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.

Classes & Activities

 
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Arts & Crafts

  • Table Runner Class

  • New Heel for Sock Knitters

  • Coffee, Cookies & Canvas

  • Intermediate Watercolor Painting

  • Open Coloring Studio


Language & Music

  • IncrediMusic™

  • Piano Lessons

  • Weekly Jam Sessions

  • Foreign Languages

  • Writing Workshop

Dance

  • Inter./Adv.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.

  • Evergreen Commons Orientation

  • 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)

  • Pinochle

  • 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)

Performing Arts

 

The Evergreen Chorale

The chorale is a well-balanced ensemble of 100+ voices, conducted by Kerry Daab. The choir meets weekly from September through the end of May. The group performs two full concerts and a number of additional programs around the community throughout the year. Its members also participate in the Commons of Evergreen Christmas shows.

  • Membership in the Chorale is by audition, for singers 50 years of age and older.

Evergreen Singers

This 40 member choir has been part of Evergreen Commons since the first week it opened in 1985. They sing four part harmony and rehearsals run from March through mid-November. They perform in local venues from nursing facilities to churches. You don't need to be able to read music and new members are welcome and encouraged!

 

The Commons reACTORS

The Commons reACTORS is a reader's theatre group who perform throughout West Michigan. The "re" defines them as "new and different" and ACTORS defines them as people who enjoy theatre; but don't enjoy memorizing lines like "stage" actors. They read scripts to tell the story and use voice, gesture, and talent to entertain their audiences. This fun-loving group is always seeking people interested in writing, directing, searching for scripts, and, of course, performing! You can read more about them here!

Noteblenders Harmonica Band

This fun-loving group is made up of 10-15 members who play harmonica, with some guitar and piano accompaniment. They rehearse March through November and perform at churches, retirement homes, fairs and other events. You don't have to read music and they will even teach you to play harmonica... so join the fun!

This group meets from the first Tuesday in April through the end of October.

 

The Commons Dutch Dancers

You don't have to be Dutch to join this group, but you'll learn authentic Dutch dances. Rehearsals run from September through early November, then resume in March. Costumes and shoes are provided. Both men and women are welcome to join this fun group. Members of this group enjoy performing here at The Commons at Dutch Village during the Holland, MI Tulip Time Festival, and at nursing homes and retirement centers around the Holland area.

The Commons Handbell Choir

The handbell is a unique instrument. The Commons 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. Bell ringing is unique because each individual plays just two notes. 

The art of handbell ringing is not as difficult as it may appear. The ability to read music is helpful but not a requirement. Experience in playing the piano or other instrument is helpful, but certainly not necessary. Ringing handbells differs from playing the piano in that, rather than needing to play all the notes on the staff, each ringer only needs to follow their own two notes. Thus, each member of the handbell choir is a valuable asset.

  • This group rehearses September through May.

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, mediation 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

Call 616-355-5115 or stop at the Front Desk in the lobby (where flyers are also available in the brochure rack).

Questions? Email Joyce or Gail.


Air & Cruise Vacations

Cost for air/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

 

The Commons Woodshop

 

We don't want to brag, but we feel that our wood-shop 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
(Per Member of the Commons)

10 Visits – $30

Annual Fee (unlimited use) – $240

 

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

 

Woodworking level 2

This one-on-one class will help you review the skills necessary to feel comfortable in the wood shop. An instructor will help you design your next project, select the wood you need to build it, and take you through the steps. The instructor will also present other possible projects and give suggestions to help you to be confident with other tools available.

*Prerequisite: Segmented Wood Bowl Class and a member of Evergreen Commons

$40.00 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 The Commons will be rescheduled or payment will be refunded. No refunds shall be given after the start date of a course.