Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning

RILL was designed with you in mind!

Enroll in a course today and explore something new in a stimulating classroom environment where you can share your interests with community members. RILL is an exciting program of the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation, Inc. (RCC EFI) that is intended to be a life-enriching learning experience for adults. As RILL students keep their minds active through these thought-provoking classes, they also have the privilege of helping local students in their pursuit of higher education. Each year a scholarship is awarded to an RCC student through net proceeds from RILL class tuition payments.

RILL congratulates Vernita Hargrove, recipient of the RILL scholarship for the 2022/2023 academic year. Vernita is a pre-nursing student, mother of five, and lives in Henrico. 

Classes: RILL’s noncredit college-level classes are held in convenient locations within RCC’s service region — Virginia’s Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and surrounding areas. Some instructors may suggest specific preliminary reading material to prepare students to get the most from the course; this information will be sent to registered students ahead of time. The courses will include neither prerequisites nor tests.

Benefits:  Richmond County residents can take up to three RILL courses at no charge, thanks to a generous grant from Richmond County. Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury residents enjoy 50% off class tuition. Blue Ridge Bank Golden Advantage members receive 15% off class tuition. RILL thanks our sponsors and partners!


FALL 2022


Basics of Pickleball Session 1 ($35)

Location: RCC Warsaw Tennis Courts

Instructor: Paul Shrieves

Thursdays, September 1, 8, 15, and 22

9:30 am to 11 am

Please call (804) 333-6707 for registration information.

This course is designed for the first-time adult player and will cover the basics of Pickleball including rules, terminology, primary skills, coordination, beginner court time, and more. Paddles and balls are provided. Class is limited to 10 students. 

Paul Shrieves is an avid Pickleball player and is excited to promote the sport in the NNK. He worked in telecommunications for 47 years. Shrieves began his career at C&P Telephone, moved on to telecommunications manager for a healthcare provider, and then started his own company Communications International. He also served in the military.


Basics of Finance, Retirement, and Estate Planning ($25)

Location: RCC Warsaw and Zoom

Instructor: Jackson Snyder

Tuesdays, September 6, 13, and 20

1 pm to 2:30 pm

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The first session in this three-part series will focus on the basics of personal finance, liabilities vs. assets, good debt vs. bad debt, the importance of cash flow and emergency cash, and the basics of stocks and bonds. The second session will explore preparing for and living in retirement, including information on IRAs/401ks/investment accounts, accumulation of assets before retirement, distribution of assets during retirement, portfolio construction for accumulation and distribution phases. Basics of estate planning will be covered in the third session will discuss social security, life insurance long-term care protection, wills/power of attorneys/trusts, and efficient ways to transfer wealth to the next generation.

Jackson Snyder graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from James Madison University. He then spent over four years in the U.S. Army before working in the financial services industry. Upon exiting the Army and passing the SIE, Series 7, and Series 66 finance exams he started working for Edward Jones in Tappahannock.


Shoreline Studies ($35)

Location: RCC Glenns and Zoom

Instructor: Carl “Woody” Hobbs

Wednesdays, September 7, 14, and 21

1 pm to 3 pm

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This course considers beaches, barrier islands, sand dunes, tidal inlets, and tidal marshes along with the processes (waves, wind, tides, and storms) that create and change them. This class will discuss the importance of climate change, especially sea-level rise–perhaps the most important driver of coastal change. Students will gain a better understanding and appreciate of the major aspects of the shore. Choose to attend in person on the Glenns campus or through Zoom.

Woody Hobbs has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in geology. He worked for over 40 years at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) specializing in coastal geology of the Chesapeake Bay region. Hobbs led projects studying the tidal shoreline of Virginia and the environmental consequences of mining offshore sand. He is the author of “The Beach Book.” 


Brains and Balance ($35/session)

Location: RCC Kilmarnock Site

Instructor: Meg Miller

Session 1: Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5, and 12

Session 2: Wednesdays, October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, and December 7 (no class November 23)

2 pm to 3 pm

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Comprehensive class designed for seniors with the goal of improving strength, flexibility, dexterity, and balance utilizing free weights, bands, and balls. Parts of the class are done while seated in a chair. Emphasis is on exercises and drills to build spatial awareness, improve or restore function, build muscle and assist in activities of daily living. Includes overview of basic muscle anatomy, dance for coordination, and dexterity/endurance challenges, and a lot of fun!

Meg Miller is a certified group fitness instructor who teaches senior fitness classes at the Northumberland YMCA. 


History of Reedville: Virginia’s Working Fishing Village ($35)

Location: Reedville Fishermen’s Museum and various places in Reedville

Instructor: Liz Buxton

Mondays, September 12, 19, and 26

1 pm to 3 pm

This class is full.

The story of Reedville is linked to the commercial fishing industry that was developed in the late 19th Century. Reedville was established in 1874 by Elijah Reed who transferred his menhaden fishing operations from Maine to the Chesapeake Bay. Once known as the wealthiest town in America, Reedville today offers a glimpse into the life of a working fishing village. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Reedville offers an opportunity to learn about the vanishing life of watermen in the region. Each session will explore the rich history of the town including a walking tour of the Victorian houses along Main Street, a visit to the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, and the Reedville Railway where boats were traditionally built. A cruise on the historic Elva C, a traditional Chesapeake Bay style deck boat, will provide participants with a view of Reedville’s working waterfront the the last menhaden factory, Omega Protein. 

Liz Buxton is the Executive Director of the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. She is a Tidewater native and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural History/Historic Preservation from the College of Charleston in South Carolina.


Introduction to Mosaics ($45 includes some materials)

Location: RCC Warsaw

Instructor: Joyce Crown-Wilkins

Tuesdays, September 13, 20, and 27

4:30 pm to 7 pm

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This hands-on class will include a brief introduction of the history of mosaics and the works on Antoni Gaudi Students will learn the basics of nipping tile and cutting glass to create tesserae (the small pieces of glass, stone, mirror, or other hard material used in mosaics).  Each participant will design and create a small mosaic. Some materials are included. Students are invited to bring items to be repurposed, such as a flower pot or small frame, and items to be broken, such as old chinaware or tiles.

Joyce Crown-Wilkins is a local artist and art educator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. As an active member of the Virginia Art Education Association, the Teacher Advisory Committee for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Tappahannock Art Guild, she has presented countless workshops to art educators and aspiring artists throughout the state. She recently traveled to Barcelona on a Fund for Teachers grant where she studied Trencadis mosaic techniques in the studio of Livia Garetta and is very excited to share what she learned.


The Enduring Legacy of George Orwell: Prose, Politics and Roses ($35)

Location: RCC Kilmarnock Site

Instructor: Gail Kenna

Thursdays, September 15, 22, and 29

1 pm to 3 pm

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In three sessions, students will read several of George Orwell’s most noted essays to understand why he is considered among the greatest essayists in literary history. The text for the course is Rebecca Solnit’s recent boo, “Orwell’s Roses,” which helps define this famous writer as a man who also loved nature and gardening.

Gail Wilson Kenna, is the author of five published books. She serves as the Creative Nonfiction judge for the Soul-Making Keats literary competition in San Francisco. Before moving to the Northern Neck in 2004, Kenna taught writing and literature for colleges and universities in foreign countries and the U.S. Since 2005 she has offered classes for RILL, including one on George Orwell in Burma. Her weekly blog on literature can be found at www.gailwilsonkenna.com.


Introduction to Computers ($45)

Location: RCC Warsaw

Instructor: Martin Bailey

Mondays, October 3, 10, 17, and 24

10 am to 12 pm

This class is full. Please call (804) 333-6707 to be put on the waiting list.

This course is designed for those who are not confident using technology. It will begin with  basic computer operating fundamentals for both hardware and software and provide an overview of the Windows 10 operating system. Students will develop competency in file and folder organization and management, internet and email usage, and management of various file formats. This is a hands-on course allowing the students to work along with the instructor. Computers will be available, however, participants are encouraged to bring their own Windows laptop computers. Class is limited to 12 students for maximum one-on-one instruction.

Martin Bailey holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in computer science from Virginia Tech. Before his retirement from the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, he was involved in many aspects of computer work, including programming, algorithm development, database management systems, and computer security. Bailey is also an adjunct professor at RCC.


Basics of Pickleball Session 2 ($35)

Location: Newington Baptist Church, Gloucester

Instructor: Carlos Morales

Mondays, October 3, 10, 17, and 24

2 pm to 3:30 pm

Please call (804) 333-6707 for registration information.

This course is designed for the first-time adult player and will cover the basics of Pickleball rules, terminology, primary skills, coordination, beginner court time, and more. Paddles and balls are provided. Class is limited to 8 students.

Carlos Morales holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Southeastern University and played baseball at the collegiate level. After college, Carlos taught Algebra 1 at the secondary level for 17 years. During that time, he taught and coached several sports at both New Kent and Gloucester High School. He is an avid tennis player and coached the boy’s tennis team at GHS. After learning to play pickleball several years ago, he became a USA Pickleball Ambassador and Certified Pickleball Coach. He now focuses his free time on promoting the “Fastest Growing Sport in the U.S.” to all levels.


The Language of Grace in Flannery O’Connor’s Fiction ($45)

Location: RCC Kilmarnock Site

Instructor: Gail Kenna

Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, and 27

1 pm to 3 pm

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In a lecture and discussion-based course, students will explore Flannery O’Connor’s life and her first short story collection, “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” The controversy surrounding this acclaimed writer’s name will be addressed. 

Gail Wilson Kenna, is the author of five published books. She serves as the Creative Nonfiction judge for the Soul-Making Keats literary competition in San Francisco. Before moving to the Northern Neck in 2004, Kenna taught writing and literature for colleges and universities in foreign countries and the U.S. Since 2005 she has offered writing and literature classes for RILL. Her weekly blog on literature can be found at www.gailwilsonkenna.com.


Remembering Your Roots ($35)

Location: Northumberland County Public Library

Instructor: Dr. Hilary G. Derby and Marsha Benya, APG

Tuesdays, November 1, 8, and 15

10 am to 12 pm

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If you would like to publish a family history, or perhaps join a hereditary society, for which do you qualify, and what documents are needed? How do you locate backyard tombstones, and find out to whom they belong? For a family reunion, how can you plan a sightseeing trip to sites of family interest? Do you have old family photos? Learn how to colorize and preserve them. This course will answer all of these questions and many more. 

Hilary Derby is an active genealogist who compiled information for the book “Rocks of Ages” by Prosser Crowther, Jr., and is currently at work on her own book, “Northumberland County, VA, Birth Records 1853-1896.” She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in architectural engineering, family history, and history, has completed three genealogical missions for the LDS Church, and is a member of several genealogical and hereditary societies and a founding member of Northern Neck Kindred Spirits.

Marsha Benya is an active genealogist, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and several genealogical hereditary societies She is a founding member of Northern Neck Kindred Spirits, and a manager for local Find-a Grave site. She also specialize in preserving, updating, and colorizing photographs as well as tracing land, property, and real estate histories.


Harvest Bounty: Arranging with a Market Bouquet Using Fresh Fruits and Vegetables ($45 includes some materials)

Location: RCC Warsaw 

Instructor: Laura Anne Brooks

Wednesday, November 2

1 pm to 3 pm

Sorry, this class is full.

Late autumn arrives just after Halloween and can marshal in Christmas and even touch early winter with its use of rich tonalities, earthy materials, and nature’s ingredients. Late autumn is the season of harvest and moves to the Winter Solstice just before the season of gifting and Christmas Designs explained by the instructor in this hands-on floral arranging class will show you how we can make a simple design move from November to January in holiday spirit, simply by changing colors and textures. The major demonstration will be given for a “table-design”–a horizontal arrangement of seasonal florals, greens, and textural ingredients to accommodate conversation and celebration, deep in tonality and rich in the colors of the season. Class is limited to 12 participants.

Laura Anne Brooks is a floral designer in English and French schools as well as New Creative Design and Modern European design. Brooks has taught at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and lectures for many garden clubs and botanical groups. Her work is frequently seen at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. During Covid, Zoom classes in Ikenobo Ikebana in Kyoto, Japan, raised Brooks’ certification to a Level 7 (teacher/demonstrator) while she is soon moving to a Level 4 (teacher) in Sogetsu Ikebana.


The Bible as Literature Part 1: The Hebrew Scriptures ($35)

Location: RCC Warsaw and Zoom

Instructor: Dr. Ken Wilbur

Mondays, November 7, 14, and 21

1 pm to 3 pm

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The Hebrew Scriptures, written 2,300-3,000 years ago, are a collection of writings which vary greatly in form, content, and purpose. In this class students will examine such diverse examples of literature in the Hebrew Bible, including psalms, law codes, epic tales, proverbs, prophecy and apocalyptic. Attention will be given to the forms which these writings take, but we will also look at their function. Who wrote such documents and why? Were they intended for ordinary people or kings? What was their purpose–to be used in a worship setting, around the campfire or in the home? We will ask and discuss all these questions.

Ken Wilbur holds a Ph.D. from Boston University in Hebrew Bible. His doctoral dissertation examines the difference between prose and poetry in ancient Hebrew. He taught “An Introduction to the Old Testament” for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Virginia, as well as “Elementary Greek” for the University of Lynchburg. He served as the minister of Rappahannock Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Dunnsville, VA, for 35 years until his retirement in January 2022. 

 

For more information, please contact Brittany Abdul-Malik at (804)333-6707 or email bjenkins@rappahannock.edu.