Classes

Check to see what is available to meet  a wide variety of interests such as fine arts, knitting, quilting, languages, Bible study, and more. Classes are free to MMC Members unless otherwise noted. Sign up at MMC Member Services. 302-734-1200 x167.

All Art Tuesdays

Join artist/instructor Phyllis Shier at her bi-weekly art classes focused on oils and featuring wet on wet technique. Acrylic painters welcome. Phyllis has taught art to all ages in various venues. This class is fun and relaxed. Beginners welcome! Classes are held the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon in Activity Room #1. Learn a new painting the first week of the month. The first class of the month begins new instruction on a specific painting. The second class takes that same painting and helps it come alive as a finished piece. The cost is $10 per class for MMC members or purchase an art card for $60 for 6 classes. The cost for non-members is $15 per class. Students must provide their own supplies. Class size is limited to 6 students. Sign up at Member Services.

Supply list for December painting - Rustic Cabin

Canvas not larger than 16x20
liquid clear {may be supplied}

Oil Paint Brushes

1" brush
Filbert
#6 Fan
script liner

Oil Paints

Titanium white
Phthalo Blue
Black
Dark sienna
van dyke brown
sap green
Cadmium yellow
Indian yellow
red

paint thinner
paper towels
table easel [ if you use one]

BAYHEALTH FAMILY PRACTICE RESIDENCY PROGRAM COMES TO MMC

MMC is partnering with the Bayhealth Family Medicine Resident Physician program. The Family Medicine Resident Physician program, in collaboration with Bayhealth Pharmacists will be hosting monthly topic specific "Ask the Doc" sessions. These include topics such as diabetes, high blood pressure, memory loss, medication review and additional topics. During these sessions you will have the opportunity to ask questions and have a discussion with the physician. These sessions are FREE, but you must register with Member Services at 302-734-1200 ext. 167.
Osteoporosis and Fall Prevention Thursday Nov 17 at 10:00 a.m. - Dr. Eric Moseley - AR #5
Physiology and fitness Thursday Dec 15 at 10:00 a.m. - Dr. Kendall Barton - AR #5

Book Club

Do you love to read? Are you a bookworm? Would you like to discuss your thoughts, reactions and opinions of books with other book lovers? If you answered "yes" to any of these then the MMC book club has a place for you! Meetings are held the last Thursday of the month from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Activity Room #1.The Book Club will meet December 29. The group will be reading " Siracusa" by Delia Ephron. Call Lori at 734-1200 ext. 129 to reserve a copy of the book.

Broadway Dancing

Express yourself while dancing the Broadway style. Class provides a great form of exercise while we learn a routine for inclusion in the June show. It is not necessary to have previous dance experience, just a good sense of rhythm and a desire to dance. Classes will be held on Mondays and will be held from 1:30- 3:30 in the Palmer Room.
This class is FREE for MMC members..
This class will not meet in December and will resume January 9. 2023. .

Computer Tutor

Our computer tutor teaches the basics (what type of computer to purchase, general orientation, internet use, antivirus), communication programs (email, Skype, Facebook) and can help you set up and operate an eBay or Craigslist account. Computer tutoring appointments are $10 an hour for members or $25 an hour for non-members. Tutoring is by appointment only. Contact Member Services to make an appointment. Payment must be made in advance. Refunds will not be issued with less than 24 hours cancellation notice.

Conversational Italian

Learn the basics of Italian and get to know other Italian enthusiasts at the MMC. Giuliano "G" Gregoretti teaches this fun and free class on conversational Italian. Classes are free for MMC members and are held on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Classes are held on Wednesdays in Activity Room #8. Registration is not required.

Classes will resume in January.

"Dancing In Your Chair" with Ida Kirkendall

It's Fun, It's Free for MMC Members!!!!! "Dancing In Your Chair" with Ida Kirkendall. This is a fun low impact class where Ida will have you moving in your seat to great music. Everything is done safely in a chair. **NO STANDING REQUIRED** You will do aerobic exercises, stretching, Latin dancing, Line dancing and more. Let's get those bodies moving! Classes are held every Tuesday 9:00 a.m. -9:40 a.m. and Friday from 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the Palmer Room.

Elder Law

Currently on hiatus! . Please check back later!
The Elder Law Program of the Delaware Community Legal Aid Society comes on-site to MMC once a month. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to draft powers of attorney and advance healthcare directives (not living wills). Appointments can be made for the second Wednesday of the month between 10:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Schedule a 45-minute appointment at Member Services by calling (302) 734-1200 ext. 167. Please note, all participants must be age 60 and over to qualify for this service.

Massage Therapy

Lisa a licensed massage therapist. She offers a gentler alternative to a traditional massage with her "soft touch" massages. This style of massage is ideal for individuals who bruise easily, suffer from arthritis, are fragile or cannot tolerate traditional massages. Massages are offered while fully clothed and can be performed on a table or chair. Benefits of soft touch massages are improved circulation and relief for stressed or tired muscles. Lisa offers 30-minute soft touch massages in Activity Room #7 on Wednesdays. PLEASE NOTE ROOM CHANGE. The cost is $15 for members and $30 non-members. Sign up for an appointment with Member Services at (302)734-1200 ext. 167 or by e-mail at member.services@modern-maturity.org Advance payment is required. Refunds will not be issued with less than 24-hour cancellation notice.

Pump Your Brain

This exciting brain exercise is designed to keep older adult's brains sharp and healthy. Participants engage in brain teasers, puzzles, and visual illusions. Take home hand-outs are available to exercise your brain at home! This group will meet on Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Activity Room #1. There is a nominal printing fee charged in class to cover the cost of printing materials. Please note this class is designed for members who can engage in independent learning. FREE FOR MMC MEMBERS! EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2023, THERE WILL BE A 3-MONTH FEE OF $10.00 FOR MEMBERS TO COVER THE COST OF SUPPLIES. Payments are to be made at Member Services evert three months.

PUSH - Pray Until Something Happens

PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS
P.U.S.H. Is a group that comes together to pray for our communities, our nation and one another.
The group also studies the Bible to learn how to strategically and effectively intercede in prayer.
The group led by Minister Myra McNair meets every Friday from 9 to 9:45 a.m. in Activity Room #5.
All are welcome.

Veterans Assistance

The Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs (DCVA) Kent County Service Officer, Dennis Linehan, will be on-site the third Thursday of every month to aid veterans. He will be available between 10:00 am and 11:00 am. in Activity Room #6/Chapel.

Visually Impaired Support Group

Darryl Garner leads this monthly visually impaired support group. The group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Activity Room #7. The group also meets every Thursday in Activity Room #7 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. The meetings are free and no sign up is required.

“Creating Generational Memories,” Art Classes with Dee Winfield

Join in on the fun of being in touch with your creative abilities by creating artistic memories for family, friends and loved ones. We all can create, and in this class for beginners, intermediates, and advanced artists. You can let your creative juices flow as you produce wonderful pieces of art in varying categories, using the medium of your choice, such as oils, acrylics, pastels, and different drawing materials such as pen & ink, drawing pencils and charcoal. So, let go of your hesitations, fears and intimidations and catch up with your dreams to create by joining this fun and instructive art class and free your mind and imagination as you explore new, wonderful, and creative art pieces. The class will meet the first and third Tuesday of the month beginning Tuesday July 5, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. until noon in Activity Room #1. Students must provide their own supplies, including a table easel. A list of supplies is below or at Member Services. The cost is $10 per class for MMC members and $15.00 for non-members. Please register at Member Services.

Oil Painting:
- oil paint set
- set of brushes (for oil or acrylic)
- odorless turpentine or terpenoid
- linseed/safflower oil or oil painting medium
- pallet knife
- two small glass jars
- two small hard plastic or metal cups
- wood or white plastic pallet board
- rags or paper towels
- 8x10 canvas boards or stretch canvas
- canvas paper pad (optional)
- table top easel
Acrylic
- acrylic paint set
- set of brushes for acrylic
- two small plastic containers
- rags or paper towels
- 8x10 canvas boards or stretch canvas and Acrylic Pad
- pallet knife
- table top easel
Drawing Materials
- value drawing pencils
- set of colored pencils
- chalk and/or oil pastels sticks
- India ink
- small glass jar or hard plastic cup
- thin ink brush or quill pen
- drawing pad (smooth texture)
- paper towels
- table top easel (optional)
Note: all of the above drawing materials are not required. Materials needed are based on what you choose to use. *Materials and supplies will be further defined at first session.

GET UP AND MOVE!

Let's Get up and move! with Ida Kirkendoll, owner of Forever Active Lifestyle! She'll get your heart pumping and the joint will be jumpin! This class is an intermediate standing class that will include Aerobics, Kickboxing, Zumba and more. Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 8:00 - 8:40 in the Palmer Room beginning Tuesday September 6. This class is FREE for members.

BEGINNERS TAP

Beginning Tap - Tap dance sharpens reflexes and improves memory skills and coordination. Beginning classes will work toward establishing fundamental tap movements, vocabulary and work on basic rhythms and steps that progress into fun and lively dance combinations. Classes meet Tuesdays beginning October 4 from 2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. in the Palmer room and are free for MMC members and $5/class for non-members.

Class will not meet in December and will resume January 10, 2023.

NEW - MODEL RAILROAD TIMESAVER SWITCHING PUZZLE

do you love trains! Come join the Delaware Train Guys for an introduction to model railroad switching operations. Learn model railroad switching operations through a game or puzzle that requires a thought process much like chess or checkers. All materials will be provided and it's FREE for MMC members. The group will meet every Wednesday from 11:30 to 1:30 for six weeks beginning November 2 in Activity Room #5. Maximum of 12 participants. Please register with Member Services.

Computer and Cell Phone Tutor

Our computer and cell phone tutors are available to teach the basics (what type of computer to purchase, general orientation, internet use, antivirus), communication programs (email, Skype, Facebook) and help members set up and operate an eBay or Craigslist account. The Computer and Cell Phone Tutors are available by appointment only. Please contact Member Services to reserve an appointment. Tutoring sessions are $10 an hour for members. Advance payment is required. Refunds will not be issued with less than 24-hour cancellation notice.

NEW - Avoid Holiday Scams

NEW - Avoid Holiday Scams - Chief Investigator Alan Rachko from the Delaware Department of Justice's Consumer Protection Unit will speak on the current scams and frauds that are costing seniors thousands of dollars every day. This is important information now that we are closing in on the holiday season. The DOJ wants to make sure you spend your money on what's important to you like your family and friends and not the criminals posing as your family or friends. He will talk about romance scams, computer generated scams, grandparent scams and sweepstakes scams. Mr. Rachko will be speaking in the Longwood Dining Room on Tuesday December 13 at noon. Don't miss this important presentation. These scammers are smart, and we are all vulnerable. This is free and open to the public.

The Longest Night or Blue Christmas Service

For those experiencing grief, loss or hardship, or difficulty dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic, the Christmas season may not be the most wonderful time of the year. The music and other holiday traditions associated with the Christmas season such as decorating, baking, holiday shopping and gathering with family and friends focus on the joy and cheer of the season which may be painful for those suffering the pain of loss and grief. Loss comes in many forms, it may be the death of a loved one, the loss of a marriage or relationship, a job, or a home. Any loss that causes us pain and sorrow. To assist people who may have difficulty coping with the season, the Modern Maturity Center is offering a Longest Night or Blue Christmas service on Wednesday December 21 at 1:00 p.m. and again in the evening at 6:00 p.m. in the West Conference Room
The name the Longest Night is associated with these types of services because they are usually held on or close to December 21 which is the winter solstice. We hope to offer a quiet, gentle place to gather and console one another through reflection, mediation, and prayer. The service is a way to acknowledge the birth of Christ without the joyful trappings of a typical Christmas service, which can be painful for those coping with loss. The service allows one to acknowledge their sadness and recognize they are not alone in their sadness. We allow each participant to focus on their personal needs in an atmosphere of quiet mediation and contemplation.
This is an ecumenical service, and it is FREE and open to the public in the community in need of comforting. Please register at Member Services at 302-734-1200 ext. 167.