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DAVE XANDEGAR will host workshops during The Abbey Resort’s All-Star Lego Show Feb. 16 and 17. Xandegar and his son, John, create “life-sized” works of art using Lego bricks.

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February 05, 2013 | 04:25 PM
FONTANA — As part of their year-long 50th anniversary celebration, The Abbey Resort will host a Lego building event Feb. 16 and 17.

The event features Lego user groups from Wisconsin and Illinois, whose members will give workshops throughout the weekend, according to a statement from the resort.

According to the resort's media release, featured exhibits will include a miniature winter village with trains, a model of Frank Lloyd Wright's Hardy House, Wild West-inspired scenes and large sculptures of popular cartoon and historical characters.

The event is free and includes three interactive workshops for children, who will get a chance to play with various brick pieces for combining elements, according to the statement.

Rob Sheets, marketing director at the Abbey, said the Lego event has been in the area before.

"It's been awhile since they've been back," he said. "Expert Lego all-stars will put together their own exhibits ... and a 50th anniversary (Abbey) logo will be on display in our lobby."

One of the workshop experts, Dave Xandegar wants to help children "level up" their Lego building.

"Most children live in a world with the mini-people (Lego sized)," Xandegar said. "That's the scale that they think in. We're going to help them translate their building ideas into a larger figure."

To build a life-sized model of a person, he said start with a body part.

"We start them off with a hand or a foot in that size," Xandegar said. "We tend to build fairly large sized figures."

The target range for his workshops is 5 to 12 years old, but he'll accept older kids, too, he said.

"We don't care if there are older kids," Xandegar said. "And we bring Duplo bricks just in case we get younger kids."

Duplo is the same Lego brick in a larger size for kids up to 5-years old, according to the Lego website.

Xandegar works with his son in the workshops, and they have been doing workshops for many years.

The Northern Illinois Lego Train Club, the Chicago Lego User Group and the Kenosha Lego User Group will also be at the event.

"In honor of the Abbey's 50th anniversary, we are scheduling celebratory events throughout the year like the All-Star Lego Show," David Lindelow, general manager of the Abbey, said. "A weekend at the Abbey Resort & Avani Spa on Lake Geneva offers plenty of indoor and outdoor winter fun. Partnering with regional Lego clubs to provide engaging and fun Lego activities is one more experience families can enjoy together during a winter getaway."

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