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<sh>Free Holiday Cab Rides

<bt>As part of the winter SoberRide program, Washington Regional Alcohol Program is once again offering free cab rides now through Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004, between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m., as a way to keep local roads safe from impaired drivers during the traditionally high-risk holiday period. During the evening hours, Washington-metropolitan area residents age 21 or older celebrating with alcohol can call the toll-free SoberRide phone number 1-800-200-TAXI and be afforded a no-cost (up to $50 fare) safe way home. AT&T Wireless users can call #-TAXI for the same service.

For more information, visit www.wrap.org.

<sh>Free English Classes

<bt>The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) currently offers beginning level English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to adults who wish to improve English reading, writing and speaking skills. The winter semester runs for 12 weeks. Classes meet twice a week. Students pay $25 for the 12-week session, which includes the cost of a textbook. Classes are available in Fairfax, among other places. For more information, call the Literacy Council at 703-575-7900 or visit www.LCNV.org.

<sh>Hugo to Host Town Hall Meetings

<bt>Del. Tim Hugo (R-40th) will host Legislative Town Hall meetings on Monday, Jan. 5 and Tuesday, Jan. 6 to discuss issues, concerns and legislation for the upcoming 2004 General Assembly session. The Jan. 5 meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m., at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. The Jan. 6 meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m., at the Virginia Run Community Center, 15355 Wetherburn Court, Centreville. All area residents are invited to come and ask questions and hear an update on the proposed ideas and legislation for the 2004 General Assembly session. For more information, visit www.TimHugo.com.