Dec. 22, 2021
This 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:
City Christmas/New Year’s Trash/Recycling Schedule and City Facilities Holiday Schedule
Trash/Recycling/Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC)
There will be NO trash or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service provided Thursday or Friday, Dec. 23-24 or Friday, Dec. 31. There will be NO make-up days for trash collection or BABIC.
Recycling Make-up Days
|Thursday, Dec. 23||Wednesday, Dec. 22|
|Friday, Dec. 24||Thursday, Dec. 23|
|Thursday, Dec. 30||Wednesday, Dec. 29|
|Friday, Dec. 31||Thursday, Dec. 30|
Public Facility Operating Hours
|Animal Shelter||Closed Dec. 24-25, Jan. 1|
|City Hall/Civic Center, Municipal Court||Closed Dec. 23-24, Dec. 31|
|Eisemann Center||Closed Dec. 23-25, Jan. 1
Open for 8 p.m. show on Dec. 31
|Gymnastics Center||Closed Dec. 23-25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1|
|Heights Recreation Center||Closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1
Closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 31
|Huffhines Recreation Center||Closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1
Closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 31
|Library||Closed Dec. 23-25 and Jan. 1
Closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 31
|Senior Center||Closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1
Closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 31
|Sherrill Park Golf Course||Closed Dec. 25|
|Tennis Center||Closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1
Closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 31
Santa’s Village Open for Strolling, Photos
Though Richardson Santa’s Village activities ended Dec. 19, the buildings and decorations remain in place and the lights will continue to be lit through Jan. 2. Visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds and take photographs daily from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Fire Department Delivers Toys, Food to Network
The Richardson Fire Department delivered items from its annual Toy and Food Drive to Network of Community Ministries this week (146 pounds of food and over 500 toys). The donations will be used by Network to help make the holiday season brighter for families in need.
Further donations can be made throughout the year to Network of Community Ministries at 1500 International Pkwy. or online at www.thenetwork.org.
Local Gift Buyers, Sellers Benefit from Police “Exchange Zone”
If you’re a fan of selling or buying through online “resale” platforms (such as Facebook Marketplace and eBay), the Richardson Police Department (RPD) has an outdoor Exchange Zone that can help you feel more comfortable when conducting local transactions.
Established earlier this year, the specially designated area is located at RPD headquarters, 200 N. Greenville Ave., and features 24/7 video surveillance and an adjacent emergency call button. Look for the designated parking with “Exchange Zone” signage on the southeast side of the visitor parking lot.
For more information, click here or contact RPD Community Relations at 972-744-4955.
UT Dallas “Texas Sized Christmas” Campaign Benefits Local Charities
UT Dallas Student Government is again participating in the statewide “A Texas-Sized Christmas” fundraising initiative and is asking for the community’s help in reaching their 2021 goal of $4,000. Spearheaded by “For the Students” at The University of Houston, the campaign’s purpose is to decrease food insecurity during the holidays—funds raised benefit not only college organizations but their surrounding communities as well (the UT Dallas campaign will benefit the UT Dallas Comet Cupboard, Plano-based Minnie’s Food Pantry and the North Texas Food Bank).
“A Texas-Sized Christmas” began Dec. 10 and continues through Jan. 1. Click here to donate.
No City Council Meeting Dec. 27, Jan. 3
Due to the upcoming holidays, there will be no City Council work session or meeting Dec. 27 and Jan. 3. The Council will next meet for a work session and regular meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Jan. 10.
Lanes Closures Near Custer/Malden due to Fiber Relocation Work
The right lanes of northbound and southbound Custer Road between Lowell Lane and Melrose Drive at Malden Drive and the alley between Beverly Drive and Malden Drive may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for fiber optic work. The work is expected to be complete by mid-January.
Cable Installation Closes Lane on US 75 Frontage Road North of Campbell
The right turn lane of the northbound US 75 frontage road onto Lakeside Boulevard may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. due to cable installation work. The work is expected to be complete by mid-March.
Save the Dates:
- Black History Month Art Contest Opens Jan. 1
Eligible students: PreK-12th grade; must reside within the City of Richardson and/or attend an RISD or PISD school within Richardson city limits.
Cost per entry: Free
Submission dates: Jan. 1-Feb. 28, 2022In this second annual contest sponsored by the Richardson City Council, students are asked to create a visual image that displays how their unique beliefs and values contribute to our diverse community and help promote inclusion. Winners in each age group/category receive $100 and recognition at a City Council meeting.Rules/more information: www.cor.net/ArtandEssayContest
- MLK, Jr. Essay Contest Opens Jan. 1
Eligible students: 4th-12th grade; must reside within the City of Richardson and/or attend an RISD or PISD school within Richardson city limits.
Cost per entry: Free
Submission dates: Jan. 1-31, 2022Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” In this second annual contest sponsored by the Richardson City Council, students are asked to write an essay in 500 words or less about what issue they would “shine a light on” if they had the opportunity, and why. Winners in each age group/category receive $100 and recognition at a City Council meeting.Rules/more information: www.cor.net/ArtandEssayContest
- City Photo Contest Begins Jan. 8
Eligibility: All ages, divided into three categories (Student/High School Age and Younger; Amateur Adult/College Age and Beyond; Proficient Adult/Proficient in the Art of Photography). Do not have to be a Richardson resident.
Cost per entry: $5 for Student category; $10 for others
Submission dates: Jan. 8-23, 2022Time to start planning for the City’s annual Photo Contest! Entry forms are available at Huffhines Recreation Center or online. Photos must be a minimum size of 48 square inches and a maximum of 16” x 20”, mounted on 16” x 20” foam core. Two color photos and two black and white photos are allowed per entrant per category—there are 12 categories including People, Landscapes and Still Life.Results will be posted online Jan. 28; winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony Feb. 17. (Need inspiration? Check out the awards video from the 2021 contest here.)
- "It’s Time Texas” Community Fitness Challenge Begins Jan. 3
Cost to participate: Free
Dates: Jan. 3-Feb. 27, 2022The City of Richardson is again participating in the “It’s Time Texas” Community Fitness Challenge. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to sign up for the free, 8-week challenge that takes place Jan. 3-Feb. 27 and earn points and win prizes for completing healthy individual actions such as working out, logging water intake and eating healthy meals. People who sign up on behalf of their city also earn points for their community with every healthy action they submit.Register here (earn 500 points just by registering and 250 bonus points for registering by Jan. 3). Participants will be e-mailed instructions on downloading the free ITT Community Challenge app to track activities.
“CityLine Lights” Continue through Jan. 4
1150 State Street
Through Jan. 4
“CityLine Lights” at CityLine Plaza features over a half million holiday lights—moving icicle-styled lights in the trees throughout the plaza and overhead lights draped over the plaza lawn, plus an 18-foot-tall Christmas tree, creating a memorable backdrop for holiday photos or a nighttime stroll.
New Year’s Eve Dance at Senior Center Dec. 31
820 W. Arapaho Rd.
Admission: $5 per person; includes light refreshments
Friday, Dec. 31
Enjoy dancing to the country and western sounds of Danny Romo.
No pre-registration required!
900 Civic Center Dr., 75080
Traveler Alert: Wi-Fi Hot Spots Available for Checkout
Richardson Library cardholders are reminded that if they are traveling over the holidays and need Wi-Fi, portable Wi-Fi hotspots are available for check-out for up to seven days. The hotspots may be renewed depending on reservations by other Library users. To check out a hotspot, head to the Information Desk along with a valid Richardson Library card (in good standing), where you’ll fill out a quick form.
Anime Club Begins in January
First Floor Program Room
First meeting: Thursday, Jan. 6, 2021
Teens ages 13-18 are invited to join the Library’s new Anime Club, designed especially for teen fans of anime. The group will meet monthly to watch anime, chat and more. Anime ratings: PG-13 or lower.
At the Eisemann Center:
2351 Performance Dr., 75082
- “The Nutcracker” with CCBT, PSO Tonight
Hill Performance Hall
Tickets: $27-$97 (Streaming available for $45)
Wednesday, Dec. 22
7:30 p.m.Collin County Ballet Theatre presents Artistic Director Kirt Hathaway’s production of “The Nutcracker” with the Plano Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Hector Guzman. The production features American Ballet Theatre principal artists Herman Cornejo and Skylar Brandt, along with dancers from the Collin County Ballet Theatre Youth Ensemble and Hathaway Academy of Ballet.
- Pegasus Theatre’s “Prime Time for Murder” Begins Dec. 29
Bank of America Theatre
Tickets: $24 for Sneak Preview Dec. 29-30; $75 Dec. 31 (includes NYE celebration after show); $24-$44 for other shows, with child and senior discounts offered
Dates: Wednesdays-Sundays Dec. 29-Jan. 16 (no shows Jan. 1 or Jan. 12)
Times: 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, with additional 2 p.m. shows offered Saturdays-SundaysPegasus Theatre presents the world premiere of the 21st Harry Hunsacker adventure, “Prime Time for Murder,” featuring Pegasus’ trademarked Living Black & White™ technique. The play takes place in a television studio where the program, “Mystery Theater,” is broadcast live. The year is 1950 and television is in its infancy. Harry, Nigel and Lt. Foster have been invited to the studio by the producer, Waldorf Killian, to be consultants on the show. But when bodies start turning up, the trio will have to defend one of their own and find the real killer before it’s too late!
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office.
“Masquerade” at Repertory Company Theatre Dec. 31
770 N. Coit Rd., #2405
Tickets: $28 adults, $17 teens (call box office for group rates)
Friday, December 31
Enjoy the “music of the night” this New Year’s Eve! Performance includes a gaming casino in the lobby with prizes (Mavs tickets, Stars tickets, restaurants and more). Each ticket includes five gaming chips. Holiday concession bar available.
The Core Theatre is presenting a special New Year’s Eve performance of “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge,” with an after-party included with each ticket. Synopsis of show: After his miraculous transformation, Ebenezer Scrooge is back to his old ways and is suing Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder and the intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Tree Cycling Continues
Make plans to turn your Christmas tree into mulch and compost after the holidays 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).
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).
The mulch and compost are created thanks to a regional partnership between Richardson, Plano, Allen, McKinney, Frisco and Texas Pure; it is used in landscaping by the cities and offered to the public for purchase. Residents of the five member cities receive a discount.
Holiday Box Recycling Continues
While large items such as computers and flat screen TVs are often popular holiday gifts, setting out their boxes for trash or recycling pick-up can communicate to would-be thieves about what’s inside your home. To help prevent this (and encourage recycling at the same time), the Richardson Police Department and Public Services Department team up each year to offer Holiday Box Recycling.
- 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)
Note: The temporary locations are for flattened cardboard items ONLY.
Recreation Customer Service Representative ($10/hr to 13.75/hr)
The Parks department has multiple openings at the Recreation Center for individuals who enjoy working with people and to help assist in supervising Recreation Center instructors, programs, and activities.
Senior Capital Projects Contract Administrator ($55,944 to $84,360 Salary)
The Engineering/Capital Projects department is looking for an individual with experience as a Contract Administrator, Contract Manager, or relevant role and has knowledge of legal requirements involved with contracts and strong analytical and organizational skills.
Gymnastics Instructor ($7.50/hr to $26.50/hr)
The Parks department is looking for individuals who enjoy working with people in groups of various sizes and has a passion for teaching.
For other job opportunities, visit www.cor.net/jobs
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Daphne, our gorgeous 5-year-old Torbie! Daphne is a spayed domestic long hair that is fully vetted and microchipped. She is more of a reserved cat that needs to warm up to people, but she is friendly. We think she would do best in a home with adults and kids over the age of 10. Daphne came into the shelter as a stray in October and has been waiting for a home ever since. If you are interested in giving this beauty a home to call her own, come to the shelter to adopt her today!
Schedule an appointment: https://richardsonanimalshelter.setmore.com/
For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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