October 22, 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:
Main Street Celebration Tomorrow (Saturday)
Get to know Richardson’s “newest” destination Oct. 23 at the Main Street Celebration in the downtown Richardson/Main Street area, aka the Core District. The City and Core District merchants are hosting the free event, which features live music, street performers, family-friendly activities, food vendors and shopping. The event celebrates the many amenities in the area recently created by the City’s Main Street Infrastructure Project, including wider walkways, new landscaping, public art, and community gathering spaces, such as the new lawn where the event’s outdoor stage will be located.
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 near the intersection of Texas and Kaufman streets, 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.
Downtown Richardson/Main Street
Saturday, Oct. 23
More information: www.richardsoncoredistrict.com/msc
Huffhines Art Trails/Pawtoberfest Mark Restart of Annual Community Events
After being sidelined for more than a year due to pandemic safety regulations and budget restraints, the City’s popular, annual community events schedule started back up in earnest last weekend as the City held Huffhines Art Trails/Pawtoberfest. Visitors and vendors at the longtime arts and crafts festival and dog-friendly event enjoyed perfect weather and the chance to gather again among the trees of Huffhines Park, and for some, get a jumpstart on holiday shopping.
Other returning annual events include the City’s Christmas Parade, scheduled for Dec. 4, and Santa’s Village, which begins Dec. 4 and ends Dec. 19. The Cottonwood Art Festival, Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival and the Family 4th Celebration are expected to take place in 2022, depending on health and safety conditions in the community.
Santa’s Village Taking Shape
The Parks and Recreation Department began setting up Santa’s Village this week in order to have it ready by its opening day, Dec. 4. The miniature holiday town located on the Civic Center/City Hall Fountain Plaza involves about two weeks of work to put together the 16 tiny dwellings and another few weeks to decorate the buildings and grounds. Extra time is also built in for possible weather delays.
Depending on health and safety conditions at the time of the event, Santa’s Village will open for the season Dec. 4 and will be open Thursdays-Sundays through Dec. 19. Hours of operation are 6-9 p.m.
Richardson Named a Top Place to Live
Livability has named Richardson to its annual “Top 100 Places to Live in America” list. The company specializes in data-driven rankings for small- to mid-sized cities, analyzing more than 1,000 cities each year on factors such as safety, affordability, economic stability, outdoor recreation, accessibility and community engagement.
Richardson ranked 66th in the U.S. and was recognized for its culturally diverse population and “rich landscape of restaurants, activities and shops.”
Early Voting Continues Through Oct. 29
Early voting for the Nov. 2 Constitutional and Joint Election began Monday and is taking place through Oct. 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 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.
New Animal Shelter Hours/Adoption Procedures Begin Oct. 24
Starting Sunday, Oct. 24, appointments will no longer be required at the Richardson Animal Shelter for people wishing to adopt a pet.
New Public Hours
Sunday: noon-5 p.m.
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Appointments are still required for volunteers and any pet owner wishing to surrender a pet and/or request euthanasia.
Contact: 972-744-4480 (emergency response is available 24/7)
Pictured left to right: Lauren Parent, Sherry Cal Buford, Avery Atkins.
Altrusa Honors Local Heroes, Presents Symbolic Check to City
Altrusa International of Richardson, Inc. held a reception earlier today at the Richardson Woman’s Club Founders Hall to honor local female employees in the medical, nonprofit and public safety fields who have served the community during the pandemic. In addition, Mayor Pro Tem Janet Depuy was presented a ceremonial check for $120,067.78, representing the hours of volunteer time invested in the city by the organization in the past year.
The 17 honorees at the “Outstanding Women of Today: 2021 Unsung Heroes Reception” included three City of Richardson first responders:
- Avery Atkins, firefighter with the Richardson Fire Department;
- Lauren Parent, firefighter with the Richardson Fire Department; and
- Sherry Cal Buford, public safety telecommunicator supervisor with the Richardson Police Department.
Richardson’s Altrusa International, Inc. provides support to many agencies including the Richardson Public Library, Animal Shelter, RISD and Network of Community Ministries. It also helps make the Richardson Reads One Book event possible.
Manhole Work to Close Lane near Alma/PGBT
The right lane and/or right turn lane of southbound Alma Road just south of the Bush Turnpike between the railroad and TI Private Driveway may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for work on sewer main manholes. The work is expected to be complete by late November.
Drug Take Back Oct. 23
Richardson Police Department substation, 2003 E. Renner Rd.
Saturday, Oct. 23
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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)
CityLine Trick or Treat Event Oct. 23
CityLine Plaza, 1150 State St.
Tickets: $10 for children ages 2+ and $5 for adults.
Saturday, Oct. 23
CityLine is co-hosting a “Spooktacular“ family event along with social media outlets Dallas Moms and Collin County Moms tomorrow, Oct. 23. Surprise visits by special characters and balloon entertainment will be part of the fun as well as crafts, activities, candy, food samples from CityLine merchants and a fall-themed photo area. Costumes are welcome!
Families are encouraged to bring fall and winter clothing (size 2T-adult) to benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. The first 300 children to register will also receive a goodie bag.
RWC Casino Night is Nov. 13; Ticket Sales End Soon
Richardson Woman’s Club Founders Hall, 2005 North Cliffe Dr.
Tickets: $50 per person; purchase deadline is Oct. 25
Enjoy a Vegas-style experience without leaving Texas at the Richardson Woman’s Club (RWC) Casino Night scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 13. In addition to game tables, the fundraising event will include a silent auction and “wine pull.”
Proceeds will benefit local community service agencies and RISD scholarships. An additional scholarship will be awarded to a child of a first responder.
RCFAAA Golf Tourney Oct. 28
Sherrill Park Golf Course, 2001 E. Lookout Dr.
Tickets: $110 per golfer
Thursday, Oct. 28
The Richardson Citizen’s Fire Academy Alumni Association is hosting a “Smokin’ Hot” Golf Tournament Oct. 28 at Sherrill Park Golf Course. The tournament will be a four-person scramble, with lunch beginning at noon and tee-off beginning at 1 p.m.
Registration is by team and the cost to participate is $440 ($110 per golfer), and includes lunch, green fees, range balls and golf cart. Proceeds benefit Richardson firefighters and their families.
Website: Registration Form
Tales for Tails Oct. 24
First Floor Program Room, 900 Civic Center Dr.
Admission: Free ticket required, available at door at 2:30 p.m. day of event
Sunday, Oct. 24
Readers in grades K-4 can improve their reading skills and make furry friends by reading to real dogs, thanks to Heart of Texas Therapy Dogs. All ages are invited to meet the dogs at 4 p.m.
“Spookilicious” Halloween Fun Oct. 30
Basement Program Room, 900 Civic Center Dr.
Saturday, Oct. 30
All ages are invited to have a spooky fun time with stories, crafts and trick-or-treating. Come early for the puppet show!
For more information, go to www.cor.net/library.
At the Eisemann Center:
- John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party Oct. 23
Hill Performance Hall, 2351 Performance Dr.
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.
- “An Abstract Artist’s Journal” Exhibit Begins Oct. 26
Green Mezzanine Gallery, 2351 Performance Dr.
Oct. 26, 2021-Jan. 4, 2022
Monday-Friday noon-5 p.m. and during all public eventsThe exhibit features 35 abstract paintings of all sizes by painter Susan Paulson Clark that reveal a slice of her life.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office.
At UT Dallas:
- “Witnesses of Humanity” Panel Discussion Oct. 27
Jonsson Performance Hall, Erik Jonsson Academic Center; also available via YouTube here.
Wednesday, Oct. 27
7 p.m. (Registration and networking begins at 6:15 p.m.)Six distinguished panelists, moderated by Dr. Nils Roemer, will discuss various periods of time that have dealt with issues of witnesses of tragic events, including martyrdom and witnesses of humanity. RSVP here to attend this event.
- “First Date: The Musical” Opens at University Theatre Oct. 28
University Theatre, UT Dallas Campus, 800 W. Campbell Rd.
Admission: Free Oct. 28; $15 all other dates
Thursdays-Saturdays Oct. 28-30 and Nov. 4-6
8 p.m.In this Broadway comedy about two mismatched singles set up on a blind date by friends and family, Aaron is a Jewish banker looking for a relationship and Casey is an atheist who works at an art gallery and constantly pursues dead-end relationships. Through the influences of their family and friends (who appear in their imaginations throughout the date), and the effects of social media, the date appears hilariously doomed.
More information/map/tickets: First Date - Comet Calendar (utdallas.edu)
- Kindness Enterprise Hosts Art Contest
Entries are currently being accepted for the Center for BrainHealth’s Kindness Enterprise third annual “Art of Kindness” art contest, open to ages 18-25. This year, the contest brings the neuroscience of kindness together with the conceptual framework of art synectics to create an outlet for young people to share their experiences during the pandemic. Ten finalists will present their work at a public exhibition Nov. 4—cash prizes range from $50-$150.Deadline for submission is Oct. 24 at 11:59 p.m.
More information: 2021 Art of Kindness (centerforbrainhealth.org)
More information: www.utd.edu/ah
“The Addams Family” Tonight-Oct. 31 at RCT
Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd.
Tickets: $17 for youth and $28 for adults
7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays
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 PG-13.
Box office: 972-690-5029
RHS Theatre Collective Presents “She Kills Monsters” Oct. 28-31
Richardson High School’s Cliff McClelland Black Box Theatre, 1250 W. Belt Line Rd.
Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door (RISD Silver AdvantAGE card holders get in free; click here for more information.)
Oct. 28, 30-31
7:30 p.m. Thursday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday
The dramatic comedy, “She Kills Monsters,” by acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen, tells the story of Agnes Evans, who is leaving her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure begins as she finds herself catapulted into the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge.
Website/tickets/parking info: www.rhscollective.org/season-2021-22
“Blithe Spirit” Continues at RTC
Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste 113, Richardson, TX 75080
Through Oct. 31
7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays
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.
“The Hairy Ape” Continues at The Core Theatre
The Core Theatre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd.
Through Nov. 6
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays
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.
Free Waterwise Landscape Virtual Tour Oct. 23
Saturday, Oct. 23
Join the City of Dallas for its annual Waterwise Landscape Tour online as it showcases landscapes that are water-efficient, sustainable and beautiful. The event features a lineup of speakers with advice about winter irrigation, fall plants, landscape design tips and more.
Save the Date: Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding Event is Oct. 30
Parking lot of Richardson Square Mall, 501 S. Plano Rd.
Cost: Free, but donations are accepted
Saturday, Oct. 30
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Richardson Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association’s (RCPAAA) fall electronics recycling and document shredding event is taking place Saturday, Oct. 30. Personal shredding will be limited to what can fit into a car. There is no charge to drop off items, but donations to the RCPAAA are appreciated. Check out the October issue of Richardson Today for a list of acceptable items.
Additionally, this year the RCPAAA is partnering with Network of Community Ministries to collect shampoo and soap. Representatives from Network will be on hand during the event to collect the toiletries to distribute to their clients.
RCPAAA supports the Richardson Police Department (RPD) by enhancing awareness and appreciation of the department within the community, publicizing its services and accomplishments and developing partnerships. The money raised from the recycling/shredding event is used to sponsor the RPD annual awards banquet, pay for snacks for officers working on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and assist with medical costs for retired K9 dogs.
For more information about the RCPAAA, visit www.rcpaaa.org.
Heavy Equipment Operator ($42,048 to $53,616)
The Public Services Department has multiple job openings for Heavy Equipment Operator for individuals with experience operating heavy motorized equipment. Depending on department, a Class A or Class B Texas Commercial Drivers License will be required or obtained within 6 months.
Graphics Designer/Photographer ($48,684 to $73,668)
The CIS department is looking for an individual that can create, develop, and update graphic content and design features for City of Richardson print publications, presentations, social media and web site.
Assistant Marketing & Development Manager ($38,760 to $57,624)
The Eisemann Center is currently looking for an individual who can provide support in executing tasks associated with marketing campaigns and development & fundraising needs for the Eisemann Center and for the Eisemann Center Presents (ECP) series of attractions.
For other job opportunities, visit www.cor.net/jobs
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Coco! She has been with us since June 16, longer than any other dog. She is a 1-year-old spayed bull terrier/Labrador retriever mix that is microchipped and fully vetted. She loves toys and kids and knows some basic commands. She is high energy dog, so we think she would do awesome in a home of an active person who loves to run or exercise! Come in and fall in love with our cutie pie!
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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