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Candidate forum set

Candidates for several political offices will meet today to discuss employment, transportation and other issues in a forum sponsored by the Lake County Center for Independent Living. The gathering is set to run from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Our Lady Episcopal Church, 5725 W. Stearns School Road, Gurnee. The candidates for the state 61st House District, state 62nd House District and state 31st Senate District have been invited to attend. The forum is open to the public.

Dold launches new ad

Republican congressional candidate Robert Dold has launched a new cable TV ad in the 10th District race. Called "Washington just isn't listening," the 30-second spot is the Dold campaign's second TV commercial. He's running against Democrat Dan Seals, who has also been campaigning on local cable TV. The 10th District includes parts of Cook and Lake counties.

Touch a truck in Avon

Avon Township is hosting a family event called "Touch a Truck" from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Avon will collaborate on the free event with local libraries, park districts, fire and police departments, villages, farms and the township's highway department. Officials said the first 50 children to attend will receive a free pumpkin. It'll be at Avon Township Center, 433 E. Washington St., Round Lake Park. For more information, call (847) 546-1446 extension 304. Avon Township encompasses all or part of Grayslake, Hainesville, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Park, Round Lake Heights, Third Lake and unincorporated Lake County.

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.