Tuition-Free Classes


Tuition Free Classes

If you did not take a tuition-free class in either the spring or summer 2017 semesters you will need to complete a Sierra College/OLLI application and the tuition-free registration form.

To request an application and/or registration form be sent to you, please call the OLLI office or send an email to and leave your mailing address.

Mail completed form(s) to OLLI at Sierra College, 316 Vernon Street, Suite 200, Roseville, CA 95678

Fall 2018 Classes



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

Investing in the Trump Economy

This class will help the student understand the basics of economics and how the current administration’s policies might affect our current economy as well as the entire investment markets. What stage of the economy are we in, is there still growth ahead, and when might the next recession occur and for how long. These topics plus the basics of Asset Allocation including Bonds, Stocks, and Alternatives will be covered. The student will also learn valuable methods to analyze how much money will be needed before and during retirement and how their current portfolio is equipped to handle this period. 
Russell Abbott/James Bopp

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 229
#87247 - 9/13-10/4        
Thur., 2:00-4:00pm



Course for older adults interested in exploring creative writing. Exercises in creative writing, drawing ideas from personal observation and experience. Overcome obstacles of how and where to begin writing, what to write about, and how to shape ideas into a variety of formats-creative paragraphs, short stories, nonfiction and fiction. Experiment with various styles, structures and forms of writing. Focus and topics will vary with each offering.

Beginning Memoir Writing

Everyone has a tale to tell. How to tell It Is the secret. In this class, we will explore memoir writing, incorporating elements of fiction writing: plot, description, dialogue. Participants are encouraged to explore the emotional truths that live in their memories and focus on ways to bring their stories to life. Please bring writing materials to class. 
Judie Rae

Nevada County Campus, Room N6-205
#87248 - 9/11-10/16      
Tue., 2:00-3:50pm

Memoir Writing: Continuing

These classes are a continuation of ongoing sessions. New memoir writers are advised to take the beginning memoir writing class. 
Judie Rae

Nevada County Campus, Room N6-205
#87250 - 9/10-10/15      
Mon.,  2:00-3:20pm

Nevada County Campus, Room N6-205
#87249 - 9/10-10/15      
Mon.,   3:30-4:50pm

Write Your Memoir

From your first written word to a book, this class is designed to help you write your memoir. Learn how to out-line and organize your ideas. Write new material each session. Share what you have written outside of class. Meet in a safe, low-key environment. Teacher evaluation of your work if offered. Write a memoir to share with you family or to leave for posterity. 
Sue Clark

Twelve Bridges Library, Willow Room
#87251 - 9/11-10/16      
Tue., 2:30-4:00pm

Twelve Bridges Library, Willow Room
#87252 - 10/30-12/4      
Tue., 2:30-4:00pm


Course for older adults interested in exploring literature. Study of selected styles of work and/or authors in literature. Examination of theme and impact of work on society. Includes discussion of the influences of the geographic, economic, cultural, and physical setting at the time of writing.

Alexander Hamilton, Biography to Book to Musical

Considered the best biography ever written about Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow’s New York Times’ bestseller took the world by surprise. Not only was the book labeled “one of the 10 best books” of its publication year, but also it is considered “a definitive biography of the extraordinary gifted founding father” of America. The inspiration for the successful Broadway musical, Hamilton, came from this book. Begin to read it as soon as possible—it is a large book. 
Sue Clark

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 229
#87253 - 10/22-12/3      
Mon., 3:30-5:00pm
No class 11/12

Eudora Welty 1936–1963: Photographs, Writing, and the Subtleties of Human Expression

A native of Mississippi, Eudora Welty photographed and wrote about people who were socially invisible. By visually framing her subjects, the photographs she captured recorded scenes that stimulated conversation and dialogue. The subtleties of human expression pertaining to Depression era Mississippi, class, race, gender, and civil rights will be examined by studying photographs that inspired four short stories, a political piece, and a short novel.
Ellen Sander

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
#87255 - 9/10-10/15      
Mon., 1:00-3:00pm

Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101
#87254 - 9/11-10/16      
Tue., 10:00-12:00pm

Willa Cather: From Nebraska Plains to World Famous Novelist

“My Antonia,” “Oh Pioneer!” and “Death Comes for The Archbishop” are but three Willa Cather’s famous novels, found on most high school and college reading lists. Merrill Maguire Skaggs wrote, Cather “Fashioned fictions of such intricacies and resounding depth that all of them…are still astonishing to read and explore today”. We will be looking at her most well-known novel, “My Antonia.”
Sue Clark

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 229
#87256 - 9/10-10/15      
Mon., 3:30-5:00pm

Women in Mythology

Through lecture, presentation, and group discussion, this course explores the literary, psychological, spiritual, and cultural significance of female-centric mythological narratives, images, and historical persons. Come (continue to) journey to the African crossroads, learn about Greek goddesses, gather around for a folktale, watch a film by Maya Deren, or be mesmerized by Liv Ullmann in an Ingmar Bergman movie. Each session is different and course content is never the same! 
Angela Sells

Nevada County Campus, Room N7-215  
#87257 - 10/24-11/28    
Wed., 2:30-4:30pm



Courses designed for older adults. Study of selected styles and periods of music. Includes discussion of musical elements, composition, orchestration, vocabulary and history for the selected topics. May be repeated.

The Life and Music of Ralph Vaughan William: Part 1

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958) was an English composer. He was born to a well-to-do family with strong moral views and a progressive social outlook. Throughout his life he sought to be of service to his fellow citizens, and believed in making music as available as possible to everybody. His works include operas, ballets, chamber music, secular and religious vocal pieces, and orchestral compositions including nine symphonies. 
Steve Miller

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
#87259 - 9/11-10/16      
Tue., 10:00am-12:00pm

Nevada County Campus, Room N15-10
#87258 - 9/13-10/18      
Thur., 2:00-4:00pm

The Life and Music of Ralph Vaughan William: Part 2

A continuation of Part 1
Steve Miller

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259 
#87261 - 10/23-12/4      
Tue., 10:00am-12:00pm
No class 11/20

Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101 
#87260 - 10/25-12/6      
Thur., 2:00-4:00pm
No class 11/22

Truckee-Tahoe Community Chorus

Truckee-Tahoe Community Chorus: The course is designed for college-aged students through seniors for the study of selected styles and periods of music and the performance of selected repertoire. The course curriculum includes discussion of musical elements, composition, vocabulary and history as well as vocal technique.
Susan Horst

Tahoe-Truckee Campus, Room 231 
#87262 - 8/27-12/3        
Mon., 5:45-8:35pm
No class 9/3 and 11/12



Course designed for older adults. Introduction to a series of films examined for originality, creative virtuosity, impact, structure, and direction. Selected films illustrate a specific dimension of film genre. Genres change with each offering.

America in the 1980s through the Lens of the Motion Picture Camera: Part 1

The decade of the 1980s has generally been seen as a reaction to the liberal decades that preceded it as many Americans would embrace the more conservative policies of the Reagan administration. Remembered by some as a period of materialism and consumerism, the ’80s were also associated with the rise of the Yuppies, the end of the Cold War, Generation X, Nintendo, Hip Hop and MTV. The films to be shown were not selected for their popularity but rather as reflective of that era. “The Big Chill (1983), “Cocoon” (1985), “Ordinary People” (1981), “Silkwood”, (1983), “Atlantic City” (1980) “Lost in America” (1985).
Michael Theodore

Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103
#87263  - 9/11-10/16      
Tue., 1:00-4:00pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259 
#87266 - 9/12-10/17      
Wed., 1:00-4:00pm

America in the 1980s through the Lens of the Motion Picture Camera: Part 2

The second part of our film series on America in the 1980s will consist of six more films between 1980 and 1989. Among the films to be shown are: “Witness” (1985), “House of Games” (1987), “Say Anything” (1989), “Broadcast News” (1987), “Stand and Deliver” (1988), “Airplane” (1980).
Michael Theodore

Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103
#87264 - 10/30-12/4      
Tue., 1:00-4:00pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
#87265 - 10/31-12/5      
Wed., 1:00-4:00pm

Food in Film: It’s a Family Affair

Culinary traditions commemorate culture, reflect the environment, and define family heritage. When filmed and accompanied by music, these traditions record culture, environment, and heritage, the most defining aspects of regional identity. This short collection of films will lead us on an exploration of regionalism and accompanying naturalism from a neo-realist perspective. Together we will explore the intricate relationships between traditional foods and the land by virtue of families residing in three regional cultures. Beginning with the Canadian documentaries “Hold the Ketchup” and “Infusion”, we will explore the intricate relationships between traditional food and the land via Japanese (“Aruitemo aruitemo” and “Tampopo”), Italian-American (“Big Night”), and Italian (“The Tree of Wooden Clogs”) families. 
Ellen Sander

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
#87268 - 10/22-12/3      
Mon., 1:00-4:00pm
No class 11/12

Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103
#87267 - 10/25-12/6      
Thur., 1:00-4:00pm
No class 11/22