Garrett Institute of Lifelong Learning

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.


April 19, 26, May 3, 10
Location: SOC (9:30 – 11:30 a.m.)
Presenter: Sue O’Neal
Cost: $48

“Applique” is the sewing of small pieces of fabric onto a larger piece of cloth to decorate a garment or product. The four sessions will cover the materials and tools needed to do basic applique, as well as teach the various methods of applique. Students will have the opportunity to complete a small applique project that can be used for a home decorator project or quilt.


April 21, 28
Location: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Oakland (1:00 – 2:15 p.m.)
Presenter: Lynn Grimm
Cost: $15

Come experience the joy and art of playing hand bells in this two-part session. Lynn’s extensive experience of teaching and directing music will help every participant learn how to play these beautiful instruments. No musical ability is necessary—just be able to count to four.


April 21
Location: Deep Creek Discovery Center (9:30 – 11:30)
Presenter: Caroline Blizzard, DNR
Cost: $12

Come learn why these beautiful butterflies and pollinators are so vitally important to our area, and why the species is threatened by human activity.


April 25
Location: SOC (9:30 – 11:30 a.m.)
Presenter: Shelley Argabrite (GCHD Health Planner)
Cost: $12

Join us as we discuss the Public Health’s version of the four major phases of health: assessment, prioritization, implementation, and evaluation. Our current needs assessment process will be discussed in detail and the findings presented.


May 4, 19
Location: SOC (12:00 – 2:00 p.m.)
Presenter: Lisa Davis
Cost: Bring a Dish to Share

May 4: “The Happy Secret to Better Work” by Shawn Achor.

May 19: “Nature, Beauty, Gratitude.” Louie Schwartzberg

TED talks provide a platform to individuals on a diversity of topics. The goal of TED is to spark conversation, connection, and community. The talks are presented without bias and without a commercial, political, or religious agenda. Bring a dish to share (salad will be provided). Come enjoy lunch, a TED talk, and a discussion of the presentation.


LOCATION: SOC (10:00 am – 12:00pm)
Presenter: Sandy Miller (GCHD Prevention Supervisor)
Cost: $12

Join us to learn about the wellness model which will help us to recognize the areas where we can develop healthy habits as well as how each area impacts our physical and mental health. Strategies will be presented in each dimension: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.


May 16
Location: Deep Creek Pottery (9:00 – 11:00 a.m.)
Presenter: Lori Skidmore
Cost: $19

Roll up your sleeves and get ready to play with clay. Artist Lorie Skidmore of Deep Creek Pottery will lead us through a project utilizing basic techniques for creating your masterpiece. This class will introduce you to the various clay projects, mosaic tiles, and the “paint your own pottery” section of their new studio. Dress is “casual-stainable.” Directions: Deep Creek Pottery, 662 Laurel Ridge Rd. McHenry, MD Take Mosser Rd. (north of college), to Northridge Rd. to Laurel Ridge


May 17
Location: Herrington Manor State Park (1:00 – 4:00 p.m.)
Presenter: Richard Perrine
Cost: $ 12 (plus pay entrance fee at gate )

Take hiking to a new level and learn how to Geocache. Caches (containers) are hiding all over the world waiting for you to find them. We will hike a local park to find several of these hidden treasures that have been hidden by Geocaching enthusiasts. This is an activity that family members of all ages can enjoy. GPS devices will be provided, or you can bring your phone if it has a GPS app.


May 18
Location: Mount Savage, MD (near Frostburg) (10:00 am – 5:00pm or less as your schedule permits)
15603 Trimble Rd. NW, Mt. Savage, MD 21545
Presenter: Janice Keene (Evergreen Heritage Center)
Cost: $12
Self-drive (**directions- back page**) and bring your lunch

Meet us at the Evergreen Heritage Center for a tour of the beautiful 230 year old property, including the house museum, and barn. After lunch, explore the heritage hoop house, sawmill, and workshop; hike the mile long Evergreen trail to learn about the evolution of the 1700’s homestead to early 1800’s plantation to Victorian era farm.


May 23

Location: SOC (10:00 am – 12:00pm)

Presenter: Chrissy Sharpless, GC Board of Elections

Cost: $ 12

Ms. Sharpless, a representative from the Garrett county Board of Elections, will discuss the responsibilities of the board of elections. She will discuss changes in voting procedure for this primary including the new voting units, as well as the federal, state, county electoral process. Questions encouraged!


May 25
Location: UNO’s (12:00 – 2:00 p.m.)
Presenter: Ann Stuck
Cost: FREE

Back by popular demand, Hot Topics offers an opportunity to enjoy lunch and a lively discussion at the same time. We will again assemble at UNO’s to discuss topics du jour, as well as to enjoy the fellowship of fellow GILL members over lunch.

** Directions to Evergreen Heritage Center ** 15603 Trimble Rd. NW, Mt. Savage, MD 21545 Directions: From I -68 heading east take Exit 34 (MD-36) and turn left onto MD 36 -Turn right onto US 40 E, - Left onto MD 638, - Right onto MD 36 (Mt. Savage Rd.), - Right onto Slabtown Road, - Right onto Trimble Rd.

Registration Information

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.

Sign me up, please. A reception and registration kick-off was held recently at Garrett College by the members of the Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning (GILL). The purpose of the event was to present information on the classes that GILL will offer beginning in October. The GILL members select the topics and develop the courses that are offered and they include sessions in hobbies, finance, the arts, history, and more. Membership is open to all community members with an interest in learning. Registrations are still being accepted for the fall sessions. In the photo above, GC Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) staff member Sarah registers local resident Barbara Frantz for the fall sessions she selected. To learn more about the options and to register, persons are invited to call the Garrett College CEWD office at 301-387-3069.

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.

Follow Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) on Social Media!

Facebook jagged edge google plus red jagged edge Instagram jagged edge jagged twitter pinterest jagged edge

Archive - Fall 2015

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.

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.

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.

Jeannie Miller, RN and Mitzi Wiltison, RN

Location: SOC

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

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.

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