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Week In Review, Oct. 4, 2019

Post Date:10/04/2019
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Oct. 4, 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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Cottonwood Art Festival this Weekend
City crews and Community Events staff have been busy at Cottonwood Park this week, preparing for the City’s semiannual Cottonwood Art Festival, which begins tomorrow morning, Oct. 5 and continues through Sunday, Oct. 6. More than 240 artists selected from across the nation will exhibit at the event, this year celebrating its 50th year.

In addition to the art, there will be two stages featuring live music throughout each day, an interactive children’s area and a variety of food and beverage vendors.

Festival hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free, with additional charges for food/beverages, art purchases and some children’s activities. Cottonwood Park is located at 1321 W. Belt Line Rd.


National Night Out Celebrated
Richardson held its National Night Out event Tuesday night, with more than 170 neighborhood parties taking place across the city. This is the 36th year for National Night Out, a program created by the National Association of Town Watch that is designed to promote police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and help in crime prevention and enhancing quality of life.

The Richardson Police Department also promotes a food drive as part of the event to collect food for the Network of Community Ministries.



Construction Work Begins on Main Street Redevelopment/Reinvestment Project
Work began Monday on the streets/infrastructure portion of the Main Street Redevelopment/Reinvestment Project, starting with the reconstruction of the culvert crossing Polk Street. Electronic signs are in the area to inform motorists. Future infrastructure work includes widening the sidewalks and removing on-street parking on Main Street, adding public parking at the northwest corner of Main Street and Greenville Avenue, improving crosswalks and adding new “open space” areas. The infrastructure work is expected to be completed by late 2020.

The Project’s vision for the area is for it to become a more pedestrian-friendly, aesthetically pleasing place to live, work, dine out and shop, not only via infrastructure improvements, but also the installation of public art and the creation of the new Public Safety Campus.


Fire Department Moves Into New HQ
The Richardson Fire Department administration staff have officially moved into the newly constructed Fire Station 1/Fire Administration Headquarters building just northeast of the intersection of Greenville Avenue and Belt Line Road, about a block north of the former location.

The 31,000-square-foot facility is the first building to be completed on the City’s new Public Safety Campus, funded by the 2015 Bond Program.

The new building provides larger, improved locker rooms; additional meeting rooms, storage space and restrooms; and numerous security and operational enhancements.


Huffhines Art Trails Announces Featured Artist
Texas artist Terri Vogl has been named Featured Artist for the 2019 Huffhines Art Trails, to be held Oct. 19-20 at Huffhines Park. Vogl’s “modern farmhouse” paintings on plywood panels will be displayed prominently at the festival and are depicted on posters and other marketing materials for the event.

Now in its 43rd year, Huffhines Art Trails has become one of the most popular arts and crafts shows in North Texas with a wide variety of contemporary crafts, folk art and fine art from close to 140 artists and craftspersons.


Peanut Butter Delivered to Food Bank

Richardson “showed up” in a big way for the “Spread the Hope” Peanut Butter Drive, held last month in several cities to help feed the hungry and raise awareness of food insecurity issues in North Texas. After the drive ended Monday, 439 pounds of peanut butter (and other nut butters) collected at the Richardson drop-off locations at City Hall were delivered to the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB).

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.


Deadline to Register to Vote is Oct. 7
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Time is running out to register to vote in the Nov. 5 election—voter registration applications must be postmarked by Monday, Oct. 7 or brought in person to the county registrar’s office by end of business on that day in order to participate. The postage-paid application is available online at as well as at the Richardson Public Library’s Circulation Desk.

New registered voters will receive their voter cards by mail. Early voting begins Oct. 21.



Richardson Projects

Section of Polk Street Closed
As part of the Main Street Redevelopment/Reinvestment Project, Polk Street will be closed between Texas Street and Interurban Street at all times to replace the culvert crossing Polk Street. The work is expected to be completed in late October.

Delays Possible on Renner Road West of US 75
The right lane of westbound Renner Road between Renner Parkway and Alma Road may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for fiber optic work. The project is expected to be completed in early February 2020.



Deaf Celebration Expo Saturday at Civic Center
Deaf culture will be celebrated at the Deaf Celebration Expo Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center. All ages from both the deaf and hearing communities are invited to experience a day full of activities, including more than 75 exhibitors, workshops, games and entertainment including “Swishy, the Deaf Clown.” There will be multiple volunteer ASL students and certified interpreters on-site during the day and certified voice interpreters provided for the night show.

Admission is free from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and $5 from 7-10 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase inside as well as at a food truck.


“Truth Over Fear: Combating the Lies About Islam” Oct. 10 at Civic Center
University of Oklahoma professor, Baptist minister and Middle East expert Charles Kimball will discuss his latest book, "Truth Over Fear: Combating the Lies About Islam," Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Richardson Civic Center’s Richardson Room. The program, part of the Dialogue Institute of Dallas’ “Dialogue Matters” program, will be moderated by Dr. Robert Hunt, Director of Global Theological Education at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology. Kimball will provide practical guidance on how to take the first steps in dialogue with Muslim neighbors and move beyond dialogue to shared ministry and community building. Tickets are $10.


FOL Book Sale Begins Oct. 11
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The annual Friends of the Library (FOL) Fall Book Sale begins Friday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. in the Library’s Basement Program Room and continues through Sunday, Oct. 13. The sale features more than 50,000 used books, CDs, DVDs and other media at bargain prices, with most items priced from 50 cents-$2.

Hours for the sale are Oct. 11-12 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Oct. 13 from 2-5 p.m. The Book Sale is the primary source of funding for FOL projects and scholarships.


Annual Altrusa Luncheon Reservations Open
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Altrusa International of Richardson Foundation, Inc. is now registering attendees for its 2019 “Outstanding Women of Today…Builders of Tomorrow” luncheon and awards presentation. The annual event, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 1 at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel, honors exceptional women who exemplify excellence, determination and innovation by making an outstanding contribution in their career.

Tickets are $50 per person, which includes parking. Deadline for registration is Friday, Oct. 25.




Play Storytelling Board Games Oct. 7
Spend the RISD school holiday playing board games with your child and engaging their creativity and imagination, Monday, Oct. 7 from 2-4 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Games include Apples to Apples, Dixit, Rory’s Story Cubes, Snake Oil and many more!

Open to children ages 7-13 and their parent(s)/caregiver(s). Admission is free and no registration is required. For more information, call 972-744-4358.



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Jewish Community Observes Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah, also known as the Jewish New Year, began at sundown Sunday across the globe. For people of the Jewish faith, Rosh Hashanah is a time to reflect on the past and look forward to new beginnings. Staff from the City’s Communications Department recently sat down with Rabbi Elana Zelony of Richardson’s Congregation Beth Torah to learn more about what Rosh Hashanah means and how it’s celebrated


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At the Eisemann Center:

  • “Barbra and Frank: The Concert That Never Was” Oct. 5
    2 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $31-$56.
    This one-of-a-kind, award-winning show that headlined for years on the Las Vegas Strip brings audiences “what might have been,” the pairing of two musical legends that never shared the same stage. Starring Sharon Owens as Barbra Streisand and Sebastian Anzaldo as Frank Sinatra.
  • Richardson Community Band “Once Upon a Time” Concert Oct. 6
    3 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Admission is free.
    A family-friendly concert event in collaboration with the Friends of the Richardson Public Library, focusing on storytelling through books and music. Pre-concert activities for children (beginning at 2:20 p.m.) include interacting with a variety of instruments learning how to conduct a band. The concert, hosted by radio broadcaster Barry Samsula, will feature several musical selections related to children’s books. Special guest Nancy Churnin will read from her book, “Irving Berlin—The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing.” Funded in part by a grant from the Eisemann Arts Innovation Initiative.
  • “Keyboard Conversations: Spellbinding Bach” Oct. 7
    7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $36-$42.
    Pianist Jeffrey Siegel opens the 2019-20 season of his “Keyboard Conversations” series with a program that includes Bach’s “Partita in G Major,” “Chromatic Fantasy” and the “Italian Concerto.”

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

RCAS Art Show Opens Oct. 5
The Richardson Civic Art Society’s 2019 Membership Show will be held Oct. 5-Nov. 2 in the Richardson Public Library’s third floor gallery. Stop by to view fine art from local award-winning artists, including works of watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, collage and more.

Admission is free and the art will be available for purchase. The show is open during regular Library hours.


Rich-Tones Present “Roots of Harmony” Music and Art Festival Oct. 5
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The Rich-Tone Chorus is hosting a music and art festival entitled, “Roots of Harmony,” Saturday, Oct. 5 from 1:30-5 p.m. at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, 3901 North Star Rd. All ages are invited to enjoy an afternoon of gospel, jazz and barbershop music, storytelling, children’s activities and an RISD student art exhibit.

Admission is free, and food will be available for purchase.


“Catch Me If You Can” at AIR Time Movie/Interview Oct. 8
The next installment of Arts Incubator of Richardson’s popular AIR Time interview-and-a-movie pairing will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse Richardson, 100 S. Central Expwy. The event will feature a showing of the 2002 movie, “Catch Me If You Can,” preceded by an interview with Michael Costanzi, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas FBI field office. Costanzi will be addressing the creative aspects of FBI agents’ thinking and processing of information when solving cases as well as his current focus on white collar crime.

The movie tells the story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., who, before the age of 19, successfully forged millions of dollars’ worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor and a legal prosecutor, and is now a consultant for the FBI and other organizations.

The interview begins at 7 p.m. with the movie following at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $5 and include a $5 food/beverage voucher. Attendees are welcome to attend just the interview, just the movie or the entire event.





Several Groups Clean Up Parks, Creeks
Richardson got a needed sprucing up last weekend thanks to teens and adults who volunteered their time picking up trash. On Saturday, more than 25 members of the Lake Highlands High School National Honor Society worked along Huffhines Creek between Belt Line Road and Plano Road, and members of the Dallas Bar Association worked in a section of Heights Park, especially the bed of Cottonwood Creek, where numerous plastic bags and snack wrappers were found.

Yale Park was beautified Sunday, when teen girls from Richardson’s Muslim Children of North America picked up trash there.
Any group may schedule a cleanup event through the Health Department’s Community & Corporate Environmental Cleanup Program—in addition to trash and recycle bags, the City provides gloves and “trash tongs,” and picks up the bags when the event is finished.

To get involved:

Free Blue Bags, Recycling Information at Phil-up Appearances
Phil-up the Blue Bag, Richardson’s recycling mascot, is appearing at Dollar Tree,1750 E. Belt Line Rd., and Methodist Richardson Medical Center (MRMC), 2831 E. George Bush Turnpike, several days this month from 1-2:30 p.m., handing out free blue recycling bags to Richardson residents and providing information about Richardson’s recycling program.

Remaining October dates/locations are as follows:
Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30—Dollar Tree
Oct. 15, 29—Methodist Richardson Medical Center

Richardson’s recycling program was also recently promoted at the Richardson High School homecoming parade.

Program schedule:



Accounts Payable Representative ($2,736-$3,954 monthly)
The Accounting Department is seeking an individual with one year of experience in accounts payable processing. Data entry, keyboard skills and use of a 10-key calculator are required.

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 Adult Van Driver ($9-$15.30 hourly)
The Parks Department is seeking an individual with a valid Texas CDL, Class A, B, or C, with “P” (passenger) endorsement. This position requires driving a 22-passenger van/bus or a 14-passenger van/bus.



Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

This beautiful girl is Bear! She is a 6 year old Australian shepherd mix with black and tan hair! She was surrendered to us because there was a family member who was very allergic. They had her since she was a puppy. Bear is very lovable and has a gorgeous coat on her. She is fully vetted, spayed and ready to be adopted to a new loving family. Please come and visit her and see for yourself!

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


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