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Week In Review, Nov. 30, 2018

Post Date:11/30/2018

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Nov. 30, 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.


Richardson Christmas Parade Tomorrow
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The 46th annual Richardson Christmas Parade, benefiting Network of Community Ministries, begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and includes costumed characters, floats, decorated vehicles, area marching bands, Santa and Mrs. Claus. This year’s theme is “A Seussical Christmas” and Grand Marshals will be the family of David Sherrard, Richardson’s fallen officer. The parade will travel north on Coit Road, beginning at Cherrywood Drive and ending at Melrose Drive. The Parade’s Award Ceremony will be 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.

For more information, visit

Santa’s Village Opens Tomorrow; Hometown Thursdays Begin Dec. 6
Santa’s Village, Richardson’s holiday “city within a city,” will officially open Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the giant pecan tree and the arrival of Santa. Visiting Santa’s Village has been a holiday tradition for area families for 30 years.

Admission and parking are free. Each of the colorful buildings features a treat and/or fun activity for children, including a visit with Santa at Santa’s House and Workshop. Attendees can also enjoy live performances and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and other treats sold at the Castle Café.

Dates and hours of operation are:

  • Dec. 1-2 from 6-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 6-9 from 6-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 13-16 from 6-9 p.m.

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The Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 nights are designated as “Hometown Thursdays,” reserved for Richardson residents (with a free ticket required for entry). Tickets to “Hometown Thursdays” are available at the following locations during normal business hours:

  • 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 is located on the City Hall/Civic Center plaza at 411 W. Arapaho Rd. behind the Richardson Public Library. For more information, visit

City Hall Readies for Holiday Visitors
City workers were busy this week “decking the hall” as they decorated the Civic Center/City Hall with holiday finery, including more than 200 poinsettias arranged into a 12 1/2-foot-tall tree, numerous oversized wreaths and a few “vignettes” perfect for use as holiday photo backdrops. The decorating has been a tradition for more than 32 years, increasing after 1989 when Santa’s Village was built.

The public is welcome to come into the Civic Center/City Hall and take photos any time the building is open Monday-Saturday and during Santa’s Village hours. (The building is closed Dec. 22-25.) The decorations are taken down the week after Christmas.

Work Begins on Inclusive Playground Project at Cottonwood Park
Work began Monday on the dismantling of the Cottonwood Park playground in preparation for the new, Inclusive Playground being built at the site. The new playground, a first for Richardson and one of only a few in the DFW area, is expected to be completed in late spring and will include rubber safety surfacing and equipment that enable children of a wide variety of abilities to play together and offer caregivers of varying abilities more opportunities to play with their children.

Funds to replace the aging Cottonwood Park playground were allocated in the 2015 Bond Program; the Richardson East Rotary Club (RERC) has been collaborating with the City since 2017 to raise additional funds so that the new playground can be designed/constructed as inclusive. To date, more than $480,000 in private funds have been raised.

For more information on the Inclusive Playground and/or to make a donation, visit

Longer Siren Test Scheduled for Dec. 5
The City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will conduct a full three-minute test of its Outdoor Warning System at noon Wednesday, Dec. 5. Emergency Management conducts a 30-second test of the Outdoor Warning System the first Wednesday of each month, with a full test at least once per year. The full test allows the system to work through one complete warning cycle as would be done during times of emergency.

Richardson’s outdoor warning system is primarily to alert people who are outdoors to seek shelter during times of severe weather. Use of a weather radio is recommended for people who are indoors during hazardous weather events.

Next Wednesday’s extended test will be rescheduled to Wednesday, Jan. 2 if there is inclement weather or overcast skies in the area during the scheduled testing time. For more information about the Outdoor Warning System, visit or call 972-744-0900 to speak with OEM staff.

Richardson Today Delivered
The December issue of Richardson Today was mailed earlier this week and should have begun arriving in mailboxes today. The issue has a special focus on celebrating the holidays in Richardson, including an “Insider’s Guide to Santa’s Village” and accompanying pull-out map as well as an extensive list of holiday events, with more than 30 opportunities to experience dance, drama and music performances throughout the city.

Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city and is available at recreation centers, the Senior Center, City Hall and the Library. A Richardson Today interactive edition, which includes links to CITV videos, is accessible at Ask your local mail carrier if you do not receive your copy of Richardson Today and you live within the boundaries of Richardson.


“Cookie with a Cop” Dec. 3
The Richardson Police Department is sponsoring “Cookie with a Cop” Monday, Dec. 3 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Chick-fil-A, 1400 E. Renner Rd. Enjoy a free cookie with Richardson Police officers and speak with them about any questions or concerns you may have.

For more information, contact the Richardson Police Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955.

Richardson Community Chorale at Senior Center Dec. 5
The Richardson Community Chorale will perform a holiday concert at the Richardson Senior Center Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. Admission is free. The Senior Center is located at 820 W. Arapaho Rd.

“Letter from Santa” Deadline Dec. 7
There’s still a few more days left to sign up for the City’s annual “Letter from Santa” program. For a fee of $5, Santa will mail a letter to children ages one month and older. Each letter is written on special stationery and addressed specifically to the individual child. The order form is located on page 9 of the December Richardson Today and page 2 of the Winter Recreation Guide (located online here). Please use a separate request form for each child. Simply print, fill out and mail, and include check, money order or credit card information.

To ensure delivery of the letter before Christmas Eve, order forms must be postmarked by Dec. 7.

  • Mail the forms to:
    Letter from Santa
    200 N. Plano Rd.
    Richardson, TX 75081


Stamp Show is Dec. 7-8 at Civic Center
Looking for a unique holiday gift for that “person who has everything?” Consider a collectible postage stamp. Thousands of stamps depicting just about anyone’s interests and hobbies will be for sale Dec. 7-8 at the Texas Stamp Dealers Association Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Richardson Civic Center. Find stamps depicting famous icons of sports, music, TV, movies, literature, theater and comics; those that commemorate historical events such as space exploration; stamps from favorite travel destinations; and many more.

Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit


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 For more upcoming shows and events, visit

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • Collin County Ballet Theatre’s “Nutcracker” Nov. 30 and Dec. 2
    8 p.m. Friday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $27-$87.
    Set to live orchestration by the Plano Symphony Orchestra, the performance features Cuban ballet stars Adiarys Almeida and Taras Dimitro as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Sugar Plum Cavalier.
    Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped, new toy to benefit Toys For Tots.
  • “Holiday Classics” with the RSO Dec. 1
    8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$70.
    The Richardson Symphony Orchestra presents treasured holiday music featuring vocalist Jodi Crawford Wright. Pre-show buffet dining at the Eisemann Center’s Prelude Café is available beginning two hours prior to the performance—to make a reservation, call the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel at 972-367-2000.
  • “The Nutcracker” by Royale Ballet Dance Academy Dec. 1-2
    2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $20 and $30.
    This year marks Royale Ballet’s 15th production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” highlighting students of the Academy and special guests Emily Dixon Alba, Eugene Barnes, Travis Morrison and Daniel de Cordoba.

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 Continues
    Events scheduled daily through 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.


Holiday Whodunit Opens at Richardson Theatre Centre Tonight
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The Richardson Theatre Centre is presenting Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays” Nov. 30-Dec. 23. The mystery/comedy, set during the Christmas holidays of 1936, centers on Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role as Sherlock Holmes, who suddenly must become a real-life detective and assume the role of Holmes when a weekend guest is murdered at his home.

Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22, and include complimentary sweets, snacks and beverages.

For ticket reservations, call 972-699-1130. For more information, visit



“The Nutcracker” Comes to the Library Tomorrow
The Tuzer Ballet Company will perform excerpts from “The Nutcracker” Saturday, Dec. 1 in the Basement Program Room. Performance times are 4-4:30 p.m. and 5-5:30 p.m. Admission is free with a complimentary ticket; tickets are available beginning at 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Youth Services Help Desk.

All ages are welcome to attend. For more information, call 972-744-4358.

Lunchtime Lecture Series Continues Dec. 4: “Eleanor Roosevelt”
Richard Cudlipp continues his lecture series about Eleanor Roosevelt Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room, with “Politics…Eleanor’s Mother-in-Law…and Life in the White House before WWII.”

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.


Learn 3D Printing Dec. 8
Registration is now open for a free beginner-level 3D design and printing class entitled, “Intro to Tinkercad,” to be held Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10:30 a.m.-noon in Studio RPL (basement). Attendees will learn to use basic geometric shapes and export 3D models to print on the Library’s 3D printer.

For more information and to register, call 972-744-4359. The class is open to both adults and teens; a Richardson Public Library card is required to register. Laptops are provided.



Blue Bags at Fire Station 6 Saturday
Fire Station 6 will offer blue recycling bags from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The 30-gallon bags are sold in rolls for $3.50 for residents or $4 for nonresidents.

Fire Station 6 is located at 3591 Park Vista Rd. The bags are also available at City rec centers, the Senior Center, Service Center and City Hall during normal business hours. For more information, call 972-744-4111.

Holiday Grease Roundup Ends Dec. 3
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Dispose of leftover cooking oil and grease (and help our water system stay clog-free) by taking advantage of the City’s free, temporary oil/grease drop-off site through 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.



Maintenance Helper II ($2,316-$3,196 monthly)
The Public Services Department has multiple job openings in Streets, Water and Wastewater for individuals who love working outdoors doing repair and construction to streets and water distribution and wastewater collection systems.

Accounts Payable Representative ($2,606-$3,954 monthly)
The Accounting Department is currently recruiting for an Accounts Payable Representative to process all payable transactions and perform general accounting functions.

School Crossing Guard-part time ($9.74-$15.46 hourly)
The Police Department is seeking individuals interested in assisting children and adults with crossing traffic crosswalks.


Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Meet Rita! She is a beautiful little calico/tabby, spayed female, about a year old and up to date on vaccinations. She came to us a few weeks ago very scared of people and timid. Rita is now a happy playful kitty searching for a new home for the holidays. Her adoption fee is only $15.

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




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