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Week In Review, April 14, 2017
Posted Date: 4/14/2017 4:30 PM
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April 14, 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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Trash Bash Electronics Recycling/Shredding Location Changed Trash Bash Logo 2017
This year’s Trash Bash has a big change (see map below) tomorrow for the hundreds (if not thousands) of people who will be heading out to shred their documents or recycle their old electronics. Document shredding and electronics recycling services sponsored by the Richardson Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (RCPAAA) have been moved to the Richardson Square Mall parking lot to provide easier access and faster service.

Signs have been located near the City Hall/Civic Center facility to help direct people to the new drop-off location for document shredding and electronics recycling. Meanwhile, the City Hall/Civic Center location will still be available for other recycling and drop-off services (see below for complete listing).

Trash Bash 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Richardson Square Mall Parking Lot
  • Electronics recycling and document shredding, sponsored by the RCPAAA
*Acceptable electronics for recycling include: personal and home electronics, home office equipment and automobile electronics. CRT TVs and computer monitors CANNOT be accepted. Flat screen monitors and televisions are OK.
Map to electronic recycling and shredding
Electronics Recycling and Shredding Map

City Hall Parking Lot
  • Residential cooking oil/grease disposal
  • Book drive (books, magazines, CDs, DVDs)
  • Free bags of Texas Pure Compost or Mulch
  • Clothing and shoe drive (clothing should be gently used and washed, placed in plastic bags/sacks; no trash bags please)
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Trash Bash City Hall Map

*No hazardous waste items will be accepted. This includes, but is not limited to: batteries, paint, cleaners and fluorescent bulbs. (Visit for more information on hazardous waste disposal.) Personal shredding will be limited to what can fit into a car.

Join The Trash Bash Effort and After Party
Tomorrow morning hundreds of volunteers wearing their color-coordinated T-shirts and safety vests will disperse across the community to designated streets, parks, creeks and other locations to fill bags with litter and recyclables. If you see them, they are taking part in the City’s annual Trash Bash event that is held every year in conjunction with Keep Texas Beautiful.

If you’re just now hearing about it, it’s not too late to join. In fact, Trash Bash organizers welcome businesses, church groups, families and anyone to be a part of the event. You can show up with your group (big or small) tomorrow morning at the City Hall/Civic Center and you will be provided with maps and supplies to take part in the event.

Afterwards, you can return to the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center and join in the after party festivities that include food, refreshments and family-friendly attractions (see below).

Trash Bash After Party
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

City Hall/Civic Center
  • Environmental education fair
  • Free recycling bags for Richardson residents
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Free seed packets
  • City vehicles on display
  • Mobile pet adoption trailer from Richardson Animal Shelter
For further information and to sign up to collect trash, go to

Online Payments Not Available Saturday Morning
The City’s Information Technology Department will perform maintenance and upgrades on the City’s network and servers Saturday, April 15. During the maintenance period, from 6 a.m.-noon, the City’s online payment systems and some online applications may be unavailable. Service will be restored as quickly as possible.

City to Host Summer Camps for 43rd Year
The City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Monday that clears the way for another summer of “Sizzlin’ Summer Camps” offered by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. The ordinance adopts the City’s Standards of Care for Youth Programs and is required annually by the state in order for the summer camp program to be exempt from state day care regulations. The City has been offering summer day camps since 1974.

Parks and Recreation staff presented a brief update on the camp program prior to the vote. Camp attendance for 2016 was 1,503, which was right on target. Four camps are offered: Kinder (ages 5-6), Playground (ages 7-11), Elementary (ages 7-11) and Teen (ages 12-15). The camps include arts and crafts, swimming and games, as well as field trips for some age groups, all with an emphasis on instilling values such as respect and responsibility while having fun. The City is partnering with RISD again this year in offering three camps at Terrace Elementary.

To view Monday’s presentation, click here. For more information on Sizzlin’ Summer Camps and to view the City’s complete “Standards of Care for Youth Programs Offered by the Parks and Recreation Department,” click here.

Candidate Forum to be Broadcast on CITV
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The City’s cable access station will provide live and on-demand coverage of the League of Women Voters of Richardson Candidate Forum next week. The forum will include the candidates for Mayor and City Council and will be held Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Richardson Civic Center located at 411 W. Arapaho Rd.

The forum will be streamed live on and on the City’s cable TV channel on Time Warner Cable, channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse, channel 99. Replays of the forum will also run on the City’s cable channel (see schedule below).

CITV Candidate Forum Replay Schedule:
April 22–May 4
  • 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
The League of Women Voters of Richardson is coordinating the event. Unopposed candidates will not participate in the question and answer part of the forum, but will be given the opportunity to make a closing statement.

Richardson Wins Third Consecutive Honor Recognizing Investment Strategy
The City of Richardson has again won the “Top 10 in Small Cities for Foreign Direct Investment Strategy” award, in fDi Magazine’s biannual “American Cities of the Future” list. This prestigious ranking evaluates cities for their attractiveness for inbound foreign direct investment (FDI). Richardson has a distinguished track record as a hub for innovative, globally oriented business activity in technology and other key sectors thanks to the collaborative efforts of the City of Richardson, the Chamber of Commerce and numerous business and civic leaders across our community.

Richardson was also recognized in 2015 by fDi Magazine’s “American Cities of the Future” list as “Top 10 in Small Cities for FDI Strategy” and was ranked in the magazine’s overall “Top 10 American Cities of the Future” in 2013. To read the complete press release click here.

City Hosts Annual Realtors Workshop
Realtors Workshop 2017
The City hosted local real estate professionals Wednesday at the Civic Center for the 2017 Realtors Workshop. This is the 10th year the City has held the workshop, which helps Realtors better promote and sell Richardson.

After a catered breakfast and time for browsing information booths, attendees heard from City staff, who gave economic development news and updates on infrastructure improvements. Administrators from RISD and PISD gave bond program updates and the president of Richland College gave a “State of the College” address. In addition, representatives from State Farm Insurance talked about the company’s journey to Richardson and why it’s been such a positive environment for their workforce.

The event was cosponsored by MetroTex Association of Realtors.

Phase Two of Northside Development Underway
UTD Northside Phase 2 Groundbreaking
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday at the site of Northside Phase 2, an extension of the Northside mixed-used development located on the north side of The University of Texas at Dallas campus. The development includes 275 residential units and approximately 6,000 square feet of additional retail space, located on 13 acres near the intersection of Floyd Road and Synergy Park Boulevard. In addition, Northside Phase 1 had its official ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at Thursday’s event.

Northside Phase 2 is scheduled to be completed in 2018 and will include townhomes, shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. UT Dallas owns the land being developed and is providing guidance throughout construction. When the project is completed, the number of students living on or near campus will total more than 7,000.

Library Closed Sunday
The Richardson Public Library will be closed Sunday, April 16 due to the Easter holiday. It will reopen Monday, April 17 at 10 a.m.

Last Minute Tax Assistance Offered April 17
Not only does the Library provide free tax forms (1040, 1040A and 1040EZ), but IRS-trained volunteers will be on hand at the Library from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, April 17 in the Basement Program Room, providing free help with basic tax forms. April 18 is the IRS tax filing deadline day for 2017.

The assistance, presented in conjunction with the AARP Foundation, is 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.

Richardson Senior Center Recognizes Volunteer of the Year
Senior Volunteer of Year 2017
Pictured from left: Director of Parks Lori Smeby, Karen Hallam, Assistant Director of Parks Yvonne Falgout and Superintendent of Recreation Spencer Doyle.

Karen Hallam was named Volunteer of the Year by the Richardson Senior Center at its annual awards luncheon Tuesday. Hallam has been a participating member of the Senior Center since 1993, and is a current door greeter there Monday-Friday. In addition, she knits newborn caps for Parkland Hospital, lap blankets for assisted living facilities, prayer blankets for those in need and embroiders quilt blocks for nonprofit organizations.

The Senior Center annually recognizes a volunteer that exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism.

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City Nature Challenge April 14-18
iNaturalist Challenge
Which city has the most wild plant and animal species? Join nature enthusiasts from across the country in a friendly competition called the City Nature Challenge to find out the answer, today through Tuesday, April 18. The results of the event will help the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and other organizations highlight areas of high biodiversity, see where certain invasive species are located, monitor changes in species distributions and assist in updating digital species guides for our region.

To participate, take photos of wild plants, animals and fungi using the free iNaturalist app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App store or Google Play. The photos will automatically be added to the DFW project on iNaturalist. You don’t need to be an expert on species identification—the iNaturalist community will do it for you. All observations have to be made April 14-18, and must be uploaded before April 22 to be counted in the 2017 Challenge.

For more information and a schedule of family-friendly, local group observation gatherings planned during the Challenge in Richardson, Allen, McKinney and elsewhere, click here.

Richardson Woman’s Club Hosts Tea April 20
The Richardson Woman’s Club (RWC) will host “Tea Time with Chico’s” Thursday, April 20, a tea and fashion show from 2-4 p.m. at the RWC’s Founders Hall, 2005 North Cliffe Dr. The event benefits the Richardson Woman’s Club Charitable Foundation, which offers grants to community organizations and scholarships to RISD high school seniors.

Tickets are $35. For more information and to reserve a seat, contact Sandy Cook at The Richardson Woman’s Club grounds and estate are owned by the City of Richardson and operated by the RWC’s Foundation.

Urban Naturalist Walk: “The Geology of Breckinridge Park” April 22
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Join geologist Conrad Harrison for a guided nature walk in the lowlands and highlands of Breckinridge Park Saturday, April 22 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Harrison will explain the processes that have acted on the land for millennia to produce the physical structure of the landscape we have now.

All ages and skill levels are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $5 for adults 18 and older plus $2 for nonresidents. Space is limited so registration is required; register by calling Heights Recreation Center (972-744-7850) or Huffhines Recreation Center (972-744-7881) or going to (course #94667). The walk begins from the parking lot at 3404 Moroney Dr.

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • Raas/Garba National Championship April 15
    6 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $20-$23.
    Nonprofit organization Raas All-Stars hosts its ninth annual national championship featuring the top eight elite Raas/Garba dance teams in the nation. For more information, watch a video here.
  • Jeffrey Siegel’s “Keyboard Conversations®” April 17
    7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $28-$34.
    In “Virtuoso Variations,” Jeffrey Siegel presents imaginative variations on famous melodies, including the music of Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Liszt and Chopin, in a show that blends commentary with piano performance. There will be a post-concert reception for new and existing subscribers celebrating the 30th anniversary season of Keyboard Conversations®.
  • “President Trump: The First 100 Days” with Senator Ted Cruz April 18
    7 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $19-$45.
    660 AM The Answer brings together Sen. Ted Cruz along with radio hosts and conservative political commentators Mike Gallagher, Mark Davis and Jon-David Wells as they discuss the first 100 days of the Trump administration. 
  • Baylor President’s Concert April 20
    7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $20.
    The 2017 President’s Concert features all components of the Baylor University Choral Department (A Cappella Choir, Bella Voce, Concert Choir, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, and VirtuOSO), along with members of Baylor Brass.
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:
  • UTDance Ensemble: “Composition Jumpstart” April 20-22
    8 p.m. in the University Theatre. Admission is free.
    UTDance Ensemble presents works created by students participating in Dance Composition.
  • Terence Blanchard April 21
    8 p.m. in the O’Donnell Lecture Hall (ATEC Building). Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, click here.
    Five-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard has been a leading jazz artist since he emerged on the scene in the mid-1980s. He is best known for his work composing scores for films such as “Malcolm X,” “Love & Basketball,” “Cadillac Records” and “Chi-Raq.”
    For the cover of his latest album, “Breathless,” Blanchard enlisted UT Dallas Arts and Technology professor Andrew Scott to create a work inspired by his “Black Man Grove” series. Scott will present a dynamic simulation to complement Blanchard’s performance.

Wildflower! Battle of the Bands Qualifying Round in Deep Ellum April 15
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Watch teen bands compete in a qualifier round for the 10th Annual Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival Battle of the Bands Saturday, April 15 at The Door, an all-ages music venue at 2513 Main St. in Dallas. A maximum of 12 bands will perform 15-minute sets that must include at least one original song and one cover song of a 2017 Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival headliner.

At the judges’ and producer’s discretion, 2-3 bands will be selected to compete in the finals at the Wildflower! Festival in May and an additional 2-3 bands may be selected to compete in an online fan’s choice contest for the third and final slot at the Festival. The finals will be held Saturday, May 20 on the Festival’s State Farm Plaza Stage. The winning band will receive several prizes including $500 cash and a three-month membership in the Alchemy Music performance artist development LIVE program.

Tickets to Saturday’s qualifying round are $10; click here to purchase.

Last Chance to Register for Wildflower! Budding Talent Vocal Auditions
Registration closes at midnight Monday, April 17 for the Wildflower! Budding Talent Vocal Auditions, to be held Sunday, April 23, from 1-5 p.m. at the Richardson Senior Center. The chosen finalist in each of five categories, ranging from Preschool (age 3) to 12th grade, will perform on the UnitedHealthcare Singer/Songwriter Stage during the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival May 21.

Contestants are required to sing one song from memory. Singers may bring an accompaniment CD/MP3 to the audition, accompany themselves on an instrument or bring an accompanist. A keyboard will be available for use. Small vocal ensembles of 2-4 singers are eligible as well as soloists.

To audition, contestants must pre-register at Registered singers will be e-mailed a specific audition time by noon April 19. For more information, click here.

Live Outdoor Music Series Kicks Off April 20 at CityLine
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CityLine has announced a spring singer/songwriter live music series to be held in CityLine Plaza that begins April 20 and will take place every Thursday-Saturday through May 27 from 6-9 p.m. Several CityLine restaurants offer outdoor dining adjacent to the plaza, and seating is also available on the plaza.

For a complete list of upcoming performances, click here. CityLine, a 186-acre, transit-oriented development, is a City of Richardson TIF-supported project located just southeast of the intersection of U.S. 75 and the Bush Turnpike.

AIR Presents “SEED” Workshop April 20 at Marcus Café
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SEED, a division of Arts Incubator of Richardson, will host a workshop entitled “Sources and Uses of Inspiration,” Thursday, April 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Marcus Café, 2701 Custer Pkwy. Guest presenter is Richardson resident, playwright and Marcus Café co-owner Sarah Lawrence Riehm. Lawrence (her nom de plume) was recently appointed director of creative writing for the Sacred Arts Institute, a new program she cofounded at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. In Thursday’s interactive presentation, she will share her thoughts on time-tested tools to help channel inspiration including deep breathing exercises, meditation, walking, cross-training in other art forms, structured time, enhanced dream techniques and more.

Admission is free; food and drinks will be available for purchase.

SEED provides monthly opportunities for creative minds to gather in Richardson and share ideas “for a stronger, more engaged community.” For more information, visit Arts Incubator of Richardson is funded in part by a grant from the City’s Cultural Arts Commission.

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Free Screening of “Fantastic Beasts” April 15
Fantastic Beasts Movie at Library

Teens ages 13-18 are invited to return to the magical world of Hogwarts at the Teen Advisory Board meeting Saturday, April 15. The meeting, which begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room, will be followed by a free screening of the movie, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Projected ending time is 4:45 p.m.

For more information, call Youth Services at 972-744-4358.

Lunchtime Lecture April 18: “Stories for the Second Half of Life”
The Library’s Lunchtime Lecture program presents storyteller Gwen Caldwell Tuesday, April 18 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. In “Stories for the Second Half of Life,” Caldwell will present inspirational stories and personal tales to awaken your imagination through the art of storytelling.

The program is free; no registration is required. Attendees may bring their own lunch. For more information, call 972-744-4376.

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Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Naiyla Pet of Week

This beautiful baby girl is Naiyla! She is a boxer and husky mix who is mainly white with brown and black spots. Naiyla was brought to us by her owner because they had to move and could not take her with them. She is very friendly, good on a leash, active and very playful. She has been fully vaccinated, spayed, microchipped and tested negative for heartworms. If you are looking for a big friendly dog to add to your family, come and visit her today!

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

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