Enrichment Classes

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

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.  New sessions coming Fall of 2019.

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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; 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).
Barre Schedule

 

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 2019 will be held January 26, March 2, April 3, April 10, April 13, May 4.  UPDATE:  The Christmas in March class is FULL.   We will also hold a Christmas in March specialty class on Saturday, March 30, to provide an opportunity to individuals who were unable to make a ceramic Christmas tree in December 2018. Click on the link FLYER 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.  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. 

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.  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 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. and  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 January 21-March 18 (no class 2/25).  Thursday classes will be held February 21-April 18 (no class 3/28).  Friday classes will be held January 25-March 22 (no class 3/1).  Pre-registration is required with class size requirements. January-April Pottery Class Schedule  April-July Pottery Class Schedule

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.

ScienceTellers - Aliens:  Escape from Earth (Summer 2019)


During a midnight meteor shower, something mysterious falls from the sky toward Earth - but it's not a shooting star.  Two curious kids venture into the forest to investigate and find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from another planet!  Pursued by a crazy space scientist, they must risk everything to rescue the aliens and get them back to their spaceship - before it's too late!

Throughout this amazing intergalactic story, ScienceTellers use science experiments to bring the story to life!  In the second part of the show, the presenters go "behind the scenes" of the special effects and recreate the science experiments with the help of volunteers from the audience.  Discover the unbelievable world of physics and chemistry through exciting experiments.

This new and exciting event will be held on Saturday, July 13, from 9-9:45 a.m. in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium (use door at end of the ramp on Plain Street).  This presentation is for children in grades K-5.  The fee of $8 is required due at the required pre-registration.  Maximum of 25 participants.  Don't let your child miss this event!  It is totally out of this world!  Register now!  Aliens:  Escape from Earth

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 at Cummings Lodge.  Cost is $29 plus $80 for supplies and tools (except glass). Pre-registration is required with class size requirements.  Please check back in 2019 for new class opportunities!

Tai Chi Easy™


 Learn Tai Chi Easy™ with Integral Qigong to activate your "healer within".  Taught by certified instructor, Kristy Putnam, this slow flowing method utilizes a carefully developed combination of Qigong and health enhancing Tai Chi to provide benefits in a simple, fun manner.

Taught as mindfulness you will learn an evidenced-based health practice that incorporates posture, breath, self-applied massage and gentle movements.  The techniques are easy to learn; no special knowledge or skill; and not expensive equipment or clothing is needed.  This class can be done standing or seated.

We have scheduled free classes, a six-week session, and a four-hour workshop.  Information for each of the programs is listed at the links below.

Tai Chi Easy™ Mindful Movement Meditation Basics FREE Classes 
Tai Chi Easy™ Mindful Movement Meditation Basics Six-Week Session
Tai Chi Easy™ Mindful Movement Meditation Basics Workshop

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 31 (classes return January 4, 2019) 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).     2019 Winter/Spring 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. Fridays at Stone Lake Beach beginning at the end of June. Cost is $5 per class (purchase $25 punch card in advance or pay at class).