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.

Spring 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 231  
$10
#Club324 - 2/8 only          
Fri., 1:00-3:00pm

Community-Enhancing Architectural Design

A course on how architectural design affects the overall scope and viability of a community. Community-led design, environmental impact and social implications will be discussed through case studies and group activities.
Charles Durrett

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N7-214
$10
#Club806 - 3/12 only        
Tues., 5:00-7:00pm

The Abrahamic Religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam—Part 1

According to Jewish legend, in 1700BC a man named Abraham put his faith in a god named YHVH and in return was instructed to “look up now at the sky and count the stars if you can. So uncountable will your descendants be.” Those words, as it turns out, were prophetic. This course surveys the history, literature, beliefs and practices of the Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam—religions which taken together comprise over half of the world’s population.
Jason File

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Rocklin Campus, Room W-100     
$25
#Club902 - 2/11-3/11           
Mon., 3:30-5:00pm

The Abrahamic Religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam—Part 2

You did not have to attend Part 1 to enroll in Part 2.

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Rocklin Campus, Room W-100                      
$25
#Club903 - 3/25-4/29 (No class April 15)
Mon., 3:30-5:00pm

The Enigma of Brilliance

This session will look at four of the most brilliant minds of recent world history; Steve Jobs, Frank Lloyd Wright, Henry Ford and Mahatma Gandhi. There is scant disagreement that these men changed not only millions of lives of their time, but of present and future lives in small ways and large. We’ll take a close look at what shaped them to become brilliant innovators, strategists, politicians and, ultimately, salesmen, while failing significantly and tragically, as husbands, fathers and in Ford’s case, a patriot.
Gopal Kapur

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 255                          
$25
#Club315 - 3/8-3/29             
Fri., 10:00-12:00pm

The North American Indian as Documented by American Photographers

Adam Clark Vroman, Edward Curtis, Paul Strand and Laura Gilpin are four of many American documentary photographers who recorded the North American Indian. Tribal customs, Indian culture, Navajo and Pueblo society and culture, and Native influence on the Western landscape were visually recorded by these photographers. Their visual archives serve as perhaps the most comprehensive record of late 19th and early 20th century North American Natives. In this class bodies of photographic works will be analyzed alongside historical texts from the period.
Ellen Sander

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259                          
$25
#Club327 - 2/4-3/11 (No class 2/18)
Mon., 1:00-3:00pm

Nevada County Campus, Room N6-204                    
$25
#Club816 - 2/5-3/5           
Tue., 10:00-12:00pm

A Photographic Narrative of Early Brazilian Society

In the early 20th Century, the Brazilian government strived to create a South American society that mirrored imported European norms and influences, while also carefully adhering to prescribed social conventions promoted by the Brazilian landowning elite. This course will examine the paradoxes and dichotomies of a carefully structured yet carefree society as examined by documentary photographers. The government commissioned work of Brazilian photographer Marc Ferrez will be examined alongside the perspectives of Genevieve Naylor, whose assignment was commissioned by the Office of Inter-American Affairs. We will also study photographic works of the expatriates Kurt Klagsbrunn and Marcel Gautherot.
Ellen Sander

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N7-214 
$25
#Club820 - 3/26-4/30  (No class 4/16)
Tue.,  2:30-4:30pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$25
#Club328 - 3/29-5/3 (No class 4/19)
Fri., 1:30-3:30pm

Tom Fisher: Earth, Space and Aliens

Join us in this startling and bizarre selection of subjects for this series.

SESSION 1A—Here the story is told of epic survival of the World’s smallest animals and their extraordinary skills.
SESSION 1B—Ek’ Balam: We’ll see a tremendous, previously rediscovered and most recently partially restored large Maya ruin in Mexico’s eastern Yucatan area.
SESSION 2A—Day the dinosaurs died takes us back 66 million years ago when an asteroid hit earth killing 75% of life; leaving remaining life to recover and re-evolve.
SESSION 2B—We’ll examine the many ways wherein earth might be devastated; or destroyed, including all life and making our planet totally uninhabitable.
SESSION 3A—Life’s rocky start. We will explore how life started 4.5 billion years ago and how rocks played such a pivotal role in the evolution of our planet’s life.
SESSION 3B—Presenting cool Alien entities, animals, insects, birds, their home planets and evidence of their earth contact including both past and present
SESSION 4A/4B -Different. An open class discussion on 11 various Alien ‘subjects’ wherein class interaction and participation is both requested and encouraged.
Tom Fisher

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Rocklin Campus – Room D-12
$30
#Club901 - 4/5-5/3 (No class 4/19)
Fri., 1:30-3:30pm

Field Trips

Crocker Art Museum

Come explore the Crocker Art Museum and learn about Crocker history and visit several galleries including the Gold Rush Gallery, European Gallery, California and American Art Gallery along with the Contemporary and Modern Gallery. 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.

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Rocklin Campus, meet at Dietrich Theatre
$20
#Club515 - 3/19 only
Tue., 9:15am-1:30pm

Sacramento Historic River Cruise

Take in a little Sacramento history as you cruise the Sacramento River. We will sail past Old Sacramento’s famous historical sites and hear fascinating stories about the history of Sacramento – from John Sutter, the founder of Sacramento, to the wild first days of the Gold Rush and the legendary Pony Express. Before the tour, we will spend time exploring Old Town Sacramento and enjoy a no-host lunch at one of the many restaurants. We will provide complimentary roundtrip transportation on a Sierra College bus from the Rocklin Campus. We will meet at the Dietrich Theatre and leave promptly at 9:15am. Price includes bus transportation and entrance fee. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Rocklin Campus, meet at Dietrich Theatre
$30
#Club505- 5/10 only
Fri.,  11:00am-3:30pm

State Capitol—New Deal Murals

Join us for a field trip to California’s Capitol. We will first tour the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building built in 1928, which recently went through an extensive renovation. We will be able to view the Maynard Ferguson murals and the Art Deco decor and architecture. You will have time to enjoy lunch on your own, walk through the Capitol gardens, and/or visit the California State Capitol Museum. In the afternoon, we will get a tour of the CA State Capitol and if we’re lucky, gain admission to the Senate Hearing Room where the beautiful WPA murals of Lucile Lloyd are on display. We will provide complimentary roundtrip transportation on a Sierra College bus from the Rocklin Campus. We will meet at the Dietrich Theatre and leave promptly at 9:00am. Price includes bus transportation and entrance fee. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.
Janet Rankin

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Rocklin Campus, meet at Dietrich Theatre
$20
#Club510 - 4/24 only
Wed., 9:00am-4:30pm

Film

American Democracy on Film

How has American democracy been represented on film and what does that tell us about our society? We’ll see by watching and discussing Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), 1776 (1976), The Contender (2000) and Silver City (2004). We’ll also consider the intersection between American democracy and other pressing social issues. Featuring performances by Jimmy Stewart, Claude Rains, William Daniels, Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Gary Oldman, Chris Cooper, Maria Bello and Richard Dreyfuss.
Dan Shoemaker

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101
$35
#Club818 - 3/29-5/3 (No class 4/19)
Fri., 1:00-4:00pm

Mothers and Daughters on Film—Part 2

Join us as we watch and discuss the ever-evolving and complex relationships between Mothers and Daughters as portrayed through the performances of these actresses. In this class we will view the following films: “Imitation of Life” (1959) starring Lana Turner and Sandra Dee; “Little Women” (1994) starring Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Kristen Dunst, Claire Danes, and Trini Alvarado; “One True Thing” (1998) starring Meryl Streep and Renee Zellweger; “Grey Gardens” (2009) starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange and “Ladybird” (2017) starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf. It is not necessary for you to have taken Part 1 of this series to participate in this class.
Linda Derosier

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Twelve Bridges Library, Redwood Room
$40
#Club201 - 2/12-3/12
Tue., 1:00-4:00pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$40
#Club309 – 2/13-3/13
Wed., 9:30am-12:30pm

Charles Dickens Goes to the Movies

Charles Dickens is one of our most beloved English writers. He was born more than 200 years ago and has retained his popularity over the decades. Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol is as iconic as any character in literature. Dickens’s novels have been adapted countless times for the theater, the movies, and television. Our film list includes many of his most famous novels, including Nicholas Nickleby, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations. We will learn about Dickens’ life and times, and will view both older and newer films to see different approaches to his novels. Whether you are a long-time Dickens lover or are new to his work, the class should enhance your appreciation of this great novelist.
Winslow Rogers

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus,  Room N12-103
$35
#Club813 - 2/14-3/14
Thur., 1:00-3:45pm

Film Comedy

Classic/cult cinema to view and discuss. Slapstick Comedy: “Mr. Hulot’s Holiday” Tati (France); Screwball Comedy: “His Girl Friday”-Hawks (U.S.A.); Surreal Comedy: “King Of Hearts” De Broca (France); Satirical Comedy: “Being There” Ashby (U.S.A.); Black Comedy: “Waking Ned Devine” Jones (Ireland)
Lincoln Curtis

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103
$40
#Club805 - 4/4-5/9 (No class 4/18)
Thur., 1:00-4:00pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$40
#Club308 - 4/5-5/10 (No class 4/19)
Fri., 10:00am-1:00pm

Hollywood in the 1940s—Part 1

How did the USA’s entry into World War 2 affect Hollywood? How did Hollywood contribute to the war effort? We’ll examine five films of the war years: Casablanca (with Bogart and Bergman), Air Force (by Howard Hawks), Saboteur (by Hitchcock), Fallen Sparrow (with John Garfield) and They Were Expendable (by John Ford, with John Wayne). We’ll consider the films in their context, learn a little film history and see the film craft of the studio system at its peak.
Dan Shoemaker

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus,  Room N12-103
$35
#Club817 - 2/8-3/15 (No class 2/15)
Fri.,  1:00-4:00pm

Meet John Doe: still gullible even today?

Directed and produced by Frank Capra, part of a trilogy of films expressing his deep patriotism for his adopted home, America. Considered by many film critics as his most controversial movie, some even speculate that the film may have been somewhat autobiographical “reflecting Capra’s own looming uncertainties” because of World War II waging in Europe. The film was released shortly before America became involved in the war and citizens were still in an isolationist mood. According to some historians, the film was made to convey a “deliberate reaffirmation of America’s values,” though ones that seemed uncertain with respect to the future. Starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck with the simple John Doe Club’s slogan “Be a Better Neighbor” questions are asked and sometimes answered about what it meant/means to be an American. An immediate box office hit and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Story. Ranked #49 “Best Cheers” by the American Film Institute (AFI).
Linda Derosier

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Twelve Bridges Library, Willow Room                  
FREE
#Club202 - 2/5 only          
Tues., 2:00-5:00pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259                       
FREE
#Club312 - 2/6 only          
Wed., 9:30-12:30pm

Shakespeare at the Movies: Innocence Preserved

Over three 3-hour class periods, we will explore the postulate that, for Shakespeare, the best queen would be one who had been raised in innocence away from the machinations of court life. Let’s see how this idea plays out as we watch “Winter’s Tale,” “Measure for Measure” and “Prospero’s Books” (an artistic retelling of “The Tempest”).
Carol Fegte

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103 
$30
#Club807 - 2/25-3/11
Mon., 1:00-4:00pm

Shane

Director George Stevens’s great 1953 western starring Alan Ladd in his finest performance as the mysterious stranger who arrives at a homestead, in the shadow of the Grand Tetons of Wyoming, of a farmer, his wife and young son played by Van Heflin, Jean Arthur and Brandon De Wilde who with his neighbors are fighting a losing battle with a ruthless cattle baron who wants their land and how Shane manages to settle the issues and leaves a lasting impression on all concerned and then disappears as mysteriously as he appeared. The American Film Institute considers it on their list of 100 greatest films as #45 and on this list of 10 greatest westerns as #3 and in 1993 was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant”.
Curtis Covington

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259  
FREE
#Club332 - 4/4 only
Thur., 1:00-4:00pm

Susanne Bier: The Night Manager

Susanne Bier: “The Night Manager” The acclaimed Danish filmmaker, Susanne Bier, directed the Emmy award-winning “The Night Manager”, a 2016 BBC television adaption of John Le Carre’s spy novel. We will view and discuss this remarkable thriller of six episodes.
Lincoln Curtis

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103 
$30
#Club804  - Class meets 1/28, 1/30, 2/4        
Mon./Wed., 1:00-4:00pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$30
#Club307 - 1/29-2/5
Tue./Thur., 10:00am-1:00pm

The Art of the Heist Film—Part 1

The beauty of the heist film is the joy of watching the criminal professionals come together, make and carry out their plans, and to overcome the impossible with all the twists and turns that follow, leaving us on the edge of our seats. There is a thrill to this criminal enterprise that is just electric on the big screen, with many capers that have stolen their way into our hearts and imagination. This will be the first of two classes, with this one focusing on the more modern heist films of the last twenty years, which means we will be watching and discussing: “Ocean’s 11” (2001); “Ronin” (1998); “Heat” (1995); “Inside Man” (2006); and “Sneakers” (1992).
Sam Schlafer

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Twelve Bridges Library, Redwood Room                
$40
#Club203 – 3/29-5/3 (No class 4/19)
Fri., 1:00-4:00pm

The Everyman on Film

We will view and discuss five films about average good and decent men who suddenly and unexpectedly become caught in situations beyond their control and how they rose to the occasion and dealt with it. “Cape Fear” Gregory Peck (1962); “The Sand Pebbles” Steve McQueen (1966); “Marathon Man” Dustin Hoffman (1976); “Captain Phillips” (Tom Hanks) 2013; “The 15:17 to Paris” (Directed by Clint Eastwood and actual characters playing themselves) 2018.
Curtis Covington

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$40
#Club305 - 2/7-3/7
Thur., 1:00-4:00pm

The Wry Wit and Whimsy of Bill Murray

An actor and comedian, first known for his deadpan improvisational stylings on Saturday Night Live in the late 1970s, he has gone on to become one of our most subdued “larger than life” Hollywood legends. He is known for his beloved comedies, as well as his critically acclaimed independent dramas which he did later in his career. In this class we’ll be looking at both types of films, by watching and discussing: “Quick Change” (1990); “Groundhog Day” (1993), “Lost in Translation” (2003); “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou” (2004); and “Hyde Park on Hudson” (2012).
Sam Schlafer

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Twelve Bridges Library, Redwood Room               
$40 
#Club204
 - 2/8-3/15 (No class 2/15)
Fri., 1:00-4:00pm

Genealogy

Finding Your Irish Ancestors

Are you one of more than 33+ million Americans who have Irish or Scots-Irish ancestors? Good news: finding those ancestors back to the 1800s is getting much easier! The Irish government is providing free online civil record images and supporting other types of help. We’ll cover how to get started, websites for Irish and Scots-Irish genealogy and a case study of how those websites were used to find two generations of Irish ancestors (and exactly where they lived) after starting with just the names of two immigrants to America. Includes 10-page handout.
Susan Rogers

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103
$10
#Club814 - 3/18 only
Mon.,  1:00-3:00pm

Government and Politics

Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz”; A Political Satire on the Election of 1896

The Wizard of Oz is loved as a classic American movie but in reality was a pointed essay by Baum concerning the 1896 election between McKinley and Bryan. The course will chart the economic history of the U.S. from 1828 to 1913 so that participants will understand “the yellow (gold) brick road” and the Emerald City along with the witches of the North, East, South and West. We’ll read excerpts from the book, see movie clips and understand the economic issues of the late 19th Century.
Terence McAteer

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 259 
$20
#Club323 - 2/12-2/26       
Tue., 10:00-12:00pm

Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103                  
$20
#Club809 - 2/20-3/6         
Wed., 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, Brandenburg, 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

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103
$15
#Club811- 3/25-4/1             
Mon., 10:00-12:00pm

Infamous California Duel: Senator Broderick v. Chief Justice Terry

In 1859, U.S. Senator David C. Broderick from California and former California Supreme Court Chief Justice David S. Terry had a deadly duel on the shore of Lake Merced in San Francisco. It is known as the 2nd most famous duel in U.S. history (just behind Hamilton v. Burr) and is also the last duel in American lore. This lecture, slide and discussion session will examine the tumultuous pre-Civil War atmosphere in California along with understanding the dueling culture and its roots. Leave your pistols at home!
Terence McAteer

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus - Room N12-103
$10
#Club810 - 5/6 only
Mon., 10:00-12:00pm

Twelve Bridges Library, Willow Room 
$10
#Club208 - 5/8 only
Wed.,  2:00-4:00pm

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.
Ambassador Steven Browning (ret.)

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259 
$30
#Club304 - 2/7-3/7           
Thur., 10:00-12:00pm

History

Constantinople: The End of the Roman Empire

Constantinople was “the New Rome”. In this world, we see the emergence of three related but distinct cultures: the diminishing influence of the Latin Christian West, the militant Muslim world stretching from Tangiers to the Indus and the birth of an Orthodox Christian world of Eastern Europe. The pace of cultural transformation was accelerated by the Emperor Justinian who sought to restore the vision of Constantine. During the Byzantine age (610-867), emperors warded off new invaders, checked the power of Islam and directed a new understanding of government, society and culture. All of this has shaped much of the modern world.
Emil Augustine

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$30
#Club303 - 4/2-4/30 (No class 4/16)
Tue., 2:00-4:00pm

Twelve Bridges Library, Willow Room                    
$30
#Club205 - 4/3-5/1 (No class 4/17)
Wed., 2:00-4:00pm

FLOTUS: America’s Fourth Group of First Ladies

America’s First Ladies are not elected, yet they play significant roles during their time in the White House. We’ll explore the lives and contributions of six to eight First Ladies. How did they live? How did they influence their President husbands? Some famous, some little known, they all helped to shape the President and his legacy. In the 20th Century, between and during the World Wars, First Ladies became more than helpmates and hostesses. They took on public personalities with causes and projects of their own.
Joan Griffin

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N7-214                    
$25
#Club808 - 2/6-3/6           
Wed., 2:30-4:30pm

FLOTUS: America’s Second Group of First Ladies

Who is Sarah Polk? Why will she surprise you? Why is she considered one of the most influential First Ladies? America’s First Ladies are not elected, yet they play significant roles during their time in the White House. We’ll 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’ll explore the lives of eight First Ladies. (Polk Grant; 1845 1876)
Joan Griffin

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Twelve Bridges Library, Willow Room
$25
#Club206 - 2/7-3/7           
Thur., 2:00-4:00pm

FLOTUS: America’s Third Group of First Ladies

Who was “Lemonade Lucy”? How did technology change the life of First Ladies? Americas First Ladies are not elected, yet they play significant roles during their time in the White House. We’ll 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: Gilded Age, Dawn of 20th Century, WWI. Using photographs, stories and discussion, we’ll explore the lives of six to eight First Ladies.
Joan Griffin

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259                    
$25
#Club313 - 2/4-3/11 (No class 2/18)
Mon., 10:00-12:00pm

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

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 255
$25
#Club333 - 2/13-5/8         
Wed., 1:00-3:00pm
(This course meets once a month: 2/13, 3/13, 4/10, 5/8)

Important Moments in Women’s History

In this course, we will discuss the major points in the study of women’s history including, but not limited to the Colonial Era and Revolutionary War, the Women’s Rights Convention of 1848, woman suffrage and the women’s equality and women’s liberation movements. We will discuss how women participated, get to know some of the women from each era and hear their voices. This is not a class “for women” but about the women left out of the telling of history of which any person interested in history should be familiar.
Janet Rankin

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N6-205                    
$25
#Club812 - 3/26-4/30 (No class 4/16)
Tue.,  2:30-4:30pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 231                          
$25
#Club326 - 3/28-5/2 (No class 4/18)
Thur., 2:00-4:00pm

North Korea: Understanding the Hermit Kingdom

In this two-hour seminar, we will explore the life, culture and history of this mysterious country. Having traveled to North Korea in 2010, Julia will use slides, postcards, maps and other printed material to enhance her experiences and impressions about the government, the people and the culture to understand this Hermit Country. There will be time for discussion and questions.
Julia Amaral

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103
$10
#Club801 - 4/24 only        
Wed., 10:00-12:00pm

Richard III—Man and Myth

Is he the “bunch-backed toad” of Shakespeare, the hero of a 30-year civil war, or something in between? Did Richard III have the Princes in the Tower murdered? Or is he the victim of negative propaganda? This course will delve deeply into the history, the man, the fiction and the near-miraculous discovery of his final resting place in 2012. We will see how this enigmatic character was depicted by Sir Ian McKellen, by numerous historians and by Ricardian revisionists.
Katherine Longshore

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259                          
$15
#Club317 - 4/4-5/2 (No class 4/18)
Thur.,  11:00-12:00pm

The Tudors—Fact and Fiction

This course will take students on a time travel survey of one of the most fascinating families in history. From the inimitable Margaret Beaufort through her great-granddaughter Elizabeth I, we will discover the provenance and politics of their rise and the fundamental dysfunction throughout their reign. Through lively discussions, we will cover the breadth and depth of history and endeavor to unearth the historical accuracy in fictional accounts from Philippa Gregory to the British sitcom Blackadder—participants please read or watch one fictional account of any Tudor(s) before the first class.
Katherine Longshore

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 349
$15
#Club318 - 3/12-4/9             
Tue., 1:00-2:00pm

Westward Expansion in the Early Republic

“Go West, young man, Go West and grow up with the country,” Horace Greeley said. This course will explore westward expansion in the early republic from colonial times through the Mexican-American War, a period which is vital in order to understand the development of the United States. Westward expansion opened up new opportunities for many people in the vastness of the west and allowed the United States to become a continental power. But it came at a high price, pushing Indians ever further from their ancestral land and led to the expansion of slavery which would almost destroy the Union.
Don Fraser

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 259                          
$20
#Club306 - 2/5-2/19         
Tue., 1:00-3:00pm

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

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 259
$10
#Club325 - 4/8 only 
Mon., 10:00-12:00pm

You’ll Never Look at History the Same Way Again: Life behind the Iron Curtain

Life behind the Iron Curtain—this was not a fairy tale, but an unusual reality. I lived there for 25 years and since my childhood I knew that most likely I would never be abroad, beyond the line of the Iron Curtain. Who was the initiator of the Iron Curtain? When was the Iron Curtain built? How did people live, what pleased and upset them? What did they read? What kind of music did they listen to? What was considered a success behind the Iron Curtain? What bans were invented by the government and how did this prevent freedom? We will talk about all of these in a two-hour lecture.
Alex Yarmolyuk

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103               
FREE
#Club819 - 3/12 only  
Tues., 2:00-4:00pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
FREE
#Club329 - 3/20 only
Wed., 2:00-4:00pm

Literature and Writing

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
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 259                          
$20
#Club319 - 3/8-3/29         
Fri., 10:00-12:00pm

Great Art after the Great War

In four classes, we will discuss the artistic response to the Great War: How it did undo many, how the dead were honored but the wounded forgotten. How a phalanx of generals displayed as much concern for their troops as Fitzgerald’s’ careless people, throwing man after man unnecessarily before essentially a firing squad of machine guns. How the rich can run over the poor with no consequences. We will look at the visual art responses and how they informed the literature of the 1920s. We will look at Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and her post-WWI London stroll. TS Eliot’s the Wasteland, considered the conscious of Britain. And finally, Fitzgerald, who responded to the finish of the war in a very American way—he partied. As did his iconic Gatsby. Who, like this war, was also great. It is not necessary to read the texts for the class, you’ll remember enough.
Catharine Bramkamp

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N7-214                    
$20
#Club802 - 2/5-2/26         
Tues., 2:30-4:30pm

Transformative Journaling

Transformative journaling 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. There is homework! You’ll be learning how, when and when is the best time for your own journaling.
Catharine Bramkamp

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N6-204                    
$20
#Club803 - 2/6-2/27         
Wed., 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!
(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
#Club314 - 4/2-5/7 (No class 4/16)
Tue., 10:00-12:00pm

Music

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 - 1/29-5/7 (No class 4/16)
Tue.,  6:30-9:30pm

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.
Steve Miller

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101                  
$40
#Club815 - 1/30-5/8 (No class 4/17)
Wed., 6:30-9:00pm

The History of Rock ’n’ Roll: The Seventies

In the 1970s, rock splintered into many diverse styles: Singer-songwriters like James Taylor, Carole King, Paul Simon and Neil Young flourished. Soul music exploded with artists like The Isley Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Al Green, the O’Jays and the Spinners. Southern rock became hugely popular (Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd). The #1 pop artist of the decade was Elton John and Three Dog Night had hit after hit. Legends like Led Zeppelin, Queen and Pink Floyd dominated FM rock radio. In Los Angeles, the Eagles, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Steely Dan emerged, along with the revolutionary music of the Doors. The Disco craze swept the nation in the late 70s. In this multi-media class you’ll learn the history of 70s rock/pop/soul and watch music videos and interviews featuring legendary 70s artists.
David Anderson

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 259                          
$30
#Club302 - 3/27-5/1 (No class 4/17)
Wed., 10:00-12:00pm

The History of Rock ’n’ Roll: The Sixties

Take a fun and educational journey through the 1960s. In this multi-media class, you’ll hear great music, watch videos of legendary 60s artists and learn the history of 60s rock. This class will feature: the Beatles and the British Invasion (Animals, the Who, Donovan, Dave Clark Five, Dusty Springfield, Kinks, etc); the Sound of San Francisco (Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, Janis Joplin, etc.); 60s Soul from Motown, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, etc.; classic 60s pop artists like the Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, and Roy Orbison; rock out with electric guitar legends (Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin); and one-hit wonders of the 60s.
David Anderson

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259                          
$30
#Club301 - 2/13-3/13       
Wed., 1:00-3:00pm

Special Interest Groups

“The Far Away Brothers”—One Book One Community

In coordination with Auburn/Placer’s Annual One Book One Community 2019 events, we will read and discuss this year’s book choice, the 2017 award-winning historical novel, “The Far Away Brothers”, by Northern California writer Lauren Markhan. The story follows twin brothers as they escape violence in El Salvador and make the arduous journey to long-lost relatives in Oakland, CA, where they learn to become Americans. This timely story of human migration is both brand new and very familiar. Come discuss the book and its historical and cultural setting with a community of readers. (Bring your copy of the book.)
Joan Griffin

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 349 
FREE
#Club615 - 3/13-4/3 
Wed., 10:00-12:00pm

Nevada County Campus, Room N6-204
FREE
#Club655 - 3/14-4/4 
Thur., 10:00-12:00pm

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
Twelve Bridges Library, Room Fir 
FREE
#Club610 - 2/14-5/9 
Thur., 10:00-12:00pm
Meets the second Thursday of each month: 2/14, 3/14, 4/11, 5/9. The Lincoln book club has selected “Power of One” by Bruce Courtenay as their book for the February meeting.

Nevada County Campus, Room N6-205                 
FREE
#Club620 - 2/12-5/14 
Tue., 11:00-12:20pm
Meets the second Tuesday of each month: 2/12, 3/12, 4/9, 5/14. The Grass Valley book club has selected “Escape from Camp 14” by Blaine Harden as their book for the February meeting.

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 229
FREE
#Club635 - 2/13-5/8 
Wed., 10:00-12:00pm
Meets the second Wednesday of each month: 2/13, 3/13, 4/10, 5/8. The Roseville book club has selected “Do No Harm” by Henry Marsh as the book for the February meeting.

Great Decisions

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book (short sections), watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Each year, a panel of experts chooses eight topics. This year’s topics are 1) Refugees and Global Migration, 2) The Middle East: Regional Disorder, 3) Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?, 4) The Rise of Populism in Europe, 5) Decoding U.S.—China Trade, 6) Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics, 7) The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested, 8) State of the State Department and Diplomacy. Members will need to purchase GREAT DECISIONS, 2019 EDITION and read the topic of the week in preparation for discussion at the first meeting. The book will be about $32 and can be ordered at: www.fpa.org/great_decisions
Kent Penwarden

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101               
FREE
#Club645 - 2/8-5/10         
Fri., 10:00-12:00pm
Class meets 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10
Michael Theodore

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 255                       
FREE
#Club650 - 2/14-5/23       
Thur., 1:00-3:00pm
Class Meets 2/14, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23

Learn and Play Mahjong—Grass Valley

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 the 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

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103               
FREE
#Club630 - 2/14-5/16 (No class 4/18)
Thur., 10:00-12:00pm

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 - 1/23-5/22 (No meeting 4/17)
Wed., 1:00-4:00pm

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.
Kent Penwarden

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus     Room N5                        
FREE
#Club625 - 2/5-5/14 (No meeting 4/16)
Tue.,  2:15-4:00pm

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.
Jerry Martin

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N7-214                 
FREE
#Club640 - 2/4-3/18 (No meeting 2/18)
Mon., 7:00-8:00pm

Wellness

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 N12-103                  
$50
#Club840 -3/26-5/10 (No class 4/16, 4/19)
Tues./Fri., 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 - 1/15-3/7         
Tue./Thur., 11:00-11:50am

Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 354                          
$50
#Club351 - 3/12-5/9 (No class 4/16  and 4/18)
Tue./Thur. 11:00-11:50am

Growing Older with Grace and Grit

Growing older is challenging in a culture that overvalues youth. In this class, learn the 7 steps for a happier, healthier elder life. Learn to let go of inevitable losses, uncover joys and rewards of wise aging and renew and find your calling at any age. Aging is beyond our control, but how we age is up to us!
Richard Lui

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 259                          
$10
#Club322 - 3/12 only        
Tue., 9:00-12:00pm

Nutrition Confidential

Despite a plethora of nutrition information on every food product, the collective nutritional knowledge of the buying public hovers below normal. We talk a good talk and then buy highly processed junk food by the ton. The most convenient, most advertised, most familiar foods are not nourishing; they promote T2 obesity and related chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes and atherosclerosis. This class is designed to help break the high-calorie, low-nutrition and chemicals loaded junk food eating habit so deeply embedded in our nation’s diet. During the session, participants will assess the real nutrition value of their favorite foods and take steps towards intelligent shopping, smart cooking and healthy eating.
Gopal Kapur

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 231
$25
#Club316 - 3/4-3/25         
Mon., 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. Other benefits include increased strength, coordination, better balance and body awareness. These easy exercises do not require a change of clothes, a special place, equipment or skills. All levels are welcome!
Martine Shelley

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 354                          
$30
#Club360 - 2/6-3/13         
Wed., 12:00-1:30pm

Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 354                          
$30
#Club361 - 3/27-5/8 (No class 4/17)
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 - 1/14-3/6 (No class 1/21, 2/18)
Mon./Wed., 10:00-10:50am

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 354                          
$50
#Club311 - 3/11-5/8 (No class 4/15 and 4/17)
Mon./ Wed., 10:00-10:50am

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.
Lori Fee

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 354 
$50
#Club320 - 1/14-3/6 (No class 1/21, 2/18)
Mon./ Wed., 9:00-9:50am

Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 354                          
$50
#Club321 - 3/11-5/8 (No class 4/15 and 4/17)
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 - 1/14-3/6 (No class 1/21, 2/18)
Mon./ Wed., 11:00-11:50am

Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 354                          
$50
#Club331 -3/11-5/8 (No class 4/15 and 4/17)
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                          
$50
#Club340 - 1/15-3/7         
Tue./Thur.,  10:00-10:50am

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 354                          
$50
#Club341 - 3/12-5/9 (No class 4/16 and 4/18)
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 - 1/14-3/6  (No class 2/18)
Mon./Wed., 10:00-10:50am

Nevada County Campus,   Room N13-104                  
$50
#Club831 - 3/11-5/8 (No class 4/15 and 4/17)
Mon./Wed., 10:00-10:50am