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Dec. 30, 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 Council | City Plan Commission


New Years Trash Schedule

New Year’s Trash/Recycling Holiday Schedule
For the New Year’s holiday Jan. 1, City services and facilities will operate according to the following holiday schedule:

There will be NO trash or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service provided Friday, Dec. 31. There will be NO make-up days for trash collection or BABIC.

Recycling Make-up Days

 Thursday, Dec. 30  Wednesday, Dec. 29
 Friday, Dec. 31  Thursday, Dec. 30

Facility Holiday Schedule
Facility Holiday Schedule 

Animal Shelter Closed Jan. 1
Closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 31
City Hall/Civic Center, Municipal Court Closed Dec. 31
Eisemann Center Closed Jan. 1
Open for 8 p.m. show on Dec. 31
Gymnastics Center Closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1
Heights Recreation Center Closed Jan. 1
Closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 31
Huffhines Recreation Center Closed Jan. 1
Closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 31
Library Closed Jan. 1
Closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 31
Senior Center Closed Jan. 1
Closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 31
Tennis Center Closed Jan. 1
Closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 31


Outdoor Siren Tests
90-Second Outdoor Siren Tests Begin in January
Richardson’s monthly outdoor warning siren tests will increase from 30 seconds to 90 seconds in length starting Jan. 5, with the goal of having three-minute monthly tests starting in July. This lengthened test duration is to meet the recommendations of the sirens’ manufacturer to fully cycle equipment and maintain battery life.

The City’s 21 outdoor warning sirens (and a portable siren trailer) were updated last October with new equipment and solar panels. The system undergoes monthly tests on the first Wednesday of every month at noon, but tests are canceled when there’s inclement weather or even overcast skies.

The outdoor warning sirens are used during tornado events or large hail to warn people to seek shelter and seek more information on a TV or radio.

Website: www.cor.net/sirens

City Council Celebrates Diversity
City Council Celebrates Diversity with 2nd Annual Student Art and Essay Contests
The Richardson City Council is again sponsoring two student contests that begin accepting entries Jan. 1: a Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest and a “Black History Month: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion” Art Contest.

Each contest is open to students (age varies by contest) who reside within the City of Richardson or attend an RISD/PISD school within the City of Richardson, and each challenges students, in different ways, to think about how they can make the world a better place. The essay contest ends Jan. 31 and the art contest ends Feb. 28. Rules and deadlines for each may be found online. Winners in each age category receive $100 and will be recognized at a future City Council meeting.

Website: www.cor.net/ArtandEssayContest

Aquatics Job Fair
Aquatics Job Fair is Jan. 5
The Parks and Recreation Department will hold a job fair from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5 at Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Rd., to provide information about summer positions available at the City’s five aquatics facilities.

Flexible schedules are offered; applications and more details are available online. No appointment is necessary.

Website: www.cor.net/lifeguard

Outdoor Pickleball Courts
Outdoor Pickleball Courts Created at Two Richardson Parks
Fans of pickleball, a hybrid of tennis, badminton and ping-pong that was dubbed “America’s fastest growing sport” this year by “The Economist,” now have more options of where to play in Richardson—select tennis courts at Woodland and Terrace parks were recently painted with pickleball lines.

One court at each park now doubles as a pickleball court; pickleball players must use the existing tennis net to play. The courts remain available for both sports, but tennis players are requested to keep the pickleball-lined court available if another tennis court is open.

Richardson Parks and Recreation also offers pickleball play indoors at Heights and Huffhines recreation centers during scheduled times.

Website: www.cor.net/parks

Discounted Memberships
Discounted Memberships Offered at Rec Centers during January
To help the community keep their New Year’s fitness resolutions, Richardson recreation centers are ringing in 2022 with 22 percent off all annual recreation memberships purchased during the month of January. (Adult memberships usually cost $60 per year for residents and $120 for nonresidents.) Memberships are valid at both recreation centers for one year from the date of purchase and allow access to each center’s cardio fitness area/weight room, full-sized gym, game room, free WiFi, sauna and locker rooms.

Sign up online at www.cor.net/parksonline (click on “Memberships” tab at top) or in person at either rec center.

Contact: 972-744-7850 (Heights); 972-744-7881 (Huffhines)
Website: www.cor.net/parksonline

Mayor Signs Pledge
Mayor Signs Pledge for Annual “It’s Time Texas” Challenge
Mayor Paul Voelker this week earned the City 500 points for the 2022 “It’s Time Texas” (ITT) Community Challenge by signing the ITT Mayor’s Pledge, recognizing that a healthy community is “more united, productive and prosperous.” Richardson is again participating in the ITT Challenge, an annual statewide health initiative that starts Jan. 3 and runs through Feb. 27 and encourages people to be active and live a healthier lifestyle.

Being part of the challenge is free and participants may earn prizes in addition to points for their city, after completing healthy activities such as working out, logging water intake and eating healthy meals.

More information and online registration may be found here (register before Jan. 3 to earn 250 bonus points).

Website: Register for “It’s Time Texas” Challenge

Ride DART for Free on New Years
Ride DART for Free on New Year’s Eve

Free transportation will be offered the night of New Year's Eve on all DART buses, light rail and paratransit services from 6 p.m. until end of service. In addition, free Trinity Railway Express service will be offered during that time for service between EBJ Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station.

Complete New Year's Eve schedules can be found at www.DART.org.

DART Schedule Changes
DART Announces Schedule Changes for Dec. 31-Jan. 1
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) have announced the following changes for Friday, Dec. 31 and Saturday, Jan. 1:

Dec. 31

  • DART buses, light rail and the TRE will follow a Saturday schedule
  • Paratransit services will operate on a Sunday schedule
  • GoLink will operate only in zones that provide Sunday service

Jan. 1

  • DART light rail will operate on a Sunday schedule
  • TRE will not operate
  • Paratransit services will operate on a Sunday schedule
  • GoLink will operate only in zones that provide Sunday service

On both days, DART administrative offices, the Customer Care Center and Lost and Found will be closed. The DART Customer Information Center will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. DART Mobility Management’s Paratransit Call Center will be closed Friday-Sunday.

Website: www.dart.org
Contact: 214-979-1111

No City Council Meeting Jan. 3
No City Council Meeting Jan. 3
Due to the upcoming holiday, there will be no City Council work session or meeting Jan. 3. The Council will next meet for a work session and regular meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Jan. 10.

Website: www.cor.net/citycouncil

January Richardson Today Arriving
January Richardson Today Arriving in Mailboxes This Weekend
The January issue of Richardson Today has been mailed and should begin arriving in mailboxes tomorrow. The issue includes information about the City Manager succession, the 2021 Bond project timeline, Network of Community Ministries’ new mobile food truck and lots of photographs from recent events, including Santa’s Village and the Fire Department Toy and Food Drive delivery.

Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city. Keep up with Richardson Today stories as they happen, including video, at www.richardsontoday.com. A digital version of the print edition of Richardson Today may be accessed here. Ask your local mail carrier if you do not receive your copy of Richardson Today and you live within the boundaries of Richardson.

Website: www.richardsontoday.com

Richardson Projects

12-30-2021 Spring Valley-01
Lane Closure on Spring Valley Between Weatherred and Waterview
The right lane of eastbound Spring Valley Road between Waterview Drive and Weatherred Drive may be closed at three different locations from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for fiber optic work. The work is expected to be complete in early January.

12-30-2021 Custer and Greenside-01
Lane Closure on Custer North of Renner
The right lane of northbound Custer Parkway between Renner Road and Greenside Drive may be closed from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for utility work related to DART’s Silver Line project. The work is expected to be completed by mid-February.



New Year’s Eve 50+ Dance at Senior Center Dec. 31
820 W. Arapaho Rd.
Admission: $5 per person; includes light refreshments
Friday, Dec. 31
8 p.m.-midnight

Enjoy dancing to the country and western sounds of Danny Romo.

No pre-registration required!

Last Weekend for Strolling through Santa’s Village
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.


900 Civic Center Dr., 75080

“Community Friendship Quilt” Begins in January
The Library is inviting quilters to take part in a community quilt in 2022! Starting in January, participants can pick up free supplies at the Library to create a square of any design or color to add to the quilt. Each participant will receive an 8-inch cotton square, which can be decorated or crafted in any way they choose. Final assembly will begin in April.

The quilt will be displayed at the Library during the summer.

More information: 972-744-4376


Teen Anime Club Meets Jan. 6
First Floor Program Room
Admission: Free
Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022
7-8 p.m.

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.



Arts and Culture
Cultural Partnership Initiative CPI

Eisemann Center logo
At the Eisemann Center:
2351 Performance Dr., 75082

  • Pegasus Theatre’s “Prime Time for Murder” Continues through Jan. 16
    Bank of America Theatre
    Tickets: $75 Dec. 31 (includes NYE celebration after show); $24-$44 for other shows, with child and senior discounts offered
    Dates: Wednesdays-Sundays through Jan. 16 (no shows Jan. 1 or Jan. 12)
    Times: 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, with additional 2 p.m. shows offered Saturdays-Sundays

    Pegasus Theatre presents the world premiere of the 21st Harry Hunsacker adventure, “Prime Time for Murder,” featuring Pegasus’ trademarked Living Black & White™ technique. The special New Year’s Eve performance includes champagne and cake after the show, and plenty of funny hats and noisemakers to ring in the New Year!

  • Last Weekend to View Susan Clark Art Exhibit
    Green Mezzanine Gallery
    Admission: Free
    Through Jan. 4, 2022
    Monday-Friday noon-5 p.m. and during all public events
    The exhibit features 35 abstract paintings of all sizes by painter Susan Paulson Clark that reveal a slice of her life. Click here for more information.

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

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

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“Masquerade” at Repertory Company Theatre Dec. 31

770 N. Coit Rd., #2405
Tickets: $28 adults, $17 teens (call box office for group rates)
Friday, Dec. 31
7:30 p.m.

Enjoy the “music of the night” this New Year’s Eve! Performance includes a gaming casino in the lobby with prizes (Mavericks tickets, Stars tickets, restaurants and more). A prize will be given for the best/most creative COVID mask. Each ticket includes five gaming chips. Holiday concession bar available.

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


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The Core Theatre Offers NYE Performance, Party
518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste. 115
Tickets: $25
Friday, Dec. 31
8 p.m.

The Core Theatre is presenting a special New Year’s Eve performance of “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge,” followed by an after-party with the cast. 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



Tree Cycling Continues
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.

Website: www.cor.net/treecycling
Website: www.cor.net/mulch
Contact: 972-744-4111 for BABIC pick-up; be sure to request that the tree be collected for composting


Prepare Plants, Pipes for Freezing Temperatures
With freezing (and below freezing) temperatures predicted for this weekend, it’s time to do some preparation work to protect plants, pipes and landscapes. Here are some tips from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the American Red Cross:

  • Make sure the soil around plants (not the plant’s leaves) is moist—water only when temperatures rise above 45 degrees or higher the day before a freeze.
  • Turn off your irrigation controller or timer to prevent not only damage to your system, but also to prevent icing of driveways/streets.
  • Leave a small trickle of both hot and cold water coming out of faucets attached to pipes most vulnerable to freezing (those located in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls).
  • Open sink cabinet doors to allow heat from the home’s heating system to circulate around the pipes.
  • If you plan to be out of town, set the thermostat to at least 55 degrees.

More information: www.rdcrss.org/1ObECQV;
Protecting Landscapes and Horticultural Crops from Frosts and Feezes (tamu.edu)



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

POTW - Brutus - Reduced
Say hi to Brutus! This handsome sweetheart is looking for his forever person. He was found abandoned in the animal shelter parking lot by his owner, but he has not let that stop him from showing love to everyone and being super sweet. He is a very affectionate dog who would love to give you kisses! He LOVES toys and running, but can be sitting calmly while you are petting him. If you want to meet this dashing 5-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier who is neutered, fully vetted and microchipped, come to the shelter to meet and adopt him 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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