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October 29, 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:

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Main Street Ribbon Cutting
Community Turns Out for Main Street Celebration
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The streets of downtown Richardson were filled and bustling last Saturday as longtime residents, newcomers and visitors attended the City’s Main Street Celebration. It was the first time in years for many to visit the historic area, now more pedestrian-friendly thanks to recent infrastructure improvements. The Celebration showed off the improvements, such as wider sidewalks and new landscaping, and also highlighted the variety of restaurants and other businesses in the area, also known as the CORE District.

A ribbon-cutting attended by city, county, state and federal leaders kicked off the Celebration near McKinney and Main streets, which included remarks by Mayor Paul Voelker and music by the Richardson Symphony Orchestra. Numerous vendor booths were set up along Main Street and adjacent streets, and more live music was performed throughout the afternoon at a dedicated stage on the City’s new greenspace.

Future plans for the CORE District include additional beautification and a new 14.5-acre mixed-use development at the northeast corner of Main Street and US 75.

Video: https://vimeo.com/639289978
Website: www.richardsoncoredistrict.com

Third Richardson CARES Class “Graduates”
Members of the third Richardson CARES (Citizens Academy & Resource Education Series) were recognized at Monday’s City Council meeting. The class recently completed seven weekly sessions at a variety of City venues learning about the various functions of municipal government and its day-to-day operations.

Class members met Shelter animals, participated in a mock zoning case and mock park planning exercise, explored the Eisemann Center, got up close to numerous pieces of heavy equipment at the Service Center and watched a rescue demonstration at the Fire Training Center, among many other experiences.

The first CARES class graduated in 2018. The free, annual program is open to anyone age 18 and older with an interest in learning more about the City of Richardson’s municipal government.

Applications for the fourth Richardson CARES will open in summer 2022.

Website: www.cor.net/RichardsonCARES

Christmas Parade
Christmas Parade Registration Underway
Registration has begun for Richardson’s 49th Annual Christmas Parade, to be held Saturday, Dec. 4 on the west side of Richardson and benefiting Network of Community Ministries. This year’s parade theme is “There’s No Place Like Home.” Individuals and groups are encouraged to interpret the theme with costumes, vehicles, pets and floats.

Entry fee is $25 and/or a new, unwrapped toy to benefit Network. The registration form and parade rules can be found online. Deadline for registration is 6 p.m. Nov. 19. Also online is information on parade volunteering and how to become a Friend of the Parade and receive reserved seating, complimentary refreshments and a parking pass.

The parade’s award ceremony will be held Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. at Santa’s Village, just prior to the opening night tree-lighting ceremony.

Website: www.cor.net/ChristmasParade

Warning Sirens
Richardson Outdoor Warning Sirens Upgraded
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For the past few weeks, crews contracted through the City have been replacing the components of the City’s 22 outdoor warning sirens. This time, each device will now include a solar panel, which will help charge the sirens’ batteries daily and provide power during outages. The sirens have maintained functionality throughout the upgrades by removing, replacing and activating the new site in the same day. The revamped sirens are all expected to be online by Nov. 1.

Future upgrades for the sirens include new strobe lights (to be installed in February) that will flash when the sirens are activated, and longer monthly siren tests as recommended by the manufacturer that will help fully cycle the equipment and maintain battery life. The plan is to switch from the current 30-second tests to 90-second tests in January.

Video: https://vimeo.com/640392881
Website: www.cor.net/alerts

Early Voting Ends Tonight
Early Voting Ends Tonight
Early voting for the Nov. 2 Constitutional and Joint Election wraps up tonight, 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 through 7 p.m.

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.

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

Election Day Nov. 2
Election Day is Nov. 2
A Constitutional and Joint Election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. All early voting sites will also serve as Election Day polling locations, including the Richardson Civic Center/City Hall (for both Dallas and Collin County voters), in addition to many other polling sites.

For a list of Dallas County and Collin County Election Day polling locations, visit www.dallascountyvotes.org and www.collincountytx.gov/elections.

Voters must show identification; click here for a list of acceptable types.

Website: www.votetexas.gov

Free DART Rides on Election Day for Voters
DART is providing free transportation to voting locations on Election Day, Nov. 2. Voters can ride at no charge on all DART bus, light rail, Dallas Streetcar, GoLink and Paratransit service, and on the Trinity Railway Express between EBJ Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station.

No proof of voter registration is required to ride free Nov. 2. GoLink riders may use the promo code VOTE21 at checkout for a complimentary Adult Local Day Pass in the GoPass app on Nov. 2.

More information: www.dart.org/vote

Dart Signs
DART Installs New “Covered” Bus Signs
As part of DART’s new bus network—which goes into effect Jan. 24, 2022—the agency is changing every route and every route number in the current bus system. That means that the agency must also change 10,000 bus stop signs over the next three months, while ensuring riders know the correct information for current bus service.

DART began installing the new signs earlier this month, with a “sleeve” or bag covering the signs imprinted with information about what the bus service will continue to be at that stop through Jan. 23. The cover also states what the new service at that location will be starting Jan. 24. DART will remove the covers and any bus stop posts that are no longer needed after Jan. 24.

More information: www.DARTzoom.org


Richardson Projects

10-28-2021 Greenville
Lane Closures Expected on Greenville Ave. between Main/Spring Valley
Various lanes at various locations on southbound and northbound Greenville Avenue between Main Street and Spring Valley Road may be closed to traffic alternately from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. due to utility work. The work is expected to be complete by early November.

10-28-2021 Arapaho
Lane, Street Closure Expected near Arapaho Village
Water/sewer work for a new business coming to the Arapaho Village retail center may close the right lane of eastbound Arapaho Road between Newberry Drive and West Shore Drive from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. In addition, West Shore Drive just south of Arapaho Road may be closed to traffic and detoured to Newberry Drive and/or Waterview Drive at all times for the same project. The work is expected to be complete by mid-November.



RCPAAA Electronics Recycling/Paper Shredding Saturday
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.

Free Outdoor Movie at CityLine Oct. 31
CityLine Plaza, 1150 State St.
Admission: Free
Sunday, Oct. 31
7:30 p.m.

CityLine continues its free outdoor movie series Sunday, Oct. 31 with “Hocus Pocus.” Movie-themed drinks will be available for sale as well as a selection of food, or you may bring your own picnic. Lawn chairs, picnic blankets and pets are welcome and encouraged—attendees are asked to keep all full-sized chairs on the back lawn section or the surrounding paved area.

Free parking is available along State Street and on the ground level of all garages. In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled.

Website: www.citylinedfw.com

Health & Wellness Expo Nov. 5
Hexa Coworking, 2100 Greenville Ave.
Admission: Free
Friday, Nov. 5
10 a.m.-1 p.m. (also available on Zoom 11 a.m.-noon)

Methodist Richardson Medical Center, along with the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, is hosting the annual “Health & Wellness Expo.” Explore local health options including dentists, senior care, emergency care and fitness facilities. Massages, entertainment, free food and other giveaways will be available.

Registration: www.richardsonchamber.com

Trick or Treating in Richardson is Oct. 31
As is the annual custom, Oct. 31 will be the official day for trick-or-treating in Richardson. While the City does not set any official hours for trick-or-treating activities (and does not reschedule due to weather), the public is reminded to be extra cautious when driving at dusk and after dark. Here are a few tips from the National Safety Council:

  • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
  • Be alert that some children are dressed in dark clothing

For more trick-or-treating safety tips for both children and adults, click here for a printable booklet with information from the American Crime Prevention Institute, compiled by the Richardson Police Department Community Relations Unit.


“Spookilicious” Halloween Happening Saturday
Basement Program Room, 900 Civic Center Dr.
Admission: Free
Saturday, Oct. 30
2-3:30 p.m.

All ages are invited to have a spooky fun time with stories, crafts and trick-or-treating. Come early for the puppet show!

More information: www.cor.net/library.

Camp Write In
“Camp Write-In” Nov. 4
First Floor Program Room, 900 Civic Center Dr.
Admission: Free (registration required; stop by the Youth Services Desk or call 972-744-4358)
Thursday, Nov. 4
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Set personal goals and write a novel in 30 days in conjunction with the National Novel Writing Month Youth Writers Program. Word prompts, games and snacks provided. For ages 10-17.

3D Printing
3D Printing Class: Intermediate Level with Tinkercad Nov. 5

Basement Training Room, 900 Civic Center Dr.
Admission: Free, but registration is required.
Friday, Nov. 5
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Boost your 3D printing skills with a class in Intermediate Level Tinkercad. Class participants will create unique reusable shapes, learn time-saving shortcuts and explore how to export/import resources.

Open to Richardson residents ages 16 and older with a valid Richardson Public Library card; call 972-744-4359 to register.

Arts and Culture
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At the Eisemann Center:

  • Richardson Symphony Orchestra Nov. 6
    Hill Performance Hall, 2351 Performance Dr.
    Tickets: $15-$75
    Saturday, Nov. 6
    8 p.m.
    “Mozart & Strauss” features RSO principal clarinetist Kwanghoon Yi performing Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto,” and Richard Strauss’ “Le Borgeois Gentilhomme, Op. 60.”
    Hill Performance Hall, 2351 Performance Dr.
    Tickets: $35-$50
    Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13
    7:30 p.m. both nights with a 2:30 p.m. matinee SaturdayThe hilarious “Celebration of Women and The Change®” is back! Four women at a lingerie sale find they have more in common than just a black lace bra—like memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more— and share their experiences while singing parodies of classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

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:

  • “First Date: The Musical”
    University Theatre, UT Dallas Campus, 800 W. Campbell Rd.
    Tickets: $15
    Friday-Saturday Oct. 29-30 and Thursday-Saturday 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)

  • “The Art of Kindness” Art Show Nov. 4
    UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth®, 2200 W. Mockingbird Ln., Dallas
    Admission: Free, but registration is required
    Thursday, Nov. 4
    6:15-7:30 p.m.Learn about the neuroscience of kindness as you take part in an interactive activity, hear from 10 student finalists as they present their artwork and vote for the people’s choice winner. Hosted by the UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth® , the UT Dallas School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communications and the UT Dallas Department of Computer Science.

    Registration link: 2021 Art of Kindness (centerforbrainhealth.org)

More information: www.utd.edu/ah

Last Weekend for “The Addams Family” at RCT
Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd.
Tickets: $17 for youth and $28 for adults
Through Oct. 31
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday

The Broadway musical, “The Addams Family,” is on stage at Repertory Company Theatre for three more performances. 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
Website: www.rcttheatre.com

“She Kills Monsters” Continues at RHS Oct. 30-31
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. 30-31
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: www.rhscollective.org/season-2021-22
Contact: 469-593-3255

“Blithe Spirit” at RTC through Oct. 31 
Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste 113, Richardson, TX 75080
Tickets: $20-$22
Through Oct. 31
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday

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 through Nov. 6
The Core Theatre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd.
Tickets: $18
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.

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



New City-wide Watering Schedule Begins Nov. 1
Winter water conservation in Richardson begins Monday, Nov. 1, allowing residents to water their yards at any time on their twice-per-week designated watering days to avoid watering when temperatures may drop below freezing. If water sprinklers run overnight during freezing weather, they can cause dangerous conditions on roads and sidewalks.

To receive weekly, personalized recommendations on how much water your yard needs, visit www.watermyyard.org.

Website: www.cor.net/waterconservation
Website: www.cor.net/epi

Composting and Other Ways to Reuse Pumpkins
Though pumpkins are still in style through Thanksgiving, many people get rid of their pumpkins as soon as Halloween is over. Before sending them to the landfill, consider reusing your pumpkins with these ideas from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service:



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.

Gymnastics Instructor ($7.50 to $26.50 hourly)
The Parks and Recreation Gymnastics Center is looking instructors who can assist with physical skill work with students.

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


Looking for a chance to change a pet’s life? Then look no further and come meet Lola! Lola has been a resident with the Richardson Animal Shelter since Sept. 16. She is a 1-year-old spayed pit bull that is fully vaccinated and microchipped. This sweet and curious goofball is looking for someone who loves to exercise and wants to play. She is great on a leash and seems calm when she sees another dog when she is on leash. She is the happiest when she is rolling around in the grass. She is such a happy dog that she is suffering from happy tail (a condition where dogs will repeatedly hit their tails on solid objects causing their tail to bleed during wagging session). Come save Lola’s cute little tail and give her a loving home. Look at this cute face, how can you resist this cuteness!

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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