Week In Review, May 31, 2019
May 31, 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.
Throughout the year the City Council or City Plan Commission will hold meetings on topics of significant interest to local neighborhoods or the community in general. Links to view all City Council or City Plan Commission meeting documents that may have topics of interest to you can be found here: City Council | City Plan Commission
Early Voting Continues
Early voting for the June 8 Richardson City Council Place runoff election began Tuesday and continues through June 4. The Richardson City Hall/Civic Center is an early voting location for any Richardson resident who lives in either Dallas or Collin County.
Remaining Hours for early voting are as follows:
May 31-June 1—8 a.m.-5 p.m.
June 2—1-6 p.m.
June 3-4—7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Note: On Election Day (June 8), voters will vote at their precinct’s designated polling location, with the following location changes:
- Precinct 2701 will vote at Richardson Church of the Nazarene
2101 E. Renner Rd., Richardson, TX 75082
- Precinct 2702 will vote at Miller Elementary School
5661 Coventry Dr., Richardson, TX 75082
For more information, visit www.cor.net/elections.
Free Admission to City Pools on Splash Day June 1
All City neighborhood pools, including Terrace, Canyon Creek, Glenville and Cottonwood, will open for the season Saturday, June 1 at 1 p.m. with free admission. Heights Family Aquatic Center, which opened earlier this month (and is open today until 8 p.m.) will also offer free admission, opening at noon.
Pool hours vary by location. For hours and regular season admission information, visit www.cor.net/pools.
Richardson CARES Applications Available
The application process is open for the second annual Citizens Academy and Resource Education Series (Richardson CARES). The free, seven-week class series is offered to adults ages 18 and up to help them gain a better understanding and knowledge of the structure and function of the City of Richardson.
Classes will meet Sept. 5-Oct. 17, every Thursday from 6-9 p.m. CARES participants will meet City staff, learn about the day-to-day operations of Richardson’s government and discover ways to contribute and be an active participant. Each session will focus on a different function of the City and be presented by various departments, at various locations. The program will be interactive and include tours, on-site demonstrations and question-and-answer sessions.
For more information and an application, visit www.cor.net/RichardsonCARES or stop by the City Secretary’s office in City Hall during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Deadline to apply is July 31.
Electronics Recycling and Document Shredding Events Rescheduled for Saturday, June 1
The Trash Bash events originally planned in April have been rescheduled for Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Richardson Square Mall. A residential cooking oil/grease collection event is also being held Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 551. N. Plano Rd. See maps and more information below.
Richardson Today is in the Mail
The June issue of Richardson Today was mailed earlier this week and should begin arriving in mailboxes this weekend. The June issue has a special focus on the arts in Richardson, including the complete 2019-20 Eisemann Center Presents schedule of performances (click here to view videos of each of the acts), and information about several local arts groups.
Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city and is available at recreation centers, the Senior Center, City Hall and the Library. Keep up with Richardson Today stories as they happen, including video, at www.RichardsonToday.com. A digital version of the print edition of Richardson Today may also be accessed there. Ask your local mail carrier if you do not receive your copy of Richardson Today and you live within the boundaries of Richardson.
Lane Closure Expected on Eastbound Arapaho Road and on Southbound Bike Lane of Grove Road
The right lane of eastbound Arapaho Road between Dorothy Drive and the railroad tracks may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. through late September due to cable/fiber optic work. In addition, 730 feet of the southbound bike lane on Grove Road from Arapaho Road may be closed to traffic during the same time, also due to cable/fiber optic work.
“Dive-in Movie” Tonight
Heights Family Aquatic Center will host a Dive-In Movie Night tonight, May 31 with a showing of the 2016 PG-rated animated movie, “The Secret Life of Pets,” beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $7; purchase in advance (recommended due to the event’s popularity) at Heights and Huffhines recreation centers and at Heights Family Aquatic Center during regular business hours. Gates will open for the Dive-In Movie at 8 p.m. For more information, call 972-744-7893.
Inclusive Swim and Play Days Begin June 3
The Richardson Aquatics program begins a new swim program this summer for people with special needs or disabilities. Inclusive Swim and Play Days will be held on select Mondays June-August at the Heights Family Aquatic Center, beginning Monday, June 3 from 10 a.m.-noon. Bring your family members with special needs or disabilities and get in two hours early, before the general public is allowed into the pool, and continue to swim and play the remainder of the day.
Individuals with special needs/disabilities receive free admission; all other family members/caregivers will need to purchase a gate pass ($4 for residents and $8 for nonresidents). Pre-registration is required, visit www.cor.net/parksonline to register. Ages 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult or caregiver.
“Fun in the Sun” Mornings Begin June 5 at the Heights Family Aquatic Center
Toddlers, babies and their caregivers can beat the heat before naptime and enjoy exclusive early entry from 10 a.m.-noon at the Heights Family Aquatic Center every Wednesday and Friday during the summer swim season, beginning June 5. Older siblings are welcome as well.
Admission to Heights Family Aquatic Center is free for children ages 3 and younger, and $4 for Richardson residents ages 4 and up ($8 for nonresidents). For more information, call the Aquatics office at 972-744-7892.
Meet Summer Day Camp Counselors June 6
Learn all about the City’s summer day camp program at the annual “Meet the Counselors” event Thursday, June 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Rd. The event is informal—come and go as you like.
Day camps begin June 10, with a variety of offerings for ages 5-15. For online information, visit www.cor.net/corcamps.
Reserve Block Parties Now for Fourth of July
Planning a neighborhood block party for the Fourth of July? If all or part of it takes place on a City of Richardson street, make sure to check out the online Public Street Use Permit Application packet. The packet contains instructions, requirements, information about related costs (if applicable) and the forms that need to be submitted to the City (at least two weeks in advance) when holding a street event. Permits are approved on a first-come, first-served basis, as City staff/resources are limited as to the number of parties that can be accommodated, especially on holidays.
Click here to view and print the packet.
“Coffee & Cops” June 7
The next Coffee & Cops event will be Friday, June 7 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Top Pot Doughnuts, 1251 State St. #700. The public is invited to stop by, say hello to members of the Richardson Police force and ask questions or discuss any concerns. Note: this is an informal gathering with no agenda.
For more information, contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955.
60th Anniversary Kick Off Party Tomorrow
The Richardson Public Library celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, and kicks off the celebration Saturday, June 1. All ages are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs outside in the fountain plaza from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and enjoy refreshments and other fun activities, including:
- A puppet show by Le Theatre de Marionette
- Limbo and hula hoop contests and dancing to 50s music
- Book walks
- Live music from the Richardson Community Band
Poodle skirts and other 50s attire are optional but welcomed! For more information, click here.
Kids’ Summer Reading Club Sign Up Party Tomorrow
Summer is a great time to read, and the Library’s Summer Reading Club is a great way to encourage reading through logs and incentives. This year’s Club, entitled, “A Universe of Stories,” officially begins at the Library’s 60th Anniversary Kick Off Saturday, June 1 in the Civic Center fountain plaza from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Stop by the sign-up table and receive a ticket for free ice cream from Mr. Sugar Rush’s Ice Cream Truck—free cake and face painting, too!
If you can’t make it to the kick off, free reading logs and bookmarks will be available in the Youth Services Department beginning June 1. Toddlers through teens keep track of their reading June 1-Aug. 4 and earn prizes for every 10 books/hours logged, including free books, Eisemann Center season tickets, a movie/pizza party and a Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet. For more information, click here. Sponsored by the Friends of the Richardson Library.
“Medicare and You” June 4
Scott Teagle presents “Medicare and You,” a free workshop Tuesday, June 4 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Gain a better understanding of Medicare eligibility, election periods, enrollment penalties and the differences between original Medicare and Medicare Advantage (Part C), Prescription Drug (Part D) and the “donut hole.” The workshop covers, in detail, the four parts of Medicare: A, B, C and D.
For adults only; registration is not required. For more information, call 972-744-4376.
Free Family Evening Movie June 6: “Monsters vs. Aliens”
All ages are invited to the Library this summer for the “Free Flix @ 6” movie series, evening screenings of family-friendly movies in the First Floor Program Room held twice a month, during June and July. The series kicks off Thursday, June 6 from 6-8 p.m. with the 2009 PG-rated animated movie, “Monsters vs. Aliens.”
Admission is free and includes snacks—no advance registration or ticket required. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
DFW China Town, a Richardson Destination
DFW China Town in Richardson has become a major attraction in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, known for its authentic Asian cuisine, shopping and events.
The area first opened its doors in 1985 and has seen several renovations and new retail stores and restaurants. It includes a bakery, grocery store and nine statues of historic figures. It is also home to the Dallas Chinese Community Center where residents and visitors can participate in several events year-round.
DFW China Town is located at 400 N. Greenville Ave. in Richardson. Visit www.dfwchinatown.com for more information. To view a video about DFW China Town click here.
At the Eisemann Center
- Hamed Nikpay Band June 7
8 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $30-$100.
The vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and Iranian recording artist brings his talents to the Eisemann Center after performing in numerous concerts throughout Iran, Asia, Europe and the U.S.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
At UT Dallas
- Chinese Language and Culture Camp for Ages 6-17 M-F 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 10-28 in the Jonsson Academic Center. Weekly sessions are offered with different content each week; click here for pricing. Registration deadline: June 3.
The camp combines learning and fun with daily immersion language classes and fun activities such as calligraphy, painting, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, folk dances and crafts. Children are divided into age groups (6-8, 9-11 and 12-17).
Electronics Recycling, Document Shredding is Saturday, June 1
The electronics recycling and shredding event originally scheduled for April 13 has been rescheduled for June 1 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Richardson Square Mall, southeast corner of Plano Road at Belt Line Road (see map). Drop off documents and electronic devices (cell phones, flat screen TVs and monitors, audio/video equipment, peripherals) or anything electronic related (EXCEPT old tube-style CRTs and TVs).
The event is open to the public and is a fundraiser of the Richardson Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association. Cost is free except for businesses wishing to shred large amounts of paper. They will be asked to donate a minimum of $5/box of paper. Note: Please remove paper from three-ring binders prior to arrival. For more information, visit www.rcpaaa.org.
Residential Cooking Oil/Grease Collection Event is Saturday, June 1
Keep used cooking oil and grease out of the water system (and out of the landfill) by bringing it to one of the City’s biannual oil and grease collection events. The collection, originally scheduled for April 13, has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 551 N. Plano Rd., southwest corner of Plano Road and Columbia Drive (see map). Bring cooled oil and grease in a rigid plastic container with screw-top lid (the container the oil came in may work)—just drive up, drop container(s) in the collection bin and drive off (do not pour out the oil/grease).
American BioSource recycles the oil/grease into bio diesel fuel, which reduces greenhouse gasses and carbon emissions released into the air.
Celebrate National Trails Day June 1
Celebrate National Trails Day Saturday, June 1 without having to travel far. With 38 parks and more than 40 miles of trails and walkways, Richardson offers plenty of free opportunities to get outside, reach fitness goals and appreciate nature.
For those wishing to explore further in Texas, Texas Parks & Wildlife is sponsoring several hiking events on National Trails Day, including a hike across a river and another up a mountain. For a complete list, click here.
For more information about Richardson’s trail system, including maps, click here.
Facilities Maintenance Superintendent ($5,880-$8,861 monthly)
Facilities Maintenance is seeking individuals interested in providing strategic planning as it relates to City of Richardson facilities by making recommendations and overseeing the division budget, participating in short- and long-term planning and overseeing related service contracts.
Maintenance Helper II ($2,316-$3,196 monthly)
The Public Services Department has multiple openings for individuals who love working outdoors doing repair and construction to streets and water distribution and wastewater collection systems.
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 Chico! He is an older Staffordshire bull terrier mix, neutered, fully vaccinated, leash and house trained. Chico is gentle, calm, friendly and would like nothing more than to spend the rest of his twilight years with a family to call his own. Please help Chico find a furever 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.