Week In Review, March 2, 2018
March 2, 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.
Wildflower! Festival Headlining Acts Announced
Headliners and other acts were announced this week for Richardson’s 26th annual Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival. The three-day festival will be held May 18-20 at the Galatyn Park Urban Center.
Performance dates include:
Friday, May 18:
- Kool & the Gang
- Eve 6
- Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
- Radney Foster
- Keith Harkin
- Infinite Journey
Saturday, May 19:
- Goo Goo Dolls
- Jimmy Eat World
- Gin Blossoms
- Graceland Ninjaz
- John Ford Coley
- Max and Heather Stalling
- Rich Girls
Sunday, May 20:
- Reckless Kelly
- A Thousand Horses
- Trout Fishing in America
In addition, The Ultimate Eagles Tribute–On the Border, will perform daily at the Eisemann Center in the Hill Performance Hall. Additional acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the 2018 Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival go on sale March 15 at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.wildflowerfestival.com.
Council Approves Senior/Disabled Tax Exemption Increase
The City Council approved an ordinance Monday that increases the property tax exemption for disabled individuals and senior citizens (age 65 or older) from $80,000 to $85,000 due to expected increases in property values. The $5,000 increase will amount to an additional $31 savings for disabled and senior citizen homeowners on their annual tax bill, providing a total savings of $531 this year.
Under the City’s Financial Policies, the City Council regularly reviews the property tax exemption for citizens over age 65 and disabled persons with a goal to maintain a tax benefit of approximately 30 percent of the average home value.
The appraisal districts will incorporate the higher amount on notices mailed to qualified residents in April.
Study Begins for Collins/Arapaho TOD and Innovation District
Plans were outlined at Monday’s City Council work session for the City’s Collins/Arapaho Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and Innovation District study. The research will determine the economic/competitive position in the study area to identify opportunities that could one day attract leading-edge anchor institutions and business clusters and revitalize the corridor.
The study will look at work life and transportation patterns; existing commercial real estate; desired leisure/lifestyle activities; policies needed to drive investment; financing and ease of access to mass transit or “last-mile connectivity.” Highlights of the study’s timeline include several opportunities for public input, including surveys of stakeholders, focus group meetings and two open houses, plus several updates to the City Council.
The study is projected to wrap up by January 2019.
To view the presentation, click here and here.
Richardson Welcomes Japan Delegation
Mayor Paul Voelker and representatives from the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and UT Dallas were on hand Monday at the university to welcome a visiting delegation from the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI). The 17-member group of business executives was in town to learn more about Richardson and the North Texas area after Chamber President and CEO Bill Sproull and Director of the Mayor’s Office of International Business, Mike Skelton, visited Japan in 2017 to promote Richardson and the Telecom Corridor® area as a location for Japanese companies to expand to the U.S. market.
This week’s two-day visit included a stop at the UT Dallas Design Center; a reception with executives from DFW Japanese companies such as Fujitsu Network Communications, NEC, Oki Data and Toyota; onsite visits to Fujitsu Network Communications and Toyota Motor North American headquarters; and a sampling of Texas cuisine at an area restaurant.
Richardson has been named the International Business Capital of North Texas by the Texas Legislature, with 65 foreign-owned companies with operations in Richardson, representing 19 different countries. Fourteen Richardson companies are Japanese-owned.
Corporate Challenge Becomes Co-sponsor for Special Olympics Texas
The City of Richardson’s Corporate Challenge has been chosen by Special Olympics Texas to be designated as an official partner/year-round co-sponsor of the organization, joining sponsors Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages, the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the H-E-B Tournament of Champions, Food Town, the Knights of Columbus, and United Healthcare Community Plan in providing substantial annual support. The 10-week, Olympic-style Corporate Challenge competition, organized by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, involves more than 12,000 employees, spouses and retirees from more than 60 local companies each year and has raised $2.5 million for Special Olympics Texas through entry fees and other fundraising events. Special Olympics athletes are recognized and celebrated at the Challenge’s opening and closing ceremonies.
The Corporate Challenge logo is now listed on the Special Olympics Texas homepage (www.sotx.org) and will appear on other promotional materials associated with SOTX and its competitions.
Spring Creek Trail Reopens
A portion of the Spring Creek Trail, which stretches north from Renner Road just east of US 75 and curves west under US 75 to Alma Road, was reopened this week after being closed for eight months due to construction of the Transwestern office building. Thanks to improvements along Renner Road near the new building, pedestrians and cyclists may now access the trail from the north side of Renner via a paved ramp.
For a complete map of the Spring Creek Trail, click here.
Rains Bring Park Closures
The City’s Bush Central Barkway remains closed until further notice due to recent heavy rains. Soggy conditions at the park create turf concerns. For recorded updates on the dog park, call 972-744-4301.
Prairie Creek Park Honored by Statewide Society
Richardson’s Prairie Creek Park was designated a Lone Star Legacy Park Wednesday by the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS). It was one of six parks given the designation in a ceremony at the association’s annual institute in Waco.
A Lone Star Legacy Park is classified as a park that holds special prominence in the local community and the state of Texas. To qualify for consideration, the park must have endured the test of time and become iconic to those who have visited, played and rested on its grounds.
Nominated parks must be a minimum of 50 years old and meet at least one of the following criteria:
- The property represents distinctive design and/or construction.
- The park is associated with historic events or sites.
- The park is associated with events specific to the local community/state.
- The park is home to unique natural features.
Primary Election is Next Tuesday
Election Day voting will take place Tuesday, March 6 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. across Texas. Voters should visit their designated precinct to vote; for locations, ballot and other information, visit www.cor.net/elections.
Today (March 2) is the last day to early vote, through 7 p.m. Vote at any early voting location in your county of residence, including Richardson City Hall for Dallas County voters. Note that City Hall is NOT a precinct location on Election Day.
DART to Provide Free Transportation on Election Day
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) passengers displaying a valid voter registration card can ride DART for free from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. on Texas Primary Election Day, Tuesday, March 6. This applies to both buses and trains, and is part of a long-standing tradition by DART to help make it easier for people to get to the polls.
For schedule information, visit www.dart.org.
DART Promotes Safety with New App, Security Blitz
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will host a “security blitz” Wednesday, March 7, from 7-9 a.m. at select stations throughout the DART system to promote its new DART Say Something App. DART police, fare enforcement officers and transit employees will be present to provide information and offer promotional items to encourage downloading of the free app.
The app enables DART riders to contact DART Police to report incidents more discreetly than making a phone call. A drop-down menu allows users to select the type of activity to report, as well as the location. Photos and video can be submitted, and there is a notes field for typing any additional information before hitting “send report.” Two-way communication allows police dispatchers to request further details.
The app is available for iPhone and Android devices in the App Store and on Google Play. Non-smartphone users can “Text a Tip” to 214-256-1819. For more information, click here.
March Richardson Today Has Been Mailed
The March issue of Richardson Today was mailed earlier this week and has begun arriving in mailboxes. This month’s issue includes the Summer 2018 Camps and Swimming Rec Guide, information about upcoming events such as Trash Bash and the music lineup for the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival.
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.
Free Yoga at CityLine Returns March 3
CityLine invites the public to its CityLine Strong fitness series every Saturday morning during March, April and May, featuring free yoga on the plaza from 9-10 a.m. The complimentary classes are designed for all skill levels; all ages are welcome including children. Classes are led by certified instructors from Reef Point Yoga.
Admission and parking are free; participants should bring their own mat and arrive 15 minutes early to sign a waiver. In the event of inclement weather, class will be canceled. Check CityLine’s Facebook for information on cancellations. CityLine is a City of Richardson TIF-supported project located just southeast of the intersection of US 75 and the Bush Turnpike; the plaza is located at 1251 State St.
Warren Center Hosts Open House March 6
The Warren Center, a Richardson nonprofit agency that provides evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays, is hosting an open house Tuesday, March 6 from 10-11 a.m. at the Center, in conjunction with National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Attendees will have the opportunity to see The Warren Center’s therapists, children and families at work, plus hear testimonials from parents whose lives have been positively impacted by the Center. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.
The Warren Center is located at 320 Custer Rd. and serves an average of 900 children each week, from newborn through age 5, from across 48 ZIP codes in the DFW Metroplex. For more information, visit www.thewarrencenter.org.
Blue Bags at Station 6 Saturday
Fire Station 6 will offer blue recycling bags from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 3. 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.
Newcomer’s Guide to Gardening March 3
The City of Richardson is co-sponsoring a free workshop for gardeners new to the area and/or new to gardening Saturday, March 3 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Collin College Conference Center in McKinney. Experts will provide tips on how to be a successful gardener.
Seating is limited; register online at www.mckinneytexas.org/green. The Collin College Conference Center is located at 2400 Community Ave. near US 75 and Highway 380.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Dallas Black Dance Theatre Tonight
7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $35.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre and DBDT: Encore! perform season highlights.
- Concerto Competition for Young Artists March 3
3 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $20.
Ensemble75, a chamber music series in its eighth season, showcases six young musicians performing solos accompanied by the Cezanne Quartet in the final round of Ensemble75’s Inaugural Concerto Competition. Winners will be chosen by a jury of internationally recognized musicians, and a special Audience Prize will be awarded by those in attendance.
- Richardson Symphony Orchestra March 3
8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15.50-$70.50.
The program will feature Mozart’s last symphony, No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 (“Jupiter”). A string concerto will be performed by the winner of the Ann and Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition.
- Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra March 4
2:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $10/matinee and $15/evening performance.
The matinee concert will be performed by DAAYO’s string orchestras; the evening concert features the DAAYO Symphony Orchestra and the DAAYO Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber group, as well as opera singers William Joyner (tenor) and soprano Ai Yakura (soprano).
- Dallas Ballet Company March 4
3 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $15.
“En Avant” (“Moving Forward”) features performances by all levels of Dallas Ballet Company.
- Wayne Newton March 8
7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $45-$95.
Legendary singer, musician, actor and all-around entertainer Wayne Newton, a.k.a. “Mr. Las Vegas,” brings his signature songs to the Eisemann Center.
- Dal’ouna Ensemble March 8
7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $25-$100.
The ensemble combines Eastern and Western musical influences with medieval and jazz accents, while combining the viola and accordion with traditional Arab instruments including the bouzuk, the oud and oriental percussion.
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:
- 17th Annual Guitar Competition and Festival Continues
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet March 2
8 p.m. in the University Theatre. Tickets are $25.
- International Concert Guitar Competition Finals March 3
4 p.m. in the University Theatre. Admission is free.
- Guitarist Zaira Meneses March 3
7:15 p.m. in the University Theatre. Admission is free.
- Holocaust Survivor Speaks March 4
7:30-9 p.m. in the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center. Admission is free.
“Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, A True Story” features Dr. Irene Hasenberg Butter who speaks about the importance of never being a bystander and how one person can make a difference. A public reception takes place at 7 p.m. prior to the lecture. Click here for more information.
- Free Lecture March 8: Visualizing the People in Early Modern China and England
7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free.
Martin Powers discusses his research focused on the role of the arts in the history of human relations in China, with an emphasis on issues of personal agency and social justice. For more information, click here.
Make Paper Flowers March 3
Time for adult crafting! Create new varieties of spring flowers out of paper, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Basement Program Room.
Open to adults and teens. Admission is free but registration is required; call 972-744-4374 to register. All supplies provided.
Andrew Jackson Lunchtime Lecture Series Continues March 6
Richard Cudlipp presents “Jackson: Into Politics” as part of the Lunchtime Lecture series Tuesday, March 6 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Admission is free and participants may bring their own lunch.
Both adults and teens are welcome, and registration is not required. For more information, call Vrena Patrick at 972-744-4376.
Free Beginning MS Excel March 9
Learn MS Excel 2016 (Beginner Level) Friday, March 9 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Training Room. There is no cost for the training but registration is required, along with a valid Richardson Public Library card.
To register, call 972-744-4359. Laptops will be provided.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Shya! She is an all-American mutt mix, spayed, about a year old, up to date on all vaccinations and has been searching for her forever family since December 2017. Shya is playful, friendly, house trained, good with kids and would be great in a family setting.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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