Community Classes & Events

Community Classes and Events

Get involved with these great classes that are offered at Tamarac and throughout the region.  Select from the drop downs below to learn more about class details and when they are offered in the area.

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  • Children's Swimming Classes

    Beginner Swim Class

    Class Description: For new swimmers ages six weeks to three years.  Classes are 30-minute sessions for six weeks, maximum 10 participants. Parent or caregiver will be in the pool with the child. Call 231.924.1788.


    Saturdays – May 6 to June 17*

    Fee: $50 for Tamarac Members, $75 for non-members

    Location: Tamarac

    Beginners/Tadpoles Swim Class

    Class Description: For non-swimmers who are not able to pick feet up off the floor and swim without immediately putting feet back down. Classes are 30-minute sessions for four weeks, maximum 10 participants. Parent or caregiver will be in the pool with the child. Call 231.924.1788.


    Saturdays – May 6 to June 17*

    Fee: $50 for Tamarac Members, $75 for non-members

    Location: Tamarac

    Tadpoles/Frogs Swim Class

    Class Description: For children able to doggie paddle on their own for three feet both above and below the water.  Classes are 30 minute sessions for six weeks, maximum 10 participants. Parent or caregiver will be in the pool with the child. Call 231.924.1788.


    Saturdays – May 6 to June 17*

    Fee: $50 for Tamarac Members, $75 for non-members

    Location: Tamarac

    Sharks Swim Class

    Class Description: For advanced swimmers wishing to perfect their stroke and improve endurance.  Classes are 45 minute sessions for six weeks, maximum 10 participants. Call 231.924.1788.


    Saturdays – May 6 to June 17*
    Fee: $50 for Tamarac Members, $75 for non-members

    Location: Tamarac


    *Swim lessons will not be held on Saturday, May 27.

  • Community Education, Screenings & Support Groups

    Tobacco Quit Programming 

    Tobacco and Nicotine Quit Information
    Quitting tobacco and nicotine use is the single most important thing you can do for your health. Talk with Spectrum Health’s tobacco treatment specialist (TTS) for information about group classes, one-on-one coaching and family quit programs. Special counseling is available for pregnant women, new moms and youth.Cost: Free consultation and programs
    Location: Tamarac and Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital
    For more information, call Sally Wagoner, RN, TTS, 231.924.7589.
    Participants will be eligible for a free month’s membership at Tamarac.

    Quit 101: Smoking Cessation Class – Four-Week Series

    Are you fed up with the cost of tobacco to your wallet and your health? Have you struggled to stop using tobacco, only to remain caught in the web of addiction? Quit 101 focuses on tips to help you develop a quit plan and strategies that will work for you. For more information, call 231.924.3073.
    When: Wednesdays, June 7 to June 28 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Fee: Free. Community welcome.
    Location: The Stream, Newaygo

    Freedom From Smoking® – Eight-Week Series
    Join the American Lung Association’s successful tobacco and nicotine quit program. You will get a work book, DVD and the support you need to quit for good. To register, call 231.924.3073.

    When: Saturdays, April 1 to May 13 and Monday, April 24, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Fee: $25; financial assistance available
    Location: Tamarac


    Fall Prevention/Balance Screening  

    Falls are the leading cause of accidental injury in older adults, but most falls can be prevented. Learn your fall risk and how you can reduce your risk by participating in a free screening the third Thursday of every month.


    Thursday, April 20, 11:30 a.m.
    Thursday, May 18, 11:30 a.m.
    Thursday, June 15, 11:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free
    Location: Tamarac
    For more information, call 231.924.2193.

    Grocery Store Tours 

    Led by a registered dietitian, you’ll learn how to read nutrition labels and make healthy food choices. The grocery store tours are free and include healthy shopping information and lists.

    April 4,  5:30 p.m. at Ed’s Orchard Market, Hesperia
    April 21,  9 a.m. at Ed’s Orchard Market, Hesperia
    May 10, 9 a.m. at Houseman’s Foods, White Cloud
    May 23, 5:30 p.m. at Houseman’s Foods, White Cloud
    June 8, 9 a.m. at Gene’s Family Market, Grant
    June 22, 5:30 p.m. at Gene’s Family Market, Grant
    Cost: Free
    Registration is required. Must be 13 years or older to participate. For more information or to sign up, call 231.924.3073.

    Free Vascular Screenings

    Description: Spectrum Health is offering free vascular screenings, close to home, for high-risk patients!  To qualify for a free vascular screening, you must have at least two of the following risk factors:

    • Diabetes
    • Age 60 or older
    • Hypertension
    • History of smoking
    • High cholesterol
    • Family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm
    • Family history of hardening o the arteries before age 60.

    To schedule at Gerber Hospital call 877.495.2626,option #4


    Wednesday, April 5, By appointment
    Wednesday, May 3, By appointment
    Wednesday, June 7, By appointment

    Fee/Location: Call 877.495.2626,option #4

    Parkinson’s Support Group

    Description: Sessions include a National Parkinson’s Foundation series of webinars and question-and-answer sessions led by health care professionals on Parkinson’s disease and related issues. Call: 231.924.3073 for details.


    Thursday, April 20, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thursday, May 18, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thursday, June 15, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Fee: Free. Community Welcome

    Location: Tamarac

    Stroke Support Group

    Description: Listen to an iHope—National Stroke Association series of webinars and question-and-answer sessions led by health care professionals on stroke recovery issues.  Call: 231.924.3073


    Thursday, April 6, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thursday, May 4, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thursday, June 1, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Fee: Free. Community Welcome

    Location: Tamarac


    Description: Heart Saver classes are open to the public and taught by our certified CPR instructors. Registration is required, and space is limited. Call 231.924.3580.


    Tuesday, April 11, 8:15 a.m. to noon
    Tuesday, May 9, 8:15 a.m. to noon
    Tuesday, June 13, 8:15 a.m. to noon

    Fee: Free. Community Welcome

    Location: Tamarac

    MyLife Care Planning

    Is your living will enough? Who will speak for you when you cannot speak for yourself? Every day you have conversations and make decisions about your life. One of the most important conversations you can have is about your future medical care. Make your wishes known, and be involved in the decision making while you are able, giving yourself peace of mind and lifting the burden from your loved ones.

    Join Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial’s Community Health Team to learn more about advance care planning. MyLife Care Planning is an  internationally recognized care model that helps you put the kind of end-of-life care you want in writing. Advance care planning is important at any age.

    Spectrum Health’s Advance Directive services are free and do not require an attorney.  By Appointment only.  Call 231.924.3073

    Fee: Free. Community Welcome

    Location: Tamarac

    Alzheimer’s and Dementia Quarterly Program—Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior


    Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can cause people to act in anxious, aggressive or unpredictable ways. These reactions can be difficult for the caregiver and dangerous for the person with the memory loss. Learn why these behaviors may occur and how to respond in a way that can be both safe and effective. This program is open to the public.


    Wednesday June 28 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Fee: Free

    Location: Tamarac

    For more information, call 231.924.3073.

    Answers on Alzheimer’s

    Description: Do you have questions related to memory loss and providing care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease? Meet one-on-one with an Alzheimer’s Association community outreach coordinator to discuss your concerns, create a care plan and find resources in your community. Walk-ins welcome. To make an appointment please call 231.924.3073.


    Thursday, April 20, 9 a.m. to noon
    Thursday, May 18, 9 a.m. to noon
    Thursday, June 15, 9 a.m. to noon

    Fee: Free. Community Welcome

    Location: Tamarac

    Alzheimer’s Support

    Description: The Basics: Memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease Join the Alzheimer’s Association for a workshop on the difference between normal memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. Some of the topics covered include risk factors for Alzheimer’s, the diagnostic process and brain changes during the progression of the disease.


    Thursday, April 27, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thursday, May 25, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thursday, June 22, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Fee: Free. Community Welcome

    Location: Tamarac

    Life/Sport Performance

    No matter what your activity, completing an assessment can enhance your success.

    Life Performance Assessment—$75

      Assessment conducted by doctors of physical therapy with 3-D Movement Analysis Performance System (MAPS)

      3-D MAPS is an assessment for strength, stability, mobilityand dynamic balance

      Report provided complete with assessment results, assessment score and takeaway exercises Additional Life Performance support is available. Certified personal trainers will collaborate with doctors of physical therapy to develop an individualized exercise prescription for a sports-performance and injury-prevention program.

      Six, 45-minute personal training sessions conducted by certified personal trainers—$170

      Individual personal training sessions at Tamarac (only with assessment purchase)—$30 each

    Life Performance Reassessment (conducted by doctors of physical therapy)—$25

    Evening and Saturday appointments are available.

    To register, call 231.924.3262.

    Location: Tamarac

    Weight Empowered (formerly TEAM) 

    Join others in your weight loss or weight management journey for an encouraging time of group coaching and support, weekly weight tracking and more.

    Tuesdays: 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at Tamarac
    Wednesdays: 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at Tamarac
    Wednesdays: 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Stream, Newaygo
    Cost: $10 a month for Tamarac members or $20 a month for nonmembers

    For more information or to sign up, call 231.924.3073.

    Free OPTIFAST® Information Session

    Wednesday, April 26, 5:30 p.m.
    Location: Tamarac
    For more information or to register for the information session, please call 231.924.3073.

    OPTIFAST® Weight Management Program

    OPTIFAST is a comprehensive weight management program that combines lifestyle education with medical monitoring and meal replacements. This program includes:

      Meal replacement products

      Lifestyle education

      Expert counseling

      Medical supervision

      Weekly support with health coach

      One year of weekly classes covering behavioral, nutrition and physical activity topics

    For more information. please call 231.924.3073

    Body Composition Analysis

    This analysis includes a number of measurements that provide an in-depth look at your body composition. You and your health care provider can use this analysis to assess your current health and develop a fitness and nutrition program that will maximize your health and wellness By appointment only. Call 231.924.3073.

    Fee:  Tamarac members $10; nonmembers $15.

    Location:  Tamarac

    Hope and Healing Support Group 

    Spectrum Health Hospice offers the following sessions to provide information about the grief experience. Sessions are open to the community and geared toward adults who have had a loss within the past year. A minimum of four participants is needed to hold the group.

    Wednesday, May 24, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    Wednesday, June 28, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    Wednesday, July 26, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    Cost: Free
    Location: Tamarac

    Registration is required; call 616.391.4312 or email

  • Community Races

    Community Races

    Keep moving with these great races throughout West Michigan.

    Check back soon for the 2017 race schedule.

     Join Tamarac’s Running Club!

    Fee: Free. Community welcome. All distances and abilities welcome.

    Day: Saturday mornings

    Location: Meet us at 8 a.m. in the Tamarac lobby.

    For more information, call 231.924.1788.

  • Childbirth and Parenting

    To register, call 231.924.1344. All classes are held at Gerber Memorial Hospital or Tamarac (where noted).

    Early Pregnancy (first trimester to 20 weeks)

    This free class is designed to help you have a healthy pregnancy.

    Preparation for Childbirth (second or third trimester)

    This class helps you prepare for labor and delivery. The fiveweek session includes relaxation and pain-management techniques, infant massage, CPR, breastfeeding, and new mom and baby care. Classes are taught by certified childbirth educators and registered nurses (RNs).

    Fee: Covered by most insurance plans


    This five-week childbirth class teaches that severe discomfort doesn’t need to be a natural accompaniment of birth when a woman is properly prepared and trusts her body.

    Fee: Covered by most insurance plans

    Location: Tamarac

    Other Classes offered:

    Big Kids’ Class

    This free class is designed for kids 3 to 10 years old and teaches them about becoming a big brother or sister. They will learn about their new role and how to help care for the new baby. Class includes a DVD, information about babies and a tour of the Gerber Memorial Birth Center.

    Infant CPR

    This free class teaches you how to take action if an infant begins to choke or stops breathing. Class is taught by an American Heart Association–certified instructor. Grandparents are welcome.

    Breastfeeding: One of the Best Gifts You Can Give Your New Baby!

    Join this free class for up-to-date breastfeeding information and the tools to be successful. Class is taught by a certified lactation consultant. Call 231.924.7155.

    Childbirth Review

    This class reviews labor, delivery, relaxation and breathing for those who have previously taken childbirth classes.

    Fee: Covered by most insurance plans.

  • Group Fitness Classes

    Group Fitness Classes

    For information about group fitness classes at Tamarac please select the link below to learn more about programs like, Cardio Blast, Pilates, Running Club and much more.

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  • Pickleball


    Class Description: Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States. It’s a combination of table tennis, badminton, tennis and racquetball. It’s fast-paced, easy to learn, great exercise and fun for all ages. All are welcome.


    Tuesdays and Thursday
    5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    Fee: $5 per participant for drop-in pickleball; punch cards available or $65

    Location: Fremont Recreation Center

  • District Health Department #10 Programs

    Diabetes Prevention

    Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) helps participants make real lifestyle changes, such as eating healthier, incorporating physical activity into their daily lives, and improving problem-solving and coping skills. This class will meet weekly for 16 weeks and then monthly for the remainder of a year. DPP is a nationally recognized evidenced-based program. Registration is required. To sign up, call 231.689.7300 (ext. 7531).

    Call for current class schedule.

    Location:  Fremont

    Fee:  Determined by sliding fee scale; please call for pricing. Now accepting Priority Health Insurance.