Tuition-Free Classes


Tuition Free Classes

If you did not take a tuition-free class in the Fall 2019 semesters you will need to complete a Sierra College/OLLI Application form and the Tuition-Free Course 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 2020 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.

How to Invest for a Successful Retirement

Are you on track for the retirement you envision? Is there still good economic growth ahead and when could the next recession occur? How much growth will your portfolio need and how much volatility can your investments withstand before you risk missing your goals or running out of money? Learn more about economics, markets, the fundamentals of investing and portfolio management. We will establish a framework to advance your knowledge of financial concepts, investment principles, asset classes and vehicles. The student will also learn how to calculate how much money will be needed before and during retirement and how their current portfolio is equipped to handle volatility during their retirement years.
Russell Abbott/James Bopp

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 229
#47988 - 2/13-3/5    
Thurs., 2:00–4:00pm    

Investment and Money Management Series

This course will be organized into a four-part lecture series to build your understanding of investment and money management. We will establish a framework to advance your knowledge of financial concepts, investment principles, asset classes and vehicles; discuss savings strategies and other approaches to planning for retirement; discuss spending strategies and other ways to potentially mitigate risk and maintain a consistent standard of living in retirement; explore historic market volatility and ways to potentially mitigate the effects of volatility on your portfolio. Intro to Investing: On Retirement, Part 1—Getting Funded for Retirement; On Retirement, Part 2—Managing Retirement Income Risk; Market Corrections.
James Bopp/Brandon Montalvo

Nevada County Campus, Room N6-204
#47989 - 4/1-4/29 (no class 4/8)
Wed., 1:00–3:00pm  


Course 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 beginning 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. We may also discuss marketing poetry if participants are interested. 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 N6-204
#47532 - 2/11-3/24    
Tues., 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.

Ongoing Memoir Writing

This class is designed for students who have already taken Beginning Memoir writing. We will continue working with your memoirs, introducing new writing concepts as necessary.
Judie Rae

Nevada County Campus  Room N6-204 
#47536  - 2/10-3/23  (no class 2/17)
Mon.,  2:00–4:00pm

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

Roseville Center (Vernon)  Room 229 
#48011  -  2/18-3/24  
Tues.,  2:30–4:00pm

Roseville Center (Vernon)  Room 229 
#48012  - 3/31-5/12    (no class 4/7)
Tues.,  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.

Mark Twain—From the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean

Mark Twain charged male visitors $1 to carry their suitcase, the proceeds collected for his final legacy. Prior to this habit, the humorist, editorialist and author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain et al., examined the human condition. From the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, folklore, race and racial formation, migration, mobility and public space, presidential politics and imperialism were documented and critiqued in the letter, article, essay, short story and novel. This course surveys Mark Twain’s contributions to the American public forum and literary genre, culminating with his legacy.
Ellen Sander

Roseville Center (Vernon)  Room 259
#47541  - 2/10–3/30 (no class 2/17, 3/2)
Mon.,  1:00–3:00pm

Nevada County Campus N6-204
#47537  - 2/26-4/1    
Wed.,  10:00am–12:00pm


Course 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.

Great Romantic Concertos, Part 1

Come and enjoy some of the best music of the 19th century: works for piano, violin, cello and orchestra by Brahms, Grieg, Beethoven, Schumann, Dvorak, Elgar, Tchaikovsky and more. I will provide you with background information about the performing artists as well as the circumstances in the composers’ lives that inspired the creation of each concerto.
Steve Miller

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
#47548 - 2/11–3/17 
Tues., 10:00am-12:00pm

Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101
#47546 - 2/13-3/19
Thurs., 2:00-4:00pm

Great Romantic Concertos, Part 2

A continuation of Part 1

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
#47549 - 3/31-5/12 (no class 4/7)
Tues., 10:00am-12:00pm

Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101
#47547 - 4/2-5/14 (no class 4/9)
Thurs., 2:00pm-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 - 1/27-5/4 (no class 2/17 or 4/6)
Mon., 5:45-8:35pm


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.

Five More Artists

Last spring we had the opportunity to examine the lives and works of six renowned artists and gain an understanding as to what inspired them. This coming spring we will once again study five different painters, their lives and works several of whom are all but unknown today. After each film we will have time to view paintings of other artists from the same period and discuss and compare their works. The following films will be shown: “Renoir” (2013), “Seraphine” (2008), “Edvard Munch” (1974), “My Left Foot” (1989), “Big Eyes” (2014).
Michael Theodore

Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103 
#47551 - 4/14-5/19
Tues., 1:00-4:00pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259 
#47552 - 4/15-5/20
Wed., 1:00-4:00pm