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The Texas Dept. of Transportation holds an open house on its statewide rail plan today (Thursday), 3-8pm (with a presentation at 7pm) at the TxDOT district office conference room, 7901 N. I-35.

Have the recent drug reform defeats at the polls got you down? Want to know where -- and how -- the drug reform movement is (or should be) headed? Get some answers at a Monday, Nov. 18 event with Alan Robison, executive director of the Drug Policy Forum of Texas, organized by the Central Texas Libertarians. Robison will take the podium 4-6pm at the LCRA's Hancock Building, 3700 Lake Austin Blvd. For more info, call Rick McGinnis at 413-5928.

Santas of many colors: The Travis Co. Sheriff's Office annual Brown Santa holiday drive kicks off Nov. 18 with a party at Santa's HQ, 6:30-8pm, at 6110 Trade Center Dr. Ste. 100 (off Montopolis between Hwy. 71 and Burleson). Santa's helpers ask that you bring either a new toy or nonperishable food item -- or both. Donations will be compiled and distributed to the county's needy residents. Meanwhile, APD's Blue Santa is accepting applications through the Christmas Bureau at city health department locations through Dec. 10, and the plain old red Santas of the Salvation Army's Christmas Cheer program are looking for volunteers and sponsors; call 380-9848. The Salvation Army is also seeking donations of turkeys for Thanksgiving meals for the needy.

Nov. 17-23 is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week; activities include a Sunday sunrise memorial service at the Town Lake gazebo and several events sponsored by the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin. For more info, contact Leslie Hays at 476-4396 or leslie_hays@yahoo.com.

William Hudnut, former Indianapolis mayor and congressman, author of Cities on the Rebound, and current senior fellow of the Urban Land Institute, will talk about "Smart Economic Growth" at ULI Austin's district council meeting and luncheon on Nov. 20 at the Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto. Registration is $30, $40 at the door; call 494-8301 or visit www.austin.uli.org for more info.

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