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Week In Review, Nov. 21, 2018

Post Date:11/21/2018

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Nov. 21, 2018
Here is the latest edition of Week In Review - a series of weekly messages from the Mayor and City Council to help Richardson residents and businesses keep up to date on events at City Hall. If you would like to sign up to receive this in a weekly e-mail click here.


Santa’s Village “Hometown Thursdays” Tickets Available Nov. 26
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Free tickets for “Hometown Thursdays” at Santa’s Village will be available beginning Monday, Nov. 26. The nights set aside for Richardson residents are scheduled for Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 from 6-9 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the following locations:

  • Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.
  • Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Rd.
  • Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Rd.

Richardson residents must show proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or water bill, to receive up to eight tickets per night. A limited number of tickets are available. Santa’s Village will remain free and open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (see below for exact dates).


City of Richardson Recycling, Solid Waste and Facility Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday
There will be NO recycling, solid waste or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service provided Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23. There will be NO makeup days for trash collection or BABIC service. The table below shows the makeup days for recycling service.

Recycle Makeup Days

 Recycle collection days affected by holiday  Makeup day
 Thursday, Nov. 22  Wednesday, Nov. 21
 Friday, Nov. 23  Saturday, Nov. 24


For the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 22-23, City facilities and services will operate according to the following holiday schedule.

Facility Open / Closed Status
Animal Shelter
(Contact Richardson’s Response Center at 972-744-4111 to report non-emergency animal related issues.
Closed Nov. 22-23
Reopens Saturday, Nov. 24
City Hall/Civic Center, Municipal Court, Senior Center
Closed Nov. 22-23
Eisemann Center Closed Nov. 22
Recreation Centers Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Nov. 21 and Nov. 23
Closed Nov. 22
Gymnastics Center  Closed Nov. 21-23 
Library Closes 5 p.m. Nov. 21
Closed Nov. 22-23
Reopens Saturday, Nov. 24
Tennis Center  Closed Nov. 22 
Sherrill Park Golf Course Open



DART Announces Holiday Schedule
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) buses and light rail trains will operate on a Sunday schedule Thursday, Nov. 22, and a Saturday schedule Friday, Nov. 23. In addition, DART rail will operate three additional Red Line trains and one additional Blue Line train on Thursday morning, Nov. 22 due to the 2018 Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot.

The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) will not operate Thanksgiving Day and provide Saturday service on Friday.

Regular scheduled transit service for DART and the TRE resumes Saturday, Nov. 24. For more information, including holiday changes for DART Paratransit service, visit

No City Council Meeting Nov. 26
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no City Council work session or meeting Nov. 26. The City Council will next meet Monday, Dec. 3 for a work session at 6 p.m. For future agendas and meeting dates, go to

Christmas Parade Registration Deadline Nov. 25
There are only a few more days to sign up for Richardson’s 46th Annual Christmas Parade, to be held Saturday, Dec. 1 at 9 a.m., benefiting Network of Community Ministries—registration deadline is Sunday, Nov. 25. This year’s parade theme is “A Seussical Christmas,” and individuals and groups are encouraged to interpret the theme with costumes, vehicles and floats. Trophies will be awarded at the Parade’s Award Ceremony, held the same day at 5 p.m. at the City Hall/Civic Center plaza, just prior to the City’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and the opening of Santa’s Village.

The registration form, parade rules and trophy categories can be found at For more information, contact Allison Rhinebarger at or 972-744-4584.

Network Toy and Food Drive Continues
If you’re taking advantage of holiday sales this weekend, keep in mind the Richardson Fire Department’s toy and food drive, which brightens the lives of the clients of Network of Community Ministries. The annual drive is in full swing and welcomes donations of unwrapped toys and canned/shelf stable food.

Items may be taken to the following locations during normal business hours through Thursday, Dec. 13:

  • any Richardson Fire Station
  • City Service Center (1260 Columbia Dr.)
  • City Hall, (411 W. Arapaho Rd.) Rooms 105 and 202

Gift suggestions include:

  • Lego sets
  • Nerf balls
  • action figures
  • dolls (including My Life dolls)
  • sports team caps
  • toy cars
  • giant stuffed animals
  • self-contained art and craft kits
  • books
  • kitchen sets
  • video games
  • board games and playing cards
  • puzzles
  • baby walker toys
  • pop-up play tents
  • sports balls and equipment
  • cologne, bath and body lotions, body spray
  • makeup and manicure kits
  • wallets, scarves, hats, gloves
  • Ugg-type (fur-lined) boots of all sizes
  • super hero/action figure costumes
  • fleece blankets

Please no wheeled toys such as bicycles, scooters, wagons, skates or tricycles.

Belt Line Road Lane Closures Begin Nov. 26
Construction to improve traffic flow on West Belt Line Road between Lindale Lane and the US 75/Central Expressway Frontage Road is scheduled to start Monday, Nov. 26. Various lanes will be closed at different times for the construction and there will be some traffic delays. Motorists are encouraged to take an alternate route if possible to avoid this area during construction, which is expected to last for 5-6 months.

The improvements include:

  • Extending the center left turn lanes of West Belt Line Road between Inge Drive and the US 75 Frontage Road in both east and west directions
  • Closing the center median opening at the QuikTrip service station along West Belt Line Road
  • Widening the driveway into the Richardson Heights Village Shopping Center at Inge Drive to add a traffic lane to provide separate left, straight and right traffic movements in the intersection
  • Installing new traffic signals on the south corners of Inge Drive
  • Upgrading the sidewalk ramps at all four corners at Inge Drive to improve pedestrian access
  • Improving the sidewalks along the south side of West Belt Line Road between Inge Drive and the Frontage Road
  • Replacing the street lights in the West Belt Line center median

Keep up with this and other City infrastructure improvements at


Christmas Parade is Dec. 1
Christmas-Parade-2017Christmas Parade West Side route
Mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 1 for the 46th Annual Richardson Christmas Parade, benefiting Network of Community Ministries. This year’s theme is “A Seussical Christmas” and Grand Marshals will be the family of David Sherrard, Richardson’s fallen police officer.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. and will travel north on Coit Road, beginning at Cherrywood Drive and ending at Melrose Drive. Participate by wearing a costume and walking along the route, by volunteering, or by riding on a float (see above for registration information), or simply pull up a lawn chair and watch. For special VIP reserved seating, become a Friend of the Parade, which also includes a parking pass and refreshments. Friends packages are $40 for two people and $60 for four; each Friends package purchased generates a gift card that is donated to Network.

For more information regarding the parade, or becoming a Friend of the Parade, contact Allison Rhinebarger, or 972-744-4584. For those interested in volunteering, please complete a Volunteer Application here, which must be submitted by Nov. 25. Parade information is also found at

Santa’s Village Opens Dec. 1 with Tree Lighting Ceremony
Richardson’s Santa’s Village comes to life for the 30th year Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. with the arrival of Santa (via fire truck) and the traditional lighting of the plaza’s giant pecan tree. The village will be open with activities and entertainment Dec. 1-2, Dec. 6-9 and Dec. 13-16 from 6-9 p.m., with Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 designated as “Hometown Thursdays” for Richardson residents only (see above for ticket information). Admission and parking are free, with additional charges for concessions.

Santa’s Village is located on the City Hall/Civic Center Plaza at 411 W. Arapaho Rd. behind the Richardson Public Library. For more information, visit

Early Bird Deadline Approaches for DART Student Art Contest
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is accepting individual entries from North Texas students in grades K-12 for its annual Student Art Contest through Jan. 25, 2019, with an early bird deadline of Friday, Nov. 30 (submissions received on or before that date will receive a special prize).

This year’s theme is, “My Next Stop is…” Winning artwork will be featured at DART rail stations, on buses and inside trains, and displayed at the Dallas Museum of Art, Love Field Airport, the Courtyard Theater in Plano and at Prizes will be awarded to first place winners and runners-up in different grade-level categories.

For additional information, including complete rules, prize information and entry forms, visit, or contact Jessica Lennon, Manager of Community/Education Outreach, at or 214-749-2582.




Cultural Partnership Initiative CPI

 For more upcoming shows and events, visit

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • “Miracle on 34th Street” Nov. 23-27
    7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with 1:30 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. performances Monday and Tuesday, in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $12-$22.
    Creative Arts for Christ presents this 1940’s Christmas classic about a jolly bystander named Kris Kringle who fills in to save the day at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and later takes on the job as Macy’s holiday Santa, acting just a bit too authentic.
  • Chamberlain Performing Arts’ “The Nutcracker” Nov. 23-25
    7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$100.
    Chamberlain Performing Arts presents its annual production of “The Nutcracker,” joined by guest artists and New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Tiler Peck and Tyler Angle.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at

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At UT Dallas:

  • Fall Student Arts Festival Begins Nov. 28
    Events scheduled daily Nov. 28-Dec. 8; for a schedule click here. Admission is free.
    The week-long festival features the work of more than 600 students at events including an art exhibition, improv comedy showcase, reader’s theater and vocal and instrumental performances.

Repertory Company Theatre’s “Lights of Broadway” Nov. 24
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Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd., presents “Lights of Broadway—NYC City Sights,” a musical tour of favorite Broadway songs, Saturday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 972-690-5029 or visit



Lunchtime Lecture Nov. 27: “Eleanor Roosevelt’s Early Years”
Richard Cudlipp begins a free, three-part lecture series about Eleanor Roosevelt Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. The first installment will focus on Eleanor’s early years, including school and marriage; future lectures will be held Dec. 4 and Dec. 11.

Both adults and teens are welcome to attend. There is no registration required and participants may bring their own lunch. For more information, call 972-744-4376.




Recycling 101: Aluminum Turkey Trays and Other Thanksgiving “Leftovers”
Did you know that Richardson recycles many packaging/serving components of a Thanksgiving meal? As long as the items are clean, Richardson residents may recycle:

  • Aluminum, steel and tin (such as aluminum cooking trays, soda cans and cans that once contained cranberry sauce and pumpkin filling)
  • Cardboard (such as egg cartons and the boxes that house dried bread cubes for stuffing)
  • Glass bottles and containers (that may have contained store-bought gravy, wine, olives, pickles, etc.)
  • Wax-coated paper containers (such as those used for milk, cream and soups)
  • Plastic packaging and bags (YES to the bags your groceries and newspaper may have arrived in; NO to the plastic bags that package chips and frozen foods)
  • The pots and pans in which you may have cooked the side dishes (yes, even the ones with handles)

Put clean recyclables in blue recycling bags and set near the trash on your designated recycling day—for more information and a complete list of what Richardson does and doesn’t recycle, visit (note the Holiday recycling schedule listed above).

Holiday Grease Roundup Begins Today
Cease the Grease Grease-drop-off
Have an environmentally happy holiday by not pouring leftover cooking oil and grease down the drain after your holiday feast. To help residents dispose of this “unwanted” leftover (and help our water system stay clog-free) the City is hosting a temporary oil/grease drop-off location Nov. 21-Dec. 3 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 551 N. Plano Rd., near the southwest corner of Plano Road and Columbia Drive. Bring cooled oil/grease in rigid plastic containers with screw-top lids (the container the oil came in may work) and simply drive up, drop the container(s) in the collection bin and drive off. (DO NOT POUR oil/grease out.)

The City partners with Texas-based American BioSource to collect the oil/grease, which is recycled into bio fuels. Go to to learn more.

Reminder: Don’t Feed the Ducks
Though taking bread to “feed the birds” at area ponds and lakes is a fun holiday tradition for many families, eating human food is not good for ducks, geese and other waterfowl, and the daily onslaught of “treats” from well-meaning visitors can cause the birds to stop seeking food elsewhere. When birds’ diets consist mainly of human foods such as bread, popcorn, french fries and chips, they become malnourished and don’t get vital nutrients, resulting in deformed wings, a decrease in reproductive rates, low energy, loss of flight ability and an increased susceptibility to predators. If left to fend for themselves, the birds will receive everything they need from nature to stay healthy—including earthworms, small fish and fish eggs, seeds, algae and aquatic plants, amphibians and insects.

Start a new tradition by enjoying our City parks’ feathered friends in the following ways:

  • Photography—A great way to witness wildlife in its natural state, admire its beauty and see its natural behavior (but use the “zoom” feature on your camera and don’t chase the birds to try to get the perfect pic!)
  • Research various species—Spot an interesting waterfowl species? Research it at the Richardson Library or online to learn more about it. Make a game in your family to see who can identify the most species.
  • Bird Watching—Enjoy watching birds with binoculars. Use the time to learn more about birds’ natural behavior. Log each bird you see in a notebook and see if you can identify it later by site or audio.

To learn more, visit



Facilities Specialist-Utility System ($3,312-$4,649 monthly)
Water Operations of the Public Services Department is seeking individuals interested in performing skilled maintenance, repairs, and installations on utility related facilities, as well as perform maintenance on electrical, electronic, plumbing, pumping, mechanical and motor control systems.

Assistant Marketing & Development Manager ($3,230-$4,802 monthly)
The Eisemann Center is seeking individuals interested in overseeing social media programs, assembling databases and marketing campaigns, and assisting with website management.

Water Aerobics Instructor-part time ($20-$35.70 hourly)
Parks and Recreation is seeking individuals interested in instructing water aerobics classes in a safe, enjoyable and positive environment.


Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Meet Lacy! She is a Lab mix, about 3 years old, spayed female and up to date on vaccinations. Lacy loves people but she is a bit picky about her dog friends. She enjoys hugs, attention and a warm bed to sleep in. Lacy and adult dogs are only $25 to adopt. Please help them all find homes for the holidays!

For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.




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