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Allegany Center of Lifelong Learning

Satisfy your thirst for fresh thinking.
A group of Allegany County residents got together when some began to envision possibilities for diversified adult education opportunities. Why not tap into the pool of talented local residents willing and capable of sharing their areas of expertise?

Join Allegany Center of Lifelong Learning (ALLCOLL) and enjoy access to 25 or more events held at Allegany College of Maryland, as well as weekly roundtable discussions, happy hour, and more! For an annual membership fee of $30.00, you will enjoy diverse education opportunities with other Allegany County adults. Membership covers classes and events from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

Please note: The following classes will be held on Thursdays in the Continuing Education building from 10:00AM to noon in room 8 unless otherwise indicated.


September 9 – Green Ridge State Forest

Speaker:Champ Zumbrun
Description:Forrester Champ Zumbrun, who spent 31 years at Green Ridge State Forest, will speak on the cultural and natural history of the forest and region.

September 16  – Locust Post Brewery

Speaker: Denise and Tony Cornwell
Description: The Cornwells leveraged their combined talents in the construction of the Locust Post Brewery, located on their 26-acre farmstead west of Sideling Hill. They will discuss why they decided to build and start a farm brewery, the brewery business, and conclude with master brewer Lincoln Wilkins discussing the brewing process.

September 23 – No Session, Delfest

September 30 – The History of Apple Computers, from the Apple I to the Apple M1 Chip

Speaker:Doug Schwab
Description:The class will present, in a non-technical way, the history of the wealthiest company in the world, from the beginnings in Steve Jobs’ garage through the computer age until today.;

October 7 – Erikson’s Theory of Personality Development

Speaker: Ruth Upton
Description: Bring a favorite picture of yourself at some time during your earlier life. We will identify which of Erikson’s Stages your picture portrays and how we can use our life lessons at each stage to enrich our lives today.

October 14 –Wills and End of Life Responsibilities

Speaker: Mary Beth Pirolozzi, Register of Wills
Description: The Register of Wills, established under the Constitution of Maryland, is responsible for appointing personal representatives to administer decedents’ estates and for overseeing the proper and timely administration of those proceedings.

October 21 – Climate Change: Real or Media Hype?

Speaker: Jay Badenhoop
Description: This presentation will take a close look at the climate data and the causes and effects of climate change to address the question: Is human activity heating up our planet and what can we do about it?

October 28 – TBD


November 4  – Re-imagine Cumberland

Speaker: Melinda Kelleher
Description: This will be an overview of the Baltimore Street Redevelopment Project, expected to break ground in spring of 2022. Overview will include renderings of the project, information about features of the project and the opportunity to ask questions.

November 11 – Emmanuel Tunnels

Speaker: Ron Growden
Description: Built in 1755 by George Washington as part of historic Fort Cumberland, the tunnels under Emmanuel Episcopal Church remain a legacy of both the French and Indian War and the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

November 18 – Memoirs of a Cardiologist: A Personal Experience During the Holocaust

Speaker: Peter Halmos, M.D.
Description: Dr. Halmos will speak about his life as a Jew during World War II, later under the communist regime and how he ended up in Cumberland via Ireland.

November 25 – Thanksgiving, No Session

December 2 – Cumberland Soars

Speaker: Gary Phillips
Description: Soaring Flight, a brief overview of soaring and gliding. A description of how sustained flight is achieved without an engine, using only the power of the sun and wind.

December 9 – The History of the IBM PC and early Windows

Speaker: Ted Bauer
Description: IBM was a late entrant into the personal computing world but it made an impact which led to Microsoft and Windows as we know it today.



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