Week In Review, Nov. 27, 2019
Nov. 27, 2019
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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. 28-29. 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. 28|| Wednesday, Nov. 27
|Friday, Nov. 29||Saturday, Nov. 30|
For the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 28-29, City facilities and services will operate according to the following holiday schedule.
|Facility||Open / Closed Status|
(Contact Richardson’s Response Center at 972-744-4111 to report non-emergency animal related issues.
|Closes at 5 p.m. Nov. 27
Closed Nov. 28-29
|City Hall/Civic Center, Municipal Court, Senior Center
||Closed Nov. 28-29|
|Eisemann Center||Closed Nov. 28|
Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Nov. 27 and Nov. 29
Closed Nov. 28
|Gymnastics Center||Closed Nov. 27-29|
|Library||Closes 5 p.m. Nov. 27
Closed Nov. 28-29
|Tennis Center||Closed Nov. 28|
|Sherrill Park Golf Course||Open|
DART Holiday Schedule Changes
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) buses and light rail trains will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 28), meaning many routes will be scaled back or won’t operate at all, and on a Saturday schedule Friday, Nov. 29. In addition, DART rail will operate three additional Red Line trains and one additional Blue Line train on the morning of Nov. 28 due to the 2019 Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot.
The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) will not operate Thanksgiving Day and will provide a Saturday schedule on Friday.
Regular scheduled transit service for DART and the TRE resumes Saturday, Nov. 30.
Longer Siren Test Scheduled for Dec. 4
The City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will conduct a full three-minute test of its Outdoor Warning System at noon Wednesday, Dec. 4. 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 battery-operated all hazards NOAA weather radio is recommended for people who are indoors during hazardous weather events.
Next Wednesday’s extended test will be rescheduled to Tuesday, Jan. 7 if there is inclement weather or overcast skies in the area during the scheduled testing time.
Richardson Today in Mailboxes This Weekend
The December issue of Richardson Today has been mailed and should begin arriving in mailboxes this weekend. The issue has a special focus on Santa’s Village and other holiday activities in Richardson, including a pull-out map of the Village and a holiday events calendar.
Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city and is available at recreation centers, the Senior Center, City Hall and the Library. Keep up with Richardson Today stories as they happen, including video, at www.RichardsonToday.com. A digital version of the print edition of Richardson Today may also be accessed there. Ask your local mail carrier if you do not receive your copy of Richardson Today and you live within the boundaries of Richardson.
Lane Closures Near Crowley Park Expected Soon
Drivers near Crowley Park will soon be experiencing lane closures on East Lookout Drive due to construction work that’s part of the Lookout Drive Lift Station Project. The project begins during the week of Dec. 9. In addition, part of a Crowley Park parking lot will be used for staging and some construction traffic is expected on Spring Lake Drive. The project involves demolition of the current lift station, construction of a new lift station and pipeline, new pedestrian rail and landscaping updates, and is expected to be complete by December 2020.
Junior League New Member Social Dec. 3
Junior League of Richardson is hosting a new member informational social Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 3613 Shire Blvd. Suite 110, from 6:30-8 p.m. Light snacks will be provided. The volunteer organization has been a longtime collaborator with the City on many projects including Santa’s Village.
Texas Stamp Dealers at Civic Center Dec. 6-7
Members of the Texas Stamp Dealers Association will present a stamp show at the Richardson Civic Center Dec. 6-7, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is free. For more information, visit www.TSDAstamps.com.
Fire Department Toy Drive Continues
Donations of unwrapped toys and canned/shelf stable food are needed for the Richardson Fire Department’s annual toy and food drive, benefiting the clients of Network of Community Ministries. Items may be taken to any Richardson Fire Station, to the City Service Center (1260 Columbia Dr.) and to City Hall (411 W. Arapaho Rd.), Rooms 105 and 202 (during normal business hours) through Thursday, Dec. 12.
Student Art Exhibit Begins Dec. 2
The Rosemary Cheney Memorial Art Show, an art exhibit featuring the work of RISD elementary students, will be held in the Third Floor Gallery Dec. 2-Jan. 6. Forty-one schools send their best art to be displayed, with the show traveling to the RISD Professional Building for more viewing after the Library show ends. The show is sponsored by the Richardson Civic Art Society.
Lunchtime Lecture: “Destiny of the Republic” Part 2 Dec. 3
“Destiny of the Republic—A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President,” a nonfiction book by Candice Millard, is the subject of a continuing Lunchtime Lecture series being presented by Richard Cudlipp. Part Two will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. The book tells of James Garfield’s rise from poverty to the American presidency, and about his assassination and legacy.
Open to both adults and teens. Registration is not required and there is no cost to attend. Attendees may bring their own lunch.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration Held
The annual interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration, hosted by the Richardson Interfaith Alliance, was held last week in Richardson at the Dialogue Institute of Dallas. People of a variety of faiths came together to share a meal and conversation, and the City’s Communications Department was present to capture the camaraderie on camera. In addition, toiletry items were collected for Network of Community Ministries.
The Interfaith Alliance is a community partner with the City of Richardson and strives to increase respect of all faiths through education, awareness and coordinating faith-based services for the betterment of the Richardson community.
Arts Incubator Brings Mural to Richardson YMCA
The Richardson Family YMCA is collaborating with Arts Incubator of Richardson (AIR) in the creation of a piece of public art that will soon brighten the community. Artists from AIR are painting a colorful mural along one side of the “Y,” located at 821 Custer Rd., incorporating the theme of mind, body and spirit, key aspects of the Y’s longtime commitment to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
AIR, which is funded in part by a grant from the Cultural Arts Commission, also coordinated the painting of a mural at Richardson’s Four Bullets Brewery that can be seen from the Central Trail.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Chamberlain Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” Nov. 29-Dec. 1
7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$60.
Chamberlain’s 35th production of this classic holiday dance features local dance students and guest dancers along with New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Tiler Peck as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Tyler Angle as her Cavalier.
- “Miracle on 34th Street” Nov. 29-Dec. 1
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday with matinees at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $12-$20.
Creative Arts for Christ presents this 1940s Christmas classic, about a Macy’s employee named Kris Kringle who is suspected of being the real Santa Claus. Photos with Santa and his elves will be available in the lobby of the Eisemann Center after the show.
- The Vocal Majority Dec. 5-8
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $18-$58.
The award-winning Dallas-based men’s chorus presents its 2019 Christmas show entitled, “Believe: A Polar Express Christmas.”
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
At UT Dallas:
- Fall Arts Festival Dec. 2-8
At three locations on campus, afternoons and/or evenings Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. (Click here for complete schedule.)
The Fall Student Arts Festival features the work of more than 600 students, including theater, creative writing and an art exhibit as well as vocal, guitar, piano, chamber music and orchestra performances.
- Improv Show Dec. 2
7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre. Admission is free.
UT Dallas Improv students present, “Innocent by Insanity,” an evening of laughs and surprises.
“Christmas with the RCC” Dec. 5
The Richardson Community Chorale presents its fourth annual “Christmas with the RCC,” Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Richardson. The concert will feature known holiday classics, a medley from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” a new Christmas composition and a carol sing-along.
Admission is free, with a reception following.
Holiday Grease/Cooking Oil Collection Begins Nov. 29
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 Nov. 29-Dec. 8 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 site will be open 24 hours a day.
The City partners with Texas-based American BioSource to collect the oil/grease, which is recycled into bio fuels.
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 empty, clean and dry, 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)
- The pots and pans in which you may have cooked the side dishes (yes, even the ones with handles)
Put empty, clean and dry 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 Richardson recycling online. Note the Holiday recycling schedule listed above in the "News Section."
Recreation/Day Camp Coordinator ($3,372-$4,965 monthly)
Heights Recreation Center is seeking an individual with a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration or related field. Six years of relevant work experience will be considered in lieu of a degree. A TX class C driver’s license is required. Two years of experience in the field of recreation is required. Must be computer literate with software for word processing/database. Must also have experience in organization, supervision and promotion of recreation programs.
Driver/Loader ($2,603-$3,749 monthly)
Solid Waste-Residential is seeking individuals interested in driving and operating residential refuse and/or recycling collection equipment. This position requires outdoor work in all weather conditions.
Part-Time School Crossing Guard ($9.74-$15.83 hourly)
The Police Department is seeking individuals interested in assisting children and adults with crossing traffic crosswalks.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Stella! Gentle Stella is purr-fectly peaceful and serene even with plenty of feline roommates. She’s about 2 years old, spayed, up to date on all vaccinations and litter box trained. She is sitting patiently waiting for her new family to walk into her life. Will you please help her find that forever family?
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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