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Week In Review, Nov. 22, 2017
Posted Date: 11/22/2017
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Nov. 22, 2017
Here 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.

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“Hometown Thursdays” Tickets Available Nov. 27
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Free tickets for “Hometown Thursdays” at Santa’s Village will be available beginning Nov. 27. The exclusive nights for Richardson residents are scheduled for Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 from 6-9 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the following locations during regular hours of operation:
  • Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.
  • Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Rd.
  • Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Rd.
Richardson residents must show proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or water bill, to receive up to eight tickets per night. A limited number of tickets are available. Santa’s Village will remain free and open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. More information at

Christmas Parade Registration Deadline is Nov. 26
Christmas Parade 2017

There’s still time to register for a spot in Richardson’s 45th annual Christmas Parade, to be held Saturday, Dec. 2 and benefiting Network of Community Ministries—registration ends Nov. 26. This year’s parade theme is “Magical, Musical Christmas,” which all individual and group entries must incorporate in some way. Categories include Float, Animal, Marching/Walking and Vehicle. Entries will be judged based on originality/creativity, presentation of theme, effort and participation, spirit/enthusiasm and representation of organization.

Individual entry fee is a new, unwrapped toy; business/commercial entries make a minimum $100 donation. The registration form and parade rules can be found at For more information, including how to become a Friend of the Parade and receive VIP seating and a parking pass, contact Allison Rhinebarger at or 972-744-7853.

No City Council Meeting Nov. 27
There will be no City Council work session or meeting Nov. 27. The City Council will next meet Monday, Dec. 4 for a work session at 6 p.m. For future agendas and meeting dates, go to

Thanksgiving Closures and Holiday Schedule, Recycle Makeup Days

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be NO recycling, solid waste pick up or special pick up Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23-24. There will be NO makeup days for solid waste and special pick up; the table below shows the recycle makeup days.

Recycle Makeup Days

Recycle collection day affected by holiday
Makeup day
Thursday, Nov. 23
Wednesday, Nov. 22
Friday, Nov. 24
Saturday, Nov. 25

Public Facility Schedule

Facility Open/Closed Status
Animal Shelter
(Contact Richardson’s Response Center at 972-744-4111 to report non-emergency animal related issues; otherwise call 911 for animal related emergencies.)
Closes 5 p.m. Nov. 22
Closed: Nov. 23-24
City Hall/Civic Center, Eisemann Center, Municipal Court, Gymnastics Center Closed: Nov. 23-24 
Closes 5 p.m. Nov. 22
Closed: Nov. 23-24
Recreation Centers, Tennis Center, and Senior Center
Closed: Nov. 23
Sherrill Park Golf Course  Open 

Give Us Your Grease Nov. 30-Dec. 5
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Since pouring holiday cooking oil and grease down drains can clog pipes and create sewer backups, not to mention traffic tie-ups when clean-out crews have to shut down streets, the City is offering free cooking oil/grease recycling Nov. 30-Dec. 5. Bring used, cooled cooking oil and grease to the collection site at 551 N. Plano Rd. (SW corner of Plano Road/Columbia Drive) from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oil should be in a rigid plastic container with screw-top lid (the container the oil came in may work) and grease should be placed in a container with a plastic lid (such as a coffee can).

This year the City is partnering with BioSource. They will collect the grease/oil during and at the end of the collection event.

DART Announces Holiday Schedule Changes

If your holiday plans include taking Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) or the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), take note that schedule changes will be in effect Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24. Regularly scheduled transit service resumes Nov. 25.

DART buses and light rail trains will operate on a Sunday schedule Nov. 23 and a Saturday schedule Nov. 24. The TRE will not operate on Thanksgiving Day and will operate Saturday service on Friday.

DART’s Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed both days, and regular subscription trips are canceled Thursday and Friday. Customers may call Nov. 22 to schedule service for Nov. 23-28. DART’s Customer Information Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day and open Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

A full list of schedule modifications can be found at or by calling 214-979-1111. More TRE details are at

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“Lights at Eastside” Nov. 30
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Eastside Plaza, 700 E. Campbell Rd., will host a “Lights at Eastside” holiday event Thursday, Nov. 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The evening includes a DJ, Santa photos, a face painter, balloon artist, train rides and entertainment by the Heights Baptist Church choir, with a tree lighting at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • Chamberlain Performing Arts’ “Nutcracker” Nov. 24-26
    7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$100. A Sugar Plum Tea will be held at 4:15 p.m. Saturday following the matinee performance in the Bank of America Hall for an additional $35 ticket.
    The production features New York City ballet principal dancers Tiler Peck and Tyler Angle. Click here for information and tickets regarding an opening night after-show reception at the Eisemann Center with the cast.
  • “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Nov. 24-28
    7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1:30 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $12-$22 for Friday-Sunday shows, and $10 for Monday-Tuesday shows.
    Creative Arts for Christ presents the zany story of the Herdman children (“the worst kids in the whole history of the world”) and what happens when they take all the main roles in their local church’s Christmas Pageant.
Take Six
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Nnena Frelon
 Nnenna Freelon
  • Take 6 and Nnenna Freelon Trio Nov. 28
    8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $47-$62.
    Renowned a cappella group Take 6 returns to the Eisemann Center with their mix of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop in “Spread Love for Christmas” along with six-time Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon. 
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at

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Magic Lantern Storytelling for Adults and Teens Nov. 28
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Using a magic lantern, storytellers Beth and Mark Ayers will tell the tale of “The Terrible Ball,” a giant snowball growing out of control. Come see this form of entertainment popular in the 1800s, the precursor to slide shows and motion pictures, Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 11 a.m.-noon in the Basement Program Room.

For adults and teens; admission is free. Please call 972-744-4376 for more information.

“Cookies & Coloring” Nov. 30
Cookies and Coloring at Library

Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle Thursday, Nov. 30 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room, when the Library hosts another “Cookies & Coloring” session. The popular event is free and open to all ages, and includes all materials—and cookies!

For more information, call Youth Services at 972-744-4358.

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Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Mousey Pearl Pet of the Week

Meet Mousey Pearl! She is a graceful older cat looking for a forever home for over three months now. She is about 13 years young, spayed, fully vaccinated, front de-clawed, friendly and calm. She would probably be best in a quiet laid back home. Also during the month of November senior pets like Mousey Pearl have their adoption fees waived!

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

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Mayor Paul Voelker
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Mayor Pro Tem Mark Solomon
Mayor Pro Tem
Mark Solomon
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Bob Dubey
Council Member
Bob Dubey 
Place 1
Councilman Scott Dunn
Council Member
Scott Dunn
Place 3
Councilman Mabel Simpson
Council Member
Mabel Simpson
Place 4
Councilman Vacant
Council Member
Marta Gómez Frey
Place 5
Councilman Steve Mitchell
Council Member
Steve Mitchell
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