What’s Inside Richardson Today, December 2011 Page 3 Published by the City of Richardson www.cor.net December 2011, Vol. 24, No. 3 Richardson Holiday Calendar Dec. 1 Dec. 2 Dec. 2 Dec. 2 Dec. 3 Dec. 3 Dec. 3 Dec. 3 Dec. 3 Dec. 3 Dec. 4 Dec. 4 Dec. 4 Dec. 4 Dec. 6 Dec. 7 Dec. 7 Dec. 8 Dec. 8 Dec. 8 Dec. 9 Dec. 9 Dec. 9 Dec. 9 Dec. 9 Dec. 10 Dec. 10 Dec. 10 Dec. 10 Dec. 10 Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Dec. 15 Dec. 16 Dec. 16 Dec. 16 Dec. 16 Dec. 16 Dec. 17 Dec. 17 Dec. 17 Dec. 17 Dec. 18 Dec. 18 Dec. 18 Dec. 18 Dec. 18 Dec. 19 Dec. 21 Dec. 22 Dec. 23 Vocal Majority Vocal Majority Contemporary Chorale Richardson Theatre Centre A Dickens of a Christmas A Dickens of a Christmas Christmas Cabaret A Nice Family Gathering Eisemann Center Eisemann Center Eisemann Center 2701 Custer Pkwy, Richardson Plano Rd. from Spring Valley to Apollo City Hall Fountain Plaza, 411 W. Arapaho City Hall Fountain Plaza, 411 W. Arapaho Eisemann Center 2701 Custer Pkwy, Richardson 8 p.m. 8 p.m. 8 p.m. 8 p.m. 9 a.m. 5:45 p.m. 6-9 p.m. 8 p.m. 8 p.m. $22-$43 $22-$43 $18-$25 $22 Free Free Free $19-$74 $22 Free with ticket Free $22-$43 $10-$20 $20 Free Free $37-$40 Free $30 or $40 $37-$40 Free $22 $37-$40 $14-$25 $10-$55 Free $22 $37-$40 $14-$25 $10-$55 Free $20 $37-$40 $14-$25 $10-$55 Free Free $18-$25 $22 $14-$25 Free Free $22 $14-$25 $15-$35 Free $14-$42 $14-$25 $15-$35 $8-$20 $8-$20 $15-$75 $15-$75 $15-$75 40th Annual Richardson Christmas Parade Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony and Opening of Santa’s Village Santa’s Village Richardson Symphony Richardson Theatre Centre Tuzer Ballet Santa’s Village Vocal Majority Lone Star Wind Orchestra Richardson Theatre Centre See page 9 for evenings entertainment Holiday Classics A Nice Family Gathering Excerpts from The Nutcracker See page 9 for evenings entertainment A Dickens of a Christmas Sound the Bells A Nice Family Gathering Santa’s Village officially opens holiday season Every December thousands of lights flood the Richardson Civic Center lawn, illuminating a charming fantasyland. Santa’s Village opens the first Saturday in December following the lighting of Richardson’s towering pecan tree that stands in front of the City Hall/Civic Center. This year, Santa’s Village is officially open 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 3-4, 8-11 and 15-18. The Santa’s House provides the jolly old elf a temporary abode where he will greet thousands of very good children. Santa’s home away from home is actually two structures—one for Santa’s throne where he greets all the little boys and girls, and another, Santa’s workshop, that makes waiting in line to see the big fella more fun. Each evening the Village is open, Santa arrives at 6 p.m. on a blaring fire truck. He is accompanied by Mrs. Claus, who hands out cookies to children in the Bakery. But, she also helps Santa look his best by curling the beard each night before his appearance at the Village. The Village is staffed by dedicated volunteers for 10 nights and City staff members estimate that about 30,000 people come to the Village during each season. Santa’s Village is a Richardson tradition for the young and the young-atheart who still believe in the magic of Santa. As you stroll through the Village, enjoy 16 charming houses filled with fun and festive activities for the entire family. Have your picture taken with Santa; pick up some of Santa’s magic reindeer food to leave for Rudolph on Christmas Eve; visit the North Pole Police Station; stop by and see Frosty; play an instrument; try on fire-fighting equipment and receive mini-physicals for a favorite stuffed animal; pet Santa’s puppies and kittens; mail a letter to Santa and possibly see a puppet show. All these and more are available when you come to Santa’s Village. Richardson’s Santa’s Village was first installed in 1989 as a series of tents with a wooden façade that was painted each year. Over the years, corporate neighbors have helped fund the 16 dwellings. Entertainment is scheduled each night the Village is staffed, adding to the festive atmosphere of lights, laughter, music and the joy of the holiday season. The entertainment schedule is listed on page 9 of this publication, or see http://www.cor.net/SantasHomepage.aspx. Richardson Library 4 or 5 p.m. Free tickets available beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 3. First come, first-served. City Hall Fountain Plaza, 411 W. Arapaho Eisemann Center St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Plano 2701 Custer Pkwy, Richardson Richardson Public Library. Richardson Senior Center Eisemann Center City Hall Fountain Plaza, 411 W. Arapaho 2701 Custer Pkwy, Richardson Eisemann Center City Hall Fountain Plaza, 411 W. Arapaho 2701 Custer Pkwy, Richardson Eisemann Center RCT Theatre, 650 Coit Rd. Eisemann Center City Hall Fountain Plaza, 411 W. Arapaho 2701 Custer Pkwy, Richardson Eisemann Center RCT Theatre, 650 Coit Rd. Eisemann Center City Hall Fountain Plaza, 411 W. Arapaho 2701 Custer Pkwy, Richardson Eisemann Center RCT Theatre, 650 Coit Rd. Eisemann Center City Hall Fountain Plaza, 411 W. Arapaho City Hall Fountain Plaza, 411 W. Arapaho Eisemann Center 2701 Custer Pkwy, Richardson RCT Theatre, 650 Coit Rd. Richardson Senior Center City Hall Fountain Plaza, 411 W. Arapaho 2701 Custer Pkwy, Richardson RCT Theatre, 650 Coit Rd. Dec. 18 Eisemann Center City Hall Fountain Plaza, 411 W. Arapaho St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Plano RCT Theatre, 650 Coit Rd. Eisemann Center Eisemann Center Eisemann Center Eisemann Center Eisemann Center Eisemann Center 6-9 p.m. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8 p.m. 6-9 p.m. 7:30 p.m., dinner & show 8 p.m. 6-9 p.m. 8 p.m. 8 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8 p.m. 6-9 p.m. 8 p.m. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8 p.m. 6-9 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 6-9 p.m. 6-9 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 1-2 p.m. 6-9 p.m. 8 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. 6-9 p.m. 4 & 7:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 1 p.m. & 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 2 p.m. Sugar Rush, Teen Cookie Decorating Event For teens 6th-12th grades. Richardson Community Band Eisemann Center Presents Santa’s Village Richardson Theatre Centre Eisemann Center Presents Santa’s Village Richardson Theatre Centre Eisemann Center Presents RCT Theatre Dallas Repertoire Ballet Santa’s Village Richardson Theatre Centre Eisemann Center Presents RCT Theatre Dallas Repertoire Ballet Santa’s Village Richardson Theatre Centre Eisemann Center Presents RCT Theatre Dallas Repertoire Ballet Santa’s Village Santa’s Village RLB Productions Richardson Theatre Centre RCT Theatre Cookies and Carols Santa’s Village Richardson Theatre Centre RCT Theatre Tuzer Ballet Santa’s Village Plano Symphony Orchestra RCT Theatre Tuzer Ballet Royale Ballet Dance Academy Royale Ballet Dance Academy Collin County Ballet Theatre Collin County Ballet Theatre Collin County Ballet Theatre Holiday Concert A Kodachrome Christmas See page 9 for evenings entertainment A Nice Family Gathering A Kodachrome Christmas See page 9 for evenings entertainment A Nice Family Gathering A Kodachrome Christmas Hairspray Nutcracker See page 9 for evenings entertainment A Nice Family Gathering A Kodachrome Christmas Hairspray Nutcracker See page 9 for evenings entertainment A Nice Family Gathering A Kodachrome Christmas Hairspray Nutcracker See page 9 for evenings entertainment See page 9 for evenings entertainment Joy to the World Jazz Concert A Nice Family Gathering Hairspray Dallas Police Choir See page 9 for evenings entertainment A Nice Family Gathering Hairspray The Nutcracker See page 9 for evenings entertainment Home for the Holidays Hairspray The Nutcracker The Nutcracker, performed by children The Nutcracker, performed by children The Nutcracker The Nutcracker The Nutcracker Holiday Calendar Page 3 NTMWD seeks water sources Page 5 The North Texas Municipal Water District is looking at alternative water sources during the drought. Richardson’s Christmas Parade “The Spirit of Giving” is Dec. 3 Richardson’s 40th Annual Christmas Parade—“The Spirit of Giving”—is Dec. 3 and will begin at 9 a.m. and travel north from Richardson Square Mall to Apollo Drive and disband at the Huffhines Park Ballfields. It is produced by the City of Richardson and will have more than 100 entries including floats, marching units and bands representing civic clubs, schools, churches, homeowner’s associations, area businesses and corporations. The traditional event benefits NETWORK of Community Ministries. Opportunity Bank is the lead sponsor this year and has donated the expense of the broadcast. Richardson residents will be able to view the parade on Richardson’s Time Warner Digital Tier Cable Channel 16 and ATT U-Verse Channel 99 beginning Dec. 11 through Jan. 1, 2012. Please see table below for air times. Parade air times Dec. 11-Jan. 1 Santa’s Village entertainment schedule Page 9 A variety of entertainment including the Community Band, choirs and dancers will be on hand at this year’s Santa’s Village. 2 p.m. 6 p.m. Tue. & Thur. Fri. & Sun. Rudolph Sponsor is the Richardson Rotary Clubs. Reindeer Sponsors include: Papa Murphy’s/ Richardson, Richardson Central Kiwanis Club, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Friends of the Library, Leadership Richardson Alumni Association and ViewPoint Bank. The Parade’s Award Ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on the lawn of the City Hall Civic Center Complex. Be sure to stay after the Award Ceremony for the City’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and the opening of Santa’s Village! For information regarding the parade, please contact Parade Chair Person, Barbara Cottone at Barbara.cottone@cor.gov or call Melanie Sprott at 972-744-4310. Recycle your trees and boxes this holiday season Don’t send it to the landfill—“Tree Cycle” Christmas tree Many Christmas trees are thrown away at the end of every holiday season. This practice wastes potential uses of the trees and uses vital landfill space. Instead, the City of Richardson encourages residents to mulch their unflocked Christmas trees. From Dec. 26 to Jan. 31, Richardson residents may “tree cycle” in two ways: 1. Drop trees off at the Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr. The site is open 24 hours, seven days a week. 2. Call 972-744-4111 and request a Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC), then set the tree out at the front curb for collection. Make sure to request that the tree be mulched. Tree cycling guidelines • Trees must be real (not artificial) and unflocked. • All ornaments, tinsel, tree stands, nails, lights, etc., must be removed. • Calls for Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) must be received before the designated collection day (your BABIC day is the same as your recycling day). • Call 972-744-4407 if you are unsure which day is your recycling day. Recycle holiday cardboard boxes The City of Richardson Public Services Department and the Richardson Police Department have teamed up to help fight crime and recycle at the same time. Instead of putting your new computer or flat screen TV box out for pick-up, recycle and prevent crime. Temporary recycle locations will be established Dec. 23 and removed Jan. 4, 2012. Locations listed below are for flattened cardboard items ONLY: • Police Substation—2003 E. Renner Rd. • Custer Park—700 W. Renner Rd. (near the tennis courts) • 1500 Apollo Rd. (near the Huffhines Tennis Center courts) • Breckinridge Park—5200 Park Vista (near the baseball complex) • Recycle Center—102 N. Cottonwood (all recyclable items) If you prefer to throw the boxes away, place them inside a black bag so you do not advertise that you have a new computer or TV in your home. For more information about preventing crime or to make your home and neighborhood safer, please contact the Richardson Police Department at 972-744-4955.