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Week In Review, Feb. 17, 2017
Posted Date: 2/17/2017
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Feb. 17, 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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Richardson East Rotary Club to Help Support Inclusive Playground
The City of Richardson and Richardson East Rotary Club (RERC) announced details this week about their partnership to create the City’s first inclusive playground, a play environment that increases “playability” and interaction opportunities for children of diverse abilities. The playground will be located on the site of the existing playground in Cottonwood Park, already scheduled for replacement as part of the 2015 G.O. Bond Program.
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RERC will assist in helping raise additional funds needed for the playground and in building community awareness and support, including hosting a web page and community fundraisers. This includes RERC’s upcoming fundraising event, “Rotary Cares Games and Gala” Feb. 25. RERC will host a “Champagne, Cupcakes & Lemonade” event Thursday, March 30 at the Kendra Scott jewelry store in Allen, with 20 percent of sales going to support the inclusive playground. The RERC will also be organizing an annual community picnic to promote the playground, and will design, plant and maintain a landscape garden adjacent to the site. Richardson East Rotary Club recently adopted this effort as its “signature” community service project.

For more information about the partnership and the playground, click here.

Council Presents 2016 Community Revitalization Awards
The City Council on Monday recognized 10 residential properties and six commercial properties with this year’s 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 citizens to help make a positive impact on their own properties as well as those in the surrounding area.

The 2016 award winners are:
  • Kaufman Brownstones, 210-220 E. Kaufman St.
  • Brown Residence, 326 Crestover Dr.
  • Hatfield Residence, 308 Fall Creek Dr.
  • Kollaja Residence, 108 West Shore Dr.
  • Martin Residence, 610 Copper Ridge Dr.
  • Reid Residence, 2405 Briarfield Dr.
  • Smith Residence, 410 Crestover Circle
  • Wang Residence, 413 Ridge Crest Dr.
  • Williams Residence, 328 Sutton Place
  • 3rd Street Custom Homes, 313 Fall Creek Dr.
  • Afrah Mediterranean Cuisine, 314 E. Main St.
  • Pollo Tropical, 106 W. Campbell Rd.
  • Shamm Mediterranean Cuisine, 310 E. Main St.
  • Starbucks, 501 W. Belt Line Rd.
  • Starbucks/Pei Wei at Pavillion East, 1401 W. Campbell Rd.
  • Torchy’s Tacos/Tokyo Joe’s/Snuffer’s at Canyon Creek Plaza, 300 W. Campbell Rd.
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Since its inception, Richardson’s Community Revitalization Awards program has recognized 237 properties. More information on each property that received an award Monday night will be included in the March issue of Richardson Today and may also be found at

Online Survey Deadline Extended to Feb. 24
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We need more survey responses! Everyone who uses or has used the City’s website is invited to take a brief User Experience (UX) survey, available online through Friday, Feb. 24. Opinions are needed in order to create future design improvements and enhance the City’s Internet presence.

The survey takes only a few minutes to complete; please share your experience and opinions by clicking here:

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Bead Market at Civic Center This Weekend
The Bead Market will host its semiannual Dallas area trade show at the Richardson Civic Center Feb. 17-18. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Bead Market shows feature a dazzling array of wholesale and retail fashion accessories, gift merchandise, gemstones, pearls and a wide variety of beads including antique, crystal, Bali, metal and seed.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Free Photography Workshop Feb. 21
The Parks and Recreation Department will host a free photography workshop along with the 2017 Photography Contest awards ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 6-8 p.m. in the Civic Center Grand Hall. View all the award-winning photographs and get photography tips from the contest judges.

The awards ceremony and workshop welcomes any interested person, regardless of whether they participated in this year’s contest. For more information, visit

RISD Used Book Fair Continues Through Feb. 19
The RISD Council of PTAs will host its annual Used Book Fair through Sunday, Feb. 19 at the RISD Professional Development Center, 701 W. Belt Line Rd. (southwest corner of Floyd and Belt Line roads). Hours of operation are Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday noon-6 p.m.

Thousands of used books, CDs and DVDs will be available, with prices starting at $1. Cash, checks with ID and credit cards will be accepted and all sales today (Friday) will be tax free.

Proceeds from the four-day event, which began Feb. 16, help fund scholarships in memory of Dr. J.J. Pearce, who served as superintendent of the RISD from 1946-1977. The scholarships are awarded to teachers and high school seniors. For more information, go to

RISD Recycling Fundraiser Feb. 18 Includes Electronics, Clothes, Toys
Clear out space in your home and donate a variety of items to the RISD Council of PTAs’ Recycling Fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Used Book Fair (see above), 701 W. Belt Line Rd. Proceeds help support RISD scholarships. Items include clothing and accessories, toys and games, jewelry, musical instruments, sporting goods, electronics (non-working or fully operational) and non-perishable and canned food. Donation slips will be available.

For a list of acceptable electronics and other items, click here.

Free AARP Tax Assistance Continues at Senior Center and Library
IRS-trained volunteers are providing weekly help with basic tax returns Mondays through April 17 at the Library from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Basement Program Room, and Fridays through April 14 at the Senior Center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The assistance, presented in conjunction with the AARP Foundation, is free and designed particularly for elderly, handicapped and non-English-speaking taxpayers, on a first-come, first-served basis. For a detailed list of records to bring, click here.

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • “Disenchanted!” through Feb. 19
    Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre, with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $50.
    Forget the princesses you think you know—–Snow White and other original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight in this hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical.

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  • Richardson Community Band Feb. 19
    3 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Admission is free.
    The Richardson Community Band presents “Musical Rainbow,” featuring numerous “songs of color” including “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” “The Pink Panther,” “Greensleeves” and “Rhapsody in Blue” with guest pianist Thiago Nascimento. 
  • Keyboard Conversations®: “The Genius of Chopin” Feb. 20
    7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $28-$34.
    Jeffrey Siegel continues the 30th anniversary season of his popular series that combines piano performance and lively commentary, with some of Chopin’s concert favorites. Selections including “Nocturne,” “Ballade,” “Scherzo,” “Etude” and “Polonaise.”
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:
  • Last weekend for “Miss Julie” 
    8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the University Theatre. Tickets are $15.
    This 19th century naturalistic work follows the title character through a midsummer’s eve on the estate of a Swedish count. Written by August Strindberg, the play explores themes of life and death, Darwinism and class. For more information and to purchase tickets online, click here.
  • “Binary Consciousness” Portrait Photography Exhibit Opens Today
    In the University Theatre Gallery Feb. 17-March 10. Admission is free.
    The “Comer Collection: Binary Consciousness” exhibit examines “the politics of portraiture” and how it calls into question the veracity of the photographer’s intent as well as the subject’s locus of control, in light of the cliché of a smiling subject or a subject’s attempt at a solemn gesture. The exhibit includes images by photographers Dawoud Bey, Keliy Anderson-Staley and Carrie Mae Weems.
    Gallery hours are M-F 2-5 p.m. and during University Theatre events. For more information, click here.
  • Free Ackerman Lecture Feb. 19: “Homelessness as a Defining Feature of the Holocaust”
    2 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free.
    UT Dallas professor Dr. David Patterson will speak on “Homelessness as a Defining Feature of the Holocaust” as part of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies’ Spring Professor Lecture Series, “Begging for a Homeland.” A small reception in the Ackerman Center follows the lecture.

Last Weekend for “Arsenic & Old Lace” at Richardson Theatre Centre
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“Arsenic & Old Lace” wraps up its three-week run at Richardson Theatre Centre this weekend. Remaining show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22 and include complimentary snacks and beverages.

Richardson Theatre Centre is located at 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Suite 113 and is funded in part by a grant from the City’s Cultural Arts Commission. For more information, visit

Chamber Music International Concert Feb. 18
Chamber Music International presents Concert 4 of its 2016-17 season Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Belt Line Rd. Tickets are $10-$40. International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Gold Medalist Jinjoo Cho will join violist Susan Dubois, cellist Ko Iwasaki and pianist Hyunsoo Kim in performing Romantic-era works of Schubert and Schumann with “a side trip to England.”

Order tickets at or by phone at 972-385-7267. Chamber Music International is funded in part by a grant from the City’s Cultural Arts Commission.

“Our Town” at Core Theatre Ends Sunday
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Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” continues on stage at The Core Theatre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 115, through Sunday, Feb. 19.

Show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For tickets, call 214-930-5338. The Core Theatre is funded in part by a grant from the City’s Cultural Arts Commission.

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Photo Editing and Graphic Design for Kids and Teens Feb. 18
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Students ages 11-18 are invited to join the Teen Advisory Board Saturday, Feb. 18 for a meeting to plan future teen programs at 2 p.m., then stick around for a fun-filled photo design workshop. Learn about photo editing and graphic design for free!

Registration is required. Call 972-744-4358 for more information and to register.

Lunchtime Lecture Feb. 21: Historic Photos of Dallas
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Author and historian Rusty Williams presents “Historic Photos of Dallas” Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room, as the Library’s Lunchtime Lecture Series kicks off for 2017. Whether you’re a longtime resident or a newcomer, these photos from the 1950s, 60s and 70s are sure to fascinate. All ages are welcome, and you may bring your own lunch if you wish.

Admission is free. For more information, call 972-744-4376.

President’s Day Movie Matinee: “The Secret Life of Pets”
If your kids are out of school Monday, Feb. 20 and you’re looking for something to do, look no further than the Library’s First Floor Program Room, where the movie, “The Secret Life of Pets” will be shown from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room.

Admission is free and all ages are welcome. For more information, contact Youth Services at 972-744-4358.

Cookies and Coloring Feb. 23
Cookies and Coloring at Library

Kids and kids at heart can take a break Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Basement Program Room at “Cookies and Coloring” from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Eat cookies and color the afternoon away. All materials (and cookies) are provided free of charge and all ages are welcome.

No registration is required. For more information, call Youth Services at 972-744-4358.

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Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Hannela Pet of the Week

Meet Hannela! Her name means Grace and you will not find a more graceful and loving cat. She was found and brought to us back in December. Poor Hannela was in very bad shape. Her fur was scabbed all over and she could barely open her eyes. Our veterinarian, Dr. Gans, examined her and treated her for mange. Hannela has been spayed and has all her vaccinations. She did test positive for FIV, but Dr. Gans believes she can still live a normal life. It is highly recommended that she be an indoor cat only, and to either be the only cat in the household or housed with other FIV-positive cats. Please help Hannela find the right forever home!

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

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