape from the stress and complexities of modern life, while building self-esteem. When done on teams, it is an opportunity to make new friends while collaborating to defeat an opponent, the puzzle. Sudoku appeals to both genders equally and everyone over six years. Sudoku provides a great way for grandparents and grandkids to bond, teaching each other. Learning Sudoku results in a fun hobby that sharpens our minds with an affordable and convenient puzzle. Research shows that Sudoku solving is exercise for the brain that postpones dementia, including Alzheimer’s, just as physical exercise benefits our body’s health.
Jerry Martin

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N15-100                
FREE
#Club883 - 9/12-10/17
Thurs., 2:30-3:30pm

Wellness

Body Tone and Tune-Up

Are you looking for a movement class that is designed to stretch and strengthen your muscles, “unlock” and move stiff joints, increase your range of motion, build endurance, improve your balance, and increase blood flow? Then look no further. This class incorporates modern dance movements with yoga and Pilates-type exercise to stimulate your body from head to toe. You will experience a greater ease of movement overall as we apply body physiology to wake up and bring health to every part of your body. Students have indicated they experience less body pain and more energy after this workout. All age groups are welcome. Please bring a mat/towel for floor work.
Kathrin Wilson

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N13-104                 
$50
#Club840 - 9/9-10/30
Tues./Thur., 11:00-11:50am

Flexible and Fit

Drawing from a variety of time-tested disciplines, this class offers effective, results-producing movements designed specifically for the OLLI student at whatever your level is. These exercises will add strength and elasticity to your muscles and frame while protecting and strengthening your back. You will also work your heart in a very gentle way and achieve freedom in movement and less pain. Best of all, we’re doing all this to the music we know and love: ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. It is not too late to rejuvenate your body! Comfortable clothing and yoga mat required.
Trina Long

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 354                  
$50
#Club350 - 8/13-9/25
Tues./Thur., 11:00-11:50am

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 354                  
$50
#Club351 - 10/15-12/5 (no class 11/26 and 11/28)
Tues./Thur., 11:00-11:50am

Growing Older with Grace and Grit

Growing older can be challenging in a culture that generally denies aging and glorifies youth. In this overview class, you will learn practical proven tips and tools for a happier, healthier elder life. You will be offered nuggets of knowledge and evidence based mindfulness practices for- exquisite self-care and fun as we grow older, to let go of inevitable losses as we age, to release the stress of aging, to combat memory loss, to find your calling at any age, and possibly you will find a safe balanced practice of how to accept and prepare for our own death and dying. Come and learn many gems to grow older with grace and grit in a safe, non-pressured, private space.
Richard Lui

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 255                        
$10
#Club322 - 9/25 only        
Wed., 9:00-12:15pm

In Sickness and in Health

This multidisciplinary course will examine topics of illness and wellness through the lenses of art, science, social science, economics and music. How do artists depict sickness and health? Does art contribute to health? How does the human body go awry with cancer? What is the history of health care in the Western and Eastern world? How does health care contribute to our economy and what are the economic consequences of sickness? What western music pieces contribute to our emotions about mortality?Louise Johnson, Ed.D.

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus,  Room N15-101
$30
#Club826 - 9/19-10/17      
Tues., 10:00-12:00pm

Qigong for Vitality and Ease

An introduction to Qigong. This is a form of gentle, flowing, meditative movement. It is simple and easy to learn. It integrates movement with mindfulness and cultivates the body’s vital energy. This simple practice brings ease and well-being by reducing your stress and calming your nervous system. These easy exercises do not require a change of clothes, special place, equipment or skills. All levels are welcome!
Martine Shelley

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 354                          
$40
#Club360 - 9/11-10/30         
Wed., 12:00-1:30pm

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.
Lori Fee

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 354                          
$50
#Club310 - 8/12-9/25 (no class 9/2)
Mon./Wed., 10:00-10:50am

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 354                          
$50
#Club311 - 10/14-12/4 (no class 11/11, 11/25 and 11/27)
Mon./Wed., 10:00-10:50am

Tai Chi—Intermediate Level 1

Continuing students will begin to learn the second section of the Yang Long form, with an emphasis on learning basic concepts, stances and poses in more detail.
Lori Fee

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 354 
$50
#Club320 - 8/12-9/25 (no class 9/2) 
Mon./ Wed., 9:00-9:50am

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 354 
$50
#Club321 - 10/14-12/4 (no class 11/11, 11/25 and 11/27)
Mon./ Wed., 9:00-9:50am

Tai Chi—Intermediate Level 2

Continuing students are introduced to further sequences of the Yang Long form.
Lori Fee

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 354                          
$50
#Club330 - 8/12-9/25 (no class 9/2)
Mon./ Wed., 11:00-11:50am

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 354                          
$50
#Club331 - 10/14-12/4 (no class 11/11, 11/25 and 11/27)
Mon./ Wed., 11:00-11:50am

Tai Chi—Advanced

Continuing students learn the intricacies of articulation, timing, breathing and the purposes behind the moves and advanced fluidity.
Anney Siegel-Wamsat

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 354                          
$45
#Club340 - 8/27-10/10  
Tue./Thur.,  10:00-10:50am

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 354                          
$50
#Club341 - 10/15-12/5 (no class 11/26 and 11/28) 
Tue./Thur.,  10:00-10:50am

T’ai Chi Ch’uan

T’ai Chi is a physical exercise, which originated in ancient China that promotes relaxation, good health and peace of mind. T’ai Chi consists of a series of movements that involve turning, shifting weight from one leg to another, bending and unbending the legs and various arm movements. The T’ai Chi forms teach the practitioner to keep his or her body balanced and in a central position; erect and well postured. T’ai Chi clears the mind, strengthens the brain and benefits the heart. It also helps to lower blood pressure, soften blood vessels and regulate the circulation of blood.
Joseph Guida

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus,  Room N13-104                  
$50
#Club830 - 8/12-9/25 (no class 9/2) 
Mon./Wed., 10:00-10:50am

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus,  Room N13-104                  
$50
#Club831 - 10/14-12/4 (no class 11/11, 11/25 and 11/27) 
Mon./Wed., 10:00-10:50am