Jan. 7, 2022
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:
Eisemann Center Managing Director Announces Retirement
Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations Managing Director Bruce MacPherson has announced he will retire Sept. 30, 2022. His retirement wraps a 45-year role in the field of performing arts, the last 22 of which will have been performed at the Eisemann Center.
MacPherson has served as Eisemann Center managing director since January 2000. He helped oversee design and construction of the 117,000-square-foot facility that features three performance venues, an art gallery and concessions area. He has also managed a presenting series (Eisemann Center Presents) of nationally recognized touring artists and attractions to the North Texas region.
The City will begin recruitment efforts in partnership with Arts Consulting Group in February to select MacPherson’s successor. The process is expected to conclude in late summer 2022 to allow for a smooth transition.
Website: Read Full Press Release
Richardson Ranked a Top 25 City Nationwide for Growth
Richardson has been ranked among the “Top 25 U.S. Growth Cities” nationwide and Texas reclaimed its spot as the No. 1 Growth State in the 2021 U-Haul Growth Index released this week. The annual ranking from U-Haul International calculates its findings based on the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering states and cities in a calendar year versus leaving, compiled from over 2 million one-way truck transactions.
According to U-Haul, the report’s migration trends do not always correlate directly to population or economic growth, but they are “an effective gauge of how well cities are both attracting and maintaining residents.”
Santa’s Village Packs Up
This week City crews began dismantling the buildings at Santa’s Village and taking down the lights and decorations, packing everything away until late fall, when Santa’s Village will once again be built.
Community Events staff reported that Santa’s Village 2021:
- distributed more than 3,000 Rudolph red noses in the Reindeer Shed
- captured more than 3,743 photos with Santa
- redeemed 6,670 Hometown Thursday tickets
- featured more than 1,550 performers on Prancer’s Stage
- It took 915 volunteers to execute Santa’s Village over the course of 10 nights, logging 3,202 hours. Event staff prepare the village for almost two months.
The City of Richardson has been presenting Santa’s Village free of charge to the public since 1989.
City Photo Contest Begins Tomorrow
The City’s annual photo contest will begin accepting entries Saturday, Jan. 8. The contest is open to both Richardson residents and nonresidents, divided into three competition groups: Students (high school age and younger), Amateur Adult (college age and beyond), and Proficient Adult (proficient in the art of photography).
Photos must be at least 48 square inches and a maximum of 16” x 20”, mounted on 16” x 20” foam core. Two color photos and two black and white photos are allowed per entrant per category—there are 12 categories including People, Landscapes and Still Life.
Entry fees are $5 per entry for students and $10 per entry for all others. Entry forms are available at Huffhines Recreation Center or online. Results will be posted online Jan. 28; winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony Feb. 17.
Altrusa Scholarship Applications Available Jan. 14
Altrusa International of Richardson has announced the opening of its annual scholarship program for high school seniors planning to attend universities/colleges, community colleges or vocational training programs. Applicants must reside in the City of Richardson or attend an RISD school, and recipients will be selected based on scholastic achievement, financial need, community volunteerism, extracurricular activities and a short essay. Scholarships must be used for the next school year and will be sent directly to the school.
Applications will be available online beginning Friday, Jan. 14 and are due Feb. 18 at 4 p.m.
Richardson’s Altrusa International, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) organization that provides yearly support to many local agencies and programs, including the Richardson Public Library, Richardson Animal Shelter and Network of Community Ministries. It also helps make the Richardson Reads One Book event possible.
Lane Closures Expected on Campbell Road near IQ®
The right lane of westbound Campbell Road between Glenville Drive and Jay Ell Drive may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for fiber optic work. The work is expected to be complete by mid-April.
Fiber Optic Work to Close Lanes Near Renner/US 75 Intersection
Sections of the frontage roads for northbound and southbound US 75 near Renner Road may be closed from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for fiber optic work. The areas impacted include the right lane of the southbound frontage road between the Spring Creek Trail and 800 feet south of Renner Road, as well as the right lane of the northbound frontage road starting 760 feet south of Renner Road and extending to Renner Road. In addition, the right lane of eastbound Renner Road between US 75 and Red Moon Way may also be closed during that time for the same project. The work is expected to be complete by mid-April.
Art, Essay Contests Now Accepting Entries
The Richardson City Council is again sponsoring two student contests that began accepting entries Jan. 1: a Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest and a “Black History Month: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion” Art Contest.
Each contest is open to students (age varies by contest) who reside within the City of Richardson or attend an RISD/PISD school within the City of Richardson, and each challenges students, in different ways, to think about how they can make the world a better place. The essay contest ends Jan. 31 and the art contest ends Feb. 28. Rules and deadlines for each may be found online. Winners in each age category receive $100 and will be recognized at a future City Council meeting.
“It’s Time Texas” Challenge Begins; Sign Up and Start Tracking
The annual “It’s Time Texas” Community Fitness Challenge began this week, and the City of Richardson is again participating. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to sign up for the free, eight-week challenge that takes place through Feb. 27 and earn points and win prizes for completing individual actions such as working out, logging water intake and eating healthy meals. People who sign up on behalf of their city also earn points for their community with every action they submit.
IQ® Brew Jan. 13 - Texas Blockchain Council
The Drawing Board, 1900 Jay Ell Dr. (in-person and online via Zoom)
Admission: Free; register in advance here
Thursday, Jan. 13
Lee Bratcher will be the featured speaker at the next IQ® Brew, an ongoing networking and educational series hosted by the City’s Office of Innovation and Placemaking Initiatives and Richardson Chamber of Commerce. Bratcher is president and founder of the Texas Blockchain Council, an industry association located in the Richardson IQ® with more than 65 member companies. The association seeks to make Texas the jurisdiction of choice for blockchain innovation.
Website: Event Registration
“Coffee & Cops” Jan. 14
Starbucks, 4151 E. Renner Rd.
Friday, Jan. 14
“Coffee & Cops,” a recurring event offered by the Richardson Police Department (RPD), is an informal way for the community to talk with police officers—this month it will be held at the Starbucks near the intersection of North Star Road and East Renner Road. Stop by the RPD table to say hello, ask questions and/or discuss concerns.
Contact: RPD Community Relations, 972-744-4955
900 Civic Center Dr., 75080
Learn Beginning Computer Skills Jan. 14
Basement Training Room
Cost: Free (registration is required; must have valid RPL Library card)
Friday, Jan. 14
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Adult and teen (age 16 and up) computer novices are invited to learn fundamental computing skills in “Computing 101 with Windows 10.” The two-hour class includes:
- How to navigate a Windows 10 laptop or desktop personal computer
- How to operate the basic hardware and peripherals used by computers
- How to locate all the tools you need to adjust a computer’s settings
- What to consider when managing your privacy in Windows 10
- A few tips on how to do your own future troubleshooting
More information: 972-744-4359
Save the Date: “Frozen” Movie Matinee Sing-Along Jan. 15
Basement Program Room
Admission: Free ticket needed; a limited number will be available starting at 10 a.m. on the day of the event at the Youth Services Help Desk
Saturday, Jan. 15
All ages are invited to sing along with Anna and Elsa at a showing of Disney’s “Frozen: Sing-along edition.” Take home a free craft kit after the show! Movie is rated PG; run time is 102 minutes.
At the Eisemann Center:
2351 Performance Dr., 75082
- Pegasus Theatre’s “Prime Time for Murder” Continues
Bank of America Theatre
Tickets: $24-$44, with child and senior discounts offered
Dates: Wednesdays-Sundays through Jan. 16 (no show Jan. 12)
Times: 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, with additional 2 p.m. shows offered Saturdays-Sundays
Pegasus Theatre presents the world premiere of the 21st Harry Hunsacker adventure, “Prime Time for Murder,” featuring Pegasus’ trademarked Living Black & White™ technique.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office.
At UT Dallas:
Photography Exhibits Begin this Weekend at City Facilities
Two City facilities will double as photo galleries over the next couple of months, housing displays that coincide with the City’s annual photo contest (see story in News above). The work of professional photographer Larry Ammann will be on display at Huffhines Recreation Center Jan. 8-Feb. 25. The Library display, located on the third floor, will showcase the 2021 Best of Show and Best of Division winners as well as the work of the 2021 contest judges Jan. 8-27. The 2022 Contest Results Exhibit begins there Jan. 29.
The exhibits are free and open to the public during normal operating hours.
Free Blue Bag Vouchers at Fire Station 6 this Month
Resolve to take part in the City’s recycling program in 2022! To help with that, Public Services staff will be at Fire Station 6, 3591 Park Vista Rd. on select afternoons in January to spread the word about the benefits of recycling. Vouchers good for one free roll of blue bags will be given to Richardson residents with proof of residency.
Fire Station 6 giveaway dates (time is 2:30-3:30 p.m.):
- Tuesday, Jan. 11
- Thursday, Jan. 13
- Tuesday, Jan. 18
- Friday, Jan. 21
- Tuesday, Jan. 25
- Friday, Jan. 28
Note: Phil-up the recycling mascot will not be present.
Tree Cycling, Box Recycling Continue
There’s still time to turn your Christmas tree into mulch and compost through the City’s Tree Cycling program, and time to take large cardboard gift boxes (too big to fit into regular recycling bags) to special box recycling bins located at four sites around the city. Both tree cycling and holiday box recycling programs continue through Feb. 1.
Trees may be dropped off at the Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr., or set out at the curb and picked up as part of the City’s weekly Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC). Trees must be natural (not artificial), unflocked and all decorations, nails etc. must be removed.
Boxes (flattened) may be dropped off at the following locations:
- Custer Park
700 W. Renner Rd. (near the tennis courts)
- Recycle Center (available year-round)
102 N. Cottonwood Dr.
- 1500 Apollo Rd. (near the Huffhines Tennis Center courts)
- Breckinridge Park
5200 Park Vista Rd. (near the baseball complex)
Contact: 972-744-4111 for BABIC pick-up; be sure to request that the tree be collected for composting.
Day Camp Counselor ($9.00/hr to $10.00/hr)
The Parks department is looking for individuals with experience working with children. Must be at least 16 years of age with CPR and First-Aid Certification required or obtained during job orientation.
Lifeguard ($11.50/hr to $14.72/hr)
This position is for summer 2022. Must be at least 15 years of age with current certification in Lifeguard Training (YMCA or American Red Cross, CPR and First Aid.)
Swim Instructor/Coach ($12.00/hr to $35.70/hr)
Must hold current certifications in CPR, and First Aid. Must present evidence of experience and background/references. Must be able to demonstrate required ability.
For other job opportunities, visit www.cor.net/jobs
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Come spend your days with our gorgeous Handsome. He is a 1-year-old Black Mouth Cur mix and is the Shelter’s third-longest resident. He is fully vetted and microchipped. He came to us as a stray with another dog and we found that he needs to be in a home with adults. When he arrived he was extremely nervous and timid, but has started to trust people and learned to enjoy going outside for walks. He is friendly, very photogenic, has rode well in a car and listens/responds to commands. If there is another dog in the household, Handsome would need to go a meet and greet so there is a slow introduction to see if he likes your dog. If Handsome’s handsome face is winning your over, come to the shelter to see him and adopt today!
Schedule an appointment: https://richardsonanimalshelter.setmore.com/
For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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