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Week In Review, Sept. 29, 2017
Posted Date: 9/29/2017
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Sept. 29, 2017
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.

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Arts Organizations Receive Grants
Thirty-one area arts organizations will receive approximately $360,000 in grant funding next year from the City of Richardson. The City Council approved the funding at Monday’s meeting based on the recommendation provided by the City’s Cultural Arts Commission. The Commission reviews grant applications from arts organizations each year for financial assistance from the fund. Projects/organizations must meet several criteria in areas such as artistic merit, inclusiveness, financial capability, community service and alignment with the City’s Cultural Arts Master Plan.

Organizations receiving funding for 2017-18 are as follows:
  • Odysseus Chamber Orchestra
  • Read Play Love
  • Plano Civic Chorus
  • Plano Community Band
  • Kalakriti Performing Arts RAAS All Stars
  • Video Association of Dallas
  • Texas Chinese Performing Arts Association
  • Spectacular Senior Follies
  • Core Theatre
  • Islamic Art Revival Series
  • Friends of the Richardson Public Library, Inc.
  • Contemporary Chorale
  • Dallas Chinese Community Center
  • Dallas Repertoire Ballet
  • Richardson Reads One Book
  • Chamberlain Performing Arts (Chamberlain Ballet)
  • Plano Symphony Orchestra
  • Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra
  • Arts Incubator of Richardson
  • Pegasus Theatre Incorporated
  • Texas Winds Musical Outreach, Inc.
  • Collin County Ballet Theatre
  • Tuzer Ballet
  • Richardson Civic Art Society
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra
  • Rich-Tone Chorus
  • Richardson Community Band
  • Chamber Music International
  • Richardson Theatre Centre, Inc.
  • Repertory Company Theatre, Inc.
  • Richardson Symphony, Inc.
For more information on Richardson’s arts initiatives and the grant funding process, go to

Council Approves Rezoning for Fire Station Move at Custer/Lookout
The Richardson City Council unanimously approved rezoning the northwest corner of Custer Parkway and Lookout Drive this week in anticipation of Fire Station 3 being relocated and constructed on the site. The current location for Fire Station 3, across the street on the southwest corner of the intersection, was also rezoned Monday, allowing for adaptive reuse of the existing structure as a private office building or church.

The new location for the station allows for expansion to meet the needs of its growing service area, which includes UT Dallas and the multi-family properties along the Bush Turnpike. Tentative plans call for a 12,000-square-foot, one-story building (the existing Fire Station 3 is 5,725 square feet) and will include three drive-through bays as opposed to the current two bays, which require backing up of the fire trucks.

Initial design plans will be developed with input from adjacent property owners and other stakeholders in November via a community meeting, with further community meetings planned as feedback is received and the plans are refined. Construction on the new Fire Station 3 is expected to begin in fall 2018.

Approximately $8 million for the station’s construction was approved by voters as part of the 2015 Bond program. For more information, watch the hearings and presentations given at Monday’s City Council meeting here.

“National Night Out” Neighborhood Celebrations Tuesday Night
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Richardson will join communities statewide Tuesday, Oct. 3 in observance of National Night Out (NNO), featuring neighborhood block parties, cookouts and other events from 6-8 p.m. NNO, sponsored nationally for 34 years by the National Association of Town Watch, is designed to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to help in crime prevention and in enhancing quality of life.

Local law enforcement officials will visit registered Richardson neighborhood events, providing information and collecting canned goods for the “Can Do” food drive.

For more information, call the Richardson Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955.

Bluestem Weeds to Take a Break Soon
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If you have noticed a lot of tall weeds lately—like the one in the above photo—you may be one of many in the area wondering what it is and how to prevent it. Known as King Ranch or “KR” Bluestem, the weed is especially drought and herbicide resistant and grows quickly in the late summer and fall; it can put up foot-tall stalks within 2-3 days of being mowed. The good news is the Parks Department says the weed’s growth is very short-lived since it does not like cold weather and goes dormant in winter.

For more information, click here.

October Richardson Today Mailed
The October issue of Richardson Today should begin arriving in mailboxes this weekend. The issue has a special focus on fiscal responsibility, with information on the City Council’s 2017-19 Goals and Strategies and the City’s 2017-18 Budget. Easy-to-read diagrams and a map break down the Budget and detail past and future street and alley rehabilitation.

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 Ask your local mail carrier if you do not receive your copy of Richardson Today and you live within the boundaries of Richardson.

President George Bush Turnpike Lane Closures Next Week

Two eastbound lanes of the President George Bush Turnpike from Campbell Road to Brand Road will be closed from 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, through 5 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3. The closure is needed for pavement repairs. Message boards will be placed nearby to alert motorists of the closure.

Additionally, two of the Turnpike’s westbound lanes will be closed from Lookout Drive to Coit Road nightly from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, through the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 4. The closure is needed to replace some guide signs. Message boards will be placed nearby to alert motorists of the closures. All closures are subject to weather conditions and will be postponed, if necessary.

For more information about upcoming lane closures and traffic-related news along NTTA roadways, go to the “Scheduled Lane Closures” link at

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FOL Fall Book Sale Begins Oct. 6
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Head to the Library’s Basement Program Room for the annual Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale, beginning Friday, Oct. 6 and continuing through Sunday, Oct. 8. More than 30,000 books, CDs and other media are available, most priced $2 or less.

Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Friends of the Library is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reading, supporting the Richardson Public Library and enriching the cultural opportunities available to Library users.

Fall Urban Naturalist Walks Kick Off Oct. 7
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Increase your “daily steps” by exploring the Spring Creek Nature Area Saturday, Oct. 7 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. with Texas Master Naturalist Rich Jaynes. Jaynes will identify and discuss plant community ecology and related topics.

Cost is $5 for adults 18 and older plus $2 for nonresidents. Children may attend for free but must be accompanied by a paying adult. Space is limited to 25 participants; for more information and to register, call Heights Recreation Center (972-744-7850) or Huffhines Recreation Center (972-744-7881) or visit (Course #97786).

Richardson Chamber Co-Hosts Legislative Wrap-Up and Appreciation Lunch
The Richardson Chamber of Commerce, along with the chambers from Plano, Allen, McKinney and Frisco, will host a legislative wrap-up and appreciation lunch with special guest Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus Tuesday, Oct. 10. The event will be held at the Sheraton McKinney Hotel, 1900 Gateway Blvd. in McKinney from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person or $750 for a table of 10.

To register, click here.

Registration Open for “Candidate School”
The Richardson Chamber of Commerce is partnering with chambers from Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Plano in sponsoring a “Candidate School” Saturday, Oct. 7, for anyone considering running for public office or helping current and future candidates. The event will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Plano Chamber of Commerce, 5400 Independence Pkwy., Ste. 200 in Plano. Topics covered include:
  • Starting a Campaign and Deciding to Run
  • Developing a Communications Strategy
  • The Campaign Trail
  • Fundraising to Win
  • Lessons Learned
Tuition is $50 (includes lunch and materials). To register, visit

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At the Eisemann Center:
  • Collin County Ballet Theatre Sept. 30
    7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $22-$27.
    Collin County Ballet Theatre (CCBT) presents “Ballet Fete,” an evening of six original works and two classical pas de deuxs, including ballets by Christy Aumiller, Jaclyn Sartore and Albert Drake. The evening will also highlight the talents of CCBT’s company dancers and resident artists.
  • Weeda Hamdan Art Exhibition Opens Oct. 4
    Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and during all public events, through Oct. 29 in the Forrest and Virginia Green Mezzanine Gallery. Admission is free.
    “Reflections: Where the Most Common Places Become Uncommon” is the title of the exhibition by local artist Weeda Hamdan, whose oil and mixed media paintings depict the elements and natural landscape from uncommon vantage points. Meet the artist at a reception in the Gallery Oct. 8 from 5-8 p.m.
  • “The Most Reluctant Convert” Continues Through Oct. 7
    Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $41-$91.
    Award-winning actor Max McLean brings C.S. Lewis to life in this one-man show adapted exclusively from Lewis’ writings. Performances will be followed by a brief post-show talk-back with McLean.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at

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At UT Dallas:
  • “Critical Mass” Alumni Art Exhibition Opens Oct. 1
    Reception from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at SP/N Gallery, 3020 Stewart Dr. Admission is free.
    Features the work of more than 40 UT Dallas alumni, two decades of artists who have successfully pursued their creative practice after receiving degrees from the UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities. The show also celebrates the grand opening of the 6,000-square-foot SP/N Gallery complex, UT Dallas’ newest visual arts exhibition space, located at Synergy Park North 2. The show continues through Nov. 11.
  • Cinematique: “It Comes at Night” Oct. 4
    7-9 p.m. in the Student Services Building Addition auditorium. Admission is free.
    Join Meteor Theater as it presents “one of the most challenging thrillers of the year.” Explore the themes of distrust and madness with a post-film discussion led by Dr. Peter Ingrao, assistant professor in UT Dallas’ School of Arts and Humanities.
For more information on UT Dallas events, visit

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Forensics Workshop Sept. 30
Tweens 9-12 years old will learn forensics basics such as making invisible ink and detecting fingerprint patterns (with lots of chocolatey clues) Saturday, Sept. 30 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Admission is free, including the chocolate! For more information, call 972-744-4358.

Lunchtime Lecture Oct. 3: “Bach, Beethoven and Who?”
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Learn about Rachmaninoff when Jeremy Wirths presents “Rachmaninoff’s Role in Continuing and Ending the Heritage of the Symphonic Tradition” Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. The presentation will include a performance by the Richardson Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, performing excerpts from their upcoming Oct. 7 Opening Night Concert featuring Bach, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.

Admission is free and attendees may bring their own lunch. For adults and teens; registration not required. Please call 972-744-4376 for more information.

Registration Open for Oct. 7 MoneySmart Small Business Workshop
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The Library continues the monthly MoneySmart for Small Business workshop series with “Organizational Types” Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Basement Program Room. The free workshop, open to both adults and teens, is presented by Business Credit Literacy Initiative.

Registration is required; call 972-744-4376 to register or for more information.

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Richardson Animal Shelter Pets of the Week
Barney Pet of Week Sept 29

Meet Barney! This distinguished gentleman has been at the Shelter about three months now. He is a neutered male, boxer mix, about 7 years young, up to date on all vaccinations and heartworm negative. He is a big couch potato and cuddler at heart. Did we mention he loves pizza? Come by and meet your soul-mutt today! He is only $25 to adopt.

For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.

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