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

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.

ALL ART TUESDAYS
JUNE SUPPLY LIST

OIL PAINTING BRUSHES
1" Brush
2" SOFT blender brush
½"Soft flat brush
Soft filbert brush
#2Script liner brush
12x24 Canvas [suggested size]
Black gesso

Oil paints

Midnight black
Ultramarine Blue
Alizarin crimson
Sap Green
Mauve
Orange
Pink
Red
Turquoise
Yellow
White

Nice
An oil painting medium [ but you can use mine]
And odorless thinner to clean your brushes

Also paper towels, a foam plate or palette and an easel if you use one.

Ballroom Dancing

Ballroom Dancing Lessons with Ted and Yoshi - Fred and Ginger got nothing on them! Learn dances such as the Waltz, American Tango, Rumba and more at the MMCs ballroom dancing lessons! Glide and spin 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). 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). The classes are from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Classes are held in the Palmer Room unless otherwise noted:
Tuesday April 19*
Tuesday May 3*
Monday May 16
Tuesday May 31*
Tuesday June 7*
* class will be held in the East Wing Ballroom #3.

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! Meetings are held the last Thursday of the month from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Activity Room #5.
For the May discussion the group is reading is "White Ivy" Susan Yang.
The group will read the Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel in June.

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 AND $5.00 per class for non-members. Please register at Members Services.

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 available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. 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

Conversational Italian Class - Is on vacation and will be back in September!

Conversational Italian Class - 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.

"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.

The Green Thumb Garden Club

The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet on Fridays in 2022 beginning on Friday February 25 The class runs through Friday May 20, 2022. The class is from 9:30 am. until 11:30 am. in AR #1. There is a $10 fee for MMC Members and $20 fee for non-members.
For more information contact Cheryl Fisher, the program coordinator at 301-332-3715

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 #6 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.

One More Dance Classs

Why MORE dance? Why NOT? The poet Maya Angelou (who was a dancer before she became a poet) , said: "Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances". And there are so many dance styles to choose from so why pick just one? Come join Cathy Samardza who will introduce you to authentic jazz (based on dances like the Lindy Hop, Swing and Charleston), tap, Hula and Middle Eastern dance.
She'll get you warmed up with some stretching, balance, and strength building exercises and then you'll do the "Shorty George", learn about Kamehameha's Pali and find out why those seven veils are so much to fun to work with. Each class offers something new. As, Garfield says, "Some days you just gotta dance". Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 - 3:00 in the Palmer Room. Classes are FREE for MMC members. Cost for non-members is $5.00 per class. Registration required. Please contact Member Services AT 302-734-1200 EXT.167

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!

PUSH - Pray Until Something Happens

Pray Until Something Happens (PUSH) is a group that comes together to pray with a different prayer focus each week as well as prayer for individuals who want prayers. All are welcome to come in to pray with worship music in the background. The group currently meets every Friday morning from 9:00 am until 9:45 am in Activity Room #5.. All are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Myra McNair at (302) 346-3691.

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 #5.

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.

NEW - Senior Real Estate Seminar for Prospective Home Sellers

Thinking about selling your home? Join Bob Sacra, a licensed real estate agent for a general review of home sale preparation, costs and process, strategies, inspections, repairs, financing pre-approvals and loan types. Participants will be prepared for engaging in home sale transactions as well as evaluating the appropriate course of action for their situation. The seminar will be held in Activity Room #5 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Thursday May 12. This seminar is FREE for MMC members

NEW - Community Legal Aid Society (CLASI) Presentation on Crimes Against Seniors!

Community Legal Aid Society (CLASI) will have a presentation on fraud, identity theft, and scams. on Wednesday May 25 at noon in the Longwood Dining Room. This is a FREE presentation. They will also discuss Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders, how to recognize fraud, identity theft, and scams or potential crimes, how to avoid becoming a victim and what CLASI can do to help solve the civil legal problems that arise from being a victim.

NEW -Chronic Pain Self-Management: begins June 17

The Delaware Department of Health & Social Services bring to you a 6-week course on managing chronic pain. This course helps you prevent or delay health complications due to chronic pain, identify techniques to diminish pain, pain control and management, learn ways to deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep. Class time includes interactive teaching and sharing mutual support. Classes will be held on Fridays, from June 17 to July 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Activity Room #5 of the MMC. This FREE course is open to both members and non-members who have chronic pain. There is a minimum of eight students required for the class to be held and a maximum of twenty, so register as soon as possible to reserve your space.
Please register online at: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/f2a88eaffa52472fb508fb3acbfc50fa or call 302-990-0522

NEW - “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 July 5, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. 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. Registration begins June 1, 2022.
The instructor for this class is working artist, Dee Winfield, who is a figurative artist specializing in portraits. Ms. Winfield is a retired art instructor after 20 years teaching design foundation at one of New York's premiere art schools.
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.