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

Fall 2019 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 teach the basics of economics and how the current administration’s policies might affect our economy as well as the stock and bond markets. Is there still good economic growth ahead and when could the next recession occur? These topics, along with the basics of asset allocation, including bonds, stocks and alternatives, will be covered. 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
#87902 - 10/3-10/24    
Thurs., 2:00–3:50pm    


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.

How to Write Cowboy Poetry

Get out your cowboys hat and dust off your cowboy boots. Its time to write some cowboy poetry. In this class we will read poetry by well-known cowboys past and present, listen to their recordings, learn how to write our own cowboy poetry or lyrics, and maybe someday read a poem at one of the Cowboy Poetry Gatherings held throughout America’s Western States, including Loomis, California, or at open mic in Lincoln.
Sue Clark 

Roseville Center (Vernon),  Room 229
#87899 - 9/9-10/14    
Mon., 3:30–4:50pm


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.

Aspects of Memoir Writing – Beginning Class

Everyone has a tale to tell. How to tell it can be a mystery. In this class we’ll explore writing memoir, incorporating elements of fiction: plot, description, dialogue. Participants will explore the emotional truths that live in their memories, and focus on ways to bring these stories to life. Please bring writing materials with you to class.
Judie Rae

Nevada County Campus  Room N6-204 
#87248  - 10/29-12/3    
Tues.,  2:00–3:50pm

Ongoing Memoir Writing

This class is designed for students who have already taken Beginning Memoir writing. Students new to memoir writing are highly advised to enroll in the beginning class. We will continue working with your memoirs, introducing new writing concepts as necessary.
Judie Rae

Nevada County Campus  Room N6-204 
#87249  - 10/28-12/9  (no class 11/11)  
Mon.,  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 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 your family or to leave for posterity.
Sue Clark

Twelve Bridges Library, Willow Room
#87251  - 9/10–10/15 
Tues.,  2:00–3:50pm

Twelve Bridges Library, Willow Room 
#87252  - 10/29-12/3    
Tues.,  2:00–3:50pm

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.

The Life and Writing of L.M. Montgomery

This course will explore the life and prolific writing career of Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. We’ll study two of her most famous works,” Anne of Green Gables” (1908) and” Emily of New Moon” (1923), both coming-of-age novels that remain popular with readers around the world today. We’ll also examine “The Blue Castle “(1926) and “A Tangled Web” (1931), the two novels Montgomery wrote for adult audiences. Students will learn about Montgomery’s unlikely career as a female author in the early 1900s and gain an overview of her life and extensive body of work, which includes 21 full-length novels, more than 140 short stories, and three poetry collections, as well as her personal journals, essays, and letters. Students will have the opportunity to further explore Montgomery’s writings (as well as the many film, television, and stage adaptations) and share their findings with the class.
Rachel Dodge

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 349
#87253 - 9/11-10/23 (no class 10/2)
Wed., 10:00-11:20am

William Faulkner Meets Eudora Welty

The Mississippi writers William Faulkner and Eudora Welty were interpreters of regional and southern history who incorporated dialect and storytelling in their documentation of rural place and social stratification. Faulkner created Yoknapatawpha County while Welty chronicled the Natchez Trace, each examining race, class, and gender in their respective areas of Mississippi. Faulkner’s short stories “A Rose for Emily” and “Barn Burning,” and novel “Light in August” will be compared to selections from Welty’s “The Wide Net and Other Stories.” Interactive maps, Welty’s photographs and close studies of Faulkner’s literary works, and contemporary photographs of Faulkner’s County will contextualize the readings and their historical importance.
Ellen Sander

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
#87255 - 10/28-12/9 (no class 11/11)
Mon., 1:30-3:20pm

Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101
#87254 - 10/30-12/4 
Wed., 1:00-2:50pm


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.

Music Fundamentals—Part 1

This course is for you, even if you already know how to read music. The question is, how much of it do you understand? Do you know about scales and chords? Can you make sense out of time signatures and key signatures? Can you accurately reproduce the rhythms that you see on the printed page? Have you ever tried to write a song? All this and more as you learn how to make the language of music come to life!
Steve Miller

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
#87900 - 9/10–10/15 
Tues., 10:00am-11:50am

Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101
#87258 - 9/12-10/17 
Thurs., 2:00-3:50pm

Music Fundamentals—Part 1

A continuation of Part 1

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259
#87261 - 10/29-12/10 (no class 11/26)
Tues., 10:00am-11:50am

Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101
#87260 - 10/31-12/12 (no class 11/28)
Thurs., 2:00pm-3:50pm

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

Nevada County Campus, Room 231
#87262 - 8/26-12/2 (no class 9/2 or 11/11)
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.

America in the 1990s Through the Lens of the Motion Picture Camera—Part 1

In many respects, America in the 1990s would be an extension of the 1980s. Politically, conservative policies would gain greater approval, the economy would thrive and the U.S. would remain the leader of the free world. The 90s also saw the rise of multi-culturalism, alternative media, cable TV and the rapid increase of employment in computer science. The following films were selected based on how well they remind us of that decade: “Six Degrees of Separation” (1993), “Defending Your Life” (1991), “Thelma and Louise” (1991), “Glengarry Glen Ross” (1992), “Boyz n the Hood” (1991), “Election” (1999)
Michael Theodore

Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103 
#87263 - 9/10-10/15 
Tues., 1:00-3:50pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259 
#87265 - 9/11-10/16 
Wed., 1:00-3:50pm

America in the 1990s Through the Lens of the Motion Picture Camera—Part 2

The second part of our film series on America in the 1990s will consist of six more films which reflect that period: “Groundhog Day” (1993), “American Beauty” (1990), “Wag the Dog” (1997), “Rushmore” (1999), “The Spanish Prisoner” (1997), “The Big Libowski” (1998)
Michael Theodore

Nevada County Campus, Room N12-103 
#87903 - 10/29-12/3
Tues., 1:00-3:50pm

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259 
#87266 - 10/30-12/11 (no class 11/27) 
Wed., 1:00-3:50pm

Food and Film—Global Dinner Table

‘A tavola non si invecchia’. Italians remind us that ‘One does not age at the supper table’ as this is the setting where regional delicacies are preserved in memory and defined through cultural heritage. Yet, modernity subtly transforms traditional regional recipes. Films exploring traditional Japanese (Sweet Bean), Brazilian (Histórias que Só Existem Quando Lembradas), and Italian (La Cena) tables are contrasted with modern menus depicted in the French countryside (The Hundred-Foot Journey), coastal Peru (Finding Gaston) and Galicia (Cooking at The World’s End). The preservation and transformation of culinary regionalism will be studied via preparation of the table and ensuing conversation, music, and partaking of food in these six global cultures.

Roseville Center (Vernon), Room 259 
#87268 - 9/9-10/14 
Mon., 1:00-3:50pm

Nevada County Campus, Room N15-101
#87267 - 9/11-10/16 
Wed., 1:00-3:50pm