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Week In Review, Dec. 1, 2017
Posted Date: 12/1/2017
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Dec. 1, 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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Christmas Parade Dec. 2
Christmas Parade 2017

The 45th annual Richardson Christmas Parade, benefiting Network of Community Ministries, will roll, march and walk through East Richardson Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. This year’s parade, entitled “Magical, Musical Christmas!” will feature colorful costumes (on both humans and pets), decorated vehicles and floats, musical entertainment and more. The parade will travel north from Richardson Square shopping center on Plano Road to Apollo Road and will disband at the Huffhines Ballfield parking lot.
Chistmas Parade Map East Side

For more information, visit

Santa’s Village Opens Dec. 2; “Hometown Thursdays” Begin Dec. 7
Santa's Village 2017

Santa’s Village, Richardson’s holiday “city within a city” located on the north side of City Hall, will officially open Saturday, Dec. 2 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 29 years.

Admission is free. Each of the 16 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. 2-3, Dec. 7-10 and Dec. 14-17 from 6-9 p.m., with Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 designated as “Hometown Thursdays,” nights reserved for Richardson residents (with a free ticket required for entry). Tickets to “Hometown Thursdays” are available at the following locations during normal business hours:
  • 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. For more information, visit

Holiday Grease Roundup Continues Through Dec. 5
Grease Drop Off Map 2017
The oil/grease drop off location is the parking lot at 551 N. Plano Rd., NOT at the City Service Center.  

There’s still time to take leftover Thanksgiving cooking oil/grease to the City’s free recycling drop off location—bring used, cooled cooking oil and grease to the collection site at the parking lot at 551 N. Plano Rd. (SW corner of Plano Road/Columbia Drive, NOT at the City Service Center) from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 5. 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). You do not have to pour out the oil/grease. Just place your containers in the onsite collection bins.

The City offers the service to help residents avoid pouring holiday cooking oil and grease down drains, which can clog pipes and create sewer backups. The collected oil and grease is recycled into bio fuels, which reduce landfill waste and produce alternative fuel that is clean and green.

Longer Siren Test Dec. 6
Warning Siren Long Test

The City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will conduct a full three-minute test of its Outdoor Warning System at noon Wednesday, Dec. 6. Emergency Management conducts a 30-second test of the Outdoor Warning System the first Wednesday of each month, with a full test at least once per year. The full test allows the system to work through one complete warning cycle as would be done during times of emergency.

Richardson’s outdoor warning system is primarily to alert people who are outdoors to seek shelter during times of severe weather. Use of a weather radio is recommended for people who are indoors during hazardous weather events.

Next Wednesday’s extended test will be rescheduled to Wednesday, Jan. 3 if there is inclement weather or overcast skies in the area during the scheduled testing time. For more information about the Outdoor Warning System, visit or call 972-744-0900 to speak with OEM staff.

Richardson Fire Department’s Toy and Food Drive Continues
Network Toy Drive
Donations of unwrapped toys and canned/shelf stable food are still 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, to the City Service Center (1260 Columbia Dr.) and to City Hall, Rooms 105 and 202 through Dec. 14.

Gift suggestions include 
Lego sets video games body spray
Nerf balls board games makeup
action figures playing cards manicure kits
dolls puzzles sports balls and equipment
sports team caps baby walker toys scarves
toy cars My Life dolls self-contained arts and craft kits
gloves pop up play tents giant stuffed animals
hats wallets
super hero/action figure costumes
books cologne
Ugg-type boots of all sizes
kitchen sets
bath/body lotions
fleece blankets

*Please no wheeled toys such as bicycles, scooters, wagons, skates or tricycles.

Richardson Today Delivered This Week
The December issue of Richardson Today has been mailed. This month’s issue has a special focus on the holidays, including a map and entertainment schedule for Santa’s Village, a holiday calendar featuring more than 30 music, dance and theater performances in Richardson, and information about ways to help brighten the holidays for clients of Network of Community Ministries.

Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city and is available at recreation centers, the Senior Center, City Hall and the Library. A Richardson Today interactive edition, which includes links to CITV videos, is accessible at Ask your local mail carrier if you do not receive your copy of Richardson Today and you live within the boundaries of Richardson.

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Blue Bags at Fire Station 6 Dec. 2
Blue Bag Map Station 6

Fire Station 6 will offer blue recycling bags from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. The 30-gallon bags are sold in rolls for $3.50 for residents or $4 for nonresidents. Blue bag letters, redeemable for free rolls, are honored at this location.

Fire Station 6 is located at 3591 Park Vista Rd. The bags are also available at City rec centers, the Senior Center, Service Center and City Hall during normal business hours. For more information, call 972-744-4111.

“Letter from Santa” Deadline Dec. 8
Santa's Letter Stamp

You don’t have to wait on mail from the North Pole to get a letter from Santa—Richardson’s Santa’s Village Post Office sends letters from Santa for a fee of $5, to children ages one month and older. Each letter is written on special stationery and addressed specifically to the individual child. The order form is located on page 9 of the December Richardson Today and page 2 of the Winter Recreation Guide (located online here). Simply print and mail, and include check, money order or credit card information.

To ensure delivery of the letter before Christmas Eve, order forms must be postmarked by Dec. 8. Mail the forms to: Letter from Santa, 200 N. Plano Rd., Richardson, TX 75081.

Jingle Bell Bazaar at Civic Center Dec. 2-3
The Jingle Bell Bazaar, an annual holiday gift market featuring more than 40 local vendors and craftspeople as well as Santa, will be held Dec. 2-3 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and up; kids under 12 are free. Santa photos are free with your own camera.

For more information, including how to reserve a spot on Santa’s lap, visit

Stamp Show Dec. 8-9
Music legends, sports stars, famous actors and ex-Presidents will be on hand next weekend—on postage stamps, that is—when the Texas Stamp Dealers Association hosts their Richardson Stamp Show at the Civic Center Dec. 8-9 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Find unique philatelic holiday gifts or have an expert take a look at your collection. The Texas Stamp Dealers Association is a group of professional stamp dealers who buy and sell stamps throughout Texas and require members to abide by an eight-point pledge involving fair pricing and truth in advertising.

Admission to the Stamp Show is free. For more information on TSDA, go to

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At the Eisemann Center:
  • Collin County Ballet Theatre’s “Nutcracker” Dec. 1 and Dec. 3
    Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m., in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $27-$87.
    CCBT dancers will be joined by the Plano Symphony Orchestra.
  • Royale Ballet Dance Academy’s “Nutcracker” Dec. 2-3
    2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $25-$30.
    Royale Ballet Dance Academy presents its 14th annual staging of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” highlighting students of the Academy in all principle roles.
  • RSO with Turtle Creek Chorale Dec. 2
    8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$70.
    The Richardson Symphony Orchestra welcomes the award-winning men’s chorus, The Turtle Creek Chorale, for a concert featuring favorite holiday classics. Pre-show buffet dining at the Eisemann Center’s Prelude Café is available beginning two hours prior to the performance; for reservations, call the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel at 972-367-2000.
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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At UT Dallas:
  • Fall Arts Festival Continues
    Daily through Dec. 10. Admission is free and open to the public.
    UT Dallas’ Fall Student Arts Festival features the work of more than 600 students from more than 40 courses. Offerings include an art exhibition; the University’s Advanced Orchestra/Chamber Music ensemble, “Musica Nova;” the 41st annual Holiday Sing; wind ensemble and brass ensemble concerts; orchestra concerts and a choir concert. For more details, click here.

Richardson Community Band Dec. 6
Richardson Community Band

The Richardson Community Band will present its annual Holiday Concert Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd. Don’t miss this Senior Center holiday tradition of more than 20 years. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served after the concert. For more information, visit

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Tuzer Ballet and “The Nutcracker” Dec. 2
Nutcracker Ballet

Dancers from the Tuzer Ballet Company will perform excerpts from “The Nutcracker” Saturday, Dec. 2 from 4-4:30 p.m. and 5-5:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Free tickets are required to attend and will be available at 10 a.m. at the Library’s Youth Services Help Desk the day of the performance. For more information, call 972-744-4358.

Get Started on YouTube Dec. 2
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Learn to create your own YouTube videos Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10:30 a.m.-noon in the Basement Plaza Room. The class is free and open to adults and teens. Registration is required; call 972-744-4359 to register and for more information. Laptops will be provided or you may bring your own.

Holiday Storytime Dec. 6
Holiday Storytime

Children ages 3-8 and their families are invited to get festive with frosting and other fun holiday treats at a Holiday Storytime, Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 4-5 p.m. Enjoy books, crafts and music, plus a special guest appearance!

Admission is free; call 972-744-4358 for more information.

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Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Randall Pet of the Week

This handsome fella is Randall! He was brought to the Shelter just a week ago. He is a very friendly domestic short haired brown tabby with white on his chest. Randall is up to date on all vaccinations, neutered and ready for adoption. Randall is still young at only 6 months of age. Please come and take him out and play. You will love him!

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

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