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Current Groups

  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Knitting
  • Memoir Writing

If you would like to join a group(s), or start a new group, please notify the CALL office at
616-526-8777 or call@calvin.edu

Each group plans its own activities and sets the times for its meetings. The leader(s) of each group will provide notices to the CALL office about the activities of the group. These updates will be shared with the CALL membership through the wesbite, e-news, email and the monthly CALL News.

The Biking Group

Newly resurrected, the biking group is a group of CALL members and friends interested in moderate biking exercise. Re-established in June of 2015, those interested can join at any time and as often as they able by contacting the leader, Wilbur Zike, at wilburzike@hotmail.com or 884-5587. You are asked to let him know each time you attend so the group knows when all participants are accounted for before setting off on their next adventure and who to contact if last minute changes occur with the schedules outing. An added bonus is that stops for ice cream and such are often inculded!

The next ride is scheduled for Thursday, July 16. We will leave from the Marne trailhead at 11:30 a.m. and ride to Ravenna where we will have refreshment and rest before returning. Those who want a slower and/or shorter ride can meet us at the Conklin staging area and join us for the rest of the ride.
Total round trip will be approximately 26 miles from Marne and back-great to improve your stamina and burn some calories. Should bad weather be predicted, we will move the ride to Friday as first choice or then to Wednesday if Friday is also predicted to have bad weather.

In the event of inclement weather, the coordinator will contact all those on his list. The office will not have information on any changes due to weather.

The Birding Group

Come walk the woods and enjoy God's amazing creation! Bill Sweetman leads our birding interest group again this spring 2015.  He facilitates outings on the following Tuesday's: April 7, 21, 28, May 5, and 12.  The group will meet 8:15am on these Tuesday's at the gate house by the Bunker Interpretative Center on the east side of the Beltline. We invite you to explore the Ecosystem Preserve and its 40 acres of forest, wetlands and meadows. One mile of trails are available for wandering, taking in the beauty of each season, and discovering 170 bird species (about 60 nest here). Grab a pair of binoculars and enjoy this bird-watching haven!
For questions, please contact Bill at bsweettours@gmail.com.

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Brass Ensemble

The CALL Brass Ensemble provides a venue for interested musicians to play and study great brass literature, as well as to perform at various public events.  For the past four years the ensemble has played for the CALL Annual Meeting and Luncheon held at the Prince Conference Center in the spring.  It also  plays several times a year for local church services and at area retirement communities.  If anyone is interested in booking the group for an occasion, please contact Roger Griffioen, 616-452-3328, or rdgriffioen@att.net.

The ensemble rehearses in the Calvin Seminary chapel on Monday afternoons.  We enjoy getting together and playing good brass octet music, and we are also interested in performing on occasion. 

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Knitting Group: Wednesdays, 2:30 - 4:30 PM

2015 Fall Schedule: Wednesdays, beginning September 30, 2:30-4:30 PM through December 9, in De Vos 140** Note the time change.
This group meets each semester (September - December and February - May) on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the De Vos Communications Building room 140 on Calvin's campus. All levels of knitters are welcome to join. To learn more please contact the knitting leader, Diane Noorman, at dnoorman@sbcglobal.net or 942-0046.

Quotes from members of the Knitting group:


"How I have enjoyed CALL's knitting group! What a great group of gals! We share our knitting projects with one another and encourage one another in our knitting. It's a casual get together and we have lot of fun."

"The Knit group has given me a group of new friends. I have learned many new patterns. We inspire each other to advance our skills."

"Our leaders are super! They are patient, knowledgeable and fun!"

"I am fairly new to the knitting group, but am already forging new relationships with Godly women. I am going through a difficult time in my life and when I was invited to join the group it meant so much to me. Not only do I learn more about knitting, but at the same time build a community."

“I come to knitting for the company, for instruction, and just to set aside some planned knitting time.”

“I like the fellowship of “like-minded” people and I meet new people. If I need help it is available. I also get new ideas for projects and yarn.”

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Memoir Writing

Do you like to spend time with others who like to write?  Do you neglect your writing when you are not taking a class? Keep your writing life alive by sharing your work with others in this new interest group. In an informal, workshop atmosphere, there will be no assignments and all genres are welcomed  The group is meeting through the summer months from 1:00-3:00 in the following room assignments in Hiemenga Hall:

Thu, May 14 2015 HH468
Thu, May 21 2015 HH468
Thu, May 28 2015 HH468
Thu, Jun 04 2015 HH468
Thu, Jun 11 2015 HH468
Thu, Jun 18 2015 HH366
Thu, Jun 25 2015 HH314
Thu, Jul 02 2015 HH314
Thu, Jul 09 2015 HH314
Thu, Jul 16 2015 HH468
Thu, Jul 23 2015 HH468
Thu, Jul 30 2015 HH468
Thu, Aug 06 2015 HH468
Thu, Aug 13 2015 HH468
Thu, Aug 20 2015 HH468
Thu, Aug 27 2015 HH468

As with all our interest groups, feel free to come as you are able and contact the leader of this interest group if you plan to attend or have any questions. (A map of the campus is on the main page of our website.) The leader of memoir writing is Jim Boldenow at jim.boldenow@gmail.com or 808-1148.

Note that the Fall meetings will always be in HH314 (near the Library).

 


The Gardening Group

**This group is currently looking for a person (or a few people) to plan activities.
In the 2009-2010 year the Gardening group visited Meijer Gardens to see the butterflies and listen to a talk by Lucinda Grover. Patricia Pennell from W.M.E.A.C. visited the group to speak about native plant and rain gardens. Other meetings included a time for a plant exchange with group members and visits to member's own backyard gardens. Randy Van Dragt led the group through the Calvin Nature Center and Rebecca Shilt spoke about plants and gardens.