WinterFest

The annual WinterFest, organized by the La Porte Park and Recreation Department, returns in late January, with many of the events enjoyed over the past years as well a couple new twists to bring a blast of winter fun to town.

The events kick off with Ice Sculpture Demonstrations, presented by Downtown La Porte and local businesses and organizations. The sculptures will be at downtown at the new Plaza 618 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. The carvings offer shoppers an opportunity to peruse the offerings of downtown shops while admiring the creative designs.

For creative adults and children alike, Family Ceramics runs from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 28, on the lower level of the Civic Auditorium. Participants can paint seasonal gifts such as snowmen, Valentine’s Day boxes and figurines or think ahead with spring items such as Easter eggs. The cost is $5 which includes paints and brushes but not the bisque item for decorating. All children must have a parent or guardian present. Flyer
  
Design and build a person-powered, corrugated cardboard sled capable of withstanding the decent down the Kesling Park Sledding Hill for the WinterFest Cardboard Sled Race from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28! This is a great event for friends, families and local business who want to have fun creating the fastest, most spectacular cardboard sled around. This is a free event for all to enjoy but make sure you register early! Flyer  Rules and Entry Form

The “Snowball Softball” Adult Coed Tournament returns to Lions Field at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, and will be held come snow or more snow. The double-elimination tournament is limited to the first eight teams to register. NSA coed rules apply. Team awards for first, second and third place and individual awards for first place. The cost is $165 per team. The registration deadline will be Thursday, Jan. 19, at 4 p.m. Turn in rosters & wavier forms to the Park Office (250 Pine Lake Avenue). Flyer  Rules  Roster/Waiver

Breakfast with the Birds, sponsored by the La Porte County Parks, will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Luhr County Park Nature Center (3178 S. 150 W. La Porte).  Come and learn about our feathered friends and enjoy breakfast treats while watching our birds grab a bite at the bird-feeding station.  No pre-registration is require.  This program is open to all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult.  Flyer

Feeling the winter blahs?  Allow instructor Becca Masters to motivate you to relax, replenish, revive!  Tap into your body's natural chakra flow during our Yoga at the Civic class and see how easy it can be to revitalize yourself quickly and easily.  All skill levels welcome!  This class will be held in the Civic Auditorium's lower level (use the Plain Street ramp) from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 and is FREE to all who attend!  Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department's Youth Scholarship Program.  Flyer

WANTED: Chili Masters! Do you think your chili is worthy? Bring your favorite chili (minimum 3 gallons), a crockpot and ladle to our first WinterFest Chili Cook- Off from 12:00 -3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Cummings Lodge in Soldiers Memorial Park. Not a chili maker? Be a chili taster and join the fun!  Chefs must pre-register by submitting the cook-off application along with $25 entry fee to the Park and Recreation Department (250 Pine Lake Avenue) by Friday, January 20. The public is invited beginning at 12:30 p.m. to taste the chili by paying a $5 entry (adult); children under 10 are free.  Flyer  Rules  Entry Form

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
are offered for free from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, in Soldiers Memorial Park. After a trot through the park, hot chocolate will be available by the fireplace at Cummings Lodge. Flyer

Move those winter blues away!  No dance background required for our Barre Class!  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!  Come and join certified instructor Becca Masters for a new type of workout!  This class will be held in the Civic Auditorium's lower level (use the Plain Street ramp) from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 and is FREE to all who attend!  Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department's Youth Scholarship Program.  Flyer

For more information on WinterFest, follow the La Porte Park and Recreation Department Facebook page or call (219) 326-9600.