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Week In Review, Nov. 2, 2018

Post Date:11/02/2018

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Nov. 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.


Early Voting Ends Today; Civic Center Tops in County Voter Turnout
Early voting for the Nov. 6 General and Joint Election ends tonight at 7 p.m. (Nov. 2) in both Dallas and Collin counties. The Richardson Civic Center has been a popular early voting location for Dallas County voters, experiencing the highest voter turnout of any early voting location in the county. Reports as of this morning show 22,400 have cast their ballot at the Civic Center.

Civic Center/City Hall Not a Polling Location For Election Day
While it was the most popular location for early voting in Dallas County, the Richardson Civic Center/City Hall is NOT a voting location on Election Day. The General and Joint Election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Precinct information for polling locations is available at or for Dallas County and Collin County respectively.

Voters must show identification; click here for a list of acceptable types. 

For more election/voting information, visit

Altrusa Honors Local Women, Presents Symbolic Check
Altrusa International of Richardson, Inc. held its 15th annual “Outstanding Women of Today … Builders of Tomorrow” awards luncheon earlier today. During the event, members of the Richardson City Council were presented a ceremonial check for $302,196 representing the hours of volunteer time invested in the city by the organization in the past year.

Richardson’s Altrusa International, Inc. provides support to many agencies including the Richardson Public Library, Animal Shelter, RISD and Network of Community Ministries. It also helps make the Richardson Reads One Book event possible.

Also at today’s event, Altrusa honored six women (out of 36 nominees) as “Outstanding Women of Today … Builders of Tomorrow,” chosen for leadership in the categories of Small Business, Corporate/High Tech, Education, Government/Municipal, Nonprofit and Health Care. In addition, one woman was named “Outstanding Woman of Tomorrow,” an honor given to a nominee 35 years old or younger who is employed in one of the six categories.

The honorees, pictured below are, from left, Marylynne Henry (Small Business), Erleigh Norville Wiley (Government/Municipal), Pam Swendig (Nonprofit), LaVone Arthur (Health Care), Dr. Jeannie Stone (Education), Leah Hadsell (Outstanding Woman of Tomorrow) and Christine Bright (Corporate/High Tech). For more information, visit

National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week Begins Nov. 4
In recognition of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, Nov. 4-10, the Humane Society of the United States is asking everyone to take a closer look at the valuable role their city’s animal shelter plays in enhancing the quality of life in their community.

Animal shelters offer many services to animals and people alike, including:

  • Rescuing stray and injured animals and finding forever homes for them
  • Reuniting lost animals with their families
  • Addressing public questions and concerns about animal-related issues

Richardson Animal Shelter staff want to remind everyone that a great way to show appreciation is to consider shelter adoption first when getting a new dog or cat (see article below about the Shelter’s November adoption special), and/or become a Shelter volunteer. In addition, you can download the free “Walk for a Dog” smartphone app, in which the Shelter is a participating beneficiary, and earn money for the Shelter every time you go for a walk. The more active walkers (those that walk at least once a week) that are signed up with the app to support their chosen animal organization, the more money that organization receives, compliments of pet-related commercial sponsors. The app allows users to map and track every walk, whether with a dog or in honor of one.

So far, more than 4,400 miles have been walked in support of the Richardson Animal Shelter since the Shelter joined “Walk for a Dog” in 2014. For more information, visit For information about Shelter adoption and volunteering, visit

Richardson Today Has Been Mailed
The November issue of Richardson Today has been mailed and is arriving in mailboxes this week. This month’s issue has a special focus on public art, including information on Richardson’s new 70-foot tall sculpture, “Micro Macro Mojo,” and a pull-out map of more than 30 pieces of public art in Richardson. It also includes the 2019 Winter Recreation Guide, full of upcoming classes and activities offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

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 Ask your local mail carrier if you do not receive your copy of Richardson Today and you live within the boundaries of Richardson.

Daylight Saving Time Ends Nov. 4
Daylight Saving Time
Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour Saturday night since Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 4. As part of the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign, the Richardson Fire Department and the International Association of Fire Chiefs encourage everyone to also change smoke alarm/carbon monoxide (CO) detector batteries at this time. Having a working smoke alarm/CO alarm doubles the chances of escaping and surviving a home fire or carbon monoxide leak.




Senior Center Holiday Bazaar Begins Nov. 9
The Richardson Senior Center will host its annual Holiday Bazaar Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and features shopping opportunities for handmade holiday gifts among numerous tables.

The Senior Center is located at 820 W. Arapaho Rd.

Still Time to Register for 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 RISD students, teachers and the RISD Excellence in Education Foundation. Regular registration fee for adults is $30 through Nov. 2 with $35 registration offered at the event beginning at 7 a.m. Youth registration fees are $10-$15 regardless of registration date.

The Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30 a.m. For more information and to register, visit



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 For more upcoming shows and events, visit

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • Charley Pride Nov. 3
    7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $50-$100.
    The country music superstar performs songs from his 2017 album, “Music in my Heart,” as well as selections from his numerous beloved Top 10 country hits. Opening for Pride is Jake Penrod, a native of Brownsboro, Texas, who is proficient on 14 instruments and has written more than 250 songs.
  •  “You Can’t Take It With You” Nov. 2-3
    7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 1:30 p.m. matinee Saturday. Tickets are $5-$17 opening night; $10-$22 Saturday.
    Prestonwood Christian Academy’s theater department presents the 1937 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the wacky Sycamore family.
  • Richardson Community Band Nov. 4
    3 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Admission is free.
    “Gotta Dance!” features dance numbers from around the world, from England to Latin America and from Broadway to Russia. Come early to enjoy the band’s annual November pre-concert performance by Sax on the Side.

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At UT Dallas:

  • Diversity Dialogues Nov. 8
    5-7 p.m. in the UT Dallas McDermott Library, Suite MC4.402. Admission is free.
    The community is invited to join students, staff and faculty for an interactive, engaging, facilitated “roundtable discussion” activity. A full catered buffet meal will be provided. This is not a come-and-go event; entry will not be permitted after 5:40 p.m. For more information and to register, visit the Diversity Dialogues webpage by clicking here.
  • Theatre UTD Presents “Julius Caesar” Nov. 8-17
    Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre. Admission is $15; free on Nov. 8.
    Politics and secrecy abound in this gender-blind, modernized production of Shakespeare’s historical drama about the consequences of bloody conspiracy. The show will be presented as an immersive production with some seating available on stage. For tickets, visit


Richardson Interfaith Alliance to Host Annual Thanksgiving Celebration Nov. 15
Register now to attend the annual Thanksgiving Celebration presented by the Richardson Interfaith Alliance, Thursday, Nov. 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Dialogue Institute Dallas, 1416 E. Collins Blvd. This year’s event theme is “Sharing Our Abundance” and guests are encouraged to bring their favorite side dish, dessert or fruit tray to share (main course provided by the Dialogue Institute). Guests are also encouraged to bring toiletry items to be collected for Network of Community Ministries.

There is no cost to attend; registering is strongly suggested due to limited seating. Register by clicking here. The Richardson Interfaith Alliance is a community partner with the City of Richardson and strives to increase respect of all faiths through education, increased awareness and coordinating faith-based services for the betterment of the Richardson community.

DART Accepting Entries for Student Art Contest
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is accepting individual entries from North Texas students in grades K-12 for its annual Student Art Contest. This year’s theme is, “My Next Stop is…” Winning artwork will be featured at DART rail stations, on buses and inside trains, and displayed at the Dallas Museum of Art, Love Field Airport, the Courtyard Theater in Plano and at

Deadline for entries is Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Prizes will be awarded to first place winners and runners-up in different grade-level categories. Submissions received on or before the early-bird deadline of Nov. 30 will receive a special prize.

For additional information, including complete rules, prize information and entry forms, visit, or contact Jessica Lennon, Manager of Community/Education Outreach, at or 214-749-2582.



Local Author Fair Nov. 3
The Library will host a Local Author Fair Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Meet local authors, see their books and hear about the authors’ work and experiences.

For all ages; there is no charge to attend and registration is not required. For more information, call 972-744-4376.

“Tales for Tails” Nov. 4
Tales for Tails
The next “Tales for Tails” will take place Sunday, Nov. 4 from 3-4 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room. Readers in grades K-4 will improve their reading confidence and skills while reading to a most appreciative audience—real dogs, provided by Heart of Texas Therapy Dogs.

There is no cost to participate but a free ticket is required; tickets are available at the door beginning at 2:30 p.m. the day of the event. At 4 p.m., all ages are invited to meet the dogs.

For more information, call 972-744-4358.

“Tracing Your Roots: Using Digital Newspapers” Nov. 6
The Library’s “Tracing Your Roots” genealogy series continues with “Using Digital Newspapers” Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Librarian Stacey Davis will instruct on how to locate family history through online newspapers.

For adults and teens; registration is not required and participants may bring their own lunch. For more information, call 972-744-4376.

Beginning MS Publisher Nov. 6
Adults and teens are invited to learn MS Publisher 2016 Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Basement Training Room. Bring your own laptop or use one provided.

There is no fee to attend but registration is required, along with a Richardson Public Library card—call 972-744-4359 to register.

Free Family Movie Nov. 8
The Library’s “Free Flix @ 6” movie series continues Thursday, Nov. 8 with a showing of the PG-rated 2013 Disney animated movie, “Frozen,” 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.

Register Now for Intro to YouTube Nov. 10
The Library is hosting “Introduction to YouTube” Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Studio RPL (basement). Librarian Stephen Davis will show participants how to create their own YouTube channel and post videos to the site, using laptops provided (or, participants may bring their own).

For adults and teens; registration is required. Call 972-744-4359 to register.




Local Groups Beautify Spring Creek Nature Area
Last Saturday, UT Dallas students and staff as well as employees of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology picked up litter and recyclables at Spring Creek Nature Area, filling 24 bags as part of the Health Department’s ongoing efforts to provide environmental volunteer opportunities for businesses, nonprofit organizations and other groups. The students were also participating in UT Dallas’ observation of National Make a Difference Day—more than 500 UT Dallas students volunteered throughout the DFW community Oct. 27.

Groups interested in taking part in Richardson’s Community and Corporate Environmental Clean-up Program can clean up an area near their office/school/neighborhood or the Health Department can recommend an area where windblown and waterborne trash tends to accumulate. The Department provides supplies such as trash and recycling bags, vinyl gloves and trash tongs free of charge, as well as a City crew to haul away filled bags.

For more information on scheduling a group clean-up project, contact the Health Department at 972-744-4080. Visit for more information on Environmental Partnership Initiatives.

Winter Water Schedule has Begun
The City’s annual Winter Water Conservation Schedule began Thursday, shifting the time of day when lawns can be watered. Residents may now 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

Blue Bags at Fire Station 6 Nov. 3
Fire Station 6 will offer blue recycling bags from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. 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.



Fleet Technician III ($2,372-$4,965 monthly)
Fleet Services is seeking individuals interested in performing light mechanical repairs and welding on city vehicles/equipment.

Maintenance Helper II ($2,31-$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.

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 Baloo! She is a spayed female, greyhound/Catahoula mix, about 5 years old, up to date on vaccinations and leash and house trained. She originally came to us back in July and is still looking for a forever home. Baloo is active, playful, gets along with some dogs, enjoys chasing squirrels and playing fetch. Oh, and let’s not forget her uncanny ability to know when you need a snuggle. Please help Baloo find a home!


November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month
In recognition of Adopt a Senior Pet Month, the Animal Shelter will waive adoption fees for any senior pet over 7 years old adopted during the month of November (does not include registration fees or spay/neuter fees). Normally, adoption fees for older pets are $25 for dogs and $15 for cats.

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

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