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Week In Review, Jan. 12, 2018

Post Date:01/12/2018 5:00 PM
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Jan. 12, 2018
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.

City Offers Wallet-Friendly Membership Fees at Recreation Centers
Heights Recreation Center

If your New Year’s resolutions include “get fit” and “save money,” you can do both at a City of Richardson recreation center for a yearly fee of $60 for residents and $120 for nonresidents.

Memberships are valid at both Heights and Huffhines recreation centers, and each facility includes a cardio fitness area/weight room, a full-sized gym including a regulation-sized basketball court, a game room, free WiFi, a sauna and locker rooms. In addition, each offers fitness classes for an extra charge including martial arts, a variety of dance forms, yoga, Zumba and fitness boot camps (new/revamped offerings for 2018 include archery for kids and chess for all ages). Nearby outdoor activities can be added on to a workout, such as tennis at Huffhines Tennis Center, swimming at Heights Family Aquatic Center (during the summer), or walking/jogging on the trails of Heights Park and Huffhines Park.

Resident rates are available only to persons who live in Richardson and provide a driver’s license or current water bill. People who work in Richardson may purchase a corporate membership by providing a recent paycheck stub or a corporate photo ID.

Memberships may be purchased online at and in person at either center; Heights Recreation Center at 711 W. Arapaho Rd., 972-744-7850; or Huffhines Recreation Center at 200 N. Plano Rd., 972-744-7881. For further information about the recreation centers and membership rates, go to Information about rec center classes may be found at For aquatics and tennis information, visit and

Adoptions Increase at Animal Shelter
Animal Shelter staff report that adoptions were up slightly in 2017 for both dogs and cats, and thanks to its fully staffed veterinary clinic, every pet offered for adoption is now “fully vetted.” All dogs are tested for heartworms, cats are tested for feline leukemia and both dogs and cats are spayed/neutered, fully vaccinated and treated for flea and tick prevention.

A total of 829 dogs and 689 cats were adopted at the Shelter in 2017. Shelter staff would like to remind pet owners that all dogs and cats in the city four months and older must be immunized against rabies by a licensed veterinarian and then must be registered with the Richardson Animal Shelter. Each pet must wear its current registration tag on its collar, and wear its collar at all times. These tags are vital if your pet is lost or injured.

Registration fees begin at $5; for more information, click here.

City Public Facility Holiday Schedule
The City’s Parks and Recreation facilities and Sherrill Park Golf Course will be open Monday, Jan. 15, but all other city facilities including City Hall and the Animal Shelter will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Some critical services such as public safety and water customer service will be available to assist with unforeseen issues. Closure and contact information is below.

Public Facility Schedule for MLK holiday

Facility Open/Closed Status
Animal Shelter
(Contact Richardson’s Response Center at 972-744-4111 to report non-emergency animal related issues.)
Closed Jan. 15
City Hall/Civic Center, Eisemann Center, Library and Municipal Court Closed Jan. 15
Recreation Centers, Senior Center,Gymnastics Center,Tennis Center and Sherrill Park Golf Course Open normal hours

* The City’s Response Center is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week. To report water line breaks or other water/sewer issues, call 972-744-4111.

Solid Waste and Recycling Schedule
There will be NO recycling pick up, solid waste pick up or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service provided Monday, Jan. 15. There will be NO makeup day for trash collection. To schedule a BABIC pick up, call 972-744-4111. The table below shows the makeup days for recycling service.

Recycle Makeup Days

Recycle collection day affected by holiday Makeup day
Monday, Jan. 15
Tuesday, Jan. 16
Tuesday, Jan. 16 Wednesday, Jan. 17

No Council Meeting Jan. 15
Due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, there will be no City Council work session or meeting Monday, Jan. 15. The Council will next meet Monday, Jan. 22 for a work session and meeting beginning at 6 p.m. For future agendas and meeting dates, go to


2018 City Photo Contest Begins Tomorrow
2018 Photo Contest Logo

The City’s annual photo contest will accept entries Jan. 13-28. Both students and adults are invited to participate; categories include Abstract, Anything Goes, Cityscape/Architecture, Experimental/Enhanced, Fabulous Flora, Furry Friends, It’s a Small World, People, Scenic/Landscapes, Sports and Action, Still Life, Wildlife and Wonderful Waterscapes.

Entry fees are $5 per entry for high school age and younger and $10 per entry for college age and up. For more information and an entry form, visit To see last year’s winning photos, check out the 2017 Best of Show and Best of Division winners as well as the work of the 2017 contest judges on display at the Library (third floor) through Feb. 1.

All winning entries from this year’s contest will be exhibited on the third floor of the Library Feb. 3-20. The awards ceremony and annual photography workshop, open to the public, takes place Feb. 22 from 6-8 p.m. at the Civic Center.

Junior League Prospective Member Social Jan. 17
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The Junior League of Richardson is hosting a Prospective Member Information Night and Social Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 6-8 p.m. at W XYZ Bar in the Aloft Richardson hotel, 1160 E. State St. Light appetizers will be provided. For more information and to RSVP, e-mail

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..

For more upcoming shows and events, visit

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • India Day 2018 Jan. 14
    Sunday beginning at noon in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15.
    The India Association of North Texas presents its 42nd annual India Day, a fun-filled event of songs and dances from various parts of India performed by local artists of all ages. For more information, visit

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  • Pegasus Theatre’s “A Minor Case of Murder” Continues
    Thursday-Saturday evenings through Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m., in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $24-$44.
    It’s New Year’s Eve 1933, and world-famous detective Harry Hunsacker is back in “Living Black and White™” as he faces one of his most puzzling cases ever, along with his paid-by-the-hour assistant Nigel Grouse, and Lt. Foster “of the real police.”

  • Michael O’Keefe Exhibit through Jan. 28
    Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and during all Eisemann Center performances, in the Forest and Virginia Green Mezzanine Gallery. Admission is free.
    Entitled, “To Every Thing There is a Season,” the exhibit features the figure drawings and large-scale figure sculptures of local artist Michael O’Keefe.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at

UT Dallas Logo with tagline

At UT Dallas:

  • “One Side of the Face” Artist Reception Jan. 12
    6:30-8:30 p.m. at UT Dallas’ SP/N Gallery at Synergy Park North 2. Admission is free. Exhibit continues through Feb. 12.
    The exhibit by local artist and Ph.D. candidate Lillian Love Kennedy is a comparative visual response to the representations of White and Native American females in film and media. For more information, click here

“Dragons Love Tacos” Jan. 16
Dragons Love Tacos

Celebrate the book “Dragons Love Tacos” with crafts, games and a reading of the story Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room.

For ages 3-8. For more information, call 972-744-4358.

Animal Services
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Snickers Pet of the Week

Meet Snickers! She’s 9 years young, spayed, vaccinated, front declawed, beautiful green eyes with long brown tabby fur. Snickers’ previous owner was having health issues and could no longer care for her. She is friendly, calm and would be best in a quiet home. Please help her find a furever home.

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



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