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Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning

Garrett Institute for 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 do not grade - this is learning just for the fun of it!


GILL is a member driven organization whose mission is to enrich lives by offering a wide variety of stimulating educational, cultural, and social programs geared toward a diverse community of adults primarily 50 + years, but open to all.


GILL is administered by its own Board of Directors, run in affiliation with the Continuing Education and Workforce Development division of Garrett College, supported through membership and program fees. Members work together to determine the interests and needs of the group. A program committee is then charged with the tasks of bringing the class to fruition- finding instructors, defining the scope of curriculum and other logistical duties.

Not a member? Join Now! Contact 301-387-3069.

Winter 2018 - Starting mid-February

GILL Course Descriptions

Sessions are free to GILL members, but registration is a must 301-387-3781
Date: February 6 (Tuesday) 12:00 – 2pm

Bring a dish to share (soup will be provided). We’ll share lunch, view two warm and wonderful underwater TED talks, and discuss the expert’s presentation. TED is a platform for ideas worth spreading. Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

Titles: An Underwater Art Museum Teeming with Life and Dive Into An Ocean Photographer's World

Discussion leaders: Nadine and Gordon Jakubowski

Location: SOC

Date: February 14 (Wednesday) 12:00 – 2:00pm and again
Date: February 28 (Wednesday) 12:00 – 2:00pm

Whatever the name, this lunch and discussion session is always a winter favorite. Get together to enjoy casual talk about whatever interests/intrigues YOU (generally avoiding politics and religion) while at the same time enjoying lunch. It’s a nice way to get to know other GILL members.

Discussion leaders: Ann Stuck

Location: Uno's (downstairs)

Cost: Free (except for lunch)

Date: February 20 (Tuesday) 3 – 5:00 pm

Lace up those ugly shoes and go for a strike. The Alley offers $2 shoe rentals and $2 games on Tuesday afternoons. You know you need to get off of that couch and get the blood flowing so here’s your opportunity. Guaranteed to be a great ab workout – from all the laughing!!!

Coordinator: Linda Bradley

Location: The Alley, 499 Oakland Dr. (near Southern High School)

Cost: shoe rental and games ($2 each) paid at the Alley

Date: February 21 (Wednesday) 12:00 – 2:30pm

Cartoons have come a long way since we were kids! With 3D computer-animation and writers who strive to entertain both children and adults the animated films of today are delightful. Just like the Soup and TED format, bring a dish to share (soup will be provided) and we’ll watch the Penguins of Madagascar, a Jakubowski family favorite

Discussion leaders: Nadine and Gordon Jakubowski

Location: SOC

Still GILL but with a new approach to scheduling

Each week in February we’ll pick a movie showing at the Garrett 8 Cinemas. Come on get out of the house! Emails will be sent to GILL members only on Fridays announcing the title, date and time for the next week. After the movie we’ll choose a spot to discuss the movie over a beverage of your choice. This is a very casual get together so NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Bring a friend.

Coordinator: Sue Fowler and Ann Stuck

Location: Garrett 8 Cinemas

Come join GILL members for an invigorating afternoon in the outdoors (snow permitting). Meet at the Herrington Manor Hut for a hike on their trails. Participants must bring snowshoes (rentals are available around the county). Because of the ‘weather permitting’ nature of this outing, we ask that you call 301-387-3781 to add to your name of interested participants and we’ll call you when the conditions are right!

Coordinator: Sue Fowler

Location: Herrington Manor State Park

  • Winter Sessions – January-February
  • Soup and TED
  • Games
  • Health Topics
  • Hot Topics
  • Snow Shoeing
  • Organize Your Photographs
  • Appetizers and A Movie
  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About FOOTBALL

Winter 2019 GILL Schedule at a Glance


  • Toasted Goat Wine Tasting: Wed. 16th
  • Un-Hot Topics: Wed. 23rd
  • High Country Creamery: Wed. 30th
  • Snow date (Wed. Feb.6)


  • Medical Marijuana: Tues. 12th
  • Nicholas and Alexandra: Thurs, 21 & 28


  • Soup and Ted: Thurs. 7th
  • Un-Hot Topics: Wed. 13th