110 course offerings for seniors through Sierra College OLLI program in Nevada County | TheUnion.com

110 course offerings for seniors through Sierra College OLLI program in Nevada County

Terry McAteer
Special to The Union
Among the field trips, common with OLLI courses, planned for this semester are trips to the Crocker Museum, Sacramento historic cruise and Sacramento muralss.
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Over 110 classes are being offered this semester for local senior citizens through the Sierra College Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

“This is our largest offering ever,” said Program Coordinator Shari Smith. OLLI offers short-term, low priced, non-graded enrichment classes for local residents age 55 and older who want to remain as lifelong learners.

This semester six film appreciation courses are being offered at the Nevada County campus along with courses in political science, history, art, literature and wellness. Three field trips ­— one to the Crocker Museum, a Sacramento historic cruise and a tour of Sacramento murals — are included in the offerings.

Of special interest and new to the offerings is the Community Reads book, “The Far Away Brothers,” facilitated by Joan Griffin. The class will read and discuss this book about twin brothers as they escape the violence in El Salvador and make the arduous trip to California. Participants will be able to take part in the many activities surrounding the Community Reads book including meeting the author, Laura Markhan.

Local adventurer Julia Amaral will be teaching a class on “Understanding North Korea” through her personal experiences. This two-hour class will present Julia’s personal photos and discuss life, culture and history of the Hermit Kingdom.

Another new course taught by retired college literature professor, Win Rogers, is focusing on the writings of Charles Dickens seen through the eyes of 20th century films. Retired U.S. Ambassador Steve Browning will be offering a class to OLLI students on understanding the working of a U.S. Embassy.

Course offerings in the OLLI program range from free to $40. To view the classes online go to: http://www.sierracollege.edu/olli or contact the program office at 916-781-6290.

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