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Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning is pleased to partner with organizations within the Grand Rapids community that offer special pricing and discounts for CALL Members. We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to participate in these wonderful performances at a cost savings to you. See the discounts for Grand Rapids Broadway and Grand Rapids Opera below:


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Depending on the performance, CALL members receive a discount of 10-20% for certain dates of each show. Seats are priced between zones 1, 2, or 3.

CALL members may either print their order and mail their payment or contact Susan Weiss of Grand Rapids Broadway at 616-235-6285 or her direct line of 616-325-1343. You need to identify yourself as a CALL member to receive the discount.

Click on any of the shows below for more information and the order form:

King and I Order Form (note that CALL will have a group attending one of these shows)


Grand Rapids Opera

invites CALL members to experience the magic of opera through the
following exclusive member opportunities. The proposed program provides members with
an in-depth, behind-the-scenes opera experience, taking them on a journey from
composition to the final staged production.


May 4 & 5  |  7:30 PM  |  DeVos Performance Hall


The quintessential comic opera

On June 2, 1967, West Michigan audiences were given their first opera. Now, 50 years and 128 operas later, Opera Grand Rapids returns to its beginnings with the same rousing, tuneful comedy.

Featuring Mozart at the height of his creative genius, in what many consider to be the greatest opera of all time, is a tangled tale of farce and folly ending, at last, in love. Below its madcap surface, an age-old wisdom is revealed: wealth and power are no match for ingenuity and authenticity. Musically sophisticated, yet catchy; screwball, yet poignant; this opera sparkles with genius from overture to finale.

May 18, 2018  |  6:00 PM  |  Van Andel Institute

A Night Beneath the Stars

Celebrate 50 years of opera in West Michigan with an elegant evening beneath the stars! Sip your aperitif of choice among the dreamy ambience, then enjoy delectable handpicked selections from the community’s finest restaurants. Sing along to your favorite songs from beloved Billboard chart-topper, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. before the evening’s much-anticipated headliner performance, opera-crossover sensation, Forte Tenors. Cap off the night with dancing, merriment and comfort cuisine.

Proceeds from the event support Opera Grand Rapids’ productions and programs year-round and pay tribute to its vital role in fostering our vibrant arts community. You’ve already made us great. With your support, there’s no limits to the height our voices can reach together!


6:00      Cocktails & Strolling Dinner

7:30      Forte Tenors Performance and Program

8:30      Dancing

Attire  Black tie preferred

Valet parking available


Presented at Betty Van Andel Opera Center

 30% off original ticket prices to any production
 Behind the Curtain opera previews and receptions
 Pre-Performance Talks prior to curtain
 Discounts and benefits at partner restaurants prior to performances
 Proximity group seating
 Early access to seating next season before it opens to the general public

Tickets must be purchased with the Opera Grand Rapids Box Office by end of day
Monday the week of the show.

Call 616-451-2741 to order tickets and note that you must identify yourself as a CALL member.


Performance Bicycle Partnership

See this link for the discount form to print. Be sure to have your CALL membership card and id# for the 30% discount on bikes.

As previously announced, though with little fanfare, CALL now cooperates with Philadelphia’s Advanced Sports International to promote bicycling as a leisure and health activity.  The chief benefit of this relationship is a standard 30% discount from MSRP on bicycles by three distinguished, innovative, and value-conscious brands--Fuji, Kestrel, and Breezer.  Together they make virtually every kind of bicycle from varieties of “leisure” bikes to mountain bikes, track bikes, and tour bikes (one of Fuji’s sponsored riders just won the Australian National Women’s Championship).  You can browse catalogs on-line and purchase on the website of Performance Bike, the chief retailer of these brands (a 100+ stores in 20 states),  The purchase will be delivered to the address of choice. See the link to the flyer above, though the expiration date on the offer is mistaken; the arrangement will continue indefinitely.  Direct any questions you might have to

At any age, physical exercise of any kind provides significant health benefits of various kinds.  For the aging in particular, including something so simple as a good walk, or simply a number of short walks, provides marked benefits in physical strength, agility, endurance, and resilience.  And as researches are now discovering, there are also for multiple reasons definite benefits in mental acuity.  And even slight exercise, especially out of doors, has marked impact on mood and general emotional well-being.  In short, far from only benefiting physical well-being, new research shows the fruits are remarkably holistic. . 

A second component of this bicycling initiative will regularly provide through the CALL newsletter and website the following:
1. Practical and reliable information on cycling in general, focusing on fitness benefits for the aging,
2. Safe practices in riding, from attire to bike “fit.”
3. Information on bicycling resources,
4. And where to ride (and walk) comfortably and safely in the Grand Rapids area, locating initially from the Calvin College campus and from there radiating outward to the region. 


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