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Campus News

March 21, 2019

April class sessions announced by Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning

The Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning (GILL) group, operating under Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development, recently announced the upcoming spring schedule of classes for the month of April. GILL learning experiences are developed by the organization’s members based on group consensus. The topic sessions are coordinated by volunteers who select presenters for each topic.

Tour of HART for Animals

Tuesday, April 2nd, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Members will be given a tour of the facilities, including the veterinary wing, deluxe boarding area, and the adoption wing for cats and dogs. Learn about this business model that strives to use the profits from the vet and boarding side of the business to pay the expenses of a no-kill shelter. Discover the volunteer opportunities, including: the Pick of the Litter retail shop, moving animals between shelters through the transport program, fundraising, and spending time walking dogs or playing with kittens in the adoption wing, as they wait for their forever homes. Members who wish to bring a donation for the animals can visit for a list of needed items. The cost to attend is $6.

Salt Cave

Friday, April 12th, 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

To carpool to Bruceton Mills, members are to meet at the Continuing Education parking lot in McHenry at 10:15 a.m. There are only eight slots available, so members are encouraged to register in advance. Since the early 19th century Europeans have visited salt mines or caves to promote better health. Over 30,000 pounds of salt was imported from Pakistan to create the salt cave we will visit in Bruceton Mills, W.Va. We’ll relax in zero gravity chairs, listen to soothing music and breathe the mineral saturated air for 45 minutes. Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably and wear slip on shoes. The cost for this session is $20.

Garrett County Health Fair

Saturday, April 13th, 8:30 am. – 12 p.m. - CARC Gymnasium

Visit the GILL table at the Garrett County Health Fair. There’s no better way to stay healthy than keeping your mind engaged in new topics, make new friends while you enjoy social outings, and move your body by chasing one of Garrett County’s naturalists through the woods exploring nature’s wonders. GILL is offering a health fair special for new members only– individuals can join and the $10 annual membership will begin immediately and run through June 2020.

Soup and TED: Environmental focus in honor of Earth Day

Thursday, April 18th, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. S.O.C.

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 (soup will be provided). Come enjoy lunch, a TED talk, and a discussion of the presentation with Sue Fowler, featured presenter, and Bob Newman, featured soup maker.

Painting Party with Countryside Canvas

Thursday, April 25th, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.S.O.C.

Join us for a fun painting party! Members will choose one of two designs (Northern Lights or Red Sunflower) at the time of registration. Each design is pre-traced on a 16" x 20" canvas. Early registration is encouraged, as seats are limited. This is a great experience for those who have always wanted to paint but have never tried, or for those who love to paint. Dawna Rodeheaver will be providing step-by-step instructions for each painting. Please wear clothing that you don't mind getting dirty - aprons are great alternatives. The cost for this session is $35 and includes materials.

Registration is required for each session. If you are not a GILL member and wish to join in order to register for a session, please contact Continuing Education Workforce Development at 301-387-3069. More information on the Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning is also available by contacting at or