Week In Review, Dec. 6, 2019
Dec. 6, 2019
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Richardson Christmas Parade is Saturday
The 47th annual Richardson Christmas Parade, benefiting Network of Community Ministries, begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and includes costumed characters, floats, decorated vehicles, area marching bands, Santa and Mrs. Claus. This year’s theme is “A Lone Star Christmas” and the Grand Marshal will be 2018 Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year and former City Council Member Bob Macy. The parade will travel north on Plano Road, beginning at Richardson Square Shopping Center and end at Apollo Road (see "Projects" section below for traffic impacts). 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.
Santa’s Village Opens Saturday Evening
Santa’s Village, Richardson’s holiday “city within a city,” will officially open Saturday, Dec. 7 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 more than 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. 7-8 from 6-9 p.m.
- Dec. 12-15 from 6-9 p.m.
- Dec. 19-22 from 6-9 p.m.
Dec. 12 and 19 are designated as “Hometown Thursdays” for Richardson residents and require a free ticket for admission. See below for more information.
“Hometown Thursdays” Begin at Santa’s Village Dec. 12
“Hometown Thursdays,” nights at Santa’s Village especially for Richardson residents, will be held Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 from 6-9 p.m. Admission requires a free ticket, available at the following locations during regular business hours:
- Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.
- Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Rd.
- Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Rd.
Proof of Richardson residency, such as a driver’s license or water bill, is required to obtain a ticket (up to eight tickets per night). A limited number of tickets are available. Santa’s Village will remain free and open to the public Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights and open for strolling 8 a.m.-9 p.m. on days when the buildings are closed.
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 300 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 33 years.
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. 24-25.) The decorations are taken down the week after Christmas.
Tornado Debris Removal to Transition to Normal Service
With initial debris removal largely complete in neighborhoods affected by the Oct. 20 storms, the City is transitioning to scheduled removal of material. Residents in the affected areas can call the City’s 24-hour response center at 972-744-4111 to schedule normal Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service or to arrange for special accommodations related to the removal of construction and demolition debris. Insured property owners may obtain a list of permitted debris haulers at www.cor.net/haulers or by calling 972-744-4220.
Network Revises List of Needs for Tornado Victims
Network of Community Ministries, which continues to coordinate the volunteer and donation efforts to help those impacted by the Oct. 20 tornado, reports that community support has been especially plentiful in the donation of household items, such as dishes, bedding and small appliances, so the list of items needed has been revised. Items still needed are as follows:
Personal Hygiene Items
- Full-size shampoo, conditioner, body wash
- New packaged men’s, women’s and children’s underwear
- Coats (all sizes)
- Men’s winter clothes
- Closed-toed shoes and boots for men, women and children
- Non-perishable food items
Items can be dropped off at Network, 741 S. Sherman St., during normal business hours (9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday or Friday 9 a.m.-noon).
Rotary Club Honors City Employees
Pictured from left: Rotary Club President Ginger Mayo, Krissie Williams, Raymon Rush and City Manager Dan Johnson
Court Services Supervisor Krissie Williams and Park Maintenance Specialist I Raymon Rush received the Supervisor of the Year and Employee of the Year awards respectively Monday from the Richardson Rotary Club. The annual awards, presented by the Club since 1992, are specially designed to recognize City employees who made significant contributions during the past year.
Williams has been employed by the City since 2007, beginning as a deputy court clerk. Her major responsibilities include supervising seven deputy court clerks, managing the daily operations of the customer service counter and managing court compliance and collection procedures. Rush has been with the City since October 2014 and works on a Parks construction crew. He is responsible for playground repairs, making sure his work and that of his crew is correct and complete, and has taken a lead role in helping with preparations for many community events such as the Cottonwood Art Festival and Santa’s Village.
Sherrill Park Head Pro Named Northern Texas PGA Golf Professional of the Year for Third Time
Ronny Glanton, the City’s PGA head professional at Sherrill Park Golf Course, has been named the 2019 Section Golf Professional of the Year by the Northern Texas Professional Golfers Association (NTPGA) Section. He is the first three-time winner of the annual award, having previously won in 1999 and 2007.
Glanton has been Head Golf Professional at Sherrill Park since 1985, beginning as Assistant Pro in 1982. As Head Pro, he manages all golf course operations and programming.
He is ranked eighth in all-time points for the NTPGA, winning several NTPGA senior events and, along with his playing partner, won the NTPGA Pro-Assistant Championship in March 2018. In addition, Glanton has qualified for the Byron Nelson Golf Classic seven times and won the Callaway Invitational in Kissimmee, Fla. in 1995. Glanton has served in several leadership roles within the NTPGA and PGA of America, including twice as president of the NTPGA, the only two-time president in the group’s 51-year history.
Main Street Redevelopment Project Lane Closures
As road, sidewalk and utility work progresses in the Main Street Redevelopment area, motorists are advised of the following closures affecting traffic:
- Various lane closures on Main Street between Interurban Street and Abrams Road are expected to begin Dec. 10 and continue through the first quarter of 2021, with up to one lane in each direction maintained 24 hours a day.
- Interurban Street as it crosses Main Street recently closed to through traffic at all times due to water line construction work taking place in the middle of the intersection. No left turns are allowed for northbound and southbound Interurban Street traffic at Main Street; only right turns are allowed. Motorists using Interurban Street are advised to use either Greenville Avenue or the US 75 frontage road as detours. The traffic changes will remain in place through the first quarter of 2021.
Temporary Street/Lane Closures Dec. 7 due to Christmas Parade
Tomorrow morning’s Richardson Christmas Parade on the east side of Richardson will cause several lane closures/changes beginning at 8:15 a.m. and continuing until approximately 11:30 a.m. These include:
- The northbound lanes of Plano Road between Spring Valley Road and Apollo Road will close. Northbound traffic in that area will share the southbound lanes of Plano Road.
- There will be no eastbound traffic allowed on Apollo Road between Plano Road and Apollo Junior High School and all westbound traffic on Apollo Road approaching Plano Road will be detoured north on Plano Road.
- Both eastbound and westbound Belt Line Road will be closed between Yale Drive and Plano Road.
Fire Department Toy and Food Drive Ends Dec. 12
Brighten the lives of families served by Network of Community Ministries by donating to the Richardson Fire Department’s annual toy and food drive. Canned/shelf stable food items and unwrapped toys 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.
Stamp Show Continues at Civic Center
Members of the Texas Stamp Dealers Association are presenting a stamp show at the Richardson Civic Center today (Dec. 6) through 5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free.
CityLine Merry Market & Festival Dec. 7
Get in the holiday spirit at CityLine’s third annual Merry Market & Festival Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon-7 p.m. in CityLine Plaza, 1150 State St. The free event will include live music and roaming holiday entertainers, hot cocoa and cookies, kid’s activities, “Photos with Scrooge” and an artisan market with local artisans/vendors. A complete schedule of events and list of artisans is located online.
Tuzer Ballet Presents “Nutcracker” Excerpts Dec. 7
The Tuzer Ballet Company will perform excerpts from “The Nutcracker” Saturday afternoon, Dec. 7 in the Basement Program Room, from 3:30-4 p.m. and 4:30-5 p.m.
Free tickets are available beginning at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Youth Services Help Desk. All ages are welcome to attend.
“Destiny of the Republic” Part Three Dec. 10
“Destiny of the Republic—A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President,” the bestselling nonfiction book by Candice Millard, is the subject of a four-part Lunchtime Lecture series being presented by Richard Cudlipp. Part three will be held Tuesday, Dec. 10 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.
At the Eisemann Center:
- The Vocal Majority Dec. 6, 8
7:30 p.m. tonight 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.”
- RSO with Plano Civic Chorus Dec. 7
8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $20-$80.
The Richardson Symphony Orchestra, along with the Plano Civic Chorus, present “Holiday Classics.”
- “The Nutcracker” Dec. 7-8
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $30 and $35.
Royale Ballet Dance Academy presents its 15th anniversary production of the classic ballet featuring ballet superstars Dusty Button and Jonathan Batista as well as students of the Academy.
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:
- Winter Choral Concert Dec. 7
4 p.m. in the University Theatre. Admission is free.
“You Are The Music” features the UT Dallas Chamber Singers and University Choir performing musical settings of poems by Lewis Carroll, William Butler Yeats, Charles Anthony Silvestri and more.
- Musica Nova Dec. 7
8 p.m. in the University Theatre. Admission is free.
In “Bach! Beethoven! Bartók!,” a concert dedicated to Dr. Dennis Kratz, students from the University’s Advanced Orchestra and Chamber Music Ensemble perform with UT Dallas faculty and other professional musicians under the direction of composer-conductor Robert Xavier Rodríguez.
Holiday Performances at Senior Center Dec. 8, 11-12
Get in the holiday spirit with three special events coming up at the Richardson Senior Center:
- Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m., the Tuzer Ballet will perform excerpts from “The Nutcracker”
- Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m., the Richardson Community Band will present its annual holiday concert, with refreshments served afterwards
- Thursday, Dec. 12, at 9:30 a.m., the Dallas Police Choir will give a holiday performance
All events are free. The Senior Center is located at 820 W. Arapaho Rd.
“Mary Poppins” Opens Tonight at Repertory Company Theatre
“It’s a jolly holiday with Mary” as Repertory Company Theatre presents “Mary Poppins” Dec. 6-15. The award-winning 2004 musical, based on the books of P.L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film, tells the story of a magical nanny and a carefree chimney sweep who prove to misbehaving children and their uptight parents that it’s the little things that keep a family together.
Show days and times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17-$28. Repertory Company Theatre is located at 770 N. Coit Rd.
“A Christmas Story” Opens Tonight at Richardson Theatre Centre
Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste. 113, is presenting “A Christmas Story” Dec. 6-22. The 2000 stage play adaptation of the classic movie of the same name, it follows Ralphie’s quest for the gift of his dreams.
Show days and times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22. Complimentary beverages, snacks and sweets are available before the show and at intermission.
“The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” at The Core Theatre Dec. 7-29
“The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge,” by Mark Brown, opens at The Core Theatre Dec. 7 and continues every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 29. The show is a continuation of the story of Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge and takes audiences into the courtroom for the “trial of the century,” as Scrooge is back to his old ways and suing Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10-$25. The Core Theatre is located at 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste. 115.
Holiday Grease/Cooking Oil Collection Continues Through Dec. 8
Dispose of leftover Thanksgiving 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 now through 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.
Phil-up’s December Appearance Schedule
Phil-up the Blue Bag, Richardson’s recycling mascot, will appear at Santa’s Village this month as well as at HomeGoods, 1349 W. Campbell Rd., providing information about recycling and free blue bags for Richardson residents. Note that one free roll of blue bags will be handed out at the HomeGoods appearances and vouchers redeemable for one free roll of blue bags will be distributed at Santa’s Village.
Meet Phil-up on the following dates and times:
Dec. 11 and 18
- Santa’s Village
Dec. 7, 12, 14, 19, 21
Heavy Equipment Operator ($3,185-$4,255 monthly)
Water Operations is seeking an individual with one year of experience of operating heavy motorized equipment. A high school diploma/GED and a TX Class A CDL is required or must be obtained within six months of hire. Must have or maintain a Class II Wastewater and Class C Water Distribution License or must be obtained within one year of hire.
Environmental Outreach Manager ($3,977-$6,027 monthly)
Public Services – Water Production is seeking an individual with one year of municipal, management, marketing, public relations or accounting experience. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Adobe Pro and Arc GIS software programs experience is required.
Part-Time Adult Van Driver ($9-$15.30 hourly)
The Parks Department is seeking an individual with a valid Texas CDL, Class A, B, or C, with “P” (passenger) endorsement. This position requires driving a 22-passenger van/bus or a 14-passenger van/bus safely.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Bear! He is a handsome Labrador retriever mutt mix, about 9 years young, neutered and up to date on all vaccinations. He is good-natured, loyal, great with children, house trained and his previous owner had him trained and certified as a therapy dog. Please help this sweet lovable teddy bear find a forever home for the holidays!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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