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Donor party Sunday:

Rocket's eighth annual "Celebration of Life" donor awareness party will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Bandito Barney's, 10 N. River St. in East Dundee. You must have a valid ID to donate. There will be live music starting at 1 p.m. All are invited to the celebration; you do not need to be a donor to attend. To schedule an appointment, call (224) 402-1414.

Recycle ewaste in Algonquin

If you live in Algonquin, the village invites you to dispose of your old, unwanted electronics from 9 a.m. to noon today at the public works facility, 110 Meyer Drive. The following electronics will be taken for free: Desktop PCs, laptops, monitors, keyboards, mice, VCRs, DVD players, televisions, word processors, pagers and telephones. For details, call (847) 658-2700.

United Way food drive:

Donations are being accepted at Elgin City Hall, 150 Dexter Court, for the United Way of Elgin's Day of Caring Food Drive from now through Sept. 10. Items in need are whole grain pastas, pasta sauce, brown rice, canned beans, broth, soups, unsalted nuts, canned light fruit, dried fruit, raisins, canned vegetables, canned poultry or fish, salsa, cereals, crackers, 100 percent fruit juice, powdered milk, fat free pudding, peanut butter and oatmeal. Pantry recipients this year will be All People's Interfaith Food Pantry, Bethesda Church of God In Christ, Centro de Informacion, the Community Crisis Center, the Salvation Army, South Elgin Food Pantry, and Two Rivers Head Start. For details, call (847) 741-2259 or visit

Commons hosts art fair:

The Algonquin Commons on Randall Road is hosting its second annual juried art fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The art fair features works from local artists, a raffle, live music and a children's art project. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the District 300 Foundation for Educational Excellence, which supports teachers and students in Carpentersville-area schools.

Food for fines in Algonquin:

Through Aug. 23 the Algonquin Area Public Library District is allowing you to use nonperishable foodstuffs as payment for your library fines. The food benefits the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Food Pantry, which is in particular need of canned fruit. Both library locations are accepting food. Any donation you make will clear your record of all fines, library officials said. For details, call the library at (847) 458-6060.

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