Week In Review, Feb. 23, 2018
Feb. 23, 2018
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Parks Impacted by Recent Rain
Saturated ground conditions at the City of Richardson’s Bush Central Barkway dog park and flooding at Breckinridge Park have forced the City’s Parks and Recreation Department to close the facilities until further notice.
Breckinridge Park’s three main parking areas are closed, and pedestrians accessing the park are asked to use caution if traversing on the trail system due to muddy and slick conditions created by this week’s storms. Parks crews will work through the weekend to repair damage and remove debris from the trails.
Bush Central Barkway
Richardson’s Bush Central Barkway is treated like an athletic field due to the sensitivity of the turf at the dog park. Turf is more susceptible to damage from foot traffic when it is soggy, so the park has been closed to protect the grass until the soil has an opportunity to dry enough to protect the grounds.
Richardson’s Bush Central Barkway is located at 3851 S. Central Expressway under the interchange for the President George Bush Turnpike and Central Expressway. Breckinridge Park is located southwest of the intersection of Renner and Brand Roads.
Mayor’s Summer Internship Program Kicks Off
Mayor Paul Voelker, RISD Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone and Richardson Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bill Sproull gathered Wednesday at City Hall to officially kick off the new Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program. The program, a collaboration between the City, RISD and the Chamber, will enable 50 incoming high school seniors to receive eight weeks of paid employment this summer at a local company or nonprofit. It is modeled after successful internship programs in several cities including Dallas and Plano.
The internship will involve an online application process, an all-day training class, a job fair and further training for those chosen for employment. Though not every student who participates will receive an internship, applicants will benefit from the training class and job fair, including instruction and practice in interviewing and resume writing, with each student leaving with a finished resume.
Internships will be available to students who live within RISD boundaries, with a limited number available to students who do not attend RISD schools. For more information and an application, visit www.rmsip.org. Businesses are encouraged to participate by contacting Masud Shamsid-Deen, RISD Director of Career and Technical Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eisemann Educates Brings Performers to Local Students
“Joyful jazz” ensemble “Sammy Miller and the Congregation” visited RISD junior highs this week, performing and taking part in lecture/demonstrations as part of the Eisemann Educates program. The band, led by Grammy-nominated drummer Sammy Miller, performs at the Eisemann Center Feb. 24 (see below for details).
Eisemann Educates is the education/outreach component of the Eisemann Center Presents Series, bringing Series performers into local schools and colleges (and students to the Eisemann Center) since 2004. For more information, visit www.eisemanncenter.com/education.
Chlorine Maintenance Begins Feb. 26
Beginning Monday, water customers may notice a stronger taste or smell of chlorine in tap water due to maintenance being conducted by the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD). The District will begin its annual water system maintenance for its Wylie, Tawakoni, and Bonham water delivery systems beginning Monday, Feb. 26 and it will last through Monday, March 26.
The annual treatment helps optimize drinking quality and reduce the amount of hydrant flushing necessary during the warm weather months. Though the smell may be more noticeable, the water is still safe for use and consumption.
The NTMWD and its 13 member cities (including Richardson) continuously test and monitor water quality within the regional and local systems to ensure the water is safe to drink. For more information, visit www.cor.net/chlorine.
Early Voting Continues through March 2
Early voting started this week and continues through March 2 for the March 6 Primary Election.
Registered Dallas County voters who are Richardson residents may vote early at City Hall or at any of the other Dallas County early voting locations. Collin County voters who are Richardson residents may vote early at any of the Collin County early voting locations.
For location information, visit www.cor.net/elections.
Election Day voting will take place Tuesday, March 6 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Below are the dates and times for early voting in Dallas and Collin counties.
|DATE||DALLAS COUNTY||COLLIN COUNTY|
|Feb. 24||7 a.m.-7 p.m.||7 a.m.-7 p.m.
|Feb. 25||1-6 p.m.||1-6 p.m.
|Feb. 26-March 2||7 a.m.-7 p.m.||7 a.m.-7 p.m.
2017 Community Revitalization Awards Presented
The City Council recognized 14 projects Monday with the annual Community Revitalization Awards.
The program recognizes owners’ efforts to enhance the community by making significant investments and exterior enhancements to their properties. The Council created the awards in 1994 to encourage people to help make a positive impact on their own properties as well as those in the surrounding area.
The 2017 award winners are:
- Dominguez residence, 1001 Grant Dr.
- Mitchell residence, 1221 Cheyenne Dr.
- Davis residence, 1232 Mohawk Trail
- Cantwell residence, 400 Rustic Circle
- Redmond residence, 2406 Fairway Dr.
- Denton residence, 2306 Clear Lake Circle
- Yodis residence, 637 Devonshire Dr.
- Scott residence, 2311 Clear Lake Circle
- Gallagher residence, 825 Lockwood Dr.
- Dietrichson residence, 2505 W. Prairie Creek Dr.
- Clarke residence, 923 Fernwood Dr.
- Communion Neighborhood Cooperative, 514 Lockwood Dr.
- The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 421 Custer Rd.
- Campbell Way Shopping Center, 2067 and 2069 N. Central Expwy.
Since its inception, Richardson’s Community Revitalization Awards program has recognized 251 properties. For more information about the program, visit www.cor.net/CRA. More information on each property that received an award Monday night will be included in the March issue of Richardson Today.
“Games & Gala” Event to Support Inclusive Playground
The Richardson East Rotary Club (RERC) will hold their annual “Rotary Cares Games & Gala” at St. Paul the Apostle Parish Center, 900 St. Paul Dr., Feb. 24 from 6-10 p.m. Proceeds from the event will help fund the City’s first inclusive playground, to be built at Cottonwood Park. RERC has partnered with the City in leading fundraising efforts for the playground, which will also be supported by 2015 G.O. Bond money.
Tickets are $60; visit www.rerotaryclub.com/gala to purchase online and for more information. Ticket price includes dinner, beverages, casino games and more.
Registration for Summer Camps and Swim Lessons Begins March 1
Registration begins Thursday for the City’s 2018 summer camps and swim classes. To register or see a list of classes, go to www.cor.net/parksonline.
Class information is also included in the March issue of Richardson Today that will be delivered to mailboxes next week.
Altrusa Informational Event Feb. 24
Altrusa International of Richardson will hold an informal brunch for new and prospective members Saturday, Feb. 24 at 1879 Quail Lane, beginning at 9 a.m. The event will include guest speakers discussing Altrusa’s impact in the community, including Katie Patterson, CEO of the Richardson Adult Literacy Center; Tamara Golubski with the Richardson Public Library; and City Council Member Mark Solomon.
If you would like to attend or need more information, call 972-998-0160 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Mummenschanz: “you & me” Tonight
8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $41-$62.
The world-renowned Swiss theater troupe celebrates its 40th anniversary with “you & me,” performing classic Mummenschanz sketches that incorporate silence, illusion, light and shadow, as well as large-scale masks and props made from everyday objects.
- Dallas Ballet Company Feb. 24
7 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $10.
The performing company of the Lake Highlands-based Dallas Ballet Center presents “Variation Showcase.”
- Sammy Miller and the Congregation Feb. 24
7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $29-$41.
Back by popular demand, the seven-piece ensemble, led by Grammy-nominated drummer Sammy Miller, focuses on sharing the power of community through “joyful jazz.” Click here to watch a video of the group.
- BAM Percussion Feb. 25
2:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $13-$23.
The world-famous BAM percussion troupe performs “eXplosion,” a show that brings together physical comedy and funny sketches with high-energy percussion. Part of Methodist Richardson Medical Center’s Family Theatre Series.
- “Strike up the Bands” Feb. 26
7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Free admission; reservations are available at www.planoband.com.
A joint concert featuring the Plano Community Band and the McKinney Community Band.
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:
- Theatre UTD: “Harvest” through Feb. 24
Tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre. Tickets are $15.
Harvest is an ironic sci-fi examination of the relations between developing and developed countries in a not-too-distant future, when desperate people can sell their body parts to wealthy clients in return for food, water, shelter and riches. Note: show contains adult language and content, fog and smoke. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
- Rae Armantrout Free Lecture Feb. 28
7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free.
In a talk entitled “Chimera: Where Poetry and Physics Meet,” Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Armantrout explores the overlaps between poetry and theoretical physics and how they speak to one another, as well as the influence readings in physics have had on her own poetry. The talk will include a discussion of poems by Emily Dickinson, William Blake, Wallace Stevens and Armantrout.
- Cig Harvey Lecture and Reception Feb. 27
Reception at 6 p.m. in the University Theatre Gallery (lobby); lecture at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Noted photographer Harvey will discuss her work and process in conjunction with the “Memory, Mystery, Magic and Make-Believe” exhibit currently on display through March 9 in the University Theatre Gallery that features some of her photographs.
- Los Angeles Guitar Quartet March 1
8 p.m. in the University Theatre. Tickets are $25; click here to purchase and for more information.
The Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet returns to UT Dallas as part of the 17th Annual Guitar Competition and Festival, which continues through March 3.
AIR Hosts Book Release Party Saturday
Arts Incubator of Richardson will host a book release and signing party featuring local author, singer, songwriter, vocal coach and former “American Idol” contestant Brianna Ruelas Feb. 24 at Four Bullets Brewery, 640 Interurban St., from noon-6 p.m. Food will be available for purchase and live entertainment will be provided by emerging Austin country/folk duo Of Sea and Stone as well as by local musicians Frankie Leonie, Charlie Memphis and Peyton Stilling.
Ruelas will be signing her latest book, “Performing Artist Pathway.” For more information, visit www.artsincubatorrichardson.org.
Andrew Jackson Lunchtime Lecture Series Continues Feb. 27
Richard Cudlipp presents part two of his Andrew Jackson-focused Lunchtime Lecture series Tuesday, Feb. 27 with “Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans,” 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Registration is not required and participants are welcome to bring their own lunch.
For more information, call Vrena Patrick at 972-744-4376.
AARP Free Tax Help Continues
Tax help for low-to-moderate-income taxpayers takes place every Monday through April 16 at the Library from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis, with an emphasis on seniors. There is no charge for the service, provided by the American Association of Retired Persons.
Bring Social Security card, a copy of your 2016 tax return, and all pertinent tax forms, including Social Security statements. For more information, call 972-744-4355. (Additional tax help sessions are held Fridays at the Senior Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd., from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through April 13.)
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Celeste! She’s an active, happy, spayed female, about 2 years old, fully vaccinated, boxer mix. Celeste has been looking for a forever home since December 2017. She would be lovely in a family setting or she can be your four-legged soul mutt. She enjoys toys, snuggling in blankets, walks, lots of treats and never turns down cuddles.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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