April 16, 2021
This 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:
Dallas County Launches Same-Day Vaccination Scheduler, Collin County Has Appointments Available Next Week in Plano
Dallas County residents can now schedule a same-day or next-day appointment for their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the Fair Park Community Vaccination Center through the Dallas County website. Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) made the transition since the vaccine supply has increased and the registration waitlist has been depleted. Additionally, residents who are age 55 and older may receive a COVID-19 vaccination at Fair Park without an appointment by going to Gate 10 or Gate 2 with a photo ID during operating hours.
Dallas County residents age 16 and older can make an appointment for their vaccine by visiting here or calling 1-888-IMMUNE9 (855-466-8639). If individuals have previously registered on the DCHHS waitlist but have not been contacted, they should re-register for a same-day or next-day appointment. Dallas County is currently administering both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines at Fair Park but on separate days. For the vaccine calendar and daily operating hours, click here.
Collin County announced today that its vendor for COVID-19 vaccine administration, Curative Medical Associates, has several thousand appointments available next week for those seeking to get their first dose. The Pfizer vaccine will be administered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at John Clark Stadium in Plano, 6600 Stadium Dr. To sign up, click here then click on the “Pfizer Vaccine Appts” link under Curative Medical Associates to register and select a convenient appointment time slot.
Early Voting Begins April 19
Early voting for the May 1 Local Joint Election will be held April 19-27. Registered Dallas County and Collin County voters may vote early at any of their county’s early voting locations (the Richardson City Hall Parks Room is an early voting location for both Dallas and Collin counties).
Below are the dates and times for early voting:
- April 19-24—8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- April 25 (Dallas County only)—1-6 p.m.
- April 26-27 —7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Election Day voting will take place Saturday, May 1 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, including a complete list of early voting locations, visit www.collincountytx.gov/elections and www.dallascountyvotes.org.
Property Valuations Mailed
Property valuation notices for 2021 will start to arrive in Richardson mailboxes soon. All city, county and school taxes are based, in part, on property valuations determined by their central appraisal district (CAD) office. If owners disagree with the property valuation, they have the right to protest it with the central appraisal district office listed on the notice (not with the City). Written protests must be filed not later than May 17 or 30 days after the date of the notice, whichever is later.
Homeowners residing in Dallas County will receive a notice in the mail from the Dallas CAD only if their property value increases, the ownership changes, the property was rendered or the property had a capped value in the previous year. All homeowners living in the Collin County portion of Richardson will receive a notice from the CAD of Collin County whether or not their appraisal changes.
Water Impoundment Begins at Bois d’Arc Lake
Bois d’Arc Lake, the first major reservoir in Texas in nearly 30 years and a future supplier of water to North Texas, is now filling. The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) began impounding, or capturing, water April 14 in the 16,641-acre lake, located northeast of Bonham in Fannin County. The amount of rainfall in the lake’s watershed will determine how long it will take the lake to fill and be ready for recreation (the entire lake does not need to be filled prior to NTMWD providing water). NTMWD expects the reservoir to contain enough water to begin providing treated water to its member cities, including Richardson, in 2022.
Construction continues on the lake’s dam embankment while the lake fills as well as other components of the project.
City to Host Summer Camps for 47th Year
The City Council approved an ordinance Monday that clears the way for another summer of day camps offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. The ordinance adopts the City’s Standards of Care for Youth Programs and is required annually by the state in order for the summer camp program to be exempt from state day care regulations. The City has been offering summer day camps since 1974.
The City is partnering with RISD again this year in the camp program, offering three camps at Jess Harben Elementary (Kinder, Elementary and Teen). Playground Camp, for ages 7-11, will be held at Heights Recreation Center/Heights Park.
At Monday’s meeting, the City Council also adopted Standards of Care for the City’s Early Child Development programs, which are offered year-round. For camp information and to view the City’s complete “Standards of Care for Youth Programs Offered by the Parks and Recreation Department,” click here.
Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival “Salutes Rock” with Free Streaming Concert
Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival is sponsoring a free, online concert experience May 15 featuring local AC/DC tribute band, Back in Black, streamed live from the Eisemann Center. The Back in Black tribute band is a high-energy reproduction of a concert performance of Australian rock legends AC/DC, including tribute performances of both Bon Scott and Brian Johnson.
Virtual doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; the live concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are free but required to view; click here to sign up. The streamed concert will be available to view May 15–31 by logging into your account. Note: In-person tickets will not be available.
Health Department Readies for Trash Bash April 24
Health Department staff have been busy this week getting ready for the department’s biggest annual event: Trash Bash, to be held Saturday, April 24. Postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, this year’s Bash offers families and groups the opportunity to plan their own clean-ups and pick up supplies in advance at City Hall. On the day of the event, there will not be any activities inside City Hall but several drive-thru activities will be held in the City Hall parking lot and at Richardson Square Mall.
The day’s schedule is as follows:
- City Hall parking lot drive-thru—9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Address: 411 W. Arapaho Rd., Richardson, TX 75080
- Residential cooking oil/grease collection
- Book drive (books, magazines, CDs, DVDs)
- Free Texas Pure compost or mulch
- Collection event for Network of Community Ministries
Richardson Square Mall—10 a.m.-2 p.m.
501 S Plano Rd, Richardson, TX 75081
(sponsored by the Richardson Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association)
- Electronics recycling
- Document shredding
For more details about all the above events, see page 3 of this month’s Richardson Today.
Groups desiring to pick up trash may do so on any day of their choosing. The City will provide supplies, including trash bags, gloves and litter tongs. Register at the City’s Trash Bash website.
Custer Road Transfer Station Reopens
The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) Custer Road Transfer Station, 9901 Custer Rd. in Plano, has reopened after being closed to drop-offs late last week due to a compost pile catching on fire. Richardson’s Lookout Drive Transfer Station had been serving as a temporary drop-off location but is no longer serving in that capacity.
Richardson residents with a city-issued utility bill that reflects solid waste services, are allowed to drop off several types of waste at the Custer Road facility for free, twice per month—including used motor oil (max. 5 gallons), oil filters, tires (max 4 per visit), tree limbs and furniture—for recycling or disposal. Yard waste is processed into mulch and compost by the nearby Texas Pure facility. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
For more information on which items are accepted at all NTMWD transfer stations and the landfill, click here.
DART Seeks Contactless Payment Testing Participants
DART is conducting testing for contactless credit card usage on DART vehicles (both buses and trains) and are asking current riders to help with the testing and provide feedback. Selected qualified participants will receive lower fares during the testing period.
Primary benefits of contactless payments include:
- Quick and easy: simply tap your contactless credit/debit card or mobile payment enabled device on the officially labeled DART card reader before boarding any bus or train.
- Best value: The DART payment system will automatically deduct the lowest appropriate fare for your day’s travel.
- Fare capping: The payment system automatically caps users’ daily and monthly fare so they never spend more than needed to travel. Once the cap is reached, users may ride the rest of the day or month for free.
To see if you qualify to participate in the test, click here.
DART CityLine/Bush Demolition Work to Begin; Road Closure Expected
Routh West Drive between Pipeline Drive and West CityLine Drive (just west of the CityLine/Bush DART station) will be closed to traffic beginning April 21 and detoured to West Routh Creek Parkway at all times due to demolition work taking place to make room for the DART SilverLine and the construction of a new station. The work is expected to be completed in 2023.
Lane Closures Expected Near Lookout/Jupiter Intersection
The right lane of eastbound Lookout Drive between Jupiter Road and North Spring Drive, and the right lane of southbound Jupiter Road between Red Oak Lane and Lookout Drive, may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. due to fiber optic work for the City’s Lookout Lift Station Project. The work is expected to be complete in late April.
Free Lockwood Popup Market Features Art, Food, Music April 16,17
Richardson’s Lockwood District, adjacent to the City’s historic Main Street area, is the site of a Popup Market taking place this weekend featuring art, vintage items, handcrafted products, food and music.
Hours are 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Vendors will be set up at 500 Lockwood Dr., near Custer Road. This is a rain or shine event. For more information, click here.
Free “Burn Boot Camp” at CityLine Plaza April 17
CityLine is hosting a free Burn Boot Camp at CityLine Plaza, 1150 State St., Saturday, April 17 from 9-10 a.m. All fitness levels are welcome. Participants are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes in advance to get registered.
RALC Murder Mystery Fundraiser Goes Virtual April 24
The Richardson Adult Literacy Center (RALC) is presenting its annual murder mystery fundraising event Saturday, April 24 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Attendees are encouraged to work in teams to solve a “crime” revealed in a murder mystery comedy play entitled, “Six Feet Apart Equals Six Feet Under,” performed by community leaders and professional actors. A silent auction and raffle are also included in the event.
This year’s guest performers are Manasseh Durkin, Main Street Richardson developer; Katie Patterson, past Executive Director of RALC; Bill Alsup, Director of Health for the City of Richardson; and Jean Bono, a member of the RISD Board of Trustees. Tickets start at $50 and are available at www.bidpal.net/RALCMM21.
The RALC, founded in 1990, provides free English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to adults who live or work in Richardson or the Richardson Independent School District area.
RWC Garden Tour April 24
The Richardson Woman’s Club Garden Tour is back with “Gardens & More,” Saturday, April 24. Get inspired with tours of five beautiful, neighborhood gardens from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and enjoy an array of activities at the RWC Club House/Founder’s Hall, 2005 N. Cliffe Dr., from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Activities include a plant sale and garden gift shop. In addition, master gardeners will present seminars on relevant topics.
Tickets ($20 each) are available online and at the Clubhouse and include all garden tours and seminars. Tour maps will be available at the Club House on the day of the event. All proceeds benefit RWC’s community outreach and RISD senior scholarships.
STEAM Starters April 23
Children ages 6-8 are invited to make fun STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) projects with everyday household items each month with help from “STEAM Starters” videos created and posted by the Library on Facebook. The latest will be posted Friday, April 23 beginning at 10:30 a.m. and will demonstrate how to make a spinning whirlpool and pin bottle. There is no charge to view and registration is not required.
View past STEAM project demonstrations on the page as well, including how to make a marble run using cardboard tubes (March 26) and how to make pan flutes from drinking straws (posted Feb. 26).
Virtual Hour of Code April 23
Learn coding online with the help of Library staff Friday, April 23 from 4-5 p.m. Children ages 9-12 are invited to meet on Webex for the “Hour of Code” lessons. Beginners are welcome—no coding experience needed. Themes include Harry Potter and “The Amazing World of Gumball” TV series.
There is no charge to participate, but registration is required. Call 972-744-4358 to register.
Registration Open for May 2 “Ramadan Around the World”
All ages are invited to register for “Ramadan Around the World,” to be held via Webex Sunday, May 2 from 2-4 p.m. Join Library staff to learn about Ramadan and its practices around the world. Activities include a game and storytime, plus demonstrations of popular Ramadan treats (with recipes), crafts, Arabic calligraphy and henna.
Registration is required; call 972-744-4376 to register or for more information. You will receive a link in your email to join the program.
- RSO Season Finale April 17
8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$75. A streaming option is available for $30.The Richardson Symphony Orchestra presents Saint-Saëns’ “Second Piano Concerto” featuring Daniel Hsu, 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Bronze Medalist; Mozart’s “Symphony No. 31 in D Major, K. 297 ‘Paris’;” and Tchaikovsky’s “Suite No. 4 ‘Mozartiana’.”
- “A Celebration of Friendship” Art Exhibit Continues
Noon-5 p.m. weekdays and during all public events, through May 31 in the Green Mezzanine Gallery. Admission is free. Dallas artist Melanie M. Brannan presents a series of more than 20 paintings that chronicle a deep friendship (with the late Maryann Wegloski, former Eisemann Center House Manager) and explore her emotions as her friend struggled with a diagnosis of nodular melanoma. Brannan is donating 100 percent of the net proceeds from the show to the AIM at Melanoma Foundation, and the Eisemann Center is donating back its usual commission on works sold to maximize the donation.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office (credit card only), 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com. Click here for more information about the Eisemann Center’s COVID-19 safety procedures.
At UT Dallas:
- “Oedipus the King” Online through April 24
Streams at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. Admission is free. (Click here for viewing link and more information.)Theatre UTD presents, “Oedipus the King,” a tragedy by the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles, first performed in about 429 BCE. The play follows the story of King Oedipus of Thebes as he discovers that he has unwittingly killed his father, Laius, and married his mother, Jocasta.
- Art Exhibition: “Symphony of an Immigrant’s Life” through April 24By appointment Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays from 1– 6 p.m. at the SP/N Gallery, 3020 Stewart Dr. (To make an appointment, e-mail email@example.com or click here to schedule your preferred date and time.)
This MFA thesis exhibition features the illustrated works of graphic design artist Maedeh Asgharpour as she explores the psychological and emotional aspects of being displaced in a foreign culture. The series of works including prints, animation, video, mixed media, handmade books, paintings and performance combine in this ongoing investigative personal narrative. Click here for more information.
Deadline Nears to Turn in Painted Rocks for WF! Rocks Community Rock Garden
Friday, April 23 is the last day to submit painted rocks for inclusion in the WF! Rocks Community Rock Garden, to be created near City Hall by Wildflower! Arts & Music festival staff and displayed throughout the month of May.
To participate, paint your favorite flower, greenery and/or bug on a river rock (using non-toxic paint) and turn it in at a designated drop-off location (see below) during regular business hours on or before April 23. “Blank” rocks are available at the drop-off locations if you need one to paint. (Please do not pick up a rock from one of our streams or parks as it may be home to one of the many creatures that live in our area.) Rocks may be up to 5 in. x 5 in. in size. For more information, click here.
Drop-off Locations (note that City Hall is not on this list):
- Heights Recreation Center
711 W. Arapaho Rd.
- Huffhines Recreation Center
200 N. Plano Rd.
- Richardson Gymnastics Center
300 E. Arapaho Rd.
- Community Events
2100 E. Campbell Rd. Suite 100
Arts Incubator Richardson Becomes AIR4arts; Continues AIRTime, Other Offerings
Longtime local arts nonprofit Arts Incubator Richardson (AIR) has officially changed its name to AIR4arts (with AIR representing “advocate, incubate, resonate”) and has changed its focus from live events to “embracing the digital age,” as it provides a platform “to inspire and nurture the development of emerging artists and innovators.” The organization has continued to host AIRTime and AIRCreates online, each an interview series with creatives, and has started an ongoing online Storyteller series as well.
March AIRTime featured Nancy Churnin, award-winning children’s book author, and the upcoming April AIRTime will feature Nadia Fairlamb, a Hawaii-based wood sculptor. Churnin is also the featured author in the new Storyteller series, with a different book penned by her discussed each month (the April 6 discussion of “The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game” featured Texas Rangers broadcaster Eric Nadel). Video of past programming and more information can be found at the Air4arts website and Facebook page.
“Broadway’s Best: Then and Now” This Weekend at RCT
Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd., is presenting a musical celebration of Broadway, from the Golden Age to contemporary musicals, through April 25. Proceeds from the event will support RCT’s summer programming.
Show days and times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $35. CDC safety protocols will be followed.
Contact: 972-690-5029 (box office)
Boy Scouts Clean Up Huffhines Creek, Mark Twain Park
Boy Scouts from Troop 226 recently helped beautify Huffhines Creek, along a mile-long stretch between Glenville Drive and the end of Mark Twain Park, as part of the City’s Community & Corporate Environmental Cleanup Program (CCECP). The four Scouts helped collect five large bags of trash and recyclables and made a positive difference in the area, also retrieving large items such as a shopping cart and furniture cushion from the creek bank.
The Health Department sponsors CCECP, providing guidance and supplies to groups wanting to help keep the city clean and prevent trash from blowing into waterways. Supplies provided include plastic gloves, tongs and trash bags, and the City picks up the bags, if needed, when the event is finished. Any group of any size is welcome to participate.
Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
Earth Day 2021 is April 22, celebrated annually across the globe for 51 years to raise awareness about the environment and encourage people to make the planet better. Here are some ideas for how you can mark Earth Day in Richardson:
- Collect items for the upcoming Trash Bash (see story in News above).
- Try mulch mowing—it may already be an option included on your mower. The grass is clipped short (and not bagged) so that it falls between existing grass blades to feed the soil.
- Start the habit of putting leaves and grass clippings in compostable paper yard bags (available at many big-box retailers). Set brown bags on the front parkway and remember to schedule your BABIC request.
- Get familiar with what Richardson accepts for recycling, even if you already recycle and haven’t checked in a while. Remember that recyclables need to be empty, clean and dry. For the complete list, click here.
National Drug Take Back April 24 Keeps Drugs Out of Trash, Waterways
Clean out your house of old prescriptions and expired over-the-counter medicines and help keep our waterways clean at National Drug Take-Back Day events April 24. Richardson Police will host a drive-up take-back that day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the east parking lot of the RPD Substation, 2003 E. Renner Road (near Fire Station 5).
Bring unused and expired pharmaceuticals, both prescription and over-the-counter, for proper disposal to keep them out of the trash (where pets, children and others might acquire them); out of landfills; and to prevent medications from being flushed down a sink drain or toilet and contaminating the water system.
All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed tightly in their original container. Intravenous solutions, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.
Lifeguard ($9.50-$12.72 hourly)
This position is for Summer 2021. Must be at least 15 years of age with current certification in Lifeguard Training (YMCA or American Red Cross, CPRPR and First Aid.)
Day Camp Counselor ($8-$10 hourly)
Must have reliable transportation. CPR and First Aid certification required, or must obtain during job orientation. Must be at least 16 years of age. Experience working with children is required. Knowledge or skills in sports, games, arts and crafts, music and/or other recreational activities preferred.
Swim Instructor/Coach ($12-$35.70 hourly)
Must hold current certifications in CPRPR, and First Aid. Must present evidence of experience and background/references. Must be able to demonstrate required ability.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Come adopt sweet Layla! This sweetie pie has been waiting for her forever family since October of last year! She is an 8-year-old pit mix who is fully vaccinated and microchipped. Layla is a sweetheart who loves to swim, play ball, chase and is amazing with people! If you are interested in Layla, schedule an appointment at https://richardsonanimalshelter.setmore.com/ to come to see her! Rescue a life and fulfill Layla’s dream of having a family and a home of her own.
For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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