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Blood drive in Lake Zurich:

A community blood drive is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 at Peace Lutheran Church, 1050 South Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich. Donors must be at least 16 years old (with a parental consent form), weigh 110 pounds and be in good health. All donors will learn their blood type, receive a free cholesterol screening, blood pressure reading and iron level screening. The blood drive will be in the LifeSource Donor Coach in the church parking lot. Call (847) 682-8394 to schedule an appointment through LifeSource. Walk-ins are welcome. Donation takes about 30 minutes.

Nominating petitions:

Nominating petitions for the April 5, 2011 elections will be available at local governments throughout Lake County. Those announcing petition packets include:

•Wauconda Unit District 118: available beginning Sept. 17 in district offices, 555 N. Main St., Wauconda. Three, 4-year school board terms and one unexpired 2-year term are on the ballot.

•Lake Zurich Unit District 95: available Sept. 16 at district offices, 400 S. Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich. Three, 4-year school board terms are on the ballot.

•Lake Zurich village board: available as of Sept. 13 at village hall, 70 E. Main St., Lake Zurich. Three, 4-year trustee terms and one unexpired village clerk term are on the ballot.

The candidate petition filing period for the April 5 election is Dec. 13 to Dec. 20.

Autism expert at Harper:

For three decades, Jane Thierfeld Brown has researched students with autism and Asperger Syndrome and their experiences in higher education. From 7 to 9 p.m. today, she'll bring her expertise to Harper College for a community seminar on issues of post-high school life for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her presentation is free, open to the public, and will be held in the college's Performing Arts Center. There will be time for a question-and-answer session at the end. No RSVP is required. Call (847) 925-6266 for information.

Money raised for Special Olympics:

Organizers at the Round Lake Area Park District say at least 200 participants turned out for the "On the Run" 5-kilometer race and walk Sunday morning, raising a nice chunk of cash for Special Olympics athletes in the process. In collaboration with the Friends of the Round Lake Area Parks Foundation, the event collected about $3,000 that'll benefit Special Olympics athletes from the Round Lake area.