Garrett Institute of Lifelong Learning

WELCOME TO GILL
Information and Registration: 301-387-3069

If you have a curious mind and love learning, please join this like-minded group.  There are no entrance requirements, no tests, and we don't grade - this is learning for the fun of it!

Our goal is to provide a curriculum of intellectually stimulating learning opportunities and special events geared toward persons 50 plus years, but open to all ages.

Membership

GILL is administered by its own Board of Directors, run in affiliation with the Continuing Education and Workforce Development department of Garrett College, and supported through membership and program fees.  Members enjoy access to the CEWD computer lab, GC library, mailings, and to GILL programs.

Members work together to determine the interests and needs of the group.  An elected Board of Directors is then charged with the tasks of bringing the class to fruition - finding instructors, defining the scope of curriculum, and other logistical duties.

Registration Information

The Programming Committee has developed a diverse group of classes offered to GILL members this spring.  Please call Continuing Education (301-387-3069) to register.  If you are not a GILL member and wish to join GILL so that you can be a part of our exciting sessions, ask for membership information when you call.

 

GARRETT INSTITUTE FOR LIFELONG LEARNING
GILL REGISTRATION INFORMATION
SPRING 2015

April 20 - May 15

The Programming Committee has developed a diverse group of classes offered to GILL members this spring.  Please call Continuing Education (301-387-3069) to register.  If you are not a GILL member and wish to join GILL so that you can be a part of our exciting sessions, ask for membership information when you call.


GILL SESSION DESCRIPTIONS


Classes to Get You Moving:

Reading the Woods

April 21 (Tuesday)   10-11:30am

What better way to start off the spring season than to have a presentation discussing the many different hiking opportunities offered within the state parks in Garrett County? Caroline Blizzard will lead the group on an easy hike within Deep Creek Lake State Park and point out the many signs of spring along the way. Meet at the Discovery Center. Wear comfortable clothes, walking shoes or hiking boots and bring binoculars or camera to capture nature at its most beautiful.

Presenter: Caroline Blizzard, park ranger, Discovery Center Director

Location: Discovery Center, Deep Creek Lake State Park

Cost: $7.50

Kendall Trail Hike

May 11 (Monday)    9:30-11:30am

The Kendall Trailhead in Friendsville is an easy hike in the woods and along the Yough. Caroline will provide interpretation along the way and see spring wild flowers at their peak. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes you won’t mind getting wet as the trails can be boggy sometimes. Check out local businesses for lunch after the hike.

Presenter: Caroline Blizzard

Location: Kendall Trail, Friendsville

Cost: $10

STAY TUNED! Garrett Trails will be opening a new trail @ Meadow Mountain in June. GILL members will be offered one of the first hikes on the new trail. More information to come as we learn details….

 
Bowling 2.0

 April 21, 28, May 5, 12 (Tuesday – 4 sessions)    1-3 pm

When was the last time you went bowling? At The Alley in Oakland, participants will get a weekly video skill lesson and then be able to practice what they have learned under the watchful eye of The Alley owner.  Members are welcome to stay on and bowl additional games for $2 each game.  Shoes are included.  Come join fellow GILL members for exercise and fun at the newly renovated Oakland lanes.

Presenter: Gary Blackden

Location: The Alley, 499 Oakland Road, Oakland

Cost:  $5 per session (20 min video & practice)  Additional games $2 each payable directly to The Alley

 

Tree Top Flyers- The Basics of Flight

April 29 (Wednesday)       9:30-11:30am

Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? No, it’s a plane! Witness the marvels of flight while learning about model airplanes, helicopters and drones from local flying experts.  A flight simulator will be used to demonstrate basic flight maneuvers.  After some class time, we will head to the SOC gym for a flying demonstration (outside weather permitting).

Presenters: Jack Rickman, Rick Kutchman, Sarah Myers

Location: SOC

Cost: $10


Classes to Get You Talking and Thinking:


Investing Basics: The Options

April 22 (Tuesday)     9:30 – 11:00 am

This interactive presentation will clarify the differences among stocks, bonds, and mutual funds and talk about what you need to know to decide what investment strategy is right for you.

Presenter: Bob McClosky

Location: SOC (Oakland Community Center)

Cost: FREE

 

Film Discussion Group

Date and   time TBD

GILL members have expressed interest in developing a film discussion group to show a film and hold a discussion afterward. We have arranged for Garrett 8 Cinemas to show the films and provide time for discussion.  We need a group of members to meet, choose the film(s) that we will offer and run the discussion.  If all goes well, this could develop into an ongoing series that could bring new types of films to our area.  Please contact Lisa Davis  @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to be a part of this exciting new branch of GILL.

Location: Garrett 8 Cinemas

Cost: TBD

Information Literacy: Finding Quality Information Through Libraries and Internet Searches

April 30 (Thursday)       1-3pm

With the ever increasing use of the web, we have information available to us through our home computers, tablets, and smart phones.  But are you using the most reliable websites or just sorting through junk?  Reference Librarian, Krista McKenzie, will show us the many resources available through libraries and how to find the best information on the web.

Presenter: Krista McKenzie

Location: Garrett College Library

Cost: $10

 

The Almighty Automobile

May 12 & 14 (Tuesday & Thursday)      6-8:30pm

We depend so much on our cars but how much do we really understand them and how they work? Participants will explore the maintenance of a car’s engine, tires, and fluids, and get a comprehensive understanding of the mysterious automobile.  Questions will be encouraged in this interactive and humorous presentation. 

Presenter: Will Roszell (owner of Garrett Automotive, 55 years’ experience in the auto industry)

Location: Garrett Automotive, Garrett Highway, Oakland

Cost: $12.50 per session


Classes to Spark Your Creativity:

Quilting for Beginners

 April 28 (Tuesday)       9:30 – 11:30am

Quilts are so many things – a warm blanket, a work of art, an outlet for creativity, an expression of love. They may look hard to create but do not have to be difficult to make.  Come learn the basics of quilt making. Join the discussion about fabric selection, tools needed, sewing machines, the process of piecing and quilting and look at examples of various styles.  Participants will receive hand-outs with a list of essentials and examples from the demonstrations.

Presenter: Sue O’Neal, President of Heritage Quilters Society

Location: SOC

Cost: $10


Field Trips:

Pittsburgh Hidden Gem - Clayton

May 7 (Thursday)        10am-6:30pm (transportation provided by GC or on your own)

There is more to Pittsburgh than sports venues. Hidden in the east end of Pittsburgh is ‘Clayton’.  When Industrialist Henry Clay Frick decided to move his family to NYC, he left the entire contents of the Clayton Estate behind.  Donated by his daughter, everything has been preserved so that visitors can see fine art, furniture, and architecture from the late 1800’s.  We will get a guided tour of the mansion and then there will be plenty of time on your own to see the beautiful gardens, the Frick Art Museum, the Car and Carriage Museum and much more.  Bag lunch on your own or eat at the Café at the Frick.  Afternoon tea is also available.

Presenter: Lisa Davis

Location: meet @ GC, McHenry, Clayton Mansion, Pittsburg

Cost: $40


Antietam

May 13 (Wednesday)         9am-6pm, (transportation provide by GC or on your own)

You have probably heard of the ‘Bloody Lane’ but do you know how it came to be known as that? Join us for a full day expedition to Antietam National Battlefield. After stopping for lunch en-route (not included in price) we will arrive at Antietam and see a 30 minute film introducing the battle. After that, a personal guide will take us on a 3 hour tour of this famous battlefield.

Presenter: Dick Carroll

Location: meet at GC, McHenry, Antietam Battlefield

Cost: $40



Other Campus Opportunities:

Joan Crawford Lecture Series        FREE

April 22 (Wednesday) 12 Noon    Autism: What Doctors Know and What Autistic Children Wish You Knew

Location: Garrett College room 645


The Righteous: Those Who Saved the Jews

April 9 – April 30 (Thursdays)                 5-6:30pm

Attitudes towards the Jews during the Holocaust ranged from indifference to hostility.  This course will examine the efforts of non-Jews who tried to save Jewish lives during the Holocaust.  We will look at Sir Nicholas Winton, Raoul Wallenberg, Irena Sendler, and others who risked their lives to help those in need.  Many have been recognized by Yad Vashem , World Center for Holocaust Research, Documentation, Education, and Commemoration.

Presenter: Beth Luers

Location: McHenry Con Ed Building


To register for any of the classes, you need to be a member of GILL. Membership is based on the fiscal year running July through June. Annual membership is $10 payable to the Garrett College Foundation.

You can become a member at any time during the year. Call 301-387-3069 for information on becoming a member. You can also stop by the Continuing Education office on the main campus of Garrett College or the Southern Outreach Center located at the Oakland Community Center (former Armory).


Sessions require GILL Membership, and registration is a must 301 387-3069.


 




Previous Course Offerings:




Where do GILL sessions meet?


    Garrett College campuses 
    · McHenry – Continuing Education Building (MCH)
    · Oakland – GC Southern Outreach Center (SOC) - former Armory
    · Accident – Career Technology Training Center (CTTC) – Industrial Park
    · Other locations dependent upon topic

For further information, please call Garrett College at 301-387-3069.

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Reading the Woods

April 21 (Tuesday)   10-11:30am

What better way to start off the spring season than to have a presentation discussing the many different hiking opportunities offered within the state parks in Garrett County? Caroline Blizzard will lead the group on an easy hike within Deep Creek Lake State Park and point out the many signs of spring along the way. Meet at the Discovery Center. Wear comfortable clothes, walking shoes or hiking boots and bring binoculars or camera to capture nature at its most beautiful.

Presenter: Caroline Blizzard, park ranger, Discovery Center Director

Location: Discovery Center, Deep Creek Lake State Park

Cost: $7.50

 

Kendall Trail Hike

May 11 (Monday)    9:30-11:30am

The Kendall Trailhead in Friendsville is an easy hike in the woods and along the Yough. Caroline will provide interpretation along the way and see spring wild flowers at their peak. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes you won’t mind getting wet as the trails can be boggy sometimes. Check out local businesses for lunch after the hike.

Presenter: Caroline Blizzard

Location: Kendall Trail, Friendsville

Cost: $10

 

STAY TUNED! Garrett Trails will be opening a new trail @ Meadow Mountain in June. GILL members will be offered one of the first hikes on the new trail. More information to come as we learn details….

 

 

 

Bowling 2.0

 April 21, 28, May 5, 12 (Tuesday – 4 sessions)    1-3 pm

When was the last time you went bowling? At The Alley in Oakland, participants will get a weekly video skill lesson and then be able to practice what they have learned under the watchful eye of The Alley owner.  Members are welcome to stay on and bowl additional games for $2 each game.  Shoes are included.  Come join fellow GILL members for exercise and fun at the newly renovated Oakland lanes.

Presenter: Gary Blackden

Location: The Alley, 499 Oakland Road, Oakland

Cost:  $5 per session (20 min video & practice)  Additional games $2 each payable directly to The Alley

 

 

Tree Top Flyers- The Basics of Flight

April 29 (Wednesday)       9:30-11:30am

Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? No, it’s a plane! Witness the marvels of flight while learning about model airplanes, helicopters and drones from local flying experts.  A flight simulator will be used to demonstrate basic flight maneuvers.  After some class time, we will head to the SOC gym for a flying demonstration (outside weather permitting).

Presenters: Jack Rickman, Rick Kutchman, Sarah Myers

Location: SOC

Cost: $10