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Nov. 25, 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 a safe and happy holiday this Thanksgiving and urge residents to do their part in protecting the community by following the guidance of health officials throughout the holiday season!


Seniors Enjoy Drive-Thru Thanksgiving
Staff from the Richardson Senior Center hosted a “Brown Bag Thanksgiving” Nov. 24 in which seniors drove through the parking lot of Methodist Medical Plaza 1 on Campbell Road and picked up Thanksgiving-themed meals. More than 50 participants received turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and more, for less than $10 per meal.

The event was part of ongoing drive-thru programming being offered to seniors this year to help them feel engaged and connected with the community. See Events below for information about an upcoming “Hot Chocolate and Cookies with Mrs. Claus” event planned for Dec. 10.

Video: https://vimeo.com/483264384

Trash and Recycling Schedule/Impacts for Thanksgiving Holiday
The Thanksgiving holiday will impact trash, Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) and recycling collection schedules for some residents this week. There will be NO trash or BABIC service for residents on the Thursday and Friday collection routes and recycling collection service will be altered according to the makeup day schedule below.

A full listing of the City’s holiday trash and recycling schedule is available at www.cor.net/trash.

Recycle Makeup Days

 Thursday, Nov. 26  Wednesday, Nov. 25
 Friday, Nov. 27  Saturday, Nov. 28

For the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 26-27, City facilities and services will operate according to the following holiday schedule.

Animal Shelter
(Contact Richardson’s Response Center at 972-744-4111 to report non-emergency animal related issues.
Closes at 5 p.m. Nov. 25
Closed Nov. 26-27
City Hall/Civic Center, Municipal Court Closed Nov. 26-27
Eisemann Center Closed Nov. 26-29
Huffhines and Heights Recreation Centers Closed Nov. 26
Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 27
Gymnastics Center Closed Nov. 25-27
Library Closes 5 p.m. Nov. 25
Closed Nov. 26-27
Tennis Center Closed Nov. 26
Sherrill Park Golf Course Open

New Trails Open in Spring Creek Nature Area
Visitors to the Spring Creek Nature Area (SCNA) can now more fully experience the park thanks to two recently opened trails. The new, 10-foot-wide hike-and-bike trails are the first concrete trails to traverse the inside of the northern portion of the park, connecting the park’s granite portals and perimeter trail along Renner Road with existing trail in the southern portion of the park.

Together the new trails add about ¼ mile to the park’s three miles of trail. The City acquired the northern portion of the SCNA in 2015, doubling the park’s size to 100 acres, and completed the portals and perimeter trail last year.

Landscaping and grading work continue along the new trails, so visitors are advised to use caution when landscape contractor trucks are in the area.

Website: www.cor.net/departments/parks-recreation/parks-trails
Contact: 972-744-4300

DART Seeks Feedback at Virtual Public Meetings Dec. 3
To address mobility trends and rapid growth in the North Texas area, DART is updating its long-range Transit System Plan and is asking for public feedback through two online meetings Thursday, Dec. 3. The meetings will be held from noon-1 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., with the same information presented at each. Viewers will see and hear more about the planning effort, have the opportunity to ask questions of the planning team and learn how to provide further input.

For background on the “2045 Transit System Plan,” click here. Links to join the meetings as well as call-in information are located at the website link listed below. If you cannot view a meeting but would like to provide feedback, use the online form located here.

Website: www.DART.org/TransitSystemPlan
Contact: TransitSystemPlan@DART.org

No City Council Meeting Nov. 30
There will be no City Council work session or meeting Monday, Nov. 30. The City Council will next meet for a work session and meeting Dec. 7 beginning at 6 p.m.



“Breakfast with Santa” Registration in Progress

Breakfast with Santa
Santa Claus is coming to Heights Recreation Center Dec. 17 for “Breakfast with Santa To Go!” from 9-10 a.m. Santa’s helpers will be handing out breakfast while Santa greets his visitors from a safe distance.

Cost is $5 per child and each registration includes one donut, juice and a small craft to take home. Participants must remain in their vehicles. Pre-registration is required by Dec. 14; register here.

Contact: 972-744-7850

“Hot Chocolate and Cookies with Mrs. Claus” Senior Event Dec. 10

Richardson Senior Center staff are hosting a drive-thru “Hot Chocolate and Cookies with Mrs. Claus” event for ages 55 and up Dec. 10 from 1-2 p.m. in the parking lot of Heights Recreation Center. The event is free but registration is required; call 972-744-7800 to register. Social distancing protocol will be observed.

Zoom Tour of Arboretum “12 Days of Christmas” Dec. 11

Travel virtually to “The 12 Days of Christmas” display at the Dallas Arboretum Friday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. via a live, interactive online tour being offered through Senior Center programming. Participants will go behind the scenes for a one-of-a-kind look hosted by Arboretum Vice President of the Gardens Dave Forehand.

Cost is $20. To register and for more information, call 972-744-7800.

Entry Deadline Approaches for Shoebox Holiday Parade

“Santa’s Village on Parade: A Virtual Shoebox Parade,” sponsored by Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Richardson Woman’s Club, Richardson East Rotary Club and Golden Chick, will take place via online video Dec. 12 and will benefit Network of Community Ministries. Participants will use materials from home to build a shoebox float inspired by Santa’s Village. Float entries have the opportunity to win a variety of awards and prizes, which will be announced in the video.

Entries are due at Heights Recreation Center Nov. 30 no later than 7:30 p.m. Entry fees, profile form, rules and regulations can be found at www.cor.net/santa.

Video: https://vimeo.com/479099232
Contact: 972-744-4580

Still Time to Sign Up for “Letter From Santa”

Hear from Santa via the mail thanks to a holiday activity offered by the Parks and Recreation Department:

  • “Letter from Santa”—children of all ages may receive a personalized letter from Santa. Each letter is addressed specifically to the individual and sent on special stationary. Cost per letter is $5. Sign up here. No registrations will be taken after Dec. 7 to ensure delivery before Christmas Eve.

Website: www.cor.net/santa


Online Board Game Club Nov. 28

Children and teens ages 8-18 are invited to join Library staff Saturday, Nov. 28 from 2-4 p.m. for another round of the Library’s “Whose Turn is It?” Online Board Game Club. The games are played on Board Game Arena—the group uses Webex to communicate and then plays on the Board.

The club will also meet Dec. 12 and 26. There is no cost to participate but registration is required. Call 972-744-4358 for registration and for instructions on how to participate.

Contact: 972-744-4358

Eisemann Center logo

Eisemann Center:

  • RSO “Holiday Classics” Dec. 5
    8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. In-person seating is available for $20-$80; a livestreamed option is offered for $30.
    The Richardson Symphony Orchestra presents favorite songs of the season, featuring soprano Nicole van Every and baritone Will Hughes.
  • “I Am Clara” Nutcracker Dec. 6
    7 p.m. livestreamed from the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $20.
    Presented by the Royale Ballet Dance Academy.

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.

Richardson Community Band Online Concert Nov. 27
The Richardson Community Band (RCB) performs the perennial holiday favorite “Sleigh Ride” in a new video to be released online Nov. 27. The band’s first-ever video, it features 60 musicians who recorded themselves at home, playing the song dressed in holiday attire including holiday sweaters, blinking ties and Santa hats.

Watch for the video on the RCB Facebook page and website and learn more about it in a new video created by RichardsonToday.com staff.

Video: https://vimeo.com/483659686
Website: www.richardsoncommunityband.org




Keep Grease Out of Drains: Holiday Grease Collection Begins Friday, Nov. 27

Cease the Grease
Dispose of leftover Thanksgiving cooking oil and grease (and help our water system stay clog-free) Nov. 27-Dec. 6 at the City’s free, temporary oil/grease drop-off site, 551 N. Plano Rd., 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 bin will be available 24 hours a day.

The City partners with Texas-based American BioSource to collect the oil/grease, which is recycled into bio fuels. Go to www.CeaseTheGreaseNTX.com to learn more.



Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

She is beauty, she is grace and she has such a sweet face! Ivy here is our cutie who would make you fall in love with her from her sweet personality. This cat loves to receive head pats and scratches. Ivy is a 10-month-old, spayed, torbie domestic shorthair. She is fully vaccinated and waiting for someone to be her person. She has a very inquisitive mind and likes to explore, especially if there is food around. She does not like dogs and will defend herself against them so she would do best in a household with no dogs. She will woo you with her quirky meows. Her friendly and very social behavior makes her a great cat to bring into your home. Come give Ivy a chance at a forever home! If you are interested in Ivy, please call the Shelter at 972-744-4480 to schedule an appointment to see her

The Richardson Police Department has joined the Richardson Animal Shelter in promoting our wonderful pets and supporting our efforts to find each pet their forever home! Officer Hart has joined our efforts to spread awareness about our pets! Please support The Richardson Police Department by checking out their Instagram (www.instagram.com/richardsontx_pd/) and leaving a kind and supportive comment.

For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.

Keep Thanksgiving Scraps Away from Pets
Animal Shelter staff would like to remind pet owners that some holiday foods are dangerous to pets. Here’s a list of food items to be sure to avoid dropping on the floor and/or leaving out where pets could access:

  • Chocolate, alcohol, anything sweetened with xylitol (all toxic to pets)
  • Fatty or spicy foods; turkey laden with butter, herbs and spices (can lead to pancreatitis in dogs)
  • Products high in sodium and nitrites, such as ham (can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and urination, lethargy and abnormal fluid accumulation)
  • Dressing/stuffing or mashed potatoes made with onions, scallions or garlic (can be extremely toxic to both dogs and cats)
  • Bones (can cause severe indigestion, obstruct the bowel or splinter and damage the intestines and stomach)
  • Grapes and raisins (can cause kidney failure)

If you aren’t sure you can control what drops to the floor, put your pet in another room until the feasting and clean-up is over!

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