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Art

Ridley Gallery Tour: Haitian Art

One hour visit to the Ridley Gallery with Brenna Chapman to talk about the collection of Haitian art on display.
Brenna Chapman has an MA in Art History from UC Davis and taught for Sierra College’s Study Abroad program in Florence.

Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required

Rocklin Campus
# Club902 10/10
Friday 10 AM-11 AM
Art Gallery-LRC 102A
FREE

# Club903 10/17
Friday 10 AM-11 AM
Art Gallery- LRC 102A
FREE

Film

American Films (1940-1950)

A retrospective of classic, award-winning films to view and discuss. His Girl Friday-Hawks (1940); Casablanca-Curtiz (1942); Citizen Kane-Welles (1941); Double Indemnity-Wilder (1944); Gentlemans' Agreement-Kazan (1947); The Treasure of the Sierra Madre-Huston (1948).
Lincoln Curtis has a BA in Foreign Languages and Drama and an MA in German and Film Studies. He is a Fulbright Scholar, director, actor, and documentary film maker, and has taught at the community college level for more than 20 years.

Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required

Nevada County Campus
# Club802
9/12-10/17
Friday 1 PM-4 PM
Room N12-103
Fee: $40

Francophone African Women Behind the Lens

Beginning with Beti Ellerson's investigation of African women in modern cinema, this course will examine and compare the works of ethnographic documentarians—Anne Laure Folly and Safi Faye—and feature film cinematographers—Claire Denis and Euzhan Palcy. The filmmakers of each genre examine the role(s) and place(s) of women in rural Africa, the former focusing on regional tradition and gender roles, the latter on colonialism and its immediate effects on culture and tradition. Both genres examine the consequent changing expectations and responsibilities of women residing on the African continent. Subtitled films will be supplemented with readings and interviews.
Ellen Sander

Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required

Nevada County Campus
# Club801
9/9-10/14
Tuesday 2:15 PM-5:15 PM
Room N15-101
Fee: $40

Roseville Gateway Center
# Club402 9/11-10/16
Thursday 1 PM-4 PM
Room 613
Fee: $40

Dame Judi Dench, Part 1 

Judi Dench has been recognized many times for her acting abilities including multiple BAFTA’s, Golden Globes, Academy Awards and more. Since arriving in London in 1957 she has inspired and enlightened audiences with her portrayal of nearly every female role written by Shakespeare. Her 50 plus year career also includes a wide variety of parts from Sally Bowles in Cabaret to Queen Victoria, to” M”—James Bond’s boss. In this class we will watch and discuss as many performances as possible from stage, screen and television including: Mrs. Brown (1997); Iris (2001); Notes on a Scandal (2005); Mrs. Henderson Presents (2006); The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) and clips from: A Fine Romance, As Time Goes By, Shakespeare in Love, My Week with Marilyn, J. Edgar, Pride and Prejudice, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Linda Derosier

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required

Twelve Bridges Library, Lincoln
# Club202 9/8-10/13
Monday 1 PM-4 PM
Redwood Room
Fee $40

Roseville Gateway Center
# Club401 9/10-10/15
Wednesday 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Room 613
Fee $40

Six Films, Six Countries

Remarkable international award-winning films of recent years to view and discuss. Nebraska-Payne/U.S.A (2013); Philomena - Frears/England (2013); The Past - Farhadi/Iran (2014); Mother - Joon-ho Bong (2009); On Her Way - Emmanuelle-Bercot (2014); The Lives Of Others - Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (2006).
Lincoln Curtis

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required

Nevada County Campus
# Club804 10/31-12/12 (No class 11/28)
Friday 1 PM-4 PM
Room N12-103
Fee $40

The Films of Afflect, Clooney, Damon and Pitt, Pt 1 

Ben Afflect, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt have proven themselves for some years now as durable and talented leading men in film. Afflect and Clooney have also become capable directors. They all have also appeared in various films together. We will watch two (plus) of each of their performances over two sessions. Join us for interesting, provocative and sometimes funny films. Some films may change due to availability. The first session: Afflect in Changing Lanes (2002); Damon in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1998); Clooney in Good Night and Good Luck (2005) also directed by him, followed by Michael Clayton (2007); Pitt in Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005) with Angelina Jolie.
Curtis Covington

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required

Twelve Bridges Library, Lincoln
# Club203 9/11-10/9 Thursday
1 PM-4 PM Redwood Room
Fee $35

The Films of Afflect, Clooney, Damon and Pitt, Pt 2 

(You did not need to attend Part 1 to attend Part 2)
We will conclude our series with Afflect in The Company Men (2010); Damon in We Bought a Zoo (2011); Clooney in The Monuments Men (2014) also directed by him and with Damon in a supporting role; Pitt in Babel (2006) and Moneyball (2011).
Curtis Covington

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required

Twelve Bridges Library, Lincoln
# Club204 10/30-12/4 (No class 11/27)
Thursday 1 PM -4 PM
Redwood Room
Fee $35

Health

Learn to Play Mahjongg

Mahjongg, or the Game of Four Winds, is an ancient Chinese tile game similar to Gin Rummy. This class introduces the basics and beyond. It will also prepare students to participate in Club OLLI's year round Mahjongg Club.
Renee Neal

Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required

Roseville Gateway Center
# Club431 9/9
Tuesday 11 AM-1 PM
Room 102
Fee $5

Roseville Gateway Center
# Club432 9/23
Tuesday11 AM-1 PM
Room 102
Fee $5

Roseville Gateway Center
# Club433 10/7
Tuesday 11 AM-1 PM
Room 102
Fee $5

Mah Jongg Club

Exercise your strategy and develop your skill when you practice with fellow Club OLLI members. Members will have a place to meet and practice on a regular basis. Bring your mahjongg set if you have one.

Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required

Roseville Gateway Center
# Club430 8/27-12/10
Wed 2 PM-5 PM
Room 300F
FREE

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.
Team taught by Laina Dicker and Lori Fee. Both have been taking Tai Chi for years and have certificates for Tai Chi Levels 1 and 2.

Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required

Roseville Gateway
# Club410 9/8-12/10 (No class 11/10)
Mon/Wed 10 AM-10:50 AM
Room 525
Fee $40

Tai Chi - Intermediate

This class is designed for continuing students who are working on or who have completed Section One of the Yang Long Form.
Team taught by Laina Dicker and Lori Fee. Both have been taking Tai Chi for years and have certificates for Tai Chi Levels 1 and 2.

Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
Roseville Gateway

# Club415 9/8-12/10 (No class 11/10)
Mon/Wed 11 AM-11:50 AM
Room 525
Fee: $40

Tai Chi - Advanced I

This class is designed for continuing students who have completed Section 2 of the Yang Long form with an emphasis on the teaching of the moves of Section 3.
Sifu Renee Neal has been teaching martial arts since 1988 and is a 9 time International Karate Champion. She has been teaching martial arts for Sierra College since 2003.

Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required
Roseville Gateway
# Club420
9/8-12/10 (No class 11/10)
Mon/Wed 12 PM-12:50 PM
Room 525
Fee $40

Tai Chi - Advanced II

Advanced students will be learning the second half of the Yang Long Form.
Renee Neal

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required

Roseville Gateway Center
# Club425 9/9-12/11 (No class 11/27)
Tues/Thur 10 AM-10:50 AM
Room 525
Fee: $40
 

History

I Was a Soviet Soldier

As with any army in the world, the army in the USSR had strict rules and therefore the state was strong for about 70 years. But how was this army formed? What motivated soldiers? Was it possible to be a pacifist in this army? And finally, was it possible to avoid this fate—to be a Soviet soldier? This lecture will be supported by photographs and personal documents.
Alex Yarmolyuk

Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required

Roseville Gateway
# Club406 11/20
Thursday
10 AM-12 PM
Room 107
FREE

Maidu Museum & Historic Site Tour

Experience and celebrate Native California art, history, language and culture. Join us on a guided tour of the Maidu Museum & Historic Site. There are two tours available and you may register for either one or both. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy lunch outside under a covered patio between the tours!

Registration and payment must be received by September 15th

Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required

Museum Tour: Learn about Nisenan Maidu culture by viewing California Indian artifacts and exhibits.
# Club501 10/21
Tuesday 10 AM-11:30 AM
Maidu
Maidu Museum Fee $4.50

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required

Trail Tour: Visit the historic site and learn about the Maidu relationship to the natural world and experience an ancient site. You can view petroglyphs over 5,000 years old; over 400 bedrock mortars; and many native plants and animals.
# Club502 10/21
Tuesday 12-1:30 PM
Maidu
Maidu Museum Fee $4.50

Mission Impossible: Christianity in USSR

From the outset, Christianity, and Protestantism in particular, were outlawed in the Soviet Union. Many churches were destroyed or closed. Priests were exiled to Siberia…or shot. Oh yes, there was another option—to become an unofficial member of the KGB. This lecture is about the life of Christians in the Soviet Union.
Alex Yarmolyuk was born and lived in Soviet Ukraine for 25 years. He finished his Bachelor of Arts at Nova Kakhovka, Ukraine, with a major in General Business, and served his mandatory two years in the Soviet military in Saint Petersburg. In 1996 he emigrated, with his wife, to the United States.

Club OLLI Activity – Membership Required

Roseville Gateway Center
# Club403 9/11
Thursday 10 AM-12 PM
Room 107
FREE

The Italian Renaissance, Pt 1

In this two part series, we will examine human ingenuity, cultural creativity, economic energy, and social experimentation in Italy beginning in the 14th century and ending in the middle of the 16th. We will discover that after years of medieval thought ,new insights emerge that will inspire the individual self to be born and defined. Our approach will be interdisciplinary which highlights the explosion of a new cultural identity, allowed to flourish in the context of social, political, and economic forces in the different states of Italy. This is a movement of values, principles, of human affirmation and how it changed the world. In chronological fashion, we will explore this transforming period in human history. It is an important undertaking because many of the fundamental perspectives of our modern world were formed in joy and wonder of these new ideas.
Emil Augustine

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required

Roseville Gateway Center
# Club404 9/30-11/4
Tuesday 2 PM-4 PM
Room 107
Fee $40

Twelve Bridges Library
# Club201 10/1-11/5
Wednesday 2 PM-4 PM
Willow Room
Fee $40

Voices Recorded in French Acadian Literature 

Antonine Maillet, storyteller, scholar, and university president, is the first Acadian writer to formally write about Acadia and Acadians, formalizing the voice of this region and its inhabitants. Descendants of the French who settled in modern day Maine and the Canadian Atlantic and Maritime Provinces, Acadians have lyrically, poetically, and theatrically recorded their stories pertaining to culture, farming, expectations, criticisms, and the Great Deportation of 1755. The emerging Acadian novel will be studied alongside short films and supplemental materials contextualizing Acadia and Acadians.
Ellen Sander

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required

Nevada County Campus
# Club803 10/28-12/2
Tuesday 2:15 PM-5:15 PM
Room N15-101
Fee $40

Roseville Gateway Center
# Club405 10/30-12/11 (No class 11/27)
Thursday 1 PM-4 PM
Room 613
Fee $40

Music

OLLI Orchestra

The OLLI Orchestra is an ensemble of 35-40 players which concentrates on the classical repertoire of the 18th and 19th centuries. Rehearsals focus on preparing a concert of music for the general public each semester, and the atmosphere is one of fun and mutual support.
Steve Miller

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required

Nevada County Campus
# Club815 8/27-12/10
Wednesday 6:30 PM-9 PM
Room N15-101
Fee: $40

Placer Pops Chorale 

The Placer Pops Chorale, led by Artistic/Musical Director Lorin Miller, is an auditioned choral group of about 75 singers that performs with its own orchestra. The Chorale puts on two major concert series each year, in May and in December, along with special appearances and benefit performances, including the annual, free “A Gift of the Heart” Homeland concert celebrating the 4th of July. The group is diverse in nature, and has participants of all ages. Successful completion of the course constitutes membership in the Placer Pops Chorale. Auditions take place at the first and second class meetings or by appointment arrange through the website. Visit www.placerpops.org for performance dates and information.
Lorin Miller

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required

Rocklin Campus
# Club905 8/26-12/9
Tuesday 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Room D-2
Fee $40

Science

OLLI Day at the Exploratorium

The Exploratorium is an eye-opening, playful place—in San Francisco—to explore how the world works. For 40-plus years, they have offered creative, thought-provoking exhibits, experiences, tools, and projects that ignite curiosity and encourages exploration. Spend the day attending exciting workshops, presentations and tours at San Francisco’s Exploratorium. Meet other OLLI members in the Northern California region who will be attending this event. No host lunch at the café on site—or bring your own! We will provide round trip transportation on a Sierra College bus to the Exploratorium. Meet in front of the Dietrich Theatre at the Rocklin Campus. Price includes bus trip and the entrance fee. Wear comfortable shoes for walking. Enrollment limited to 20.

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required

The Exploratorium
# Club503 10/24
Friday 7:00 AM-5:30 PM
Fee $55

Tom Fisher’s Mysteries of the World

Today our world has seen an explosion in our ability to communicate via many avenues thereby enabling a greater degree in enlightenment of our world’s populace. Even subjects not necessarily of interest to all, are now available to the masses. Certain of these subjects leave us without resolution, others are just plain mysterious, yet others still remain to be explained. Accordingly, this series presents a potpourri of subjects aimed at expressed interests of previous class sessions. We will focus on alien implications, cosmic mysteries, mother nature’s fantastic creations, and the weird & inexplicable. Come join us as we present the series in stunning color, augmented with computer technology, and in a large theater-like atmosphere.

Session 1: The Starchild Skull
In our opening session we will review an event of the early 1930’s wherein two skeletons were found in a cave and subsequently a portion of each recovered. One of the two skulls recovered was like none other in the field of physical anthropology. We will trace the history of the find through to the subsequent physical and DNA analyses. The skull likely belonged to a child but was extensively misshapen relative to the basic shape of skulls as they have evolved over eons of time. Since it looked nothing like anything found to date, early investigators and the owners likened it to an alien source, hence, the name “Starchild” skull. We will examine the skull in detail through photographs, drawings, and reconstructions. This skull has raised a major controversy in the scientific community as to its characteristics, configuration and the extensive studies which point to an unknown origin.

Session 2: The Trona Pinnacles
Now for a change of pace. Mother Nature is famous for her incredible acts of geological processes throughout the world. The Trona Pinnacles are no exception. The pinnacles are found on the edge of the Mojave Desert in Southern California near the town of Trona, some 170 miles northeast of Los Angeles. This eerie, fantastic landscape is one of the most unique geological features in California deserts. Known as tufa pinnacles, these strange shapes formed underwater 10,000 to 100,000 years ago. This incredible landscape consists of more than 500 tufa spires rising from the bed of the Searles Lake (dry) basin. Standing like sentinels in the stark expansive and expressionless desert, they jut upward as if desperately reaching for the clouds, yet unable to do so, as they are now ‘dead’ relics of the geological past. We will examine the three main groups and identify and portray the several shapes; towers, tombstones, ridges, and cones.

Session 3: Exoplanets
This session takes us into our nearly unfathomable cosmos seeking habitable planets elsewhere. An exoplanet is a planet outside our Solar System. There are at least 200 to 400 billion stars in the Milky Way alone, with at least one planet on average per star! Around 1 in 5 Sun-like stars have an “Earth sized” planet in the habitable zone. There could be as many as 40 billion Earth-sized planets orbiting in the habitable zones of Sun-like stars and red dwarfs within the Milky Way alone! And this is just for the Milky Way, our galactic home within the 100 to 200 billion galaxies forming the cosmos. How do we find these planets, where are they, and what is the ‘habitable zone’? Perhaps the major question is why are we looking for exoplanets? We will address these unknowns via photographs, computer generated displays, and graphics to display the incredible wonders of our infinitely huge universe

Session 4: Red Rock Canyon
Back to the wonders of Mother Nature. The canyon is located in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains off of Old Topanga Canyon Road. Riparian canyon walls are fortified with huge red sandstone outcroppings reminiscent of Southwest canyons & gorges. Special rock-land micro-habitats reside among the many fantastically beautiful red, tan and pale purple rocks, and the oak and sycamore trees at the gorge bottom. Trails lead up through slopes blanketed with toyon, laurel sumac, mountain mahogany, bush sunflowers, and ceanothus to Calabasas Peak. This session is a kaleidoscopic panoply of color, shape and texture. Finally, we conclude with the incredible geological aspects and the plethora of flora/fauna.

Session 5: The Flat Earth And Black Eyed Children
Two sub-sessions. The Flat Earth session focuses on the early views of the middle ages that the Earth was flat. We will discuss the history, concepts, and theories related to this position, and the ‘Flat Earth Society’. Beliefs and postulates of a flat Earth are fascinating and lasted for centuries. Computer graphics and color renditions will be used to portray the firm beliefs of the time. To this day, there are individuals who still believe the earth is flat. This is a look at ourselves and how ‘respected’ theoreticians can influence our thinking.
Finally, we look at the black eyed children of the world. These younger people have eyes which are completely black! This phenomenon has never been explained, nor has it been thoroughly proven. These youngsters tend to wander about, knocking on house doors and attempt to enter. Their prime purpose is not fully identified, nor their origin. This is another of the world’s mysteries yet to solve, debunk or authenticate.
Tom Fisher

Club OLLI Activity-Membership Required

Rocklin Campus
# Club901 10/3-10/24
Friday 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Room D-12
Fee $35

Contact

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  • 333 Sunrise Ave.
    Roseville, CA 95661
  • Fall and Spring M-Th: 8:00am - 4:30pm

    Closed Friday

Shari Smith Program Coordinator, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

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