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Week In Review, Jan. 3, 2020

Post Date:01/03/2020 3:30 PM
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Jan. 3, 2020

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.

Throughout the year the City Council or City Plan Commission will hold meetings on topics of significant interest to local neighborhoods or the community in general. Links to view all City Council or City Plan Commission meeting documents that may have topics of interest to you can be found here:
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Only 337 Days Until Santa’s Village 2020 Opens…
This week City crews began dismantling the buildings at Santa’s Village and taking down the lights and decorations, packing everything away until late fall, when Santa’s Village will once again be built.

Community Events staff reported that Santa’s Village 2019:

  • distributed more than 3,000 Rudolph red noses in the reindeer shed
  • captured more than 2,720 photos with Santa
  • redeemed 5,722 Hometown Thursday tickets
  • featured more than 1,550 performers on Prancer’s Stage

It takes more than 800 volunteers to execute Santa’s Village over the course of 10 nights and staff works more than seven weeks to prepare the Village for Santa’s arrival.

The City of Richardson has been presenting Santa’s Village free of charge to the public since 1989.

Job Fair Jan. 8 for Summer Aquatics Positions
High school and returning college students looking for summer work are the target for the Richardson Parks and Recreation Department search to find lifeguards. The department will hold an Aquatics job fair from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 at Huffhines Recreation Center to provide more information about positions. The lifeguard positions offer a competitive pay range at $9.50-$12.72 per hour. Applications and more information are available online.


Parks and Recreation Department 60th Anniversary Celebration Continues
The City of Richardson Parks and Recreation Department turned 60 Dec. 29, and several activities are planned this month in celebration of the milestone:

Through Jan. 31

  • 60-Day Membership Bonus—If you buy or renew a recreation membership, 60 days will be added to your membership. Valid at Heights and Huffhines recreation centers only.

Jan. 6-10

  • Online Trivia—Parks staff will post 3-6 questions about the Parks Department each day, all at one time on Facebook. The first person to answer all questions correctly will win a prize, and anyone who participated for the day will be entered into a drawing.

Jan. 14-18

  • Traveling Game—Catch a specially numbered tennis ball from a ball hopper at the Tennis Center, Gymnastics Center, Senior Center, Huffhines or Heights recreation centers (ball hopper will be at a different location each day) and win a prize that corresponds to your number. If someone gets number 60, they will get a special edition 60th anniversary item.

Jan. 20-31

  • Customer Appreciation Parties
  • Scavenger Hunt—An old school style scavenger hunt. Look for posters at recreation facilities or an online post with the first riddle, that will lead you to the remaining riddles.



Applications Being Accepted for Altrusa Scholarships
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Altrusa International of Richardson awards scholarships to two- or four-year colleges or universities for students living in Richardson or attending RISD schools. Recipients will be selected based on scholastic achievement, financial need, community volunteerism, extra-curricular activities and a short essay. Applications are available online and are due by Feb. 21.


Network in Need of Volunteers
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Local nonprofit Network of Community Ministries is in need of volunteers. Opportunities are available for individuals to serve in weekly three-hour shifts, in areas such as:

  • food pantry
  • clothing closet
  • reception
  • interview
  • Seniors’ Net Handyman Program

To volunteer at Network, attend a volunteer orientation session, held every Thursday at 4 p.m. at Network’s headquarters, 741 S. Sherman St. If you are unable to attend an orientation or would like information about group/organization volunteering, contact the Volunteer Manager at 972-234-8880 ext. 126 or via e-mail at


Richardson Projects

Lane Closures Continue as Part of Main Street Project
Drivers are reminded that traffic is reduced to one lane both eastbound and westbound along Main Street as well as on Greenville Avenue at Main Street due to the Main Street Redevelopment Project, expected to last until Winter 2020/21. Though one lane of traffic in each direction will remain open at all times, drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes. Potential alternate east-west routes for daily commutes and traversing of the Main Street area include Spring Valley Road, Arapaho Road and Polk Street.




Annual Photo Contest Begins Jan. 11
The City’s annual photo contest will accept entries Jan. 11-26. Both students and adults are invited to participate. Categories include Abstract, Anything Goes, Cityscape/Architecture, Experimental/Enhanced, Fabulous Flora, Furry Friends, It’s a Small World, People, Scenic/Landscapes, Sports and Action, Still Life, Wildlife and Wonderful Waterscapes. Entry fees are $5 for ages under 18 and $10 per entry for ages 18 and up.


Save the Date: “State of the City” is Jan. 29
The public is invited to join the Mayor and City Council for the annual State of the City Address, Wednesday, Jan. 29 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Eisemann Center’s Bank of America Theatre. Admission and parking for the event are free and the Address will also be available to watch live online or on the city cable access channel and will also be made available later to watch on-demand online.



Computing 101 with Windows 10
Get online and get tech savvy in the new year with “Computing 101 with Windows 10,” a computer class for adults and teens Friday, Jan. 10 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Training Room. In this beginner-level course, you’ll learn to navigate Windows on a laptop or desktop computer, how to adjust settings, protect your privacy and much more.

Admission is free and laptops with Windows 10 will be provided. Registration is required, with a valid Richardson Public Library card.

Contact: 972-744-4359



Cultural Partnership Initiative CPI

For more upcoming shows and events, visit

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • Pegasus Theatre’s “The Color of Death!” Continues
    8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays with 3 p.m. matinees Saturdays and Sundays, through Jan. 19 in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $19-$44, with First Week Rush discounts offered and special pricing for the second and third week for seniors, students, military, teachers and children.
    Pegasus Theatre is back with a unique three-act Harry Hunsacker adventure, “The Color of Death!” featuring the group’s signature Living Black & White™ technique.
  • Texas Jewish Arts Association and Texas Sculpture Association Art Show Continues Through Jan. 27
    10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and during all public events, in the Green Mezzanine Gallery. Admission is free.
    Texas artists come together for “Resolution: Peace and Unity,” a juried exhibition, featuring works that exemplify valuing differences and strengthening understanding and acceptance of others.

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


Photography Exhibits Begin at City Sites
Two city facilities will double as photo galleries over the next couple of months, housing displays that coincide with the City’s annual photo contest (see story above). The work of local professional photographer Jim Hamel will be on display at Huffhines Recreation Center Jan. 10-Feb. 24, and winning photos from the 2019 photo contest will be on display at the Library Jan. 10-30. The Library display, located on the third floor, will showcase the 2019 Best of Show and Best of Division winners as well as the work of the 2019 contest judges. The 2020 Contest Results Exhibit begins there Feb. 1.

The exhibits are free and open to the public during normal business hours. 




Holiday Tree Cycling Continues
Tree Cycling
The City is encouraging residents to “tree cycle” Christmas trees by turning them into mulch and compost through the City’s Tree Cycling program. Trees may be dropped off through Feb. 1 at the Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr., or set out at the curb and picked up as part of the City’s Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC).

The Service Center site will be open 24 hours, seven days a week; for BABIC pick-up, call 972-744-4111 and be sure to request that the tree be collected for composting.

Tree cycling guidelines:

  • Trees must be natural (not artificial) and unflocked.
  • All ornaments, tinsel, tree stands, nails, lights, etc., must be removed.
  • Calls for BABIC must be received before the designated collection day (your BABIC day is the same as your recycling day).


Last Chance to Drop Off Large Boxes for Recycling
Cardboard Boy Recycling
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 box or flat screen TV box out for pickup (and advertising your treasures to thieves), you may drop off the boxes for recycling through Jan. 4 at the following temporary locations (flattened cardboard items ONLY):

  • Custer Park, 700 W. Renner Rd. (near the tennis courts)
  • Recycle Center, 102 N. Cottonwood Dr.
  • 1500 Apollo Rd. (near the Huffhines Tennis Center courts)
  • Breckinridge Park, 5200 Park Vista Rd. (near the baseball complex)

If you prefer to throw the boxes away, place them inside a black trash bag and set out with trash.




Crew Chief ($3,515-$5,439 monthly)
Water Operations is seeking individuals that have at least one year of experience in maintenance and/or construction of water distribution and wastewater collection systems. Knowledge of TCEQ and AWWA rules and regulations is also a requirement. A high school diploma or GED, and TX CDL Class A, is required.

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 Athletics and Aquatics Assistant ($15-$18 hourly)
Parks and Recreation Department is seeking an individual who preferably has two years of experience in a recreation/athletic setting with working knowledge of municipal or other agency operations. A high school diploma or GED, and TX DL Class C, is required. An associate’s or bachelor’s degree with a specialization in recreation or a field related to athletics or aquatics is preferred.



Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This beautiful girl is Sadie! She was brought to the Shelter two weeks ago and she is ready to be adopted! She is a domestic short haired, spayed female who is 4 years old. She is also declawed and fully vaccinated. Sadie would do best in a home without other cats. Please come by and visit her today!

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


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