Garrett Institute of Lifelong Learning

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.


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.





GILL is pleased to offer this wide variety of fall sessions which now feature a Film Series starting September24th. We hope you’ll find something to pique your interest!

Please call Garrett College Continuing Education @ 301-387-3069 for more information on becoming a GILL member or to register for sessions. You can also stop in at either the McHenry or Oakland offices to register.

Have an idea for a class you’d like to see next time? Let us know what it is.


Sept. 16 – Fall Bird Walk

Join us on a hike to see many migrating birds (raptors, warblers, etc.) as we are led on an informative 1.5 mile birding adventure by a local expert with over forty years’ experience. We will begin at the Sang Run kayak put-in (directions are available, if needed). The degree of difficulty for this hike is 6 on a scale of 1 -10 (many elevation changes). Bring your binoculars.

Presenter: Connie Skipper

Location: Sang Run kayak put-in

Time: 8:00 – 10:00 A.M.

Cost: $12


Sept. 24 – Film Series: Selma

This is the first in what promises to be an exciting series of film offerings by GILL. This first film, “Selma,” chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights for African-Americans in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama culminated in President Johnson signing the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the Civil Rights movement. Following the film, the audience will engage in a discussion that will put the film in historical context, and explore any meaning that it may have for the current day.

Discussion Leader: Dick Carroll

Location: Garrett College Auditorium (McHenry)

Time: 1:00 – 3:30 P.M.

Cost: All three films - $15, single film - $7, non-Gill public - $10


Oct. 6 – History: “The Duel”

On the morning of July 11, 1804, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr fought the most famous duel in American history. It was the last battle of the long political war between the two men. When it was over, Hamilton lay dying, Burr’s career was over, and the course of a nation was changed forever. Through film and discussion we will examine the careers of these two prominent figures and the course of events that led to a disastrous end for both.

Presenter: Dick Carroll

Location: SOC

Time: 10:00 – 12:00 A.M.

Cost: $12

Oct. 14 – Hot Topics:

Join us for a lively, free-wheeling discussion of topics Du Jour while at the same time enjoying the company of our Gill friends over lunch.

Discussion Leaders: Barbara McClosky & Ann Stuck

Location: Uno’s (downstairs)

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 P.M.

Cost: Free, except for your lunch

Oct. 15 – Film Series: Sin Nombre

Seeking the promise of America, a beautiful young Honduran woman joins her father and uncle in braving the gauntlet of the Latin America countryside en route to the U.S. Along the way she crosses paths with a teenaged Mexican gang member who is trying to outrun his violent past and elude his former associates. Together, they must rely on faith, trust, and street smarts if they are to survive their increasingly perilous journey in the hope of gaining new lives.

Presenter: Gloria Salazar

Location: Garrett College Auditorium (McHenry)

Time: 1:00 – 3:30 P.M.

Cost: All three films - $15, single film - $7, non-Gill public - $10

Oct. 19 – Pickleball for Beginners

This is a four session introduction to the fundamentals of pickleball. Equipment, techniques, rules of the games will be discussed while learning a fun way to exercise and meet new people. “Tennis” shoes required but we’ll provide everything else you’ll need.

Presenter: Steve Stromwell

Location: SOC

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 A.M.     Four sessions: Oct. 19, 21, 26, and 28

Cost: $24

Oct. 20 – History: “The Duel” (this is a repeat of the Oct. 6 offering)

On the morning of July 11, 1804, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr fought the most famous duel in American history. It was the last battle of the long political war between the two men. When it was over, Hamilton lay dying, Burr’s career was over, and the course of a nation was changed forever. Through film and discussion we will examine the careers of these two prominent figures and the course of events that led to a disastrous end for both.

Presenter: Dick Carroll

Location: McHenry Campus

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Cost: $12

Oct. 20 – The Art of Quilting

In just four hands-on sessions, participants will take all the steps to create a simple table runner or table topper. You’ll go through all the steps from choosing and cutting fabrics, to block assembly, “in-the-ditch” quilting, and binding. Each student will need to bring a sewing machine with which they are familiar and will be given a list of needed fabrics.

Presenter: Sue O’Neal

Location: SOC

Time: 10:00 – 12:00 A.M.

Four sessions: Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10

Cost: $48

Oct. 21 – Pickleball for Beginners (see October 19 for full description)

Oct. 22 – Introduction to Mah-Jongg

Learn to play Mah-Jongg or just sharpen your skills with this class led by experienced players. In the morning session, we will learn the rules of play and practice what we have learned. In the afternoon session, we will have fun actually playing the game.

Presenter: Marci McClive

Location: McHenry campus

Time: 10:00 – 12:00 A.M., 1:30 – 3:30 P.M.

Cost: $12

You are welcome to bring your lunch, try the College Café, or go out to a local restaurant together

Oct. 23 – Pittsburgh: Nationality Rooms & Phipps Conservatory

Join us for a trip to Pittsburgh where we will enjoy a guided tour of the 29 classrooms that were built to represent the “golden age” of the nations and the ethnic groups that lived and worked in our region. Also included will be a guided tour of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where we will observe plant collections, art installations, and water features: sustainable practices. Wear comfortable shoes. Lunch is on your own.

Trip Coordinators: Lisa Davis & Ann Stuck

Location: Meet at Garrett College Con Ed parking lot – leave at 7:00 A.M.

Cost: $25 if you drive yourself or

           $50 includes van and parking

Oct. 26 – Pickleball for Beginners (see October 19 for full description)

Oct. 27 – Quilting (continued)

Oct. 28 – Introduction to the National Diabetes Prevention Program

An estimated 79 million Americans aged 20 + years are pre-diabetic. Without intervention, 15 – 30% of these people will develop Type 2 diabetes within 5 years. The National Diabetes Prevention Program is proven to help prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes in people who are at risk for the condition. Focus is on making achievable and realistic lifestyle changes. Participants learn ways to incorporate healthier eating, moderate physical activity, and problem-solving and coping skills into their daily lives. This program is being offered by Garrett County Memorial Hospital trained staff members.

Presenters: Jeannie Miller, RN and Mitzi Wiltison, RN

Location: SOC

Time: 10:00 – 12:00 A.M.

Cost: Free to Gill members

Oct. 28 – Pickleball for Beginners (continued)


Nov. 3 – Quilting (continued)

Nov. 3 – Cold Weather Conditioning for your Vehicle

Are you ready for the cold and snow this winter? We can at least help you get your car prepared with this informative offering on how to condition your vehicle for the winter (tires, engine, the outside and underside of your vehicle, and more). Join us for this session that will be led by a local automotive expert with decades of experience with cars and Garrett County winters.

Presenter: Will Roszell

Location: Garrett Automotive, Garrett Highway

Time: 6 – 8 P.M.

Cost: $12

Nov. 5 – Anasazi Indians

Local expert, Dr. Margaret Kaiser, will discuss her experiences while actively participating in the archeological dig at the site of the Anasazi Indian ruins. She has just returned from her annual journey to the site, and will be sharing her most recent adventure with us.

Presenter: Dr. Margaret Kaiser

Location: SOC

Time: 10:00 – 12:00 A.M.

Cost: $12

Nov. 10 – Quilting (continued)

Nov. 11 – Hiking on the Big Savage Mountain Hiking Trail

Join us for a four mile hike on Savage Mountain from Swamp Road to Russell Road. We will pass a B-52 bomber crash site and enjoy beautiful mountain views. Please arrive at Savage River Lodge by 9:00 A.M. to begin the hike. The degree of difficulty for this hike is moderate (5 on a scale of 1 – 10). An optional soup and sandwich lunch can be purchased at the Lodge after the hike (approx. $15).

Presenter: Mike Driesbach

Location: Savage River Lodge (1600 Mt. Aetna Road, Frostburg (301-689-3200)

Time: 9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Cost: $18

Nov. 12 – Information Literacy, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., GC McHenry

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? Krista McKenzie, Instructional Librarian, will show participants how to access the many resources available through libraries and how to find the best information on the web.

Presenter: Krista McKenzie

Location: Garrett College Library (McHenry Campus)

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 A.M.

Cost: $12

Nov. 12 – Film Series: Exporting Raymond

Phil Rosenthal created one of the most popular television shows of all time.   When he travels to Russia to recreate "Everybody Loves Raymond" for Russian TV audiences as "Everybody Loves Kostya," he finds himself truly ‘lost in translation.’ Russian colleagues, unique characters and humorous situations wind throughout this international comedy adventure.

Presenter: To be determined

Location: Garrett College Auditorium (McHenry Campus)

Time: 1:00 – 3:30 P.M.

Cost: All three films - $15, single film - $7, non-Gill public - $10






































































































































































































































































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