Week In Review, Jan. 5, 2018
Jan. 5, 2018
Here is the latest edition of Week In Review - a series of weekly messages from the Mayor and City Council to help Richardson residents and businesses keep up to date on events at City Hall. If you would like to sign up to receive this in a weekly e-mail click here.
Santa’s Village 2017 is “One for the Books”
This week City crews began dismantling the buildings at Santa’s Village and taking down the lights and decorations, packing everything away until late fall, when Santa’s Village will once again be built. Community Events staff reported that Santa’s Village 2017 distributed almost 15,000 cookies from Mrs. Claus, saw almost 3,200 photos taken with Santa and experienced two marriage proposals (that they know of!).
The City of Richardson has been presenting Santa’s Village free of charge to the public since 1989, supported by more than 100 volunteers each night.
Mandy Harvey Performs at RISD Schools Through “Eisemann Educates”
“America’s Got Talent” finalist Mandy Harvey brought her message of perseverance and embracing obstacles to students at all four RISD high schools this week thanks to the Eisemann Educates program. The world-renowned singer/songwriter is on a national tour and is performing Saturday evening at the Eisemann Center (see below). Each year since 2004, the Eisemann Educates program has enabled performers from the Eisemann Center Presents series to interact with local students through a variety of activities, including lectures, master classes, residencies and post-performance Q&As.
After showing a video produced especially for her RISD appearance, Harvey performed songs in each school’s auditorium, shared stories from her life and took questions from students. Harvey was a music education major at Colorado State University, but dropped out of the program after she lost her hearing due to a connective tissue disorder. She returned to music in 2008, performing while feeling the beat through floor vibrations and using “visual tuners” to find perfect pitch. Since then, she finished fourth on “America’s Got Talent” Season 12, was featured on CNN’s “Great Big Story,” was signed by Burt’s Bees for their “Remarkable Women” campaign, and recently released her first book, “Sensing The Rhythm, Finding My Voice In a World Without Sound.”
Eisemann Educates plans further outreach with local students during the 2017-18 Eisemann Center Presents series, including visits to four RISD junior high schools by “joyful jazz” band Sammy Miller and the Congregation, and a residency at UT Dallas by storyteller/musician Martha Redbone.
Aquatics Job Fair Held; Positions Still Available
Though turnout was good Thursday for the City’s first Aquatics Job Fair of 2018, there are still several positions available for the upcoming summer swim season. Positions available include lifeguards, cashiers, swim instructors, assistant managers, pool managers and swim lesson coordinator, with flexible schedules at five facilities. The next job fair will be held March 15 from 4-7 p.m. at the Huffhines Recreation Center.
Job applications are available at www.cor.net/lifeguard.
Holiday Trees See New Life as Mulch, Compost Through Tree Cycling
Christmas trees are still being collected as part of the City’s “tree cycling,” which continues through Feb. 2. To discourage residents from trashing their natural, unflocked trees and taking up valuable landfill space, the City provides two ways each year to make it easy to recycle them:
- Call 972-744-4111 and request a Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) before your designated recycling day, then set the tree out at the front curb for collection. Make sure to request that the tree be collected for composting.
- Drop trees off at the Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr. The site is open 24 hours, seven days a week until Feb. 2.
Trees must be free of ornaments, tinsel, tree stands, nails, lights, etc. The trees are turned into mulch and compost, which may be purchased by residents at a discount. For more information, click here.
Holiday Box Recycling Program Wraps Up
The City’s large box recycling program for the 2017 holiday season ended today, as City crews closed the sites and collected the last of the boxes.
The City of Richardson Public Services Department and the Richardson Police Department offer the service each year to help residents avoid “advertising to potential criminals” when placing boxes for large, high-dollar gifts outside with regular trash/recycling. If you missed the special collection and still have boxes from large items, place them inside a black trash bag and put the bag out on your regular trash collection day.
Blue Bags Jan. 6
Fire Station 6 will offer blue recycling bags from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6. The 30-gallon bags are sold in rolls for $3.50 for residents or $4 for nonresidents. Blue bag letters, redeemable for free rolls, are honored at this location.
Fire Station 6 is located at 3591 Park Vista Rd. The bags are also available at City rec centers, the Senior Center, Service Center and City Hall during normal business hours. For more information, call 972-744-4111.
ESL Tutor Training Registration Ends Jan. 10
Start the new year in a meaningful way and help adults learn English by becoming an English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor. The Richardson Adult Literacy Center (RALC) will host a tutor training workshop Saturday, Jan. 13 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the RISD Professional Development Center Building C Room 101A, 701 W. Belt Line Rd.
The RALC, founded in 1990, provides free ESL instruction to adults who live or work in Richardson or the Richardson Independent School District area. Students meet with volunteer tutors either in a one-on-one setting or in classes. Instruction is “English immersion,” so tutors do not need to know a language other than English, and no prior teaching experience is needed—just a passion for helping others learn. Flexible scheduling offers both daytime and evening instruction.
To register or receive more information, visit www.ralc.org. Registration ends Wednesday, Jan. 10.
Health and Wellness Expo at Civic Center Jan. 12
Methodist Richardson Medical Center along with the Richardson Chamber of Commerce will host a Health and Wellness Expo Friday, Jan. 12 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Explore local health options including doctors, dentists, dietitians and fitness facilities. Weight, body mass index and blood pressure screenings as well as healthy snacks will be available.
Admission is free. For more information, click here.
2018 City Photo Contest Nears; Exhibits Begin
The City’s 2018 photo contest begins accepting entries Jan. 13, and in conjunction with the annual event, several exhibits of award-winning photos begin next week at City facilities. The work of Featured Artist Clark Crenshaw will be on display Jan. 10-Feb. 23 at Huffhines Recreation Center, and the third floor of the Library will host the 2017 Best of Show and Best of Division Exhibit Jan. 12-Feb. 1, featuring the work of Charlie Gonzalez (Adult Division), Nicholas Glover (Proficient), and Anjali Gonuguntla (Student). In addition, the 2017 Judge’s Exhibit featuring the work of Patrick Langlinais and Sherry Talbot, will also be on display in the Library’s third floor gallery Jan. 12-Feb. 1.
For more information, visit www.cor.net/PhotoContest.
- Sculpture, Drawing Exhibit Reception and Artist Talk Jan. 6
2-4 p.m. in the Forrest and Virginia Green Mezzanine-Gallery. Admission is free.
Meet local artist Michael O’Keefe in conjunction with “To Every Thing There Is A Season,” a month-long exhibit of his figure drawings and large-scale figure sculptures that opened Dec. 28. Regular gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and during all performances.
- Mandy Harvey Jan. 6
7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $26-$37.
The award-winning singer/songwriter, motivational speaker, author and internet sensation brings her national tour to Richardson with a story of perseverance that will move and inspire. To view a video of Mandy performing on “America’s Got Talent,” click here.
- Pegasus Theatre’s “A Minor Case of Murder” Continues
Thursday-Saturday evenings through Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m., in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $24 through Jan. 11; $24-$44 Jan. 12-28.
It’s New Year’s Eve 1933, and world-famous detective Harry Hunsacker is back in “Living Black and White™” as he faces one of his most puzzling cases ever, along with his paid-by-the-hour assistant Nigel Grouse, and Lt. Foster “of the real police.”
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
Saturday Morning Drop-In Storytime Begins Tomorrow
Children and their parents or adult caregivers are invited to participate in stories, finger plays, action rhymes and puppetry at the Library’s new Saturday Morning Drop-in Storytime each Saturday morning from 10:30-11 a.m. beginning Jan. 6. Though the program is geared for ages 3-7, all ages are welcome to participate.
Drop-in Storytime will be held in the First Floor Program Room. No registration is required. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
LEGO Mindstorms Track3r Robotics Jan. 11
Kids ages 8-12 are invited to learn how to use LEGO Mindstorms to build a Track3r robot, then race it against challengers Thursday, Jan. 11 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Beginners are welcome!
Admission is free but registration is required; call 972-744-4358 or stop by the Youth Services Help Desk to register.
Beginning Microsoft Excel 2016 Jan. 12
Learn MS Excel 2016 for free Friday, Jan. 12 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Training Room. Registration is required as well as a valid Richardson Public Library Card; call 972-744-4359 to register. Laptops will be provided.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Garret! He is a terrier, shepherd mix, about 23 pounds, heartworm negative, 9 years young, neutered, house trained and up to date on all vaccinations. Garrett has some gray around his muzzle but in his heart he’s a spry young dog. Just look at those soulful brown eyes! Please help Garret find a forever home!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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