Week In Review, Sept. 6, 2019
Sept. 6, 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.
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Richardson, Other Cities Collaborate for NTFB Peanut Butter Drive
Collin County cities including Richardson have come together to sponsor the “Spread the Hope” Collin County Peanut Butter Drive, which kicked off this week. The Drive’s goal is to collect 100,000 pounds of peanut butter for the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) and raise awareness of food insecurity issues. NTFB provides access to 190,000 meals each day for hungry children, seniors and families through a network of more than 1,000 programs and 200 partner agencies, including Richardson’s Network of Community Ministries. Peanut butter is perpetually on NTFB’s list of most-needed foods, since it’s nutritious, kid-friendly and high in protein. However, it is not a popular donated item to the food bank due to cost.
Anyone wishing to participate may drop off plastic jars of peanut butter at any of the designated drop-off locations. In Richardson, drop-off boxes are located near the east and west entrances inside the City Hall/Civic Center, 411. W. Arapaho Rd. Other butters such as almond, hazelnut, sunflower seed and soynut are also accepted. Glass containers are discouraged as they may break when the collection box is transported. The Drive ends Sept. 30.
For more information and to watch a video about the event featuring the participating cities’ mayors (including Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker), visit www.ntfb.org/peanutbutterdrive.
Cottonwood Art Festival Names Featured Artist
Community Events staff announced this week that Minneapolis-based illustrator and painter Brian Jensen has been selected as the Fall 2019 Featured Artist for the upcoming Cottonwood Art Festival, scheduled for Oct. 5-6 at Cottonwood Park. Jensen was selected from more than 240 artists participating in the festival’s juried art show. As Featured Artist, his work will be featured on festival T-shirts and other promotional material as well as in a centrally located booth.
The biannual, free festival, now in its 50th year, also includes live music on two stages, a craft beer garden, a large variety of food purveyors and a dedicated children’s art activity area.
For complete festival information, including images of Jensen’s art, visit www.cottonwoodartfestival.com.
Great Ride Raises More Than $3K for SOTX
In spite of morning storms threatening parts of North Texas Saturday, 117 motorcyclists came out to CityLine for the annual Great Ride motorcycle event that benefits Special Olympics of Texas (SOTX), part of the City’s Corporate Challenge. Event organizers report that little rain was experienced at CityLine and Plaza festivities went ahead as planned, though some brave riders may have been doused along the 90-mile route. While fundraising was down due to the lower attendance from the weather, $3,500 was raised for SOTX.
To donate, visit www.sotx.org. To learn more about the Corporate Challenge, visit www.richardsoncorporatechallenge.com.
September is National Preparedness Month
With this year’s theme of “Prepared Not Scared,” September is National Preparedness Month, coinciding with hurricane season to remind us that it’s smart to be prepared for emergencies/disasters. Richardson’s Office of Emergency Management offers numerous steps on its webpage and in community presentations that help individuals and families be ready for floods, fires, tornados and other emergencies, including:
- Practice a home fire escape plan by having a home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the home.
- Decide on a set meeting spot away from the home where family can meet in case of an emergency.
- Be prepared for a power outage by having enough food, water and meds to last for at least 72 hours (for water, that's 1 gallon per person per day).
- Gather important documents like insurance and medical information and store them in a waterproof plastic bag. If cell phone/internet service is impaired, you can’t rely on digitally accessing this important information.
- Include children in disaster and emergency planning.
For more information, including a checklist of items to put into an emergency supply kit, visit www.cor.net/EM. To view a video about emergency preparedness produced by the City’s Communications Department, click here.
Stay Informed About Main Street Infrastructure Project
Richardson’s Main Street area will see major changes in the near future as construction work begins on the Main Street Redevelopment/Reinvestment Project.
The community vision for this project is improving Belt Line/Main Street for mobility, aesthetics and functionality. Several infrastructure and public art/open space improvements on Main Street are planned to be completed mid-to-late 2020. In addition, as one of the catalysts for Main Street redevelopment, the city is nearing the completion of the new Public Safety Campus for the police headquarters and fire administration/Station 1.
Details related to the infrastructure project timelines, phasing, staging, traffic impacts, etc. can be found at www.cor.net/mainstreet. Residents and business owners can sign up for Main Street project updates on the website and follow the project on Facebook at @RichardsonRedevelopment.
Lane Closure Expected on Renner Road Near TI
The right lane of westbound Renner Road, beginning at Alma Road and extending 510 feet west, may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. due to the creation of a temporary construction entrance at Texas Instruments. The work is expected to be completed by mid-September.
“Popcorn with Police” Free Movie Night Sept. 12
The Richardson Police Department is hosting its annual “Popcorn with Police” event Thursday, Sept. 12 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema-Richardson. Tickets are $5 and include a $5 food voucher, a showing of the PG-rated movie, “Spy Kids” at 6:30 p.m. and a meet-and-greet with officers before the show at 5:30 p.m. in the main lobby. In addition, canned food donations will be collected for the Network of Community Ministries food pantry.
Tickets are available that night at the box office or by clicking here.
For more information, contact the RPD Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema-Richardson is located at 100 S. Central Expwy.
Save the Date: Public Safety Expo is Sept. 14
The 2019 Richardson Public Safety Expo will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Richardson Civic Center Fountain Plaza. The annual event is free, family-friendly and a great way to get a closer look at police and fire operations as well as learning how to make homes and neighborhoods safer.
- display of first responder vehicles
- K-9 demonstrations
- a bike rodeo for kids
- helicopter visit
- SWAT display
- Animal Services’ Mobile Adoption Trailer
- face painting, bounce house
- character visits from Nat the National Night Out Knight and McGruff the Crime Dog
- food and refreshments for purchase
- safety information
For more information, click here.
RCT Performs Excerpts from “Peter and the Starcatcher” Sept. 7
Children ages 5-8 are invited to experience a “Neverland afternoon” Saturday, Sept. 7 with cast members from Repertory Company Theatre’s upcoming production of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a Peter Pan prequel based on Dave Barry’s popular children’s fiction book series. The fun takes place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Excerpts from the show will be performed followed by interactive activities.
Admission is free and no registration is required. For more information, call 972-977-4358.
Rubik’s Cube “How-To” for Kids Sept. 9, 11 and 13
UT Dallas students are presenting, “CubeTroop: Rubik’s Cubing How-To” in Studio RPL during the week of Sept. 9, with three sessions available for ages 10-13:
- Monday, Sept. 9, 4-5 p.m.
- Wednesday, Sept. 11, 4-5 p.m.
- Friday, Sept. 13, 4-5 p.m.
Learn how to solve a Rubik’s Cube using algorithmic thinking and problem solving. There is no cost to attend but registration required; call 972-744-4358 to register.
“Peace Corps: Serve at Any Age” Sept. 11
Whether you’re fresh out of college, mid-career or ready to retire, Peace Corps service is available to you. Learn more about the Peace Corps at a free informational session, Wednesday, Sept. 11 in the Basement Program Room from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
For adults only; admission is free and registration is not required. For more information, call 972-744-4376.
The Core Theatre Collaborates with UT Dallas Students in “The Foreign Student Experience”
The Core Theatre, in collaboration with several foreign student groups from UT Dallas, is presenting an original theatrical performance Sept. 13-15 about the foreign student experience in North Texas. Students from Taiwan, Kenya, Nigeria and The Democratic Republic of Congo will share their own stories as they lead the audience through the process of coming to the U.S. and petitioning to attend universities in North Texas. Learn what it’s like to leave your family to seek higher education and greater opportunity in another country and study challenging subjects in a language that is not your native tongue.
Show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. For tickets, call 214-930-5338 or click here. The Core Theatre is located at 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 115. To view a video about the production created by the City’s Communications Department, click here.
At UT Dallas:
- Latin American Dance Festival Sept. 8
4 p.m. in the University Theatre. Admission is free.
The Center for U.S.-Latin America Initiatives and the School of Arts and Humanities present the first UT Dallas Latin American Dance Festival, an evening of multicultural dance and folkloric exchange. The event features the Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company of Dallas and international guests Ana Gloria Zabaleta and Narahí Antonio Aizprúa Martínez, both of Panama.
- A Reading and Conversation with Poet Luis Felipe Fabre Sept. 9
6 p.m. in the Erik Jonsson Academic Center, JO 4.122. Admission is free.
In conjunction with Dallas’ Hay Festival Forum, UT Dallas’ Center for Translation Studies hosts the noted Mexican poet and essayist and his Houston-based translator John Pluecker for a reading and discussion.
For parking and other information, visit www.utd.edu/ah/events/ or call 972-883-2787.
“Towards Zero” Opens at Richardson Theatre Centre
The Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste. 113, is presenting “Towards Zero” Sept. 6-22. The whodunit play, written by Agatha Christie and Gerald Verner, takes place at the seaside home of Lady Tressilian, where several guests have gathered at the end of the summer for two weeks. When Lady Tressilian is killed, a maze of clues and deception is experienced by Superintendent Battle, who is investigating the case.
Show dates and times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22 and include complimentary snacks, sweets and beverages. For tickets, call 972-699-1130. To get behind the scenes, view a video about the show created by the City’s Communications Department here.
“Air Time” Season Opener is Sept. 10
Arts Incubator Richardson kicks off its 10th season of AIR Time Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema-Richardson with a showing of the 1996 movie, “Lone Star,” preceded by an interview with Keri and Brad Springs, owners of Richardson’s Six Springs Tavern, a venue that features live Texas music. It’s the perfect pairing to go with the Richardson Reads One Book selection, “Bluebird, Bluebird,” by Attica Locke, and copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.
The interview begins at 7 p.m. and the movie begins at 7:45 p.m. Tickets, available here, are $5 and include a $5 food and beverage voucher.
This is the 10th season for the popular movie-paired-with-an-interview series, which has featured numerous local creatives over the years, from chefs to musicians to robotics engineers, paired with screenings of past films that relate to the interviewed guest. For more information, visit www.artsincubatorrichardson.org. For information about Richardson Reads One Book, visit www.cor.net/onebook.
At the Eisemann Center:
- “Celestial Celebration” Sept. 7
8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$60.
A multimedia performance and art installation inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The event features the Richardson Symphony Orchestra accompanied by nine video pieces produced by faculty and students of UT Dallas’ School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication (ATEC). “The Planets” will feature a 22-voice female chorus from the Richardson Community Chorale. In addition, concert goers will be treated to several lobby exhibits designed by ATEC faculty and students, one commemorating the founding of UT Dallas in 1969.
“Celestial Celebration” was made possible thanks to a donation from the Ann and Charles Eisemann Arts Innovation Initiative. To watch the preparations for Celestial Celebration caught on video this week by the City’s Communications Department, click here.
- “Spectacular Follies” Opens Sept. 12
2 p.m. Thursday-Sunday with an additional 7 p.m. show Saturday, through Sept. 15 in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $22-$55.
The Spectacular Follies celebrates its 11th year with “A New Attitude,” an all-new production showcasing the talents of a professional cast of entertainers over the age of 55. The family-friendly show features singing, dancing, gorgeous sets, lavish costumes and a live orchestra.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
Blue Bag Giveaways this Month
Staff from the City’s Public Services Department will hand out free blue bags each this month to promote the City’s recycling program—dates, times and locations are as follows:
- Thursdays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26
- Saturday, Sept. 14
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Public Safety Expo
Note: Phil-up the Blue Bag, the City’s recycling mascot, will not be present at these appearances.
NCTCOG to Open Online Public Input Re: Transportation, Air Quality Sept. 9
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) will gather online public input beginning Sept. 9 regarding transportation projects and related air quality programs affecting the region. At the online input forum (www.nctcog.org/input), the following information will be posted for review and comment:
- a summary of NCTCOG’s planning tasks for transportation and air quality (known as the Unified Planning Work Program) and proposed modifications to the FY 2018-19 tasks
- a comprehensive list of funded transportation projects planned through 2022, including those with committed funds from federal, state and local sources
In addition, the site includes include information about National Drive Electric Week; free engine code scans and multi-point vehicle checkups being offered in October; and how to anonymously report a smoking vehicle through the Regional Smoking Vehicle Program.
Anyone with questions or comments is encouraged to provide input through Oct. 8.
Maintenance Helper II ($2,316-$3,196 monthly)
There are multiple job openings in Streets, Parks Maintenance and Sewer for individuals with experience in working with various types of equipment. This position requires outdoor work.
Driver/Loader ($2,603-$3,749 monthly)
Solid Waste-Residential is seeking individuals interested in driving and operating residential refuse and/or recycling collection equipment. This position requires outdoor work in all weather conditions.
Part-Time 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
Kiara is still looking for a furever home! She is a lady who loves to lounge about and is ready to be promoted to her own corner window. Kiara has been interviewing prospective family members since March and knows that her new family is out there. She is about 3 years old, spayed, fully vaccinated, great with kids, friendly and house trained. Please come visit with her today!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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