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Dec. 3, 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:

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Santas Village
Santa’s Village Opens Saturday Evening with Tree Lighting
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Santa’s Village, Richardson’s holiday “city within a city,” will officially open Saturday, Dec. 4 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. 4-5 from 6-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 9-12 from 6-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 16-19 from 6-9 p.m.

Dec. 9 and 16 are designated as “Hometown Thursdays” for Richardson residents and require a free ticket for admission—available while supplies last 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.

Video: https://vimeo.com/652237169
Website: www.cor.net/santasvillage

Christmas Parade
Richardson Christmas Parade This Weekend
The 49th Annual Richardson Christmas Parade, benefiting Network of Community Ministries, begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 and includes costumed characters, floats, decorated vehicles, area marching bands, Santa and Mrs. Claus. This year’s theme is “There’s No Place Like Home” and the ceremonial grand marshals are local medical workers. The parade will travel north on Coit Road beginning at Cherrywood Drive and ending at J.J. Pearce High School. The Parade’s Award Ceremony will be held the same day at 5 p.m. at the City Hall/Civic Center plaza (411 W. Arapaho Rd.), just prior to the City’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and the opening of Santa’s Village.

Christmas Parade west side

Website: www.cor.net/parade

Toy Drive
Toy and Food Drive Benefiting Network 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 through Dec. 17 to:

  • Any Richardson Fire Station
  • Fleet Department at the City Service Center (1260 Columbia Dr.)
  • Library (900 Civic Center Dr.)
  • Grand Hall at City Hall (411 W. Arapaho Rd.)

Contact: 972-744-5750

Network Truck
Network Dedicates New 26-foot Food Truck
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Yesterday, Network of Community Ministries unveiled their new “game-changer” for families in need—a 26-foot food truck that will help bring help and hope wherever it goes and meet the basic need for nourishment among local residents. Since not all those in need can visit Network’s main facility, a Mobile Food Pantry Program was started in 2019 to take the help to them. In 2020, more than 38,000 people received food through this program. This new truck furthers the program’s scope, adding Pre-K centers and planned daycare site stops to the previous weekly outreach schedule of school and community locations.

Video: https://vimeo.com/652547281
Website: www.thenetwork.org

Shoebox Parade
2020 “Shoebox Parade” Wins Statewide Award
The City of Richardson Parks and Recreation’s Community Events team was honored last month with several awards from the Texas Festivals and Events Association (TFEA), including Best Miscellaneous Multimedia and Best Overall Virtual Event for last year’s “Santa’s Village on Parade: A Virtual Shoebox Parade.” The virtual parade, which was broadcast online, featured Santa, “virtual villagers” and more than 25 miniature shoebox “floats” depicting scenes from Richardson’s Santa’s Village, created by individuals, families, businesses and organizations. Like the City’s traditional in-person parades, it benefited Network of Community Ministries.

To view more TFEA awards received by the Community Events team, click here.


Richardson Projects

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Concrete Work to Close Portion of Arapaho Road East of US 75
The right, center and left lanes of westbound Arapaho Road between Plano Road and Glenville Drive may be closed to traffic through mid-December for concrete replacement/rehab work, part of the annual Street Pavement Repair Project. Two lanes may be closed from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with only one lane closed outside of those hours.



“Letter from Santa” Registration Deadline is Dec. 7
Children of all ages can receive a personalized letter from Santa with the City’s annual Letter from Santa program. Each letter is addressed specifically to the individual and sent on special stationery. Cost per letter is $5.

Sign up on the form found in the Winter Recreation Guide. No registrations will be taken after Dec. 7 to ensure delivery before Christmas Eve.


Sign Up Now for Dec. 11 “Breakfast with Santa”
Create a holiday memory with your child and share breakfast with Santa Claus Saturday, Dec. 11 at Huffhines Recreation Center from 9-10 a.m.

Fee is $10 per child; includes breakfast and a craft. Pre-registration (by Dec. 7) is required. For children ages 2-5.

Registration/more information: 972-744-7881
Register Online - Activity Number: 26379


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CityLine Merry Market Dec. 4 

1150 State Street
Admission: Free
Saturday, Dec. 4
1-9 p.m.

CityLine’s Merry Market & Festival returns, in partnership with The Boho Market. The event will include 70 local makers with goods and gifts; live music throughout the day; “sweet stations” with sweet treats and hot cocoa; free holiday-themed crafts for children and a free DIY gift wrapping station, with all supplies provided.

Free parking is available along State Street or on the ground level of all garages.

Website: www.citylinedfw.com/events


IQ® Brew Dec. 9
The Drawing Board, 1900 Jay Ell Dr.
Admission: Free; register in advance here
Thursday, Dec. 9
8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.

The IQ® Brew continues its series featuring UT Dallas research teams by welcoming Dr. Walter Voit, associate professor and entrepreneur and the director of the UT Dallas Center for Applied AI. The research teams, as part of the UT Dallas Center for Emergent Novel Technology, have been awarded seed grant funding from the UT Dallas Office of Innovation & Research and will anchor a public presence in the Richardson Innovation Quarter.

IQ® Brew is an ongoing networking and educational series hosted by the City’s Office of Innovation & Placemaking Initiatives and Richardson Chamber of Commerce that features short presentations from entrepreneurs, small businesses, innovation ecosystem builders and subject-matter experts.

Website: www.richardsoniq.com


Dallas County Flu/COVID Vaccine Event Dec. 8
Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Rd.
Free, but registration requested
Wednesday, Dec. 8
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Dallas County is hosting a free flu/COVID vaccine event. For more information or to RSVP, contact Aaron Ceder with Dallas County at aaron.ceder@dallascounty.org or 214-653-6512.


900 Civic Center Dr., 75080

Knit at the Library with “Dewey Knit” Group; Next Meeting is Dec. 4
First Floor Program Room
No cost or pre-registration
Saturday, Dec 4
2-4 p.m.

The Library welcomes knitters of all ages and abilities to participate in the Library’s informal knitting group.

More information: 972-744-4377


“The Nutcracker” with Tuzer Ballet Company Dec. 4
Basement Program Room
Admission: Free ticket required; pick up tickets starting at 2:30 p.m. the day of the event at the Youth Services Desk. Attendees must choose one performance.
Saturday, Dec. 4
Performance 1: 3:30-4 p.m.
Performance 2: 4:30-5 p.m.

The Tuzer Ballet Company will perform excerpts from the classic holiday ballet, “The Nutcracker.” Open to all ages.



Arts and Culture
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At the Eisemann Center:

  • The Vocal Majority Tonight, Sunday
    Hill Performance Hall
    Tickets: $19-$59
    Friday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 5
    7:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday with an additional 2 p.m. show Sunday

    The 100+-member Vocal Majority men’s chorus is back with “Xmas Marks the Spot: Christmas on the High Seas,” taking the audience on a Christmas cruise in Act 1, complete with pirates, and changing the mood in Act 2 with beloved and sacred Christmas songs.

  • “Holiday Classics” with RSO and Richardson Community Chorale Dec. 4 
    Hill Performance Hall
    Tickets: $20-$80
    Saturday, Dec. 4
    8 p.m.

    A holiday tradition is back, filled with favorite songs of the season, as the Richardson Symphony Orchestra performs with the Richardson Community Chorale.

  • “The Nutcracker” with Royale Ballet Dance Academy Dec. 4-5
    Bank of America Theatre
    Tickets: $28
    Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 5
    2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

    RBDA presents its 17th Nutcracker production, a holiday treat for the whole family.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office.

Call: 972-744-4650
Website: www.eisemanncenter.com

At UT Dallas:
800 W. Campbell Rd.

  • “Musica Nova” Chamber Music Concert Tonight 
    University Theatre
    Admission: Free
    Friday, Dec. 3
    8 p.m.“Musica Nova: An Evening in Venice, Vienna & Paris” features students from the University’s Advanced Orchestra and Chamber Music Ensemble performing selections from Vivaldi, Mozart and Fauré along with UT Dallas faculty and other professional musicians. Composer-conductor Robert Xavier Rodríguez will direct the group. For more information, click here.

“Inspecting Carol” Opens Tonight at RTC 
518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste 113
Tickets: $20-$22
Dec. 3-19
7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays

This “laugh-a-minute romp” tells the story of a regional theater company that is rehearsing its annual production of “A Christmas Carol” when it gets news they may be inspected by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in order to receive a grant. When they assume that a man asking to audition is really an NEA informer, everyone caters to the bewildered wannabe actor and he is given a role. Hilarity ensues as the audience (and the clueless theater company) awaits the real inspector.

Contact: 972-699-1130
Website: www.richardsontheatrecentre.net

“The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” Opens Dec. 3 at The Core Theatre
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518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste. 115
Tickets: $15-$25
Dec. 3-19
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.

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.

Contact: (214) 930-5338
Website: www.thecoretheatre.org
Video: www.vimeo.com/651310620

RHS Winter Band Concert Dec. 8
RHS Auditorium, 1250 W. Belt Line Rd.
Admission: Free
Wednesday, Dec. 8
6 p.m.

The Richardson High School bands and the bands from its two junior high feeder schools, Richardson West and Westwood, will perform a selection of holiday and non-holiday favorites.

“A Christmas Carol, the Musical” at RCT Dec. 10
770 N. Coit Rd. #2405
Tickets: $17-$28
Dec. 10-19

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Repertory Company Theatre is presenting the holiday classic as tweaked by Broadway’s Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens. This musical ghost story follows the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge through a series of strange and magical journeys, where he ultimately discovers the true spirit of the holiday season.

Website: www.rcttheatre.com
Contact: 972-690-5029



“Cease the Grease” Cooking Oil Collection Continues through Dec. 7
551 N.  Plano Rd.
Cost: Free
Through Dec. 7
Open 24 hours

Help our water system stay clog-free—dispose of leftover Thanksgiving cooking oil and grease at the City’s temporary oil/grease drop-off site, 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.)

Cease the Grease Map

The City partners with Texas-based American BioSource to collect the oil/grease, which is recycled into biofuels.

Website: www.DefendYourDrainsNorthTexas.com



Public Information Coordinator ($59,184 to $92,364 Salary)
The CIS department is looking for an individual with experience in public relations, journalism, or other mass communication related field who can assist with conveying information on the City’s social media outreach channels for city news, community events, and crisis communications and perform other related work as required.

Solid Waste Supervisor ($55,752 to $78,192 Salary)
The Public Services Department is looking for an individual who with supervisory experience that can carefully supervises and evaluate daily and long-range work plans of field personnel involved in providing citywide collection services for residential refuse, recyclables, brush/bulky items and commercial refuse, and perform other related work as required.
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.

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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