Week In Review, July 6, 2018
July 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.
Inclusive Playground Featured on WFAA-TV
The City’s inclusive playground project was featured in a news segment on WFAA-TV Channel 8 Thursday, including interviews with Parks and Recreation staff as well as children and adults who have raised funds for the project. The interviews were filmed at Cottonwood Park, the site of the future playground.
The Richardson East Rotary Club is leading the fundraising effort to add inclusive amenities to the Cottonwood Park playground, currently planned for replacement in 2019 through the 2015 Bond program. It will be the first City of Richardson playground that is accessible for people with a variety of abilities, and will include ramps, full solid surfacing and specially designed play equipment.
The playground got a boost last month when the Rotary Club presented the City with a symbolic $95,000 check, bringing the amount of funds raised to $228,000. The fundraising goal for the inclusive playground is $250,000, with opportunities existing for grants, corporate and philanthropic contributions and community support. For more information on the project, or to make a donation, visit www.cor.net/inclusiveplayground. Click here to view the Channel 8 story.
Miss Texas Crowned at Eisemann Center
Miss Texas Madison Fuller
Miss Dallas Madison Fuller was named the new Miss Texas June 30 at the Eisemann Center, and her first public appearance at a community event as Miss Texas was at Richardson’s Family 4th Celebration Wednesday. She addressed the crowd prior to the Richardson Community Band concert.
Fuller, from Fairfield, is a kindergarten teacher in Tyler and a graduate of Texas A&M University. She will represent Texas in the Miss America Pageant Sept. 9 in Atlantic City, N.J.
This is the fifth year the Miss Texas Pageant has been held at the Eisemann Center, attracting hundreds of spectators from across the state to Richardson to witness preliminary competitions as well as the final crowning.
“Eisemann Center Presents” Single Tickets on Sale Monday, July 9
Single tickets for shows in the Eisemann Center’s 2018-19 “Eisemann Center Presents” season go on sale to the general public Monday, July 9. The upcoming season includes:
- Broadway’s “Wizard of Oz” Oct. 12-13
- Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, Jan. 11
- Paul Taylor Dance Company, Feb. 9
- The Best of The Second City, Feb. 28-March 2
For the complete list/schedule of “Eisemann Center Presents” shows and to purchase tickets online, go to www.eisemanncenter.com.
Location Change Announced for July 9 City Council Meeting
The July 9 City Council meeting scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. has been moved to the Civic Center’s Grand Hall, adjacent to the City Council Chamber in the Civic Center/City Hall complex. The move was necessary due to construction taking place in the City Council Chamber to upgrade technical and presentation equipment. The City Council work session meeting will take place as scheduled at 6 p.m. in the Richardson Room.
Broadcast Note: The live broadcast of the City Council’s work session and regular meeting are currently expected to be available as scheduled, but there is a possibility that the live broadcast for cable customers (AT&T/Spectrum) will not be available. The live internet feed available at www.cor.net/citv is not expected to be impacted.
City Council meetings are broadcast live on www.cor.net/citv and on the City’s cable channel, Spectrum channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99. If the meeting cannot be shown live due to technical difficulties, replays will run as scheduled on CITV and video is also always available on-demand at www.cor.net/citv beginning 24 hours after each meeting.
For future agendas and meeting dates, go to www.cor.net/CityCouncil.
Floyd Road Repairs Finish Ahead of Schedule
The northbound traffic lane of Floyd Road, from Gettysburg Lane to Lookout Drive, has reopened after being closed since mid-May while concrete repairs were made. In addition to the repairs, a new median was constructed just south of Lookout Drive, and new bike lines were painted on both sides of Floyd Road, from Campbell Road to Lookout Drive.
To keep up with other road construction projects, visit www.cor.net/projects.
“Christmas in July” Vendor Fair at Civic Center July 7
Christmas cheer comes to the Civic Center Saturday, July 7 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the “Christmas in July” vendor fair. Find thousands of unique gift items amidst holiday decor, holiday music and prize drawings.
Admission is $5 for adults and free for children age 12 and under. Free swag bags will be given to all attendees while supplies last.
Dinner and Dive-In Movie Scheduled for July 13
Mark your calendars—the City’s annual Dive-In Movies kick off the evening of Friday, July 13 at Heights Family Aquatic Center. All ages are invited to bring floaties and enjoy the movie, “Jumanji” (starring Robin Williams). Gates open at 8 p.m. with the movie beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and include dinner provided by In-N-Out Burger; purchase in advance (recommended due to the event’s popularity) at Heights and Huffhines Recreation Centers and at Heights Family Aquatic Center. Note: Heights Family Aquatic Center will close at 7 p.m. that night and gates will open back up for the Dive-In Movie at 8 p.m. For more information, call 972-744-7893.
Blue Bags at Fire Station 6 Saturday
Fire Station 6 will offer blue recycling bags from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 7. The 30-gallon bags are sold in rolls for $3.50 for residents or $4 for nonresidents.
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.
City Offers Tips for Conserving Water, Lowering Monthly Bill
Water rates have increased since last summer, and because Richardson residents use more than twice as much water during summer than they do in winter and spring, the City offers more than 35 water conservation tips online to help customers reduce water usage and expense. One of the most impactful tips is to water lawns only as needed—even though the City allows watering via sprinkler system twice per week that does not mean a system is supposed to be run on both watering days to maintain a healthy lawn. Residents are encouraged to sign up for the free online service, Water My Yard, to receive weekly custom watering recommendations at the beginning of each week (based on ZIP Code, rainfall and type of sprinkler system), to know how much time their system should be run that week for best lawn health.
To sign up for Water My Yard, visit www.watermyyard.org. For more of the City’s water conservation tips, go to www.cor.net/waterconservation.
Fun with Phil-up in July
Phil-up the Blue Bag, the City’s recycling mascot, will be appearing in the community on select Tuesdays and one Thursday this month, at Whole Foods Market CityLine, 1411 E. Renner Rd., and at the Library. Remaining scheduled appearance dates and times are:
Thursday, July 12; Tuesday, July 17 and Tuesday, July 24
- Richardson Library, 10-11 a.m.
- Whole Foods Market CityLine, noon-1:30 p.m.
Stop by to get some free blue bags and take a selfie with Phil-up to help spread the word about recycling in Richardson. For more about Phil-up or to schedule a Phil-up appearance at a community event, visit www.cor.net/philup.
- Wynonna and The Big Noise July 7
8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $57-$102.
Award-winning country music superstar Wynonna Judd brings her rich and commanding voice to the Eisemann Center stage along with her band, The Big Noise.
- “My Son the Waiter” July 12-29
Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 6 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $37-$65.
In “My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy,” Brad Zimmerman tells the humorous and poignant story of his struggle to fulfill his dream and “make it” as a comedic actor in New York, while “temporarily” waiting tables for 29 years.
- “125” Art Exhibit through July 29
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and during all public events, in the Green Mezzanine Gallery. Admission is free. The public is invited to meet the artists and judges at a reception and awards presentation Friday, July 13 from 7-9 p.m.
The 125 Show 2018 is the Plano Art Association’s major juried exhibit of the work of artists (both members and non-members) living in communities within 125 miles of Plano. Judges selected the top 77 works for the show from a field of 245 entries in three categories (2D, 3D and Prints/Photography).
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:
- Junior Players’ “Dogfight” Opens July 12
Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the University Theatre. Tickets are $10.
The longtime Dallas theater organization presents the hit musical set in 1963, a romantic and heartbreaking story featuring music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. It marks the first musical produced by Junior Players and UT Dallas.
For tickets and more information, visit www.juniorplayers.org or call 214-526-4076.
“Harvey” Continues at Richardson Theatre Centre
The Richardson Theatre Centre is presenting the classic comedy, “Harvey,” Thursdays-Sundays through July 15. Harvey is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey, a six-foot-tall, invisible rabbit. When Elwood begins introducing Harvey around town, his embarrassed sister and her daughter determine to commit Elwood to a sanitarium, but due to a mistake, the sister is committed instead, and hilarity ensues.
Tickets are $20 Thursdays and Sundays and $22 Fridays and Saturdays; call 972-699-1130 to reserve. The Richardson Theatre Centre is located at 518 W. Arapaho Rd.
Lunchtime Lecture July 10: “Deadly Dallas Streets”
The Library’s Lunchtime Lecture series welcomes writer-historian Rusty Williams Tuesday, July 10 as he presents, “Deadly Dallas Streets—Unfortunate Incidents, Deplorable Mayhem and Grisly Fatalities at the Turn of the 20th Century” from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Using hilarious true stories, Williams will tell about a time of no traffic laws and few rules of the road, when drivers and passengers alike were in constant peril from runaway livestock, 20-ton streetcars, speeding locomotives and other unexpected road hazards.
Location is the Basement Program Room. For adults and teens; admission is free and registration is not required. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. For more information, call Vrena Patrick at 972-744-4376.
“Beat the Heat” Event July 10
Children and teens ages 9-13 are invited to take a break from the hot weather and make fake snow, enjoy some homemade ice cream and chill out in the Basement Program Room Tuesday, July 10 from 2-3:30 p.m.
Admission is free but registration is required; call Youth Services at 972-744-4358 to register.
Free Family Movie July 12
The Library’s “Free Flix @ 6” movie series continues Thursday, July 12 with a showing of the 2010 G-rated animated movie, “The Secret World of Arrietty,” from 6-8 p.m. All ages are welcome, admission is free and snacks are included.
Location is the First Floor Program Room. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
Glow-in-the-Dark Storytime July 13
Children ages 3-8 are invited to wear white for an extra-glowy experience, Friday, July 13, as the Library hosts a glow-in-the-dark storytime from 3-3:30 p.m. Expect “enlightening” stories, glow bracelets and lots of neon fun!
Location is the First Floor Program Room. There is no cost for admission and no registration required.
Free Instruction in Beginning MS Excel 2016 July 13
The Library will offer a beginner-level class in MS Excel 2016 Friday, July 13 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the in the Basement Training Room. The training is free, but registration is required; call 972-744-4359 to reserve a spot.
For adults and teens with a valid Richardson Public Library card. Laptops are provided, or participants may bring their own.
Heavy Equipment Operator ($3,033-$4,255 monthly)
The Public Services Department is seeking individuals who are interested in operating front-loaders, roll-off trucks and other equipment on assigned refuse collection routes and various locations.
Maintenance Helper II ($2,206-$3,196 monthly)
The Public Services Department has multiple job openings in Streets, Construction and Rehab, Parks-Maintenance, Water and Wastewater for individuals who love working outdoors doing repair and construction to streets and water distribution and waste water collection systems.
Animal Services Officer (Part Time) ($17.03-$25.30 hourly)
The Health Department is seeking individuals who are interested in assisting with the operations of the Animal Shelter, enforcing animal control laws and patrolling Richardson streets.
For a list of all job openings at the City of Richardson, visit www.cor.net/jobs.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This handsome guy is Rosco! He is a neutered male German shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix! He has a brindle color throughout with a little white. Rosco has a sweet face and is quite playful! He is fully vaccinated and ready for adoption. Please come and visit him!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
To read previous Week in Reviews, visit www.cor.net/WIR.