Nov. 24, 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:
Trash/Recycling Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
There will be NO trash, recycling or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service provided Thursday or Friday, Nov. 25-26. There will be NO make-up days for trash collection or BABIC.
Makeup days for collection are:
|Thursday, Nov. 25||Wednesday, Nov. 24|
|Friday, Nov. 26||Saturday, Nov. 27|
City Facilities Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
|Animal Shelter||Closed Nov. 25-26|
|City Hall/Civic Center, Municipal Court||Closed Nov. 25-26|
|Eisemann Center||Closed Nov. 25|
|Gymnastics Center||Closed Nov. 24-26|
|Heights Recreation Center||Closes at 5 p.m. Nov. 24
Closed Nov. 25
Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 26
|Huffhines Recreation Center||Closed Nov. 24-25
Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 26
|Library||Closes at 5 p.m. Nov. 24
Closed Nov. 25-26
|Senior Center||Closes at 5 p.m. Nov. 24
Closed Nov. 25-26
|Sherrill Park Golf Course||Closed Nov. 25|
|Tennis Center||Closed Nov. 25|
“Hometown Thursdays” Tickets for Santa’s Village Available Nov. 29
Santa’s Village will again offer special nights for Richardson residents, called “Hometown Thursdays,” on two select Thursdays—Dec. 9 and 16. Each resident must have a FREE TICKET to enter.
Tickets are available starting Monday, Nov. 29 at the following locations:
- Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.
- Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Rd.
- Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Rd.
Residents can obtain up to eight tickets per household at designated locations by showing proof of residency, such as a driver’s license. A limited number of tickets are available.
Santa’s Village opens Saturday, Dec. 4.
More information: www.cor.net/santasvillage
Toy and Food Drive Benefiting Network Begins Monday
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 to any Richardson Fire Station, the Fleet Department at the City Service Center (1260 Columbia Dr.), the Library (Civic Center Dr.) and the Grand Hall at City Hall (411 W. Arapaho Rd.) from Nov. 29-Dec. 17.
Richardson Today in Mailboxes Next Week
The December issue of Richardson Today has been sent to the printer and is expected to hit mailboxes by the end of next week. It includes news about a corporate relocation coming to Richardson, the City Council’s 2021-23 Statement of Goals and information about student art and essay contests that celebrate diversity. The issue also doubles as a guide to “all things holiday” in Richardson—more than 35 events are listed that will help you get into the holiday spirit and support local artisans, musicians and performers.
Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city. Ask your local mail carrier if you do not receive your copy and you live within the boundaries of Richardson. 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 also be accessed there.
More Lane Closures Expected on Arapaho west of Plano Road
The right and center lanes of eastbound Arapaho Road between International Parkway and Plano Road may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. through mid-December for concrete replacement/rehab work, part of the annual Street Pavement Repair Project. (Note that after 3:30 p.m., only one lane will remain closed overnight and two lanes will be open to traffic until the next morning at 9 a.m.) Also in the area, the right lane of westbound Arapaho Road between International Parkway and Executive Drive may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for fiber optic work. That work is expected to be complete by mid-January.
Manhole Project to Close a Lane near Campbell/Floyd Intersection
The right lane of westbound Campbell Road about 300 feet before and after Floyd Road may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for utility work related to the Cottonwood Creek Manhole Project. The Project is expected to be complete by early March. Other areas scheduled for lane closures due to the Project include westbound Spring Valley Road at Waterfall Way and westbound Chippewa Drive at Coit Road.
CityLine Outdoor Free Movie Nov. 27: “Elf”
CityLine Plaza, 1150 State St.
Saturday, Nov. 27
Bring blankets, lawn chairs, friends, family and pets to cozy up for a showing of the holiday classic, “Elf.” Picnics are welcome; movie-themed drinks will be available for sale. Free parking is available along State Street or on the ground level of all garages.
Senior Shopping Excursions Begin Dec. 3
Transportation leaves from Senior Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd.
Cost: $5 per trip
Dec. 3, 10 and 17
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Avoid traffic and parking hassles and let the Richardson Senior Center take you holiday shopping! The Center is hosting three “Shop ‘til You Drop” excursions to favorite shopping destinations in DFW on three upcoming Fridays:
- Dec. 3 to Allen Premium Outlets
- Dec. 10 to NorthPark Center
- Dec. 17 to Firewheel Town Center
Call 972-744-7800 or stop by the Senior Center to sign up.
900 Civic Center Dr., 75080
Saturday Morning Kids Storytime Nov. 27
First Floor Program Room
Admission: Free ticket required; available at 10 a.m. the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis.
Saturday, Nov. 27
Join Library staff for a family storytime program geared toward children ages 3-6. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult.
“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
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.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Chamberlain Ballet: “The Nutcracker” Nov. 26-28
Hill Performance Hall
Tickets: $20-$100 ($100 tickets include an autographed production poster signed by the guest artists.)
Friday-Saturday 7 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.
The performances feature Ballet West Principal Artists Beckanne Sisk as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Chase O’Connell as the Cavalier. Chamberlain Ballet’s company dancers and children’s cast round out the production.
- The Vocal Majority Dec. 2, 3, 5
Hill Performance Hall
Dec. 2, 3, 5
7:30 p.m. Thursday, 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.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office.
At UT Dallas:
800 W. Campbell Rd.
- “Musica Nova” Chamber Music Concert Dec. 3
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.
RCT presents “Home for the Holidays” Nov. 27
770 N. Coit Rd. #2405
Saturday, Nov. 27
Join Repertory Company Theatre for an evening of Christmas entertainment to kick off the holiday season. A holiday concession bar will be available.
“Inspecting Carol” Opens at Richardson Theatre Centre Dec. 3
518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste 113
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.
“The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” Opens Dec. 3 at The Core Theatre
518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste. 115
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
“Cease the Grease” Cooking Oil Collection Begins Nov. 25
551 N. Plano Rd.
Nov. 25-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.)
The City partners with Texas-based American BioSource to collect the oil/grease, which is recycled into biofuels.
AgriLife Extension Offers Tips on Choosing, Caring for Natural Holiday Trees
If you’re planning to buy a natural Christmas tree from a local tree lot or cut-your-own farm, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has helpful information online regarding the differences between types of trees, how to care for a natural tree after you bring it home, and how to buy a tree so that it can be planted in your landscape after the new year. There’s also a link to a database of cut-your-own tree farms in Texas. Find the full article here.
Don’t forget that if you aren’t planning to replant the tree, plan to set the tree at your curb (tinsel and decoration-free) to be turned into mulch as part of the City’s “Tree Cycling” program. (Note that only unflocked trees may be tree cycled.)
Richardson tree cycling takes place Dec. 17, 2021-Feb. 1, 2022.
Technical Assistant ($15.73/hr to 23.39/hr)
The Eisemann Center is looking for an individual with experience as a theatrical technician, stagehand, or related back stage position who can assist in coordinating and overseeing stage activities.
Surface Finisher ($38,316 to $51,216 Salary)
The Public Services Department is looking for an individual with experience in pavement and structural construction. A Texas Commercial Drivers License, Class A, will be required.
Assistant Marketing & Development Manager ($38,760 to $57,624)
The Eisemann Center is currently looking for an individual who can provide support in executing tasks associated with marketing campaigns and development & fundraising needs for the Eisemann Center and for the Eisemann Center Presents (ECP) series of attractions.
For other job opportunities, visit www.cor.net/jobs
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Our cutie Pepper would love to dash some love into your life! Pepper is a neutered pit mix that we think is around 4 years old. He is fully vetted and microchipped. He is one of our longest dog residents as he has been eagerly waiting for someone to take him home since July. He is heartworm positive but his heartworms CAN be treated. Heartworms are from dogs getting bitten by an infected mosquito and can be fatal if not treated, which is why owners must keep their dogs up to date on heartworm preventative medication. If you adopt him, you do get a discounted treatment with a vet clinic. This great and SUPER sweet dog is very laid back and gentle. He would need a meet-and-greet with an adopter’s dogs to see if they would get along. He walks well on a leash and has a very calm temperament. If you are interested in this sweet lovebug, come and adopt him today! If you cannot adopt because of heartworms, please help sponsor his treatment (around $1,000), donate here.
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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