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The Society of Innovators and Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest (PNW) will host the Young Leaders Academy 2022 Summer Innovation Experience from 9 am to 3 pm CST June 22 to 24 at the PNW Westville campus, 1401 US-421. The program will provide an introduction to leadership and innovation for high school students. Throughout the three days, students will: learn what innovation is and how the future depends on it; rediscover their creativity; build confidence in their own problem-solving skills; learn about different leadership styles and be given a chance to practice them; and meet local business and community leaders. Participation in the program is free and open to rising high school freshmen and sophomores. A light breakfast, snacks and lunch will be provided. More information and free registration can be found at

The current Youth Council class is culminating their experience by hosting a Color Fun Run as a fundraiser for Valparaiso Parks. The Color Fun Run will be at 6 pm on May 20 at Fairgrounds Park, 704 McCord Road, Valparaiso. The event will include a 1.5-mile course for walking, running and colorful fun, along with obstacle stations for added challenges. The run will begin and end by the baseball fields at Fairgrounds Park. Cost is $25 per entry, $15 for students, with a $10 discount for families of four or more. To register, visit and search “Mayor’s Youth Council Color Fun Run.”

Porter-Starke Services Foundation will host the 2022 Living Health, Balance and Hope Symposium virtually from 1 to 4:30 pm on May 26. The featured speaker will be Janina Fisher, Ph.D, a licensed clinical psychologist and former instructor at Harvard Medical School. She will discuss “The Living Legacy of Trauma: Understanding Borderline Personality as a Trauma-Related Disorder.” This year’s Symposium will take place via Zoom and the link to join will be provided to registrants the week prior to the event. Attendees may be eligible for three continuing education units. Learn more about this year’s Symposium and register at To learn more about Porter-Starke Services visit

The Merrillville Education Foundation (MEF) will celebrate its 20th anniversary with the “Hops and Vino Festival” spring gala, from 7 to 10 pm May 27 at the Avalon Manor, 3550 E. Lincoln Highway, Merrillville. The event is for adults 21 and older and will feature gourmet food stations; beer, wine, and bourbon tasting; basketball raffles; and music. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at any Merrillville School Office or from the Give Lively link on the foundation’s website, Those who cannot attend the event but would like to support the MEF can contribute at the Give Lively link on the foundation website.

Indiana University Northwest’s (IUN) Center for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) offers a variety of remote learning opportunities for all ages through its Community Garden, Adult Education, Reading Skills and Senior University programs. CURE is enrolling now for spring and summer sessions. “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia” will be offered from Noon to 1 pm on Tuesday via Zoom. Registration deadline is Noon Monday. Free and open to all adults. Register at An “Introduction to Zoom” class for adults age 55 and older will be held from 2:30 to 4 pm on May 17. The free in-person session will meet at IUN, 3400 Broadway, Gary. Participants should bring the mobile device on which they plan to use Zoom (eg, smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc.). Register by Noon on May 9 at “Introduction to Streaming TV” will be offered from 2:30 to 4 pm on May 24 concurrently via Zoom and in-person at IUN. The class is free and open to those 55 and older. Register by Noon May 16. Email users, register online at: All others call 219-980-6907.

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