Week In Review, March 9, 2018
March 9, 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.
Wildflower! Tickets on Sale Thursday
Ticket sales begin March 15 at 10 a.m. for Richardson’s Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival, to be held May 18-20 at the Galatyn Park Urban Center. Headliners include Goo Goo Dolls, Kool and the Gang, Spoon, Jimmy Eat World, Lifehouse, Switchfoot and Reckless Kelly, and other local, regional and national acts. The Festival also includes a singer/songwriter contest, art guitar auction, the family-friendly WF! Kids area, food vendors throughout the Festival grounds, a craft beer garden and strolling entertainers, buskers and acrobats.
For tickets and more information, head to www.wildflowerfestival.com.
Economic Development Report Given to Council
Richardson Chamber of Commerce staff gave the annual report on the Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP) at Monday’s City Council work session. The report updated the City Council on the REDP’s efforts/successes in 2017 and plans for 2018.
Twenty-seven relocations and expansions (including four international companies) occurred in Richardson in 2017, resulting in 2,744 new or retained jobs and more than 1 million square feet of office and flex space occupied. Staff noted that recent reinvestment in Richardson for the remodeling/renovation of existing office buildings was key to several of those relocations, including Goldman Sachs, Service King, GenPact and BAL Global. Other REDP highlights in 2017 include the revamping of the millennial talent attraction website (www.realrichardson.com); a successful presence at the SXSW Job Market Expo with RealPage and Raytheon; hosting 28 delegations from 14 foreign countries and being named “Best of the Best Worldwide” for its international soft landing program (providing support services for businesses in relocation) by fDi Magazine.
Plans for 2018 include hosting several workshops for landlords and tenant rep brokers to help lease 2.5 million square feet of office space; promoting coworking; working with the design team for the Collins/Arapaho TOD and Innovation District; and managing the UT Dallas Global Development Initiative, in which 20 interns from UT Dallas are earning college credit doing pre-market research for international companies interested in locating in Richardson.
REDP is a joint initiative established by the City of Richardson and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce in 1984. For more of the REDP report, view the presentation here.
No City Council Meeting March 12
Due to the RISD and PISD spring breaks, there will be no City Council work session or meeting Monday, March 12. The City Council will next meet Monday, March 19 for a work session at 6 p.m. For future agendas and meeting dates, go to www.cor.net/CityCouncil.
Parks and Recreation Department Hosts Job Fair March 15
The City of Richardson Parks and Recreation Department will hold a summer job fair from 4-7 p.m. March 15 at Huffhines Recreation Center. A variety of positions are open, both seasonal and nonseasonal, and applicants must be a minimum age of 16. Experience required varies by position.
Open positions include:
- Pool Managers and Assistant Managers
- Swim Instructors
- Swim Team Coaches
- Day Camp Directors and Counselors
- Gymnastics Instructors
- Recreation Support Technicians
Hourly pay rates are highly competitive. For more information and online applications, visit www.cor.net/jobs.
Daylight Saving Time Begins March 11
Daylight Saving Time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11, so don’t forget to set your clocks ahead an hour.
Orchid Show and Sale March 9-10
The Richardson Civic Center’s Richardson Room is filled with hundreds of orchids of all sizes, shapes and colors as the Greater North Texas Orchid Society hosts its annual Orchid Show and Sale, open to the public today until 5 p.m. and tomorrow, March 10 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information, visit www.gntos.org.
Spring Break Golf and Tennis Camps March 12-16
Looking for fun kids activities during Spring Break? The City is offering a junior golf camp and tennis camp Monday-Friday March 12-16 for a wide range of ages.
The tennis camp, for ages 5-16 (beginner to advanced), will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each day at Huffhines Tennis Center. Cost is $150/week or $40/day; for more information and to sign up, visit www.cor.net/parksonline.
The Performance Golf Academy at Sherrill Park Golf Course will host a golf camp for ages 6-13 from 8 a.m.-noon each day, focusing on putting, chipping, pitching, full swing, rules/etiquette and on-course play. Cost for the golf camp is $250. For more information, call 817-846-7157 or visit www.myperformancegolf.com.
Senior Center St. Patrick’s Celebration March 14
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a few days early as the Senior Center hosts a St. Patrick’s Day Lunch March 14 at 11:30 a.m. Entertainment will be provided by singer songwriter Paul Demer. Cost is $3.50.
Stamp Show Begins at Civic Center March 16
The Texas Stamp Dealers Association (TSDA) will host a stamp show and sale March 16-17 at the Civic Center. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission and parking are free.
For more information, visit www.tsdastamps.com.
March is Texas SmartScape Month; Native Plants, Water Conservation Encouraged
The North Central Texas Council of Governments is helping to coordinate Texas SmartScape Month, an annual statewide effort to encourage Texans to consider native/adapted plants and grasses when planning their landscaping and gardens. These plants need less water and fertilizer to thrive in the intense heat of Texas summers and help homeowners save money, time and water, and reduce harmful chemical use. In addition, the Texas SmartScape program encourages proper design, care and maintenance techniques.
Several events incorporating SmartScape principles are planned this month throughout North Texas, including the Collin County Master Gardener Garden Show March 17-18 in McKinney and a water efficient landscape design workshop in Plano March 26; click here for a complete calendar of events. SmartScape information is also available at www.txsmartscape.com.
Fujitsu Volunteers Help Improve Spring Creek Nature Area
Volunteers from Fujitsu assisted City Parks Department staff today in clearing invasive trees from portions of the Spring Creek Nature Area to help re-establish native prairie grasses and other native plants. The initiative is in line with the 2015 Master Plan adopted for the property.
The work took place in newly opened areas of SCNA where it is hoped that bird watching will eventually take place. While City staff operated heavy equipment, the Fujitsu volunteers helped by hand-cutting the invasive trees (primarily waxleaf ligustrum) and dragging branches.
The City offers numerous opportunities for individuals and businesses to volunteer in the community; visit www.cor.net/volunteer for more information.
“Green Galore: A Sustainable Crafternoon” March 15
Children in grades K-4 and their families are invited to “go green” and make sustainable crafts, enjoy games made from recyclables and eat green snacks Wednesday, March 15 from 2-4 p.m. in the Library’s Basement Program Room.
Admission is free and all supplies are provided. Registration is not required. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Miss Blue Revue Pageant March 11
3 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $75.
High school participants in the five-month long Miss Blue Revue Scholarship Program make their debut into society in formal evening attire and showcase their accomplishments. Awards will be given in several different categories and an overall winner will be presented.
- RDA Southwest Dance Festival March 15-17
7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $17-$50.
- Photography Exhibit Through March 25
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and during all public events, in the Green Mezzanine Gallery. Admission is free.
“The Human Experience, Through the Lens of Three Women” features the work of Texas-based artists Carolyn Brown, Tuba Koymen and Farah Janjua, presented by the Islamic Art Revival Series of the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation. An artist panel and discussion will take place in the Gallery March 10 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
“AIR Time” Free Movie March 13: “Hugo”
Arts Incubator Richardson continues its eighth season of AIR Time March 13 at the Richardson Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, with a free showing of the 2011 movie, “Hugo,” and a pre-show interview with inventor, artist, clockmaker and engineer Chris Garcia. The award-winning “Hugo,” directed by Martin Scorsese, is the story of a resourceful orphan boy who lives secretly in a Paris train station while maintaining the station’s clocks.
The pre-show interview begins at 7 p.m. with the movie following at 7:45 p.m. Admission is free; reserved seats are available for $5 which includes a $5 food/beverage voucher. To order tickets online, click here. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is located at 100 S. Central Expwy. Arts Incubator Richardson is sponsored in part by a grant from the Cultural Arts Commission.
“Broadway’s Best” at Repertory Company Theatre March 15-18
Repertory Company Theatre presents “Broadway’s Best” March 15-18, celebrating the best in musical theatre. Proceeds from the one-weekend performance, including a sealed bid auction available in the lobby, will help support RCT’s 2018 season.
Performance times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.; tickets are $40 for Saturday’s performance and $30 for all others. The show takes place at RCT’s Driegert Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd. For tickets, call 972-690-5029 or go to www.rcttheatre.com.
Learn-Create-Connect March 10
All ages are invited to stop by the Basement Program Room Saturday, March 10, anytime between 2-4 p.m. to snap it, click it and get in gear! Experiment with electronic circuits, LEGOs, Quercetti Kaleido Gears, Ozobots, MaKey MaKey Circuit boards and Snap Circuits. There is no cost and no registration required—this is a “drop-in” activity and the whole family is invited to play and learn.
Mini-Masters: MLS in a Day March 12
Learn what it takes to be a librarian Monday, March 12 anytime from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. throughout the Children’s Department. Complete six activity stations to earn your mini-Masters in library science, for free!
Activity is for all ages; for more information, call 972-744-4358.
Lunchtime Lecture Series March 13: “Populist President”
Learn about Andrew Jackson’s presidency Tuesday, March 13 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. as Richard Cudlipp concludes his February-March lecture series about our seventh president.
Lunchtime Lectures are open to adults and teens and are held 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.
Make Your Own Game March 13
Kids and teens ages 10-18 will create their own games Tuesday, March 13 from 2-4 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. There is no cost to participate and all supplies are provided, but registration is required. Call 972-744-4376 for more information.
Fun With Board Games March 14
All board game enthusiasts ages 8 and up are invited to the Basement Program Room Wednesday, March 14 from 2-4 p.m. to play a variety of games. No fee and no registration are required; all board games will be provided.
For more information, call 972-744-4376.
“Squishy Circuits” for Tweens/Teens March 16
If you like slime, enjoy STEAM projects and are age 10-18, the Library has the perfect way for you to spend a Friday afternoon. Come to “Squishy Circuits” March 16 from 2-3 p.m. in the Basement Program Room to learn how to make conductive dough and use it to make your own circuits!
Admission is free and all supplies are provided. Registration is required; call 972-744-4376 to register.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This handsome fellow is Wizard! He is a 6-year-old domestic short-haired buff tabby. He is fully vaccinated, neutered and ready for adoption! Wizard would do great in a single cat household and would make a great snuggling buddy! Come and visit him at the Shelter and make his day!
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