Annual Winterfest in LaPorte Indiana

The annual WinterFest, organized by the LaPorte Park and Recreation Department, returns in late January, with

Friday, January 25: Ice Sculpture Demonstrations FREE! 47 p.m. Rotary Garden Gazebo (Soldiers Memorial Park) Ice, ice, baby! Come and view creative sculptors bring a block of ice to life under the lights of the Rotary Garden Gazebo in Soldiers Memorial Park (250 Pine Lake Avenue). The chiseling and picking is set to begin at 4 p.m. with viewing available during regular park hours (sunrise10 p.m.) until Mother Nature takes them away. Interested in sponsoring a block of ice? Contact Recreation Director Pam Carroll at pcarroll@cityoflaportein.gov or by calling 2193269600.

Friday, January 25: Family Game Night FREE! 67:30p.m. Cummings Lodge

Its been so busy as of late, all we do is run, its time for us to take a break, and have a little fun. Take your phones and tablets and put them out of sight, and get ready for a fun surprise, because tonight is Family Night! Bring your dinner and your favorite game and share in provided popcorn and punch in cozy Cummings Lodge for a fun, free family night.

Saturday, January 26: Family Ceramics 9 a.m.Noon Civic Auditorium

Decorate a project in time for Valentines Day, Groundhog Day, Lincolns Birthday or any other holiday celebrated in late winter. This entertaining activity provides a great opportunity for a family outing. Please call the Park office at 2193269600 to register with your credit card.

Saturday, January 26:Snowball SoftballAdult Coed Tournament 9 a.m. Lions Field

Dashing through the snow, turning double plays! Get your team together for our version of the hot stoveleague. Doubleelimination tournament; limited to the first eight teams to register. Preregistration required.

Saturday, January 26: Breakfast with the Birds FREE! 9:3011 a.m. Luhr County Park Nature Center

Come enjoy breakfast treats while watching birds grab a bite at the bird feeders. No preregistration required. This program is open to all ages; however, children must be accompanied by an adult. Presented by La Porte County Parks

Saturday, January 26: Barre Class FREE! (Donations accepted) 11 a.m.noon. Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp) Move those winter blues away! No dance background required! If you are staying on top of fitness trends, you know that barre workouts which are designed to give you a long, lean dancerlike physique, are all the rage! Come and join certified instructor Becca Masters for a new type of workout! This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Departments Youth Scholarship Program.

Saturday, January 26 Wheel Throwing Pottery Demonstration FREE! Noon1p.m. Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp) The art of wheel throwing is both a therapeutic and expressive way to create pottery. Join Alayna Bublitz, a local artist who teaches the La Porte Park and Recreation Departments pottery classes, while she demonstrates her talent and answers questions from those in attendance. Individuals will have the opportunity to sit at a wheel and get their hands dirty! Maybe you will hear Unchained Melodyplaying in the background!

Saturday, January 26 Community Snow Angel Gathering FREE! 1 p.m. Behind Cummings Lodge in Soldiers Memorial Park. How many people can we join in one place to make snow angels simultaneously? Lets find out! Tell your neighbors! Bring a friend! Come one, come all! Bring back your childhood memories and make new memories of playing in the snow!

Saturday, January 26 Cornhole Tournament—Details coming soon! Civic Auditorium Gymnasium

Sponsored by American Legion Post 83

Sunday, January 27: Horse Drawn Wagon Rides FREE! 1:303:30 p.m. Cummings Lodge

Jingle, jingle, jingle. Take a brisk ride through the beauty of wintry nature while enjoying the majesty of the equine. After a trot through Soldiers Memorial Park, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace.

 For more information on WinterFest or updates the weekend of the event (cancellations due to lack of snow), follow the La Porte Park and Recreation Department Facebook page or call (219) 326-9600.

Sue Baxter