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May 13, 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.

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News

WF Discounted Tickets
Wildflower! Festival Begins May 20; Deadline Approaches to Purchase Discounted Tickets
The City’s 2022 Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival takes place at Galatyn Park from May 20-22, with live performances on five stages plus kids’ activities, an art guitar auction, talent competitions, numerous food vendors and more.

Discounted single-day tickets are available to City of Richardson residents for $15 with proof of residency (current Richardson water bill, utility bill, phone bill or a valid driver’s license with a Richardson address), through May 18. Each household may purchase up to eight discounted tickets, and each ticket is good for admittance to one day at the festival. Purchase discounted tickets at the following locations during regular business hours (no online purchase is available for discounted tickets):

  • Gymnastics Center, 300 E. Arapaho Rd.
  • Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Rd.
  • Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Rd.
  • Water Customer Service, City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.

Information on regular-priced tickets and more Festival information can be found at www.wildflowerfestival.com.

Miss Texas Sign Topper
Miss Texas Sign Toppers Installed at Galatyn Park
Miss Texas Mallory Fuller joined Mayor Paul Voelker this week to place a commemorative Miss Texas sign topper at Galatyn Park, heralding the approaching Miss Texas/Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen pageants. Additional Miss Texas sign toppers will be installed at intersections surrounding the Eisemann Center. The sign toppers are part of the City’s welcome activities for the pageants, now in their eighth year at the Eisemann Center.

Pageant week for the Miss Texas and Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen competitions begins June 19. Tickets will go on sale later this month.

Culture in the CORE
City Announces “Culture in the CORE” Event Scheduled for June 4
In honor of its globally-oriented community, the City of Richardson will host “Culture in the CORE” Saturday, June 4, in Downtown Richardson. The free event takes place from noon-5 p.m. and will feature a variety of international cuisines and vendors, as well as art displays, dance performances and live music, all representing Richardson’s rich array of cultures.

Free parking will be available near the intersection of Texas and Kaufman streets, with overflow parking at the Richardson Independent School District (RISD) Administration Building, 420 S. Greenville Ave. An event bus will provide transportation between the overflow lot and the event from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Website: https://www.richardsoncoredistrict.com/culture

Traffic Signal Box Art Contest
Traffic Signal Box Art Contest Winners Recognized
The five winners of the City’s first-ever Traffic Signal Box Art Contest were recognized at Monday’s City Council meeting. The winners each received $100, a plaque and their artwork has been turned into vinyl wraps that have been installed on traffic signal boxes at five key Richardson intersections. The theme for the inaugural contest, co-sponsored by the Richardson Kiwanis Club, was “wildflowers.”

Winners and the location of their artwork are as follows:

  • Kaitlyn Burlison—Apollo Road at Yale Boulevard
  • Marina Denton—Belt Line Road at Mimosa Drive
  • Hailey Duggan—Telecom Parkway at Renner Road
  • Tiffany Managad—Franklyn Jenifer Drive at Waterview Parkway
  • Anushka Sridhar—Renner Road at Routh Creek Parkway

The contest has been a unique way to further the City’s commitment to public art and beautify city streetscapes while reaching a broad range of local talent—it was open to individual artists residing in the city or attending a school located within Richardson. It will be evaluated and refined this summer in consideration of possible future replication.

Website: www.cor.net/boxartcontest

Police Officer Memorial Service held
National Police Week Memorial Service Held
In conjunction with the upcoming National Police Week, the Richardson Police Department held a memorial service Thursday morning at police headquarters honoring peace officers killed in the line of duty in 2021 from across Texas. The ceremony included a 21-gun salute and Taps performed by the Richardson Police Honor Guard.

National Police Week was established by Congress in 1962, observed each May during the week that includes May 15, National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Active Transportation Survey Extended
Active Transportation Survey Extended; Interactive Mapping Tool Added
The City is continuing to seek public input for the development of an Active Transportation Plan via an online community survey, extended until May 31. The ATP will serve as a roadmap to guide short- and long-term priorities regarding active transportation, i.e., human-powered transportation modes such as walking, cycling and using a wheelchair. The survey is available here; paper copies of a short-form version are available at the Library.

An interactive mapping tool is now part of the online survey—the tool allows users to comment on current and planned walking and biking routes as well as identify barriers, gaps, etc. that have impeded mobility, such as missing sidewalk, missing ramps, maintenance issues, etc. (Note: The mapping tool is best viewed on computers rather than mobile devices.)

Website: www.cor.net/atp
Website: Mapping Tool

UT Dallas Cultural Arts Complex
Groundbreaking Held for UT Dallas Cultural Arts Complex
UT Dallas is moving forward with construction of a new 12-acre cultural arts complex on its campus, marked by a formal groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday. Mayor Paul Voelker, campus administrators and other local leaders spoke at the event. “The Athenaeum” is projected to be built in three phases and will include a 600-800-seat auditorium, a parking garage, galleries, offices, seminar rooms and space for art storage and conservation. It will house a substantial portion of the Trammell and Margaret Crow Museum of Asian Art, currently located in the Dallas Arts District.

The two-story, 57,408-square-foot facility will be located south of the Naveen Jindal School of Management building, east of University Parkway. The site, currently a parking lot, will serve as part of the campus gateway.

Estimated opening date of Phase 1 (the museum portion) is March 2024.

Website: Read Full Press Release

Fireworks Scheduled for Sunday
UT Dallas Commencement Ceremonies Begin; Fireworks Scheduled for Sunday
The University of Texas at Dallas’ spring commencement ceremonies have begun, with a doctoral hooding ceremony taking place earlier today and other ceremonies taking place at various locations on campus May 15-18. For the first time, an all-University Commencement will be held, scheduled for Sunday, May 15, from 6-8:30 p.m. outdoors at the University Roundabout, with fireworks at the conclusion. Students who earned their degrees in the summer and fall of 2021, as well as spring of 2022, will be included in the festivities.

Drivers on roads near the UT Dallas campus should expect an increased volume of traffic on commencement days, especially Sunday evening, as well as Monday and Tuesday mornings and early afternoons.

Website: All-University Commencement: Bright Futures Ahead | Graduation (utdallas.edu)

May 24 Runoff Election
Early Voting for May 24 Runoff Election Begins Monday
Early voting for the May 24 Republican and Democratic Primary Runoff Election is taking place May 16-20 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Registered Dallas County and Collin County voters may vote early at any of their county’s early voting locations (the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center Parks Room is an early voting location for Dallas County). Visit the county elections websites for complete lists.

Election Day voting will take place Tuesday, May 24 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Website: www.dallascountyvotes.org
Website: www.collincountytx.gov/elections

Richardson Projects

Renner and Palisades Creek
US 75 Frontage Road Lane to Close for Fiber Optic Work
Fiber optic work is expected to close the right lane of the southbound US 75 frontage road between Renner Road and Palisades Creek Drive from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The same project may also temporarily narrow Palisades Creek Drive between US 75 and Collins Boulevard. The work is expected to finish by late May.

Campbell and Canyon Creek
Utility Work Affects Lane Near Campbell/Canyon Creek Drive Intersection
The right lane of eastbound Campbell Road at Canyon Creek Drive, extending 450 feet east and west of the intersection, may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. as gas line repair takes place. The work is expected to be completed by late June.

www.cor.net/projects

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City Line Boho Night Market
CityLine Boho Market Tonight

CityLine Plaza, 1160 State St.
Admission: Free, and free parking
Friday, May 13
6-10 p.m.

Enjoy more than 45 booths featuring handmade and vintage goods from local makers and vendors, plus live music from rock/country/blues artist Mitchell Ferguson.

Website: www.citylinedfw.com

National Bike to Work Day
May 20 is National Bike to Work Day; DART Plans Events Highlighting Bike-Rail Connections
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is encouraging North Texans to pedal to work on Friday, May 20, i.e. 2022 National Bike to Work Day, and to “take your wheels on our wheels” with pop-up events taking place across the Metroplex. In Richardson, DART representatives will be at the CityLine/Bush DART Station from 7-9 a.m. that day with free bike safety checks, refreshments, giveaways and information about bike-friendly DART accommodations. Bike storage racks are included on the front of all DART buses, and wide, flat, accessible entries are available on trains, where riders can roll their bikes inside. In addition, there are bike racks and free bike lids at all DART rail stations and transit centers.

The City of Richardson has 25 miles of on-street, designated bike lanes and 93 miles of paved, off-road trails, and is currently working to enhance the City’s trail system and trail connectivity (see Survey article in News above and be sure to take the online survey).

Website: www.dart.org/bikes
Website: Bicycle Facilities | Richardson, TX (cor.net)

 Library
900 Civic Center Dr., 75080

Saturday Morning Kids
“Saturday Morning Kids” Family Storytime May 14
First Floor Program Room
Admission: Free, no registration required
Saturday, May 14
10:30-11 a.m.

Children ages 3-6 and their families enjoy great books, songs, rhymes, and a variety of other activities.

Celebrate Hawai’i
“Celebrate Hawai’i” May 14 with Hula Dancers, “Lilo & Stitch”
Basement Program Room
Admission: Free
Saturday, May 14
2-4 p.m.

The spotlight is on Hawaiian culture thru the art of Hula dance!  Learn about ancient traditions from the Ka Pa Hula O Manulani dancers, then relax at a free screening of the Disney movie, “Lilo & Stitch” and leave with a take-home craft kit!  Movie rating: PG. All ages welcome. 

www.cor.net/library

Arts and Culture 
Cultural Partnership Initiative CPI

Eisemann Center logo
At the Eisemann Center:
2351 Performance Dr., 75082

  • Tuzer Dance School: “Kirkos” May 14
    Hill Performance Hall
    Tickets: $15-$30
    Saturday, May 14
    6 p.m.

    Richardson’s Tuzer Dance School presents a circus-themed spring recital.

  • Lone Star Youth Winds: “The Music of Omar Thomas” May 15
    Hill Performance Hall
    Tickets: $12-$42
    Sunday, May 15
    3 p.m.

    The Lone Star Youth Winds concludes their season with a concert celebrating the music of Omar Thomas. The group will perform the composer's “Shenandoah” and give the world premiere of a work featuring the St. Philip’s Percussion Ensemble. The concert will also feature the 2022 Youth Winds Concerto Competition winner.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office.

Call: 972-744-4650
Website: www.eisemanncenter.com

RISD High School Fine Arts

  • Aristophanes’ “The Birds” May 13-14 with RHS Theatre Collective
    Richardson High School, Cliff McClelland Black Box Theater, 1250 W. Belt Line Rd. (enter through the “Fine Arts” door on west side of school)
    Admission: Free
    May 13-14
    7 p.m.

    Synopsis: Pithetaerus and Euelpides are finished with human society. Seeking to rid themselves forever of “annoying pests” such as poets, lawyers, philosophers and tax collectors, they flee the city. Seeing the free life of the birds, the two convince the birds to start a new city in the clouds. But, no sooner have the city walls been built than they are barraged by the same agents of bureaucracy that Pithetaerus and Euelpides were trying to escape, not to mention the Olympian gods themselves, who are not happy to have been dethroned by the birds.

  • Pearce Theatre presents “Cats: Young Actors Edition” May 13-14
    J.J. Pearce Auditorium, 1600 N. Coit Rd.
    Tickets: $20 (available here and at the door)
    May 13-14
    Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m.

    Pearce Theatre presents the new “CATS: Young Actors Edition,” a one-hour adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical specially tailored for young actors.

  • RHS Spring Concerts May 16-18
    Richardson High School Auditorium, 1250 W. Belt Line Rd.
    Admission: Free
    May 16, Legacy Jazz Concert, 6 p.m.
    May 17, Percussion Concert, 7 p.m.
    May 18, RHS Bands Spring Concert, 6 p.m.

CoreTheatreWIR
The Core Theatre Hosts Family Improv May 14
518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste 115
Tickets: $5-$15
Saturday, May 14
7:30 p.m.

The Family Improv troupe goes “around the world” in this high-energy, fun and family-friendly show. Tour countries, cultures and cuisines with on-the-spot, original comedy where the audience is invited to be a part by offering creative suggestions throughout the evening.

Website: www.thecoretheatre.org

Richardson Community Band at Senior Center May 18
Richardson Senior Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd.
Admission: Free
Wednesday, May 18
7:30 p.m.

The Richardson Community Band performs in its last indoor concert of spring 2022 before kicking off its outdoor summer concert series May 29.

Website: www.richardsoncommunityband.org

www.cor.net/cpi
www.artsinrichardson.com

Environment
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Community Wildflower Garden
Parks and Rec Department Offers Community Wildflower Garden Box Program
Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N Plano Rd.; Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Rd.; Richardson Senior Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd.
Cost: $5 per space/location
Through May 31
8 a.m.-4 p.m.

In this new wildflower gardening program, you plant the seeds in your very own “plot” in one of several raised garden boxes (located at the City’s recreation centers and Senior Center), and the City’s Parks Department will do the watering. Then come watch as the flowers bloom! A great way to teach gardening to children and/or grow flowers if you don’t have a garden. Seeds and a customizable garden stake are provided.

To register, visit www.cor.net/parksonline and type “Wildflower Boxes” in the Activity Search bar. For more information, contact Ashley Morgan, 972-744-7853.

Lyme Disease Proclamation
It’s Lyme Disease Awareness Month—Be Mindful of Ticks When Outdoors
May is National Lyme Disease Awareness Month, a time to “get educated” on the tick-borne illness before summer camps and outdoor events get into full swing. While Lyme Disease can be easily treated with antibiotics, if left untreated (and the painless bites often go unnoticed), it can affect the skin, joints, nervous system, heart and eyes. It is currently the fastest-growing vector-borne illness in the U.S.

Mayor Paul Voelker signed a proclamation this week declaring May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Richardson. He was joined at the signing by Kristina Bauer, a Richardson resident and Lyme disease survivor who is the Director of the Texas Lyme Alliance.

Here are some prevention tips from the Lyme Disease Association:

  • Know where to expect ticks and be aware in high-risk habitats. Ticks are most likely to be in woods, tall brush/grass, under leaves and low growing vegetation, near stone walls or wood piles, shady areas, around bird feeders and outside pet areas.
  • Use DEET-containing products to protect your skin when in high-risk areas and consider permethrin for clothes.
  • Do “tick checks” on yourself and pets and continue the checks 2-3 days after outdoor activities.

Website: www.lymediseaseassociation.org
Website: www.txlymealliance.org

www.cor.net/EPI


Make A Difference

Lifeguard ($13.50/hr to $15/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 ($15/hr to $17.50/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.

Maintenance Helper II ($31,956 to $42,192 Salary)
The Public Services Department has multiple job openings in Streets, Water and Wastewater for individuals who love working outdoors doing repair and construction to streets and water distribution and wastewater collection systems.

For other job opportunities, visit www.cor.net/jobs

Animals

Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
POTW-Grey
Grey wants to say hi! She is a spayed 13-year-old domestic long hair cat that came in as an owner surrender, so we know she has lived with four other cats. She loves to be petted and her owner said she will do somersaults if you rub her back a few times. This gorgeous sweetheart is looking for a loving and relaxed home where she can live out her golden years enjoying window views and lots of love and affection from someone special. Come by to adopt this wonderful sweetheart today! 

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

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