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Week In Review, April 13, 2018

Post Date:04/09/2018
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April 13, 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.


Richardson Reads One Book 2018 Selection Announced
“The Circle” by Dave Eggers is the selection for the 15th anniversary of Richardson Reads One Book (RROB). The selection was revealed Tuesday at a kick-off reception at the Library for supporters, sponsors, community leaders and friends of the longtime community reading program.

The chosen book, which will be featured in discussions and other events throughout the next five months, carries the reader between Egger’s vision of the future and his satirical view of our present, social media-filled world, and asks the question, “What if we were complicit in our own oppression?” It tells the story of Mae, who lands her dream job at a Google-like company called The Circle, and who eventually lives with body cameras and recorders as her constant companions, to broadcast her life in real time to avid fans around the world.

The goal of Richardson Reads One Book is to build connections in the community through the shared experience of discussing the ideas in a single book. The program’s highlight will be Eggers presenting a free public lecture at Richardson High School Sept. 19. Many copies of “The Circle” in various formats are available for check out at the Library.

For information on public discussions of “The Circle” and a continually updated calendar of events, go to

Two Large Donations Announced
The City has received two donations totaling $120,000, City staff announced at Monday’s City Council meeting. Saturday, a check for $20,000 from the Richardson Environmental Action League (R.E.A.L.) was presented at the City’s Trash Bash event to benefit the City’s Environmental Partnership Initiatives, and earlier this year, the B.B. Owen Trust donated $100,000 toward the construction of the City’s first inclusive playground.

R.E.A.L., a nonprofit founded in 1973, ran a recycling program for 15 years that was the precursor to Richardson’s blue bag program. It’s donation Saturday will help fund a blue recycling bag vending machine for Fire Station 6, two future water fountains in the Spring Creek Nature Area and benches elsewhere in city parks.

The B.B. Owen Trust, a legacy of the late Dallas developer, rancher and investor B.B. Owen, has supported several park-related projects in the Metroplex over the years, including a donation of $100,000 to help fund Richardson’s Northrich Park, which opened in 2016. The recent donation to the inclusive playground, to be built at Cottonwood Park, brings the fundraising total for the playground to within $50,000 of a $250,000 goal. The Richardson East Rotary Club is heading up fundraising; for more information about the playground and to donate, visit

Recent Donations Mark Progress on Council Goal to Increase Private Participation and Contributions
City staff updated the City Council Monday on private donations/sponsorships that support City services and events, including steps being taken toward achieving the Council’s 2017-19 Strategy to “Increase Private Participation and Contributions.”

Since 2010, the City has received more than $6.3 million in contributions (both cash and in-kind) from individuals, corporations and nonprofit organizations. Donations are made across all City services and have taken on many forms, from planting a tree in memory of a loved one and underwriting the cost of permanent items at the Animal Shelter and Library, to sponsoring events such as Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival.

To help better coordinate donations, the City formed an Internal Philanthropy Team in 2016 with representatives from several Departments, and launched a Philanthropic Opportunities webpage at the City’s website ( in February, a one-stop shop for individuals and corporations seeking opportunities for community giving.

To view Monday’s presentation, including new video produced by CITV regarding community giving, click here.

Lane Closures for Northbound US 75 Have Been Postponed
TxDOT has postponed the Plano Parkway bridge construction work that was scheduled to close northbound US 75 lanes beginning at 10 p.m. today until 9 a.m. Saturday. A new closure date has not been scheduled.

Spring Valley Road Closure Planned for Saturday
A section of eastbound West Spring Valley Road will be closed Saturday, April 14 from 8 a.m.-5 p.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.

For more information on City road projects, go to

City to Host Main Street Infrastructure Project Open House April 18
Spend an evening learning about exciting infrastructure projects associated with the Main Street/Central Expressway Redevelopment Strategy Wednesday, April 18 from 6:30-8 p.m. at 114 S. Greenville Ave. Proposed improvements include new streets, sidewalks, parking and extensive landscaping.

The event is come-and-go. For more information, contact Community Services Administrator Lindsay Turman at 972-744-4168 or For future news and updates regarding the redevelopment, visit the Richardson Main Street/Central Facebook page.

City to Host Summer Camps for 44th Year
The City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Monday that clears the way for another summer of “Sizzlin’ Summer Camps” offered by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. The ordinance adopts the City’s Standards of Care for Youth Programs and is required annually by the state in order for the summer camp program to be exempt from state day care regulations. The City has been offering summer day camps since 1974.

Parks and Recreation staff presented a brief update on the camp program prior to a public hearing and vote. Camp attendance for 2017 was 1,541, or about 98 percent capacity. Four camps are offered: Kinder (ages 5-6), Playground (ages 7-11), Elementary (ages 7-11) and Teen (ages 12-15). The camps include arts and crafts, swimming and games, as well as field trips for some age groups, all with an emphasis on instilling values such as respect and responsibility while having fun. The City is partnering with RISD again this year in offering three camps at Terrace Elementary. In addition to full day camps, the recreation and tennis centers also offer multiple mini camps. Details on all of the City's camp programs can be found online.

At Monday’s meeting, the City Council also adopted Standards of Care for the City’s Early Child Development programs, which are offered year-round. To view the presentation given at the meeting, click here. For more information on Sizzlin’ Summer Camps and to view the City’s complete “Standards of Care for Youth Programs Offered by the Parks and Recreation Department,” click here.

Annual Realtors Workshop Held
The City hosted local real estate professionals Wednesday at the Civic Center for the 2018 Realtors Workshop. This is the 11th year the City has held the workshop, which helps Realtors better understand community attributes, such as city budget priorities and development/redevelopment projects, to help them promote and sell Richardson. The event is part of the City Council’s goal to have stakeholders choose Richardson as the best place in the region to locate, contribute and participate.

Deadline Approaches to Register to Vote in May 22 Runoff Election
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The Primary Runoff Election will take place Tuesday, May 22, and the last day to register to vote is Monday, April 23. Comprehensive voting information, including how to register to vote and what’s on the ballot, can be found at the City website at

Early voting will take place Monday, May 14–Friday, May 18, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Richardson Receives “Greenest City” Designation
Online car insurance shopping platform Insurify has named Richardson third greenest city in Texas based on Richardson residents’ driving habits and responsible car ownership, i.e. their “vehicular carbon footprint.”

To create a list of winners in each state, Insurify’s data scientists analyzed more than 1.5 million vehicles input by auto insurance shoppers, looking at factors including fuel efficiency, engine type, annual miles driven, commuting patterns and count of cars per household.

For more information on the award, and the full list of winners, click here.

Richardson Wildflowers Starting to Bloom
If you’ve noticed bits of color starting to appear on medians and along roadsides, it’s just the start of thousands of blooms that should be picture perfect beginning in late April, thanks to the City’s annual wildflower planting program.

Since 1990, the Parks and Recreation Department has been planting wildflower seeds across Richardson, making the City one of the most picturesque in North Texas. Some of the best locations in the City for wildflower photo opps are usually near City Hall, the Library and at several City parks—check future editions of Week in Review and the City’s Facebook page for updates when the flowers are in full bloom.

For more information about the City’s wildflower planting program, click here.

No City Council Meeting April 16
There will be no City Council work session or meeting Monday, April 16. The City Council will next meet Monday, April 23 for a work session at 6 p.m. For future agendas and meeting dates, go to



Dallas Record Show at Civic Center April 14
Vinyl LP Records by the tens of thousands will be on hand at the Richardson Civic Center Saturday, April 14 when the Dallas Record Show takes place from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Attendees will also find 45s, CDs, T-shirts, posters and even a few 78s. More than 40 vendors from across Texas and surrounding states will be present, displaying their treasures at more than 100 tables.

LP prices range from $1 for budget finds to hundreds of dollars for collectibles. Admission tickets, available only at the door, are $10 for Early Bird entrance (8-10 a.m.) and $5 after 10 a.m. Kids 12 and under are free. For more information, visit




Trash Bash Completes Annual Cleanup

Richardson went through a big spring cleaning Saturday thanks to Trash Bash, with 400 volunteers collecting 164 bags of trash across the City along with 45 bags of recyclable materials. In addition, numerous items were collected via “drive-up” and “drop-off” locations at City Hall, including used cooking oil/grease, books and media, eyeglasses and clothing. The Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association offered document shredding/electronics recycling at the Richardson Square Mall area.

Trash Bash is an annual environmental awareness/community clean-up event held in conjunction with Keep Texas Beautiful. For information on the City’s recycling program, click here.

Whole Foods Market Giving Day Supports SCNA April 19
The City of Richardson’s Spring Creek Nature Area (SCNA) will be the beneficiary of the April 19 “Community Giving Day” at Whole Foods Market-CityLine, part of ongoing plans by Whole Foods to support the park, which is located across the street from the CityLine store. Five percent of the entire day’s net sales will be donated toward improvements for SCNA.

Once per quarter, Whole Foods chooses local nonprofit organizations to benefit from Community Giving Day, as a way to give back to the community. Past recipients have included Richardson AnimaLuv and the Junior League of Richardson.

Whole Foods Market-CityLine is located at 1411 E. Renner Rd., open every day from 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

For more upcoming shows and events, visit

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • “Driving Miss Daisy” Continues April 13-14
    Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre, with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. Tickets are $49-$59.
    “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.
  • Vocal Majority April 14-15
    2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $16-$54.
    The noted men’s chorus presents “Showstoppers of the Stage and Screen.”
  • “Keyboard Conversations” April 16
    7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $30-$36.
    Jeffrey Siegel’s popular series that mixes educational commentary with piano performance returns with “A Bernstein Birthday Bash,” featuring piano arrangements of songs from “West Side Story,” “Anniversaries,” as well as Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Bernstein’s piano transcription of Copland’s “El Salon Mexico.”
  • “Amazing Grace—The Musical” April 19-20
    2 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $36-$54 for the matinee and $46-$64 for the evening performances.
    Direct from Broadway, the show is based on the true story behind the beloved song. A tale of romance, rebellion and redemption, it follows the incredible journey of John Newton, who ignited a historic wave of change that gave birth to the abolitionist 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:

  • The Brad Mehldau Trio April 14
    8 p.m. in the Arts and Technology Lecture Hall. Tickets are $25, available online here.
    The concert, featuring jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, honors the memory of long-time supporter Brian Ellman and his love of jazz.
  • Free lecture: “Culture and the Power of Creativity and Imagination” April 18
    7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free.
    Vlad Glaveanu , Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology at Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland, explores the multiple intersections between creativity, imagination and culture in order to understand human agency and social empowerment.
  • Woodwind Chamber Music April 19
    8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free.
    Student performances by Solo Cello, Clarinet Quartet, Flute Ensemble, the London Trio (two flutes and cello), and the Woodwind Quintet, with each group playing four pieces and one all together.

AIR Time April 17: “Shakespeare in Love”
Season 8 of AIR Time concludes Tuesday, April 17 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema-Richardson with a free showing of the 1998 movie, “Shakespeare in Love” at 7:45 p.m. preceded by a live interview at 7 p.m. with husband and wife duo Barbara Weinberger and Kurt Kleinmann of the Pegasus Theatre.

Founded by Kleinmann in 1985, Pegasus Theatre is a not-for-profit theater that produces new and original comedies and is known for its signature Living Black & White™ technique. “Shakespeare in Love” is a romantic period comedy-drama which depicts an imaginary love affair involving an actress (portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow) and playwright William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) while he was writing “Romeo and Juliet.”

Admission is free; reserved seats are available for $5 (includes a $5 food/beverage voucher) by clicking here. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema-Richardson is located at 100 S. Central Expwy. Hosted by Arts Incubator of Richardson and funded in part by a grant from the Cultural Arts Commission.

CityLine Live Music Series Continues
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Enjoy free, outdoor live music every Friday and Saturday from 6-9 p.m. in CityLine Plaza through May 26 courtesy of the CityLine Live Music Series. 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 Minute AARP Tax Help April 16
Tax help for low-to-moderate-income taxpayers will be available on Tax Day, Monday, 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.

Advanced 3D Printing Class April 14
Build on your 3D design skills in this advanced class for ages 13 and older Saturday, April 14 from 10:30 a.m.-noon in Studio RPL (basement). Create unique reusable shapes, learn time-saving shortcuts, and explore how to export/import resources.

Admission is free but registration and a valid Richardson Public Library card is required. Call 972-744-4359 for registration and for more information. Bring your Tinkercad login info to class; laptops provided.

“Box It Up” Architecture Competition for Tweens and Teens April 14
Ages 10-18 are invited to work in teams to create magnificent buildings out of cardboard boxes and duct tape Saturday, April 14 from 3-4:30 p.m., outside the Library by the fountain. A castle, a fantasy skyscraper, a dystopian fortress—–the sky’s the limit on what you can build!

Admission is free. Prizes will be awarded in different categories. Registration is required; for more information and to register, call 972-744-4358 or stop by the Youth Services Desk. In case of rain, the program will take place in the Basement Program Room.

Celtic Music with Jerry Barlow April 18
Experience a free performance by acclaimed Celtic guitarist and storyteller Jerry Barlow Wednesday, April 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the First Floor Youth Services area. All ages are welcome, and registration is not required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Richardson Library.

Google Drive Basics April 20
Get tech savvy and get started with Google Drive Friday, April 20 from 10:30 a.m.-noon in the Basement Training Room. Create an account, then learn how to upload, organize and share documents with others.

Free and open to adults and teens. Registration is required along with a valid Richardson Public Library card. Bring your own laptop or use laptops provided. For registration and more information, call 972-744-4368.


Sales Manager ($4,336-$6,573 monthly)
The Convention & Visitors Bureau is seeking a Sales Manager to engage in sales and marketing activities to promote the City of Richardson as a destination for special events, meetings, conferences and other events.

Preventative Maintenance Technician ($2,261-$3,047 monthly)
The Fleet Department is currently seeking a Preventative Maintenance Technician for City vehicles and equipment.

Purchasing Specialist ($2,820-$3,243 monthly)
The Purchasing Division is now hiring for a Purchasing Specialist to assist in the creation of purchase orders for goods and services and to effectively communicate in person and over the phone City purchasing policies and procedures.

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


Animal Services

Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

This handsome guy is Buff! He came to us as a stray and is extremely friendly. He is neutered, vaccinated and ready for adoption. He has a beautiful buff and white short coat. We guess his age to be almost a year. Please come and see him at the Richardson Animal Shelter!

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


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