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 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 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).  Pilate balls are provided for participants to use at class (while supplies last).  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 and includes everything necessary to complete the project. The cost is $6 per class during the open classes.  Open classes for Fall 2018 will be held Saturday, October 13 and Wednesday, November 14. 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, Comic Book Project™ encourages students to become active learners and content creators, rather than mere information receivers. The cost for Comic Book Project™ I is $80 for 7 classes beginning March 4, 2019.  Deadline to register for CBP I is February 27.  The cost for Comic Book Project™ II  is $90 for 9 classes beginning April 8, 2019.   Deadline to register for CBP II is April 3.
Each session meets twice a week on Mondays and Tuesday from 4-5:30 p.m. at Cummings Lodge. Pre-registration is required with class size requirements.  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. Please check back for upcoming 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.  Friday afternoon classes are held from 3-5 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 September 10-November 5 (no class October 15).  Thursday classes will be held September 13-November 1 (no class October 18).   Friday classes will be held September 28-November 30 (no class November 2 or 23).  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). Pre-registration is required with class size requirements.  Check back for upcoming class dates.
 

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. Wednesdays October 3, 10, and 17 at Cummings Lodge.  Cost is $29 plus $80 for supplies and tools (except glass). Pre-registration is required with class size requirements. 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. Check back for spring dates and locations.


Yoga at the Civic


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 August 27 through December 21 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 in June. Cost is $5 per class (purchase $25 punch card in advance or pay at class).