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Week In Review, Nov. 9, 2018

Post Date:11/09/2018

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Nov. 9, 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.


Women’s Philanthropic Organization Donates $23K to Inclusive Playground Thanks to Match
The inaugural meeting of “100 Women of Richardson,” a new local philanthropic organization, recently resulted in a $23K donation to Richardson’s inclusive playground. The 45 members in attendance Nov. 1 at UT Dallas made donations totaling $11,500 to the Richardson East Rotary Club, which is coordinating private funding for the playground, to be built at Cottonwood Park. The donation will be matched by The Rees-Jones Foundation of Dallas and brings the total private funds raised for the playground by all parts of the community to more than $420,000, adding to $200,000 in City G.O. bond funds already designated to replace the existing Cottonwood Park playground.

Private funding of $250,000 was the original goal set in 2017 needed to make the playground inclusive, including specialized surfaces and equipment that enable children of a wide variety of abilities to play together, and offer caregivers of varying abilities more opportunities to play with their children. The additional funds raised will allow for the purchase and installation of several “wish list” items including fencing, a restroom, more shade and additional play equipment. Construction on the playground is expected to begin in January 2019.

The Rees-Jones Foundation of Dallas is matching any contribution to Richardson’s inclusive playground made Sept. 21-Dec. 15, 2018, up to a maximum of $50,000. For more information and/or to make a contribution, visit


Overnight Lane Closures Scheduled for US 75
Several overnight closures are scheduled for US 75 main lanes in the coming days for work on the interchange project at the President George Bush Turnpike (PGBT).

The following are planned closures:

  • From 3 a.m.-7 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 11 the southbound right lane will be closed from Park Boulevard to PGBT.
  • From 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11 the northbound left lane will be closed from 15th Street to Parker Road.
  • From 7 p.m.-6 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12 to Tuesday, Nov. 20 the two left lanes of northbound US 75 will be closed from 15th Street to Parker Road.

Signed detours will be in place. Delays are expected and motorists are urged to seek an alternate route.

For information on this and other road conditions statewide, visit

Richardson CARES “Graduates” First Class
Richardson residents who recently completed the first Richardson CARES (Citizens Academy & Resource Education Series) were recognized at Monday’s City Council meeting. The class, which included 25 men and women representing a broad range of ages and number of years lived in Richardson (from one year to more than 40), met once a week for six weeks at a variety of City venues learning about the various functions of City government and its day-to-day operations. Class members cuddled Shelter puppies, explored backstage at the Eisemann Center, got up close to 20 pieces of heavy equipment and participated in a tornado scenario at the Emergency Operations Center, among many other experiences. Developing a citizen academy is part of the City Council’s 2017-19 goals, a tactic within the strategy to “increase the sense of community and citizen engagement.”

Applications for Richardson CARES will open in summer 2019. For more information, visit To view Monday’s presentation, click here.

Municipal Court Closed Nov. 16 for In-Service Training
The Richardson Municipal Court, 2100 E. Campbell Rd., will be closed all day Friday, Nov. 16 for in-service training. It will reopen Monday, Nov. 19 at 8 a.m. Municipal Court information, including downloadable forms, is available 24/7 at

Richardson Fire Department Begins Annual Toy and Food Drive Nov. 16
Donations of unwrapped toys and canned/shelf stable food are needed for the Richardson Fire Department’s annual toy and food drive, benefiting the clients of Network of Community Ministries. Items may be taken to any Richardson Fire Station, to the City Service Center (1260 Columbia Dr.) and to City Hall, Rooms 105 and 202, beginning Friday, Nov. 16 (during normal business hours) through Thursday, Dec. 13.

Gift suggestions include Lego sets, Nerf balls, action figures, dolls, sports team caps, toy cars, giant stuffed animals, self-contained arts and craft kits, books, kitchen sets, video games, board games, playing cards, puzzles, baby walker toys, My Life Dolls, pop up play tents, sports balls and equipment, cologne, bath and body lotions, body spray, makeup, manicure kits, wallets, scarves, hats, gloves, Ugg-type (fur lined) boots of all sizes, super hero/action figure costumes and fleece blankets. (Please no wheeled toys such as bicycles, scooters, wagons, skates or tricycles.)




Advanced Registration for Gobble Hobble Ends Nov. 16
There is still time to register for the 13th annual Gobble Hobble, scheduled for Nov. 17 at Galatyn Plaza. Registration continues online through Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. The event, benefiting Boys and Girls Clubs of Richardson and sponsored by Methodist Richardson Medical Center, features a 5K, 10K and Family Fun Run.

Runners who have registered may pick up their race packets at Gold’s Gym, 110 W. Campbell Rd., from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 and Thursday, Nov. 15. To register, click here. Registration fees are $35 for the 5K and $45 for the 10K. The Family Fun Run/Walk is $15. Registration is also available in person during packet pickup and on race morning beginning at 7 a.m.

On race day, the Family Fun Run begins at 8 a.m., with the 5K and 10K races starting at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit


Senior Center Holiday Bazaar Continues Saturday
The Richardson Senior Center is hosting its annual Holiday Bazaar 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.



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 For more upcoming shows and events, visit

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • Lynda Carter’s Red, Rock N’ Blues Nov. 10
    7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $40-$60.
    Best known as TV’s Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter is an accomplished singer who brings her All-Star Band to the Eisemann Center with an evening of rock, blues, standards, country, jazz and original music. An engaging storyteller, she takes her audience on a musical journey where her life story and her music intertwine.
  • Plano Community Band Nov. 11
    2:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Admission is free. (For reservations, visit
    The band celebrates its 40th anniversary with jazz trumpeter Wayne Bergeron.
  • Melanie Brannan Art Exhibit Continues Through Jan. 2
    10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and during all public events, in the Green Mezzanine Gallery. Admission is free.
    “Serenity Scapes” features Brannan’s impressionistic style, influenced by light, clouds and
    reflections, in which she uses layers upon layers to create depth and 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:

  • “Julius Caesar” Continues through Nov. 17
    Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre. Tickets are $15.
    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
  • “Confronting the Past” Nov. 11
    2 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free.
    Students and faculty from UT Dallas and SMU will present original music, dance and scholarly presentations as they explore the history of racism and hatred in Dallas. UT Dallas’ Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies hosts this interdisciplinary event and will also debut its new digital exhibit series, “The History of Racism and Hatred.” 
    More information, including a complimentary parking code, is available at
  • “Reunion” Launch Party Nov. 16
    6-9 p.m. in the McDermott Library, room MC 4.402. Admission is free.
    Celebrate the publication of “Reunion: The Dallas Review—Volume 8” with live performances and readings. Food and drinks will be provided, and a limited number of copies of Volume 8 will be available for free as well as the chance to browse older volumes. 


Celebrate International Games Week Nov. 10 at the Library
International Games Week is Nov. 4-10, an initiative run by volunteers from around the world to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games. In conjunction with this, the Richardson Public Library is providing an opportunity for adults, teens and families (with children ages 10 and up) to play a variety of board games Saturday, Nov. 10 from 1-4 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room.

Registration is not required—just drop by, have fun and make new friends. All games are provided. For more information, call 972-744-4376.

Explore Diwali Nov. 10
All ages are invited to the Richardson Public Library Saturday, Nov. 10 from 2-4 p.m. to learn about Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, through stories, art and dancing. The event, hosted by the Shraman South Asian Cultural Center Foundation, will take place in the Basement Program Room; there is no cost to attend and no registration required.

For more information, call 972-744-4358.

The Core Theatre Presents “Inferno! Fire at the Cocoanut Grove: 1942” Nov. 13-17
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“Inferno! Fire at the Cocoanut Grove: 1942” will be presented Nov. 13-17 at Richardson’s Core Theatre before it heads to its Nov. 21 debut off-Broadway in New York City. The play, written and directed by Core artistic director/founder James Hansen Prince, is based on the true story of the deadliest nightclub fire in history and inspired by recollections of Prince’s wife’s grandmother, whose brother was one of 492 who perished in the fire.  

Performances are Tuesday-Saturday at 8 p.m., with a 3 p.m. matinee Saturday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors (65+). Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door. For more information, call 214-930-5338 or visit the website. The Core Theatre is located at 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 115.

RCAS Solo Exhibit Continues at Heights Rec Center
The work of Richardson Civic Art Society member Ted Houston is on display at Heights Recreation Center through Nov. 28. Houston’s drawings, oil paintings, watercolors and prints feature subject matter that ranges from figure studies to landscape to abstract, and much of the artwork explores capturing motion or a moment in time, often with a gesture.

Heights Recreation Center is open Monday-Friday from 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-6 p.m. The Richardson Civic Art Society is funded in part by a grant from the Cultural Arts Commission; its monthly meetings are held at the Library. For more information, visit

AIR Time Explores the Performing Arts Journey with “Almost Famous” Nov. 13
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Arts Incubator of Richardson (AIR) presents its next installment of AIR Time Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Alamo Drafthouse Richardson, 100 S. Central Expwy., featuring the 2000 movie, “Almost Famous,” and a pre-movie interview/discussion with author, performing artist and singer-songwriter Brianna Ruelas. Ruelas will address the highs and lows that performing artists experience as they pursue their dreams and share the journey that inspired her to write a book.

The pre-show interview begins at 7 p.m. with the movie following at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $5 and include a $5 food/beverage voucher. Tickets may be purchased at the door or reserved in advance online by clicking here. Information about AIR can be found at



“Genealogy Treasures of the Dallas Public Library” Nov. 13
Learn about the genealogy resources available at the Dallas Public Library from Dallas Genealogy Librarian Ari Wilkins Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room, as part of the Richardson Public Library’s “Tracing Your Roots” lecture series. Wilkins will reveal many ways to research your family tree without having a Dallas Library card.

For adults and teens; registration is not required. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. For more information, call 972-744-4376.

De-stress with Cookies, Crafts and Crayons Nov. 15
All ages are invited to drop by the First Floor Program Room and color, craft and snack Thursday, Nov. 15 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. It’s the perfect study break or reading pause—all supplies and snacks provided!

No registration required. For more information, call 972-744-4358.

Intermediate MS Word 2016 Nov. 16
MS Word 2016 Intermediate Level will be taught Friday, Nov. 16 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. Prerequisites: MS Word Beginner Level class or equivalent experience.

For adults and teens; to register, call 972-744-4359. Laptops are provided.

Register Now for Advanced Level 3D Printing with Tinkercad Nov. 17
Build on your 3D design skills with instruction in Tinkercad, a free, web-based 3D modeling program, Saturday, Nov. 17 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.

The class is free (registration required) and designed for ages 13 and up; bring your own laptop or use one that’s provided. To register and for more information, call 972-744-4359.

“Magnificent Circus Mystery” Cast Coming Nov. 17—Sign-ups Have Begun
The Eisemann Center is giving children ages 5-8 the opportunity to meet cast members from Page Turner Adventures’ “The Magnificent Circus Mystery” (performing at the Eisemann Center Nov. 18) and create and act out their own shared adventure story Saturday, Nov. 17. The fun takes place in the Library’s Basement Program Room from 2-2:45 p.m. (ages 5-6) and 3-3:45 p.m. (ages 7-8).

Pre-registration is required; stop by the Youth Services desk to register or call 972-744-4358.




America Recycles Day is Nov. 15; Phil-up to Distribute Free Blue Bags
Phil-up the Blue Bag, the City’s recycling mascot, will distribute free blue bags Thursday, Nov. 15 from 7-10 a.m. at RaceTrac, 720 E. Arapaho Rd. in celebration of America Recycles Day. One free roll of blue recycling bags per household will be available to Richardson residents (with proof of residency).

The availability of free bags comes as the City Council has placed an increased focus on recycling to raise awareness and to provide more programs to help boost the amount of material that is diverted from landfills.

Learn more about the City’s recycling program at or call 972-744-4410.

Use Compostable Bags for Fall Leaves; BABIC Picks Up Any Amount
Richardson residents can avoid having their leaves, small twigs and grass clippings end up in the landfill (and instead turned into compost and mulch) simply by putting them in compostable bags, setting them out along the front curb and calling the City’s Brush and Bulky Item (BABIC) request line (972-744-4111) for a free pickup. Compostable bags (made of thick, brown paper and often sold in folded “flats”) may be purchased in the lawn and garden section of several local retailers.

There is no minimum number of compostable bags required for a BABIC pickup. Make sure you indicate that you have compostable material to be picked up, and keep the bags separate from any non-compostable, bulky items you may also have for pickup, to ensure they go to the correct place. (Large limbs or large piles of limbs set out for BABIC composting do not have to be bagged.)

Mulch and compost generated from the BABIC program is available to the public for purchase at a very reasonable price, through a partnership with four other cities called Texas Pure, and discounted to residents living in the member cities (Richardson, Plano, Allen, McKinney and Frisco).

For more information, visit the City’s “Make Mulch, Not Trash” web page here. BABIC requests may also be made online at or through the MyRichardson App (download at



Aquatics and Athletics Manager ($4,302-$6,213 monthly)
Parks and Recreation is seeking individuals interested in supervising the City of Richardson aquatics program and coordinating the City’s effort in working with the local youth athletics program and developing new aquatic and athletic programs as needed.

Construction Inspector III ($3,143-$4,667 monthly)
Engineering and Capital Projects is seeking individuals interested in inspecting the construction of public works projects including street/alley paving, water, sanitary sewer, drainage improvements and parking lot and sidewalk projects.

Technical Assistant-part time ($15.73-$23.39 hourly)
The Eisemann Center is seeking individuals interested in coordinating and overseeing stage activities, ensuring equipment needs are met and cost effective, as well as assisting stagehands and volunteers in the set-up, operation and striking of presentations in and around the Eisemann Center.


Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Meet Purrty! She is a spayed female, about 3 years old and up to date on all her vaccinations. Purrty originally came to the Shelter as an injured stray and is now ready for a forever home. She is affectionate, calm, loves to purr and would thrive in a home with older children. Please help Purrty find a forever family.

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

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