Week In Review, Feb. 16, 2018
Feb. 16, 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.
Community Shows Support as Officer Laid to Rest; Online Donation Site Established
An online donation site has been established to assist the family of Richardson Police Officer David Sherrard, who passed away Feb. 7, the first Richardson Police officer to be killed in the line of duty. One hundred percent of the donations will be given to Officer Sherrard’s family.
The site is part of an outpouring of support for Officer Sherrard’s family and the Richardson Police Department (RPD) shown over the last week by people across the community, state, nation and world. People of many faiths came together for a candlelight vigil at the Civic Center Fountain plaza Sunday, organized by the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. Police officers from several states traveled to the area for Officer Sherrard’s visitation Monday and funeral Tuesday. Students and teachers, businesses and homeowner associations posted signs of support in yards and windows, and organized efforts to tie blue ribbons on fences, trees, lampposts and door knobs. A steady stream of individuals brought flowers, balloons, notes and stuffed animals to a makeshift memorial in front of the police station and meals and snacks were brought by restaurants and individuals to the station as well.
People are encouraged to continue to show their support for the RPD with blue ribbons or simple words of kindness given to officers. To contribute at the donation site, click here.
Annual Finance Audit Conducted; Results Given to Council
Richardson’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) continues to pass detailed inspection by independent auditors. This week the City Council received a report that shows the City’s CAFR had no instances of non-compliance with laws and regulations, no material weaknesses and no deficiencies in internal control and that the information was consistent with all applicable accounting standards and requirements.
The CAFR is available for the public to view online here. A printed copy for viewing is available at the Library and City Secretary’s office.
First Quarter Financial Report Given
The City is on track with its 2017-18 Budget, according to City staff who presented the City Council with a detailed 2017-18 First Quarter Financial Report at Monday’s work session. Revenues and expenditures of the General, Solid Waste Services, Golf and Hotel/Motel Tax funds are performing as expected and within budget projections. The First Quarter Report represents activity from October through December 2017.
To view Monday’s presentation, click here.
Early Voting Begins Feb. 20
Early voting for the March 6 Primary Election will be held Feb. 20-March 2. Registered Dallas County voters who are Richardson residents may vote early at City Hall or at any of the other Dallas County early voting locations. Collin County voters who are Richardson residents may vote early at any of the Collin County early voting locations. For more information including locations, visit www.cor.net/elections. See below for early voting dates and hours.
Election Day voting will take place Tuesday, March 6 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Below are the dates and times for early voting in Dallas and Collin counties
|DATE||DALLAS COUNTY||COLLIN COUNTY|
|Feb. 20-23||8 a.m.-5 p.m.||8 a.m.-5 p.m.
|Feb. 24||7 a.m.-7 p.m.||7 a.m.-7 p.m.
|Feb. 25||1-6 p.m.||1-6 p.m.
|Feb. 26-March 2||7 a.m.-7 p.m.||7 a.m.-7 p.m.|
Registration Open for Citizens Fire Academy
Applications are now being accepted for Richardson’s Citizens Fire Academy (CFA), a free, 10-week program held annually for persons 21 and older who either live or work in Richardson or the Richardson Independent School District. Class participants meet one night a week from 6:30-9 p.m. (dinner is provided) and receive an insider’s view of the many services the Richardson Fire Department provides. Each participant is allowed to spend time at fire stations and ride on the fire engines to emergency calls. After completing the program, participants will be able to use their knowledge to create a safer home and work environment and educate others about the RFD and the services provided to the community.
The next CFA class begins March 22 and graduates May 31. Classes are held at the Fire Training Center, 1621 E. Lookout Dr. If you are interested in attending the next academy or a future academy, call 972-744-5750 or go to www.cor.net/fire and download an application.
New Transfer Station Officially Opens
A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday at the Lookout Drive Transfer Station, officially recognizing the opening of the new facility. The Transfer Station holds residential trash less than 24 hours before it is transferred to a landfill, and replaces the previous facility at the site constructed in 1976.
The new facility is fully enclosed and designed to reduce odor, noise and litter, meeting California transfer station regulations, the most stringent in the nation. It also features a “top load” design that improves efficiency, allowing for larger outgoing loads, reducing the number of trips to the landfill and saving on fuel costs, emissions and vehicle wear and tear.
Funding for the new facility was provided by the North Texas Municipal Water District.
Book Fair Continues Through Sunday
The RISD Council of PTAs is hosting its annual Used Book Fair through Feb. 18 at the RISD Professional Development Center, 701 W. Belt Line Rd. (southwest corner of Floyd and Belt Line roads). Hours of operation are today through 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday noon-6 p.m.
Thousands of used books, CDs and DVDs are available, with prices starting at $1. Cash, checks with ID and credit cards will be accepted and all sales today will be tax free.
Proceeds from the four-day event, which began yesterday, will help fund scholarships in memory of Dr. J.J. Pearce, who served as superintendent of the RISD from 1946-77. The scholarships are awarded to teachers and high school seniors.
For more information, go to www.risdpta.org.
Recycle Electronics and Other Items Feb. 17
Clear out space in your home and donate a variety of items to the RISD Council of PTAs’ recycling fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Used Book Fair (see above), 701 W. Belt Line Rd. Proceeds help support RISD scholarships. Items accepted include clothing and accessories, toys and games, jewelry, musical instruments, sporting goods, electronics (non-working or fully operational) and nonperishable and canned food. Donation slips will be available.
For a full list of acceptable items, go to www.bubbfundraising.com.
Vegas Show Night at Senior Center Feb. 21
Join the Richardson Senior Center Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. for “The Sounds of the Strip,” a fun evening including musical entertainment, light hors d’oeuvres, dessert and coffee. Come dressed in your Vegas evening finery and you could be picked to spin the lucky wheel for prizes.
Tickets are $5 and sold only in advance at the Senior Center (not available at the door). The Senior Center is located at 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Click here for more information.
Photography Workshop/Awards Ceremony Feb. 22
The public is invited to a free photography workshop Wednesday, Feb. 22 in the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center Grand Hall following the awards ceremony for the City’s 2018 Photography Contest. The 2018 judges will provide tips and offer one-on-one critiques after the workshop. The event takes place from 6-8 p.m.
Results of the 2018 Photo Contest are on display through Feb. 21 in the Library’s Third Floor Gallery. Photographers compete in three divisions (Student, Adult and Proficient) in this annual contest coordinated by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department.
Mystery Dinner Theatre at Richardson Woman’s Club Feb. 23
The Richardson Woman’s Club will host an Academy Awards-themed “Mystery Dinner Theatre” Friday, Feb. 23 beginning at 6 p.m. Help your table solve a “crime” while raising money for Richardson-area scholarships and service projects. Tickets are $45 each; visit www.rwctx.org for more information.
Sponsored in part by Methodist Richardson Medical Center. The Richardson Woman’s Club is located at 2005 N. Cliffe Dr.
At the Eisemann Center:
- PostSecret: The Show Runs Through Feb. 18
Tonight at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $20-$42.
Based on the wildly popular PostSecret blog, the show is an immersive, poignant journey through the humor and humanity of personal yet shared stories. Three actors and a guitarist use projected images and videos to guide the audience through crowd-sourced narratives revealing the true stories behind the secrets. Note: This show contains mature subject matter.
- Lunar New Year Celebration Feb. 18
7 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $25-$100.
Entertainment includes Chinese Kung Fu masters, opera singers, acrobats, a magician, a violinist and local performance groups.
- Keyboard Conversations®: Chopin and Bach Feb. 19
7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $30-$36.Jeffrey Siegel is back with another installment of his signature series that blends commentary with piano performance. Learn about the two virtuosos (Bach was Chopin’s favorite composer) and hear their respective preludes, fantasies and dances, from charming minuets to exotic mazurkas.
- Mummenschanz Feb. 23
8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $41-$62.The world-renowned Swiss theater troupe celebrates its 40th anniversary with “You & Me,” performing classic Mummenschanz sketches that incorporate silence, illusion, light and shadow, as well as large-scale masks and props made from everyday objects. TV viewers of the 70s, 80s and 90s may remember the troupe from appearances on “3-2-1 Contact,” “The Muppet Show,” “Sesame Street,” “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” and “Northern Exposure.”
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:
- Theatre UTD: “Harvest” Runs Through Feb. 24
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre. Tickets are $15; free on Thursdays. Harvest is an ironic sci-fi examination of the relations between developing and developed countries in a not-too-distant future, when desperate people can sell their body parts to wealthy clients in return for food, water, shelter and riches. Note: show contains adult language and content, fog and smoke. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
- Photography Exhibit through March 9; Gallery Talk Feb. 19
In the University Theatre Gallery (lobby). Admission is free. The Comer Collection: Memory, Mystery, Magic and Make-Believe features photographs that speak to the dream-like quality of memory and the past while connecting the viewer to the present. The show’s curator, Anna Fritzel, will give a talk in the Gallery beginning at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19. A reception will follow.
- Free Lecture Feb. 21: Stephen Asma, “Evolution of Imagination and Creativity”
7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free. The Columbia College Chicago philosophy professor and author of 10 books looks deep into the human psyche to explore the enigmatic but powerful engine that is our improvisational creativity.
- Emily Grosholtz Poetry Reading and Lecture Feb. 21-22
Poetry reading Wednesday and lecture Thursday, 7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission to both is free. Grosholtz will give a poetry reading entitled, “The Stars of Earth: New and Selected Poems” and speak on “Hyperspace, Poetic Science Fiction, and Algebraic Topology.”
Last Weekend for “Greater Tuna” at Repertory Company Theatre
Repertory Company Theatre (RCT), 770 N. Coit Rd., is presenting “Greater Tuna” through Sunday, Feb. 18. Two of RCT’s leading funny men, Steve Miller and Jordan Tomenga, each play 10 different outrageous characters—men, women, children and dogs—all residents of “Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas,” where “the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.”
Remaining performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for teens. For tickets and more information, call 972-690-5029 or purchase tickets online at www.rcttheatre.com. Repertory Company Theatre is funded in part by the Richardson Cultural Arts Commission.
AIR Time Free Movie Feb. 20: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Arts Incubator of Richardson continues Season 8 of “AIR Time” Feb. 20, its popular free series that pairs a notable movie with a pre-show interview and discussion. Tuesday’s presentation at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 100 S. Central Expwy., features a discussion with architect Michael Gooden, founding principal and president of M Gooden Design, and a showing of the Oscar-winning movie, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” starring Ralph Fiennes and F. Murray Abraham.
David Foster, Assistant Director of the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, will conduct the interview, which begins at 7 p.m. followed by the movie at 7:45 p.m. Admission is free for non-reserved seats; $5 tickets are available for reserved seats (includes a $5 food/beverage voucher). Click here to purchase tickets online. AIR is funded in part by the Cultural Arts Commission.
Upcycle Crafting for Teens Feb. 17
Teens and tweens are invited to upcycle “trash” into treasure Saturday from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Take home new school supplies and room décor—admission is free!
For ages 10-18. Call 972-744-4358 for more information.
Advanced 3D Printing Class Feb. 17
Build on your 3D design skills in an advanced class that utilizes Tinkercad, Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-noon in the Basement Training Room. Create unique reusable shapes, learn time-saving shortcuts and explore how to export/import resources.
For ages 13 and older; admission is free. Registration and a valid Richardson Library card are required.
Call 972-744-4359 for registration and more information. Laptops are provided.
Movie Matinee Feb. 19
Get out of the house on President’s Day and join us for a free movie, “Cars 3” (rated G), from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room. All ages welcome!
For more information, call 972-744-4358.
Lunchtime Lecture: Andrew Jackson Feb. 20
Richard Cudlipp begins a new Lunchtime Lecture series Feb. 20 about Andrew Jackson, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Tuesday’s presentation is entitled, “Young Jackson Grows Up in Young America.”
For adults and teens; registration is not required, and participants may bring their own lunch. Call Vrena Patrick at 972-744-4376 for more information.
Cookies, Crafts and Crayons Feb. 22
Take a break and spend an hour coloring, crafting and snacking Thursday, Feb. 22 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. All ages are welcome, admission is free and no registration is required. Call 972-744-4358 for more information.
MS Word 2016 Intermediate Level Feb. 23
A free MS Word 2016 intermediate-level class will be held Friday, Feb. 23 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Training Room. Adults and teens are welcome; registration and a valid Richardson Public Library card is required, as well as past attendance in the Library’s MS Word beginner level class or equivalent experience.
To register and for more information, call 972-744-4359.
Snuggle Buddy Sleepover II: “The Readventure” Feb. 23
Children ages 3-8 have the opportunity to treat their favorite snuggle buddy (stuffed animal, doll, etc.) to an overnight adventure as the Library hosts its second Snuggle Buddy Sleepover Friday, Feb. 23. The children will enjoy storytime with their buddy from 4:30-5:15 p.m., then tuck them in before leaving the Library for the night. The Library’s Facebook page will provide updates so the kids can follow the fun! Pick up time for snuggle buddies is Saturday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m.
Registration is required; call 972-744-4358 for more information.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Herman! He’s a pittie mix, neutered male, about 11 years young, came to the Shelter as a stray and has been looking for a home since December 2017. He may be an older guy, but that doesn’t mean he is lacking in love to give. Herman is great on a leash, loves long walks, is quiet and cuddly and would be great with any family. Please help this sweet boy find a forever home!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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