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Week In Review, April 4, 2014
Posted Date: 4/4/2014
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April 4, 2014
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.

News Briefs

Modified Stage 3 Water Restrictions in Effect
The City of Richardson implemented a modified version of its Stage 3 water restriction measures on Tuesday. The modification restricts outdoor irrigation from occurring between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and continues to allow only twice-per-month lawn irrigation.

During the winter, lawn watering was allowed during any time of day due to low evaporation rates and increased issues with water freezing on area roads and sidewalks during overnight hours.

In past years the City has been able to alleviate restrictions during the spring and summer to allow once-per-week watering, but the NTMWD has given direction to all of its member cities to continue only every-other-week watering due to critical water shortages in its water supply.

The schedule below is based on guidelines approved by the NTMWD:
Last digit of address  Allowed landscape water day 
0,2,4,6,8 (Even)   1st and 3rd Saturday
(irrigation prohibited between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) 
1,3,5,7,9 (Odd) 

1st and 3rd Sunday
(irrigation prohibited between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Learn more about Richardson’s modified Stage 3 water restrictions at Launched This Week
Cultural Arts Website
The City of Richardson launched a new website Tuesday that serves as a one-stop shop for information on local arts groups and events. features calendar listings, links to local arts groups and the option to search for a particular type of event.

The website is updated by the City and the 29 groups that receive grants through the Richardson Arts Commission. It also contains information from the City’s partner organizations, such as Richardson ISD, Plano ISD and UT Dallas. was developed by Artsopolis, a California-based marketing company. Artsopolis has created similar websites for Fort Worth, San Antonio, Boston and many other cities across the country.

The website is one of the first projects originating out of the strategies identified in the Cultural Arts Master Plan, developed by the City and Lord Cultural Resources in 2013. Learn more about the Cultural Arts Master Plan at

Cottonwood Art Festival Names Featured Artist

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Kinetic sculptor Carl Zachmann has been selected as the featured artist for the Cottonwood Art Festival, set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, May 4 in Cottonwood Park. The Minnesota artist says his work “gives homage to the Industrial Revolution in an increasingly electronic world.”

Zachmann uses his knowledge of archaeology and engineering to create the types of spokes and gears widely used from before the Civil War to the early 1900s. Learn more about the artist at
Carl Zachmann CW Artist
This marks the 45th year for the City of Richardson's Cottonwood Art Festival. Jurors have selected more than 240 artists from 1,400 submissions to exhibit their museum-quality work at the event. Cottonwood Park is at 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., one block east of Coit Road. Parking and admission are free. The artists’ works are available for purchase, as are food and beverages, and some children’s events require a fee. For more information, visit

April Edition of Richardson Today Has Been Mailed
The April edition of Richardson Today began arriving in mailboxes this week. The latest edition focuses on arts and culture in the city of Richardson and includes stories about Raytheon’s upcoming move to Richardson, the new website and modified Stage 3 watering restrictions.

Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city and is also available at the Heights and Huffhines recreation centers, the Senior Center, City Hall and at the Richardson Public Library. A Richardson Today interactive edition is accessible at

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

Realtors Workshop Highlights Unique Richardson Destinations, Projects
Realtors Workshops
The City of Richardson hosted more than 200 Realtors and real estate professionals at its annual Realtors workshop Thursday morning at City Hall. The event is designed to give Realtors an up-close look at the City and its partners and provide resources to expand their knowledge about economic development, education opportunities, the cultural arts, social services and more.

City Manager Dan Johnson gave an update on the City’s infrastructure and maintenance plans, and Deputy City Manager David Morgan spoke about unique Richardson restaurants and retailers. Other speakers included Methodist Richardson Medical Center President Ken Hutchenrider and KDC Executive Vice President Walt Mountford, who spoke about the new Methodist Richardson Medical Center and the CityLine development and State Farm’s new campus, respectively.

The event also included breakfast, networking opportunities and door prizes. 

  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

"They Call Me Mr. Fry" at Eisemann Center
Mr Fry
Closing the 2013-2014 Theatre Comedy Series, “They Call Me Mr. Fry” starring Jack Freiberger will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Eisemann Center. The show features a substitute teacher in urban Los Angeles as he relives the culture shock, fears, hopes and dreams encountered through his work. Tickets cost $32 to $42 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650.

Richardson Symphony Orchestra to Perform “Music for All Ages”
The Richardson Symphony Orchestra will perform “Music for All Ages” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Eisemann Center. The concert will feature actor and performance artist Michael Boudewyns as he presents a vaudeville-like take on “Peter and the Wolf.” Tickets cost $10 to $87 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. For more information, visit

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day” at Eisemann Center
Alexander Terrible Day
The Methodist Richardson Family Theatre Series will conclude the 2013-2014 season with “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Eisemann Center. The show brings to life the classic book by Judith Viorst with songs and laughter. Tickets cost $12 to $22 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. An accompanying storytime will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at Barnes & Noble on 15th St. in Plano.

Children are invited to attend the Eisemann Extras program at 1:30 p.m. for an end-of-series party with treats and awards. Cost is $10 per child and free for parents. Learn more at

Lunafest to Benefit NETWORK
Women in Network, the women’s auxiliary for NETWORK of Community Ministries, will present the Lunafest film festival beginning at noon Friday, April 11, at Alamo Drafthouse. Lunafest promotes women’s issues and highlights women filmmakers through a variety of short films.

Cost is $50 and includes lunch. Proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and NETWORK. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Free Smart Watering Class on Thursday
Learn about drip irrigation, water conserving technologies and more at a free class on “Smart Watering During Restrictions” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Rd. in Dallas.

Attendees must register online at For more information, call 972-231-5362.

Craftivity at Library on Saturday
Library Craftivity
The Richardson Public Library will host Craftivity crafts and games for the whole family from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Basement Program Room. Registration is not required. For more information, call 972-744-4358.

AARP Tax Help Available
Tax-Aide, sponsored by AARP and the IRS, will provide free tax return preparation and e-filing assistance for low- to moderate-income taxpayers with an emphasis on seniors. The service is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays at the Richardson Public Library and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays at the Senior Center. The program will run through April 14.

People should bring Social Security cards and all pertinent tax forms, including Social Security statements. The service will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Texas Stamp Dealers at Civic Center
The Texas Stamp Dealers Association will hold a stamp show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Richardson Civic Center. Admission is free. For more information, visit

North Dallas Mothers of Twins Consignment Sale April 12
The North Dallas Mothers of Twins Club will hold its semi-annual consignment sale from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Richardson Civic Center. More than 20,000 gently used clothes, toys, newborn necessities and other items will be for sale. Admission is $1. For more information, visit

Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Dexter Pet of Week April 4
Meet Dexter! He's a strong playful dog that loves to have fun. Dexter is constantly smiling and being a big goofball! He would do great with other dogs and loves company. He is a lab pit bull dog mix, about 4 years old, fully vaccinated and neutered. Adoption is only $25! Want to make Dexter part of your family? Then come on by the Richardson Animal Shelter to see him today.

For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at 

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Mayor Laura Maczka
Laura Maczka


Mayor Pro Tem Bob Townsend
Mayor Pro Tem
Bob Townsend
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Councilman Mark Solomon
Council Member
Mark Solomon
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Councilman Scott Dunn
Council Member
Scott Dunn
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Councilman Kendal Hartley
Council Member
Kendal Hartley
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Councilman Paul Voelker
Council Member
Paul Voelker
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Councilman Steve Mitchell
Council Member
Steve Mitchell
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