Life Enrichment

Learn a new language, do woodworking, write a memoir, or travel to Spain—choose from a multitude of exciting classes, activities, and clubs that will broaden your horizons to a whole, new you.

Whether you are a beginner or expert, there’s something for everyone—all experience levels are welcome! For a current listing of all of our Life Enrichment classes & activities being offered, please refer to this month's issue of The Courier or refer to our Calendar page. For questions and additional information, please contact Barb Visser, Enrichment Program Coordinator at 616-355-5136.

Cafe Menu:

Assistance for meals in our Cafe is available to those 60 years and older living in Ottawa County.
Please contact our Resource Office at 616-355-5118 for details.

 

Main entree

$6Includes beverage of your choice (water, iced/hot tea, or coffee)

 

Tuesday 10/1
French onion chicken served with potato casserole and mixed vegetables.

Wednesday 10/2
Meatloaf with mashed potatoes, gravy, and sauteed green beans.

Thursday 10/3
Grilled cheese and tomato soup, served with potato chips.

Friday 10/4
Beef tips in mushroom gravy served with roasted potatoes and steam broccoli.

Monday 10/7
Ham & Swiss pasta bake served with California-blend vegetables.

Tuesday 10/8
Meatball subs served with potato salad and fresh fruit.

Wednesday 10/9
BBQ chicken served with scalloped potatoes and green beans.

Thursday 10/10
Tuscan tilapia topped with bruschetta tomatoes, served with wild rice pilaf, and a side of peas and corn.

Friday 10/11
Smoked sausage skillet served with a sauteed squash medley.

Monday 10/14
Italian wrap served with pasta salad and potato chips.

Tuesday 10/15
Blackened chicken Caesar salad served with a garlic bread stick.

 

Wednesday 10/16
Pizza mac served with steam broccoli.

Thursday 10/17
Beef chili served with a corn muffin and a garden salad. BIRTHDAY CAKE!

Friday 10/18
Swiss chicken casserole served with steamed broccoli.

Monday 10/21
Spaghetti and meat sauce served with garlic bread and steamed broccoli.

Tuesday 10/22
Tater tot casserole served with sauteed squash.

Wednesday 10/23
Bourbon pork served over cheese polenta with sauteed green beans.

Thursday 10/24
Cheese burgers served with steak fries and broccoli salad.

Friday 10/25
Chicken tender basket served with tater tots, cauliflower salad and dipping sauce.

Monday 10/28
Chicken Florentine pasta served with baby carrots and a bread stick.

Tuesday 10/29
Turkey Reuben sandwich served with potato chips and an apple slaw.

Wednesday 10/30
Beef burritos

Thursday 10/31
GOOOOOOOLASH served with roasted cauliflower and carrots.


Sandwich CHOICES

Whole $4 / Half $3.50

Prepared on either multi-grain bread or a wrap.

 

Fillings

Ham, Turkey, Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, Egg Salad

 

Self-Serve Salad Bar

Medium $3 / Large $4.50
Some toppings are an additional cost

Includes beverage (water, hot/iced tea, or coffee)

Soup of the Day

$2.50 – We offer two homemade soups each day.

Includes beverage (water, hot/iced tea, or coffee)

Classes & Activities

 
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Arts & Crafts

  • Drawing

  • Sewing

  • Coffee, Cookies & Canvas

  • Watercolor Painting

  • Open Coloring Studio


Language & Music

  • IncrediMusic™

  • Piano Lessons

  • Weekly Jam Sessions

  • Foreign Languages

  • Writing Workshop

Dance

  • Inter & Advanced Tap Dance

  • Belly Dancing

  • Ballroom Dance Class

  • Ballet

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Technology

Technology classes at Evergreen Commons offer a multitude of opportunities to learn everything from the basics, to creating a digital slide show and more—all on an individualized basis.

  • Tech Wednesday

  • Individualized Instruction


For a current listing of all of our classes & activities being offered, please refer to this month's issue of The Courier, or refer to our Calendar page.

Games & Clubs

 

Games

  • 500 Card Game

  • Bingo (Grocery)

  • Bingo (Lunch Pass)

  • Bridge–Singles welcome!

  • Cribbage

  • Duplicate Bridge

  • Euchre

  • Hand & Foot

  • Mahjong (National League)

  • Mahjong (Jerry Version)

  • Dominoes (Mexican Train Game)

  • Pinochle

  • Rummikub

  • Scrabble

  • Spades

  • Wii Bowling

Clubs

  • Book Club

  • Clogging Club

  • Creative Crochet & Knitting Club

  • Knit 2gether Club

  • Let’s Talk Tiger Baseball & Other Sports

  • Machine Knitting Club

  • Memoir Writing Club

  • Quilting Club

 

Click schedule to enlarge, or download a version of our games & clubs schedule here (PDF Download)

You must be a member of Evergreen Commons to participate in Games & Clubs. For questions, or to learn one of these games, call Barb Visser at 616-355-5136.

Performing Arts

 

The Evergreen Chorale

The 100 + member choir performs two full concerts and a number of additional programs around the community throughout the year. Membership in the Chorale is through audition for singers 50 years and older.

Evergreen Singers

The 40 member choir has been part of Evergreen Commons since the first week it opened in 1985, performing in local venues from nursing homes to churches. The ability to read music is not required, and new members are welcome!

 

The Commons reACTORS

This fun-loving group focuses on reading, using expressive voices, faces and gestures to bring the story to life – creating images that allow the audiences’ imaginations to soar. Words become magic! Click here to learn more!

Noteblenders Band

Noteblenders is a fun group who play and teach harmonica, with guitar and piano accompaniment. The group performs at churches, retirement homes, and other events. The ability to read music is not required – come join the fun!

 

The Commons Dutch Dancers

You don't have to be Dutch to join, but you'll learn authentic Dutch dances! The men and women in this group enjoy performing in the Tulip Time Festival, at nursing homes and retirement centers around the Holland area. Costumes and shoes are provided.

The Commons Handbell Choir

The Handbell Choir ring a three-octave set of handbells, from C below middle C to two octaves above middle C, as well as the sharps and flats associated with each note. The art of handbell ringing is unique because each individual plays just two notes! The ability to read music is helpful but not a requirement.

Spiritual Enrichment and Learning


Faith Lessons

Spiritual wellness is a journey for a purposeful, authentic, and fulfilled life. The journey involves engaging values and beliefs in some of the more common spiritual exercises including prayer, meditation on the Bible, and setting aside time for silence and solitude.

 

 

Travel

 

The retirement years can be an exciting time to see the world and travel is easier and safer than ever before. With a little planning and some caution, older adults can safely visit almost any destination. At Evergreen Commons, we offer both air & cruise vacations as well as motor-coach tours that are designed for the older adult in mind.

 

To Register

If you have any questions about travel please call 616-355-5115, or visit the Travel Desk.


Air & Cruise Vacations

Cost for air or cruise vacations are subject to change due to taxes and fuel surcharges. Reservations are subject to availability – it is very important to book air tours early.

 

Motorcoach Tours

 

Evergreen Commons Woodshop

 

We don't want to brag, but we feel that our woodshop is state-of-the-art. You will find beginners to skilled professionals working with their hands and minds to make simple repairs or to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. 

 

Hours

Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm

 
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Participation Fees Apply
(available to members only)

10 Visits – $30

Monthly – $20 (unlimited use)

 

Segmented Wood Bowl Class

Work one-on-one with an instructor as he walks you through the steps of creating a beautiful maple and cherry segmented wooden bowl. You will be taught how to use a table saw and lathe. You must be a member of Evergreen Commons to take this class. All materials will be provided and no wood shop participation package is needed.

$65 per person

 
 

Registrations/Cancellations

Registration

Pre-registration and payment in full is required for all programs, classes, and events. Payment with cash, check or credit card is due at the time of registration and may be paid at the Member Guest Services desk. Participants are encouraged to register early as most activities tend to fill quickly, and all classes require a minimum number of students. You may register in person at the Member Guest Services desk or call 616-355-5120.

 

Cancellations & Refunds

Please register for classes and programs with intent. In the unfortunate event that you need to cancel your registration, it must be done 5 business days prior to the first day of class to receive a refund. Classes cancelled by Evergreen Commons will be rescheduled or payment will be refunded. No refunds shall be given after the start date of a course.