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Week In Review, July 5, 2019

Post Date:07/05/2019
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July 5, 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:
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Richardson Celebrates Independence Day at Breckinridge Park
The 30th annual Family 4th Celebration was held Thursday night at Breckinridge Park. Attendees were treated to a performance by the Richardson Community Band, which played a mix of patriotic tunes and pop hits. The night was capped off with a 23-minute fireworks show set to music, with the fireworks shot off over the lake ensuring there was not a bad seat in the house.

The night began with the newly crowned Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen Allie Graves singing the national anthem. Miss Texas Chandler Foreman was also in attendance, one of her first public appearances since being crowned last week at the Eisemann Center.

Miss Texas Crowned at Eisemann Center
Miss Texas 2019
Miss Park Cities Chandler Foreman was named the new Miss Texas and Miss Lone Star Allie Graves became Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen in pageant finals held last weekend at the Eisemann Center.

Foreman, a classically trained flutist, is a broadcast journalism major at the University of North Texas and won a $20,000 scholarship to help continue her education. Graves is a high school student from Texarkana. Both will represent Texas at the Miss America Pageant.

This is the sixth year the Miss Texas Pageant has been held at the Eisemann Center, attracting hundreds of spectators from across the state to Richardson to witness preliminary competitions as well as the finals.

“Eisemann Center Presents” Single Tickets on Sale July 8
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Single tickets for shows in the Eisemann Center’s 2019-20 “Eisemann Center Presents” season go on sale to the general public Monday, July 8 at 10 a.m. The upcoming season includes:

  • The Jen Chapin Trio
  • Asleep at the Wheel
  • Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations®
  • Candid Camera’s LOL Tour starring Peter Funt
  • That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody
  • I Wrote That One Too … An Evening with Steve Dorff

For the complete list/schedule of “Eisemann Center Presents” shows and to purchase tickets online, go to

Delayed Opening at Animal Shelter July 10
Due to building maintenance at the Richardson Animal Shelter July 10, the Shelter will open to the public at 11 a.m. that day instead of 8 a.m. For questions or more information, call the Shelter at 972-744-4480 or visit

Richardson Projects

Turning Lane Closures Expected on Centennial Boulevard
The left turn lanes of eastbound and westbound Centennial Boulevard to southbound and northbound College Park may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. through early August.  Crews are digging in the area for utility work.


Portion of Belt Line Road May be Closed
Due to cable/fiber optic work, the right lanes of eastbound and westbound Belt Line Road between Frances Way and 1056 Belt Line Rd. may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The work is scheduled to be completed by late August.



Contemporary Chorale Auditions Begin Tomorrow
The Contemporary Chorale of Richardson is holding voice placement auditions for its fall season from 9 a.m.-noon tomorrow (July 6) and Aug. 10. The Chorale has openings for all voice parts, especially basses, tenors and baritones. No preparation is necessary, however interested individuals must register for an audition time on the Chorale’s website, Rehearsals begin Aug. 15 and are held Thursdays from 7-9:30 p.m. at Big Springs Baptist Church in Garland.

The Contemporary Chorale is the oldest, continually operating community choir in North Texas and is funded in part by a grant from the Cultural Arts Commission. Since its founding in 1956, the group has evolved into a choir for men and women of all ages and backgrounds.

Free “Baby Boot Camp” at CityLine Plaza July 8
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CityLine will host a free Baby Boot Camp session outdoors at CityLine Plaza, Monday, July 8 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The free “stroller fitness” class is open to moms of all fitness levels and will include cardio drills, strength training exercises and stretching. For more information, visit

“Taste of Network” Brown Bag Lunch & Learn July 10
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Network of Community Ministries will host a “Brown Bag Lunch & Learn” Wednesday, July 10 beginning at 11:30 a.m. The longtime Richardson nonprofit organization has begun the Lunch & Learn series, held on the second Wednesday of each month, to help the community learn about Network’s programs. Attendees hear from Network staff, take a tour and see firsthand how Network helps our neighbors in need.

No reservation is required, and you may bring your lunch. For more information, visit Network of Community Ministries is located at 741 S. Sherman St.

Free Movie at Breckinridge Park July 12: “Sing”
The Parks and Recreation Department continues its summer Friday Film Series July 12 with the 2016 animated PG-rated movie, “Sing,” shown outdoors at Breckinridge Park beginning at dusk. Arrive early at 7:30 p.m. to get in on karaoke fun!

Admission is free, with light refreshments available for purchase. Attendees may bring blankets and lawn chairs, as well as well-behaved dogs. Movie location is near Entrance B/Pavilion B, the same location as Richardson’s Family 4th Celebration. The movie series concludes Aug. 9 at Heights Park.

For more information, call 972-744-7850.


Lunchtime Lecture: “Civil Rights Movement in Dallas” July 9
Author, editor and professor of history at UT-Arlington Dr. Marvin Dulaney will present a Lunchtime Lecture entitled, “Civil Rights Movement in Dallas,” Tuesday, July 9 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Come learn about the African-American experience in Texas and see how these stories are essential in understanding the history of Texas overall. For those reading the 2019 Richardson Reads One Book selection, “Bluebird, Bluebird,” the lecture is an opportunity to “go deeper” and explore the book’s historical background.

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

Space-Themed Events to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing
In celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission and first moonwalk, the Richardson Public Library is hosting several space-themed activities next week:

  • “Rocket Race” Scavenger Hunt July 9
    Tweens and teens ages 11-18 are invited to take part in a “Rocket Race” team scavenger hunt from 3-5 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Each correct answer earns your team a rocket piece. The first team to assemble their rocket wins!
  • Kids Learn About “The Race into Space” July 10
    Children ages 6 and up can explore the history of space travel, and the events that led to walking on the moon, with Solar System Ambassador Leslie Barnhill from 2-3 p.m. in the Basement Program Room.
  • Free Family Movie: “Muppets from Space” July 11
    All ages are welcome to enjoy a screening of the G-rated 1999 movie, “Muppets from Space,” in the First Floor Program Room from 6-8 p.m. Snacks provided!

All the events are free and no pre-registration is required. For more information, call 972-744-4358.

Meet the Dogs from “Tales for Tails” July 12
Tales for Tails
Get to know the therapy dogs from the Library’s “Tales for Tails” reading program Friday, July 12 from 3-4 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room. Listen to the handlers talk about each dog’s jobs, training and history. Feel free to ask questions and pet the dogs before leaving!

All ages are welcome and there is no charge to attend. For more information about the Tales for Tails program, call the Library’s Youth Services at 972-744-4358.


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 For more upcoming shows and events, visit


Summer Diversity Dialogues held at UT Dallas

Every semester, Richardson residents are invited to the University of Texas at Dallas to participate in an in-depth conversation about diversity, dubbed Diversity Dialogues. The interactive discussion, which is held in a safe and comfortable space, gives attendees the opportunity to learn and understand about other cultures by hearing various perspectives and experiences.

Diversity Dialogues is one of the programs organized through the university’s Multicultural Center.  It is free and open to all UT Dallas students, staff, faculty and Richardson residents.

Click here to see a video created by the City’s Communications Department highlighting the event, or visit for more information.

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • “Old Jews Telling Jokes” Opens July 11
    Thursdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. through July 28. Tickets are $39-$65.
    An evening of one-liners, double entendres, songs, skits and hysterical routines performed by five actors who pay tribute to and reinvent classic jokes of the past and present. Note: contains adult humor not appropriate for patrons younger than 18.

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

Richardson Community Chorale Seeks Singers
The Richardson Community Chorale is inviting all interested singers to join the group for its next season of performances. The non-audition choir provides performances for Richardson and the surrounding communities and is sponsored in part by the Cultural Arts Commission.

For more information, send an e-mail to The Chorale’s 2019-20 season begins Monday, Aug. 26.

“A Reason to Believe” Continues at the Core Theatre
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The Core Theatre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 115, is presenting an original production entitled, “A Reason to Believe,” through July 14. The play is a riveting drama interlaced with humor about a man whose life changes after “having it all.”

Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for youth, $15 for seniors and $25 for adults.

For more information, visit 




Rains Increase Mosquitoes; City Offers Tips for Protection, Reduction
This summer’s weekly rains have brought an increase in mosquitoes to some areas of Richardson due to an increase in puddles of water and other rain-filled areas—most mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water, about a hundred at a time, with new adult mosquitoes produced within 7-10 days.

While the Health Department continues its mosquito abatement program, staff request that residents also take an active role in helping control the mosquito population by regularly draining or removing objects where water can collect. These include old tires, buckets, empty plant pots and even small items such as upturned bottle caps. Bird baths can also attract mosquitoes, although changing the water every three to four days and placing the bird bath in direct sunlight is often enough to make it undesirable to mosquitoes. Larvicide, such as the Mosquito Dunks available at the Water Customer Service Desk at City Hall (free of charge, while supplies last), can also be used to control the population of mosquitoes in places where standing water is common.

DRAINING standing water is one of the “Four D’s of Protection” to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses. The remaining prevention measures are:

  • Use insect repellent containing DEET
  • Avoid being outdoors at DUSK and DAWN
  • DRESS to protect yourself with long sleeves and pants

For additional mosquito control tips and more information about the City’s mosquito abatement program, click here and here to view two recently produced videos.

Free Recycling Bags, Swag at Phil-up’s July Appearances
Thinking about participating in Richardson’s recycling program and/or getting your children interested in recycling? What better way to get inspired than a hug and a high five from Richardson’s recycling mascot, Phil-up the Blue Bag. Phil-up will be at the following locations in July, handing out information and recycling freebies, including vouchers for a free roll of blue bags for Richardson residents:

  • July 18
    Richardson Public Library—1-2:30 p.m.
  • July 23
    McDonald’s, 1251 E. Belt Line Rd.—10-11 a.m.
  • July 25
    Richardson Public Library—1-2:30 p.m.

For more information about Richardson’s recycling program, visit



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.

Driver Loader ($2,603-$3,749 monthly)
Solid Waste is seeking individuals interested in driving and operating residential refuse and/or recycling collection equipment.

Part-Time Recreation Support Technician ($8-$13.75 hourly)
Huffhines and Heights recreation centers are seeking individuals interested in assisting instructors, programs and activities; as well as enrolling students in programs and providing information to patrons.


Animal Shelter Pet of the Week


Hi, my name is Hercules and just like the mythical Greek god, I too am known for my strength. I am told I am a tripod, but I do not let it stop me from playing or walking. I am good on my leash and love to hop and sniff around. I am a 2-year-old German Shepherd mix and my birthday is June 7. I am fully grown and weigh 57 pounds. I am looking for a soft bed to rest on when I am not out exploring.

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






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