Classes

Classes are available for a wide variety of interests such as fine arts, knitting, woodcarving, 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.

Elder Law

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. Lisa offers 30-minute soft touch massages in Activity Room #7 on Wednesdays for just $15 members and $30 non-members. Wednesday evening appointments are also available. Sign up for an appointment at Member Services at least 24 hours in advance. Refunds will not be issued with less than 24hr. cancellation notice.

Essential Oils with Jowana Lamb, Certified Aromatherapist

Learn About Essential Oils with Jowana Lamb. She will be back in April . Check back later for an update.

Visual Impairment Group

Darryl Garner leads this monthly visually impaired support group meeting. Come out to the center on the third Tuesday of each month from 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Activity Room #7. The meetings are free and no sign up is required.

Ballroom Dancing

Learn dances such as the Waltz, American Tango, Rumba and more at the MMCs ballroom dancing lessons! This is an enjoyable way to burn calories. After all, dancing isn't just about the steps and music but the perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction, and mental stimulation. This class is led by Ted and Yoshi Briggs. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are $5 for members and $10 for non-members (pay at the door). All The next scheduled classes are Monday March 2, Tuesday March 17 and Tuesday March 31, 2020 in the Palmer Room. Classes begin at 7 p.m.

All Art Tuesdays

All Art Tuesdays! Join artist/instructor Phyllis Shier at her 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 every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon in Activity Room #1. Learn a new painting the first two weeks 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. Weeks three and four will be critic and paint. 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 and a suggested supply list is available at Member Services. Sign up at Member Services.

Cell Phone Tutoring

Need to know how to operate your cell phone? Sign up for an appointment with our cell phone guru, Chris. Half hour appointments are available every other Friday between noon and 2 p.m. Due to the high volume of "no call no show" instances there is now a nominal fee charged of $5 a session with no refund with less than a 24-hour cancellation notice. Appointments are held in Activity Room #6/Chapel. Sign up and pay at Member Services to reserve your spot.
Chris can help with the following on an iPhone: contacts, voicemail, email, text messaging, facetime, pictures, user settings such as background, ringtones, passcodes and volume, apps, connecting to Wi-Fi, software updates and other everyday cell phone uses. Chris can help with basics only with other brands of smartphones such as text messaging, contacts, voicemail etc.
Things Chris cannot help you with: flip phones, setting up a cell phone account/contract, contacting your cell phone provider, reading, understanding or helping set up payment for cell phone bills or contracts, repairing broken cell phones or helping you choose a cell phone plan.

Computer Tutoring

This class will be on hiatus after February until April!!

Conversational Italian 2020

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 run Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon until May 13. Classes are held in Activity Room #5. No registration is required.

Learn to Knit!

Joyce Vasikonis offers a basic Beginner and specialized knitting classes. Classes are $6 an hour. Call Joyce at 302-222-6721 to schedule.

Card Making

Instructor Diana Carter of Anacar Creations teaches card making at the MMC. She offers an all skill level card making class. No experience necessary! . The cost per class is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Supplies are provided to create three cards per class. Students need to bring their own scissors, tape runner and notepad for notes. Registration for this class ends the day before so be sure to sign up at least 24 hours in advance.
Classes resume Tuesday September 10 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. in Activity Room #1 and are held every other Tuesday.

Book Club

Do you love to read? Have you been called 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! The group meets the fourth Wednesday of the month. The next meetings March 25 in Activity Room #5 from 1 to 2. You can borrow a book from Lori Christiansen's office #41 (while supplies last) or use your own.

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 meets Fridays from 1 to 3 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.

Sign Language

This class is on hiatus. Check back for future classes.

Bible Study

The MMC bible study options have grown! We now have two options of bible study groups to attend right here at MMC. All bible study groups are for MMC members only. Stop in to meet the pastors and find the right study for you.
Deacon Vince Pisano will be back on February 19 for Catholic Bible study every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in Activity Room #6/Chapel. The focus for Bible Study will be on Lent and its traditions.
Join Reverend Jerome Carey of Free Spirit Baptist for Bible study on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Activity Room #6/Chapel.
Bible study with Pastor Bob Phillips of First Baptist Church of Marydel meets on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Activity Room #6/Chapel.

Crochet for Beginners:

Edie will be back in April to teach you the basics of crochet and start making your own projects. This is a three-week class (6 sessions) meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. The class is designed to get you started crocheting or to refresh your skills! Bring your crochet hook size I or J. The cost of the class is $45 for members and $50 for non-members. Classes begin Thursday April 2, 2020.

Energy Balancing and Pain Relief.

Diana Dahanovi offers a variety of non-invasive techniques to release stiffness, stress, anxiety imbalances in the body and brain. Great for persons with vertigo, arthritis, ADD and OCD. Treatments are done on a massage table, while dressed in loosely fit clothing. No oils are used, or skin manipulated as in massage. The whole experience is very relaxing. Sessions are 30 minutes in length and the cost is $15.00 per session for members and $20.00 per session for no- members. Sessions are held Wednesday and Friday mornings appointments beginning January 8. Appointments are available between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sessions are held in Activity Room #7. Please register in person with Member Services or by phone 734-1200 ext. 167.

The Green Thumb Garden Club:

We're looking forward to spring, and the Green Thumbs Garden Club will begin meeting on Friday February 28, 2020 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Modern Maturity Center in Activity Room #1. If you're interested in learning more about gardening and want some practical advice and hands-on experiences, please come check out our program! There's no need to be an expert gardener to join the club; all you need is an interest. You will have the opportunity to attend presentations on a wide variety of gardening topics, share your own experiences, and ask questions of the Kent County Master Gardeners. The 12-week series will end with a field trip on May 29th. The cost is for MMC members is $10 and $20 for non-members. Sign up at MMC Member Services, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jazz Class

8-week winter session: Wednesdays, through March 25 Time: 11:45 to 12:30 in Activity Room #8.
Intermediate jazz students are invited to dance this winter. Jazz is a classic modern dance style that is energetic and fun. Note: Beginner level students - please see the new "introduction to dance" class offered.
Fees: Members can purchase a dance card for $40 ($70 non-members) for an 8-week session. If you prefer, you can pay by the class at Member Services for $6 a class for members or $12 a class non-member. All registration and payments are to be done at Member Services.

Tap Dancing

8-week winter session: Wednesdays,though March 25 Time:10:15 -11:00 a.m. in Activity Room #8.
Intermediate tap students are invited to dance this winter. You will learn to make sounds that only "tappers with technique" can make while listening to the good old soft shoe sounds of yesteryear to the foot stompin' rhythms of today. Note: Beginner level students - please see the new "introduction to dance" class offered.
Fees: Members can purchase a dance card for $40 ($70 non-members) for an 8-week session. If you prefer, you can pay by the class at Member Services for $6 a class for members or $12 a class non-member. All registration and payments are to be done at Member Services.

Broadway and More

8-week winter session: Wednesdays, through March 25 Time: 11:00 to 11:45 in Activity Room #8.

Intermediate level students (some dance experience) can participate in this new and fun dance class. At the beginning of the session the class will vote on a Broadway musical they want to learn. Techniques will include pantomime and lip sync techniques as the performers express meaning through gestures accompanied by music. Class time consists of learning techniques followed by their Broadway routine.
Note: Beginner level dance students - please see the new "introduction to dance" class offered.
Fees: Members can purchase a dance card for $40 ($70 non-members) for an 8-week session. If you prefer, you can pay by the at Member Services for class at $6 a class for members or $12 a class non-member. All registration and payments are to be done at Member Services.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Living Well with Chronic Conditions is a FREE program which can change your life, will be hosted by Modern Maturity beginning April 17, and running for six consecutive Fridays, ending on May 22, 2020. The experienced educators who will present the training program will provide coping and problem solving mechanisms that you can use to make living with any Chronic Condition, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, COPD, arthritis, CHF, much more manageable. The classes will meet from 9:30 to noon in classroom # 8.

Topics covered will include planning healthy and balanced meals, problem solving, communication and relaxation techniques, understanding your condition and the problems it causes, dealing with sleep issues, fatigue and depression, and utilizing exercise, proper nutrition and medication to control your condition.

The classes are completely free to Members and the public, for those living with any Chronic Conditiion and those who may care for someone, but you must register to join the classes by signing up at the front desk or by calling the instructor, Maria Seliga at 302 387 1626; please leave a message with your phone number if no answer. All participants who complete the program will receive a certificate and the strength to change their lives. This free program was developed by Stanford University and is offered to you by the Department of Health and Social Services.

Personal Tools for Managing Pain, Stress and Anxiety

This FREE program was developed by Alpha Care Medical to introduce the ten most popular cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) tools that could be used for better self-management of pain, stress or anxiety. Dr. Michael Balliro will describe each of these tools and explain how they work, with emphasis on developing a conscious awareness of how pain, stress and anxiety might conspire to make our perception of these worse. Dr. Balliro is a practicing Behavioral Therapist at Alpha Care Medical As we grow older we will likely experience more pain than we did when we were younger. For some of us this pain may be chronic. Some may seek medication. The tools presented during this workshop are designed to enhance one's ability to better self-regulate given that we are facing new limitations. The key is to face these limitations without allowing them to lessen our quality of life. Through the practice of mindful awareness we may expect to better manage pain, stress and anxiety and limit their impact on our life. This workshop will be held on Tuesday April 28 from 10:30 - 11:30 in Activity Room #5. You need not bring anything to this free workshop other than a curious mind. We will practice mindful breathing and Dr. Balliro will lead us through a guided meditation.
This class is FREE, but you must register at Member Services.