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October 15, 2021

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Huffhines Art Trails
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Huffhines Art Trails/Pawtoberfest This Weekend
Huffhines Art Trails, the City’s longtime fall arts and crafts festival, is back for the 44th year this Saturday, Oct. 16 and Sunday, Oct. 17 at Huffhines Park. Vendors offering a variety of local goods such as crafts, clothing, pottery and jewelry will be set up along the paved trails of the park. Enjoy musical performances on two stages and several food and beverage options in the Food Court.

Pawtoberfest, a “special feature” of the event only on Saturday, encourages attendees to bring their pets to a designated area to visit pet-centric vendors, enjoy live music and participate in other fun activities.

Admission to Huffhines Art Trails and Pawtoberfest is free; a limited number of exclusive Pawtoberfest “Pawkages” are available at the gate for $20 and include logoed merchandise for both people and pets, beverage discounts and dog treats.

Festival location/hours:

Huffhines Art Trails and Pawtoberfest
300 N. Plano Rd., Richardson, TX 75081 (Free Parking)

Saturday, Oct. 16
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 17
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Video: https://vimeo.com/632201536
Website: www.huffhinesarttrails.com

Early Voting
Early Voting Begins Oct. 18
Early voting for the Nov. 2 Constitutional and Joint Election will be held Oct. 18-29. Both Dallas County and Collin County residents may vote early at Richardson Civic Center/City Hall or any other early voting location in their county.

Richardson residents’ ballots will include the proposed $190 million, no-tax-rate-increase- municipal bond package, five propositions concerning streets, public buildings, sidewalks, drainage and parks.

Hours vary by county; times and locations of all early voting sites and additional information may be found using the links below.

Website: www.collincountytx.gov/elections
Website: www.dallascountyvotes.org
Website: www.cor.net/vote
Website: www.cor.net/bondelection

Bond Glitch
Bond Information E-mail Glitch Corrected
An e-mail address (BondQuestions@cor.gov) printed in the recently published Bond Referendum Information booklet is now working properly thanks to residents notifying the City of an error. Those originally responding to the address got a “sender not allowed” message during the first few days after the booklet hit mailboxes.

The 16-page booklet, containing information about the upcoming $190 million, no-tax-rate-increase bond election, was mailed to all Richardson residents last week. The booklets are also available at the Senior Center, Library, City Hall/Civic Center and both recreation centers.

Early voting for the bond election takes place Oct. 18-29. Election Day is Nov. 2.

Website: www.cor.net/election
Website: www.cor.net/bondelection

Main Street
Preparations Underway for Main Street Celebration
The City and Main Street area merchants are getting ready to host a free outdoor party to “welcome back” the community to the downtown Richardson/Main Street area, aka the CORE District, Saturday, Oct. 23 from noon-5 p.m. The “Main Street Celebration” will take place along Main Street between Interurban and McKinney streets and feature live music, street performers, family-friendly activities, food vendors and shopping.

The area has been updated with wider walkways, new landscaping, decorative lighting, new public art and community gathering spaces, thanks to the two-year, $21 million Main Street Infrastructure Project completed earlier this year.

Live music at the outdoor stage begins at 2 p.m. and is headlined by Texas native Abraham Alexander. Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for the live music. Parking will be available in a large lot located at Texas Street and Kaufman Street, with overflow parking at the RISD Administration Building on Greenville Avenue. An event bus will be rotating between that site and the event from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Event Information
Downtown Richardson/Main Street
Admission: Free
Saturday, Oct. 23
Noon-5 p.m.

Parking Map

More information: www.richardsoncoredistrict.com/msc

Richardson Restaurant Park
City Council Approves Revised Plan for Richardson Restaurant Park Additions
The City Council has approved two zoning requests concerning additional structures/spaces at the Richardson Restaurant Park. The plans include a Dave’s Hot Chicken location with a full-service drive-thru lane; additional buildings on the north side of the property will house Eiland Coffee Roasters in a two-story restaurant with a full-service drive-thru and an adjacent coffee roasting warehouse.

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The Council approved a zoning change in December that allowed for the Restaurant Park’s developer to build additional restaurants with prepaid order pickup windows, but future Council action was needed if full-service drive-thrus were desired. After such a plan revision was denied by the City Council in July, the new, revised plans approved Monday are seen as more pedestrian- and traffic-friendly.

The updated proposal also includes a 16,000-square-foot outdoor dining and entertainment plaza, which will include picnic tables, a firepit with seating, cabanas, space for live music and movie screenings, and a game court.


Richardson Projects

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Lane Closures Continue on Renner Road for DART Silver Line Work
The right and left lanes of westbound and eastbound Renner Road between Greenside Drive and Custer Parkway have been closed to traffic alternately from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. due to drilling work connected to the DART Silver Line railroad bridge that will cross Renner. The westbound lanes and the left lane of eastbound Renner should open back up by late October, while the right lane of eastbound Renner may close daily through late November.



“Boo Bingo” at the Senior Center Oct. 21
Richardson Senior Center
Tickets: Free (No Registration Required)
Thursday, Oct. 21
2-3 p.m.

The public is invited to the Senior Center for Halloween-themed bingo. The event is free and includes “spooktacular” prizes!

Network Golf Tourney Oct. 22
Sherrill Park Golf Course
Admission: $125 per player
Friday, Oct. 22
9 a.m.

Network of Community Ministries is hosting its 24th Annual Golf Outing Friday, Oct. 22. Play golf or participate as a sponsor and help raise funds for Network’s many programs and services. Cost to golf is $125 per player; sponsorships start at $350.

More information/registration: www.thenetwork.org/golf

Altrusa Unsung Heroes Reception Oct. 22
Richardson Woman’s Club Founders Hall, 2005 N. Cliffe Dr.
Tickets: $40 per person; sponsorships are available as well.
Friday, Oct. 22
1-3 p.m.

Altrusa International of Richardson will host the “Outstanding Women of Today: 2021 Unsung Heroes Reception” Oct. 22 at the Richardson Woman’s Club Founders Hall. The reception will honor 17 frontline, local female employees in the medical, nonprofit and public safety fields who have served the community during the pandemic. Funds raised at the reception will be used to support Altrusa’s community programs including local scholarships.

Website: www.altrusarichardson.com/Awards-Event

RWC Bridge Festival Oct. 28-29; Casino Night Nov. 13
Richardson Woman’s Club Founders Hall, 2005 N. Cliffe Dr.
Tickets: Bridge Festival- $25 per person; purchase deadline is Oct. 19. Casino Night- $50 per person; purchase deadline is Oct. 25.
Dates: Bridge Festival Oct. 28-29; Casino Night Nov. 13

The Richardson Women’s Club is getting ready for two fall fundraising events, a Bridge Festival Oct. 28-29 and a Casino Night Nov. 13. The first day of the bridge festival focuses on party bridge and games and the second day is for duplicate bridge; tickets include lunch each day, a silent auction and the opportunity to win door prizes.

The Casino Night features game tables, a silent auction and “wine pull;” tickets include food and beverages. If tickets are purchased by 11:59 p.m. tonight, Oct. 15, each ticket also includes $500 in chips.

Proceeds will benefit local community service agencies and RISD scholarships. An additional scholarship will be awarded to a child of a first responder.

Address: 2005 N. Cliffe Dr., Richardson, TX 75082
Website: www.rwctx.org


Adulting 101 WIR
Adulting 101: First Aid Tips Oct. 16
Richardson Public Library, 900 Civic Center Dr., Richardson, TX 75080
Admission: Free (No Registration Required)
Saturday, Oct. 16
3-4 p.m.

Teens ages 13-18 are invited to learn new life skills at “Adulting 101: First Aid” Saturday in the First Floor Program Room. Richardson Fire Department medics will teach basic first aid.

Questions/more information: 972-744-4358

Google Productivity: Docs, Sheets & Slides Oct. 22
Basement Training Room, 900 Civic Center Dr., Richardson, TX 75080
Admission: Free (Registration is Required)
Friday, Oct. 22
10:30 a.m.-noon

An introductory class in creating documents, spreadsheets and presentations with Google Productivity. Richardson residents ages 16 and older are eligible to participate.

Registration/more information: 972-744-4359

Steam Fall 2021
STEAM Starters Oct. 22: Create Mini Lightsabers
First Floor Program Room, 900 Civic Center Dr., Richardson, TX 75080
Admission: Free (Registration is Required)
Friday, Oct. 22
4-5 p.m.

Kids ages 6-8 explore science, technology, engineering, art and math in the Library’s STEAM Starters program by creating mini lightsabers.

Registration/more information: 972-744-4358

CTech Kids Club
C-TECH Kids Club Oct. 22
Basement Training Room, 900 Civic Center Dr., Richardson, TX 75080
Admission: Free (Registration is Required)
Friday, Oct. 22
4-5 p.m.

STEM for ages 9-12 is the focus of the Library’s C-TECH Kids Club. In addition to experimenting with exciting STEM activities, the group will play a community action game in which each participant gets to “be the boss.”

Registration/more information: 972-744-4358

For more information, go to www.cor.net/library.

Arts and Culture
Cultural Partnership Initiative CPI

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations® Returns 
    Bank of America Theatre, 2351 Performance Dr, Richardson, TX 75082
    Tickets: $40-$48
    Monday, Oct. 18
    7:30 p.m.“Music of Joy and Peace” features uplifting, inspiring compositions of Beethoven, Schubert, Gershwin and Manuel de Falla in a concert that blends educational and entertaining commentary with piano performance.
  • John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party®
    Hill Performance Hall, 2351 Performance Dr, Richardson, TX 75082
    Tickets: $50-$55
    Saturday, Oct. 23
    2 p.m.This authentic re-creation of the final tour of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper is the only show endorsed by the Holly, Valens and Richardson estates. The performance includes over two hours of high voltage entertainment featuring all their hit songs of the 50's era including, “That'll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Oh, Boy,” “Rave On,” “La Bamba,” “Chantilly Lace,” and many more. More information about the show can be found at www.winterdanceparty.com.

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

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

At UT Dallas:

  • Chamber Singers/University Choir Concert
    Jonsson Performance Hall, Erik Jonsson Academic Center, Drive D, Richardson, TX 75080
    Admission: Free
    Saturday, Oct. 16
    7:30 p.m.The community is invited to attend an evening filled with choral music by Z. Randall Stroope, Katerina Gimon, Elaine Hagenberg, Jocelyn Hagen, Kyle Pederson and more.
  • SOLI Chamber Ensemble
    Jonsson Performance Hall, Erik Jonsson Academic Center, Drive D, Richardson, TX 75080
    Admission: Free
    Thursday, Oct. 21
    7:30 p.m.“Fractals - Music of our Time” features the award-winning San Antonio-based ensemble presenting music by living American composers, including Xi Wang, Quinn Mason and Robert Xavier Rodríguez, who will make special guest appearances.

More information: www.utd.edu/ah

Outdoor “Porchlight Cabaret” Tonight at Repertory Company Theatre
Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd., Richardson, TX 75080
Tickets: $20
Friday, Oct. 15
7:30 p.m.

RCT kicks off a new edition of its “Porchlight Cabaret” music series tonight outdoors on the patio. “Another Hocus Pocus” will feature café table seating and “The Sanders Sisters” and friends performing songs of the season.

Concessions will be available and COVID protocols are in place.
Contact: 972-690-5029
Website: www.rcttheatre.com

“Blithe Spirit” at RTC
Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste 113, Richardson, TX 75080
Tickets: $20-$22
Oct. 15-31
Thur. at 7:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m.

RTC is presenting the Noel Coward comedy, “Blithe Spirit” through Oct. 31. The “spookily funny” show involves a novelist named Charles who, in order to gather research for his next novel, invites an eccentric medium to perform a séance in his house. When things go terribly awry, Charles suddenly finds himself caught in an improbable love triangle between his naive living wife and his decidedly “spirited” late wife.

Contact: 972-699-1130
Video: https://vimeo.com/632399045
Website: www.richardsontheatrecentre.net

“The Hairy Ape” Continues at The Core Theatre
The Core Theatre, 518 W Arapaho Rd, Richardson, TX 75080
Tickets: $18
Through Nov. 6
Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m.

The Core Theatre is hosting The Classics Theatre Project for a production of Eugene O’Neill’s “The Hairy Ape: A Comedy of Ancient and Modern Life in Eight Scenes,” through Nov. 6. The ensemble cast tackles O’Neill’s take on expressionism in a play that challenges the underlying rags-to-riches mythology of America and examines the effects of alienation in the modern world.

Ticket link: Purchase Tickets to Eugene O'Neill's THE HAIRY APE at The Classics Theatre Project | TicketstotheCity.com

“The Addams Family” Opens at RCT
Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N Coit Rd, Richardson, TX 75080
Tickets: $17 for youth and $28 for adults
Oct. 22-31
Fri.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m.

The Broadway musical, “The Addams Family,” is on stage at Repertory Company Theatre Oct. 22-31. The “frightfully delightful” world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch comes to life in this all-new story based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams. The family is put to the test when outsiders come to dinner, hurling them into a night that will change their lives forever. Rated PG13.

Box office: 972-690-5029
Website: www.rcttheatre.com




Drug Take Back Oct. 23 Helps Keep Waterways Clean, Combats Drug Abuse
RPD substation, 2003 E. Renner Rd., Richardson, TX 75082
Cost: Free
Saturday, Oct. 23
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Prevent medications from contaminating our water system/waterways by taking part in the Richardson Police Department’s (RPD) Drug Take Back, part of the biannual National Prescription Drug Take Back program. The event keeps medications from being flushed down a sink drain or toilet and potentially entering our waterways, and also helps keep drugs out of the trash, where pets, children and others might acquire them.

Clean out your medicine cabinet and bring unused and expired pharmaceuticals, both prescription and over-the-counter, for proper disposal. All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in tightly sealed consumer containers will be accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.

Contact: 972-744-4955 (RPD Community Relations Unit)
Website: https://takebackday.dea.gov

Recycling Savvy: Five Things That Belong in a Trash Bag, Not a Blue Bag
Because processing and demand for recycled material can change, it’s always good to stay up-to-date on what’s currently being accepted in the City’s blue bag recycling program to not contaminate/compromise our recyclables with unacceptable items.

Here’s a list of five often “misunderstood” items that don’t belong in blue bags—please place in the trash:

  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Plastic bags
    (Consider donating leftover plastic grocery bags to Network of Community Ministries, www.thenetwork.org, for its Food Pantry program.)
  • Anything made of Styrofoam, including to-go coffee cups (even most paper to-go cups are not recyclable, as they are lined with a thin plastic coating to prevent leaks, making them impossible to recycle in most recycling machinery.)
  • Used pizza boxes
    (The stained, greasy bottom of the box is not recyclable, but if the lid is clean and dry, tear it off and include it in recycling.)

Vouchers good for a free roll of blue bags are available during October at Fire Station 6, 3591 Park Vista Rd., on select Tuesdays and Thursdays; click here for more information.




Crew Chief ($48,504 to $65,268)
The Public Services Department has multiple job openings for Crew Chief for individuals with experience in construction and/or maintenance of water distribution and waste collection systems. A Texas Commercial Driver’s License, Class A is required.

Combination Inspector ($54,924 to $74,388)
The Building Inspection department is looking for an individual with a Master or Journeyman Plumbing license and with knowledge of pertinent construction codes and ordinances.

Senior Capital Projects Contract Administrator ($55,944 to $84,360)
The Engineering/Capital Projects department is looking for an individual with experience as a Contract Administrator, Contract Manager, or relevant role and has knowledge of legal requirements involved with contracts and strong analytical and organizational skills.

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


Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Come and meet Gabe, our 2-year-old neutered domestic short hair cat. He looks grumpy but he is a sweetie! He is microchipped and fully vetted. He came in an owner surrender in August. He was an indoor cat and lived with another cat but was shy around dogs. He tends to keep to himself but comes out of his shell when he finds toys that chirp and bottle caps. Oh, and once he is really comfortable, let the belly rubs begin!

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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