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Week In Review, Jan. 4, 2019

Post Date:01/04/2019

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Jan. 4, 2019
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.


SCNA Perimeter Trail Completed
The Perimeter Trail around the Spring Creek Nature Area (SCNA) was completed last week, extending the paths in the 100-acre park by an additional three-quarters of a mile. It is the first major initiative to be completed from the Spring Creek Nature Area Master Plan developed and approved in 2015, which outlines ideas for development of the 57 additional acres acquired for the park in 2014.
Total trails at the SCNA now span more than three miles, with 10-foot-wide, concrete multi-use pathways that connect to the Central Trail and nearby Foxboro Park.


The Perimeter Trail, which includes benches and trash receptacles, is primarily concrete with temporary, short sections of mulch near the corners of Renner Road and Routh Creek Parkway and Renner Road and Plano Road that will be replaced with concrete when the Nature Area’s new portals are completed in Spring 2019.

Only 337 Days Until Santa’s Village 2019 Opens…
This week City crews began dismantling the buildings at Santa’s Village and taking down the lights and decorations, packing everything away until late fall, when Santa’s Village will once again be built.

Community Events staff reported that Santa’s Village 2018:

  • distributed more than 2,000 Rudolph red noses in the Reindeer Shed
  • captured more than 2,300 photos with Santa
  • redeemed 2,537 Hometown Thursday tickets
  • featured more than 500 performers on Prancer’s Stage

In addition, thousands of puppy snuggles took place in the Pet Shop courtesy of the Animal Shelter and one marriage proposal happened on Prancer’s Stage.

The City of Richardson has been presenting Santa’s Village free of charge to the public since 1989, supported by more than 100 volunteers each night.

Summer Work Available for Lifeguards
High school and returning college students looking for summer work are the target for the Richardson Parks and Recreation Department search to find lifeguards to work this summer. The department will hold an Aquatics job fair from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Huffhines Recreation Center to provide more information about positions. The lifeguard positions offer a competitive pay range at $9.50-$12.72 per hour.

Online applications are available at along with more information, including skills required and job details.


Richardson Projects

Spring Valley Road Rehab Progressing
Major pavement work along Spring Valley Road between Coit Road and Waterfall Way wrapped up last month, moving the project closer to its April 2019 expected completion date.

Improvements still to come include street light and median enhancements as well as the final stages of the bridge replacements on Spring Valley Road at Hunt Branch and Cottonwood Creek. A waterline is also being installed nearby between Esperanza Road in Dallas and Weatherred Drive in Richardson.

For more information on Richardson road projects, visit


Lane Closures Expected Near Public Safety Campus
Median improvements and waterline relocation are taking place on Greenville Avenue near the site of the new public safety campus. While the work is in progress, motorists can expect lane closures at all times on the left lanes of northbound and southbound Greenville Avenue between Belt Line Road and Terrace Drive. The work is scheduled to be completed later this month.



Annual Photo Contest Begins Jan. 12
The City’s annual photo contest will accept entries Jan. 12-27. Both students and adults are invited to participate. Categories include Abstract, Anything Goes, Cityscape/Architecture, Experimental/Enhanced, Fabulous Flora, Furry Friends, It’s a Small World, People, Scenic/Landscapes, Sports and Action, Still Life, Wildlife and Wonderful Waterscapes. Entry fees are $5 per entry for high school age and younger and $10 per entry for college age and up.

For more information and an entry form, visit

ESL Tutor Training Workshop is Jan. 12; Registration Deadline Nears
The Richardson Adult Literacy Center (RALC) will host a tutor training workshop Saturday, Jan. 12 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. RALC tutors help adults learning English as a second language.

RALC provides free instruction to adults who live or work in Richardson or the Richardson Independent School District area. Students meet with volunteer tutors either in a one-on-one setting or in classes. Instruction is “English immersion,” so tutors do not need to know a language other than English, and no prior teaching experience is needed—just a passion for helping others learn. Flexible scheduling offers both daytime and evening instruction.

To register or receive more information, visit or e-mail Sara Bramlett at Registration deadline is Jan. 8.

Save the Date: “State of the City” is Jan. 30
The public is invited to join the Mayor and City Council for the annual State of the City Address, Wednesday, Jan. 30 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Eisemann Center’s Bank of America Theatre. Admission and parking for the event are free and the Address will also be available to watch live online or on the city cable access channel and will also be made available later to watch on-demand online.

Visit for more information.



“Craftivity” Jan. 5
Craftivity at Library
All ages are invited to drop by the Basement Program Room Saturday, Jan. 5 from 2-3:30 p.m. for fun with board games, crafts and looms. Admission is free and no registration is required.

Learn Basic Computing Jan. 11
Librarian Stephen Davis will teach the basics of using a computer in “Computing 101 with Windows 10,” Friday, Jan. 11 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Training Room.

The class is open to adults and teens; laptops with Windows 10 are provided and attendees are also welcome to bring their own. Registration is required, along with a valid Richardson Public Library card—call 972-744-4359 to register or for more information.

“STEAM Starters” Begins Jan. 11
Help instill a love of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) in children ages 6-8 with the Library’s new “STEAM Starters” program, which meets from 4-5 p.m. once a month in the First Floor Program Room. Drop in to one or all of the sessions—the group will have fun with STEAM topics through books, activities and toys. Session dates are Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 8 and April 5.

Admission is free and no registration is required. For more information, contact Youth Services at 972-744-4358.

“Adulting 101” for Teens is Jan. 12
Teens ages 13-18 can learn about resumes, interviewing, college applications and budgeting when the Library hosts “Adulting 101,” Saturday, Jan. 12 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Admission is free to the event, which features come-and-go stations, and no registration is required. Come early for the Teen Advisory Board meeting from 2-3 p.m. and help shape programming at the Library!



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 For more upcoming shows and events, visit

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • Pegasus Theatre’s “Clowning Around with Murder” Continues Through Jan. 20
    8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays with 3 p.m. matinees Saturdays and Sundays, in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $29-$44.
    Pegasus Theatre presents its 20th Harry Hunsacker adventure utilizing its Living Black & White™ technique. The story takes place in 1935 and finds world-famous detective Hunsacker and his paid-by-the-hour assistant, Nigel Grouse, meeting a variety of clowns, clues and a “copper in disguise” at Fripson Clown College, on the trail of a “murderer in clown white.”
  • Last Weekend for Shen Yun
    7:30 p.m. tonight; 7 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 5) with 2 p.m. matinees Jan. 5-6. Tickets are $80-$150.
    The world-renowned dance company helps audiences experience China’s ancient artistic and spiritual heritage, aided by stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops and a live orchestra.
  • Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone Jan. 11
    7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $39-$51.
    Noone, aka Herman, brings his never-aging boyish charm to the Eisemann Center with classic Herman’s Hermits hits such as “I’m Into Something Good,” “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter,” “I’m Henry VIII, I Am,” “Silhouettes” and more.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at

Photography Exhibits Begin at City Sites
The photo above by Nayana Rajesh won the Best of Show/Best of Student Division in the 2018 Photo Contest.

Two city facilities will double as photo galleries over the next couple of months, housing displays that coincide with the City’s annual photo contest (see story above). The work of local professional photographer Joshua Weiss will be on display at Huffhines Recreation Center Jan. 9-Feb. 24, and winning photos from the 2018 photo contest will be on display at the Library Jan. 11-31. The Library display, located on the third floor, will showcase the 2018 Best of Show and Best of Division winners as well as the work of the 2018 contest judges. The 2019 Contest Results Exhibit begins there Feb. 2.

The exhibits are free and open to the public during normal business hours.

  • Huffhines Recreation Center
    Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
  • Richardson Public Library
    Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 2-6 p.m. 




Blue Bags at Fire Station 6 Saturday
Fire Station 6 will offer blue recycling bags from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. 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 recreation centers, the Senior Center, Service Center and City Hall during normal business hours. For more information, call 972-744-4111.

For more information, call 972-744-4111 or visit

“Newcomer’s Guide to Gardening in North Texas” Jan. 12
Spend a morning with gardening experts and learn how to become a successful gardener at “Newcomer’s Guide to Gardening in North Texas,” Saturday, Jan. 12 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Collin College Conference Center, 2400 Community Ave. in McKinney. The City of Richardson is a co-sponsor of the event, which will include information on topics such as:

  • North Texas soil
  • why Earth-Kind® is important
  • butterfly gardening
  • how to water wisely
  • vegetable gardening
  • top 100 plants for our area

Admission is free but seating is limited; register online at

Holiday Tree Cycling Continues
Did you know that in years past, holiday trees traditionally were taken down after Jan. 6? If you’re sticking to that tradition (which dates to the fourth century), know that the City is continuing “tree cycling” through Feb. 1. Richardson and several other area cities offer tree cycling programs to keep trees out of the landfill and turn them into mulch and compost, which are used in city parks and landscaping and sold to residents at a discount.

Through Feb. 1, Richardson residents may tree cycle their unflocked, natural trees via two options:

  • Drop trees off at the Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr. The site is open 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
  • Call 972-744-4111 or go online to and request a Brush and Bulky Item Collection before your designated recycling day, then set the tree out at the front curb for collection. Make sure to request that the tree be collected for composting.

Trees must be free of ornaments, tinsel, tree stands, nails, lights, etc. For more information, visit For information about purchasing mulch and compost, visit



Maintenance Helper II ($2,316-$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.

Combination Inspector ($3,963-$5,732 monthly)
Building Inspections is seeking individuals interested in inspecting building, construction sites and construction components for compliance with Building, Plumbing and Mechanical codes and laws.

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

Say hello to Sydney! She is a sweet-tempered love bug who is more than happy to prove that no matter how much you weigh, you can still be a lap dog. She is a 3-year-old milk chocolate retriever mix with a huge heart and a tail that rarely stops wagging. Sydney was a transfer from another local shelter along with her three pups. She has been the greatest mama to them! She loves toys and she is hoping to find a forever home. She is heartworm positive, but that doesn’t affect her loving, kind personality one bit. Don’t you need a teddy bear in your life?

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




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