Nov. 3, 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.
|Residents Encouraged to “Think Big” with Bulky Items
The Public Services Department launched a “Think Big” campaign this week to encourage people to remember the “Bulky” part of the City’s Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service is meant for large, bulky items generally weighing more than 50 pounds.
The campaign was created after a noticeable increase in the number of BABIC calls for very small amounts of trash or vegetative debris, sometimes as small as a few pieces of used wood or twigs that fell off a tree. The small calls lead to longer response times and also increase costs to run the BABIC service. More information on Think Big is available at www.cor.net/ThinkBig. The site includes a video produced by CITV that details when it is a good time to call for BABIC service.
BABIC is provided to Richardson residents once per week on their designated recycling day. To make a BABIC request, click here or call 972-744-4111.
City’s Newest Park Officially Opens
Fox Creek Park, Richardson’s 38th city park, officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday. Located in the 1500 block of Renner Road, the 13-acre site includes paved trails, a pavilion, a playground and open greenspace and is interconnected with the nearby CityLine development.
Highlights of the park include separate age-appropriate playground equipment (one area for 2-5-year-olds and one for ages 5-12) and a 70-foot-long pedestrian bridge over the creek. The trails extend the existing Owens Trail.
Fox Creek Park is made possible through a partnership between the City and CityLine developer KDC.
Renner Road Medians Get a Facelift
If you’ve traveled along Renner Road lately, you may have noticed a refreshed look to the medians between Custer Road and Alma Road. The improvements are Phase 1 of the Renner Road Medians Beautification project begun late last year and recently completed. Parks and Recreation staff updated the City Council on the project at Monday’s City Council meeting.
The road’s former medians did not fare well over time and had poor soil and scarce vegetation surrounding 20-year-old trees, some in poor condition. After a successful “test run” improving a median in similar condition on North Greenville Avenue, Parks staff refurbished the ¾-mile stretch of Renner medians with shredded hardwood mulch and river rock in shady areas near the trees, and grass and native plants in the sunny areas, as well as redesigned and improved the irrigation system.
Board members of the Canyon Creek Homeowners Association were shown the plans in January 2017. They liked the improvements so much that they helped fund similar medians on Custer Road between Campbell Road and Lookout Drive, thanks to the Matching Fund Beautification Program.
Parks staff is considering how a Phase II from Alma Road to US 75 could be funded. Click here to view Monday’s presentation.
Richardson Today Hits Mailboxes This Weekend
The November issue of Richardson Today was mailed this week and should begin arriving in mailboxes this weekend. This month’s issue has a special focus on public safety, including information about the new public safety campus and its public art (including artist renderings), and up-close insights from Richardson Fire, Police and Office of Emergency Management personnel about their experiences assisting towns and cities after Hurricane Harvey. It also includes the Winter Recreation Guide, full of information about upcoming classes and activities.
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 www.cor.net/RichardsonToday. Ask your local mail carrier if you do not receive your copy of Richardson Today and you live within the boundaries of Richardson.
US 75 Temporary Closure Begins Nov. 11
The first planned weekend closure of US 75, to accommodate for Plano Parkway bridge improvements, is scheduled to begin Saturday, Nov. 11 at 3 a.m. and continue through Monday, Nov. 13 at 5 a.m. Both northbound and southbound lanes of US 75 between Renner Road and 15th Street, as well as some on/off ramps connecting with the Bush Turnpike, will be shut down. Closures on additional weekends are expected.
The planned detour options include US 75 frontage roads, Renner Road, Alma Road and Bush Turnpike frontage roads. For more information, visit www.cor.net/US75Closure.
Animal Shelter Participates in Geico’s First Petfest
The Richardson Animal Shelter’s pet adoption trailer was a special guest at Geico’s first-ever Petfest Wednesday. The outdoor Petfest, held from noon-2 p.m. at Geico’s regional offices in Richardson, helped Geico employees learn about pet-related nonprofits/volunteer opportunities and also included vendors of pet-related services and products.
The Shelter welcomes opportunities to bring the trailer to large events—to schedule an appearance, call Noura Jammal at 972-744-4483.
Early Voting Ends Today; Election is Tuesday, Nov. 7
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. A sample ballot and Dallas County Election Day polling locations may be found on the Dallas County Elections website at www.dallascountyvotes.org. Collin County Election Day polling locations and a sample ballot may be found on the Collin County Elections Department website at www.co.collin.tx.us/elections.
Though Richardson City Hall/Civic Center is not a polling location on Election Day, it is a Dallas County location for early voting, which ends today (Nov. 3) at 7 p.m.
Any Dallas County or Collin County registered voter is eligible to early vote, and may vote at any early voting location in their county of residence. For more information, go to the websites listed earlier in this article or www.votetexas.gov. Non-partisan voter guides published by the League of Women Voters are available at the Richardson Library (Dallas County guide) and online at www.vote411.org.
Daylight Saving Time Ends Nov. 5
Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour Saturday night since Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 5. As part of the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign, the Richardson Fire Department and the International Association of Fire Chiefs encourage everyone to also change smoke alarm/carbon monoxide (CO) detector batteries at this time. Having a working smoke alarm/CO alarm doubles the chances of escaping and surviving a home fire or carbon monoxide leak.
Family Campout at Breckinridge Park Nov. 4-5
There’s still time to register for the City’s fun family overnight this weekend, to be held at Breckinridge Park’s Keffler Baseball Fields, 5300 E. Renner Rd. “Family Night at the Ballpark” will feature games, crafts, dinner, a movie (“E.T.”), breakfast and more. All that is needed is a tent, sleeping bags and a few other necessities.
The event will be held from 4 p.m. Saturday to 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Cost is $12 per person for residents and $14 per person for nonresidents. One adult registration is required per family.
Register until noon Nov. 4 by calling Huffhines Recreation Center at 972-744-7881. Click here for more information.
RISD Spirit Run Nov. 4 at Galatyn Plaza
Head to Galatyn Plaza tomorrow morning for the annual RISD Spirit Run, a 5k run and 1-mile walk/fun run that benefits the students, teachers and Excellence in Education Foundation of RISD. Onsite registration begins at 7 a.m. followed by the walk/fun run at 8 a.m. and the 5k at 8:30 a.m. Cheer squads, drum lines and jazz bands from the four RISD high schools line the race route to cheer runners to the finish, and runners vote to award the coveted traveling Spirit Trophy to one of the high schools.
Online registration ends tonight at midnight. For more information and to register online, click here.
Blue Bags at Fire Station 6 Nov. 4
Fire Station 6 will offer blue recycling bags from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. The 30-gallon bags are sold in rolls for $3.50 for residents or $4 for nonresidents. Blue bag letters, redeemable for free rolls, are honored at this location.
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.
Urban Naturalist Walk at Foxboro Park Nov. 4
Join Texas Certified Master Naturalist Kristi Kerr Leonard on a guided nature walk in Foxboro Park Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m.-noon to learn about the wide range of plants that can be found in a small public park. Discussion will cover trees, grasses and a wide variety of native plants.
Cost is $5 for adults 18 and older plus $2 for nonresidents. Children may attend for free, but must be accompanied by a paying adult. Space is limited to 25 participants; for more information and to register, call Heights Recreation Center (972-744-7850) or Huffhines Recreation Center (972-744-7881) and request course #97787.
Dallas Record Show at Civic Center Nov. 4
Find vinyl LP records as well as 45s, CDs, T-shirts, posters and a few 78s at the 2017 Dallas Record Show, Saturday, Nov. 4 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Richardson Civic Center. More than 40 vendors from across Texas and surrounding states will be selling their merchandise on more than 100 tables.
Early bird admission (8 a.m.) is $10 with general admission (10 a.m.) at $5. Tickets are available only at the door.
Register Now for Nov. 18 Gobble Hobble; Cost Increases After Nov. 5
Runners and walkers of all skill levels are invited to the 12th Annual Gobble Hobble Nov. 18 at Galatyn Plaza, presented by Methodist Richardson Medical Center and benefiting Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. This year’s event includes Richardson’s first 10k in addition to the traditional 5k and fun run.
Cost to participate (through Nov. 5) is $15 for the Fun Run, $30 for the 5k and $35 for the 10k. For more information and to register online, click here. Volunteers are still needed; sign up to volunteer here and earn a free race entry.
“Food for Life” Free Class Series Begins Nov. 7 at MRMC
Methodist Richardson Medical Center invites you to “change your plate and change your fate” in a series of three classes that put the power of nutrition to work in the battle against cancer. Each class includes information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote health, along with cooking demonstrations of simple and nutritious recipes that can be recreated easily at home. Each participant will be registered for a chance to win a VitaMix® blender and an Instant Pot®. (Must be present to win.)
The classes will be held on three Tuesdays in November from 6-7 p.m. in Suite 200 at MRMC’s physician pavilion, 2821 E. President George Bush Turnpike. Class dates and topics are as follows:
- Nov. 7 - The skinny on fat
- Nov. 14 - Optimizing health in one pot meals
- Nov. 21 - Real vs. fake sugar: Does it matter?
Admission is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.
“Human Library” at Richland College Nov. 8
The Richland College Library will host Richland College’s first human library event Nov. 8 from noon-4 p.m. on the Lago Vista level of the library, 12800 Abrams Rd., Dallas. The event is part of a global movement started by the Human Library Organization in 2000 that is working to build spaces in the community for personal dialogue about issues that are often difficult, challenging and stigmatizing.
A human library allows participants to “check out” a human “book,” i.e. a person who has volunteered to have a respectful conversation with others about a topic related to the person’s own experience of prejudice and/or discrimination. Anyone is invited to attend and anyone who wants to challenge a stereotype of prejudice and have open, honest conversations with others can sign up to be a human book. Click here for more information.
At the Eisemann Center:
- “Martin Luther on Trial” Nov. 3-4
Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $31-$91.
2017 marks 500 years since Martin Luther ignited the Protestant Revolt against Rome, and this new original courtroom drama explores the religious and political controversies he unleashed, with witnesses including Adolf Hitler, Sigmund Freud, Rabbi Josel, St. Paul, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Pope Francis, and the Devil as prosecutor.
- “6 Guitars” Nov. 4
7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $40.
Chase Padgett combines music, comedy and drama as he becomes six different guitar players, each with their own distinct voice, views and musical style, from a 19-year-old rock prodigy to an 87-year-old blues man. Click here to view a video clip of his performance.
- Richardson Community Band Nov. 5
3 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Admission is free.
The Richardson Community Band kicks off its 2017-18 season with “Music of Magic and Mystery” including “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” “March to the Scaffold” by Berlioz, Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in B-flat minor,” “Highlights from Harry Potter,” “The Curse of Tutankhamun” and more.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
At UT Dallas:
- Piano Recital: “Basically Baroque” Nov. 5
3 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free.
15 UT Dallas students from the School of Arts and Humanities present a piano recital. For more information, click here.
- Vincent Shen Lecture: “Patterns of Life Meaningfulness for Chinese in Diaspora” Nov. 8
7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free.
Shen, the Lee Chair in Chinese Thought and Culture and professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, examines the impact of the modern Chinese diaspora through philosophic works by Chinese scholars residing in the West. For more information, click here.
“Rope” Continues at Richardson Theatre Centre
Can’t get enough scary thrills and chills? Check out the 1929 drama “Rope,” which continues at Richardson Theatre Center through Nov. 12. Show times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Thursday and Sunday performances, while Friday and Saturday performances are $22.
Richardson Theatre Centre is located at 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Visit www.richardsontheatrecentre.net for more information. For tickets, call 972-699-1130.
“Book Tasting” Nov. 4
The Library’s Basement Program room will transform into a “café” Saturday from 2-3 p.m. as it hosts a “Book Tasting” for children in grades pre-K through 4. The children get to order, read and review picture books served by the Library’s own “waitstaff,” and recommend their favorites. Admission is free, with snacks (real food!) included. Call 972-744-4358 for more information.
Read to Dogs Nov. 5 at “Tales for Tails”
Children in grades K-4 can read to a most appreciative audience Sunday as “Tales for Tails” returns to the Richardson Public Library. The free event, held from 3-4 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room, gives children the chance to improve their reading confidence and skills by reading to friendly canines from Heart of Texas Therapy Dogs.
Free tickets to attend are available at 2:30 p.m. the day of the event in the Youth Services area. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
Camp-in and Write Nov. 7
Children and teens ages 10-17 can experience three weeks of worry-free novel writing beginning Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room. Other dates in the three-part writing series are:
- Part 2: Saturday, Nov. 18, 3-4 p.m.
- Part 3: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Registration is required; call 972-744-4358 or stop by of the Youth Services Help Desk to register. There is no cost to attend.
LEGO Mindstorms Track3r Robotics Nov. 9
Learn how to use LEGO Mindstorms Thursday, Nov. 9 from 4-5 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Participants will build a Track3r robot, then race it against challengers. For ages 8-12 (beginners welcome!).
There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Call 972-744-4358 or stop by the Youth Services Help Desk to register.
Free Intermediate MS Word 2016 Nov. 10
Take your MS Word 2016 skills to the next level Friday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m.-noon in the Basement Training Room. Prerequisites: MS Word Beginner Level class or equivalent experience.
There is no cost but registration and a valid Richardson Public Library card is required. Call 972-744-4359 to register and for more information. For adults and teens.
Shelter Waives Adoption Fees for Senior Pets During November
The Richardson Animal Shelter will waive adoption fees in November for all pets over age 7, in conjunction with national Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month. The ASPCA and Petfinder.com sponsor the month to highlight the benefits of senior pets, which include less physical demands, i.e. pulling on leashes and jumping, and the need for less supervision and training.
Visit www.cor.net/animalshelter to view photos and information about adoptable pets at the Shelter or view them in person at 1330 Columbia Dr. The Shelter is open seven days a week.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Barney! This distinguished gentleman has been at the Shelter more than 120 days now. He is a neutered male, boxer mix, about 7 years young, up to date on all vaccinations and heartworm negative. He is a big couch potato and cuddler at heart. Did we mention he loves pizza? Come by and meet your soul-mutt today! His adoption fee is waived in November for “Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month!”
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter's web page here
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Mayor Pro Tem
Marta Gómez Frey