La Porte City Women's Club will hold their annual Christmas Tour of Homes. The tour includes five homes in the La Porte City area that the homeowners have decorated for Christmas or maybe have a special story about the home. 

People are invited to tour all five of the homes for $10 on December 10th from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at any of the homes on the day of the event or at LPC Connect.

The Little Knights Learning Center-LPC will also be holding a Soup Supper (fundraiser) the same evening from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the La Porte City Community Center, 300 1st St. in LaPorte. The event is an effort to raise funds for the construction of their new daycare/preschool. 

About the homes:

Desi and Denny McLaughlin, 12 Bruce Lane, La Porte City, IA

Denny & Desi McLaughlin recently purchased the house at 12 Bluff Lane in La Porte City and have done extensive remodeling of the house.  One area that Desi especially enjoys at Christmas time is where all the Elves are displayed, and one can only guess that the Elves might be up to some tricks when left alone.  The McLaughlins also enjoy the front and back porches on the house and can be found enjoying them throughout the year.  

Karrisa and Brice Vaughn, 5025 13th Ave, La Porte City

Bryce & Karissa Vaughn started building their home in 2019 and moved into it in 2020.  One of the special, unique focal points of their home is the barn beams which they incorporated into the staircase and other areas of the home.  This added character and meaning to the house as they were repurposed from the barn that originally sat on their family century farm.  
Andy and Chrissy Miller, 409 Sweet Ave, La Porte City
Andy and Chrissy Miller are so excited to celebrate their first Christmas in their new home.  They built the house this year and it was important to them to make sure they had plenty of space during the holidays for their five kids, four grandkids, and room for more down the road.  They have a 12-foot tree and five other trees along with many decorations that Chrissy has received or inherited from her grandparents.  They are excited to welcome everyone into their home this year.  

Melanie Neil, 201 Main St, La Porte City
Melanie Neil's residence at 201 Main Street is the Wasson building which was remodeled around 2013 by Dave & Vi Neil.  Melanie moved back in 2023 after being gone from the area for 16 years and now resides on the top floor of the building.  This will be the first Neil Family Christmas hosted in the building.  The first of many to come!  Since moving back, Melanie hosts Sunday Family (and friends) Luppers (lunch/supper served around 2 PM) every Sunday.  The building provides such a beautiful open space for their large group!    
Ted and Robyn Oberhauser, 613 Commercial St, La Porte City
Ted & Robyn Oberhauser bought the house at 613 Commercial Street in 2020.  The house had been divided into two apartments for many years and included a colony of bats living in it, unbeknownst to them when they bought it.  During the remodel in 2022, they found the staircase was in great condition, so it was left untouched and looks to be original from the early 1900s.  And they were able to convince the bats to find a new home.  In the pictures, the staircase is still decorated as fall because the Oberhauser boys will not let Robyn decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving is over, but it will be decorated as Christmas for the Tour of Homes.  

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