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Week In Review, April 6, 2018

Post Date:04/06/2018
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April 6, 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.


Trash Bash is Tomorrow
The City of Richardson’s 25th annual Trash Bash will take place Saturday, April 7. Groups of volunteers will be fanning out across the city armed with trash bags and blue recycling bags to help clean up refuse in local parks, along trails and at other open areas. The event also includes public recycling opportunities at several locations, an open-to-the-public environmental expo and an after party featuring live music and giveaways.

Following is the schedule of activities by location:

9 a.m.-1 p.m., Richardson Civic Center/City Hall parking lot, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.

  • Book Drive, hosted by Friends of the Library
    Acceptable items include: books, magazines, CDs and DVDs
  • Clothing Drive, benefiting Network of Community Ministries
    Acceptable items include: clothing, shoes, coats, accessories (gently used and washed). NO undergarments. Please place in plastic bags or sacks. No trash bags please.
  • Eye Glasses Collection Booth, sponsored by the Lions Club
    Bring prescription and reading glasses and sunglasses, both plastic and metal frames. Children’s glasses are especially needed. Lions volunteers deliver them to regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers where they are cleaned, sorted by prescription strength and distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities.
  • Free Texas Pure Compost
    One bag per vehicle, limited supply available.
  • Cease the Grease
    Residential cooking oil/grease drop off; the oil and grease are recycled into bio diesel.
    Bring the oil in non-breakable, disposable containers that can be left behind.

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Richardson Square Mall area (near the southeast corner of Plano and Belt Line roads behind Sears and Lowe’s)

  • Electronics Recycling and Document Shredding
    Hosted by the Richardson Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association, a 501(c)(3) tax deductible charitable organization. There is no charge but donations are encouraged.

Acceptable electronics for recycling include:

  • personal and home electronics including flat screen televisions and flat screen monitors
  • home office equipment
  • automobile electronics
  • Personal shredding will be limited to what can fit into a car. Your documents will be destroyed on site, safely and securely by a commercial shredding company.

*CRT TVs or computer monitors cannot be accepted
*No hazardous waste items will be accepted including, but not limited to, batteries, paint, cleaners and fluorescent bulbs. Visit for more information on hazardous waste disposal.

10 a.m.-1 p.m., Richardson Civic Center/City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.

  • Free environmental expo/appreciation event
  • Refreshments
  • Free recycling bags for Richardson residents
  • City vehicles on display
  • Mobile adoption trailer with adoptable animals from the Richardson Animal Shelter

1-4 p.m., at CityLine Plaza, 1201 State St.

  • After party featuring live music, a plant giveaway and children’s activities (see story below)

Trash Bash is held in conjunction with Keep Texas Beautiful. For more information, visit

Featured Artist Announced for Cottonwood Art Festival
California artist Anthony Hansen has been named Featured Artist for the upcoming Cottonwood Art Festival, to be held May 5-6 at Cottonwood Park. His lively work, using reclaimed automotive sheet metal, will be featured on festival T-shirts and other promotional material as well as in a centrally located booth at the festival.

Now in its 49th year, the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival displays the museum-quality work of more than 240 artists from across the country in a juried show, and also includes live musical performances, numerous dining options and a creative children’s area. Admission to the festival is free; the artists’ works are available for purchase, as are food and beverages.

For more information, visit

Cottonwood and Wildflower! Seeking Volunteers
Volunteers are being sought for the upcoming Cottonwood and Wildflower! festivals.

The May 5-6 Cottonwood Art Festival needs nearly 200 volunteers to staff the Children’s ArtStop. Volunteers must be 16 or older and be able to work an entire 2½-hour shift. The volunteer deadline is April 23; anyone interested in volunteering should e-mail Beverly Halperin at

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival, to be held May 18-20, needs volunteers to help with a variety of jobs including ticket scanning, handing out programs and manning information booths. More than 800 Wildflower! volunteers work four-hour shifts and receive a T-shirt and two single-day general admission tickets. For each additional four-hour shift worked, volunteers receive an additional single day ticket. Potential volunteers must be at least 18 years old. For more information, contact Barbara Cottone at or visit

City Council Updated on Environmental Partnership Initiative
The City Council was updated Monday about the City’s Environmental Partnership Initiative (EPI) program. Begun in 2016, the program brought together all City programs related to the environment and helped evolve environmental volunteerism with the City, grouped by three key environmental initiatives: Richardson Plants, Richardson Conserves and Richardson Informs. An EPI web page was launched, making it easy for residents to find out how the City is environmentally engaged and how to volunteer within each initiative.
This year marks the introduction of the EPI logo, which is being used to further unify and identify all City environmental programs as well as news about the programs, including social media posts. Also new this year are dedicated EPI sections in Week in Review and Richardson Today. These latest improvements are on track with the City Council’s 2017-19 Strategy, “Increase the Sense of Community and Citizen Engagement” and the accompanying tactic, “Enhance Communication about Environmental Partnership Initiatives.”

To view the EPI web page, visit The page may also be accessed from the City’s homepage at, by clicking on “I Want To” on the top tool bar and then “Environmental Partnership Initiative” under “Volunteer.”

Lane Closures for Northbound US 75 Scheduled Next Week
Northbound lanes on US 75 between President George Bush Turnpike (PGBT) and Plano Parkway, as well as the ramps from PBGT to northbound US 75, will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, April 13 until 9 a.m. Saturday, April 14 due to Plano Parkway bridge construction. Northbound US 75 Traffic will be detoured to the frontage road as shown on the map. PGBT traffic destined for northbound US 75 will also be detoured along Plano Road and Alma Road.


Spring Valley Road Closures Planned During April

Eastbound West Spring Valley Road will be closed Saturday, April 14 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 20 at 9 p.m. through April 21 at 8 a.m. due to work being done as part of the Spring Valley Rehab project. Drivers are advised to follow a detour that bypasses the construction area using eastbound Belt Line Road and southbound Waterview Drive.

The Spring Valley Rehab project includes pavement and sidewalk repairs along Spring Valley Road from Coit Road to Weatherred Drive; bridge replacement over Cottonwood Creek and Hunt Branch; signal upgrades at Waterfall Way, Maham Road and Waterview Drive; intersection and signal improvements at Weatherred Drive; and improved pedestrian crossings. For more information on City road projects, go to


Trash Bash After Party at CityLine April 7
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CityLine is hosting a Trash Bash After Party Saturday, April 7 from 1-4 p.m. at CityLine Plaza, 1201 State St., to celebrate the City’s Trash Bash (see story above). The afternoon is packed with free fun for all ages, including:

  • Live music
  • Plant giveaway
    The City of Richardson has more than 300 lantanas and pentas to give away (one per person, while supplies last).
  • Kid’s peat pots
    Plant your own peat pots with a variety of seeds to choose from (available to the first 100 kids).
  • Container gardening display
    Local earth-kind gardening Q&A information booth provided by Collin County Master Gardeners.
  • Whole Foods Market Green Zone
    Fun goodies, including free seed packets to plant honeybee or monarch butterfly wildflowers, plus a drawing for an Eco-Kind gift bag ($100 value)
  • Whole Foods Market Game Zone/Kid’s Activities
    Lawn games, plus Earth Day coloring contest (for kids ages 2-10)
  • Photo booth and flower wall
  • Nature walk led by Richardson’s Parks and Recreation Department at 3 p.m.
    Enjoy this 90-minute walk through CityLine Park and the Spring Creek Nature area as you learn about the nature and wildlife of Richardson. Walk begins at the “Over the Moon” sculpture in CityLine Plaza.

For more information, visit

Altrusa Kindness Weekend April 6-7
The Altrusa International of Richardson “Kindness Action Ninjas” are sponsoring the third annual Kindness Weekend today and tomorrow. Everyone in Richardson and the surrounding area is encouraged to do an act of kindness, as simple as writing a kind note to someone or paying it forward in the coffee line. Altrusans will be focusing their kindness efforts on Network of Community Ministries and Hope’s Door/The New Beginning Center, including helping with the Network clothes closet, collecting sanitary products for Network clients and providing pillows for Hope’s Door shelters.

Anyone wanting to participate in the Altrusa activities is invited to bring gently used or new clothing, packages of sanitary products and/or new pillows to Trash Bash April 7 at the City Hall/Civic Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Give items to Altrusans, who will be wearing black T-shirts with a ninja on front.

“Flavor and Flair” Family Event at Richardson Woman’s Club April 12
The Richardson Woman’s Club, 2005 N. Cliffe Dr., will host “Flavor and Flair” Thursday, April 12 from 4-8 p.m. The new, family-friendly cultural event will feature food tasting provided by Richardson restaurants, live music and entertainment, shopping and children’s activities. Tickets are $10 per person or $30 per family (two adults and up to four kids under age 17).

Children’s activities include face painting, giant superhero cutout photos, games, balloons, crafts and a
hand puppet show courtesy of the Richardson Public Library. The Richardson Police and Fire departments will also have vehicles for children to explore.

Entertainers include musician Matthew Banks; choirs from RISD’s Stults Road Elementary and Dover Elementary; and the Lake Highlands Wranglers and Folklorico dance groups.

Tickets are available from any member or visit to purchase tickets online.





Blue Bags Available For Purchase At Station 6 April 7
Blue recycling bags will be available for purchase from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at Fire Station 6 located at 3591 Park Vista Rd. near Breckinridge Park. 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.

Blue bags for recycling 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 or visit

EPI-Median-Green-PointerWater Conservation Plan in Effect
In keeping with the City’s permanent water conservation strategy, the summer water conservation plan began Sunday. Through Oct. 31, lawn watering will not be permitted from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. to avoid loss from evaporation. The North Texas Municipal Water District has developed an electronic notification service for personalized weekly watering recommendations sent via e-mail at
For more information, visit or call 972-744-4220.

EPI-Light-Green-PointerTrash Bash to Recycle/Reuse Multiple Items
The City’s annual Trash Bash takes place April 7 and this year’s event will collect more items for reuse/recycling than ever before. In addition to the thousands of pounds of recyclables that will be collected by groups of volunteers at parks and other areas, the following items will be collected during the event, at locations listed in the story above (see News):

  • clothing
  • shoes
  • coats
  • clothing accessories
  • books, magazines
  • CDs, DVDs
  • eyeglasses
  • cooking oil/grease
  • documents (to be shredded)
  • electronics

In addition, the event will feature a free environment expo, free compost and free recycling bags. For more information, visit


J.J. Pearce Shredding/Electronics Recycling Event Also Tomorrow, April 7
Can’t make it to the Trash Bash shredding/electronics recycling? The J.J. Pearce High School “Mighty Mustang Band,” along with Renewed Solutions, will host a paper shredding/electronics recycling event Saturday, April 7 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Pearce High School parking lot near Melrose Drive and Coit Road. The electronics recycling includes computers and “anything with a plug.”

Suggested donations (cash only) are $10 for the first box and $5 for each additional box.


For more upcoming shows and events, visit

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • Cottonwood Emerging Artists Exhibition Through April 30
    Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Green Mezzanine Gallery and during all public events. Admission is free.
    The show features work created by the 2018 Cottonwood Emerging Artists, 11 high school artists chosen through a juried selection process. The annual program enables students to get a taste of life as a professional artist, including a Gallery reception for friends and family and a booth at the May 5-6 Cottonwood Art Festival. 
  • PCA’s “Hello Dolly” Continues April 6-7
    7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre, with a 1:30 p.m. matinee Saturday. Tickets are $12-$25.
    Prestonwood Christian Academy presents the 1964 musical about the adventures of “strong-willed matchmaker” Dolly Levi.
  • Richardson Symphony Orchestra April 7
    8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15.50-$70.50.
    The RSO presents “An Evening with Gershwin,” an entirely Gershwin program with an international flare. The American classic “Rhapsody in Blue” is joined with two pieces inspired by Gershwin’s international travels, “Cuban Overture” and “An American in Paris.” The performance will also include the “Overture” from Porgy and Bess. 


  • “Mutts Gone Nuts” Benefits Animal Shelter April 8
    3 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $16-$32.
    Scott and Joan Houghton and their hilarious pack of pooches present a family-friendly “canine cabaret” with comedy and thrills including high flying Frisbee dogs, tight-wire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs and the one-and-only “Sammie the Talking Dog.” The nine amazing canines are all adopted from animal shelters and rescue groups, and the show will benefit the Richardson Animal Shelter. Pre-show activities begin at 1:30 p.m. in the lobby.


  • “Driving Miss Daisy” April 12-15
    Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre, with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $49-$59; the Sunday matinee is a benefit performance with tickets starting at $150, available only by clicking here. “Walker, Texas Ranger” stars Sheree J. Wilson and Clarence Gilyard portray Jewish widow Daisy Werthan and her African-American chauffeur Hoke Colburn, who slowly find trust and friendship with one another before and during the Civil Rights movement.

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:

  • Reception and Artist Panel Discussion: “Women’s Work” April 6
    6:30-8:30 p.m. at UT Dallas’ SP/N Gallery, 3020 Stewart Dr. Admission is free.
    The discussion (beginning at 7:30 p.m.) will feature four participants in the art exhibition “Women’s Work” currently on display at the gallery through April 21. The exhibit features a variety of mediums depicting alternative views or counterpoints to some of the persistent cultural measures of women’s value to society. Regular Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Thursdays-Fridays 1-6 p.m.
  • Theatre UTD: Last Weekend for “The Government Inspector”
    April 6-7 at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre. Tickets are $15.
    This biting satirical play depicts a small town where it is rumored that a government official will be arriving in disguise to expose local political and business corruption, while also highlighting how small-minded people are willing to work against their better interest to be deceived and exploited regardless of the obvious truths surrounding them. For tickets and more information, click here.
  • “Piano Music for All Time” April 8
    3 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free. A piano recital given by UT Dallas students.
  • Free Lecture: “Birthright Citizens” April 10
    7 p.m. in the TI Auditorium. Admission is free.
    Martha S. Jones, Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University, presents “Birthright Citizens: One Man’s Journey from Sailor to Citizen in Antebellum America.” She discusses how African-American activists remade “national belonging” through battles in legislatures, conventions and courthouses in the 1800s.

RCAS Spring Show at Library
Works by members of the Richardson Civic Art Society (RCAS) are currently on display in the Library’s Third Floor Gallery as part of RCAS’ annual juried Spring Show. The exhibit, which ends April 28, features original works in categories such as Oil/Acrylic on Canvas or Hard Surface, Water Media on Paper, Collage/Mixed Media, and Pastels/Graphics.

RCAS is funded in part by the Cultural Arts Commission and meets monthly at the Library. For more information, visit

CityLine 2018 Outdoor Music Series Begins This Weekend
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Enjoy free, outdoor live music every Friday and Saturday from 6-9 p.m. in CityLine Plaza through May 26 as the CityLine Live Music Series returns for another season.

For the full lineup of singer/songwriters click here. In the event of inclement weather, the live music will be moved inside. Check the CityLine Facebook event page for the latest updates.

Last Weekend for “Lettice and Lovage” at Richardson Theatre Centre
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Only a few more days to see Richardson Theatre Centre’s “Lettice and Lovage,” a Peter Shaffer comedy that brings on the laughs when an eccentric tour guide, assigned to the dullest house in England, attempts to entertain bored crowds with increasingly elaborate tales.

Remaining shows are April 6-7 at 8 p.m. and April 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22; call 972-699-1130 to reserve. Richardson Theatre Centre is located at 518 W. Arapaho Rd.


Free Tax Help for Seniors Continues
Tax help for low-to-moderate-income taxpayers takes place every Monday through April 16 at the Library from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis, with an emphasis on seniors. There is no charge for the service, provided by the American Association of Retired Persons.

Bring Social Security card, a copy of your 2016 tax return, and all pertinent tax forms, including Social Security statements. For more information, call 972-744-4355. (Additional tax help sessions are held Fridays at the Senior Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd., from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through April 13.)

Beginner Microsoft Word April 13
Learn the basics of MS Word 2016 in a free class Friday, April 13 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Training Room. Registration is required along with a valid Richardson Public Library card.

To register, call 972-744-4359. For adults and teens.

Camp Write-In April 7 and April 21
If you like to write and are in the 10-17 age group, “Camp Write-In” is for you. Experience two sessions of worry-free writing in conjunction with the National Novel Writing Month Young Writers Program. Part 1 (April 7) features Kwame Alexander’s “Page to Stage” poetry writing, and Part 2 (April 21) focuses on writing prompts and games.

There is no charge to participate, but registration is required. Call 972-744-4358 to register or stop by the Youth Services Help Desk. Part 1 takes place in the Basement Program Room and Part 2 will be held in the First Floor Program Room.



Field Services Representative ($2,555-$3,954 Monthly)
The Water Customer Services Department is now hiring meter readers. This position consists of walking throughout the community and providing data back to the department for water billing.

Combination Inspector ($3,774-$5,732 Monthly)
Building Inspection is seeking individuals who are interested in conducting commercial building inspections within the City of Richardson.

Maintenance Helper II ($2,206-$3,196 Monthly)
The Public Services Department has multiple job openings in Streets, Water and Wastewater for individuals who love working outdoors doing repair and construction to streets and water distribution and wastewater collection systems.

For a list of all job openings at the City of Richardson, visit


Animal Services

Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Meet Herman! This is his second time as our Pet of the Week and he has been waiting for a forever home since December 2017. Herman is an all-American mutt mix, neutered male, about 11 years young and house trained. 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 and tennis balls, a simple quiet guy, a cuddly couch potato 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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