Dec. 23, 2020
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.
The Mayor and City Council wish everyone safe and happy holidays this Christmas and New Year’s and urge residents to do their part in protecting the community by following the guidance of health officials throughout the holiday season!
City of Richardson Recycling, Solid Waste and Facility Schedule for Christmas and New Year’s Holidays
There will be NO recycling, solid waste or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service provided Thursday, Dec. 24, Friday, Dec. 25 or Friday, Jan. 1. 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
|Thursday, Dec. 24||Wednesday, Dec. 23|
|Friday, Dec. 25||Saturday, Dec. 26|
|Thursday, Dec. 31||Wednesday, Dec. 30|
|Friday, Jan. 1||Thursday, Dec. 31|
For the Christmas holiday Dec. 24-25 and the New Year’s holiday Jan. 1, City facilities and services will operate according to the following holiday schedule.
|City Hall/Civic Center and Municipal Court||Closed Dec. 24-25, Jan. 1|
|Eisemann Center||Closed Dec. 24-27
Closed Jan. 1-3
|Recreation Centers and Tennis Center||Closed Dec. 24-25,
5 p.m. Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1
|Gymnastics Center||Closed Dec. 24-25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1|
|Library||5 p.m. Dec. 23, closed Dec. 24-26
5 p.m. Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1
(Contact Richardson’s Response Center at 972-744-4111 to report non-emergency animal related issues.
|5 p.m. Dec. 23, closed Dec. 24-25
5 p.m. Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1
|Sherrill Park Golf Course||Closed Dec. 25|
DART Announces Christmas Day Schedule
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) have announced the following changes for Friday, Dec. 25:
- DART buses and light rail will operate on a Sunday schedule
- DART GoLink and the TRE will not operate
- Paratransit Services will operate on a Saturday schedule
- DART administrative offices, Customer Information Center, Customer Care Center and Lost and Found will be closed
- Mobility Management’s Paratransit Call Center will be closed Friday through Sunday
Trees Planted on Main Street
Twelve bald cypress trees were planted in the Main Street Redevelopment area (Core District) this week, the first of 105 total trees that will transform the area into a leafy, pedestrian-friendly destination. The trees have been growing in Aledo for more than a year, and were planted in specially designed, lined “trenches” that will contain the tree root systems without damaging the surrounding concrete.
Plans are for red maple trees to be planted next. The Main Street trees will also include live oak, American sycamore and Mexican sycamore.
No City Council Meeting Dec. 28
Due to the holidays, there will be no City Council work session or meeting Dec. 28. The Council will next meet for a work session beginning at 6 p.m. Jan. 4, 2021.
To view the complete 2021 City Council calendar, click here.
Portion of Greenville Avenue North of Campbell Road May Close for Cable Installation
The right lane of northbound Greenville Avenue between Campbell Road and Campbell Creek Boulevard may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for a cable installation. The work is expected to be complete in early January.
New Year’s Eve Boxes Offered for Stay-at-Home Fun
Ring in 2021 at home with a Family New Year’s Eve Box being offered by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. Each box, priced at $20, includes party-at-home supplies, activities and treats for up to four people.
Boxes will be available for pick-up at Heights Recreation Center beginning Sunday, Dec. 27. Order online at www.cor.net/parksonline (activity #23129); limited supply available.
City Offers Fine Art Camp for Kids Dec. 28-31
The Parks and Recreation Department is offering “Artful Explorations” Holiday Fine Art Camp Dec. 28-31 from 9 a.m.-noon at Huffhines Recreation Center, for children ages 6-12. The camp will be held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and is a great opportunity for young artists to explore painting with watercolors, acrylics and oils on canvas. Instruction is step-by-step, so students learn about color theory, brush strokes, perspective and the use of three different mediums, while developing a greater understanding of the visual world.
Registration fee is $59, plus a $45 supply fee. Each participant will create two paintings per day. Bring an apron to wear, some paper towels and a snack each day. Register at www.cor.net/parksonline (activity #22439) or call 972-744-7881. Limited spaces available.
Register Now for “It’s Time Texas” Community Fitness Challenge
As the coronavirus continues to impact communities, staying healthy is more important than ever. To help in that endeavor, the City of Richardson is again participating in the “It’s Time Texas” Community Fitness Challenge. The free, annual eight-week Challenge will take place Jan. 3-Feb. 28 and involves individuals, organizations, communities and schools engaging in a friendly competition, earning points and winning prizes for completing healthy individual actions such as working out, logging water intake and eating healthy meals. Participants can track their activities in real time through the new free, mobile Community Challenge app—earn 500 points just for downloading it!
Register before Jan. 3 to receive 250 bonus points. People who sign up on behalf of their city earn points for their community with every healthy action they submit. To sign up and for more information, click here. After registering, you will be e-mailed a link closer to the start date to download the app.
“‘Twas the Night Before Christmas … at the Richardson Library” Storytime Online
For a unique version of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” check out a new Storytime posted online at the Library’s Facebook page, featuring Library staff reading a version specific to the Richardson Library. Be sure to watch for funny surprises happening in the background throughout the story!
- New Year’s Eve Streaming Event with Pegasus TheatreDec. 31 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 (good for 24 hours after performance date).
“A Trifle Dead!—The Movie” is another hilarious whodunit from Pegasus Theatre, featuring beloved Pegasus characters Harry Hunsacker, Nigel Grouse and Lt. Foster trying to find a murderer in a mansion full of suspects, on a cold night in 1938. For cost and safety reasons, this show does not employ Pegasus’ special trade-secret Living Black & White technique, but it was taped in black and white to give the performance a similar look.
- Enneagram Art Exhibit Continues
Noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and during all public performances, through Jan. 24 in the Green Mezzanine Gallery. Admission is free. (The Eisemann Center is closed for the holidays Dec. 24-27 and Jan. 1-3.)
The nine Enneagram personality types come to life in “By the Numbers: An Enneagram Series,” featuring paintings by Michelle B Noah.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office (credit card only), 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com. Click here for more information about the Eisemann Center’s COVID-19 safety procedures.
UT Dallas Virtual Arts Festival Features Music, Visual Art
UT Dallas’ Fall Arts Festival began last week, continuing the school’s annual tradition of sharing the work of students enrolled in Arts and Humanities courses/majors. This year due to the pandemic, the sharing is taking place online. The free offerings include:
- Guitar Studies ConcertClick here to watch
- “All Together Now” Art ExhibitionThrough Jan. 15; click here to view
- Advanced Voice Student PerformancesSeven students perform a variety of songs from musical theatre to art song to opera—and even a Mozart trio performed by one student.
Click here to watch
- Piano SolosFive students play works by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and others.
Click here for program and here to watch
- Wind Ensemble and String Orchestra ConcertClick here to watch
- String Orchestra ConcertClick here to watch
- Wind Ensemble Concert
Click here to watch
The concerts are also posted at the UT Dallas Arts and Humanities Facebook page.
Richardson Community Band “Holiday Horns” Perform at Heights Park
The Richardson Community Band’s (RCB) Holiday Horns performed a mini concert at the base of the “Rocket” sculpture at Heights Park recently, providing unexpected holiday music for visitors to the park. The group played a few holiday favorites including “Dona Nobis Pachem,” “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “White Christmas.”
View video of the performance, narrated by RCB Associate Conductor Jane Chambers, at the Band’s Facebook page.
Holiday Box Recycling Fights Crime, Helps Environment
The City’s annual holiday box recycling began this week, with locations throughout the city for residents to drop off large holiday boxes that are too big to fit inside the City’s blue recycling bags. The collection encourages recycling while helping to prevent home burglaries.
Temporary drop-off box recycling will be available through Jan. 4 at the following locations:
- 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.
Tree Cycling Has Begun
Turn your Christmas tree 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).
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.
Animal Shelter Pets of the Week
This merry season, we have TWO cats for Pet of the Week! Meet Spot and Red! The brothers came to the Shelter at the beginning of this month as an owner surrender since these two were outdoor cats and they could not bring them inside their home to the pets they had. They are a bonded pair with sweet but shy personalities. Spot is a brown tabby/white domestic short hair who is about 1 year old and Red is the same age but he is an orange tabby/white domestic short hair. They are both fully vaccinated and just waiting for a family to love! Come give these sweet boys a chance to have a new home! If you are interested in making a difference in their life, please share their information or schedule an appointment with the Shelter to come and adopt them! Call us at 972-744-4480. Happy Holidays!
For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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