Free fo­rum to look at Cen­tral Texas growth

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — Haleigh Svo­boda, amer­i­can-states­man Staff — Haleigh Svo­boda, amer­i­can-states­man Staff — Haleigh Svo­boda, amer­i­can-states­man Staff — Haleigh Svo­boda, amer­i­can-states­man Staff

The Cap­i­tal Area Coun­cil of Gov­ern­ments’ Sus­tain­able Places Project is hold­ing a free re­gional fo­rum from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tues­day at the Thompson Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, 2405 E. Cam­pus Drive.

The fo­rum will ex­am­ine hous­ing and real es­tate mar­ket trends in the area based on pop­u­la­tion and de­mo­graphic pro­jec­tions for the next 20 years. Fo­rum speak­ers in­clude Arthur Nel­son, pres­i­den­tial pro­fes­sor of city and met­ro­pol­i­tan plan­ning at the Univer­sity of Utah, and Scott Po­likov, a town plan­ner, a news re­lease said.

The re­gional Sus­tain­able Places Project is work­ing with demon­stra­tion sites in El­gin, Drip­ping Springs, Lock­hart, Hutto and Austin.

Reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired as seat­ing is lim­ited. RSVP to Ange Kogutz at re­gion­al­ad­ For more in­for­ma­tion, go to

World-renowned com­poser Fran­cisco Núñez in­vited Full­more Mid­dle School choir stu­dents to per­form as a part of his com­po­si­tion Mu­sic for Tre­ble Voices af­ter hear­ing them per­form at the Texas Mu­sic Educators Con­fer­ence in Dal­las ear­lier this year.

Choir Di­rec­tor Yvette Car­rol ac­cepted the in­vi­ta­tion on the con­di­tion that all of her stu­dents have an equal chance to per­form.

The school can only cover a por­tion of the trip’s es­ti­mated $45,000 cost, and the stu­dents may not have the eco­nomic re­sources to help pay for the trip since about 76 per­cent of Full­more stu­dents come from eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties, a news re­lease said.

The stu­dents hope to raise enough money to at­tend four days of re­hearsals in New York City be­fore per­form­ing on Jan. 20. To help them cover travel ex­penses, go to www.ful­ spon­sor.

The Greater Austin Cham­ber of Com­merce rec­og­nized Pflugerville school district Su­per­in­ten­dent Charles Dupre as Su­per­in­ten­dent of the Year at its an­nual State of Ed­u­ca­tion lun­cheon.

Dupre re­ceived the recog­ni­tion for his ef­forts to cre­ate a cul­ture in Pflugerville schools where all stu­dents are en­cour­aged to at­tend col­lege, a news re­lease said. He joined the Pflugerville school district as su­per­in­ten­dent in 2006.

The Travis County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice Brown Santa Pro­gram is in need of do­na­tions to help more than 2,000 fam­i­lies this Christ­mas.

The pro­gram’s mon­e­tary do­na­tions are at their low­est while the ap­pli­cants for hol­i­day help from the pro­gram are at the high­est level in pro­gram his­tory, a news re­lease said.

The Brown Santa pro­gram ac­cepts do­na­tions of cash, non-per­ish­able food items and new toys for chil­dren ages in­fant to 14.

Do­na­tions can be dropped off at the Brown Santa ware­house, 12317 Tech­nol­ogy Blvd. Ad­di­tional drop off lo­ca­tions can be found at

Mon­e­tary do­na­tions can be mailed to Brown Santa, P.O. Box 207, Austin, Texas 78767-0207.

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