Community Classes & Events

Classes, Events and Wellness Programs

Get involved with these great classes that are offered at Tamarac and throughout Newaygo County. For more information about programs and services available 231.924.3073.

Early Childhood Nutrition

Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial’s free Early Childhood Nutrition classes will prepare you for all the

changes that happen as your child grows so that you excel at childhood nutrition. This is a two-part series. Participants may attend both classes or choose which age group would be appropriate. Class 1: Pregnant moms, 0-6 months & Class 2: 6-24 months. You will get valuable information that can make feeding time more successful for you and your child. Our classes also include information on nutrition during pregnancy and help with breastfeeding. Join our classes, get useful tips and win a free gift! Registration is required. Please call 231.924.6776.


Learn about:

  • Transitioning to solid foods
  • Food safety
  • Bottle weaning
  • Avoiding picky eating pitfalls
  • Nutrition during pregnancy
  • Nutrition for nursing moms
  • Important nutrients for your baby
  • Breastfeeding and bottle feeding

Cooking Matters

Spectrum Health partners with Share our Strength to offer this programming.  Share Our Strength is a national organization working to end childhood hunger by inspiring families to make healthy, affordable food choices.  Their programs teach participants with limited food budgets how to shop for and cook healthy meals.  Each series lasts 6 weeks with each class lasting 1.5-2 hours; commitment to each class is required.  Call 231.924.3073 for more information.


Cooking Matters curricula includes:


  • CM for Families
  • CM for Parents
  • CM for Teens
  • CM for Kids
  • CM for Adults
  • CM for Childcare Professionals

Quit Tobacco & Nicotine Classes

Let us help you quit for good!

  • Free classes in Fremont and Newaygo
  • Free individual coaching to fit your needs
  • Classes on-site and on-line
  • Free on-line support group
  • Free month pass to Tamarac

We will help you:

  • Find the best nicotine replacement for you (patch, gum, lozenge, inhaler)
  • Ask your primary care provider for prescriptions that can help you quit tobacco

Special programs for:

  • Youth
  • Pregnant moms
  • Families who want to quit together


Our Tobacco Treatment Specialists have the tools to help you quit!


Shelly Klochack, MSN, BSN, RN, TTS




Caitlin Mitchell-Schucker, CHES, TTS



Question, Persuade, Refer: Suicide Prevention Training

Free, 1 hour training on suicide prevention.

This training is for everyone. It does not set anyone up to be an expert on this subject, as we know there are mental health experts, but also know that these experts are not always available or always the people who someone might initially reach out to in a time of distress. Rather, the training is to help raise awareness on warning signs, risk factors, myths vs. facts, and better equip you on what conversion around this subject looks like, how to support, how to guide, and how to provide hope to someone who is hopeless.

Attendees are provided a booklet that includes everything covered during the training as well as a local resource guide for referral information.

To register or inquire about future community offerings please call (231) 924.3073.

LiveWell Newaygo County

LiveWell Newaygo County is a county-wide coalition hosted by Gerber Memorial’s community health team. The mission is to improve the health of the residents and environment in Newaygo County. Through a collective impact approach, the coalition works together under specific operating guidelines, in an effort to become the healthiest county in the state of Michigan.

Advanced Care Planning

As a capable adult, you have many rights when you receive health care. You have the right to be told about your medical choices and their benefits and risks. You also have the right to accept or refuse these choices. Whatever you decide, it is important to talk about your decisions with your physicians, other health professionals and those close to you. You may also put your plans for future medical care in writing, in case you become unable to make your own decisions.


Advance care planning is a process for you to:

  • Understand possible future health choices
  • Reflect on your choices in light of the values and goals important to you
  • Discuss your choices with those close to you and the health care providers who care for you
  • Make a plan for future health care situations

Start your advance directive today.

Call 231.924.3073

This process may only take a short period of time or it may take many months. What is most important is that you begin now and take the time you need to understand, reflect, discuss and create a plan that will work best for you and those closest to you.


To start or to get more information, call 231.924.3073, or email


Monday to Thursday: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday: 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.


Monday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: Closed


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Fremont, MI 49412

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