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)


Wednesday 7/31
Ham and cheese quiche served with breakfast potatoes and fresh fruit.

Thursday 8/1
Meatloaf with mashed potatoes, gravy and mixed vegetables.

Friday 8/2
Chicken tender basket with tater tots, broccoli salad and choice of dipping sauce.

Monday 8/5
Cavatappi pasta bake with a garden herb cream sauce served with baby carrots.

Tuesday 8/6
Southwestern Caesar salad topped with grilled chicken.

Wednesday 8/7
Baked ham with a pineapple sauce, served with scalloped potatoes and buttered corn.

Thursday 8/8
Reuben sandwich served with coleslaw and potato salad.

Friday 8/9
Fish tacos with cilantro slaw and fresh pico, served with a garden salad and fresh fruit.

Monday 8/12
Teriyaki chicken over white rice, served with roasted cauliflower and sweet potatoes.

Tuesday 8/13
DLX turkey sandwich on rye bread, served with pasta salad and potato chips.

Wednesday 8/14
Grilled pork chops with caramelized onion compote, served with mashed potatoes and buttered corn.


Thursday 8/15
Beef stronganoff served over egg noodles with a side of carrots. BIRTHDAY CAKE!

Friday 8/16
Arugula salad served with cranberry walnut bread.

Monday 8/19
Seafood salad croissant served with pasta salad and fresh fruit.

Tuesday 8/20
Ultimate BLT sandwich on rye bread, served with French onion potato chips and coleslaw.

Wednesday 8/21
Herb grilled chicken over black bean quinoa salad topped with pineapple salsa, served with a side of sauteed green beans.

Thursday 8/22
Sausage and pepper sub served with potato salad and a melon wedge.

Friday 8/23
Rigatoni Al Forno with a side of California blend vegetables.

Monday 8/26
Mushroom Swiss burgers served with French fries and coleslaw.

Tuesday 8/27
Grilled cheese and tomato soup served with potato chips.

Wednesday 8/28
Chicken enchiladas served with Mexican ride and stewed black beans.

Thursday 8/29
Tater tot casserole with steam broccoli.

Friday 8/30
Bacon, onion & cheese quiche served with breakfast potatoes and fresh fruit.

Sandwich CHOICES

Whole $4 / Half $3.50

Prepared on either multi-grain bread or a wrap.



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


Arts & Crafts

  • Drawing

  • Sewing

  • Coffee, Cookies & Canvas

  • Watercolor Painting

  • Open Coloring Studio

Language & Music

  • IncrediMusic™

  • Piano Lessons

  • Weekly Jam Sessions

  • Foreign Languages

  • Writing Workshop


  • Inter & Advanced Tap Dance

  • Belly Dancing

  • Ballroom Dance Class

  • Ballet




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



  • 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


  • 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 Harmonica 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.





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. 



Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm


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




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.