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Updated: December 19, 2012 1:15PM

Deer Park

Author visit: Best-selling author of a series of animal books has written about the healing he experienced with the help of an emotionally scarred adopted dog. Allen Anderson, author of “A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life,” will present and sign books Nov. 27 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 20600 N. Rand Road. The event will also feature local charities Green Pup Animal Shelter and Aid to Animals of Northern Illinois, nonprofit organizations devoted to finding new homes for rescued animals. For more information, call (847) 438-7444.

Lake County

Donation: A check for $3,000 was presented recently by Valerie McGhee, president of the Lincolnshire Morning Star Rotary, to Wendy LaPlaca, program director for CASA Lake County in Vernon Hills. McGhee, executive director of Sedgebrook in Lincolnshire, made the presentation at a Rotary breakfast meeting at Walker Bros Original Pancake House, Lincolnshire. The proceeds are from the Rotary club’s annual golf outing in Buffalo Grove. LaPlaca said the gift will allow CASA to train three more volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in Lake County. Many of these children live in unsafe environments and are affected by issues such as mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction. She said more than ever, contributions from local organizations such as Rotary are vital to sustaining CASA.

Lake Villa

Holiday program: The Dec. 4 meeting of Lake Villa Historical Society will be held at Cedar Village, 310 N. Milwaukee Ave. The meeting is open to public, and will feature the annual holiday program and Christmas party with refreshments, hosted by the Historical Society. Admission is free and includes musical entertainment by Grayslake North High School Chorus, directed by Paul Nielsen.

Round Lake

Forum: Round Lake School District 116 will host its second Community Forum Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at Round Lake High School Theatre, 800 High School Drive. The forum topic of discussion will be hosted by its finance staff. Topic discussion points are budget overview, finance department goals, estimated tax levy, accomplishments over the last year and funding expectations over the next few years. For more information, call (847) 270-9007.

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