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Posted on: November 5, 2019

Adopt a Senior Pet Month Special

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November is National Adopt A Senior Pet Month!

This month is dedicated to helping older pets find loving forever homes.

Are you looking to adopt a new furry friend? Consider adding a senior pet to the family this month.

Adoption Special:

  • Any dog or cat over 7 years will have  a 25.00 adoption fe...
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Posted on: October 23, 2019

Finding Rover Facial Recognition is Here

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The City of Plano today joined the ranks of shelters using facial recognition technology to identify lost dogs and cats.

Our shelter now offers the community an additional tool to help lost and adoptable dogs and cats find their forever home, Finding Rover.

Now every dog and cat that enters the Plano Animal Shelter becomes registered on Finding Rover. Users of Finding Rover ...

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Posted on: January 30, 2019

Low Cost Vaccinations and Sterilizations

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Are you looking for low cost vaccination and sterilization services?

Check out the options for local low cost vaccination and sterilization services:

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City of Plano Animal Services
Posted on: January 4, 2019

All About Adoption from the Plano Animal Shelter

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Are you interested in adopting a pet from the Plano Animal Shelter?

Keep in mind that all animals at our shelter are:

  • Up-to-date on vaccines 
  • Microchipped 
  • Sterilized 
  • Receive heartworm testing and treatment if needed 
  • Given a collar and tags
  • Loved by staff and volunteers 

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Posted on: May 28, 2019

Severe Weather Preparedness Poster Contest Winner

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The Plano Department of Emergency Management held it's annual severe weather preparedness poster contest in April. The contest encouraged Plano children of all ages to get creative and submit artwork encompassing severe weather preparedness.This year's wi...

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Posted on: April 29, 2019

4 Reasons Why the Outdoor Warning System Could be Activated

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Outdoor Warning Sirens are designed to alert people who are outside to seek shelter inside. In hazardous conditions, Plano's sirens will sound for 3 minutes. During monthly tests, Plano's sirens sound for 1 minute, followed by a voice saying "test.&q...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Preparation and Sale of Homemade Foods

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Have you ever wondered what you might be able to make at home and sell? The City of Plano Environmental Health Division has received several inquiries recently and would like to clarify the rules around homemade foods. The Texas Cottage Food Law does allo...

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Posted on: July 9, 2019

Plano Fire-Rescue's 2019-2023 Strategic Plan

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Plano Fire-Rescue has just released the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan.

Any successful agency must continually track progress towards achieving its stated short-term goals and objectives.  Periodically, it is important for an organization to stop and perform a more detailed assessment of its environment, its stakehol...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Plano Fire-Rescue Welcomes New Truck 8 Into Service

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Fire Station #8 welcomed a new truck into service with a Wetdown and Push-In Ceremony.

The time-honored tradition was enjoyed by Plano Fire-Rescue staff and community members on May 10.  This station, 4621 Hedgcoxe Road, primarily serves northern Plano neighborhoods.

Plano Fire Chief Sam Greif and the department are quite proud of t...

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Posted on: October 8, 2019

2020 Heritage Tax Exemption Program

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Yearly site assessments are conducted to verify the property is being properly maintained. Learn more about the program, tax exemption structure and the yearly site assessments at http://www.plano.gov/2737/Tax-Exemption-Program .

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Posted on: October 8, 2019

Check Out the Approved FY 2019-20 Grants

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The projects and programs funded by the grant program must promote tourism in Plano and support Plano's hospitality industry.

Congratulations to the following grant recipients for the 2019-2020 year:

Learn more about the program at http://www.plano.gov/2736...

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Posted on: October 14, 2019

Schimelpfenig Library Renovations

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Schimelpfenig Library is getting new carpet and furniture. The main part of the library and bookdrops will be closed November 4–16. Items may be returned at any of the other Plano libraries. Programs will still be hosted in the lobby program room.

We invite you to come enjoy the new look when Schimelpfenig Library reopens November 17 at 1:00 pm.

All programs are CANCELLED at Schimelpfenig from November 4 – 6

CANCELLED Math Tutoring sessions – November 7 & 14

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Posted on: November 8, 2019

All Libraries Closed for Thanksgiving

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All libraries and book drops will close at 5:00pm Wednesday, November 27 in observance of Thanksgiving. All libraries will be closed November 28 and 29. Online resources and eLibrary will be available.

City of Plano Libraries
Posted on: November 8, 2019

Write-In Workshops

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Sharpen your storytelling skills and make your writing right with targeted sessions on Saturday mornings at Haggard Library. Stay after the workshop and continue working on your novel-in-progress with the support of other writers.

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Haggard Library          Saturdays        10am-11am

Nov 2      Oh, I have an idea!

Nov 9      Characters: the goo...

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Additional Info... City of Plano Libraries
Posted on: November 8, 2019

Free – SAT Test Prep

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Get ready for college. Take an actual SAT test and find out right away how you can improve. After the test More Than a Teacher will give a 1-hour tutorial.

The test and tutorial runs through lunchtime - bring snacks and a bottle of water with you. The practice test is open to students in grades 9-12.

Parr Library     Sat       Nov 16      ...

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Posted on: November 8, 2019

Adulting 101

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Feeling overwhelmed by all the things you’re supposed to already know how to do? The four sessions will cover finances, job and career, how to be healthy and personal safety.

Schimelpfenig Library             Tuesdays        7pm

Sep 17             Workplace Success with Collin College

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Posted on: November 8, 2019

Play Mah Jong

Play Mah Jong at Haggard Library

Meet new friends and play Mah Jong on Sunday afternoons. Both American and Chinese sets are provided.

You are welcome to bring your own set to share. No scoring or gambling 

Haggard Library    Sundays    1-4:30pm

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Posted on: November 8, 2019

English as a Second Language Classes

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Learn to speak, read, and write in English. Classes are free. Online curriculum and resources are provided.

For more information and to register call 469-925-0610 or email lumbrerasg@grayson.edu

A Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) funded and approved program managed by Collin County Adult Education and Literacy

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Posted on: August 15, 2019

2019 Fall Programs and Classes at the Library

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Getting there is half the fun. This fall, explore transportation and how to get there by plane, car, train or sailboat.

  • Boeing, DART and Toyota will be facilitating Wonder Café with three transportation themed sessions
  • Learn about 3D printing with classes at Davis, Harrington and Parr libraries for families, teens and adults
  • Become financially smarter with Money S...
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Posted on: September 17, 2019

Join the Conversation!

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What housing improvements and social services do you want to see in your community? The City of Plano is in the process of developing its 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, which will outline how we plan to spend approximately $10 million in funds from the U.S....

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Plano City News: Cook up a Great Thanksgiving with an Ounce of Prevention

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Celebrate the Fire Prevention Week Poster contest winners, avoid food-related plumbing problems, protect your pets from dangerous foods, drop off items at Texas Recycles Day and more in Plano City News.

Plano City News is distributed every Tuesday to 37,500 subscribers by the City of Plano Communications and Community Outreach department. To receive a copy directly in your inbox, please subscribe. Thank you for your readership!

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Posted on: November 5, 2019

Winter Watering runs through March 31st

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Dial back on landscape watering and save on your water bill. Lawns and outdoor plants require much less watering as we roll into colder temperatures.

Whether you are a resident or a business, please shift to the winter watering schedule on Friday, Nov. 1. Limit sprinkler use to once-a-week. If the last digit of your address is odd (1, 3, 5, 7, 9), your water day is Tuesday. If the digit is even (0, 2, ...

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Posted on: October 1, 2019

We Need Your Input

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What housing improvements and social services do you want in Plano? We are gathering input for the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan. The plan guides how we spend $10 million in federal funds over the next five years.

These funds serve low-to-moderate income residents - including our seniors, people with disabilities, people facing homelessness and victims of domestic violence. You can help in two ways:

1. Attend a workshop: 

  • Wednesday, Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m. at Schi...
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Posted on: October 4, 2019

Plano Parks and Recreation marks 25 years of national accreditation

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On Sept. 27, 2019, at the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) Congress in Baltimore, Maryland, Plano Parks and Recreation was officially reaccredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Accreditation is based on an agency’s compliance with 151 rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, programs, resources, safety and services.  Plano Parks and Recreation was found to have met all 151.

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Posted on: October 1, 2019

Drop-off Recycling Moves to One Location

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For several years, the City has offered free drop-off recycling for small businesses and apartment residents who don’t have onsite recycling. The Plano Public Library has hosted these large outdoor drop-off recycling containers.

Misuse of the containers and a high contamination rate have eliminated the benefits of the drop-off sites.

Effective Tuesday, Oct. 1, the only free recycling drop-off location is:Republic Services of Plano4200 E. 14th St.(photo ID required)

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Posted on: October 1, 2019

Lead the Pledge at a City Council Meeting

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Scout groups and youth organizations are a big part of each City Council meeting. Help start our regular sessions in a positive way.

Would your troop or group like to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and Texas Pledge at an upcoming Plano City Council meeting? Contact Alice Snyder in the City Secretary's Office at alices@plano.gov to secure a place on the schedule.

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Posted on: August 19, 2019

New Age Requirements for Plano Parks and Recreation facilities

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Change takes effect Sept. 3, 2019.

Plano Parks and Recreation is implementing a new age requirements policy effective Sept. 3, 2019. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian 16 years of age or older at any Plano recreation center or pool. This change in policy c...

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Posted on: August 8, 2018

Sign Up for Trash and Recycling Reminders

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If you struggle with remembering when to place your recycling cart out for collection, we've got a new tool for you. Get reminders by text or email to your favorite device (or both).

Alerts are sent the night before your collection between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. (you pick the time). The reminders adjust with the City's holiday collection schedule. A special thanks to our Kings Ridge HOA residents for helping with testing.

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Posted on: November 13, 2019

Ask An Urban Forester

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Q. Why are there new trees being planted at Bob Woodruff Park South?

A. Good question! In an effort to re-tree parts of Bob Woodruff Park South, Plano Parks and Recreation’s second phase of its reforestation project is underway. This project is a partnership between the City of Plano and the Texas Trees Foundation, and fun...

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City of Plano Parks and Recreation
Posted on: November 8, 2019

Restroom and Drinking Fountain Closures

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Due to the early onset of cold temperatures we will begin closing some of our restrooms and drinking fountains a few weeks early this year.

Many of our restrooms and drinking fountains are freeze-resistant, and will remain open. However, those that are not will be closed this week. The attached map shows the locations of freeze-resistant fountains and restrooms that remain open year round. Pl...

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Posted on: October 25, 2019

High Point Tennis Center Renovations

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The long awaited renovations to High Point Tennis Center have begun. The center will remain open during construction.

The renovations will begin with the building of a new parking lot along Spring Creek Parkway and the construction of a new two-story pro shop. Once the new pro shop is completed, demolition of the old facility will take place and a new center court will b...

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Posted on: October 21, 2019

Liberty Recreation Center Celebrates Reopening Oct. 26

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Liberty Recreation Center patrons will get an early gift this holiday season when the center reopens after being closed for extensive renovations.

The grand opening celebration will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. Guests will be treated to snacks, commemorative items, tours and a visit from local dignitaries. Staff will also be on site to assist with membership purchases and answer any q...

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Posted on: October 4, 2019

Plano Parks and Recreation marks 25 years of national accreditation

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On Sept. 27, 2019, at the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) Congress in Baltimore, Maryland, Plano Parks and Recreation was officially reaccredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Accreditation is based on an agency’s compliance with 151 rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, programs, resources, safety and services.  Plano Parks and Recreation was found to have met all 151.

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Posted on: September 24, 2019

Get Rolling for a Healthy, Happy Back!

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Did you know 80 percent of the population will have low back pain in their lifetime? Exercise, sleep, work, travel and family time can all be affected negatively by lower back pain.

So how can we combat lower back pain? Get moving! Walking, swimming, yoga, or stationary bike riding 30 minutes daily can increase muscle strength and flexibility. Myofascial release is another technique that focuses on smoothing myofascial tissues—the to...

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City of Plano Parks and Recreation
Posted on: August 19, 2019

New Age Requirements for Plano Parks and Recreation facilities

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Change takes effect Sept. 3, 2019.

Plano Parks and Recreation is implementing a new age requirements policy effective Sept. 3, 2019. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian 16 years of age or older at any Plano recreation center or pool. This change in policy c...

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Posted on: August 8, 2019

Plano’s athletic fields ready for fall sports

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Fall is right around the corner! And with the start of a new sports season, our Athletics Division is readying for one of the busiest times of the year.

Plano’s athletic fields serve 15-plus sports organizations that provide the community with quality recreational opportunities in soccer, baseball, softball, football, lacrosse, cricket, rugby, kickball, etc. Each year, these outdoor athletics lo...

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City of Plano Parks and Recreation
Posted on: December 20, 2018

Ask an Urban Forester: What is emerald ash borer and how is it affecting trees in Plano?

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Q. I heard emerald ash borer has been found in Fort Worth. What is it and is it affecting our trees in Plano?

A. The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is a destructive wood‐boring pest of ash trees. Native to Asia, the emerald ash borer beetle (EAB) was unknown in North America until its discovery in southeast Michigan in 2002. Since then, the invasive pest...

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Posted on: March 29, 2019

Dallas Morning News: Volunteering is secret to happiness

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Giving back through volunteering makes Plano happy, according to the Dallas Morning News

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Posted on: February 28, 2019

VIP Celebrates Record-Setting Success

VIP Annual Report 2018

Annual Report Highlights:

•   35 years of VIP

•   Record-setting number of volunteers 

•   Volunteer awards

•   Corporate & academic partnerships

•   VIP Sup...

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Posted on: May 2, 2018

VIP Connection - Spring 2018

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This spring brought many milestones to the VIP program. Read more.

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Posted on: April 5, 2018

VPay Employees Volunteer at Plano Animal Shelter

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Employees from Plano-based VPay spent two Fridays in March volunteering at Plano Animal Services. Volunteering as a group with Plano Animal Services provides valuable resources for our community and helps those precious pets get one step closer to home. V...

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Posted on: February 8, 2018

Volunteers Wanted for Plano CARES

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Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Plano Code Abatement by Residents Engaged in Service (CARES) connects local volunteers to residents in need of assistance with common property code violations. Project work days are scheduled for the 2nd Saturday of ev...

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Posted on: October 23, 2017

Toyota Teams with VIP for National Public Lands Day

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Volunteers in Plano brought Toyota USA and National Environmental Education Foundation to celebrate National Public Lands Day in Plano, Texas! These partnerships are paramount in impacting our community. Thank you to Kym Hughes and the staff of Oak Point ...

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Posted on: September 18, 2017

ESL Teachers Needed

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Harrington Library is looking for volunteer ESL teachers. Training is free and materials are provided. For more information, contact Julie Brown, ESL Program Director at juliebrown@lift-texas.org or call 214-824-2000 ext. 3218

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Posted on: June 29, 2017

In Memory of Russ Kissick

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We are saddened by the passing of Russ Kissick. Russ was one of three Co-Founders and ongoing Co-Director of The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc., the non-profit organization that has served as manager of the Interurban Railway Museum sin...

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Posted on: March 3, 2017

Bank of America Volunteers Become Super Sorters

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Thank you to the team of 14 Bank of America employees for giving an afternoon of service to Haggard Library. Employees from India and several different states joined together to help sort donations and package items for the annual fundraising books sale. ...

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Posted on: February 22, 2017

United Healthcare Employees Volunteer at Parr Library

United Healthcare volunteers at Plano's Parr Library.

Thank you to United Healthcare employees for lending a hand at Parr Library. Staff enjoyed a morning of service by cleaning and organizing children’s books for the library. Children’s book are frequently checked out and at the end of e...

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Posted on: October 4, 2016

Bank of America Rolls Up Their Sleeves

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On Friday, September 30 six employees from one of Plano's Bank of America locations chose the Plano Animal Shelter for their volunteer day. Employees were excited to lend a hand in the kennels, help with laundry, wash many dog bowls and spend time togethe...Read on...

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Posted on: October 4, 2016

Hyundai Capital Lends A Hand

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On Saturday, September 24th seven employees from Plano's Hyundai Capital office spent their morning volunteering at the Animal Shelter. Creating a team building event around service to the community is a great way to build comradery and motivate staff to ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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Posted on: February 5, 2019

Exam Weekend:

What to Bring and What to Know the Day of the Exam

Saturday Morning: bring your ID, exam ticket and completed and notarized PHS to the exam.  Wear athletic clothing as those who pass will immediately proceed to the physical agility test. ...

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