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.

5 Wishes

A Five Wishes workshop takes you and your loved ones through the process of deciding on your wishes for end of life care. This topic can be sensitive, confusing and sometimes difficult but Five Wishes is here to help you through it. The 5 topics that will be covered are "My wish for":
The person I want to make care decisions for me when I can't.
The kind of medical treatment I want or don't want.
How comfortable I want to be.
How I want people to treat me.
What I want my loved ones to know.
With the help of the American Bar Association Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly, Five Wishes meets the legal requirements under the health decisions statutes. This program is free to members of the MMC and $15 for non-members who want to attend. You must sign up at Member Services to reserve your spot in the workshop. The next workshop is January 30, 2020 from 10 to 11 a.m. in Activity Room 5.

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 for Osteoarthritis- Did you know there are more than 100 different types of arthritis? Osteoarthritis is the most common form and most people as they age will experience this type of inflammation. Learn which oils can help with pain, inflammation and sleep. Participants will experience the oils by making an arthritis blend. All supplies included. Class is scheduled for Activity Room # 1 on Thursday February 20, 2020 and begins at 9:30 a.m. The class is $15.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members. Cost of the class includes all supplies. You must register at Member Services in person or call (302) 734-1200 ext. 167.

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 January 6, 2020 and Tuesday January 21, 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 Monday 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

Our computer tutor, Karen, teaches the basics (what type of computer to purchase, general orientation, internet use, antivirus), communication programs (email, Skype, Facebook) and she can even help you set up and operate an Ebay or Craigslist account. Computer tutoring appointments are $5 an hour for members or $25 an hour for non-members. New appointment days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. See a Member Services representative to sign up for a time slot as spots fill quickly.

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 from January 29 through 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 January 29 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.

Sound Meditation

Join Mary Lampert, a Certified Therapeutic Sound Practitioner, to practice sound meditation. Sound meditation is a passive activity where students can come and learn the power of sound to calm, relax and restore the body and mind. Mary guides you through meditation while providing live sound to bring your body back to balance and harmony. Benefits include a decrease in stress, anxiety and depression and improved sleep and focus. Come meet Mary and find out about sound meditation at her monthly class on Thursday, January 16 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Activity Room #7. The cost is $10 a class for members and $13 for non-members. Students must register and pay in advance at Member Services.

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 March 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 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 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. Check back fro start dates!

NEW – 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.

Social Security 101

This seminar will cover the history and purpose of the Social Security Administration, as well as the eligibility criteria for all of its benefit programs. Besides retirement benefits, Social Security also offers disability benefits for individuals aged 18 years and older and survivor benefits for children and widowed spouses. Concerns about the future solvency of these programs will be addressed. Finally, an overview of the online services available through Social Security's website will be provided. Workers can use these services throughout their careers for financial planning purposes and later, while collecting Social Security, to manage their benefits. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. This program is relevant to everyone aged 18 years and older. Matthew Baxter, Public Affairs Specialist of the Social Security Administration will be the presenter. This presentation will be on Wednesday February 12 at 1:00 p.m. in Activity Room 5. It is FREE, but you must register with Member Services.

Jewelry Making Class

Jewelry Making Class is Back Join instructor Gilda Jennings at introduction to jewelry making. Have you ever wanted to create a unique piece of jewelry but felt intimated by the process? If so, this class is for you! Each class is taught at a beginner level. Gilda takes you through the process of creating a monthly project from start to finish and provides all supplies and tools needed. This is a great opportunity to learn a new skill, have fun with friends and create something special for yourself or a gift. The next scheduled class is on Wednesday February 12 from 10 am to 11:30 am in Activity Room #3. The cost of the class is $25.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members. Please register with Member Services, 734-1200 ext. 167.