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.

Summer 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
Twelve Bridges Library, Fir Room
$10
#Club204 - 7/11 only          
Thur., 1:00-3:00pm

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 229
$25
#Club305 - 6/10-7/1        
Mon., 10:00am-12:00pm

Field Trips

Visiting the Kentucky Hardrock Mine in Sierra City and Downieville

This field trip will focus on hard rock mining with a visit to the fantastically preserved Kentucky Mine in Sierra City (Sierra County, CA). We will walk into a shaft to understand this type of mining and get a tour through the “working” stamp mill and gold processing production portion of the mine operation. Following lunch, we will proceed for a walking tour of Downieville and view the gallows of the infamous hanging of Juanita Segovia. Some free time in Downieville will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothes/shoes and bring a bag lunch and drink. 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 and Nevada County Campus
FULL

Film

Cinema: Addiction to Redemption

Three films featuring the protagonists’ struggles with substance abuse, leading to hopeful signs of recovery. “Things We Lost in the Fire” (Bier) Benicio Del Toro; “Crazy Heart” (Cooper) Jeff Bridges; “Flight” (Zemeckis) Denzel Washington.
Lincoln Curtis

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$30
#Club303 - 7/16-7/30 
Tue., 1:00-4:00pm

Hollywood in the 1940s—Part 2

The period immediately after World War II wrought 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 One; you can take either course, or both.
Dan Shoemaker

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101
$40
#Club802 - 6/10-7/8
Mon., 1:00-4:00pm

Teenagers in Film

Adolescent characters play significant roles in three excellent, non-mainstream films. “Lean on Pete” (Haigh); “Leave No Trace” (Granik); “Boy Erased” (Edgerton).
Lincoln Curtis

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus,  Room N12-103
$30
#Club806 - 7/15-7/29
Mon., 10:00am-1:00pm

The Art of the Heist Film—Part 2

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’s a thrill to this criminal enterprise that’s just electric on the big screen. This will be the second part of two sessions, this time exploring heist movies from the 1950s-1970s and how they stole their way into our hearts and imagination, which means we will be watching and discussing: “The Asphalt Jungle” (1950); “Rififi” (1955); “Topkapi” (1964); “The Sting” (1973); and “The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three” (1974).
Sam Schlafer

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Twelve Bridges Library, Redwood Room
$40
#Club201 - 6/17-7/15 
Mon., 1:00-4:00pm

The Wild Bunch at 50

Director Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 masterpiece and homage to the closing of the West circa 1913. Set in Mexico during the Revolution, five American outlaws join forces with the Mexican army while on the lam after a bank robbery gone awry. Starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Edmund O’Brien, Robert Ryan, Ben Johnson and Warren Oates in perhaps the best performances of ALL their careers. The American Film Institute (AFI) lists it #79 on their list of the 100 greatest films and #6 of the ten greatest Westerns. It was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant.” It will be a four hour course due to its length, documentaries, backstories and a new book commemorating its 50th anniversary.
Curtis Covington

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 259
$10
#Club307 - 6/13 only
Thur.,  12:00-4:00pm

Government and Politics

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.
Terence McAteer

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103                  
$15
#Club804 - 7/2-7/9         
Tue., 10:00-12:00pm

Twelve Bridges Library,  Willow Room  
$15
#Club203 - 7/10-7/17       
Wed., 2:00-4:00pm

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.
Terence McAteer

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103
$10
#Club803 - 7/16 only             
Tue., 10:00am-12:00pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$10
#Club301 – 7/24 only
Wed., 2:00-4:00pm 

The Perfect Country

What makes a “Perfect Country?”  Historically, national boundaries and identities were delineated by culture, language, resource protection and geographic constraints. In the post-colonial era, states are most often defined by their prior colonial political affiliations and resource wealth and distribution. In this class, we will attempt to design and justify a hypothetical and politically-defensible country by undertaking a historical survey of nation-states, colonies, and countries, and examining questions concerning political structure, domestic and international policy and sovereignty. We will further apply culture, language, religion, migration and development of a competitive advantage to initiate the creation of a hypothetical perfect country.
Ellen Sander

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus - Room N7-214
$30
#Club810 - 6/11-7/16 (No class 7/2)
Tue., 2:00-4:00pm

Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 259
$30
#Club308 - 6/20-7/25 (No class 7/4)
Thur.,  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
#Club801 - 6/25 only           
Tue., 10:00am-12:00pm

Twelve Bridges Library, Willow Room
$10
#Club202 - 6/26 only
Wed., 2:00-4:00pm

Are we about to enter a new Cold War? West—Russia relations in light of the Ukraine crisis

In the next two hours, we will try to refresh our knowledge in matters of relations between Russia and the Western world. Why did Ukraine, and not Belarus or the Baltic countries, become the source of conflict between the West and Russia? What is the essence of destabilization in the southeast of Ukraine and how do the locals treat Russia and the countries of the West? Is there a peaceful solution to this conflict and what is the price of resolving this issue? Come, maybe we will find a solution together. Alex, who just got back from the Ukraine, will enhance his presentation with personal photos, memories and videos.
Alex Yarmolyuk

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101
$10
#Club807 - 7/15 only
Mon., 2:00-4:00pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$10
#Club302 - 7/17 only
Wed., 2:00-4:00pm 

History

Flood, Fortune and Fire

Did you know that 150 years ago the Sacramento Valley was a 200-mile lake or that it could take almost two weeks to get from Sacramento to Nevada City? Find out all about it in this course on the Great Flood of 1862 and one woman’s harrowing tale as a pioneer in Northern California. Luzena Wilson traversed the Overland Trail only to lose everything, not once, but twice. Join us to find out about the most famous flood you’ve never heard of.
Janet Rankin

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$15
#Club304 - 7/17-7/24 
Wed., 10:00am-12:00pm

Nevada County Campus, Room N7-206                    
$15
#Club808 - 7/18-7/25 
Thur., 10:00am-12:00pm

Greece 101

Want to know more about Greece? What’s there to see or do? Why do people around the world travel to Greece? This meeting will be an overview of Greek history, culture, and personal memories as a way to whet your appetite for more focused classes coming in the fall on a variety of subjects on the ancient and modern wonders of the fabulous country of Greece. Opa!
Janet Rankin

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
$10
#Club309 - 6/26 only
Wed., 10:00am-12:00pm

Nevada County Campus, Room N7-216                    
$10
#Club811 - 6/27 only           
Thur., 10:00am-12:00pm

Literature and Writing

Transformative Journaling

Can writing change everything? 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 N6-206                          
$20
#Club805 - 6/18-7/9         
Tue., 2:30-4:30pm

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.
Steve Miller

CANCELLED

Science

War on Science

We live in an age when all manner of scientific knowledge faces furious opposition from corporations, politicians, the public and religious leaders. Yet civilization is built upon the application of scientific knowledge. In this twenty-first century, with accelerated scientific breakthroughs and overwhelming product introductions, the media is bombarding us with facts, opinions, and beliefs. In the quest for truth, we will in this course discuss a number of pressing questions: What is science? Technology? Research and Development? What is good science? Bad science? Pseudoscience? Immoral science? Analyzing these questions will provide us with the filters to sort through the welter of information that we experience daily.
Kent Penwarden

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus,  Room N12-103
$25
#Club809 - 6/13-7/11 (No class 7/4)
Thur., 10:00am-12:00pm

Special Interest Groups

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 - 6/13-8/8 
Thur., 10:00am-12:00pm
Meets the second Thursday of each month: 6/13, 7/11, 8/8 The Lincoln book club has selected “Come From Away” by David Mcfarlane as their book for the June meeting.

Nevada County Campus, Room N6-205                 
FREE
#Club620 - 6/11-8/13 
Tue., 10:00am-12:00pm
Meets the second Tuesday of each month: 6/11, 7/9, 8/13 The Grass Valley book club has selected “Educated” by Tara Westover as their book for the June meeting.

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 229
FREE
#Club635 - 6/12-8/14 
Wed., 10:00am-12:00pm
Meets the second Wednesday of each month: 6/12, 7/10, 8/14 The Roseville book club has selected “Where Did You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple as their book for the June meeting.

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
Grass Valley Open Book, 671 Maltman Drive                
FREE
#Club625 - 6/11-7/23 
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 - 6/12-7/24 
Wed., 1:00-4:00pm

Team Sudoku

This beginner’s course (intermediate 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 performed as a team, it is an opportunity to make new friends while collaborating to defeat an opponent, the puzzle. Learning Sudoku results in a fun hobby that helps prevent dementia. This course prepares adult teams for optional participation in this fall’s fundraising competition sponsored by the United Way.
Jerry Martin

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Nevada County Campus, Room N15-100                
FREE
#Club640 - 6/12-7/24 (No class 7/3)
Wed., 2:00-3:00pm

Wellness

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                  
$45
#Club350 - 6/11-7/25 (No class 7/4)
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 self-care and fun as we grow older, to release the stress of aging, to combat memory loss, 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 259                          
$10
#Club313 - 7/2 only        
Tue., 9:00-12:15pm

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 229
$25
#Club306 - 6/11-7/2        
Tue., 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, special place, equipment or skills. All abilities are welcome!
Martine Shelley

Club OLLI Activity—Membership Required
Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 354                          
$20
#Club360 - 6/26-7/17         
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                          
$40
#Club310 - 6/10-7/17 
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 
$40
#Club320 - 6/10-7/17 
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                          
$40
#Club330 - 6/10-7/17 
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                          
$40
#Club340 - 6/11-7/18 (No class 7/4)  
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                  
$45
#Club830 - 6/10-7/24  
Mon./Wed., 10:00-10:50am