Inside Plano

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#35: All about business in Plano

Plano is known as a business-friendly city, but that accolade hasn’t come without a lot of hard work. Director of Economic Development Sally Bane joins the podcast to discuss the business of business, as well as the impact of COVID on our business community. Meanwhile, the City is busy at work. Steve and Shannah have the details on what you need to know, from libraries reopened for grab-and-go, plans for Texas Recycles Day and much more.

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This month's story links: 

WHAT’S NEW: November
Plano Online Guide
Plano Public Library available services
Old Shepard Park renovation community survey
Virtual Arbor Day celebration
Texas Recycles Day
Neighbors Connect: BEST Break
Explore and register for a recreation class
Find adoptable pets
Fill out your Smart 9-1-1 profile
Sign up for the CARE program

 BEHIND THE SCENES: Economic Development with Sally Bane
Plano Economic Development
Business COVID-19 resources

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Check those smoke alarms and a construction update
Smoke alarms
Infrastructure 6-month construction outlook
Plano Town Hall

Show Notes for Previous Episodes

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#34: Gardening with a Home-Grown Plano Product

Did you know fall is the best time to get in the garden? We have the perfect product to help you and it’s made right here in Plano. Sherrian Jones joins the podcast to tell us more about Texas Pure Products and to give you more confidence about tackling outdoor projects. Steve and Shannah get you up to date on changes in Plano as we all move into the next normal.

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This month's story links:

WHAT’S NEW: October
Plano COVID-19 case updates
Plano Public Library
Plano Parks and Recreation
Neighborhood Services new location
Neighborhood Services contact information
New Resident Checklist

BEHIND THE SCENES: Texas Pure Products with Sherrian Jones
Texas Pure Products
Buy online
Retail locations
Texas Pure Products Facebook page

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Budget vote and Carpenter Park North
Infrastructure Projects in Plano

#33: An Update on the Collin Creek Redevelopment

While it may seem as though time has stopped for the past several months, quite a lot is happening at the former Collin Creek Mall site. Director of Special Projects Peter Braster joins the podcast to give us an update on the redevelopment and what’s happening with DART’s Silver Line. Steve and Shannah have good news about things to do around the City – 2020’s been tough, but not everything is cancelled.

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This month's story links:

WHAT’S NEW: September
Plano Online Guide
Online Arts and Events
Virtual Garden Green in Plano Fair
Sustainability Showcase
Be a Chemist
Medicare Patrol
Resources for Small Business
Building Wealth
High Point Tennis Center
Early Achievers
Kids Love Soccer
Ladybug Ballet/Tap

BEHIND THE SCENES: Collin Creek Redevelopment and DART’s Silver Line with Director of Special Projects Peter Braster
Collin Creek Redevelopment
DART Silver Line
City of Plano Special Projects

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Budget vote and Carpenter Park North
City of Plano | Recommended 2020-21 Budget and Proposed Community Investment Program
Carpenter Park North

#32: Finding the Silver Lining

There is a small silver lining in these days of weirdness: The City of Plano is taking advantage of fewer cars on our roads during the COVID-19 pandemic by ramping up construction and working longer hours to complete projects faster. Director of Engineering Caleb Thornhill, Assistant Director of Public Works Dan Prendergast and Traffic Engineering Manager Brian Shewski join the podcast to give us details. Steve and Shannah also cover other happenings in the City – including a slightly different plan for Clear the Shelter 2020.

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#31: How Plano is Responding to COVID

Five months in and COVID-19 still dominates our daily lives. Deputy City Manager Greg Rushin and Inside Plano co-host (and Director of Communications) Shannah Hayley teamed up to share details on the City of Plano’s response to the pandemic for a Neighbors Connect BEST Break workshop. Listen in as they share what an emergency response entails, review the City’s work to date, and discuss programs and resources available to help residents navigate these uncertain times.

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This month’s story links:

City of Plano COVID-19 website

#30: About the Plano Police Department

Police and community relations have been at the forefront of national conversation. Plano Police Chief Ed Drain visits the podcast to talk about the department’s philosophy and policies. Steve and Shannah also talk about reopenings and events in the COVID-19 new normal.

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This month’s story links:

Jack Carter Pool reopening
Plano Parks and Recreation FAQs and hours
Plano Public Library FAQs and hours
Watch Plano City Council meetings
Plano-specific COVID-19 case reporting
All American 4th Fireworks Show
Events and Shows at Plano Stages

BEHIND THE SCENES: Plano Police Department with Chief Ed Drain
Plano Police Annual Report
Plano Police Annual Racial Profiling Report

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Budgets and Census
Plano City Budget
2020 Census
Why the Census Matters to Plano

BONUS EPISODE: How COVID-19 is Impacting Plano Parks and Recreation

Plano Parks and Recreation is beginning a phased reopening and we know you have questions. Ron Smith and Susie Hergenrader join Shannah Hayley and Steve Stoler on the Inside Plano podcast to discuss the reopening plans. They talk through the challenges with reopening safely, explain what changes patrons should expect when they show up to work out, and answer frequently asked resident questions.

#29:  Senior Adults Matter

May 2020 has finally arrived. While managing COVID-19, Plano is working hard to care for all of its residents including senior adults. Steve & Shannah bring in three special guests to talk about senior programs and resources.

This month’s story links:

City of Plano COVID-19 website
Resources for COVID-19
Senior Call Sign-Up
Sam Johnson Recreation Center

#28:  Plano and COVID-19

It’s April 2020 in Plano and things look very different than they did at the beginning of March. Steve & Shannah discuss COVID-19 and how you can find the resources you need to navigate the new normal.

This month/s story links:

City of Plano COVID-19 website
Resources for COVID-19
FAQs about COVID-19
Plano COVID-19 case information

#27:  Keep Plano Beautiful

It’s March in Plano. Steve & Shannah have the info on free classes, fun times & family events. Olivia Osborne from our sustainability team joins the #podcast to talk about the Great American Clean Up & how you can Keep Plano Beautiful. Download & Listen:

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This month’s story links:

HOA Legal Clinic
Fix-a-Leak Workshop
Property Maintenance Workshop
Open Garden Day at the Plano Community Garden
Write Effective Email at Schimelpfenig Library
Spotlight Art Demonstration at Schimelpfenig Library
Money Smart: Healthy Eating On a Budget at Schimelpfenig Library
InDesign: Create a Flyer at Parr Library
Voice Over Basics at Parr Library
Big Wheels at Harrington Library
Family Place Playgroup at Harrington Library
Are You Smarter than a Librarian at Harrington Library
Thinking Money for Teens: Game of Life at Haggard Library
More than Emojis: Write to Get Ahead at Haggard Library
Navigate for Career Seekers at Haggard Library
Turn Busy into Productive at Davis Library
Celebrate Holi at Davis Library
Courtyard Texas Music Series: William Clark Green
Liberty Block Party
Pig and Bunny Yoga
Sham’rock Family Camp Out
Family Fun Friday: Superhero Night at Oak Point Recreation Center

BEHIND THE SCENES: Great American Clean Up with Olivia Osborne
Sustainability and Environmental Education in Plano
Litter Facts
Pet Waste Pick Up: Doo the Right Thing
Great American Cleanup
Community Cleanup
Community Cleanup Trailer
Suggest Littered Areas for Cleanup
Volunteer with Live Green in Plano

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Arts and Events in Plano
Family Symphony Series
TMR: Texas Music Revolution and Rodeo
Restaurants in Plano
Census 2020

#26:  Make it Count, Plano!

#LovePlano is in the air this February! City life is underway with State of the City and a Town Hall on the agenda this month, along with classes, cookies and family fun. Steve and Shannah have all of the details for you. Steve Sims with the Planning department joins the podcast to talk about the 2020 Census. He’ll explain why filling out a simple form has a huge impact on shaping Plano’s future.

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This month’s story links:

WHAT’S NEW: February 
Facebook Social Network 
State of the City
Annual Report
Homebuyer Education Class
Vegetable Gardening for North Texas
Family Fun Friday: Cookies and Crafts Night
Black Dance Theater at Parr Library
Adinkra Stamps at Haggard Library
Understanding Social Security Benefits at Schimelpfenig Library
History Mysteries at Davis Library
Storytime Around the World – Arabic! at Davis Library
Nickel Neutering

BEHIND THE SCENES: Census with Steve Sims
Planning Department
Census 2020
Complete Count Committee
Census Safety PDF  PDF Download 
Census Form Preview PDF  PDF Download 
Why the Census Matters

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Town Hall and Tax Help
Facebook Social Network 
Town Hall
Tax Help at the Library

#25:  What about the Homeless in Plano?

January is Plano’s Point-in-Time Homeless Census, making it a good time to discuss what Plano is doing about homelessness. You won’t want miss to miss our conversation with special guest Shanette Eaden. As always, Steve and Shannah bring you the best events and programs to get your new year off to good start. The New Year brings new resolutions – and a statewide Get Healthy Challenge. Will you join us for It’s Time Texas?

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This month’s story links: 

WHAT’S NEW: January 2020
Neighbors Connect Social
Recycling 102
Live Green in Plano Volunteer Orientation
Point-in-Time Homeless Count
Stay up to date with the Comprehensive Plan Review process
MLK Day closures
Little Sweetheart Dance
HuaYun Chinese Orchestra at Harrington Library
Lunar New Year at Parr Library
Introduction to SCORE at Schimelpfenig Library
Lisa Gardner Pop-Up Author at Haggard Library
Most Caring City in Texas recognition
Spread the Love Card Making at Davis Library

BEHIND THE SCENES: Homelessness with Shanette Eaden
Neighborhood Services department
Plano Homeless presentation to City Council (begins at 22:00 mark)
Homeless Services
Plano Overnight Warming Station

THOSE OTHER THINGS: We’re Published and Rec Fest
Art Shop at the Library
2019 City Livability Award
It’s Time Texas Community Challenge
Rec Fest
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#24:  Happy Holidays, Plano!

It’s December and we’re feeling festive. Plano has tons of fun family events to keep you feeling the holiday magic. Plus we have some good advice for you about recycling those holiday-related items. Officer Chris Bianez with the Plano Police Department joins the podcast to talk about holiday property safety. He’s got great do and don’t do tips, plus gives you an important update to Take-Lock-Hide.

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This month’s story links:

WHAT’S NEW: December
Dickens in Downtown
Plano Lions Annual Christmas Parade
Shows at Courtyard Theater
Holiday events in Plano
Holiday hours at the City of Plano
Wonder Café: Toyota at Parr Library
Elephant and Piggie at Harrington Library
Adventures in Camelot at Schimelpfenig Library
Noon Year’s Eve at Parr Library
Noon Year’s Eve at Haggard Library
Break out of 2019 at Davis Library

BEHIND THE SCENES: Holiday Property Safety with Officer Christopher Bianez
Plano Police Department Safety Minute video series

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Holiday Events and New Year’s Wishes
Christmas Tree and Holiday-Related Recycling
Holiday Events in Plano

#23:  Holiday Season Craziness is Upon Us

November means warm clothes, hearty foods and fall festivals. Plano has the holiday season fun and events for you, starting with a clean-out opportunity. Steve and Shannah get real about recycling and holidays you don’t normally think about. And in a twist, Shannah takes the hot seat as this episode’s special guest to talk about the work behind communications and community outreach for the City.

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This month’s story links:

WHAT’S NEW: November
Arbor Day
Courtyard Texas Music Series: Zane Williams
Job Search Seminar
Memory Keepers
Neighborhood Summit
Plano Christmas Market
Plano Flags of Honor
Practice SAT and Tutorial
Stop Motion
Texas Recycles Day
Town Hall: Trash and Recycling
Tree Fest
Urban Movement Festival Workshop
Urban Movement Festival: Vol 4
Wonder Café: DART

BEHIND THE SCENES: Community Outreach with Shannah Hayley
Communications and Media Relations
Community Outreach Opportunities
Inside Plano podcast
Plano Social Media
Sign up for Plano e-newsletters
Sign up for Plano City Call

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Holiday Events and Recycling News
Lights at Legacy
Plano Turkey Trot
Holiday Events in Plano

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#22: Lots of Spooky Fun and Help for Managing Your Water Use

October means Halloween fun for adults, children and pets alike. Steve and Shannah have the details for your spooktacular schedule. They also share this month’s can’t-miss music events. Katie Masucci, Plano’s Water Educator, joins the podcast to talk about smart ways to manage your water use.

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This month’s story links:

WHAT’S NEW: October
Haunted Family Camp Out
Boo Bash
Apparition Expedition
All About Butterflies
WaterWise Landscape Tour
Android App Programming
Wonder Café with Boeing
Property Maintenance Workshop
Wild Times with the Dallas Zoo
Glow in the Dark Storytime
Courtyard Texas Music Series: Prophets and Outlaws
Friday Night Trivia
Marty Haggard Tribute to Merle Haggard
Paws on the Plaza
Buskers Concert at McCall Plaza
International Festival
Karaoke Night
United States Army Field Band
Windhaven Meadows Park Community Play Day
Drug Take Back

BEHIND THE SCENES: Water Education with Katie Masucci
Plano Water Resources
Watering Guidelines
Save Water Outdoors
Save Water Indoors
Environmental Education Center
Check Your Water Bill Online
Online Classes
Live Green in Plano Classes

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Yard Watering and Reviews
Sign up for Water My Yard

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#21:  The Food Episode

September means cooler temperatures and festival season. Steve and Shannah explain why it’s a big anniversary year for the Plano Balloon Festival and Harrington Library. Jim Dingman, Environmental Health Manager, joins the podcast to talk about everyone’s favorite subject – food. He also shares how three little words can make a big difference.

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This month’s story links:

WHAT’S NEW: September
Plano Balloon Fest
Adoptions from Plano Animal Services
Love Where You Live
Courtyard Texas Music Series: Courtney Patton and Jason Eady
Paws on the Plaza
Downtown Sessions: David Allen’s Ultimate Elvis Experience
Downtown Sessions: Daniel Markham Does Neil Young
Karaoke Night
Business Basics at Davis Library
Seniors Series at Haggard Library
Harrington Library’s 50th Birthday
Adobe Premiere Basics Class at Parr Library
Medicare 101 at Schimelpfenig Library
K-9 Kerplunk
Windhaven Meadows Park and Liberty Playground

BEHIND THE SCENES: Food Safety with Jim Dingman
Environmental Health
Food Safety Month
Restaurant Inspections
Food Trucks
Check out Plano Restaurant Inspection Scores
Food Safety at Home
Cottage Food Law
Food Match Program

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Hand Washing Song Favorites and Behind the Scenes Work
Restaurants in Plano

#20:  About Collin Creek Mall and Downtown Plano 

August is here and so are the dog days of summer. Steve and Shannah have plenty of ways for you to have fun and stay cool. Plano has money on the mind and wants you to join the conversation about the City budget. Peter Braster, Director of Special Projects, joins the podcast to talk about Collin Creek Mall, Downtown Plano and what the city is doing to help with traffic.

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This month’s story links:

WHAT’S NEW: August
Courtyard Texas Music Series: Max and Heather Stalling
Touring Historic Plano
Adopt an Animal at Parr Library
City of Plano 2019-2020 Recommended Budget
Budget Town Hall
English as a Second Language
Cooking on a Budget
Family Karaoke Night
Friday Night Trivia
Downtown Sessions: Kelsey Lewis
Downtown Sessions: Droo’s Peace Crush
Clear the Shelter
Speed Dating a Book
Boards and Commissions Information Reception
Property Maintenance Workshop
Shade Gardening

BEHIND THE SCENES: Special Projects with Peter Braster
City of Plano Special Projects
Downtown Plano Vision

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Citizens Academy, Clean Pools and Cinema Dining
Citizens Government Academy
Swimming Pool Health Safety
Check Out Swimming Pool Inspection Scores
Restaurants in Plano

#19:  Meet the New Man in Charge at the City of Plano

July feels like one giant party. From Independence Day to Harry Potter’s birthday, Steve and Shannah will tell you where to find the fun. They also have some important news regarding potholes on Plano’s streets and those pesky mosquitoes in your backyard. Plano’s new City Manager, Mark Israelson joins the podcast to talk about his leadership philosophy and priorities for Plano.

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This month’s story links:

Patriotic Pops Concert
Plano Early Lions Club Independence Day Parade
All American Fourth
Courtyard Texas Music Series: William Michael Morgan
Battle of the Badges
Animal Adoption at Davis Library
Downtown Sessions: Hale Baskin and her Jazz Addiction
Downtown Sessions: Folk Family Revival
Africa Junior Safari
Family Swim Night Luau
Harry Potter Birthday Party
Friends of Plano Public Library Book Sale
Teen Short Film Festival

BEHIND THE SCENES: City Leadership with Mark Israelson
City Manager Mark Israelson

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Filling Potholes and Don’t Be a Mosquito Breeder
Pothole Repair
Repel Mosquitoes
Restaurants in Plano

#18:  Fill Your Mind and Body this Summer, Plus Where to Soak Up Vitamin D

June has arrived and school is officially out for the summer. No worries! Plano has you covered with plenty to keep busy, regardless of your age and stage. Steve and Shannah answer listener mail and debate their favorite hang-out patios around the city. Tammy Korns, Community Outreach Manager for Plano Public Library joins the podcast to explain why you might see the #MoreThanBooks van and how partnerships make the library better.

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This month’s story links:

Plano’s birthday
Moonlight Mondays
Play in the Park
Courtyard Texas Music Series
Bark in the Park
Kids summer STEAM camps
Teen Outreach and Adventure camps
World’s Largest Outdoor Swimming Lesson
Run off election
Beautification Grants
Neighbors Connect Workshop
When the Unthinkable Happens
What’s that App?

BEHIND THE SCENES: Library Outreach with Tammy Korns
Plano Library website
Partnerships and Outreach
Reserve the Plano Library Outreach van
Friends of the Plano Library Book Sale
Get a Plano Library card
Plano Library Facebook

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Summer Learning, Listener Mail, Plus Patio Dining
Summer Learning
Contact Inside Plano!
Plano Trash and Recycling
Dog-friendly dining
Restaurants in Plano

#17: Bluebonnets, Beatles and Busy Schedules

April showers bring May bluebonnets! With the end of the school year on the horizon, Plano’s got plenty of things planned for family fun. Steve and Shannah talk about all of the things happening in Plano in May, from concerts to festivals and plenty of activities to keep your kids busy. Warmer weather makes us crave cold treats. Michelle Hawkins, Arts and Culture Manager, joins the podcast to talk about the must-see events and activities happening around the city.

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This month’s story links:

Outdoor Warning Sirens
Plano’s Trails
Courtyard Texas Music Series
May the Fourth Be With You
Parks & Recreation Summer Registration
Election Information
Senior Information and Wellness Fair
Town Hall Meeting
Beatles Night
Trivia at McCall Plaza: Beatles Edition
Smart Yards: North Texas Gardens
Aquatic Treasure Hunt
Plano’s Pools
Plano Library Teen Advisory Board / Street Team / Open House
18th AIRSpace
Holiday Closures
Trash and Recycling Collection Reminders
Sunset at Memorial Park

 BEHIND THE SCENES: Arts and Culture in Plano with Michelle Hawkins
Plano Arts and Events
Plano Stages
Plano Arts and Events Facebook page
Plano Arts and Events newsletter

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Free Subscription to the NY Times, Safe City, Plus Plano Ice Cream is Extra
Get a Plano Public Library Card
All the Reasons Plano is Great
Restaurants in Plano

#16:  Because We’re Happy and Everyone Knows It

Plano’s officially the happiest city in America. Steve and Shannah talk about all of the things happening in Plano in April. You’re sure to find something planned to make you and your family happy. And there’s also big news on the food scene. Kelley Crimmins, Community Outreach Specialist with Parks and Recreation, joins the podcast to talk about all the ways you can take advantage of Plano’s award-winning parks and recreation system.

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This month’s story links:

Happiest City in America
Chlorine Maintenance
Fear Less, Swim More
Water Safety Fair
Oak Point Community Garage Sale
Great American Clean Up
Saving for Retirement
Budgeting Art Shop
18th AIRSpace
Bookmark Contest Art Celebration
Downtown Sessions
Courtyard Texas Music Series

BEHIND THE SCENES: Healthy Family Fun with Kelley Crimmins
Plano Parks and Recreation
Easter Egg Hound Hunt
Summer program registration
Summer camps
Sam Johnson Recreation Center for Adults 50+
Construction projects underway in Parks and Recreation
Bark in the Park
Recreation Center Memberships
How do great parks help Plano economically?

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Half Marathon, ArtFest, Plus We’re Foodie-Friendly
Plano Half Marathon
Restaurants in Plano

#15: A Little Bug Could Bring Big Problems to Plano

Spring is here and along with it comes compost, chlorine maintenance and a critter with the potential to cause big problems for Plano’s trees. Steve and Shannah talk about all the fun to be had in Plano, from concerts to classes and festivals for every interest. Angela Kralik, Plano’s Urban Forester, joins the podcast to talk about our tree canopy and how you can protect this valuable natural resource.

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This month’s story links:

Compost Fair
Courtyard Texas Music Series
Urban Movement Festival Vol 2
Fix-A-Leak Workshop
Holi Festival – Davis Library
Photo Editing 101
3D Design
Bullet Journaling
Pop Up Author – Gretchen Rubin
Texas Music Revolution 

BEHIND THE SCENES: Tree Talk with Angela Kralik
Trees in Plano
Urban Forestry
Quincentennial Oak Tree
Memorial Trees
Emerald Ash Borer

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Award-Winning Compost and Chlorine Maintenance, Plus Sandwiches
Texas Pure Products
Chlorine Maintenance
Restaurants in Plano

#14: What You Need to Know About Water and Chlorine Maintenance

It may be cold but spring in on the horizon. For those in North Texas, that means our water system will undergo chlorine maintenance. Steve and Shannah talk about what you need to know for this 28-day period. They’ll also cover the fun (and free) classes for Plano residents and a budget-friendly suggestion for keeping up with your New Year’s Resolution. Jack Carr, Deputy City Manager, joins the podcast for an in-depth discussion about water quality and our water system.

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This month’s story links:

WHAT’S NEW: February
City Manager Bruce Glasscock
Nickel Neutering
Readers and Waggers
US Citizenship Classes
Environmental Education Classes
Free Tax Assistance
Recreation Center Memberships

BEHIND THE SCENES: Chlorine Maintenance with Jack Carr
City of Plano Water Information
North Texas Municipal Water District Chlorine Maintenance

THOSE OTHER THINGS: State of the City, Town Hall and Healthy Eating
2019 Plano State of the City
2018 City of Plano Annual Report
Town Hall
Restaurants in Plano

#13: Happy New Year, Plano! Have You Heard the News about Collin Creek Mall?

It’s a new year in Plano and lots of new things are on the horizon! Collin Creek Mall has new owners, prompting Steve and Shannah to take a walk down memory lane. Don’t miss out on the fun things coming to Plano this January, including some valuable free resources for your family. They also have some cool news about Plano’s restaurant scene. Nicole Warhoftig, Sustainability and Environmental Education Supervisor, joins the podcast to talk about recycling right in 2019.

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This month’s story links:

WHAT’S NEW: January
Planning and Zoning Process Simplified
Daddy’s Little Sweetheart Dance
Dallas Area Train Show
Neighbors Connect Roundtable
Sensory Storytime
ACT Practice Exam and Tutorial
Read to the Bump: Making Music

BEHIND THE SCENES: Recycle Right with Nicole Warhoftig
Sustainability and Environmental Education
Recycling Information
Recycle It Tool

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Community Outreach and Top Restaurants
Adapted Recreation
Crisis Intervention Team Program
Restaurants in Plano

#12:  A Look Back at 2018 in Plano and Ways You Can Get Involved 

December is here and so is the end of 2018. Steve and Shannah look back at their first year of podcasting and their favorite Inside Plano episodes. They also cover the many family activities to keep Plano families busy this December. Plus they share their New Year’s wishes for their fellow Planoites. Corina Sadler, Volunteer Resources Supervisor, joins the podcast to talk about the incredible impact volunteers make in Plano.

WHAT’S NEW: December
Plano Lions Christmas Parade
Festival of Lights
18st AIRSpace Workshop at Harrington Library
Teen Podcasting Class
STEAM Programs
Boredom Busters
City of Plano Holiday Hours

BEHIND THE SCENES: Volunteers in Plano with Corina Sadler
Volunteers in Plano

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Adults 50+ and New Year’s Wishes
Plano’s Holiday Lights
Sign up for SAGE – news for Adults 50+

#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.

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

#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