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 form 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

Spring 2019 Classes


Courses 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

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 229
#47531 - 4/4-5/2 (No class 4/18)
Thur., 2:00-4:00pm


Courses for older adults interested in exploring the writing of poetry. Exercises and experiments with language in writing poetry. Uses primarily American poets to determine how writers use image, form, sound and rhythm effectively. Develops a language with which to speak about the craft of poetry.

Poetry Writing

This class will focus on the basics of poetry writing, particularly image, sound, rhythm, density. We’ll explore different poetic forms and discuss poems by well-known poets, noting how they successfully created memorable works. Keep in mind that poetry is a deep personal sharing of your world, which when successful, involves a certain amount of personal risk. Be willing to share your efforts with others in class.
Judie Rae

Nevada County Campus, Room N6-205
#47532 – 3/20-5/1 (No class 4/17)
Wed., 2:00-3:20pm

Courses 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.

Memoir Writing—Continuing

This class is a continuation of an ongoing session. New memoir writers are advised to take the beginning memoir writing class.
Judie Rae

Nevada County Campus, Room N6-204
#47536 - 2/4-4/29 (No class 2/18, 4/15)
Mon., 2:00-3:50pm

Nevada County Campus, Room N6-204
#47570 - 2/5-4/30 (No class 2/19, 4/16)
Tue.,  2:00-3:50pm

Write Your Memoir

From your first written word to a book, this class is designed to help you write your memoir. Learn how to outline 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 your family or to leave for posterity. 
Sue Clark

Twelve Bridges Library, Willow Room
#47533 - 2/12-3/19
Tue., 2:30-4:00pm

Twelve Bridges Library, Willow Room
#47535 - 3/26-5/7
Tue., 2:30-4:00pm

Courses 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 a discussion of the influences of the geographic, economic, cultural, and physical setting at the time of writing.

An Emotional History of the Soviets

“Please bring the lady one green tea. She’s won the Nobel Prize.” In 2015, Svetlana Alexievich, 67, won the prize in literature. Her books “trace the emotional history of the Soviets and post-Soviets”—the best know are Zinky Boys, about the war in Afganistan, and Voices from Chernobyl. Her first book, War’s Unwomanly Face, 1985, sold more than 2 million copies. Let’s discover more about this author and woman who has revealed life in Russia through first-hand accounts. 
Sue Clark

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 229
#47541 - 3/25-5/6 (No class 4/15)
Mon., 3:30-5:00pm

Myths We Live By

We’ll explore together some of humankind’s great tales: the myths, legends and folktales that have enlivened and inspired everyday life for millennia. In open exchange, we’ll reflect on the stories of Gilgamesh, Inanna, Shiva and Parvati, Rama and Sita, Theseus, Parsifal and others. We’ll also try retelling these classic tales, orally or in writing, in terms of our own lives.
Paul Jordan-Smith

Nevada County Campus, Room N6-204
#47540 - 2/4-3/18 (No class 2/18)
Mon., 10:00-11:50am

Sanora Babb and Zora Neale Hurston Document the 1930s

This course examines the social works of Sanora Babb and Zora Neale Hurston, two important American writers. On assignment for the Farm Security Administration in 1938, Sanora Babb wrote detailed field notes for Tom Collins, a famous California government camp supervisor. These notes provided primary source material for her novel “Whose Names Are Unknown”, which would remain unpublished until 2004. Written with empathy for the High Plains and Dust Bowl farmers’ plight, this powerful narrative is based upon the author’s firsthand experience. Zora Neale Hurston was an anthropologist hired by the Works Progress Administration to collect American folklore in the 1930s. We will study “Turpentine Camp—Cross City” and selections from “Mules and Men” alongside the seldom heard women’s voices and perspectives belonging to Caroline Henderson, Dorothy Babb, era photographers and music. 
Ellen Sander

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
#47538 3/25-5/6 (No class 4/15)
Mon., 3:30-5:00pm

Nevada County Campus,   Room N7-214
#47537   3/27-5/8 (No class 4/17)
Wed.,  2:30-4:30pm

Stephen Crane and the Red Badge of Courage

In 1895, Stephan Crane won national acclaim for his book “The Red Badge of Courage”. As a short story writer, poet and novelist, it’s Crane’s novel that made him famous. To this day, it has never been out of print. Hemingway once said, “The Red Badge of Courage is one of the finest books of American literature.” Cranes fame was short-lived, however. He died at 28. Join us as we learn more about this great American author and what he contributed to American literature.
Sue Clark

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 229
#47539 - 2/4-3/18 (No class 2/18)
Mon., 3:30-5:00pm


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

Gustav Mahler: His Music, His Life—Part 1

Born in Bohemia, trained in Vienna, Mahler held a series of conducting posts around Europe before returning to Vienna in 1897 to lead the Opera. In 1907, he moved to New York to direct the Metropolitan Opera and the Philharmonic. Audiences cheered, but not the trustees, who thought him too autocratic. Mahler’s symphonies struck his contemporaries as dissonant and overlong, but within fifty years of his death, they had become some of the most highly prized works in the repertory.
Steve Miller

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 255
#47548 - 2/5-3/12
Tue., 10:00am-12:00pm

Nevada County Campus, Room N15-10
#47546 - 2/7-3/14      
Thur., 2:00-4:00pm

Gustav Mahler: His Music, His Life— Part 2

A continuation of Part 1
Steve Miller

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259 
#47549 - 3/26-5/7 (No class 4/16)
Tue., 10:00am-12:00pm

Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101 
#47547 - 3/28-5/9 (No class 4/18)
Thur., 2:00-4:00pm

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 culminating in 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 
#47550 - 1/28-5/6 (No class 2/18 and 4/15)
Mon., 5:45-8:35pm


Courses 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.

Brazilian Cinema

Cinema Novo is a genre and movement of film noted for its emphases on social equality and intellectualism that rose to prominence in Brazil during the 1960s and 1970s. It means “New Cinema” in Portuguese. Its successor, Cinema de Retomada, critically examines Brazilian social reality versus human potential. In this class, we will view and discuss several films of this genre that produce visual historical narratives examining the complexities of modern Brazilian society. The films “Central Station”, “The Second Mother”, “What Is It Worth?”, “Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures”, “The Middle of the World”, and “The Year My Parents Went on Vacation” will be viewed. All films are English subtitled.
Ellen Sander

Nevada County Campus, Room N7-215
#47553  - 2/14-3/21      
Thur., 2:00-5:00pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259 
#47554 - 2/8-3/22 (No class 2/15)
Fri., 1:00-4:00pm

Six Renowned Artists: Their Lives and their Works

Over the years, filmed biographies have provided us with insights into the lives of some noteworthy individuals. Often times these films would offer us more fiction than fact. Yet many of them enabled us to gain an understanding of these characters and who they were. The six films we’ll be watching will provide us the opportunity to see the passion which drove these artists in their desire to recreate life as they viewed it. We’ll also view and discuss some of the works of these great painters. “The Agony and the Ecstacy” (1965); “Rembrandt” (1936); “Mr. Turner” (2014); “Lust for Life” (1956); “Frida” (2002); “Pollock” (2000).
Michael Theodore

Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103
#47551 - 3/26-5/7      
Tue., 1:00-4:00pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
#47552 - 3/27-5/8 (No class 4/17)
Wed., 1:00-4:00pm