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Week In Review, Jan. 25, 2019

Post Date:01/25/2019

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Jan. 25, 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.


State of the City Address 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. The Address will focus on the past year’s highlights, including community partnerships and the approval of the Cotton Belt Rail Project, plus a look at future challenges. A reception will follow in the Leftwich Grand Foyer.

Admission and parking for the event are free. The Address will be available to watch live online or on the City’s cable access channel and will be made available to watch on-demand online.

Visit for more information.

Property Taxes Due Jan. 31
Property taxes owed to the City of Richardson are due Jan. 31, 2019 and should be paid to either the Collin County or Dallas County Tax Office, depending on where the taxed property is located. The City of Richardson contracts with Collin and Dallas counties for the collection of property taxes.

Collin County residents

  • City, school and Collin County tax payments
    Collin County Tax Office
    920 E. Park Blvd., Plano, TX 75074

Dallas County residents

  • City and Dallas County tax payments
    Dallas County Tax Office
    516 Twilight Trail, Richardson, TX 75080

RISD residents

  • Richardson Independent School District tax payments
    RISD Tax Office
    420 S. Greenville Ave., Richardson, TX 75081

Richardson Today Hits Mailboxes Next Week
The February 2019 issue of Richardson Today will be published soon and should begin arriving in mailboxes by the end of the next week. The issue has a special focus on the State of the City, with highlights from the Jan. 30 State of the City Address. Also included is the Spring Rec Guide, with information about more than 35 different types of classes for children and more than 40 different classes for adults.

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.


City Photography Contest Ends Sunday
The City’s annual photo contest is accepting entries through Jan. 27.

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

Free AARP Tax Assistance Begins at Senior Center Feb. 1
The annual AARP income tax assistance program for low-to-moderate income taxpayers begins Feb. 1 at the Senior Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd., from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and continues each Friday through April 12. Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis, with an emphasis on seniors. There is no charge for the service, provided by trained volunteers with the American Association of Retired Persons.

Bring Social Security card and a copy of your 2017 tax return. Additional tax help sessions will be held Mondays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Library beginning Feb. 4.

Health Department to Host Free Childcare Training Feb. 2
The Richardson Health Department will offer a free training seminar for childcare providers
Saturday, Feb. 2 from 8:15 a.m.-noon (registration begins at 7:45 a.m.) in the Grand Hall of the
Richardson Civic Center/City Hall. This seminar may be used for three hours of continuing education units (CEUs) for childcare providers as specified in the “Minimum Standards.” A certificate will be provided electronically after the seminar.

For more information and to register online, visit Registration is also available by calling 972-744-4085 or via e-mail,

Daddy Daughter Valentine Ball is Feb. 8; Sign-up Deadline is Feb. 1
Dads, granddads, uncles and other father figures are invited to treat their little princesses ages 5 and up to a special night at the City’s annual Daddy Daughter Valentine Ball, Friday, Feb. 8 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Richardson Civic Center’s Grand Hall. Attendees will enjoy a buffet-style dinner and a full night of dancing to music from a professional DJ.

Fee is $65 per couple for residents and $67 per couple for nonresidents and includes a photograph taken by a professional photographer. Additional daughter is $30 without an additional photograph or $40 with an additional photograph.

Register via phone or in person at Heights Recreation Center, 972-744-7850, by Feb. 1. Limited space available.


Live Mozart Music Paired with Book Discussion Jan. 31
The Richardson Symphony Orchestra will present a string quartet performance of the music of Mozart Thursday, Jan. 31 from 7-9 p.m. in the Basement Program Room followed by a panel discussion on the book “Mozart’s Starling,” by Lyanda Lynn Haupt.

Both adults and teens are welcome to attend, and registration is not required. Call 972-744-4376 for more information.


Cultural Partnership Initiative CPI

 For more upcoming shows and events, visit


Mochitsuki New Year’s Celebration Held at Fujitsu
Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker joined area families, the Honorable Hideo Fukushima, Consul-General of Japan in Houston, and other special guests Jan. 13 as they celebrated the Year of the Boar at Fujitsu Network Communications. The annual event, organized by the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, featured live performances of Japanese music and dance along with food and other authentic cultural experiences. Guests tried their hand at traditional Japanese games, ikebana (flower arranging) and calligraphy, watched a mochitsuki (rice pounding) demonstration and sampled fresh mochi (rice cakes). 

Richardson has strong ties with Japan in terms of the business community as well as the community at large. The Mayor’s Office of International Business helps cultivate business opportunities with Japan (currently, 18 Richardson companies are Japanese-owned).  


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At the Eisemann Center:

  • “The Boy Who Would Be Captain Hook” Jan. 26
    3 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $25.
    David Harrell brings to life a story of his childhood. Born without his right hand and fitted with a prosthetic hook before he started school, Harrell was kept on the sidelines of recess until the game became “Peter Pan,” where he fit perfectly but quickly grew tired of playing Captain Hook and decided he wanted to be a hero. An Eisemann Center Presents Family & Broadway Specials production.
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra Jan. 27
    2:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $11-$102.
    The orchestra marks the 10th anniversary of Eugene Migliaro Corporon as music director with “Joyride,” celebrating Maestro Corporon’s love of cars. The program includes John Adams’ “Short Ride in a Fast Machine,” John Mackey’s “Redline Tango,” and Michael Markowski’s “JoyRide.” The wind orchestra will also perform the world premiere of James Stephenson’s “Concerto Grosso.”
  • The Bumper Jacksons Feb. 1
    7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $45.
    With original songs and reimagined American roots music, from New Orleans jazz and street blues to Appalachian country swing, this brassy ensemble features horns, pedal steel, guitars, banjo, clarinet, washboard and the lead vocals of singer/songwriters Jess Eliot Myhre and Chris Ousley.

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:

  • Augustin Wiedemann Concert Tonight
    8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Tickets are $15; click here  to purchase.
    Enjoy an evening of classical guitar by the world-renowned guitarist. Wiedemann won first prize in the 6th International Guitar Competition in Havana and is a guitar and chamber music professor in Austria, in addition to performing internationally with diverse orchestras and as a solo artist.
  • Free Lecture Jan. 30: “Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Civic Virtue”
    7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free.
    Don Howard will discuss the ethical impacts of technology and how they often affect the well-being of the communities within which individual users and makers of technology live and work, and how we can sustain “virtuous practices.” For more information, click here.
  • Comer Collection Photography Exhibit Through Feb. 16; Gallery Talk Jan. 31
    Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Thursday-Friday from 1-6 p.m. at SP/N Gallery, Synergy Park North 2. Admission is free.
    The exhibit, “Representation and Presentation in Photography,” features the work of photographer Letha Wilson. Curator Francesca Brunetti will give a free gallery talk about the exhibit Thursday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. with a reception following.
  • Joey DeFrancesco Trio Feb. 1
    8 p.m. in the Arts and Technology Lecture Hall. Admission is $20. For tickets, click here.
    The Grammy-nominated blues, jazz, R&B and soul artist is joined by Victor North on saxophone and Khary Shaheed on drums. 




Tree Cycling Drop-off Closes Feb. 1
Are you the last on your block to take down your Christmas tree? Or is it taking up space laying in your yard, waiting to be composted? The City’s “tree cycling” drop-off location at the Municipal Service Center (1260 Columbia Dr.) is open 24 hours a day through Feb. 1. In addition, trees and tree limbs are picked up year-round as part of the City’s Brush and Bulky Item Collection Service—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 natural and unflocked, and free of ornaments, tinsel, tree stands, nails, lights, etc.

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. For more information, visit For information about purchasing mulch and compost, visit

Protect Plants, Landscapes from Freezing Temps
Water University, a division of Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service, has developed a colorful, downloadable, free information sheet that features tips on defending landscapes and plants from the sporadic, unpredictable freezing temperatures in Texas. Here are a few of the do’s and don’ts—get the complete list by clicking here:


  • Make sure the soil, and ONLY the soil (not the leaves), is moist when freezing temperatures are expected. Sufficient water inside plant cells can make a specimen more resilient to frost damage, but excess moisture on the outside can contribute to damage as water freezes.
  • Water only when temperatures rise above 45 degrees or higher the day before a freeze.
  • Turn your irrigation controller or timer to off when expecting a freeze.


  • Over water—watering only once or twice a month during winter should suffice for most plants.
  • Irrigate late in the day, when plants are less likely to absorb water.
  • Cause accidents on roads and walkways with ice formed from sprinkler spillover.



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

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.

School Crossing Guard ($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 Gremlin and Baby! These super sweet senior cats are spayed/neutered, fully vaccinated and litter trained. They have been together since they were kittens and would love to find a new home together. Gremlin and Baby are great with kids and other pets. They are a wonderful pair of cats experienced in the snuggle and lounging department with so much love yet to give.

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




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