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. 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.

Astronomy

Introduction to Astronomy: Part 1, Planetary Astronomy of the Inner Solar System

Astronomy is the oldest science, continuously evolving from astronomical measurements and observations recorded by Ancient Mesopotamians. Space exploration is expanding our understanding of the Earth-Moon system. Beginning with a short history of astronomy, this course will introduce the planets of our inner solar system – Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars, and Earth’s Moon. The scientific method, units and measurements, sky charts, meteors, lunar eclipses, and composition of the terrestrial planets and accompanying moons will be studied. Telescopes will be introduced and used to view the Moon.
Instructor: Ellen Sander

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N6-206 
$25

#Club803 - 9/12-10/10
Wed.,  2:00-4:00pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259 
$25

#Club302 - 9/14-10/12
Fri., 1:30-3:30pm

Introduction to Astronomy: Part 2, Planetary Astronomy of the Outer Solar System

Beginning with the Sun as the basis for the solar system, this course introduces the Jovian (gas giant) planets residing in the outer solar system. Hydrogen-alpha and white light telescopes will be introduced and used to study the Sun. Data compiled from space missions will be used to study the composition of the Jovian planets and their moon and ring systems. Solar eclipses, comets and associated meteor showers, asteroids, the Kuiper Belt, and Oort Cloud will be examined.
Instructor: Ellen Sander

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N6-206
$25

#Club805 - 10/31-12/5
Wed., 2:00-4:00pm
No class 11/21

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$25

#Club306 - 11/2-12/7
Fri., 1:30-3:30pm
No class 11/23

Field Trips

Donner Memorial State Park

Visit Donner Memorial State Park, view the new Visitor Center, and explore the story of the emigrants, the Washoe Natives, the Chinese Transcontinental Railroad, and the Lincoln Highway. Watch the 26-minute film about the Donner Party. Enjoy a guided tour to the 100-year-old Pioneer Monument and the Murphy Cabin site while hearing the story of the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy and Donner Parties. The accessible path length is about 1/4 mile long. After the tours, we will spend the afternoon exploring Historic Downtown Truckee and enjoy a no-host lunch at one of the many restaurants.

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Donner Memorial State Park
$20

#Club505 - 10/10
Wed., 8:30-5:00pm

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 10:30 am, with check-in at 10:15 am. Members from the Grass Valley area please meet us there. 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 9:00 am. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Empire Mine
$30

#Club510 – 9/18
Tues.,  9:00am-3:00pm

Sierra College Natural History Museum

This unique field trip will give participants the opportunity to touch, see, feel, and experience some of nature’s greatest wonders. With stops in the Sierra College Natural History Museum to the Planetarium to hiking the Nature Trail Preserve, science enthusiasts of all ages will find something to enjoy. Highlights of our visit will include several major animal exhibitions, a Sierra forest display, a weather station exhibit, and mineralogy cases, to name just a few. Then, far from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood, the Planetarium offers rest and contemplation. Sit back, relax, and stare in wonder at the skies above as we learn about the real stars of our galaxy. Capping off the trip will be a short hike on the Nature Trail Preserve winding through the local foothill oak woodland and the streamside or riparian communities of Secret Ravine.

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Rocklin Campus, Sewell Hall
$10

#Club515 – 11/16
Fri., 10:00am-1:00pm

Film

Cary Grant is Chased—“North by Northwest”

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1959 film, “North by Northwest”, where an innocent man, Cary Grant, mistaken for a US intelligence agent is chased by foreign spy’s from New York to South Dakota and everywhere in between. Also starring Eva Marie Saint, James Mason and Martin Landau. The American Film Institute considers it one of the greatest films of all time and in 1995 was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant”.
Instructor: Curtis Covington

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
FREE

#Club325 - 10/11 only
Thur.,  1:00-4:00pm

Cinematic Anti-Heroes

We will view and discuss three remarkable films, featuring the anti-heroes Marlon Brando, Paul Newman and Robert DeNiro, flawed characters who ultimately achieve personal redemption. “On the Waterfront” Brando; “The Hustler” Newman; “East of Eden” Dean.
Instructor: Lincoln Curtis

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103 
$30

#Club816 – 9/13-9/27
Thur., 1:00-4:00pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$30

#Club315 – 9/14-9/28
Fri., 10:00am-1:00pm

Films of Affleck, Damon, Clooney, Pitt: Part 1

In the fall of 2014, I did a series on Affleck, Clooney, Damon and Pitt. This fall we are continuing that series with new films. We will be watching/discussing films from each of these actors broken into two sessions. The first session will be Affleck—“Argo” (2012) which he directed and produced and won an Oscar for best picture, “The Accountant” (2016); Clooney—“Up in the Air” (2009), and “The Descendants” (2011).
Instructor: Curtis Covington

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$35

#Club312 - 9/13-10/4
Thur., 1:00-4:00pm

Films of Affleck, Damon, Clooney, Pitt: Part 2

In Part two we will be watching/discussing films from Damon and Pitt. Matt Damon’s films are “Syriana” (2005), and “Contagion” (2011); Brad Pitt’s films are “Allied” (2016) and “Oceans 11” (2001) staring Clooney and Damon.
Curtis Covington

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$35

#Club313 - 10/25-11/15
Thur., 1:00-4:00pm

Films of Susanne Bier

The Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier is regarded as one of the truly great contemporary cinematic auteurs. We will view and discuss three of her award winning films. “Brothers” (2004); “After the Wedding” (2006); “In A Better World” (2010).
Instructor: Lincoln Curtis

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103
$30

#Club808 - 10/4-10/18
Thur.,  1:00-4:00pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$30

#Club324 – 10/5-10/19
Fri., 10:00am-1:00pm

Mothers and Daughters on Film: Part 1

The relationship between Mothers and Daughters and the bond they share has been a topic of many films. Join us to watch and discuss these 5 films: “Stella Dallas” (1937 BandW); “Two Women” (1960); “Terms of Endearment” (1983); “The Joy Luck Club” (1993); and “Real Women Have Curves” (2002). Through love and hate, up and downs, joys and sadness the ongoing struggle between Mothers and Daughters is powerful and can be life altering.
Instructor: Linda Derosier

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Twelve Bridges Library, Redwood Room
$40

#Club202 - 10/23-11/27
Tue., 1:00-4:00pm
No class 11/20

Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 259
$40

#Club314 -10/24-11/28
Wed.,  9:30am-12:30pm
No class 11/21

Who Done It—Murder Mysteries

It was a dark and stormy night, the clock was striking midnight, and there were plenty of suspects for a crime so foul… As it gets colder outside, we will retreat into the warmth of several big ensemble murder mysteries, with all the clues, red herrings, and deductions we love. Join us for these unconventional mysteries with all-star casts. In this class, we will watch and discuss: “Death on the Nile” (1978); “The Last of Sheila,” (1973); “Deathtrap” (1982); “Identity” (2003); and “Murder on the Orient Express” (2017).
Instructor: Sam Schlafer

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Twelve Bridges Library, Redwood Room
$40

#Club205 - 10/26-11/30
Fri., 1:00-4:00pm
No class 11/23

Peter O’Toole: A Giant, A Madman and A King

Peter O’Toole first made a name for himself with his performance in Lawrence Of Arabia, before going to become one of film’s most highly regarded actors, dominating both in the cinema on the stage, and achieving the distinction of being nominated the most times for a Best Actor Oscar without winning. Join us for a celebration of an actor who is not only larger than life, but seems larger than the film screen can hold. In this class, we will watch and discuss: “Becket” (1964); “How to Steal a Million” (1966); “Man Of La Mancha” (1972); “My Favorite Year” (1982); and “The Lion in Winter” (1968).
Instructor: Sam Schlafer

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Twelve Bridges Library, Redwood Room
$40

#Club204 – 9/14-10/12
Fri., 1:00-4:00pm

Stargazing: Films of Faye Dunaway

No actress embodied Hollywood’s ambivalent response to feminism like Faye Dunaway. We will look at four films of hers: “Bonnie and Clyde”, “Chinatown”, “Three Days of the Condor”, and “Network,” and consider the characters she played and the socio-cultural context of those representations.
Instructor: Dan Shoemaker

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103
$35

#Club802 - 10/26-11/16
Fri., 1:00-4:00pm

Government and Politics

Liberty and Democracy

The two go hand in hand in popular thinking, fused by more than 200 years of U.S. history. More democracy means more freedom. Or does it? Fareed Zakaria’s thought-provoking and important book, “The Future of Freedom,” lends an opportunity to reflect and discuss the tensions between democracy and freedom in the modern world. (This book is available through Amazon in print, audio, and Kindle editions.)
Instructor: Kent Penwarden

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101
$25

#Club813 - 9/14-10/5
Fri., 10:00am-12:00pm

Inside a US Embassy

Diplomacy is not quite the world’s oldest profession, but it remains one of the most misunderstood. This course will provide an up-close and personal look into the work and lives of American diplomats and US embassy personnel. They are our first line of defense, promoting our national interests in an increasingly unsettled and dangerous world. Learn how our diplomats protect US citizens, promote American jobs and businesses, stop pandemics, confront our adversaries and rally our allies to our side.
Instructor: Ambassador Steven Browning (ret.)

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103
$30

#Club807 - 10/23-11/27
Tue.,  10:00am-12:00pm
No class 11/20

Jefferson, Hamilton and the Birth of Party Politics in America

We live in a nation that is part Jeffersonian and part Hamiltonian. From the aristocratic Jefferson, we cherish liberty, equality, democracy, and the importance of the ability of the average person to fully participate in government. From Hamilton came the vision that America’s economic future lay as a capitalist country, and he did much to lay the foundation for this. In this course, we will explore the differences between these two giants of the founding generation and how this led to the birth of the American two party system.
Instructor: Donald Fraser

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$15

#Club316 - 9/11-9/18
Tue., 1:00-3:00pm

The Federal Reserve System: History and Function

The Chair of the Federal Reserve Board is often described as the second most powerful person in the country. Do you know Jerome Powell? Do you understand his awesome powers? In this two-hour lecture, students will understand the history and need for the establishment of the Federal Reserve System. The second half of the seminar will discuss the extensive powers of “The Fed” in regulating the flow of money and influencing the American and World economy.
Instructor: Terence McAteer

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Twelve Bridges Library, Willow Room
$10

#Club203 - 11/1 only
Thur., 1:00-3:00pm

Nevada County Campus,  Room N12-103
$10

#Club810 - 11/5 only
Mon., 10:00am-12:00pm

History

California History: From the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt to Statehood in 1850

A series of unique events led to California being admitted as the 31st state. This short course will examine the political (Bear Flag Revolt, Mexican War), economic (slavery, Gold Rush) and social (John C. Fremont, Manifest Destiny) which helped shape us becoming the “Golden State.” We will discover the California of 1846 and finish on Admission Day – September 9, 1850. A brief history of Nevada County will be included into the content of this time period.
Instructor: Terence McAteer

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103 
$15

#Club811 - 10/22-10/29
Mon.,  10:00am-12:00pm

Cornish History and Culture: the Cousin Jacks and Jennies

Come 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.
Instructor: Gage McKinney

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101 
$20

#Club812 - 11/7-11/28
Wed.,  2:00-3:30pm

FLOTUS: America’s Second Group of First Ladies

Who is Sarah Polk? Why will she surprise you? America’s First Ladies are not elected, yet they play significant roles during their time in the White House. We will explore the lives and contributions of eight First Ladies. How did they live? How did they influence their President husbands? Some famous, like Mary Lincoln, some little known, their stories unfold during times very different from our own. Using photographs, stories, and discussion, we will explore the lives of eight First Ladies. (First Ladies Polk – Grant; 1845–1876)
Instructor: Joan Griffin

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$25

#Club303 - 9/24-10/22
Mon., 10:00am-12:00pm

FLOTUS: America’s Third Group of First Ladies

America’s First Ladies are not elected, yet they play significant roles during their time in the White House. We will explore the lives and contributions of eight to ten First Ladies. How did they live? How did they influence their President husbands? Some famous, some little known, their stories come from times of great change: Guilded Age, Dawn of 20th Century, WWI and into Roaring Twenties. Using photographs, stories, and discussion, we will explore the lives of eight to ten First Ladies. (First Ladies Hayes – Wilson; 1876 – 1921)
Instructor: Joan Griffin

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103
$25

#Club804 - 9/26-10/24
Wed., 10:00am-12:00pm

FLOTUS: America’s First Ten First Ladies

America’s First Ladies are not elected, yet they play significant roles during their time in the White House. We will explore the lives and contributions of ten First Ladies. How did they live? How did they influence their President husbands? Some famous, like Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison, some little known, their stories come to us from our nation’s infancy. Using photographs, stories, and discussion, we will explore the lives of the first ten First Ladies. (Washington – Tyler; 1789 – 1845)
Joan Griffin

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Twelve Bridges Library,  Willow Room 
$25

#Club206 - 9/27-10/25
Thur.,  2:00-4:00pm

Great Voices in History

In this series, we will examine specific events or themes throughout history and what certain people had to say about their experiences. Each session will begin with a short history of the era and the examination and discussion of what someone who had lived through it had to say. In this particular session, we will listen to male voices at the founding of our country during slavery, the Jim Crow South, the early twentieth century, and today (for comparison).
Instructor: Janet Rankin

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 350
$30

#Club301 - 9/13-10/11
Thur., 10:00am-12:00pm

Nevada County Campus,  Room N6-205
$30

#Club818 - 10/25-11/29
Thur., 2:30-4:30pm
No class 11/22

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.
Instructor: Janet Rankin

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 350 
$25

#Club323 - 9/11-12/4
Tues., 2:00-4:00pm
(This course meets once a month: 9/11, 10/9, 11/6, 12/4)

You’ll Never Look at History the Same Way Again: Nikita Khrushchev

“We will bury you” and other lessons of Diplomacy from Nikita Khrushchev. We affiliate ’60s with spirit of Peace, Love, and Rock and Roll. Simultaneously it was a time of unpredictable political situation, which could have led to a nuclear war disaster. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s diplomacy style was harsh and sloppy, yet it led to a surprise resolution of the Caribbean Crises. In this class, let us observe Nikita’s character, his role of leadership within the USSR and on the international arena.
Instructor: Alex Yarmolyuk

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 259 
FREE

#Club318 - 10/24 only
Wed.,  2:00-4:00pm

Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101
FREE

#Club817 - 10/17 only
Wed., 2:00-4:00pm

Humanities

Introduction to Eastern Religions: Part 1

A brief introduction to the religious beliefs, practices and values of Eastern Religious Traditions, 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.
Instructor: Jason File

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Rocklin Campus, Room W-100
$25

#Club902 - 9/10-10/8
Mon., 3:30-5:00pm

Introduction to Eastern Religions: Part 2

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

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Rocklin Campus, Room W-100
$25

#Club903 - 10/22-11/26
Mon.,  3:30-5:00pm
No class 11/12

The History of Ireland Told through Films

Our films will tell the story of Ireland’s tumultuous history, from ancient myths to current musicians. There will be a feature film each week, and documentary footage added to round out the picture. No leprechauns or magic shamrocks or Blarney Stones in these films, but moving, hard-hitting stories of Ireland’s long struggle for independence from England, its great artists and writers, the Troubles of Northern Ireland, and the experience of Irish immigrants in America. The class will conclude with a live performance of Irish songs and ballads by an outstanding local Celtic band.
Instructor: Winslow Rogers

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus,  Room N12-103
$40

#Club806 - 9/14-10/12
Fri., 1:00-4:00pm

Martin Luther: The Transformation of Europe

This course is focused on the radical changes that sprung from an idea and a lowly monk. This new idea created a chain reaction that has reshaped the world. In this class, we will look at the ways Luther and his message had a cataclysmic impact on the historic struggle between three major traditions: Roman Catholic, Protestantism, and Radical Protestantism. Our goal is to better understand the many sides of this cultural, political and religious conflict and its ramifications for the modern world.
Instructor: Emil Augustine

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$35

#Club307 - 10/2-10/30
Tue.,  2:00-4:00pm

Twelve Bridges Library,  Willow Room
$35

#Club201 - 10/3-10/31
Wed.,  2:00-4:00pm

The Bizarre and The Wild

Join us in this fascinating and extraordinary selection of subjects for this series.
SESSION 1A—Aurora: It will be defined, explored and pictured presenting the plethora of colors, shapes and streamers.
SESSION 1B—Cryptids: We will examine a few of the most curious and unexplained creatures defying scientific explanation.
SESSION 2A—Extreme Animal Weapons: Explore with us the secrets that underlie nature’s battleground. Every animal has some kind of weapon, i.e. claws, fangs, or stings-a highly fascinating subject.
SESSION 2B—Horrible Places: This will focus on many areas, which are incredibly dangerous for human visit or habitation. Don’t you dare plan your vacations there.
SESSION 3A—Forbidden City: Here we highlight the ingenious engineering of Beijing’s Forbidden City allowing the city to survive centuries of area devastating earthquake tremors, shocks and rumbles.
SESSION 3B—Extreme Creatures 2: This is a continued examination of some of the most intriguing and out of the ordinary incredible plants, animals, insects, and fish in the world-sky, land, lake, or ocean.
SESSION 4 A and B—Australia: Extravagant back-to-back two hour presentation of the most wild, remote and untraveled areas of Australia done in magnificent color to highlight its grandeur and raw beauty.
Instructor: Tom Fisher

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Rocklin Campus,  Room D-12
$30

#Club901 - 10/26-11/16
Fri.,  1:30-3:30pm

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, influence 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 artists Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, TS Eliot and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Re-reading the texts is not necessary to enjoy the class.
Instructor: Catharine Bramkamp

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N6-204 
$25

#Club801 - 10/23-11/13
Tue.,  2:30-4:30pm

Klondike Literature: Through the eyes of Jack London and Robert Service

Between 1896 and 1899, more than 100,000 prospectors flooded the Yukon to find their fortunes in the gold mines. Two of the best Naturalist writers/poets, Jack London (Californian) and Robert Service (British-Canadian) wrote vividly about the Yukon and “the men who moiled for gold.” This two-session class will read and discuss some of their most-loved writings, including “The Cremation of Sam Magee” and “To Build a Fire.” Students will be given handouts of both of the readings.
Instructor: Liz McAteer

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N6-204 
$15

#Club809 - 11/19-11/26
Mon., 2:00-4:00pm

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!
Instructor: Joan Griffin

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 229
$25

#Club305 - 10/30-11/27
Tue., 10:00am-12:00pm

Writing Salon

A constructive and supportive working group venture designated to encourage writers of all genres and levels of experience. Each week, discussion will revolve around what makes “good” writing, how to avoid pitfalls, and sharing our own writing—anything from a letter to the editor to an excerpt from a novel and everything in between. Critique will center on how to improve not just our writing, but how best to discuss it, as well.
Instructor: Katherine Longshore

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 229
$25

#Club317 – 11/8-12/6
Thur., 10:00am-12:00pm
No class 11/22

Music

OLLI Orchestra

Experience great orchestral works from within by playing them with the OLLI Orchestra, an ensemble of music-loving amateurs having good fun through immersion in the great classical repertoire. Our weekly rehearsals emphasize music appreciation and an atmosphere of mutual support. Making music builds community. We will perform a concert for the public at the end of the semester.
Instructor: Steve Miller

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101
$40

#Club815 - 8/22-12/5
Wed.,  6:30-9:00pm
No class 11/21

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.
Instructor: Lorin Miller

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Rocklin Campus, Room D-2 
$40

#Club905 - 8/21-12/4
Tue.,  6:30-9:30pm

Rock Goes to The Movies

If you like the movies and music, you’ll enjoy this class. For decades, rock/pop/soul music has enriched our experience of watching movies. In this course, you’ll learn the interesting history of the films, actors, and directors along with the music and singers featured in those movies. A broad variety of films (romantic comedies, dramas, action, documentaries, etc.) and music (rock/pop/soul) from 1955 through today will be highlighted. You’ll also see lots of video clips featuring scenes from the movies and the great songs from those films.
Instructor: David Anderson

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 259
$20

#Club319 - 11/15-12/6
Thur., 10:00am-12:00pm
No class 11/22

The History of Rock ’n’ Roll: The 1950s

Take an entertaining and informative musical journey through rock n’ roll’s first decade. You’ll hear great music, watch videos featuring the pioneers of rock n’ roll and learn their compelling personal stories. Discover how rock n’ roll began; absorb the musical legacies of Memphis’ Sun Records and New Orleans’ rhythm and blues; and wade through Rockabilly and Doo-Wop music. You’ll play ’50s rock trivia and learn about rock n’ roll’s impact on American culture in the 1950s.
Instructor: David Anderson

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$30

#Club308 - 9/20-10/18
Thur.,  10:00am-12:00pm

The Stories Behind the Songs

Music fans spend a lot of time trying to find meanings 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 see lots of video clips featuring the songs and interesting interviews with the recording artists.
Instructor: David Anderson

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 259
$20

#Club309 - 10/25-11/8
Thur., 10:00am-12:00pm

Special Interest

Book Clubs

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
Nevada County Campus, Room N6-205
FREE

#Club620 - 9/11-12/11
Tue.,  11:00am-12:20pm
Meets the second Tuesday of each month: 9/11, 10/9, 11/13, 12/11
The book club has selected “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood” by Janisse Ray as their book for the September meeting.

Twelve Bridges Library, Fir Room
FREE

#Club610 - 9/13-12/13
Thur., 10:00am-12:00pm
Meets the second Thursday of each month: 9/13, 10/11, 11/8, 12/13
The book that has been selected for the September meeting is “Every Falling Star” by Sungju Lee.

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 229
FREE

#Club635 - 9/12-12/12
Wed., 10:00am-12:00pm
Meets the second Wednesday of each month: 9/12, 10/10, 11/14, 12/12
The book that has been selected for the September meeting is “Every Falling Star” by Sungju Lee.

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.
Instructor: Kent Penwarden

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103
FREE

#Club630 – 9/13-12/6
Thur., 10:00am-12:00pm
No class 11/22

Mahjong Club: Grass Valley

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.
Instructor: Kent Penwarden

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N5 (Student Ctr) 
FREE

#Club625 - 9/11-12/4
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

#Club605 - 8/22-12/5
Wed., 1:00-4:00pm

Wellness

Body Tone and Tune Up

A movement class that incorporates interesting, pleasurable yet toning, flexibility and endurance/metabolic enhancing (so your food burns faster) results as well as balance, strength and cardiovascular benefits. The disciplines drawn from are contemporary dance, Pilates-type, yoga and stretching that “unlocks’ every joint/range of motion (from head-to-toe). Please bring a mat/towel for floor work.
Instructor: Kathrin Wilson

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room, N13-104
$50

#Club840 - 9/10-10/31
Mon. / Wed., 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.
Instructor: Renee Neal

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 354 
$50

#Club350 - 8/14-10/4
Tue. / Thur., 11:00-11:50am

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 354
$50

#Club351 - 10/16-12/6
Tue. / Thur.,  11:00-11:50am
No class 11/22

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 and 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!
Instructor: Martine Shelley

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 354
$20

#Club360 - 8/15-9/5
Wed.,  12:00-1:30pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 354
$25

#Club361 - 11/14-12/12
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.
Instructor: Lori Fee

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 354 
$50

#Club310 - 8/13-10/3
Mon. / Wed.,  10:00-10:50am
No class 9/3

Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 354
$50

#Club311 – 10/15-12/5
Mon. / Wed.,  10:00-10:50am
No class 11/12

Tai Chi: Intermediate Level 1 (focus on Part 2)

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.
Instructors: Lori Fee/Renee Neal

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 354 
$50

#Club320 - 8/13-10/4
Mon. / Thur., 9:00-9:50am
No class 9/3

Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 354
$50

#Club321 – 10/15-12/6
Mon. / Thur., 9:00-9:50am
No class 11/12 and 11/22

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 - 8/13-10/3
Mon. / Wed.,  11:00-11:50am
No class 9/3

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 354
$50

#Club331 - 10/15-12/5
Mon. / Wed., 11:00-11:50am
No class 11/12

Tai Chi: Advanced

Continuing students learn the intricacies of articulation, timing, breathing, the purposes behind the moves and advanced fluidity.
Instructor: Renee Neal

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 354
$50

#Club340 - 8/14-10/4
Tue. / Thur., 10:00-10:50am

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 354
$50

#Club341 -10/16-12/6
Tue. / Thur.,  10:00-10:50am
No class 11/22

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.
Instructor: Joseph Guida

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N13-104
$50

#Club830 - 8/20-10/10
Mon. / Wed., 10:00-10:50am
No class 9/3

Nevada County Campus, Room N13-104
$50

#Club831 – 10/15-12/5
Mon. / Wed., 10:00-10:50am