Inside Plano

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#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.

This month's story links:

WHAT’S NEW: July
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
Permits
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

Show Notes for Previous Episodes

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#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.

WHAT’S NEW: June
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

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Technology and BBQ
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.

WHAT’S NEW: May
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.

WHAT’S NEW: April
Farmers Markets
McCall Plaza Events
TEDxPlano
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.

WHAT’S NEW: March
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
Book-in-Common
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 

THOSE OTHER THINGS: Food
Restaurants in Plano 
Legacy Food Hall
Union Bear 
Downtown Plano