ILR 55+ at FCC

Drums on the Conococheague: Then and Now

Drums on the Conococheague: Then and Now
September 9th,  9:00 am – 8:00 pm
September 10th, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
$5 per person, under 16 free
Location:  Conococheague Settlement
12995 Bain Road, Mercersburg, PA 17236
(7170 328-3467

***This program was coordinated by Deb Swartz, a former ILR Instructor and wife of current instructor Roger Swartz.

The Grand Entry will be at noon each day. The Medicine Horse Singers are the Host Drum. Dancers include the Aztec Dancers and Potomack Dancers. Activities include drumming, dancing, re-enactments, custom & culture native demonstrations and crafts. Food on premises. Bring your own lawn chair. For additional information click here.

Creative Writing

Creative Writing
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, February 7 – April 11
Location: Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E Moser Rd, Thurmont, MD
Registration:  Please contact Erin Dingle at the library for more information. (301) 600-7200

Do you have a desire to write creatively? This course is appropriate for both experienced and novice writers. Participants may write in whatever genre of creative writing they choose and then share, if they wish, what they have written. A safe space is maintained by participants treating all work as confidential and being allowed to only make positive comments on each other’s writing. Writing can be wonderful therapy where friendships form.

Instructor: Kay Bosgraaf is a trained leader in the Amherst Writers and Artists Methodology. She taught using this method for several semesters at Montgomery College through the Writing Center on the Germantown Campus. She also taught the credit course The Creative Writing of Poetry at Montgomery College many times as a classroom course and an online course. Kay published a prize-winning volume of poetry available on Amazon now and participated in numerous poetry readings.

Principles of U.S. National Security

Principles of U.S. National Security
Wednesdays, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, September 13 – October 25 (Skip October 11)
Location: C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD
Registration: Please contact Marian Currens at the library for more information or to register. (301) 600-3760

National security issues are a hot topic these days. This course is a basic introduction to the theory and practice of national security policy by the United States in the 21st-century setting, drawing upon real-world situations that are widely discussed in the national media. The course will be comprised of the following topics:
1. Principles of national security including neoconservative, humanitarian interventionist, neo-isolationist, and some historical American national security policies.
2. The role of the military in U.S. national security policy including NATO and Constitutional provisions of how the United States government “goes to war.”
3. The role of diplomacy in national security policy versus the use of military power.
4. The role of economic policy in shaping U.S. national security policy.

Instructor: Jeffrey Steinberg is both an analyst and practitioner of U.S. national security policy. He has been an investigative journalist for more than 40 years, serving since 1986 on the editorial board of a weekly publication, Executive Intelligence Review, and writing for a range of international newsletters and magazines; and has also participated in various advisory capacities for U.S. government officials on a wide range of national security issues, from strategic defense policy, to the war on terrorism, to the war on illegal narcotics, to the economic dimensions of national security. He has lectured internationally on issues related to national security. Steinberg is the author and/or co-author of hundreds of articles and special reports on a wide range of national security issues, current affairs, and history.

History’s Mysteries: Ghost Evidence

History’s Mysteries: Ghost Evidence
Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm, Nov. 1 – 8
Location: Frederick Senior Center, 1440 Taney Ave, Frederick, MD
Registration: Please contact Dara Markowitz at the Frederick Senior Center for more information and to register. (301) 600-3525

We’ll view some of the most famous and compelling images of ghostly figures, and discuss heaven, angels, and personal experiences with the paranormal. Keep a very open mind!

Instructor: Warren Gray is a retired Air Force intelligence officer with experience in special operations and counterterrorism, and an avid interest in historical mysteries. He earned twenty military medals and four college degrees, including a Master of Aeronautical Science degree, and has authored seven published historical novels. He has instructed fighter pilots, military commanders, civilian dignitaries, senior NATO officers, students of all ages, and various public audiences on a wide range of topics. Warren’s engaging teaching style and visually rich presentations offer unique insights and shed light into the dim corners of history.

Comin’ In On a Wing and a Prayer – WWII Music and Its Influences

Comin’ In On a Wing and a Prayer – WWII Music and Its Influences
Mondays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, November 6 – Nov. 27
Location: Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St, Frederick, MD
Registration: Please contact Derek Gee at the library for more information and to register. (301) 600-7011

As the American home front became immersed in WWII, citizens turned to patriotic music for both entertainment and as a way to achieve war time goals. The war influenced the music as much as the music influenced the culture. Through a mix of lecture, videos, and recordings, the instructor will present what the American war aimed to achieve and the role of music in achieving these goals.

Instructor: Frank A. Salamone is a cultural anthropologist who has conducted research in various locations, including Africa, the United States, and South America. He has taught and written on many topics and on many stages of life. These include religion, imperialism, music, and human development.

R U Medically Curious?

R U Medically Curious?
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, September 12 – 26 (Pick One Topic or All of Them!)
Location: Thurmont Public Library, 76 E Moser Rd, Thurmont, MD
Registration: Please contact Erin Dingle at the library for more information and to register. (301) 600-7201

Are you the kind of person who is skeptical of television medical advice and drug company ads? Do you appreciate evidence-based information on health? Well, you have come to the right place. In this course, Dr. Larry Romane tackles some of the most important topics in health, with interactive sessions. Discover the workings of your amazing body as you thread through the hype and bypass the medical jargon in this fun and fascinating course.

Instructor: Dr. Larry Romane is board certified in Emergency Medicine and spent 35 years as an ER doctor. After retiring, he served as a physician volunteer at a free clinic for the uninsured. He’s the author of two medical books and loves teaching. His courses give current medical information at a high school reading level. Look for Dr. Romane’s book, R U Medically Curious? Common Topics – Simply explained, online and on Kindle.

“TRAUMA: Crashes, Falls and Bullets in Everyday Life” 
Tuesday, September 12, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
DESCRIPTION: Trauma – crashes, falls, and bullets! The high school “physics” of car crashes. Why safer cars still aren’t keeping us safe. The reality of gun shot wounds (GSWs) – it’s not like TV! Aren’t GSWs our #1 trauma death? Remember, there’s no such thing as “a little fall”. And finally, the assault rifle vs. the 2nd amendment, hmmm…

“Common Infections: Bacteria, Viruses, Yeast – YUCK!”
Tuesday, September 19, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
DESCRIPTION: Which needs antibiotics – bacteria or viruses? Why? What does antibiotic resistance means and what two diagnoses make it worse? Can you tell a URI from a UTI? How about Athlete’s Foot and yeast infections, or lice and scabies?

“Psychiatry – Let’s Just Forget the Embarrassment!”     
Tuesday, September 26, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
DESCRIPTION: It’s your brain. Why are you always embarrassed or in denial when it goes awry? Anxiety and depression seem like two sides of a similar coin. Schizophrenia and psychosis – what laymen call “crazy” and why. PTSD, bipolar, and more.





So What’s All the Hullabaloo?

Hullabaloo at FCC

Do you like having fun? Are you itching to do something different? Are you looking to broaden your social circle? We can’t think of a better way. 

Introducing Hullabaloo – The new look and feel of the Personal Enrichment program here at FCC. Experience new classes where individuals of all ages can come together to learn a skill, share an experience, and have a blast with good company.  Meet up with friends to paint “happy little trees” in a Bob Ross Painting class.  Make it a date as you learn the science behind mixing hand-crafted cocktails. Get some dirt on your hands as you create a DIY Hobby Greenhouse.  Whether you’re new to Frederick, or a lifelong native, you’ll experience something special in our new classes that focus as much on fun as they do learning.

Happy Little Trees starts on August 26th, check it out here.

Want to explore more classes? Check them out here.

Contact Us
Taylor Smith • Lifelong Learning Program Coordinator
(301) 624-2820 •




Fall is Coming…Registration Has Begun

Fall will be here before we know it. This Fall ILR is offering over 80 classes and 2 day trips. So, when can you register? Now! Click here to view all of our offerings.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When will I receive my schedule?
You should receive your schedule during mid-August. You can find a digital copy here.

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Come Travel with ILR

Save the Date! We have some great trips lined up for you! Our current listing is below:

Local Travel this Fall

1634 Founding of Maryland: Weekend Coach Tour
(Register by August 31st) 

Explore the history of Southern Maryland with a weekend trip to Calvert and St. Mary’s counties
October 6-8, 2017 (3 days, 2 nights)
$499 per person – double occupancy   –   $549 – single occupancy
(Price includes transportation, entry fees, hotel, breakfast, and lunches)
For more information click here.
Please call Heritage Adventures at 1-540-233-0543 to register. 

Frederick County and the Civil War Tour with Chris Haugh
For more information please click here.




Canalling through History on the C&O with James Rada
For more information please click here.

Information regarding the Pre-Trip class can be found here.





1634 Founding of Maryland: Weekend Coach Tour

Explore the history of Southern Maryland with a weekend trip to Calvert and St. Mary’s counties:

Begin your trip at FCC in the morning and travel to St Clements Island Museum at Colton’s Point. This is where English Catholics seeking religious freedom first landed in 1634. The museum focuses on the local ecology and the history of the island. After a picnic lunch, we will board a boat for St. Clements where we will visit Blackistone Lighthouse constructed in 1848 and a commemorative cross erected in honor of the first landing. Our next stop will be at the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum where we will visit the keeper’s house and the museum where a variety of restored local watercraft are displayed. There is also a torpedo factory and information on a German U-boat sunk nearby. A short drive will take us to the Island Inn & Suites on St George’s Island where every room has a water view. Dinner is on your own at the Ruddy Duck. Day two starts with breakfast in Lexington Park and then a guided tour of St. Mary’s City, Maryland’s first capital founded in 1634. We will visit the museum, the first capitol building, the Catholic Chapel, and a replica of the Dove, one of the two ships that brought the first settlers. After lunch nearby, we head to Solomon where we visit the Calvert Marine Museum which is devoted to both the history and ecology of the peninsula and bay. We will also enjoy a one hour cruise on the Patuxent River. Participants will be free to choose one of the local restaurants for dinner, several which serve seafood. Our final day starts with breakfast in Lexington Park followed by a visit to the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. The museum focuses on PAX Naval Air Station which is our country’s primary fighter test facility. The museum has historical displays, flight simulators, and nearly two dozen modern warplanes parked on an accessible flight line. We conclude our tour with a visit to Sotterley Plantation, the last publicly accessible plantation in eastern MD. Established in the late 1600’s and expanded by successive owners, Sotterley provides a view into the lives of the colonial elites and the slaves who toiled for them. We will have a late lunch at the plantation before heading home.

Instructor: Doug Estepp started Coal Country Tours in 2010 not as a money making venture but rather to pursue a passion. That passion was history and historic preservation. Having immersed himself in the history of the West Virginia Mine Wars since 1978, he started Coal Country Tours to share the history of southern West Virginia coal mining, to tell the story of coal miners, their families, the mine wars, and the 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain, and to hopefully assist in the preservation of the Blair Mountain Battlefield, an effort that continues to this day. As a result, it didn’t take long before he started offering tours to other destinations including the mid-Atlantic, southern Maryland, Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes. And so he created Heritage Adventures. What he has discovered along the way is that there is an advantage to coming to the travel industry from the outside and from a viewpoint not based on business rules and maximizing profits. What he seeks to offer is what he looks for when he travels – history, culture, new perspectives, good food, good company, comfort, new destinations, knowledge. Thus, his philosophy for success is to offer a better experience and to share the joy of travel. Whether three days or ten, at the end of every tour it does not feel like work to him, it feels like a trip with friends. That makes him a lucky guy.

1634 Founding of Maryland: Weekend Coach Tour
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – Sunday 6:00 p.m., October 6-8
Location: Bus will depart from the FCC Conference Center (E Building) lobby
ILR273-4080: Double Occupancy: $499
ILR274-4081-: Single Occupancy: $549
(Price includes transportation, entry fees, hotel, breakfast, and lunches)

Please Note: Please call Heritage Adventures at 1-540-233-0543 to register. 

You must cancel by Aug 31, 2017 for a full refund. No refund after Aug 31, 2017 for any reason. We recommend you purchase your own travel insurance.