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
***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.
Tuesdays, 10:00 AM – Noon, September 19 – November 21
Location: Emmitsburg Public Library, 300A S Seton Ave, Emmitsburg, MD
Registration: Please contact Hannah Wilkes at the library for more information. (301) 600-7202
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: Judy Kelly
Qualifications: Judy’s writing credentials include a published novel, That Ever Died So Young, a Finalist in the Somerset Literary and Contemporary Fiction Award, 2014; The Weekend,” a short story published in an anthology; and, “The Nun,” a short story published in an anthology. Blessings and Curses, a novel and Finding the Way Home, a book of short stories are both in the publishing process. She presented at the Fiction Writers Institute in Hagerstown, Maryland; at Montgomery College, Germantown, Maryland; and, at Maryland Writers’ Association, Montgomery County. She’s taught writing and creative writing to high school teachers through the continuing education and certification program at George Mason University through AWP. Other participation includes editor of a newsletter for a singles group for two years. She attended the Maryland Writers’ Workshop, The Antioch Writers’ Workshop, Bay to Ocean Writers Conference; Gettysburg Conference and several other conferences and workshops. She’s a Beta reader for several writers. Her current works include a book of short stories in the completion stage, a second novel out to an editor and agent, and the third novel in process.
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
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
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?
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.
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.
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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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
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.
ILR Fall Classes in the Community
Join us for engaging classes focused on history, literature, creative arts, and health and wellness in convenient locations across Frederick County.
These classes are presented at no charge courtesy of partnerships with the Frederick County Public Library and the Frederick Senior Center in conjunction with Frederick Community College’s Institute for Learning in Retirement. These classes have been funded by the Shirley Cruickshank Wolfe Fund which provides program support to the ILR Program at FCC.
Registration: To register, please contact the individual locations where you would like to attend a class. The staff at your chosen location will provide details and confirm your participation.
Click on the class title for more information: