Lifelong learning opportunites are available for a wide variety of interests. Sign up at MMC Member Services. 302-734-1200 x167.
Oil Painting Art Class
Join artist/instructor Phyllis Shier at her twice monthly art classes focused on oils and featuring Bob Ross technique. She has taught art to both kids and adults in various venues. This class is a fun and relaxed learning experience for anyone no matter their skill level.
Instructional classes meet from 10 a.m. to noon on January 14 and 28, February 11 and 25 in Activity Room #8. The first class of each month begins new instruction on a specific painting. The second class of each month takes that same painting and helps it come alive as a finished piece. The January class requires students to bring in their own black canvas. The cost is $7 a class for MMC members or purchase an art card for $35 for 6 classes. Non-members are $10 a class. Students must provide their own supplies and a suggested supply list is available at Member Services.
A sample picture of the monthly project is available in the MMC Bulletin
Learn to Crochet
Edie Hobbs offers a basic Beginner and specialized crochet skill classes. Classes are $6 an hour. Call Edie at 302-244-6280 to schedule.
Intro to Jewelry Making
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 classes are Wednesdays, January 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Activity Room #5 and February 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Activity Room #3. Each class is $17 for members and $25 for non-members. You must sign up at Member Services at least 24 hours in advance to reserve your spot. The January project is a metal cuff bracelet personalized with a metal stamp. The February project is a pair of crystal heart earrings. All supplies are provided to make your own custom piece. Samples available at Member Services.
Essential Oils for Sleep
Join Jowana Lamb, C.A. a certified aromatherapist and member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy for a special class on essential oils for your sleep. This class meets Thursday, January 24 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Activity Room #3. Learn the phases of the sleep cycle and the essential oils that can enhance a restful night sleep. Featured oils included lemongrass, sandalwood and thyme. Students create a take home sleep lotion. The cost is $12 for members and $20 for non-members and includes all supplies. Register at Member Services as space is limited.
Cell Phone Tutoring
Need to know how to operate your cell phone? Sign up for an appointment with our new cell phone guru, Chris. Half hour appointments are available on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 12-2. Appointments are held in Activity Room #6/Chapel. Sign up 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 wifi, 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.
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.
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 in Activity Room #5. Sign up is not required but we do ask that no new students begin after February 13 so the whole class stays at the same pace.
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.
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 next classes are Tuesdays, January 8 and 22, February 12 and 26 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Activity Room #1. The cost per class is $7 for members and $12 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 atleast 24hrs in advance.
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 next meeting is January 30 and February 27 from 1 to 2 in Activity Room #5. You can borrow a book from Amanda Harris’ office #41 (while supplies last) or use your own.
The MMC bible study options have grown! We now have three 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.
New! Meet Pastor Jason Spruill of Overflowing Life Church of Smyrna for his new bible study. The study meets on Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Activity Room #3. The first meeting date in January 28 and every month thereafter. Sign up at Member Services so we know you are coming. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Bible study with Reverend Jerome Carey of Free Spirit Baptist began this past summer. Join his group on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Activity Room #5. No registration required.
Bible study with Pastor Bob Phillips of First Baptist Church of Marydel has been at the MMC for over 5 years! They meet on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Activity Room #6/Chapel.
Open Computer Lab
Stop in to the computer lab on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to use the computers in the lab. Lab visitors are limited to 30 minute sessions when there is a wait for a computer. There is no fee to use the computers as long as you are an up to date member or caregiver. Membership IDs will be checked periodically to ensure members are up to date. The computer lab is made possible by the generous donations from UnitedHealthcare.
Pump up 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.
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 Thursday, March 7 from 10 to 11 a.m. in Activity Room #5.
Knowing how to respond in an emergency is an excellent skill to have as a grandparent, volunteer, friend and citizen. Educate yourself so you can respond quickly and accurately in the event of an emergency. Accredited Community Education L.L.C. offers a CPR/First Aid/AED certification class at the MMC on Friday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Activity Room 8. The course costs $50 for MMC members and $65 for non-members. Sign up at Member Services soon as spots fill quickly and are limited. Don’t let your physical capabilities be a barrier in taking the class. Accommodations can be made for those who cannot get down to the floor. You never know when an emergency will arise. Prepare yourself today.
Join artist Liisa Trala at this fun acrylic workshop. Thursday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to noon in AR #3. The cost is $15 for members and $25 for non-members and that includes all supplies needed for use in class. The MMC art card is not eligible for this class. Learn to create your own unique blown acrylic under the sea painting on an 10x20 canvas. Students of all skill levels are welcome to join this fun workshop. Registration at Member Services is required atleast 24 hours in advance. See the MMC Bulletin for a sample picture.
Retirement Planning Workshop
Poole Locke Associates LLC offer this free retirement planning workshop for MMC members. Topics include IRA management, Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) requirements, Social Security, Long Term Care, cash management, income investments. The presentation is followed by Q&A. The workshop is held on Thursday, February 14 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Activity Room #5.
Join instructor Brenda Chase to learn the basics of American Sign Language at the MMC. Classes run Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. in Activity Room #7. This 10-week class runs Tuesdays, February 26 to April 30. The class fee is $60 members and $85 non-members. Sign up at Member Services to reserve your spot. If you have questions about class content please contact instructor Brenda Chase at (302) 632-9572.
Memory Workshop and Screening
The Christiana Care Memory Ambassador program is coming to the MMC to offer a workshop on memory loss followed by an optional memory screening. The workshop is held Thursday, February 7 at 9:30 a.m. in Activity Room #5. Learn ways to improve brain health through diet, exercise and mentally stimulating activities. You will then learn about Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. Following the workshop you are given the option of a free, confidential and private memory screenings. This is not a diagnosis but a “starting point” for you to bring to your doctor if you feel you need further evaluation. Sign up at Member Services to reserve your seat in this workshop.
Green Thumb Club
Spring is coming and the Green Thumb Garden Club begins meeting at the MMC for their annual gardening classes. Everyone who wants to learn more about gardening is invited. You don’t have to be an expert gardener to join. Classes meet Fridays, March 1 to May 25 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Activity Room #1. The cost is $10 for members for the entire session. Register at Member Services to reserve your seat in this class.
Classes include lessons on a variety of gardening topics from different speakers, a time for you to get your gardening questions answers and several field trips. In March, the topics start at the beginning with testing and improving your soil. The following week focuses on planning your garden and compost. Future sessions are on managing garden pests, early vegetables, when to plant, and what grows well.
Essential Oils for Immune Support
Join Jowana Lamb, C.A. a certified aromatherapist and member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy for a special class on essential oils for immune support. This class meets Thursday, February 28 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Activity Room #3. Learn what essential oils can boost your immune system to keep you healthy during cold and flu season. Featured oils include bergamot, mint, clove bud and frankincense. Students create an immune support blend in class to take home. The cost is $12 for members and $20 for non-members and includes all supplies. Register at Member Services as space is limited.
Selling Your Home for Seniors
Thinking about selling your home? Spring is the time to list! Join Bob Sacra, a local Remaxx Real Estate Agent, on Thursday, February 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Activity Room 5. He offers information specifically designed for seniors looking to sell their home. Whether you are downsizing or relocating, the information he offers is essential to you. Learn home selling preparation, current market and interest rate conditions, how the internet effects home sales and discuss if this is a good time for you to sell. This event is free to MMC members. Sign up at Member Services to reserve your seat in the class.
Aging Eyes Seminar
Eye Specialists of Delaware hold a workshop focused on preserving eyesight as you age. This seminar, led by Dr. Nguyen, focuses on the most common eye conditions effecting senior citizens and what steps you can take to preserve your vision and eye health. Find out symptoms to look out for and treatments that are available. This workshop is held Monday, March 18 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Activity Room #5 and is free for MMC members. Registration at Member Services is required to reserve your seat in this class.
Living Well with a Chronic Condition
Do you have a chronic health condition, other than diabetes, and want to learn to manage your condition to live a better life? The Delaware Department of Health & Social Services bring to you this 6-week course on managing and living well with your chronic health condition. Learn techniques to better manage your health and build support with classmates. This course runs Fridays, March 29 to May 10 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Activity Room #8 of the MMC. This free course is open to both members and non-members who have a chronic health condition other than diabetes. A special diabetes focused class is offered in September. Pre-registration at MMC Member Services is required and class size is limited. Questions about class content? Call the instructor, Maria Saliga at (302) 387-1626.
Stem Cell Therapy Seminar
Kennedy Health Center offers an informational session on stem cell therapy as a way of pain management. Held Thursday, April 18, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Activity Room #7. Learn how you can avoid surgery, eliminate pain medication and return to an active life. Great for people who suffer from osteoarthritis, knee/hip pain, shoulder pain, herniated discs, neck/back pain, chronic disease. Sign up at Member Services as seating is limited.
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 Thursdays, February 14 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Activity Room #7. The cost is just $7 a class for members and $15 for non-members. Students must register and pay in advance at Member Services.
Elder Law Program
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. in Activity Room #6/chapel. 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.