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Families living in Ross Township, which includes Merrillville and parts of Crown Point and Hobart, are invited to attend open enrollment for the Merrillville Community School Corporation’s Head Start Preschool. The event will be held from 11 am to 2 pm, and from 3 to 6 pm on May 11, at the Merrillville Community School Corporation Administration Center, 6701 Delaware St. Parents should bring the following documents to this event: valid state issued ID; child’s official birth certificate; insurance card; child’s immunization records; income records for the last 12 months; child’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)/Individualized Education Program (IEP); and proof of Merrillville schools’ residency (utility bill or lease/mortgage). Children must be ages 3 to 5. For more information, visit or call 219-756-5940.

The Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest (PNW) has opened applications for the 2022-23 Leadership Northwest Indiana (LNI) program. The program will include in-person sessions of instruction and activities, a 360-leadership assessment and custom one-on-one coaching. LNI provides evidenced-based learning experiences to strengthen leadership skills and give strategies to be a better leader in the community, workplace and at home. The program begins in September 2022 and runs through May 2023. Participants will meet for eight monthly, half-day in-person session on PNW’s Westville campus, 1401 SUS 421, Westville. More information can be found online at or by reaching out to the Leadership Institute at

Purdue Extension-Lake County will partner with Area Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educators from across the state to offer a Practical Home Gardening Virtual Series from Noon to 12:30 CST on Thursday afternoons in May. Local homeowners and gardeners will receive information that they can use with their trees and vegetable gardens. These quick 30-minute sessions will be formatted as Q&A sessions. All sessions will be recorded and shared with registrants. Topics are as follows: “Shade Tree Pruning” on Thursday; “Backyard Composting” on May 12; “Vegetable Garden Pest ID and Control” on May 19; and “Ornamental Tree Disease ID and Control” on May 26. Registration is required and provided via Zoom at More information is with Rebecca Koetz at or 219-755-3240, or with Phil Woolery at or 574-946-3412.

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will host a lineup of summer camp sessions and activities throughout June and July that span themes tailored to people of various age groups. Youth have the chance to dive into favorite activities or learn more about their budding interests, including but not limited to: STEM camps offering hands-on experience working in areas such as cybersecurity, engineering, environmental science, forensic science and robotics; sports camps offering training and practice for athletes in baseball, esports, ice hockey, soccer, softball and volleyball; leadership and confidence-building by the Society of Innovators and Leadership Institute at PNW’s Summer Youth Innovation Experience; and creativity and immersive sensory experiences at Gabis Arboretum at PNW through the TimberNook Camp. All sessions occur at PNW facilities, including the Hammond campus, 2200 169th St., Hammond; the Westville campus, 1401 S US 421, Westville; or Gabis Arboretum, 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. Particular building location information is available online or will be provided the following registration. Schedules, registration deadlines and fees can be found at

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