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Week In Review, Oct. 26, 2018

Post Date:10/26/2018

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Oct. 26, 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.


Ribbon Cutting Held for New Eastside Public Art, Pocket Park
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Richardson’s latest addition to its growing collection of public art and the new pocket park that surrounds it were officially celebrated Tuesday with a ribbon cutting. The 70-foot, glass and steel cone-shaped sculpture, entitled “Micro Macro Mojo,” stands near the southern tip of Eastside Phase II near the intersection of Greenville Avenue and Alma Road. Lit from within at night, it is visible by travelers on US 75 and DART Red Line and Orange Line rail, and has already become a popular stop for runners, walkers and bicyclists utilizing the nearby Central Trail.

Portland, Ore.-based artist Ed Carpenter created the sculpture, one of 22 designs submitted to an Artist Selection Committee by artists from across the country in 2016. Carpenter was on hand for the ribbon-cutting, as was Mayor Paul Voelker, members of the Artist Selection Committee, City staff, City Council members and representatives from Eastside Phase II.

Funding for the sculpture was provided by a public-private partnership between the City and the Eastside development, with the City utilizing the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund and the TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Fund. Land for the sculpture and surrounding pocket park was donated to the City by the development. The pocket park features benches, native plantings, a “pet bag” dispenser and direct accessibility to the Central Trail.

For more information, visit

Huffhines Art Trails This Weekend
Richardson’s 42nd Huffhines Art Trails will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28, at Huffhines Park. The annual, free festival will showcase the creative work of more than 130 artists and craftspersons, in categories such as fiber, glass, oil/acrylics, pottery and photography. All-day music can be enjoyed at the Front Porch Stage or the new Backyard Stage, along with festival food and beverages of all types. New this year will be the Art Walk Scavenger Hunt, where kids will be encouraged to roam and explore the festival grounds as they look for and meet new artists, collect nature items and have the opportunity to take a picture with “Hayman,” the event’s 15-foot scarecrow. Also new to Huffhines Art Trails this year is “Pawtoberfest” (see story below), a special feature on Saturday only, where you can enjoy dog-centric vendors, crafts, food and contests.

Hours for Huffhines Art Trails are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free, onsite parking is located at 1500 Apollo Rd. For more details, visit

Pawtoberfest Pairs with Huffhines Art Trails Oct. 27
The Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its third annual Pawtoberfest Saturday, Oct. 27, at Huffhines Park from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. This year Pawtoberfest will be a “special feature” on Saturday only of the City’s longstanding Huffhines Art Trails, in a specially designated area just south of the main festival grounds. Pawtoberfest will still have all the same activities as in the past, such as food trucks, live music, craft beer and dog-centric vendors, as well as new events such as a costume contest and lookalike contest.

Admission is free. Pawtoberfest “Pawkages” including a commemorative bandana, dog treats and a beverage voucher cost $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. For tickets and more information, visit

City Council Reviews Richardson’s Legislative Agenda
In preparation for the upcoming 2019 state and federal legislative sessions, City staff presented the City Council Monday with a proposed state and federal legislative agenda for Richardson. In the past, Richardson has actively taken stances for or against bills in the Texas Legislature, but this is the first time for a Richardson City Council to also focus on federal legislation. This is in line with the City Council’s 2017-19 Strategy, “leverage our regional leadership position to positively impact county, state and federal issues.”

Two priorities guide the proposed agenda:

  • To preserve the ability for locally elected officials to govern and respond effectively and efficiently to the individual and market-driven needs of its residents, businesses and stakeholders
  • Oppose any legislative action that would erode home rule authority of municipalities or establish unfunded mandates that constrain the ability of cities to allocate scarce resources to locally determined priorities

Key areas of focus within those priorities include fiscal management, transportation, economic vibrancy, development, public safety, environment, education and workforce. The City will also support its community partners (such as DART, RISD, PISD and UT Dallas) with their legislative agendas, except in the rare instances when they conflict with City priorities.

The City Council will vote on a resolution to adopt the legislative agenda at a future City Council meeting. For more information on the agenda and to watch Monday’s presentation, click here.

Early Voting Continues Through Nov. 2

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Early voting for the Nov. 6 General and Joint Election continues through Friday, Nov. 2. Richardson residents in both Dallas and Collin counties will vote on several local and state-wide offices; those residing within the RISD attendance zone will also have the RISD Tax Ratification Election on their ballot.

Any Dallas County or Collin County registered voter may vote at any early voting location in their county, including the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. (Dallas County residents) and Methodist Richardson Medical Center, 2831 E. President George Bush Turnpike (Collin County residents).

Hours and links to the complete list of early voting locations and voting information are listed below:

Date Dallas County Collin County 
Oct. 26  7 a.m.-7 p.m.  8 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Oct. 27  7 a.m.-7 p.m. 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Oct. 28  1-6 p.m.  1-6 p.m. 
Oct. 29-Nov. 2  7 a.m.-7 p.m.  7 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Dallas County voting locations
Collin County voting locations


No City Council Meeting Oct. 29
There will be no City Council work session or meeting Monday, Oct. 29 as is the practice in months with five Mondays. The Council will next meet Monday, Nov. 5 for a work session beginning at 6 p.m. For future agendas and meeting dates, go to

Trick-or-Treating in Richardson is Oct. 31
As is the annual custom, Oct. 31 will be the official day for trick-or-treating in Richardson. The City does not set any official hours for trick-or-treating activities and does not reschedule due to weather.

For trick-or-treating safety tips for both children and homeowners, click here for a printable booklet with information from the American Crime Prevention Institute, compiled by the Richardson Police Department Crime Prevention Unit.




Drug Take-Back is Oct. 27
The Richardson Police Department will host a Drug Take-Back event as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, Oct. 27. The collection will take place in the parking lot of the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Bring unused and expired pharmaceuticals, both prescription and over-the-counter, for proper disposal to keep them out of the trash, where pets, children and others might acquire them, and to prevent medications from being flushed down a sink drain or toilet and contaminating the water system.

All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.

For more information, contact the Richardson Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955 or visit the Drug Enforcement Agency event webpage,

Sign Up Now for “Lil’ Punkins Fall Festival” Nov. 3
Children ages 1-6 along with their caregivers are invited to the Parks and Recreation Department’s “Lil’ Punkins Fall Festival,” Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m.-noon at Huffhines Recreation Center. Attendees are welcome to wear a costume while enjoying a petting zoo, games, crafts, activities, refreshments and a bounce house.

Cost is $10 per person; pre-registration is required by Nov. 1 at (activity #9696) or by calling 972-744-7881.

“Family Night at the Ballpark” is Nov. 2; Registration Deadline Nears
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Register by Oct. 31 for the City’s annual “Family Night at the Ballpark,” a night of camping, games, crafts, food and a movie under the stars. The fun takes place at Breckinridge Park’s Keffler Baseball Fields, 5300 E. Renner Rd. Individual and family pricing (four members and up) is available as well as “dinner-and-a-movie only” options. Prices range from $8-$45.

All that is needed is a tent, sleeping bags and a few other necessities. Families can start checking in at 5:30 p.m. Friday, with everything wrapping up by 8:30 a.m. Saturday. For more information and to register, visit Contact Erika Bashaw at 972-744-7893 with any questions.

Registration Begins Nov. 1 for Annual Christmas Parade
Registration begins Nov. 1 for Richardson’s 46th Annual Christmas Parade, to be held Saturday, Dec. 1 and benefiting Network of Community Ministries. This year’s parade theme is “A Suessical Christmas.” Individuals and groups are encouraged to interpret the theme with costumes, vehicles and floats.

The registration form and parade rules can be found beginning Nov. 1 at Deadline for registration is Nov. 25. For more information, including how to become a Friend of the Parade and receive VIP seating and a parking pass, contact Allison Rhinebarger at or 972-744-4584.

Paperback Book Collection for Veterans, Overseas Troops Oct. 27
In conjunction with Make a Difference Day, Altrusa International of Richardson is sponsoring a drive-up book collection event Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the parking lot of Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Rd. Altrusa volunteers will be on hand to collect/unload gently used paperbacks in support of Operation Paperback. The books will be sent to American troops overseas as well as veterans and military families here at home.

For more information, call 214-272-7458.

RISD Spirit Run Nov. 3
The 2018 Richardson ISD Spirit Run 5K and Fun Run will be held Nov. 3 from 7-9 a.m. at Galatyn Park. The event benefits students, teachers and the RISD Excellence in Education Foundation. Regular registration fee for adults is $30 through Nov. 2 with race day registration offered for $35. Youth registration fees are $10-$15 regardless of registration date. For more information and to register, visit

“Trunk or Treat” at UT Dallas Oct. 26
UT Dallas’ Residential Life hosts the 15th annual “Trunk or Treat” Friday, Oct. 26 from 6-8 p.m. at Residence Hall Northwest, 950 Loop Rd. The event welcomes families from UT Dallas and surrounding communities for a safe, fun alternative to trick-or-treating. Student volunteers dress up and lead families through a maze of car trunks, collecting goodies along the way.

Free parking is available in Lot T near the intersection of Synergy Park Boulevard and Rutford Avenue.


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 For more upcoming shows and events, visit

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • North Texas Asian Photographers Exhibit Through Oct. 29
    10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and during all public events, in the Green Mezzanine Gallery. Admission is free.
    “Inspired by Vision” features photographs from the journeys of members of the North Texas Asian Photographers Association, who travel from pole to pole each year to capture dramatic and award-winning photographs.
  • “Go Figure: The Randy Gardner Story” Oct. 27
    3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $37-$57.
    World Champion figure skater Randy Gardner “breaks the ice” about his life and the world of Olympic skating in this funny, touching and irreverent show that also features Dorothy Hamill and Gardner’s longtime skating partner, Tai Babilonia. Nothing is off limits in this raucous tell-all—the show may not be suitable for ages 12 and younger.
  • Indian Singer Hariharan Oct. 27
    6 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $35-$120.
    The award-winning “King of Indian Music” celebrates his 40-year career in a three-hour musical extravaganza that features Indian playback singer Chinmayi and singer Kartik Raman. 
  •  “Tomás and the Library Lady” Oct. 28
    2:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $12-$22.
    This Eisemann Center Family Theatre Series show brings to life the popular children’s picture book of the same name written by Mexican-American writer Pat Mora.
  • “Noteworthy” A Cappella Ensemble Nov. 1
    7 p.m. In the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $17-$35.
    Brigham Young University’s award-winning female a cappella ensemble (and contestant on NBC’s “The Sing-Off”) delivers a power-packed concert that combines vocal percussion, humor and a tight harmony. 

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:

  • Orange, Green and Blue Notes Combo Tonight
    8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Tickets are $15; click here to purchase online.
    Professional musicians on the faculty and staff of UT Dallas perform music from The Great American Songbook as well as jazz standards.
  • Free Lecture Oct. 28: “Why? Explaining the Holocaust”
    4 p.m. in the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center. Admission is free.
    UT Dallas’ Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies presents Northwestern University professor Dr. Peter Hayes.

Last Weekend to see “Young Frankenstein” at RCT
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Repertory Company Theatre (RCT) is presenting Mel Brooks’ musical comedy, “Young Frankenstein,” through Oct. 28 at RCT’s Driegert Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd. Tickets are $17-$27; remaining performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Note: The show is rated PG-13 and not recommended for children. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

CityLine Free Outdoor Concerts Continue Through Saturday
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Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday Oct. 27 are the last two days this fall you can sit outside and enjoy free music at CityLine Plaza, 1150 State St. Both concerts are scheduled for 6-9 p.m.; there is no fee to attend and free parking is available.

For more information, visit In case of inclement weather, the live music will be moved inside one of the CityLine restaurants. Check CityLine’s Facebook event page for the latest updates.


Sugar Skull Workshop a Sweet Success
Creativity flowed at the Richardson Public Library’s Sugar Skull Art Workshop Saturday, with 34 adults and teens in attendance—a full class. Librarian Julie Flandorfer led the workshop, which was free to attend and included all supplies to decorate a craft skull in “sugar skull” fashion as well as a paper “sugar skull” mask.

The Library hosts opportunities to explore cultures through arts, crafts and other creative mediums several times a year.  An upcoming celebration of the Hindu festival of Diwali will include stories, art and dancing. For more information, visit


“Spookilicious” Family Event Oct. 27
A “Spookilicious” Halloween Happening for all ages will take place in the Basement Program Room Saturday, Oct. 27 from 2-4 p.m. Attendees will have a spooky fun time with a puppet show, stories, crafts and trick-or-treating. Note: the puppet show begins at 2 p.m.

For more information, call 972-744-4358.

“Tracing Your Roots” Genealogy Series Continues Oct. 30
Librarian Jane Nearing will instruct on how to use to learn more about family history Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. For adults and teens; admission is free, and attendees may bring their own lunch.

For more information, call 972-744-4376.

Camp Write-In Begins Nov. 1
The Library will host Camp Write-In beginning Thursday, Nov. 1 in the First Floor Program Room from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The free, three-part workshop series enables writers ages 10-17 to set personal goals and write a novel in 30 days in conjunction with the National Novel Writing Month Young Writers Program. The program continues Nov. 15 and Nov. 29.

Word prompts, games, and snacks will be provided. Registration is required; call 972-744-4358 to register or stop by the Youth Services Help Desk.

Free Beginning MS Word Nov. 2
Learn the basics of MS Word 2016 Friday, Nov. 2 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Training Room. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required along with a valid Richardson Public Library card. To register, call 972-744-4359.

For adults and teens. Laptops will be provided, or you may use your own.



Electronics Recycling, Paper Shredding Oct. 27
The Richardson Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (RCPAAA) is hosting an electronics recycling and paper shredding event Saturday, Oct. 27 at Richardson Square Mall, 501 S. Plano Rd., from 9 a.m-1 p.m. Look for the collection trucks in the parking lot east of Sears.

Acceptable electronics, both working and non-working, include phones, GPS devices, calculators, MP3 players, PDAs, radios, satellite receivers, VCRs, DVD players, remote controls, speakers, cameras, computers and accessories, speakers, printers and cartridges, copiers, scanners, shredders, typewriters, etc. CRT TVs or computer monitors CANNOT be accepted. Flat screen monitors and televisions are OK. NO hazardous waste items will be accepted. This includes batteries, paint, cleaners and light bulbs of any kind (visit for more information on hazardous waste disposal).

Paper shredding will be limited to what can fit into a car. Please remove documents from any three-ring binders.

There is no charge to drop off items at the event but donations to the RCPAAA are appreciated. If you are a business and have documents to shred, a $5/box donation will be requested. (Box means standard banker’s box.) Monies raised support the Richardson Police Department.

In case of rain, the event will be canceled. Check RCPAAA’s Facebook page for the latest updates. If you have any questions, call 972-656-9636 and leave a message. 


Waterwise Landscape Tour Oct. 27
Because of several events happening at the Civic Center Saturday, the headquarters for the City’s third annual WaterWise Landscape Tour has been moved to the City’s Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr. The free, drive-yourself tour features four Richardson homes’ outdoor spaces and takes place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Visitors will learn about many water-friendly, environmentally conscious native plants that are incorporated into the landscapes—feel free to ask questions, take pictures and jot down ideas.

For more information, including event weather updates and addresses and plant lists for each home, visit


Winter Water Schedule Begins Nov. 1
Thursday marks the beginning of winter water conservation for Richardson, shifting the time of day when lawns can be watered. Starting Nov. 1, residents may water their yards at any time on their twice-per-week designated watering days to avoid watering when temperatures may drop below freezing. If water sprinklers run overnight during freezing weather, they can cause dangerous conditions on roads and sidewalks.

To receive weekly, personalized recommendations on how much water your yard needs, visit For more information, visit


Preventative Maintenance Technician ($2,261-$3,047 monthly)
Fleet Services is seeking individuals interested in preventative maintenance and tire repairs on city vehicles and equipment.

Heavy Equipment Operator ($3,033-$4,255 monthly)
Public Services is seeking individuals who are interested in operating front loaders, roll off trucks and other equipment on assigned refuse collection routes and various locations.

School Crossing Guard-part time ($9.74-$15.46 hourly)
The Police Department is seeking individuals interested in assisting children and adults with crossing traffic crosswalks.


Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Meet Blizzard! She is about 15 years young, spayed female, declawed and up to date on her vaccinations. Blizzard is gorgeous girl with snow white fur and green eyes. She is a mature cat that is looking for a forever home that will let her laze about and enjoy her golden years. If you are the kind of person looking for a quiet lap cat then Blizzard is the right kitty for you!

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

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