GILL Notes New Sessions Offered Starting in May

Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning (GILL) has recently introduced a schedule of spring sessions which cover a wide range of subjects including health, finance, science, photography, and natural resources. Sessions will be held in classroom settings, outdoors, and in a Lunch-and-Learn format. The complete spring schedule will run through May.

Coordinated by GILL members, these sessions will be led by experts in each field and made available at no-charge or for a modest fee, according to Sue Fowler, who coordinates GILL activities through the Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development division.

Lunch-and-Learn sessions are scheduled as informal gatherings appropriate for a brown bag lunch and are offered free to all GILL members. One such event is scheduled following each of the other sessions.

Fowler described sessions that will be held during the first week of May, along with the Lunch-and-Learn sessions which will run from noon to 1 p.m. at the same location. Participants may choose to attend one or both of these forums.

A health issue session titled Cardiac and Stroke Rehabilitation, slated Tuesday, May 6, 9 - 11 a.m. at the GC Southern Outreach Center (SOC) in Oakland, will be presented by Kendra Thayer, RN, BSN, CDE, director of the outpatient chronic care services at Garrett Memorial Hospital. The Lunch and Learn (L&L) session on that day will be astronomy, presented by GILL member and amateur astronomer, Charles Brown, who will share his passion for astronomy and photography of objects in space known as astro imaging.

Crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay will be presented on Wednesday, May 7, 10 – 11:30 a.m. on the McHenry campus of Garrett College by Doug Woodburn. Having grown up on the bay working in his family’s charter boat fishing business, he explored the waters and the wildlife of the area. He will share his photos and information about the lives of crabs, the crabbing industry, and will demonstrate tricks the professionals use to pick the meat out of crabs. The L&L session, starting at noon, will be Hot Topics, which will allow participants to discuss a topic of the group’s choosing including local issues, national trends, or worldly matters. Bob McClosky will facilitate.

Another health topic, Mental Capabilities and Changes Through Aging, will be presented on Thursday, May 8, 9 – 11 a.m. at the SOC by Dr. Margaret Kaiser, a local physician specializing in gerontology. She will address the process of healthy mental aging and some of the related changes that may be expected. Following this presentation, starting at noon, Sue McQuaid will lead the L&L session titled Zentangle demonstrating a way to create art by using structured doodling.

For more information on GILL or to receive a full schedule of spring sessions one may contact Fowler by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 301-387-3087.