October 8, 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:
City Observes NNO
Richardson held its National Night Out event Tuesday night, with neighborhood parties taking place across Richardson in city parks. Police Chief Gary Tittle, Mayor Paul Voelker, City Council Members, Miss Texas and costumed characters made guest appearances at the parties from 6-8 p.m.
This is the 32nd year for Richardson to participate in National Night Out, a program created by the National Association of Town Watch that is designed to promote police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and help in crime prevention and enhancing quality of life.
Tree Giveaway Tomorrow
The Texas Trees Foundation, in partnership with State Farm and the Arbor Day Foundation, is giving away 500 trees (while supplies last) Saturday, Oct. 9, at Dallas College’s Richland Campus, 12800 Abrams Rd. (Parking Lot C). The free trees are being given to Richardson residents to help reforest damaged and lost trees that resulted from the 2019 tornado.
Tree pickup for those who have preregistered will take place from 8-11 a.m.; walk-up registration is from 11 a.m.-noon if trees are still available.
Register to receive up to two free trees per household by clicking here. Free mulch for the trees will also be provided.
Deadline for Community Revitalization Awards Extended to Oct. 11
The deadline to nominate a homeowner or business for a Community Revitalization Award has been extended to 11:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, due to online submission issues that were corrected earlier this week.
The annual City awards program recognizes property owners who have enhanced the community by making significant improvements to their property’s exterior.
Website: Community Revitalization Awards | Richardson, TX (cor.net)
E-mail: Keith.Krum@cor.gov - Keith Krum, Development Services Department
2021 Bond Information Booklet Hits Mailboxes This Week
Information about the upcoming $190 million, no-tax-increase-bond election was mailed to all Richardson residents this week, and should have already arrived in some mailboxes.
Details about each of the five bond election propositions are included in both English and Spanish. An FAQ page, ballot language information and voting calendar are also provided.
Early voting for the bond election takes place Oct. 18-29. Election Day is Nov. 2
DART Plans Service Changes Due to Red River Showdown Oct. 9
The AT&T Red River Showdown football game is expected to bring 100,000 people to the Texas State Fair Oct. 9, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit has made service changes to assist attendees with getting to and from Fair Park.
Highlights pertinent to the Richardson area include:
- Specially marked southbound Red Line trains will leave from Parker Road Station bound for the MLK, Jr. Station at Fair Park starting at 8 a.m.. These trains will not stop after Cityplace/Uptown Station and will head directly to MLK, Jr. Station.
- Regular southbound Red Line and Blue Line passengers can transfer to the special Green Line circulator, which heads to Fair Park, at Pearl/Arts District Station.
- Between 8 a.m. and three hours after the game ends, Orange Line Trains will only operate between DFW Airport and Bachman stations.
- Special direct bus service is being offered from the CityLine/Bush Station starting at 8 a.m.
More information: www.DART.org/RedRiverShowdown
Concrete Replacement/Repair Continues Along Jupiter Near Sherrill Park
In two phases, the right and center lanes of southbound Jupiter Road between Red Oak Lane and Springpark Way may be closed to traffic alternately and at all times for concrete rehabilitation taking place, part of the City’s annual Street Pavement Repair Project. The work is expected to be complete by late October.
Fiber Optic Work to Close Lanes Near CityLine
The right lane of northbound Plano Road between Broadmoor Drive and CityLine Drive, the right turn lane of westbound Renner Road onto northbound Plano Road and the right lane of westbound CityLine Drive between Wilshire Way and Plano Road may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for a fiber optic project. The work is expected to be complete by early April.
Boho Outdoor Market Tonight at CityLine
CityLine hosts an outdoor market tonight, Oct. 8, from 6-10 p.m. “The Boho Market” will feature more than 45 makers and vendors set up on CityLine Plaza, 1150 State St. Live music is included, with blues/rock artist Devin Leigh performing from 6-8 p.m. and guitarist/singer Alex Cantrell from 8-10 p.m. There is no charge to attend and parking is also free.
Check the CityLine Facebook page for weather updates.
IQ® Brew Oct. 14
Nancy Alvarez will be the featured speaker at the next IQ® Brew, Thursday, Oct. 14 from 8:30-10 a.m. at The Drawing Board, 1900 Jay Ell Dr. and online via Zoom here. Alvarez is the Head of the 8(a) Business Development Program and the Women Business Representative for the U.S. Small Business Administration, Dallas/Fort Worth District Office. She is a champion for women and disadvantaged businesses in the federal marketplace, helping to increase participation of small businesses in federal contracting programs.
There is no cost to attend; register in advance here. Coffee and networking begins at 8:30 a.m. with the speaker presentation beginning at 9 a.m. followed by a Q&A at 9:45 a.m.
IQ® Brew is an ongoing networking and educational series hosted by the City’s Office of Strategic Initiatives and Richardson Chamber of Commerce that features short presentations from entrepreneurs, small businesses, innovation ecosystem builders and subject-matter experts.
Huffhines Art Trails Oct. 16-17 includes “Pawtoberfest” Saturday
Huffhines Art Trails, the City’s longtime fall arts and crafts festival, is scheduled to take place Oct. 16-17 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, while musicians perform on two stages and several food and beverage options are offered 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. Craft beer and food trucks round out the fun.
Admission to Huffhines Art Trails and Pawtoberfest is free; exclusive “Pawkages” are available for Pawtoberfest for $15 in advance (by Oct. 14, click here to purchase) and $20 at the gate and include logoed merchandise for both people and pets, beverage discounts and dog treats.
Festival hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
RWC Bridge Festival Oct. 28-29; Ticket Sales Close Soon
The Richardson Woman’s Club (RWC) hosts its annual Bridge Festival Oct. 28-29. The event is open to the community and will take place in the RWC Founder’s Hall, 2005 N. Cliffe Dr. The first day of the festival is focused on party bridge and games and the second day is for duplicate bridge.
Registration closes Oct. 19; cost is $25 per person and includes lunch each day, a silent auction and the opportunity to win door prizes. CDC guidelines will be followed.
All net proceeds benefit the group’s community outreach, which includes supporting several area nonprofits and funding scholarships for RISD high school seniors.
Save the Date: Altrusa “Unsung Heroes” Reception Oct. 22
Altrusa International of Richardson is hosting a reception Oct. 22 at the Richardson Woman’s Club, in lieu of their annual Outstanding Women of Today luncheon. The “Outstanding Women of Today: 2021 Unsung Heroes Reception” begins at 12:30 p.m. and honors 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.
Tickets are on sale for $40 per person; sponsorships are available as well.
Star Wars Reads Day is Saturday
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Star Wars Reads Day Saturday, Oct. 9 from 2-4 p.m. in the Library’s Youth Services Area. All ages are invited to take part in Star Wars-themed games and crafts and meet a surprise special guest—costumes are welcome!
Star Wars Reads Day is an annual, global event held every October that encourages Star Wars fans of all ages to take advantage of the many books, graphic novels and digital stories available about the world of Star Wars and its characters.
There is no cost to attend and no registration is required.
Shrektastic Movie Marathon Oct. 11
All ages are invited to spend part of the school holiday at the Library Monday, Oct. 11 for a Shrek double feature from 1-5 p.m. The fun takes place in the Basement Program Room and includes snacks and a take-home craft.
A free ticket is required to attend; pick up tickets starting at 10 a.m. on the day of the event at the Youth Services help desk.
Questions/more information: 972-744-4358
Free Instruction in Audacity Oct. 15
Richardson residents ages 16 and up are invited to learn how to record and edit multi-track audio with Audacity Friday, Oct. 15 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Training Room.
Admission is free but registration is required.
Registration/more information: 972-744-4359
For more information, go to www.cor.net/library.
At the Eisemann Center:
- SASY Live in Dallas! Tonight
9 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $45-$129.
Persian pop singer-songwriter SASY brings his Tehran-Tokyo Tour to Richardson, featuring “all happy songs” including the hit song, “Gentleman.”
- Collin County Ballet Theatre Oct. 9
7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $27-$37 (livestream available for $30).
Collin County Ballet Theatre opens its 2021-22 season with “Ballet Fete 2021: Free to Dance.”
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office.
“The Hairy Ape” Opens Oct. 13 at The Core Theatre
The Core Theatre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., 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,” Oct. 13-Nov. 6. The ensemble cast tackles O’Neill’s take on expressionism in this work that challenges the underlying rags-to-riches mythology of America and examines the effects of alienation in the modern world.
Show days and times are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with a special preview performance Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the preview show and $18 for all other shows.
Chamber Music International Oct. 14
Chamber Music International’s season opening concert takes place Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Belt Line Rd., featuring Jun, Ko and Yurie Iwasaki. The talented family of musicians will present a popular blend of Haydn, Amy Beach, John Williams and the Schubert B-flat Piano Trio.
Tickets are $10-$40. In-person attendance is limited and a live stream option is available.
Richardson Theatre Centre’s “Blithe Spirit” Opens Oct. 1
The Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste 113, is presenting the Noel Coward comedy, “Blithe Spirit” Oct. 15-31. 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.
Show days and times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22.
UT Dallas Student Ambassadors Clean Up Near Cottonwood Creek
Thirty student ambassadors from UT Dallas beautified an area along Floyd Road near Cottonwood Creek recently, collecting 14 bags of trash. The effort was part of the City’s Community & Corporate Environmental Cleanup Program, which provides guidance and supplies to area groups wishing to help keep the city clean and prevent trash from blowing into waterways.
The program is open to any group of any size looking for a service activity. Supplies provided include plastic gloves, tongs and trash bags, and the City picks up the bags, if needed, when the event is finished. The City also provides direction in choosing an area needing assistance.
NCTCOG Offers Eco-Friendly Ideas for Halloween Decorating, Celebrating
The North Texas Council of Governments’ Air North Texas campaign recently posted several ideas at its Clean Air Corner blog to help North Texans follow eco-friendly/air-friendly practices when preparing for and celebrating Halloween. Ideas include:
- Carving pumpkins instead of painting them so they can be used later in composting and cooking (recipes included)
- Reusing household materials to make Halloween decorations (like bats made from cut-up egg cartons, spider webs made from black trash bags and “Mummy Lanterns” made from glass jars)
- Repurposing pillowcases and old T-shirts as trick-or-treat bags instead of using plastic bags
- Creating your own costume out of household items (includes costume ideas)
Gymnastics Instructor ($7.50/hr to $26.50/hr)
The Parks department is looking for individuals who enjoy working with people in groups of various sizes and has a passion for teaching.
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.
House Manager ($48,852 to $72,624)
The Eisemann Center is looking for an individual who can manage front-of-house operations associated with events and activities scheduled at the Center’s three principal venues.
For other job opportunities, visit www.cor.net/jobs
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Say hello to Watson! He is a 6-year-old neutered Catahoula leopard who came to us as a stray in September. He is fully vetted and microchipped, has a calm demeanor and is very mild-mannered. He came in with horrible skin issues due to fleas, but his skin is healing beautifully. He is reserved around new people, but he is super sweet and adorable once he gets comfortable. Come and give Watson a chance and bring him home 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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