Week In Review, Feb. 15, 2019
Feb. 15, 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.
2019 Wildflower Lineup Announced
The lineup of acts for Richardson’s 27th annual Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival, to be held May 17-19 at the Galatyn Park Urban Center, were announced this morning.
- Fitz and the Tantrums
- Judah & the Lion
- Good Charlotte
- Neon Trees
- The Jacksons
- Grand Funk Railroad
- The Guess Who
- Blue Oyster Cult
- Quiet Riot
Aeromyth, an Aerosmith tribute band, will perform daily in the Eisemann Center.
The three-day event is coordinated by the City and features local, regional and national acts at seven performance areas/stages. The Festival also includes a singer/songwriter contest, art guitar auction, the family-friendly WF! Kids area, food vendors throughout the Festival grounds, a craft beer garden and strolling entertainers, buskers and acrobats.
Online tickets sales starting at $30 per day are available at www.wildflowerfestival.com, including VIP passes that include complimentary food, beverages, VIP seating and VIP parking. Resident tickets at reduced pricing are also on sale for $12 at City Hall, municipal rec centers, Gymnastics Center and Senior Center during regular business hours. Proof of residency is required to purchase limited quantities of residential passes.
For more information, visit www.wildflowerfestival.com.
Valentine’s Day Event Promotes Mayor’s Summer Internship Program/Students Sought
The 2019 Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program (RMSIP) was featured at a Valentine’s Day luncheon yesterday, held to solicit participation and show appreciation for area business leaders interested in getting involved with local schools.
The event was hosted at Methodist’s Campus for Continuing Care and promoted partnerships between the business community and Richardson Independent School District. Now in its second year, RMSIP is a collaboration between the City, RISD and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce that enables incoming high school seniors to receive eight weeks of paid summer employment at a local business, nonprofit or government agency. Students gain invaluable real-world experience and exposure to careers in which they’ve expressed an interest, work 20-40 hours per week and earn a minimum of $10 per hour; employers invest in Richardson’s future workforce and get to know some of RISD’s most motivated talent.
Program coordinators hope to double participation of both students and employers this year through greater outreach. Student applications will be accepted through March 22 and employer commitment forms will be accepted through April 1. For more information, including qualifications, date/time requirements and forms/applications, visit www.rmsip.org. To see a video about the program produced by City Communications, click here.
Annual Finance Audit Conducted; Results Given to Council
Richardson’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) continues to pass detailed review by independent auditors. This week the City Council received a report that shows the City’s CAFR had no instances of non-compliance with laws and regulations, no material weaknesses and no deficiencies with the internal control structure related to financial statements and grant compliance. In addition, the information was consistent with all applicable accounting standards and requirements.
The 2018 CAFR is available for the public to view online at www.cor.net/CAFR. A printed copy for viewing is available at the Library and City Secretary’s office.
Stones for Spring Creek Nature Area Entrances Take Shape
More than three-fourths of the granite pieces that will make up the two main entry areas at the Spring Creek Nature Area are at an out of state fabrication plant and being prepared for delivery and installment next month at the Spring Creek Nature Area. The pieces are being wire-sawed to become a seat-wall, benches and leaf-shaped entry portal that will enhance the entryways of the north side of the park along Renner Road at Routh Creek Parkway and Plano Road.
Construction of the Spring Creek Nature Area perimeter trail, on which the entrances will be located, was recently completed. The granite entry features were originally anticipated to be delivered earlier this month but severe winter weather in the North slowed production and delivery.
DART Board Approves Second Track for Cotton Belt Line
Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s section of the Cotton Belt Rail Line will feature a dual track design after a unanimous vote by the agency’s board of directors earlier this week. The decision to add a second track will allow two-way traffic and enable trains to run more efficiently while reducing wait times for passengers.
The Cotton Belt is a key piece of Richardson’s future transportation network. The 53-mile Cotton Belt Rail Corridor will link Richardson to DFW International Airport and downtown Fort Worth; DART’s 26-mile section stretches from Plano to DFW Airport and will feature stops in Richardson at both the UT Dallas campus and CityLine, where it will interconnect with DART’s existing light rail system. Construction is expected to begin this year (see below for related story), with an estimated completion date of December 2022.
For more information, visit www.cor.net/cottonbelt.
Pre-Design Field Work to Begin for Cotton Belt Corridor
DART has announced that the design-builder for DART’s section of the Cotton Belt corridor will begin pre-design field activities along the 26-mile alignment this month. This effort will allow the design-builder to advance DART’s design that formed the basis of the Final Environmental Impacts Statement and will validate the engineering assumptions that inform their ongoing planning and design efforts.
The activities will be primarily conducted in and along the existing railroad right of way, with occasional movement of workers and small equipment on and off public grade crossings. The work will take place during daytime hours and will involve minor surveying and construction equipment such as GPS instruments, tripods, service vehicles, pickup trucks, small tools and light duty drill rigs. Any need for the workers to access private property will be prohibited unless otherwise coordinated with the property owner in advance of the work.
Pre-design activities are expected to last through June. Additional information about the Cotton Belt Project may be found at www.DART.org/CottonBelt.
Main Street Area Lane Closures
Each lane of westbound and eastbound Main Street between US 75 and Greenville Avenue may be closed, one at a time, beginning Monday, Feb. 18 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. to allow crews to install new pavement markings.
In addition, northbound Greenville Avenue near Main Street (between Polk Street and Terrace Drive) may be rerouted onto the Greenville Avenue median at all times due to water line installation. Completion is expected in late February.
Coit Road Lane Closure
The right lane of northbound Coit Road, north of Campbell Road between Lennox Square Place and Bank of America, may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for aerial communications cable placement and the pulling of cable through existing conduit. Completion is expected in early March.
RISD Book Fair Continues Through Sunday
The annual RISD Council of PTAs Used Book Fair continues daily through Sunday, Feb. 17 in the gym of the RISD Professional Development Center, 701 W. Belt Line Rd. Thousands of used books, CDs, LPs, DVDs and computer games will be available, with prices starting at $1. Proceeds from the four-day event help fund local PTAs and scholarships for RISD high school seniors and teachers.
Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Cash, checks with ID and credit cards will be accepted, and all sales today (Friday) will be tax-free.
Photography Workshop/Photo Contest Awards Ceremony Feb. 21
The public is invited to a free photography workshop Thursday, Feb. 21 in the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center Grand Hall along with the awards ceremony for the City’s 2019 Photography Contest. The 2019 judges conduct the workshop following the awards, with one-on-one critiques available after. The entire event takes place from 6-8 p.m.
The Results Exhibit from the 2019 Photo Contest are on display through Feb. 19 in the Library’s Third Floor Gallery. Photographers compete in three divisions (Student, Amateur Adult and Proficient Adult) in this annual contest coordinated by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department.
Writing Workshop Feb. 16
Tweens and teens ages 11-18 are invited to attend a free “Write Here, Write Now” writing workshop Saturday, Feb. 16 from 3-4 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Participants will build their writing know-how with games, skills-building exercises, brainstorming and word-building help. Arrive early at 2 p.m. and help shape Library activities by attending a meeting of the Teen Advisory Board!
No registration is required. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
At the Eisemann Center:
- “My Funny Valentine” Through Feb. 16
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday in the Bank of America Theatre, with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. Tickets are $38-$49.
Join comedians Pat Hazell and Dena Blizzard as they present an evening of standup comedy covering topics including relationships, dating, parenting and family life, with a chance for audience members to ask for free relationship advice during a Q & A.
Note: This show contains mature content.
- “The Five Browns” with Plano Symphony Orchestra Feb. 16
8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $33-$83 and available at www.planosymphony.org.
The nationally acclaimed, chart-topping classical pianists and siblings, “The Five Browns,” appear with the PSO in a program that includes Prokofiev’s “March and Scherzo” from “The Love for Three Oranges,” “Star Wars” by Williams/Anderson, and Bach’s “Triple Concerto in C Major BWV 1064.”
- Lunar New Year Performance Feb. 17
7 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $25-$100.
The Talon Culture Foundation presents its second annual Lunar New Year performance, featuring acts from the U.S. and Asia that showcase both American and Asian culture and celebrate the Year of the Pig. Performances include traditional and modern dancers and singers, and live music from a Chinese orchestra.
- Sammy Miller and The Congregation Feb. 21
7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $47.
Back by popular demand, Grammy-nominated drummer Sammy Miller brings his ensemble, “The Congregation” and their “joyful jazz” to the Eisemann Center for a third return engagement.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets/registration for Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
At UT Dallas:
- Guitarist Raphaella Smits Feb. 15
8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Tickets are $15. (click here to purchase)
Classical guitarist Raphaella Smits brings her widely acclaimed musical skills to Richardson. Honored with a chair at Belgium’s Lemmens Institute, Smits has performed and taught master classes internationally and is noted for performing on eight-string guitars and historical instruments.
- Black History Month Research & Film Series Feb. 18
6-8 p.m. in Room FO 2.404 in the Founders Building. Admission is free.
The 2016 film, “I Am Not Your Negro,” based on texts by James Baldwin, will be presented with an introduction by Dr. Dennis Michael Mims. Dr. Mims will discuss Baldwin’s literary contributions and civil rights activism in the context of U.S. history, foreign relations and African American studies.
Click here for more information.
- Theatre UTD: “The Flu Season” Preview Performance Feb. 21
8 p.m. in the University Theatre. Admission is free.
(The show officially opens Friday, Feb. 22 and runs through March 2; click here for more information including ticket prices.)
Winner of the 2004 Oppenheimer Award for Best New York Debut by an American Playwright, this Will Eno play is a “reluctant love story” set in a hospital and a theater.
Richardson Storytelling Festival Events Saturday
The Richardson Storytelling Festival wraps up Saturday, Feb. 16 with an afternoon and evening of storytelling for all ages, featuring award-winning storyteller Decee Cornish. The creativity takes place at the Worship and Arts Center of First United Methodist Church, 503 N. Central Expwy., at the following times:
- “Tiny Tales” (a workshop for ages 5 and under with a caregiver) 2 p.m.
- “We’re the Ones” (a storytelling showcase performance by young storytellers) 3:30 p.m.
- “Legacy” (storytelling by Cornish, with stories, music, puppetry and more) 6:30 p.m.
Admission is free to all events at the door; use code “story19” to waive ticket fees if you prefer to reserve online. For more details, click here.
The festival is being presented by Arts Incubator of Richardson (AIR) and Read Play Love through a grant from the Ann and Charles Eisemann Arts Innovation Initiative, to use the power of story to create bridges among audiences, generations, cultural themes and art disciplines.
Chamber Music International Feb. 16
Chamber Music International (CMI) presents “Concert 5,” Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Belt Line Rd. The concert features an original work for solo viola written by a CMI performer as well as “Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26” by Brahms.
Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors and $10 for students. A family package is available for two adults and up to four children for $80. For more information, visit www.chambermusicinternational.org.
Last Weekend for Roger Miller’s “Big River” at Repertory Company Theatre
“Big River” is being presented by Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd., through Feb. 17. The Tony Award-winning musical, based on Mark Twain’s classic novel, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and written by the late recording artist Roger Miller, is considered a celebration of pure Americana.
Remaining performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $27 for adults and $17 for youth. Purchase online at www.rcttheatre.com or call the box office at 972-690-5029.
Last Weekend for “The Cemetery Club” at Richardson Theatre Centre
Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 113, is presenting the comedy, “The Cemetery Club,” through Sunday, Feb. 17. The story of lasting friendship centers around three Jewish widows who meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves, and what happens when they meet Sam the butcher, who also visits the cemetery.
Remaining show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-22 and include complimentary sweets, snacks and beverages. To reserve tickets, call 972-699-1130.
Crowley Park Neighborhood Holds Trash Bash
The Crowley Park neighborhood recently held their annual Trash Bash, a “pre-event” of the citywide Trash Bash held in April each year. Crowley Park residents traditionally host their event early in the year when it’s easier and safer to access the creek and woods that run through the neighborhood, before a lot of new growth occurs.
Volunteers filled bags (provided by the City) with trash and recyclable items. They also picked up debris created by recent storms. The cleanup plays an essential role in preserving the neighborhood’s natural resources and wildlife habitat, and benefits other neighborhoods as well by helping to protect the creek water from pollution.
Any group or neighborhood may schedule a cleanup event through the Health Department’s Community and Corporate Environmental Cleanup Program—in addition to trash and recycle bags, the City also provides plastic gloves and tools to help pickup waste, and picks up the bags when the event is finished.
To plan a group cleanup event, contact the Health Department via phone at 972-744-4080 or e-mail at email@example.com. To schedule your group to participate in the City’s Trash Bash April 13, visit www.cor.net/trashbash.
February is Pruning Time in North Texas
With mild daytime temperatures expected this weekend, it’s the perfect time to get outside and do some pruning. Texas AgriLife Extension’s Earth Kind Landscaping program states that in general, the best time to prune most plants is during late winter or early spring before new growth begins. But there’s a wrong way and a right way to prune, and the program offers free, helpful online pruning tips to avoid damaging trees and shrubs and preventing disease. Click here to access the information.
Don’t forget that once you have a large number of limbs or shrubbery, pile them at your front curb and call the City’s Brush and Bulky Item Collection service (BABIC) to request a pick-up. Make sure to let BABIC know you have yard material to be picked up for composting and mulch, to keep the items out of the landfill. The compost and mulch are sold to area residents at a discount and used in City landscaping. Visit www.cor.net/BABIC for more information.
Heavy Equipment Operator ($3,185-$4,255 monthly)
Public Services is seeking individuals interested in driving and operating heavy motorized equipment used for maintenance purposes.
Preventative Maintenance Tech ($2,261-$3,047 monthly)
Fleet Services is seeking individuals interested in performing preventative maintenance and tire repairs on City vehicles and equipment.
Leasing Support Technician-part time ($10-$15.30 hourly)
Civic Center is seeking individuals interested in overseeing client activities, functions and events during assigned hours.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Sweet Pea! She is part kangaroo, part Catahoula and mostly American mutt mix. Yes, kangaroo! She loves to bounce around and just look at those ears! Sweet Pea is spayed, about 6 years old, fully vaccinated, house trained and know some basic commands. She would do best in a home as the only pet and would love to have a yard and lots of playtime. Please help Sweet Pea find her forever home!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
To read previous Week in Reviews, visit www.cor.net/WIR.