Posted on: February 8, 2016

Bobcat Sightings in Plano

There has been increased concern with bobcat sightings in Plano. We wanted to answer some of our most frequently asked questions we receive at Animal Services about these particular animals that call Plano home.

• Bobcats have never injured a single person in Plano’s history. Even children are too big to be considered a meal as the bobcats in this area hunt only animals that are rabbit sized or smaller.

• Pets that are bigger than a rabbit are not usually at...Read on...


Posted on: February 8, 2016

Bobcats and Coyotes Sightings in Plano

• Bobcats have never injured a single person in Plano’s history. Even children are too big to be considered a meal as the bobcats in this area hunt only animals that are rabbit sized or smaller.

• Pets that are bigger than a rabbit are not usually at ...Read on...


Posted on: September 15, 2016

Cutting Food Waste and Maintaining Food Safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are about 48 million cases of food-borne illness annually—the equivalent of sickening 1 in 6 Americans each year. And each year these illnesses result in an estimated 128,000 hospit...Read on...

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

Attend the Public Input Meeting for Proposed Revisions to the Noise Ordinance

The City of Plano is requesting comments from the public on the proposed revisions to the Noise Ordinance for the City of Plano. Two meetings for public comment have been set up for September 28 from 10-11 a.m. and again from 2-3 p.m. They will be held in...Read on...

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

Ways You Can Prevent Mosquito-borne Illness

We encourage you to follow the widely recommended 4 D’s:

DRAIN standing water in and around your home and neighborhood. Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water which can become a breeding location if stagnant for more than a week. If you have a pool...Read on...


Posted on: April 8, 2016

2015-16 Fire Prevention Poster Winners

Congratulations to the District Winners of the Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest. You can click here to see the posters.

Please notice that the District places are noted in blue. These winning posters now move on to State Level competition at the state convention for the State Firefighters’ & Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas in June. Good luck to you all! Read on...

Posted on: January 26, 2016

Plano Firefighter Exam Eligibility List - 01/21/2016

An examination for the position of firefighter was administered on January 21, 2016. The following eligibility roster is created as a result of that exam. This list shall be in effect for one year from this date unless exhausted earlier.

Plano Firefighter Exam Eligibility List

Posted on: August 29, 2016

125-Year-Old Carriage House Gets a Lift for Repairs

The Carriage House, also known as the Curing Shed, is one of the original farm buildings. The house raising began at 10:30 a.m. and ended at 1 p.m.

The building is settling and sagging. Workers lifted and moved the existing structures to repair the f...Read on...

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Posted on: August 18, 2016

Meet the Preservation Review

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Welcome to the inaugural edition of the City of Plano Planning Department's Preservation Review quarterly newsletter. The name is a nod to The Plano Review, a newspaper established by R. J. Ridgell in 1884.

Preservation Review honors Plano's historic...Read on...

Read the Latest Issue of Preservation Review
Posted on: August 17, 2016

How Plano Got Started in Historic Preservation

What shapes Plano's identity? It's our history. In 1979, rapid population growth threatened our historic resources. That prompted Plano's forefathers to adopt a Historic Landmark Preservation Ordinance. The ordinance established the city's heritage progra...Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2016

Doing Work? Need a CA? We've Improved the Process

A CA, or Certificate of Appropriateness, is required prior to beginning any exterior improvement projects on locally-designated heritage properties or properties within the Haggard Park or Downtown Heritage Resource Districts. Over the past year, city sta...Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2016

What's Your Sign? Maybe It's Time to Modify

At the request of the Downtown Plano merchants, two sign modifications to the Zoning Ordinance have been approved by City Council for the Downtown Business/Government District.

These modifications include:

  • Allowance for painted mural signs. Previous...
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Posted on: August 18, 2016

Changes Expedite CA Approvals

The effects of improved workflow for Certificates of Appropriateness (CAs) applications can be seen during the last quarter. Eighty-eight percent of CAs were approved by the Planning Department staff without requiring Heritage Commission review.

Great...Read on...


Posted on: August 8, 2016

2016 Fall Programs and Classes at the Library

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Discover all the great classes and programs at the library in Engage. You may want to Read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, challenge yourself to write a novel in 30 days during NaNoWriMo or learn on the go with a Launchpad.

Explore the art of book binding and creating storybook characters at the 18st AIRSpace. Vote for your favorite Elephant vs. Piggie character during October and then meet them in November. Come to a STEAM class to learn coding, robotics, 3D printing or cre...Read on...

Engage – Fall 2016
Posted on: June 13, 2016

Visit 18st AIRSpace

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The new 18st AIRSpace at Harrington Library is a place to learn, share, and create! The 18st AIRSpace provides opportunities for the community to engage with artists as they work in the AIRSpace.

We hope that these interactions will spark your creativity and that you’ll want to participate in a workshop or be spontaneous with make and take projects. The artists rotate monthly. Dates and times the artist is in residence are featured on the library...Read on...

Meet the Artists...

Posted on: January 3, 2015

Plano City News - Taste the Winning Spirit

Sept. 27 Plano City News

Check out the Food Safety Award Winners, take the senior survey, lace up for Haunt Jaunt, get tips for your next block party and shop at the Arts & Crafts Expo in this edition of Plano City News.

Plano City News is distributed every Tuesday to 2,200 subscribers by the City of Plano Marketing and Community Engagement Department. To receive a copy directly in your inbox, please subscribe through the link below. Thank you for your readership!Read on...

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

Kari's Law: New Legislature affecting Dialing 9-1-1

As of Sept. 1, Kari’s Law requires multi-line telephone systems to make an important change.

Why and what is Kari’s Law?For a multi-line telephone system that provides outbound dialing, Kari's Law requires direct access to 9-1-1 service without the user having to first dial an initial number, digit, prefix or other access number or code before ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 1, 2016

Time to Spread the Word and Peanut Butter Again!

A message to you from Mayor Harry LaRosiliere:

Many are surprised to know hunger is a reality to Plano families and children. One out of three Plano elementary school students is eligible for free or reduced lunch. That amounts to approximately 7,000 hungry children. We need your help to spread awaren...Read on...

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Posted on: August 30, 2016

Haunt Jaunt 5K & Fun Run Registration is Open

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Haunt Jaunt is Saturday, Oct. 15, but you can register for it now. This Halloween-time event has grown into one of North Texas' premiere races drawing runners and walkers of all ages.

Sign the whole family up for the 5K and if walking is more your speed, try the 1-Mile Fun Run.

Of course you don’t have to, but if you want to really get in the spirit of the night you simply must wear a Halloween costume. Why? It’s fun and there’s a c...Read on...

Sign up today!

Posted on: September 15, 2016

Plano’s 5th annual Haunt Jaunt Races Promise Spooky Thrills and a Great Nature Trail Course

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Running zombies, witches and ghosts combined with spooky live scenes along the race route make for great photo opportunities at the 5th annual Haunt Jaunt 5K & Fun Run. Area runners and walkers of all ages are invited to this nighttime event on Saturd...Read on...

Register here
Posted on: August 11, 2016

North Texas Municipal Water District Construction at Arbor Hills

North Texas Municipal Water District has begun construction on the northeast corner of Arbor Hills Park and Nature Preserve. The erosive power of the water in the streams that run through the park have uncovered sanitary sewer lines and these lines must b...Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2016

Buckhorn Park Renovations

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Buckhorn Park, located at 3801 Mission Ridge Drive is currently closed for renovations. Renovations include replacing weak-wooded trees, adding a walking trail-loop to the interior of the park and installing new playground equipment. The playground area w...Read on...


Posted on: July 28, 2016

Summer is the Time to Monitor the Moisture of Soil Around Your Home’s Foundation

Drip irrigation systems and soaker hoses and help maintain the proper soil moisture.

Despite occasional showers over the past few weeks, the soil around many homes in North Texas is beginning to dry out, and in some cases, pull away from foundations which can lead to costly repairs. Homeowners are advised to check their home’s foundation ...Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2016

Plano Wins Governor’s Community Achievement Landscape Award

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The City of Plano recently won the Governor's Community Achievement Landscape Award of $310,000 for category 10 (population of 180,001+).

For more than two decades, Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), has awarded the prestigious Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) to ten Texas communities with the best grassroots environmental...Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2016

Plano Wins National Sustainability Award

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The National Environmental Health Association has awarded the Excellence in Sustainability Award to the City of Plano.

The NEHA is recognizing Plano for its water conservation efforts and public education campaign. A combination of pro-active tools including an online training module for proper use of irrigation systems, workshops, classes, and direct mail, resulted in s...Read on...


Posted on: September 26, 2016

Capgemini Serve Plano

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On Friday, September 23 staff from Capgemini selected the Plano Community Garden and the Animal Shelter for their service day. Staff members rolled up their sleeves helped provide maintenance of the garden, weeding, turning compost piles, laying mulch and...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2016

Capital One, A Dog's Best Friend

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On Friday, August 19 employees from Capital One spent the day volunteering at the Plano Animal Shelter. Corporate volunteers play a vital role in helping advocate for the shelter after they spend a day in the life of shelter staff. Groups are all smiles a...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2016

Cambria Hotel & Suites Supports Animal Shelter

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On Friday, September 9th staff from Cambria Hotel & Suites Plano rolled up their sleeves and spent the day volunteering at the Plano Animal Shelter. 9 Cambria employees enjoyed a day of service helping the shelter maintain a clean facility, provide se...Read on...

Posted on: August 22, 2016

Frisco Roughriders lend a hand at Animal Shelter

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On Sunday, August 21 staff from the Frisco Roughriders donated a morning of service to the Plano Animal Shelter. They spent time helping with cleaning and maintenance of the facility which improves the customer experience and provides a safe environment f...Read on...

Posted on: June 15, 2016

Mi Cocina Helps Clean and Oranize Senior Center Kitchen

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Thank you to Mi Cocina Bent Tree for helping out at the Senior Center! The group spent a morning cleaning and organizing the Gazebo Cafe kitchen.

Posted on: May 25, 2016

Intel Security Braves Rain to Volunteer at Arbor Hills

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Despite the rainy weather, 35 Intel Security volunteers came out to Arbor Hills on May 19 to perform a day of service. Dressed in coats, ponchos, and boots, the volunteers pulled invasive plants that were encroaching on the park's shrubs and grasses. Thi...Read on...

Posted on: May 4, 2016

Add VIP Event Alerts to Your Volunteer Calendar

Enjoy trying different volunteer roles? Like knowing what’s going on in Plano? Have an organization or corporate group looking for team-building opportunities? Sign up to be a special event volunteer today!

VIP Event Alerts are sent by email several ti...Read on...

Posted on: December 14, 2015

Bank of America Volunteers Plant Seedlings for Parks Department

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A big thank you goes out to the 10 Bank of America volunteers who planted 100 trees in the Russell Creek greenbelt for the Plano Parks Department.

Posted on: October 30, 2015

Senior Center Volunteers Go Above and Beyond

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Volunteers were praised for going "Above and Beyond" to serve patrons at the Plano Senior Recreation Center's recognition event in October. Pictured left to right are Council Members David Downs and Angela Miner, Mary Jo Dolen, Darcy Koss, Bonni...Read on...


Posted on: August 31, 2016

Hoping For Harvard? Pining For Princeton? Yearning For Yale?

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The Plano Library offers FREE resources to support better standardized test scores, which means a better chance to gain acceptance into your preferred university.

Opportunities to practice both the SAT and ACT tests are offered this fall. Register onli...more

Posted on: August 31, 2016

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Reading is an important part of every child's growth and development. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an initiative designed to promote reading to young children and encourage parent and child bonding through reading.

The goal is to read 1,000 book...more

Check out this program on page 4 of Engage.
Posted on: August 31, 2016

Don't Miss It: 18st AIRSpace, History of Books Workshop Series

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Get creative in the 18st AIRSpace at Harrington Library with the History of Books workshop series featuring artist Sheila Cunningham.

> Create a Scroll Book and add a treasure map which guides readers to hidden treasure.

> Learn to construct ...more

18st AIRSpace
Posted on: August 31, 2016

Making Sense Of Sensory Storytime

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Matthew is a four-year-old boy who would rather dive behind a couch than make eye contact with a new person. Bright lights and loud noises get him really agitated, so taking him to his older brother's soccer game can upset him. For Matthew, singing along ...more

For more information, check out KidsBrain.
Posted on: August 31, 2016

Inspire Your Reluctant {Mad} Scientist

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With your Plano library card number, free science databases are just a click away and offer better support than a Google search. Library databases get information from professionals or experts. They're updated frequently and include dates of publication. ...more

Posted on: August 31, 2016

Argh, It's Mango!

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Avast, me hearties! Can you talk like a PIRATE? Parley in the language of seafaring swashbucklers with Mango's hand-crafted Pirate course. Use Mango Languages and enjoy plenty of time to practice your Pirate speak before International Talk Like A Pirate D...more

Posted on: August 2, 2016

Full STEAM Ahead

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STEAM Kits (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) are a fun way for your family to explore and experiment at home. More than 50 different topics provide opportunities for hands-on learning. (See one in action!)

You can build a suspension brid...more

Posted on: August 2, 2016

Launchpads For Brain Gain

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Launchpads are preloaded tablets featuring high quality learning apps. The programs are age appropriate, have no in-app purchasing options and don't require Wi-Fi. Children's topics include the ABCs, math, music, science, art and more.

The librari...more

Posted on: August 2, 2016

Secrets Of Storytime

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Reading is essential for school success, but what are the best ways to help children learn? Most parents are surprised to discover the best ways to support a child's success in reading are through listening, talking, singing, writing and playing. During ...more

Posted on: August 2, 2016

Lynda.com: Improving Life One Class At A Time

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Simply set up a profile, create a playlist of the classes which interest you, then learn online at your own pace.

There are thousands of classes to choose from, including: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; QuickBooks; SharePoint; and Adobe InDesig...more

Posted on: August 2, 2016

Get Your Groove On! MUSIC At The Library

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You can even put your little one (or yourself!) to sleep with lullaby renditions of Rhianna, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Coldplay, Adele, One Direction and more.

Check out CDs and listen to jazz, rock, gospel, country, opera and a myriad of other mus...more