Enrichment Classes

Register for classes at the Park Office (250 Pine Lake Ave.) or by phone at 219-326-9600. Visa/MasterCard are accepted.

Aerobic Step
Get ready to break a sweat, strengthen your body and burn calories while having fun! This class brings a cardiovascular workout using upbeat music and an aerobic step. Participants are taught step-by-step movements with fun choreography. Taught by Certified Instructor Becca Masters. Cost is $35 per six week session. Pre-registration is required. Check back for upcoming dates.
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Ballroom Dancing

Includes smooth dances such as Foxtrot and Tango, as well as rhythm dances such as Country Western 2-step, Swing, Salsa, Hustle and Cha Cha. Meet new people, stay active, reduce stress and develop body awareness with this fun class. Go to your next party and actually be able to get up and DANCE! Class held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Civic Auditorium (use the ramp at the Plain Street entrance). Cost is $70 per couple or $35 per individual. Pre-registration is required. Next six-week session begins October 18. Please click on the flyer link to see the session dates for the different dances.  Flyer



Barre


If you are staying on top of fitness trends, you know that barre workouts, which are designed to give you a long, lean dancer-like physique, are all the rage! While all barre workouts differ slightly in structure, most combine elements of ballet, Pilates and yoga. Barre exercises rely mainly upon one’s body weight for resistance and the moves challenge your core stability and balance. Taught by Certified Instructor Becca Masters. Cost is $30 per session. Pre-registration is required; however, walk-ins are welcome at a $8 per class fee. Our five-week session will be held from 6-6:50 p.m. Wednesdays beginning January 10, in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium (use the ramp at the Plain Street entrance). Participants are asked to bring light weights (5 lb. maximum).  Flyer

Current or upcoming Barre sessions:
May 9-June 6
 

Ceramics


If you are looking for a fun, creative outlet, try one of our ceramic classes. It provides a great way to get away and meet friends, all while making some unique projects for yourself or gifts for others.  We offer pre-registered specialty classes as well as open classes, held in the Ceramics Room at the Civic Auditorium. The fee of the specialty classes varies per project and includes everything necessary to complete the project. The cost is $6 per class during the open classes.  Open classes for Winter/Spring 2018 will be held on January 27, March 17, April 4 and May 5. Click on the Flyer link to view the registration deadlines, class dates, times, fees for each individual class.  Also offering group classes for birthday parties, youth groups or other organizations. Contact Recreation Director Pam Carroll at pcarroll@cityoflaportein.gov to schedule your group class.  

The Comic Book Project ™


The Comic Book Project™ is a world-renowned literacy initiative that has engaged more than 200,000 learners in a creative process leading to academic achievement, social awareness and community development. By engaging youths in brainstorming, sketching, plotting, designing and publishing original comic books, CBP encourages students to become active learners and content creators, rather than mere information receivers. The cost is $150 for 15 sessions (twice a week) on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. at Cummings Lodge. At finish, an exhibit celebration will be held at the La Porte County Public Library. Pre-registration is required. Check back for upcoming class dates.  Flyer

KidzArts

KidzArts Program offers children the opportunity to explore their creativity and artistic selves in a fun, nurturing environment. Fine art fundamentals and a wide variety of media and styles of famous artists will be explored. Projects include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and recycled art. Each program will ask young artists to volunteer what they think is their best KidzArt project of display at a TBA local venue. KidzArts I is for children grades 2-5/ages 7-10.  KidzArts II is for children grades 6-9/ages 12-15. The fee for each 15-session program is $150 with all materials supplied.  Pre-registration is required with participant limit requirements. Check back for upcoming class dates.  Flyer

Kooking with Kids

This five-week cooking class is a fun, interactive cooking class that provides a hands-on experience for children in cooking/preparing healthy dishes and snacks with the five food groups. Kids cooking programs are a fantastic way to get kids interested and even excited about healthy foods. Participants have the opportunity to create healthy meals that teach kids important math and reading skills as they follow recipes and measure ingredients. Children will learn about food safety and meal planning in a fun, interactive way. The class will be lead by Rachel Braund who has a Family and Consumer Science degree from Purdue University and currently teaches Nutrition and Wellness at La Porte High School. The cost of the program is $35 and open to current middle school students. The class is held on Tuesdays from May 1-29 from 5-7 p.m. in the Civic Auditorium's kitchen (lower level-use door at the end of ramp on Plain Street). Pre-registration is required with class size requirements.  Flyer
 


Music For Me


Music exploration helps children increase their thinking and language skills, control and strengthen their bodies, become aware of where they are in time and space, follow directions and gain confidence and emotional intelligence. Your child will be making music with instruments as they learn what each instrument is called and discover what fine musicians they are. Along with covering basic music theory, the Music for Me classes promote development in speech, cognition, fine and gross motor, self-help, and social/emotional skills. This developmental music class is for children birth through age 5. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to join in the fun. The tuition for the six-week session is $30. Classes are held on Tuesday evenings in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium (use the ramp at the Plain Street entrance). Pre-registration is required. Check back for upcoming class dates.
 

Photography Class


Explore, capture, create.  Want to learn the fundamentals of photography? Have questions about your camera? Learn how to shoot photos like a professional from self-taught photographer Larry Noel. The cost for the three-week class is $30. Bring your own camera (any type) and film (if not digital). Pre-registration is required. Check back for upcoming class dates.
     

Pottery - Wheel Throwing

The art of wheel throwing is both a therapeutic and expressive way to create pottery. This class focuses solely on techniques in throwing clay forms on a pottery wheel. During the seven-week class, students will learn to apply aesthetics, proper thickness and craftsmanship needed to make functional pottery. You'll be guided by local artist Alayna Bublitz who has a Bachelor's degree in Studio Art with a concentration in ceramics. Learn the process of making, decorating and glazing your work. A class for all skill levels. The fee for the program is $74. We offer an adults class (ages 16 and up) on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. All classes are held in the Ceramics Room in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium (use the ramp at the Plain Street entrance). Monday classes will be held April 16-June 4 (no class May 28).  Thursday classes will be held April 19-May 31. Pre-registration is required with class size requirements.  Flyer

Pottery - Hand Building

 

Learn about traditional methods of hand building including pinching, coiling and slab techniques. You'll be guided by local artist Alayna Bublitz who has a bachelor's degree in Studio Art with a concentration in ceramics. Learn the process of making, decorating and glazing your work. A class for all skill levels! The fee for the program is $74.  We offer an adult's class (ages 16 and up) on Friday evenings from 5-7 p.m. All classes are held in the Ceramics Room in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium (use the ramp at the Plain Street entrance). Friday classes will be held April 13-May 25. Pre-registration is required with class size requirements. Flyer
 

Strength​en While Stretching

No weights or equipment are required for this gentle, safe, low-impact workout that is respectful to the body. Participants will improve posture, increase flexibility, rebalance the body, relieving pain and scar tissue in joints and muscles, all while promoting a healthy cardiovascular system. Chairs will be provided for participants wishing to use them. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 11-11:30 a.m. in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium (use the ramp at the Plain Street entrance). Fee for each class is $5 and is payable at the class. Instructor Susan Taylor has B.S. and Masters degrees from Indiana University in Fitness & Nutrition. Her credentials also include performing and instructing ballet and gymnastics and teaching Senior Exercise in South Bend and Walkerton. Check back for upcoming class dates.  Flyer

Stained Glass

Learn the art of stained glass, including all of the techniques involved in this beautiful experience. Class sizes are small to ensure individual instruction. The three-week class is held from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Cummings Lodge.  Cost is $29 plus $75 for supplies and tools (except glass). Pre-registration is required. Check back for upcoming class dates.

  

Story Steppers

Step your way to fitness, friends and fun! In cooperation with the La Porte County Public Library, join us on a new twist on a book club! We want you to get out and get moving while listening to audiobooks. After walking together at one of the beautiful park trails, share highlights of your audiobook with the other Story Steppers. Playaway audiobooks will be provided or listen on your own device. Check back for spring dates and locations.


Yoga


Yoga can help soothe the mind and lower stress levels by focusing the mind on the moment and movements rather than on external distractions. Yoga combines flexibility, strength training and balance to create a mind and body activity that’s a perfect addition to any fitness regimen. Certified Instructor Becca Masters holds classes from 8-9 a.m. Mondays and Fridays January 5 through June 8, and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. from January 10-June 6 (no class February 14 or April 4) in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium (use the ramp at the Plain Street entrance). Cost is $5 per class (purchase $25 punch card in advance at the Park Office or pay at class).  Flyer

Yoga on the Beach


All of the benefit of yoga but with the added tranquility of the beach. Join Certified Instructor Becca Masters for classes from 8-9 a.m. Mondays and Fridays at Stone Lake Beach beginning June 15. Cost is $5 per class (purchase $25 punch card in advance or pay at class).