Gardening program for teens

ELKHART — Church Community Services this week launches its new Seed to Feed Teen Growers internship. The six-week internship will allow nine Elkhart teens the opportunity to practice gardening and job skills like leadership, teamwork, responsibility, and communication in safe outdoor learning environments. The program is made possible in part by funding from Welch Packaging.

Every week, the teens will work in Seed to Feed gardens, participate in fun educational sessions, and go on field day visits to other local farms, gardens and organizations. Students will visit places such as: the Elkhart Environmental Center, Unity Gardens, Elkhart and Goshen Farmers Markets, Wellfield Botanic Gardens, and Beacon Health and Elkhart General Hospital gardens. Students will also be educated about nutrition and healthy eating by a Purdue Extension agent.

“We are so excited about the potential of this internship,” said Chelsea Risser, Seed to Feed program coordinator. “We hope this internship will empower future generations of our community to create healthy lives for themselves and their families, as well as help youth see agriculture and gardening as a potential career pathway.”

Christmas in July for veterans

ELKHART — Billings Funeral Home is one of hundreds of Veterans & Family Memorial Care funeral home providers participating in Christmas in July with our Veterans. 

From now through July 26, residents are invited to bring in donations such as gift cards, alcohol free toiletries, snacks, stuffed animals and comfortable clothing. Employees at Billings Funeral Home will wrap and deliver the donations at their expense to veterans.

“Because of our wonderful community, our Stockings for Soldiers Program in December was extremely successful, and we decided to create a Christmas in July,” owner Brad Billings said. 

Dropoff is available from 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Billings Funeral Home is at 812 Baldwin Street, Elkhart. Information: 574-264-2425.

Event at Tolson scheduled

ELKHART — A benefit to support the local nonprofit mentoring organization Spirit of Universal Love, or S.O.U.L., will be from 1 to 7 pm. Sunday, July 7, at the Tolson Center, 1320 Benham Ave., Elkhart.

Organizers are planning to award free Elkhart County 4-H Fair tickets. The family-focused event will also feature a petting zoo, face painting, hair and nails station for children, and go-and-grow kits. Local fire and police department representatives will be onsite to meet with visitors.

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