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Help for Sandy victims:

Lake Zurichs Knights of Columbus Queen of Peace Council will host a fundraiser Saturday, Dec. 1, to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims. Doors open at 7 p.m. at 365 Surryse Road, with the evening featuring Beatles tribute band The Cavern Beat. Tickets are $15 at the door, with proceeds benefiting Knights of Columbus Charities-United States Relief Fund. In addition, donations will be accepted to assist the village of Lake Zurichs efforts to collect various items for the hurricane victims. Visitors are encouraged to donate canned goods, flashlights, batteries, disposable adult and baby diapers, formula and baby food. For more information, call Jeff Rae at (224) 558-0452.

Barat land given to Woodland:

Two pieces of property in Lake Forest purchased by the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1901 will be reunited. In a ceremony Dec. 12, Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart will formally accept the gift of 23 acres of the former Barat College. The 41 acres originally purchased by the Society was divided into two segments in 1961, with Woodlands elementary and high school on 18 acres. Barat was sold to DePaul University in 2001, but the college closed in 2005. Plans for development fell through, and the land is being donated. Woodlands has a master plan to guide development of the campus, including the existing 30,000-square-foot library.

Keep the wreath red:

Several area fire departments including the village of Barrington and the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District are participating in a "Keep the Wreath Red" program, a public awareness initiative that encourages residents to prevent fires caused by seasonal decorations. …