Feb. 14, 2020
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Wildflower! Headliners Announced; Tickets on Sale
The lineup of acts for Richardson’s 28th annual Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival, to be held May 15-17 at the Galatyn Park Urban Center, were announced this morning.
- Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
- Collective Soul
- American Authors
- The Charlie Daniels Band
- Sara Evans
- Sister Sledge
- The Wailers
- Le Freak
- Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand
- O’Connor Lee Band
- Maybe April
- Rich Girls
- Meagan Tubb & Shady People
- Shelley King
Space Oddity, a David Bowie tribute, will perform daily in the Eisemann Center’s Hill Performance Hall.
The three-day event is coordinated by the City and features over 100 local, regional and national acts on six stages. The Festival also includes the Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest, WF! Art Guitar Auction, the family-friendly WF! Kids area, food vendors throughout the Festival grounds, a craft beer garden and strolling entertainers.
Online ticket sales starting at $30 per day are available at www.wildflowerfestival.com, including the Friends of the Festival VIP Package that includes complimentary food, beverages, VIP seating and VIP parking. Resident tickets at reduced pricing are also on sale for $12 at City Hall, City rec centers, the Gymnastics Center and the Senior Center (until March 16 when it closes for renovation), during regular business hours. Proof of residency is required to purchase limited quantities of residential tickets.
For more information, visit www.wildflowerfestival.com.
“Music Friendly Community” Workshop Held
The Governor’s “Texas Music Office” hosted a Music Friendly Community Workshop Thursday at Six Springs Tavern to help foster music business economic development in Texas cities. Richardson was chosen as the site of the workshop due to the City’s many attractions that offer music (Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival, Cottonwood Art Festival and Huffhines Art Trails) as well as its Eisemann Center, award-winning school music programs and local music venues.
Representatives from the Texas Music Office were on hand to explain how various entities can work together to achieve the designation of Music Friendly Community. Becoming certified involves several steps, including creating partnerships with music-related nonprofits and an advisory board made up of local music industry stakeholders. So far, 10 Texas cities have achieved the designation.
Early Voting for March Primaries Begins Feb. 18
Early voting for the March 3 Democratic and Republican Primary Elections will be held Feb. 18-28. Registered Dallas County voters who are Richardson residents may vote early at City Hall or at any of the other Dallas County early voting locations. Collin County voters who are Richardson residents may vote early at any of the Collin County early voting locations. For more information including locations, visit www.cor.net/elections. See below for early voting dates and hours.
Election Day voting will take place Tuesday, March 3 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Below are the dates and times for early voting in Dallas and Collin counties:
- Feb. 18-21—8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Feb. 22—7 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Feb. 23—1-6 p.m.
- Feb. 24-28—7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Annual Finance Audit Conducted
This week the City Council received a report from independent auditors that the City’s 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) had no instances of non-compliance with laws and regulations, no material weaknesses and no deficiencies with the internal control structure related to financial statements and grant compliance. In addition, the information in the 135-page document was consistent with all applicable accounting standards and requirements, and no adjustments were needed, bringing praise from audit staff toward City staff, policies and procedures.
The 2019 CAFR is available for the public to view online at www.cor.net/CAFR. A printed copy for viewing is available at the Library and City Secretary’s office.
City’s First Quarter Financial Report Given
An increase in expenditures due to tornado response and recovery work was reported to the City Council this week but the City budget remains on track with its current fiscal year outlook. The City Council received the 2019-20 First Quarter Financial Report at Monday’s work session meeting (video link below). The First Quarter Report represents activity from Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2019.
Revenues and expenditures in all five funds (General, Water and Sewer, Solid Waste Services, Golf and Hotel/Motel Tax) are performing within established parameters with the exception of certain expenditures in the General Fund. General Fund expenditures for Street and Alley Rehabilitation and Parks Maintenance were slightly more than projected due to a timing change in when those areas are funded (changed from monthly to yearly); expenditures in the Contracts category showed a slight increase due to disaster recovery work related to the Oct. 20 tornado.
Mayor’s Summer Internship Program Officially Kicks Off
The 2020 Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program (RMSIP) officially kicked off at City Hall Tuesday. Mayor Paul Voelker recognized several area businesses that are participating in the 2020 program and encouraged others to do the same. Five students from RISD high schools who participated in the 2019 program shared insights from their experiences at the kickoff and speakers also included RISD Superintendent Jeannie Stone and Richardson Chamber Workforce Education Chair Katie Patterson.
Now in its third year, RMSIP is a collaboration between the City, RISD and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce that enables incoming high school seniors to receive eight weeks of paid summer employment at a local business, nonprofit or government agency.
Student applications will be accepted through Feb. 29 and employer commitment forms will be accepted through April 1. Employers may sponsor an intern at their workplace, sponsor an intern at a nonprofit and/or underwrite components of the program such as the Job Fair.
Reminder: City Services, Buildings are Open President’s Day
Monday, Feb. 17 is President’s Day, and as it is a federal holiday, most banks, many schools and federal entities such as the US Postal Service will not be in operation that day. It is, however, “business as usual” for many municipalities, including the City of Richardson. All City services will maintain normal operating schedules and City buildings will be open during regular business hours.
Lane Closures Expected Near Animal Shelter, Service Center
The right lane of southbound Plano Road between Arapaho Road and Columbia Drive may be closed from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for fiber optic work. In addition, the right lane of westbound Columbia Drive between Plano Road and Presidential Parkway may be closed during the same project. The work is expected to be completed by late May.
RISD Book Fair Continues Through Sunday
The annual RISD Council of PTAs Used Book Fair began yesterday and continues today through Feb. 16 in the gym of the RISD Professional Development Center, 701 W. Belt Line Rd. (SW corner of Floyd and Belt Line roads). Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
Thousands of used books, CDs, LPs, DVDs and computer games are available, with prices starting at 50 cents. Cash, checks with ID and credit cards are accepted, and all sales today (Feb. 14) will be tax-free. Proceeds from the four-day event help fund scholarships in memory of Dr. J.J. Pearce, who served as superintendent of the RISD from 1946-77.
Free Photography Workshop at Civic Center Feb. 20
The Parks and Recreation Department will host a free photography workshop Thursday, Feb. 20, following the awards ceremony for the City’s 2020 Photography Contest. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in the Civic Center Grand Hall. The workshop will be led by the 2020 contest judges and is open to any interested person, regardless of whether they participated in this year’s contest or not.
One-on-one critiques are available after the workshop, which is expected to wrap up by 8 p.m.
Day-long “Recess!” Activity Monday
Heights Recreation Center is the site of a fun day of play being offered to children ages 5-10 who do not have school on President’s Day, Feb. 17. “Recess!” will be held from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and will include both indoor and outdoor activities (weather permitting).
Cost is $25 per child. Bring a sack lunch, water bottle and snacks. To register, go to www.cor.net/parksonline (class #17365) or call Heights Recreation Center at 972-744-7850.
Sensory Saturday Feb. 15
Children ages 5-9 and their families are invited to visit interactive centers and explore a host of sensory activities and books Saturday, Feb. 15 from 11:30 a.m.-noon in the First Floor Program Room. Admission is free and no registration is required.
Spring Creative Series: Registration Begins Monday for Altered Book Workshop
Richardson Librarian Julie Flandorfer is presenting an Altered Book Workshop Saturday, Feb. 29 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room, and registration for the event begins Monday, Feb. 17. All supplies are provided for this free workshop and all skill levels are welcome as you learn to turn old books into works of art.
Space is limited and open only to Richardson adults and teens with a valid Richardson Library card. Register by phone or in person.
Lunchtime Lectures Celebrate Black History
In conjunction with Black History Month, the Library’s free Lunchtime Lecture series is offering fans of the series as well as newcomers a chance to explore black history in Texas and beyond. Tuesday, the series focused on the life of Pvt. Jeff Morgan Tucker, the only African American casualty from Collin County in World War l, and the Feb. 25 lecture examines the Harlem Renaissance with storyteller Esther Malone. The lectures are held in the Library’s Basement Program Room from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and attendees may bring their own lunch to enjoy during the program. No registration is required.
Get a peek at Tuesday’s Lunchtime Lecture with a new video produced by City Communications and meet guest lecturer Kristin Spalding of the Collin County Historical Society, who worked to get Pvt. Tucker a grave marker.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Renée Taylor: “My Life on a Diet” Opens Tonight
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday, in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $44-52.
The Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning writer and actress presents the North Texas premiere of her autobiographical solo show, co-written and originally directed by her late husband, Joseph Bologna. In the show, she looks back on a lifetime of memorable roles in Hollywood and on Broadway, as well as a number of fad diets (including weight loss tips from Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando and Cary Grant).
- “The Music of ABBA” with the PSO Feb. 15
8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $38.25-$88.25 and available at www.planosymphony.org.
World-famous, Sweden-based ABBA tribute group, ARRIVAL, performs with the Plano Symphony Orchestra. ARRIVAL is the only group to have exclusive rights to copy ABBA’s original outfits, so expect a trip down memory lane in both music and costume.
- “Keyboard Conversations®” Feb. 17
7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $36-$42.
Concert pianist Jeffrey Siegel’s popular series that mixes educational commentary with piano performance continues with “Mistresses and Masterpieces,” featuring selections by Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Mendelssohn and Bartok that were inspired by “significant others” in the composers’ lives.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets/registration for Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
At UT Dallas:
- “Phoebe in Winter” Opens Feb. 20
8 p.m. in the University Theatre, Thursdays-Saturdays through Feb. 29. Admission is free Feb. 20; tickets for other dates are $15. (Visit www.utd.edu/ah/events to purchase online.)
The play, written by Jen Silverman, focuses on three brothers who are preparing to settle into their old lives after returning home from a distant war. But a knock at the door yields a girl named Phoebe who accuses them of killing her own three brothers and demands that they must become her new family instead.
Chamber Music International Feb. 15
Chamber Music International presents Concert 5 of the 2019-20 season, Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Belt Line Rd. Enjoy an exciting journey through Bohemia, France and Russia with five prize-winning virtuosi hailing from five different countries. The concert includes “Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola, H. 313” by Martinů, “Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Minor, Op. 75” by Saint-Saëns, and “Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57” by Shostakovich.
Tickets are $10 for students, $35 for seniors and $40 for adults.
Storytelling Festival Continues Feb. 22
Arts Incubator of Richardson continues its second annual Storytelling Festival Saturday, Feb. 22 at First United Methodist Church Richardson with a 2 p.m. performance by Southwest storytellers. Tickets are $7 and are available here beginning Feb. 16 and at the door. Suitable for all ages!
Last Weekend for “The Bridges of Madison County” at RCT
Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd., is presenting the 2014 Broadway musical, “The Bridges of Madison County” through Feb. 16, based on Robert James Waller’s 1992 novel of the same name. Remaining show times are 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $17 for teens and $28 for adults (note: show is rated PG-16).
“Barefoot in the Park” Continues at RTC
Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd. #113, is presenting Neil Simon’s romantic comedy, “Barefoot In The Park,” through Feb. 23. Show days 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 and sweets.
“The Scenic Route” Continues at The Core Theatre
The Core Theatre is presenting “The Scenic Route,” by Jim Finger and starring Finger and Andrew Williams through Feb. 16 and Feb. 28-March 8, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10-$25. The show chronicles the real life adventures of a young man’s attempt to become a professional actor but winding up as a world class scenic artist, showing that failure can lead you to where you were meant to be.
February is Pruning Time in North Texas
With mild daytime temperatures expected this weekend, it’s the perfect time to get outside and do some pruning. Texas AgriLife Extension’s Earth Kind Landscaping program states that in general, the best time to prune most plants is during late winter or early spring before new growth begins. But there’s a wrong way and a right way to prune, and the program offers free, helpful online pruning tips to avoid damaging trees and shrubs and preventing disease. Click here to access the information.
Don’t forget that once you have a large number of limbs or shrubbery, pile them at your front curb and call the City’s Brush and Bulky Item Collection service (BABIC) to request a pick-up. Make sure to let BABIC know you have yard material to be picked up for composting and mulch, to keep the items out of the landfill. The compost and mulch are sold to area residents at a discount.
Combination Inspector ($4,161-$5,904 monthly)
Building Inspection is seeking an individual with experience in commercial plumbing inspections, general building contracting and construction. A high school diploma or GED is required. Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university is preferred. Certifications as an ICC Commercial Building and Energy Inspector are required. ICC certification as a Mechanical or Residential Building Inspector must be obtained within one year of employment. Texas driver’s license, Class C required.
Environmental Health Specialist ($3,968-$5,895 monthly)
The Health Department is seeking an individual with two years of experience in the field of Health or Environmental Protection, one year of experience in conducting food sanitation inspections is also required. A bachelor's degree is required in natural sciences or subjects related to environmental health. A professional sanitarian license under Article 4477-3 Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes is also required. Texas driver’s license, Class C required. Must obtain a non-commercial certified pesticide applicator's license when required.
Part-Time Day Camp Director ($11.25-$17.34 hourly)
The Parks Department is seeking an individual with three years of experience working with children. CPR and first-aid certifications must be obtained during job orientation. Starting pay for applicants is $11.25/hour. Salary is negotiable dependent on qualifications.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This handsome guy is Mike! He was found as a stray in the Richardson area back in late January. Mike is an American bulldog mix, white with brown spots and full of energy! He weighs in at 70 pounds and would do well in a home with no other dogs. We believe him to be about 3 years old. He is neutered and fully vaccinated. Mike did test positive for heartworms and we have begun the treatment. Please come in and say hello. You just might fall in love!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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