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 for this fall.

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. Six-week sessions begin Thursday, October 12.  Please click on the flyer link to see the dates of the individual dances.  Flyer
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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. Our five-week session will be held on Wednesdays, October 18th through November 15th from 6-6:50 p.m. in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium (enter at ramp on Plain Street).  Participants are asked to bring light weights (5 lb. maximum).  Flyer
 

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 which includes everything necessary to complete the project. The cost is $5 per class during the open classes (October 14 and November 16) plus the cost of greenware.  Our specialty classes have been scheduled for October-December.  The classes include a Pumpkin Class, Holiday Plate/Mug or a Christmas Tree, and a Kid's Ornament Class. 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.  Our first workshop is offered to kids 4th-8th grade/ages 9-14.  The cost is $100 for 10 sessions (twice a week) on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:45-5:15 p.m. beginning October 2.  The workshop will be held at Cummings Lodge in Soldiers Memorial Park.  At finish, an exhibit celebration will be held at the La Porte County Public Library.  Pre-registration is required by September 28.  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. Our Fall 2017 classes are filled with songs about what falls in the Fall!  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 beginning September 12 in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium (enter at the ramp door on Plain Street).  Pre-registration is required.  Flyer
 

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 dates.
     
Pottery
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 evenings from 6-8 p.m. and Friday evenings from 4-6 p.m. All classes are held in the Ceramics Room (lower level) of the Civic Auditorium (enter at the ramp door on Plain Street). Monday classes begin October 23 and Friday classes begin October 27.  Pre-registration is required with class size requirements.  Flyer
 

Susie's Senior 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 at 8-8:30 a.m. from November 7 through December 14 (no class November 23) in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge Street, La Porte, (enter at ramp door on Plain Street).  Fee for each class is $5 and is payable at the class.  Instructor Susan Taylor has a BS and Masters Degree 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.  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 in January 2018 for new dates.

  

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 beginning September 8, and a NEW Wednesday night class at 7 p.m. begins on September 6 in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium (enter at the ramp door on Plain Street). Cost is $5 per class (purchase $25 punch card in advance at the Park Office or pay at class). Flyer

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. Watch for new dates and locations!

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 12. Cost is $5 per class (purchase $25 punch card in advance or pay at class).