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Week In Review, July 7, 2017
Posted Date: 7/7/2017
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July 7, 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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Sewer System Smoke Testing Postponed Until Monday
Testing to look for leaks in the city’s sewer system was postponed this week due to wet ground conditions and has been rescheduled to begin Monday, July 10. The testing, which will take place in parts of south and central Richardson, utilizes nontoxic smoke to identify where storm water may be entering underground sewer lines. The tests are being conducted along the Floyd Branch Drainage Basin, roughly bounded by Beverly Drive and Collins Boulevard to the north, Bowser Road and Floyd Road to the east and west respectively, and Walnut Street to the south.
Sewer Line Smoke Test Area Map
The testing will begin in the southern part of the Basin area (bounded by Abrams Road on the west, Audelia Road on the east, Walnut Street on the south and Birch Lane on the north) and will continue north until September. If you live in the test area, you will receive a sign on your front door at least 24 hours prior to a test on your block, and will notice street signs placed at each end of the block.

Smoke Test on Sewer Lines
More information on the testing is available at, including a video showing examples of what might be seen while testing is underway.

Mosquito Spraying Continues Tonight
The Health Department sprayed two areas in Richardson last night (see maps) and will spray the areas again tonight, weather permitting, in order to help prevent the spread of the West Nile virus. The decision to spray comes after traps located within the spraying locations returned mosquitoes that tested positive for carrying the disease. Spraying begins at 9 p.m. and ends by 4:30 a.m.

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Zone G

For more information on Richardson’s mosquito abatement program, please visit

Miss Texas Crowned at Eisemann Center
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Miss Travis County Margana Wood was named the new Miss Texas July 1 at the Eisemann Center, and one of her first public appearances as Miss Texas was at Richardson’s Family 4th Celebration Tuesday. She addressed the crowd prior to the Richardson Community Band concert.
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Miss Texas Margana Wood
Wood, from Houston, is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied corporate communications. She will represent Texas in the Miss America Pageant Sept. 10 in Atlantic City, N.J.

This is the fourth year the Miss Texas Pageant has been held at the Eisemann Center, attracting hundreds of spectators from across the state to witness preliminary competitions as well as the final crowning.

“Eisemann Center Presents” Single Ticket Sales Begin July 10
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Single tickets for shows in the Eisemann Center’s 2017-18 “Eisemann Center Presents” season go on sale to the general public Monday, July 10. The upcoming season includes:
  • “Forbidden Broadway” 35th Anniversary Tour, Oct. 19-22
  • Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash, Oct. 28
  • “Pinkalicious the Musical” part of the Methodist Richardson Family Theatre Series, Nov. 12
  • Take 6 & The Nnenna Freelon Trio in “Spread Love for Christmas” Nov. 28
  • Deaf singing sensation Mandy Harvey (from “America’s Got Talent”), Jan. 6
  • “SEEGER: A Multimedia Show” starring Randy Noojin, Feb. 2
  • Swiss-based theater troupe Mummenschanz, Feb. 23
  • “Driving Miss Daisy” starring Sheree J. Wilson and Clarence Gilyard, April 12-15 
For the complete list/schedule of “Eisemann Center Presents” shows and to purchase tickets online, go to

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CityLine Reading and Art Program Continues July 8
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CityLine is hosting “Summer Reading and Art in the Plaza” Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. through July 15. The free program is geared toward families with children up to age 8 and features listening to a story or poem followed by a creative project that supports a weekly theme. The theme for July 8 is “Making Mistakes: What We Do With Them.”

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, contact Abby Waldron at 214-373-1601. CityLine is located just southeast of the intersection of US 75 and the Bush Turnpike.

Junior League of Richardson Hosts Information Night July 11
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The Junior League of Richardson ( is hosting a Prospective Member Information Night and Social Tuesday, July 11 from 6-8 p.m. at Amigos Restaurant, 940 E. Belt Line Rd.

Those interested in becoming a member may e-mail to RSVP and obtain additional information about the organization. The Junior League of Richardson has been a longtime collaborator with the City on many projects including Santa’s Village and Miss Belle’s Place.

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At the Eisemann Center:

Paul McCartney Tribute Band
  • Paul McCartney Tribute July 8
    7 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $18-$35.
    Broadway veteran Tony Kishman (“Beatlemania”) presents “Live and Let Die: A Tribute to Paul McCartney” with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra. Journey tribute band “Infinite Journey” will take the stage prior to the show.
Menopause the Musical 2017
  • “Menopause, the Musical” July 12-Aug. 6
    Wednesdays-Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $41.50-$46.50. A hit for the past 14 years, this hilarious musical set to parodies of classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s promises to have the audience cheering and dancing in the aisles. Set at a lingerie sale, it features four women with “nothing in common” but a black lace bra, memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more.
Morning at Caddo Lake
Morning at Caddo Lake - Paul Wang 
  • “Inspired by Vision” Photography Exhibit in Green Mezzanine Gallery Through July 31
    10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and during all public events. Admission is free. Members of the North Texas Asian Photographers’ Association present photos that go beyond the mastery of the camera to include improvisation and self-expression in “the art of seeing the invisible.”
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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Make Slime July 8
Slime Class at Library
You’ve seen them on Instagram and YouTube, now make your own slimes and floams in the Library’s Basement Program Room, Saturday, July 8 from 2-3:30 p.m. Cost is free, and all supplies will be provided. For ages 10-18.

Learn How to 3D Print July 10

Become more technically literate by learning to 3D print using Tinkercad, a free, web-based 3D modeling program Monday, July 10 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Basement Training Room. This free, hands-on class is open to ages 13 and up, and attendees must bring a laptop loaded with the most recent Google Chrome browser and a wired USB mouse. Participants will learn:
  • to set up an online Tinkercad account
  • the basics of 3D modeling using Tinkercad’s geometric shapes
  • how to export a finished 3D model so that it can 3D print
  • what they need to do in order to print a 3D model on the Library’s 3D printer
Patrons should be comfortable using their laptop prior to class. Call 972-744-4359 for registration and more information.

“Digitizing Your Family Photos and Artifacts” July 11
Digitize Photos Class at Library

Learn the steps to organize, digitize and preserve heirloom family photos Tuesday, July 11 from 10:30 a.m.-noon in the Basement Program Room. The class is free and open to adults and teens.

Registration is required. To register and for more information, call 972-744-4376.

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Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Blizzard Pet of the Week

Meet Blizzard! She is a happy, playful, bull terrier mix about 3 years old, spayed and has been looking for a forever home for more than four months! How she has not found her forever family yet is still a mystery. Look at that sweet smile and lovable bat ears! Please help her to find that special family to call her own!

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

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Mayor Paul Voelker
Paul Voelker
Mayor Pro Tem Mark Solomon
Mayor Pro Tem
Mark Solomon
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Bob Dubey
Council Member
Bob Dubey 
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Councilman Scott Dunn
Council Member
Scott Dunn
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Councilman Mabel Simpson
Council Member
Mabel Simpson
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Councilman Vacant
Council Member
Marta Gómez Frey
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Councilman Steve Mitchell
Council Member
Steve Mitchell
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