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Week In Review, March 31, 2017
Posted Date: 3/31/2017
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March 31, 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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Wildflower! Headliner to be Announced April 1
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Visit the Wildflower Arts and Music Festival’s website and social media pages tomorrow, as the 2017 remaining headliner will be announced. This year’s 25th anniversary edition takes place May 19-21 at Galatyn Plaza.

Headliners already announced include:
  • Night Ranger
  • B-52s
  • Martha Davis and The Motels
  • Guster
  • Bowling for Soup
  • X Ambassadors
  • The All-American Rejects
  • Shooter Jennings
  • Almost Queen
  • The Outlaws
  • Ruthie Foster
April 1 is also the day that tickets go on sale; see article below for more information.

Keep up with the latest news about Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival by visiting

Wildflower! Tickets on Sale April 1
It’s time to purchase your tickets for the City’s 25th annual Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival, taking place May 19-21 at Galatyn Plaza. One ticket each day admits ticketholders to concerts on six stages featuring headlining musical acts as well as the chance to enjoy strolling entertainment, an art guitar auction, a children’s area, the WF! Marketplace and access to a variety of food and drink choices.

Tickets go on sale April 1 and may be purchased online by clicking here.

Prices are as follows:
  • Single-Day General Admission Ticket $30
    Only available online—$40 General Admission tickets will be available at Festival gates.
  • 3-Day General Admission Ticket $65
    Available online and at DFW Tom Thumb store locations.
  • Kids General Admission Ticket $5
    Valid for kids 5-12 years—4 and under are free. Available online or onsite at the Festival. All kids up to 12 years old attend for free with paid adult Sunday, May 21 thanks to Amegy Bank.
  • Richardson Resident Single-Day Discount Ticket $12
    Not available online—Richardson residents must present their current City of Richardson water bill, utility bill, phone bill or a valid driver’s license with a Richardson address at the below locations during regular business hours to purchase discounted tickets. Residents can purchase up to six single-Day General Admission tickets per household; resident discount tickets are not available after Friday, May 19.
Purchase resident discount tickets at locations listed below during normal business hours beginning April 1:
Customer Service Department at City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd., Suite 101
Gymnastics Center, 300 E. Arapaho Rd.
Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Rd.
Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Rd.
Senior Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd.

For more information, visit

New Mobile Adoption Trailer Unveiled
Pet Adoption Trailer

The official ribbon cutting was held Saturday for the Animal Shelter’s new mobile adoption trailer, which was funded by local nonprofit Richardson AnimaLuv in partnership with the City. The 14-foot trailer has room for up to 12 bays to house a variety of pets in air conditioned comfort, as well as space for prospective pet adopters to interact with the animals. It will enable Shelter staff to take more adoptable animals to community events than was previously possible, and for longer periods of time. The new trailer contains everything necessary for on-site adoptions, greatly enhancing the Shelter’s ability to reach potential adopters who can’t get to the Shelter during normal business hours. An additional benefit is that it will be instrumental in the event of an emergency. During a flood, fire or other dangerous situation, the trailer can be turned into a makeshift emergency vehicle that can rescue pets and provide them safe haven.

Watch for the mobile adoption trailer rolling through town and parked at many events, with its eye-catching wrap created by the City’s Communications Department. Its first event appearance will be at the City’s Trash Bash April 15. To keep up with where it’s appearing, “like” the Richardson Animal Shelter’s Facebook page here.

Richardson Reads One Book 2017 Selection Highlights Race, Music and Family
One Book Selection 2017

The Richardson Reads One Book (RROB) selection for 2017 is “Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family” by Daniel Bergner. The selected book, which is a New York Times Bestseller, Washington Post Notable Book and Publishers Weekly Book of the Year, was announced Tuesday at the Library during an event attended by donors, friends and partners of the RROB program.

“Sing” chronicles the true story of Ryan Speedo Green, who rose to fame as an opera singer with a very different background than his opera peers. He wasn’t white, didn’t have years of intensive musical training and grew up in a home and neighborhood filled with violence and despair. Thanks to two things—his own strong will and the encouragement of two teachers—Green now performs in the most prestigious opera houses in Europe and has realized his boyhood dream to perform at the Met.

This is the 14th year for RROB, which seeks to build bonds between readers and promote community understanding through discussion of a single book at book clubs and events from April to September. The annual highlight is the author’s appearance in September—Bergner will present a free public lecture Sept. 26.

The Richardson Library has many copies of the book available for check out. For complete information on the RROB program and a calendar of events, visit or call 972-744-4350.

April is Month of Volunteerism
Since 2012, the City Council has designated April as a “Month of Volunteerism” to encourage residents to volunteer their time for the betterment of the community. The City offers several ways to volunteer through its facilities and special events, and has partnerships with or supports (through grant funding) many nonprofits in the community that offer additional volunteer opportunities.

For a full list of volunteer opportunities through the City of Richardson, visit For a list of nonprofit arts organizations funded through the City’s Cultural Arts Commission, click here.

New Animated Videos Help Animal Services Share Its Message
CITV Pet Video

Three new animated videos focused on pet ownership, perfect for sharing on social media, were recently created by the City’s Citizens Information Television crew for Richardson’s Animal Services Division.

One video includes information about adopting from the Richardson Animal Shelter, while another focuses on things you can do to ensure you are a responsible pet owner. The third video features ideas of fun activities you can share with a dog in Richardson, including festivals, parks and trails.

The videos can be found on the City’s YouTube page at

Summer Water Conservation Schedule Begins April 1
Lawn Irrigation

In keeping with the City’s permanent water conservation strategy, the summer water conservation plan goes into effect Saturday, April 1. From April 1-Oct. 31, lawn watering will not be permitted from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Residents may turn on yard sprinklers after 6 p.m. and before 10 a.m. on their allowed watering days—Tuesdays and Saturdays for even-numbered addresses and Wednesdays and Sundays for odd-numbered addresses. Please water only as needed, based on moisture content of the soil. (For personalized, weekly watering recommendations sent via e-mail, go to

For more information, visit or call 972-744-4220.

Updates to Grease Control Ordinance Proposed
Staff from the City’s Health Department presented proposed updates to the City’s grease control ordinance at the March 27 City Council work session. The proposed updates, which apply to nonresidential food preparation and service facilities, bring definition to vague components of the current grease control ordinance and enable the City’s fats, oils and grease program to be proactive rather than reactive.

The new ordinance would include more specific details on who/what must comply; the prohibited discharges; installation, maintenance and functionality requirements (establishments would be required to clean their grease trap/interceptors a minimum of every 90 days); record keeping requirements; and penalties for compliance violations (including termination of water service for repeat violators). A grease trap inspection program would be established, with a new position added within the Health Department. Cost for the program was included in the 2016-17 Budget, and 50 percent of costs would be recovered through a proposed $50 fee added to food service permit costs and annual permit renewals.

A grease ordinance is necessary for cities due to the negative affect grease can have on utility infrastructure and the environment. Without the proper disposal of grease, it can clog pipes and lead to sanitary sewer overflows. These overflows impact creeks and streams, harming the ecosystem and leading to compliance concerns with environmental regulatory agencies—not to mention an increase in service calls for the City’s Public Services Department.

After receiving feedback from the City Council, the Health Department will present a finalized version of the ordinance for approval at the April 10 City Council meeting. If approved, the ordinance will go into effect June 1. Education about the ordinance is a high priority for the Health Department, and it will be reaching out to food service establishments, with help from the Chamber of Commerce, in the weeks to come.

To view Monday’s presentation, click here.

April 6 is Last Day to Register to Vote in May Election
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The last day to register to vote for the May 6 general election is Thursday, April 6. This can be either the postmark date of your mailed-in application or the date by which the application is received in the office of the voter registrar.

Mail-in registration applications for both Dallas and Collin counties are available at the Richardson Public Library and City Hall (Room 202), among other locations, and a printable application can be created online here. You can also register in person at your county voter registrar’s office (click here to find out location).

Early voting begins April 24. For more information, go to

April Richardson Today Hits Mailboxes This Weekend
The April issue of Richardson Today was mailed this week and should begin arriving in mailboxes this weekend. April’s issue has a special focus on the Animal Shelter, including information on the Shelter’s foster pet program and new mobile adoption trailer. In addition, the issue includes a full page of information about dog-friendly activities in the City of Richardson.

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.

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Firefighters Hit the Streets to “Fill the Boot”
Members of the Richardson Fire Department will be at several intersections over the next three Fridays to raise funds to fight muscular dystrophy, through the annual "Fill the Boot" campaign. You may have seen them walking among cars today at the intersection of Coit Road and Campbell Road; next Friday, April 7 they will be at Plano Road/Renner Road and April 14 they will be passing the boot at Belt Line and Plano roads. Watch for them between the hours of 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Firefighters nationwide have been raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association since 1954.

Blue Bags at Fire Station 6 Saturday
Fire Station 6 will offer blue recycling bags from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Blue bag letters, which were recently mailed to all Richardson residents, are honored at this location and are redeemable for two free rolls of 26 bags each. The 30-gallon bags are sold in rolls for $3.50 for residents or $4 for nonresidents.
Blue Bag Map Station 6

Fire Station 6 is located at 3591 Park Vista Rd. The bags are also available at City rec centers, the Senior Center, Service Center and City Hall during normal business hours. For more information, call 972-744-4111.

RALC Murder Mystery Fundraiser April 1
Solve a “crime” among the books of the Richardson Public Library Saturday evening as the Richardson Adult Literacy Center hosts its annual Murder Mystery Fundraiser there at 7 p.m. The fun, interactive event features community leaders and professional actors in a mystery comedy play, with attendees working in teams to solve the “crime.”

This year’s guest actors are Bill Sproull, President of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce; Clayton Oliphint, lead pastor of First United Methodist Church Richardson; Brenda Payne, Assistant Superintendent-Elementary, Richardson ISD; and Greg Kish, attorney, Kish, Manktelow & Bailey PC.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with the play beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include hors d’oeuvres, desserts and drinks. Tickets may be purchased online by clicking here.

The RALC, founded in 1990, provides free English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to adults who live or work in Richardson or the Richardson Independent School District area. For more information, visit

Learn All About Uber April 1
Come learn about ride sharing and food delivery using Uber, including cost, where it is available, safety, and how to request service. You will also learn about other transportation services available through Uber.

The class will be held at the Richardson Senior Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd., Saturday, April 1 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for Senior Center members and $13 for nonmembers. Please bring an iPhone or Android smartphone to class. For more information, call 972-744-7800.

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At the Eisemann Center:
  • Vocal Majority April 1-2
    8 p.m. Saturday with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday, in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15 to $53.
    Vocal Majority, the Dallas-based men’s chorus of 100+ volunteer members, presents “Romance, Love and Patriotism,” a heartwarming musical journey through different phases of life, including young love, getting married, having children, losing a beloved parent and working to make a loving relationship stronger.
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:
  • UT Dallas Chamber Singers March 31-April 1
    8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free.
    The UT Dallas Chamber Singers and students from Advanced Voice will perform “Songs of Love and Spring,” romantic songs from the 19th and 20th centuries. The singers will open with a 19th century lieder for solo voice and choir by Schumann, Schubert and Brahms, followed by a 20th century French chanson by Debussy and Fauré. The second half features modern American and British songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Aaron Copland, Billy Joel and the Beatles.
  • Cinematique: “The Boy and the Beast” April 5
    7 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free.
    Join Meteor Theater in a screening of the latest action-packed, award-winning work by anime writer/director Mamoru Hosoda. The film centers on a young orphaned boy living on the streets of Shibuya who stumbles upon a fantastic world of beasts, and is taken in by a gruff warrior beast looking for an apprentice.
  • Theatre UTD Continues “Alhambra”
    Thursdays-Saturdays through April 8, 8 p.m. in the University Theatre. Tickets are $15; free on Thursdays. For tickets, click here.
    In this world premiere of a play written and directed by UTD professor Fred Curchack, two couples take a dream vacation through Spain’s art, architecture, poetry, music and dance, alongside the wonders and horrors of its Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Gypsy history. The “hysterical and historical” journey includes video, dance, music, and visionary visual effects.

Last Weekend for “Death by Design” at Richardson Theatre Centre
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Richardson Theatre Centre is presenting Rob Urbinati’s “Death by Design” through Sunday, April 2. The acclaimed play, set during a weekend in an English country manor in 1932, finds a playwright and his wife fleeing to the manor from London after a disastrous opening night. Various eccentric guests arrive unexpectedly, each with a long-held secret. When one of the guests is murdered, it’s left to the feisty Irish maid, who has a macabre interest in homicide, to solve the crime.

Remaining show times are tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22 and include complimentary sweets, snacks and beverages. To reserve, call 972-699-1130. Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Suite 113, is funded in part by a grant from the City’s Cultural Arts Commission.

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Evening “Camp Write-In” for Ages 10-17 Begins April 4
Camp Write In
Do you have a story, script or poem that you’re itching to put on paper? Experience two sessions of worry-free writing at Camp Write-In, April 4 and April 25 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room.

Camp Write-In is open to writers ages 10-17. For more information and to register, stop by the Youth Services Help Desk or call 972-744-4358.

Lunchtime Lecture Series April 4: John Quincy Adams, Part 3
John Q Adams Lunchtime Lecture
Richard Cudlipp presents the third installment in his Lunchtime Lecture series focused on the life of John Quincy Adams, Tuesday, April 4 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Adams was an ambassador to four different countries, a senator and Secretary of State, all before becoming our sixth president. In this third of four installments, come learn about his time as ambassador to Russia and Britain, and his service as Secretary of State.

The presentation will be held in the Basement Program Room. Admission is free, and attendees (both teens and adults are welcome) may bring their own lunch. For more information, call 972-744-4376.

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Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Xavier Pet of Week

We would like you to meet Xavier! He is a domestic short haired blue and white, 2-year-old neutered male. Xavier has a very sweet disposition and is very loving and kind. He has been with us here at the Shelter for just over a month. Xavier is fully vaccinated and ready to adopt today! He did test positive for FIV but can live a long and full life if given the right loving home. Please come and visit him and see if he might be a good addition to your family!

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

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