Week In Review, Feb. 2, 2018
Feb. 2, 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.
“Richardson Delivers” Encapsulating Theme for Annual State of the City Address
Mayor Paul Voelker presented the annual State of the City Address Wednesday evening at the Eisemann Center. Centered on a theme of “Richardson Delivers,” the Mayor talked about the City’s most significant achievements in 2017.
Among the past year’s accomplishments recognized were the successful funding of the Cotton Belt Rail Line, participating in the D/FW regional bid for Amazon’s HQ2, groundbreaking for the City’s new Public Safety Campus, and the continued priority placed on strategic community goals, prioritizing economic development and reinvestment, finance, internal processes and culture.
The event was free, open to the public and broadcast live. State of the City will be replayed on Spectrum Channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, and videos of the event are also available on demand at www.cor.net/stateofthecity.
City’s New Website Debuts
The City launched its revamped website Thursday, a more user-friendly, “search-centric” site (the search bar is positioned prominently) with a refreshed, updated look and shortcuts to the most popular pages. The new website also features a responsive mobile design, so users accessing it on cell phones or tablet devices will see a different, mobile-friendly layout.
The new site’s layout included input from a survey provided by online users as well as from analytics for digital traffic on the site.
Visit the new site at www.cor.net.
Voter Registration Ends Feb. 5 for March Primary
Residents who wish to vote in the March 6 Primary Election must submit a voter registration application by Feb. 5 (postmarked or dropped off in person by end of day) to the Voter Registrar of the county in which they reside. Voter registration cards/applications are available in the City Secretary’s office at Richardson City Hall during regular business hours or at the Texas Secretary of State website (click here for the voter registration page).
Early voting will take place Feb. 20-March 2. For more information, go to www.cor.net/elections or contact the City Secretary at 972-744-4290, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look for Spring Rec Guide in This Month's Edition of Richardson Today
The February 2018 issue of Richardson Today was mailed earlier this week and should begin arriving in mailboxes soon. This month’s issue has a special focus on the State of the City, with highlights from the Jan. 31 State of the City Address. Also included is the Spring Rec Guide and information about the Mayor’s Summer Internship Program, a new, paid work experience program for high school students.
Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city and is available at recreation centers, the Senior Center, City Hall and the Library. A Richardson Today interactive edition, which includes links to CITV videos, is accessible at www.cor.net/RichardsonToday. Ask your local mail carrier if you do not receive your copy of Richardson Today and you live within the boundaries of Richardson.
Photo Contest Winners Announced
Lost in Thought
Storm Over Kebler Pass
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department has announced the winners in the 2018 City of Richardson photography contest. Nayana Rajesh won both Best of Show and the Student Division with a photo in the People category entitled, “Lost in Thought;” top honors in the Adult Division went to Tony Morrison for “Maydelle Station,” entered in the Landscape/Scenic category. Ron Baker won the Proficient Division with a Landscape/Scenic photo entitled, “Storm Over Kebler Pass.” Additional winners were announced for Honorable Mention through First Place—for a complete list, go to www.cor.net/photocontest.
The 2018 Contest Results Exhibit will be on display Feb. 3-20 in the Library’s third floor gallery.
Blue Bags at Fire Station 6 Saturday
Fire Station 6 will offer blue recycling bags from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. The 30-gallon bags are sold in rolls for $3.50 for residents or $4 for nonresidents. Blue bag letters and vouchers, 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.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Tonight: Randy Noojin in “Seeger”
7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $40.
Noojin, who graced the Eisemann Center stage in 2016 as Woody Guthrie, returns in this critically acclaimed, multimedia solo show portraying the late folksinger/activist, Pete Seeger. Set at a benefit in Washington, D.C. advocating free speech in Cuba, the show features Seeger’s signature songs including “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” “Bring ‘Em Home,” “We Shall Overcome” and “Guantanamera.”
- RSO with The Broadway Boys Feb. 3
8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15.50-$70.50.
It’s a Broadway tune-filled night as the Richardson Symphony Orchestra performs selections from “The Sound of Music,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Jersey Boys,” “Rent” and “Wicked,” joined by special guests The Broadway Boys on several songs.
- “I Love TV” Feb. 3
7 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $40-$60.
Noted Persian writer/performer Parviz Sayyad takes on his life story in this three-hour, one-man comedy/drama stand-up production.
- Beyond Belief Dance Company Feb. 4
2 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $15.
Mesquite-based Beyond Belief Dance Company presents “In This Chapter,” directed by Justin Johnson.
- PISD Unity Concert Feb. 6
7 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $10-$16.
550 choir students from all three Plano senior high schools will perform, including the mixed choirs singing Rutter’s “Gloria” under the direction of Oklahoma State University Director Dr. Z. Randall Stroope and the treble choirs performing “Missa Festiva” by Leavitt under the direction of Dr. Joni Jensen from Texas Woman’s University.
- RISD District-Wide Student Art Exhibit
Through Feb. 26 in the Green Mezzanine Gallery. Regular gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and during all public events. Admission is free. Artwork created by Richardson Independent School District students in grades K-12 is on display in this annual exhibition created by the Eisemann Educates program.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
At UT Dallas:
- Dallas Bach Society Feb. 3
8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Tickets are $15.
The Dallas Bach Society performs Baroque music on original instruments including violins, harpsichord, flute and cello. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
“The Odd Couple” Continues at Richardson Theatre Centre
Richardson Theatre Centre is presenting Neil Simon’s comedy, “The Odd Couple,” Thursdays-Sundays through Feb. 11. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $20-$22 depending on the day of show; call 972-699-1130 to reserve. Don’t miss the chance to see this classic tale of a clean freak and a slob and how they manage to live together while driving each other crazy!
Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., is funded in part by the Richardson Cultural Arts Commission.
Tech Savvy: Computing 101 with Windows 10 Tomorrow
Become computer literate at “Computing 101 with Windows 10” Saturday, Feb. 3 from 10:30 a.m.-noon in the Basement Program Room. If you’re new to the computer, this free workshop will help lay the foundation for your computing skills as you find out how to navigate Windows on a laptop or desktop computer, how to adjust settings and protect your privacy, plus much more.
For adults and teens; there is no cost involved but registration is required along with a valid Richardson Public Library card. Laptops loaded with Windows 10 are provided. Call 972-744-4359 for more information and to register.
Freedmen’s Bureau and Post Civil War Texas Feb. 8
What happened during the Reconstruction era in Texas (1865-1877) after the Civil War? Find out about this turbulent time Thursday, Feb. 8 from 7-8 p.m. in the Basement Program Room with East Central University professor Dr. Christopher Bean. Learn about The Freedmen’s Bureau, established in 1865 to provide food, housing, medical aid, legal assistance and schooling for blacks newly freed from slavery as the nation struggled with how to rebuild the South.
For adults and teens; admission is free and registration not required. Call 972-744-4376 for more information.
Beginning MS Word 2016 Feb. 9
Enhance your computer skills and learn the basics of MS Word 2016 Friday, Feb. 9 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Training Room. Cost is free but registration is required along with a valid Richardson Public Library card; call 972-744-4359 to register and for more information. For adults and teens.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Lynn! This is her second try at Pet of the Week and she won’t let anything get her down even after seven months of waiting for a forever home. Lynn is a spayed female, happy-go-lucky all-American mutt mix, house trained, about 5 years old and up to date on all her vaccinations. She loves to cuddle, play, go for walks and is good with older kids. Please help this beautiful brown-eyed girl find a forever home!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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