Members of CALL have formed and participate in many different social activity groups. See below for a list and descriptions of currently active groups.

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

Each group plans its own activities and sets the times for its meetings. Participants are required to be CALL members. 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 website, e-news, email and the monthly CALL News.

The Biking Group

Details for 2020 are pending.

The Birding Group 2020

Come walk the woods and enjoy God's amazing creation! Bill Sweetman leads our birding interest group again this spring 2020. The dates are Thursdays, April 9 and 30 and May 7, 14, and 21.

We will meet at the entrance (gatehouse) to the north parking lot on the east side of the East Beltline just north of the Bunker Interpretive Center at 8:15 weather permitting. If it is raining at meeting time we will not have an outing that day.

Outings typically last about an hour and a half, unless we go somewhere where there is significant driving time, then we may be out till about noon.

In some cases we will walk up to a mile or two on well developed trails or roads. Our first couple of outings will likely be to Reed's Lake, since that is the season for migrating ducks and early songbird migrants. Later outings will be to places like Aman Park and the Middleville bike trail. In some cases we will walk up to a mile or two on well developed trails or roads.

For questions and to be added to the email list, please contact Bill at


Brass Ensemble

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.

The CALL brass ensemble has expanded to twelve members this year. There are six trumpets, three trombones, one French horn, one baritone, and one tuba. We practice on most Monday afternoons, in the Calvin Seminary chapel, at 3:30 PM. New members are invited to come and check us out at any time.

This past spring the group played at the annual CALL meeting and luncheon, as we have for several years. In addition they played at a Thanksgiving/Christmas hymn sing in Dorr, MI, sponsored by four of the churches in Dorr, and also at a Forest Hills Senior's luncheon. Occasionally they have played at a church service, the latest ones being Brookside Christian Reformed Church and First United Methodist Church.

The group enjoys getting together to play good classical music, religious music, and even some arrangements by local composers. This is a CALL Interest Group, and is open to all CALL members. If you are interested, contact Ken Huisman, 452-8812, or


Knitting Group: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 PM

On October 4 we will resume meeting on Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00 every week. We meet in the Youngsma Building, second floor, south end in conference room YC216. The building is north of the Prince Conference Center and the large student parking lot that borders the east side of the East Beltline. See the map link on the CALL main website page and look for parking lot #12.

The normal schedule for this group each semester (October- December and February - May) is Wednesday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Youngsma Building (north of the Nature Preserve on the east side of the East Beltline) on Calvin's campus. All levels of knitters are welcome to join. To learn more please contact the knitting leader, Diane Noorman, at 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.”


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 from 1:00-3:00 on Thursdays in Hiemenga Hall, room number 468 (upstairs from normal CALL classes).

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 Karl VanDyke at or 340-7527.

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.