Inside Plano

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#11:  Blame it on the Rain. And We’ll Tell You How to Get in the Holiday Spirit. 

November has arrived with all of the holiday trimmings. But first, Steve and Shannah pull their waders on to talk about the damage and troubles from the record-breaking fall rain storms. Plano’s gearing up for the holiday season, with classes to help you manage stress and learn gratitude, seasonal craft markets and the tree lighting at Dickens in Downtown. Plus, we get down and dirty about sewers. Peggy Harrell, Fire and Life Safety Education Manager for Plano Fire-Rescue, joins the podcast to talk about staying safe while enjoying the holidays.

This month's story links:

WHAT’S NEW: November
Goat Yoga
Fix It Plano
FOG (Fats, Oils and Grease)
Plano Christmas Market
Dickens in Downtown
Attitude of Gratitude
Keeping the Holiday Blues at Bay

BEHIND THE SCENES: Seasonal Safety with Peggy Harrell
Plano Fire-Rescue
Safer Living Habits
Fireplaces and Candles
Smoke Detectors

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Holiday Closures and Texas Recycles Day
City Holiday Closures
Trash Collection Reminders
Texas Recycles Day

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#10:  What About Traffic in Plano? Plus Where to Have a Scary Good Time. 

October brings fall fun and family events to Plano. Steve and Shannah explore all of the spooktacular options. In October you can tour of a Plano Fire Station, experience the region’s largest cultural event at the Plano International Festival, and return unused/expired drugs during the DEA Drug Take Back Day. The Library brings in specialized training for area veterans. Brian Shewski, Transportation Manager, joins the podcast to talk about one of the hottest topics in Plano: Traffic.

WHAT’S NEW: October
Arbor Day Ceremony
Satisfaction Concert – Tribute to the Rolling Stones
Fire Station Open House
DEA Drug Take Back Day
Goat Yoga
Apparition Expedition
Big Pumpkin Halloween Puppet Show
Boo Bash
Dia de los Muertos: Celebration with Coco
Haunt Jaunt
Haunted Family Camp Out
Hotel Transylvania at Davis Library
House on Haunted Hill at Schimelpfenig
Pumpkin Book Characters at Haggard Library
The Little Shop of Horrors at Harrington

BEHIND THE SCENES: Traffic Management with Brian Shewski
Plano Traffic and Transportation
Road Construction Updates
Fix-It Plano

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Brain Training and the Plano International Festival
Warrior Training
Military Spouse/Caregiver Training
Plano International Festival

#9: Declaring War on Mosquitoes and Praising the Power of Peanut Butter

September signals the return to school in Plano and the arrival of the Plano Balloon Festival. Hot air balloons aren’t the only things on our minds. McCall Plaza hosts a fun tribute band series while Oak Point Recreation Center welcomes #PlanoPups to a giant doggo swim party. Meanwhile the 5th Annual Peanut Butter Drive gets underway to meet the very real needs of the hungry in Plano. Rachel Patterson, Director of Environmental Health and Sustainability, joins #InsidePlano, the City Podcast, to talk about all things mosquitoes.

WHAT’S NEW: September
Plano Arts and Events Facebook
Plano Animal Shelter Facebook
K-9 Kerplunk
Family Place Playgroup
Plano Peanut Butter Drive
North Texas Food Bank Perot Campus Grand Opening

BEHIND THE SCENES: Mosquitoes with Rachel Patterson
Plano Environmental Health and Sustainability

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Property Workshops, Nature Explore Trail and the Plano Balloon Festival
Property Workshop
Nature Explore Trail
Plano Balloon Festival

#8: It’s the Dog Days of Summer. Talking Trash, Budgets and Some Dog-Gone Good Fun in Plano 

The dog days of summer are the perfect description for August in Plano. It’s hot but there’s plenty to do, from concerts to book sales. Don’t forget to leash up Fido because Plano has some fun things in the works. Ryan Delzell, Environmental Waste Services Manager, joins #InsidePlano, the City Podcast, to talk about trash, recycling and locally-produced compost. Steve and Shannah talk about their favorite hot summer day cool down beverage: A nice glass of iced tea.

WHAT’S NEW: August
Plano Arts and Events Facebook
Plano Animal Shelter Facebook
Clear the Shelter 2018
Plano Parks and Recreation Online Catalog
Skate Park at Carpenter Park
K-9 Kerplunk
Wildlife Safety in the Parks
35th Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale

BEHIND THE SCENES: Trash and Recycling with Ryan Delzell
Plano Trash and Recycling
Residential Trash Service
Household Chemical Collections
Bulky Waste Collection
Texas Pure Products
Trash and Recycling Collection Reminders

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Freebies, Budgets and Iced Tea
Reuse Center
Plano Budget Department
Open Budget Portal
2018-2019 City Manager’s Recommended Budget and Community Investment Program
Tea in Plano

#7: I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream … It’s Summer in Plano with Ice Cream, Home Renovations and Tour de Plano

It’s July and the summer heat has arrived. Stay cool with summer learning at the library. Steve and Shannah explain why Plano Parks and Recreation want your stories, and Plano Police and Fire departments want your blood donations. Selso Mata, the city’s Chief Building Officer, joins #InsidePlano, the City Podcast, to talk about permits and the role of building inspections. As you might guess, Steve and Shannah talk about why ice cream is one of the best ways to stay cool in Plano.

Plano Arts and Events Facebook
Plano Animal Shelter Facebook
Battle of the Badges
Summer Learning
Art in the Library
Tour de Plano – Cook the Book
Sensory Storytime
Plano Public Library Facebook

BEHIND THE SCENES: Building Inspections with Selso Mata
Plano Building Inspections Department
Inspection Services
Find a Registered Contractor

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Technology, Basketball and Ice Cream
Trash and Recycling Alerts
Shawnee Park – Dream Court
Ice Cream in Plano

#6: Happy Birthday Plano! Celebrating summer, dance parties and fun at the library.

It’s June and along with summer heat comes family fun, including pool time, summer learning at the library, and parties for humans and dogs alike. Steve and Shannah look at Plano’s busy calendar of activities, including a very special birthday, on the June edition of #InsidePlano, the City Podcast. Libby Holtmann, the city’s library director, joins the show to explain why the library is “more than books.” Steve and Shannah share fun facts about the city’s infrastructure and new technology making Plano life a little easier. And since it’s summer, we talk about one of Texas’ Five Food Groups: BBQ.

Plano Pools
Plano Parks Master Plan Project
Play in the Park
Bark in the Park
Oak Point Garage Sale
Plano Parks and Recreation Facebook
Plano Arts and Events Facebook
Tuesday Night Dances for Adults 50+
Plano Lion’s Day Independence Day Parade
All-American Fourth

BEHIND THE SCENES: Plano Public Library with Libby Holtmann
Plano Public Library Department
Summer Learning
STEAM at the Library
Art in the Library
Plano Public Library Facebook

Library Catalog
Digital Town Hall - Infrastructure
Road Construction Projects in Plano
Plano Roads on Waze
BBQ in Plano

#5: Money’s on our mind - Talking taxes, the city budget and why those firefighters will be standing at Plano’s intersections.

May means property tax appraisal time in Plano. Steve and Shannah dig into the details of taxes and government budgets on the May edition of #InsidePlano, the City Podcast. Karen Rhodes-Whitley, the city’s budget director, joins the show to explain more. But there are lots of other things going on in Plano. Get details on the upcoming water safety fair, senior wellness fair, summer classes through Parks and Recreation and the Library and all about Plano Fire-Rescue’s Fill the Boot campaign. Discover what downtown concert Steve and Shannah aren’t going to miss, and get all the details on dog-friendly patio dining in Plano.

Parks and Recreation 50th Anniversary
Oak Point Nature and Retreat Center Open House
Parks and Recreation Online Registration
Water Safety Fair
Plano Animal Services
Senior Wellness Fair
Asia Fest
Plano Arts and Events Facebook

BEHIND THE SCENES: Plano Budget Department with Karen Rhodes-Whitley
Plano Budget Department
Open Budget Portal
Senior Resources (scroll to chart and click tab that says “Property Taxes”)
Email Budget Director Karen Rhodes-Whitley

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Thinking Money and Dog-Friendly Patios
Thinking Money
Dog-Friendly Patios

#4: Meet the most trusted police officer in America (according to Nextdoor)

Steve and Shannah are back at the mic for April’s edition of #InsidePlano, the City Podcast. They're celebrating spring with farmer's markets, outdoor concerts and arts events. A very well-known name in Plano joins the podcast - Officer David Tilley. You'll get to know more about the person Nextdoor says is the "Most Trusted Police Officer in America." You'll also learn more about the state of safety in Plano. This month the team previews the upcoming Town Hall meeting on property taxes, shares additional safety resources from the Plano Police Department and gets hungry talking about burger joints in the city.

Farmers Markets
McCall Plaza Events
Plano Artfest
Plano Arts and Events Facebook
Plano Conservancy

BEHIND THE SCENES: Plano Police Department with Officer David Tilley
Plano Police Department
Crime Statistics
Neighborhood Crime Watch

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Property Safety, Taxes and Burgers
Plano Police Department Facebook
Home Security Assessment
Community Camera Program
Plano Town Hall
Burgers (and more food types!) in Plano

#3: Storm season approaches

Steve and Shannah celebrate the return of sunshine in the March edition of #InsidePlano, the City Podcast. With springtime in North Texas on the way, they discuss the return of free outdoor concerts and activities as well as the return of storm season. Emergency Management Department director Carrie Reyes joins the show to talk about emergency sirens and how your family can be better prepared for unpredictable weather. This month the team explains how to receive text and email alerts from the City, shares why a big heart is travelling through the Plano and celebrates a local artist hitting the American Idol stage.

Courtyard Texas Music Series
McCall Plaza Events
Plano Arts and Events Facebook

BEHIND THE SCENES: Plano Emergency Management with Carrie Reyes
Plano Animal Services
Severe Weather Information

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Alerts and #LovePlano
City Call sign up (Text and Email Alerts)
Love Plano
City of Plano Instagram

#2: What should you do when you see a bobcat or a discarded bike?

Steve and Shannah are back with February’s edition of #InsidePlano, the City Podcast. They explore the many updates to Plano’s Parks and Recreation offerings. Steve reveals the first three acts hitting the state for the Courtyard Texas Music Series while Shannah makes plans for Book-in-Common 2018. Rental bikes have arrived in Plano, and the team talks about Plano’s plans to manage bike share. Animal Department director Jamey Cantrell joins the show to talk about urban wildlife – including Plano’s well-known bobcat population – now that breeding season is underway – and how you can protect yourself and your property. This month the team explains how to get the 4-1-1 on construction projects and lost pets. Of course, they take a moment to drool over the latest food trend in Plano.

This month's story links:

WHAT’S NEW: February
Courtyard Texas Music Series
Oak Point Recreation Center
Plano Parks and Recreation Facebook
Plano Public Library Facebook
City Council Agendas
City of Plano Twitter

BEHIND THE SCENES: Plano Animal Services with Jamey Cantrell
Plano Animal Services
Urban Wildlife
Lost Pets Map
Pet Registration

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Construction Information and Donuts
Current Projects Map (Community Investment Program)
Recent Development & Zoning Map
Restaurant Scores

1: Introducing Inside Plano. Let's talk parks, concerts & our favorite thing - food!

Welcome to the first episode of the #InsidePlano podcast. Shannah and Steve cover the big arts events heading to Plano this spring. Plano’s Parks and Recreation will spend all year celebrating its 50th anniversary. Department director Robin Reeves joins the show to talk about how things have changed since 1968, what new things are coming to the city (new dog parks and a $2 million all-abilities playground!) and how great parks add dollars to your property value. This month the team reveals a not-so-secret obsession with food and consider the new brewery trend in Plano.

This month's story links:

WHAT’S NEW: January
Toyota Texas Music Revolution 22 
Courtyard Music Series 
TEDxPlano 2018 

BEHIND THE SCENES: Plano Parks and Recreation with Robin Reeves
Plano Parks and Recreation 
The Trust for Public Land 

Restaurants in Plano 
Legacy Food Hall 
Union Bear 
Downtown Plano