Shop Savvy at the Plano Christmas Market
Looking for unique hand-crafted gifts this holiday? Visit the Plano Christmas Market! More than 80 North Texas vendors showcase their talents on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19, at Carpenter Park Recreation Center. 

Be one of the first 100 guests and receive a free, reusable Plano Christmas Market shopping bag. Then fill it to the brim with holiday crafts and decor, jewelry, clothing and candles. A selection of salsas, jams, nuts and dips will spice up your holiday gathering.

Wear comfortable shoes and stop for a chair massage or spinal health screening. Don't let hunger slow your shopping down, the Christmas Market Cafe will be serving up Newk's Eatery soups, salads, sandwiches, snacks, desserts and beverages.

Come on over to Carpenter Park Recreation Center, 6701 Coit Road. Overflow parking is nearby at Robinson Middle School. Click for hours.

Protect Your Pipes from Fats, Oils & Grease
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Well tickle my turkey, it's time for a friendly reminder about the woes of cooking and plugged pipes. Keep your Thanksgiving fun and festive without an unexpected plumbing bill by following these simple tips:
  • Don't dump cooking fats, oils or grease down your sink drain. You can plug your pipes causing sewer water to backup into your house or your neighborhood.
  • Use cold water to rinse pots and pans.
  • Collect small amounts of used, cooled cooking oil in a sturdy, plastic container with a screw-top lid. When the container is full, put it in the trash cart. 
  • Schedule a free pick up for 1 or more gallons of cooking or turkey fryer oil. Just collect it in a container (like above) and call Environmental Waste Services to recycle it into bio-diesel fuel.
  • Pour fats and grease into a container to harden. Trash it when full. 
  • Soak up small amounts of fats, oils or grease from pots and pans with a paper towel, then toss the towel in the trash.
Still not sure, watch this educational video. Don't be a drain on your holiday; protect your pipes so your time can be spent enjoying family not plumbing repairs!

Sit in on a Community Cotton Belt Regional Rail Meeting
If you are curious about the progress of the Cotton Belt Corridor Regional Rail Project, pull up a chair at one of these upcoming community meetings: 
  • Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m.
    Parkhill Junior High School Cafeteria
    16500 Shady Bank Dr.
    Dallas, TX 75248
  • Thursday, Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m.
    Richardson Civic Center
    411 W. Arapaho Rd.
    Richardson, TX 75080
  • Thursday, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m.
    Addison Conference Centre
    15650 Addison Rd.
    Addison, TX 75001

Find a map of the Cotton Belt Regional Rail route and meeting information on dart.org.

 

Give a New Unwrapped Toy to Christmas Cops
The Plano Police Association is collecting food, toys and coats for local families in need during the holiday.  Items needed for the Christmas Cops include: 
  • Baby Items: diapers, formula (powdered), blankets & infant toys
  • New coats/jackets (all sizes)
  • Batteries (all sizes)
  • Teenage boy/girl items
  • Educational toys & games
  • Educational books & videos
  • Bicycles & tricycles
  • CD or MP3 players
  • Portable game systems & games
  • Non-perishable food
  • Gift Cards: books, movie theaters, videos, clothing, iTunes, music CDs, movie rentals & video games
Christmas Cops collection boxes, located around the community, will be picked up on Friday, Dec. 8. Find a collection box near you.
City Council Meetings are the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Planning & Zoning Commission Meetings are the first and third Mondays of the month. All  agendas and minutes are posted online.  Watch the meetings live on Spectrum  Channel 16, Frontier FiOS Channel 30 and 31, or anytime at planotv.org.
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The Thanksgiving holiday is approaching. If your regular trash and recycling day is Thursday, it will be collected on Friday. For other service and facility hours,  check the holiday schedule.

No Plano City News Next Tuesday
The next Plano City News hits your inbox on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Happy Thanksgiving!

Carpenter Park Pool Opens Nov. 28
The new pool at Carpenter Park Recreation Center opens Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m.

Dickens Forecast Calls for Snow
Be part of the magic of Dickens  in Historic Downtown Plano  on Friday, Dec. 1. Stay tuned to Plano City News for details.

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