September 10, 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:
Police, Fire to Commemorate 9/11
Richardson police and fire vehicles not in service or on active calls tomorrow morning, Sept. 11, will take part in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at 7:46 a.m., the time (per CST) when the first attack occurred. Police cars will pull over to the side of the road and fire trucks will be driven out of their stations and onto the driveway, and the vehicle lights will flash for a brief moment. Also at that time, a commemorative message will go out over Richardson police and fire radio systems, and a video will be posted on police social media.
Ribbon Cutting Held at New Network Headquarters
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Network of Community Ministries this week to officially mark the opening of its new headquarters. The 50,000 square-foot space, located at 1500 International Pkwy. in the Richardson IQ®, is a dream come true for the nonprofit and allows it to expand its social services that include a food pantry, mobile food pantry, clothing closet, and limited financial assistance.
The new location also includes lease space for other community organizations that regularly work with Network clients. Onsite partners include Richardson ISD, which will house its new Family Services Center there, and Methodist Richardson Medical Center, which will provide health care to Network clients.
The new facility more than triples the space of Network’s prior location and enables the organization to meet the needs of the community more effectively. Requests for services have increased dramatically over the past few years, due to the pandemic as well as the aftermath of the October 2019 tornadoes, 2020’s Hurricane Laura (hundreds of storm victims were housed in Richardson) and the February 2021 freeze.
Venue Change Announced for Sept. 14 RROB Lecture; Tickets Still Available
The Sept. 14 Richardson Reads One Book (RROB) lecture will now be held at First United Methodist Church Richardson, 503 N. Central Expwy., in the main sanctuary. The lecture was originally scheduled to take place at Richardson High School, but had to be moved due to current COVID-19 protocols at RISD facilities. Featured speaker William Kent Krueger, author of the 2020/21 RROB selections, “This Tender Land” and “Ordinary Grace,” will talk about the books beginning at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:45 p.m.
Free tickets are still available at the Richardson Public Library. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and are available while supplies last. (Check this month’s Richardson Today for a Q&A with Krueger.)
Website: Richardson Reads One Book | Richardson, TX (cor.net)
Hackathon Inspires Insights As Part of “Inclusion is Magical” Weekend Events
CEOs, HR specialists, and professionals representing corporate and other entities from North Texas collaborated yesterday in a hackathon held as part of the Inclusion is Magical series of events being held this week at the Eisemann Center.
A trained team lead by Hacking Autism founder and former Hewlett Packard Chief Technology Officer Phil McKinney took participants through a brainstorming process discussing problems facing the autistic community. Their goal was to develop ideas for local initiatives to improve area employment opportunities for people across the autism spectrum.
People with autism can have social, communication and other behavioral challenges and problem solving abilities that can range from gifted to severely challenged. National data shows that most autistic adults are underemployed, despite having skill sets and expertise that could lead them to excel in some work environments.
The inaugural Inclusion is Magical event also showcases the art of the autistic community as well as offers a magic therapy workshop and sensory-friendly magic show, in partnership with Methodist Richardson Medical Center, UT Dallas, the Richardson IQ®, Richardson ISD, Kirin Court, ER Near Me, Cindi’s N.Y. Deli, Canyon Creek Art & Frame and other community groups.
Event information: Inclusion is Magical
Good Morning Texas Features Autistic Artists’ Exhibit at Eisemann Center
WFAA Channel 8’s “Good Morning Texas” (GMT) program featured a segment this week about the current art exhibit on display in the Eisemann Center’s Forrest and Virginia Green Mezzanine Art Gallery. Entitled, “A Place of Peace: Using Art as a Window to the Soul,” the exhibition is coordinated by artist and art educator Teresa Nicosia Mayo and features 42 works of art created by young adults on the autism spectrum, including Mayo’s students in the Young Adult Social Communication Group at the University of Texas at Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders. Mayo, program participant Liam Dewberry and Callier Center speech-language pathologist Christina Gollis were interviewed by GMT’s Paige McCoy Smith and highlighted the many benefits that creating art brings to individuals with autism, such as increasing self-awareness and communication skills, and how having the art exhibited publicly provides even more benefits.
The exhibit runs through Sept. 26 and is part of the “Inclusion is Magical” series of events taking place this month at the Eisemann Center. Admission is free and the Gallery is open Noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and during all Eisemann Center public events.
View Segment: Good Morning Texas
Richardson Woman’s Club Announces Fall Schedule of Events
The Richardson Woman’s Club (RWC) has announced its upcoming Fall 2021 schedule of events. The group will be hosting its annual Bridge Festival Oct. 28-29 and a Casino Night Nov. 13. Both events are open to the community and will take place in the City-owned RWC Founder’s Hall, 2005 N. Cliffe Dr.
Registration for the Bridge Festival is underway at the RWC website; 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. The first day of the festival is focused on party bridge and games and the second day is for duplicate bridge. More information about Casino Night will be available in the near future at the website.
RWC is a longtime community partner of the City and all net proceeds from RWC events benefit the group’s community outreach, which includes supporting several area nonprofits and funding scholarships for RISD high school seniors.
Median Work Affects Lanes on Arapaho Road Near Senior Center
In three phases, the left lanes of westbound and eastbound Arapaho Road between Crestview Drive and West Shore Drive may be closed to traffic at various locations from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. while work takes place on the center median’s rock beds. The work is expected to be complete by late September.
Lane Closure Expected on Waterview Parkway North of UT Dallas
Fiber optic work may close the right lane of southbound Waterview Parkway between Renner Road and Frankford Road from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The work is expected to be complete by early October.
Time to Start Gathering: RPD Hosts NNO Food Drive Sept. 18
The Richardson Police Department (RPD) is hosting its annual “Can Do” Food Drive Saturday, Sept. 18 from 8 a.m.-noon in front of police headquarters, 200 N. Greenville Ave. Simply drive up, and officers will be standing by to unload your donations. Food collected will benefit the clients of Network of Community Ministries.
Shelf stable items needed include:
- canned fruit (any variety)
- jelly, jams and other fruit spreads
- peanut butter
- canned meat (chicken, chili, tuna, etc.)
- canned pasta (ravioli, pasta rings, etc.)
- box meal mixes such as mac and cheese
Each year, RPD holds the food drive during, or in the month prior to, National Night Out (NNO), an annual community-building/crime prevention event held in October that helps neighborhoods strengthen ties among its residents and with police. This year’s NNO is scheduled for Oct. 5.
Armchair Travel Event at the Senior Center: “Montreal to NYC” Sept. 15
Travel to exciting destinations from the comfort of the Richardson Senior Center with the “Around the World!” video adventure series. Next up is a trip from Montreal, Quebec to New York City Wednesday, Sept. 15, beginning at 1 p.m. The journey begins in Montreal and then heads south to New York, traveling along the Hudson River, visiting Lake Placid, West Point and Hyde Park, and ending up hitting the high points in NYC, all amidst beautiful fall scenery.
There is no charge to attend.
UT Dallas Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Race Oct. 2
The community is invited to take part in the “Pretty in Pink” 2021 Breast Cancer Awareness Race Saturday, Oct. 2, beginning at 9 a.m. at the UT Dallas Plinth, 800 W. Campbell Rd. The event includes a 5K and 10K race (3.1 and 6.2 miles) as well as a 1-mile fun run, and all courses are USA Track and Field Certified.
Registration is $30 for the general public, UT Dallas staff and faculty, and $20 for UT Dallas students (includes a partial gift to fund further cancer research at UT Dallas).
Save the Date: RCFAAA Golf Tourney is Oct. 29
The Richardson Citizen’s Fire Academy Alumni Association is hosting a “Smokin’ Hot” Golf Tournament Oct. 29 at Sherrill Park Golf Course. The tournament will be a 4-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
Computing 101 with Windows 10 Sept. 17
Lay the foundation for your computing skills with this beginner-level course, Friday, Sept. 17, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Training Room. Learn to navigate Windows 10 on a laptop or desktop computer, adjust settings, protect your privacy and much more.
For Richardson residents ages 16 and up; admission is free and laptops are provided, or you may bring your own. Registration is required as well as a valid Richardson Public Library card.
“Pirates: History vs. Hollywood” Sept. 17
Get ready for National Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19) with an interesting program for all ages led by Sam Nash on Friday, Sept. 17 from 4-5 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. “Cap'n Nash” will explain the differences between real pirates and the ones we see in the movies, and demonstrate cool pirate skills using tools of the trade.
All ages are welcome to attend. Admission is free and registration is not required.
Teen Arts & Crafts Event: Jellyfish Bracelets Sept. 18
Teens ages 13-18 are invited to learn to make “jellyfish” woven bracelets using embroidery floss and a paper loom Saturday, Sept. 18 from 3-4 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Admission is free, all supplies are provided and registration is not required.
For more information, go to www.cor.net/library.
Hispanic Heritage Month Begins Sept. 15
Each year since 1988, National Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated Sept. 15-Oct. 15. The following events and services hosted by the City of Richardson are opportunities to take part:
- Parks & Recreation
- Senior Center
- Police Department
At the Eisemann Center:
2351 Performance Dr., Richardson, TX 75082
- FREE Sensory-Friendly Magic Show Sept. 11 - “The Magic of Kevin Spencer”
2 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall
Admission is free, but tickets are required.
Illusionist Kevin Spencer presents a magic and illusion performance designed to be welcoming to children with autism and other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities. Accommodations include:
- ASL interpretation for deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons (if requested)
- Lower sound level, especially for startling or loud sounds
- Lights remain on at a low level in the theater during the performance
- Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance
- Designated quiet and safe areas within the main lobby
The performance is made possible by Methodist Richardson Medical Center and Eisemann Educates and is appropriate for audiences ages 6 and up.
- Spectacular Follies 2021 Begins Sept. 16
2 p.m. Sept. 16-19, with an additional 7 p.m. show Sept. 18, in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $22-$55.Relive the days of the 1950s through songs and dances performed by an “all -senior” (ages 55 and up) professional cast. The show will feature favorite Follies entertainers including Rose-Mary Rumbley, The Groovy Ladies, the Follies Gospel group, the Follies Showgirls and “a 1950s icon from Hollywood.”
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office.
At UT Dallas:
- BRETTELL Art Exhibit Sept. 10-Oct. 9
Presented both in person and virtually at the SP/N Gallery (Closed Sundays and Mondays), 3020 Stewart Dr., Richardson, TX 75080 - Gallery Hours
Admission is free and open to the public; complimentary masks will be provided. A free reception will be held at the gallery Sept. 12 from 2-6 p.m.
“BRETTELL: An Artists’ Homage to the Dynamic Influence of Rick Brettell,” curated by Greg Metz, showcases the late Dr. Richard Brettell’s personal art acquisitions as well as an eclectic sampling of art works by some of the many artists who found their way into his personal sphere of influence and support. Brettell was the founding director of the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at UT Dallas and the former Eugene McDermott Director at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Website: BRETTELL Art Exhibition (Virtual link to be posted here in the future)
- “An Insightful Conversation with Elizabeth Acevedo” Sept. 16
6-7 p.m. online (register here); admission is free and open to the public.
UT Dallas launches its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with special guest, acclaimed Afro-Dominican American performer and author Elizabeth Acevedo. Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion and author of New York Times Bestseller, National Book Award winner and Carnegie Medal winner, “The Poet X,” as well as “With the Fire on High” and “Clap When You Land.” Acevedo will give a slam poetry reading and take part in a moderated conversation and Q & A.
- Rene Izquierdo Guitar Concert Sept. 17
8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Tickets are $15.
Erik Jonsson Academic Center, Drive D, Richardson, TX 75080
The music of Cuba and Spain is featured in this concert by Cuban-born Izquierdo, a top player on the world stage and professor of classical guitar at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.Website: Concert Information
- Compassion Conference Sept. 18
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center. Tickets are $20-$75.
800 W. Campbell Rd., Richardson, TX 75080
The 2021 edition of this annual community event features keynote speaker Robert E. Hall, author of the book, “This Land of Strangers: The Relationship Crisis That Imperils Home, Work, Politics and Faith.” The conference also includes several sessions facilitated by experts in the fields of education, the environment, business, health care, self-care, mindfulness training, the science of compassion, and many more.Website: www.compassionatedfw.org/event/conference2021/
“Noises Off” Kicks Off RCT 2021-22 Season Sept. 17
Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd., is presenting Michael Frayn's “Noises Off” September 17-26. This beloved comedy follows a troupe of mediocre actors as they blunder from a bad dress rehearsal to a spectacularly disastrous performance. The “show within a show” generates lots of laughs with its “slapstick and slamming doors.”
Show days and times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 for teens and $28 for adults.
“The Imaginary Invalid” Continues at The Core Theatre through Sept. 25
The Core Theatre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste. 115, is hosting The Classics Theatre Project’s production of Moliere’s precursor to the modern farce, “The Imaginary Invalid” through Sept. 25. Adapted and directed by Joey Folsom, the show features an “all-vaccinated cast” and promises to deliver a dose of classic hilarity thanks to keen wit, madcap schemes and slapstick humor.
Show days and times are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18.
Tickets/More Information: https://www.artsinrichardson.com/event/molieres-the-imaginary-invalid/
Last Weekend for “The Curious Savage” at Richardson Theatre Centre
Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste. 113, is presenting “The Curious Savage,” through Sept. 12. In this comedic play by John Patrick, an elderly woman (Mrs. Savage) has been left $10 million by her late husband and wishes to give it all to people pursuing “foolish dreams,” so her stepchildren have her committed to a sanatorium—where she finds her true family.
Remaining show days and times:
- Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
- Sunday at 2 p.m.
World Ozone Day is Sept. 16
World Ozone Day is recognized annually Sept. 16 and was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1994 to raise public awareness of the depletion of the ozone layer in the upper atmosphere and encourage solutions to preserve it. Since the ozone layer is stripped away by pollutants in the air (such as auto exhaust and gasoline vapors) that also create harmful ground-level ozone on hot, sunny days, Air North Texas (a division of the North Central Texas Council of Governments) offers advice on how individual drivers can reduce emissions, including:
- Plan your commute around traffic to avoid increased driving time. A free app called 511 DFW allows users to access real-time traffic and construction reports in the DFW area. To learn more, click here.
- Reduce idling. It is a myth that restarting your car uses more fuel than keeping it idling.
How to Take Part In National CleanUp Day Sept. 18
The City’s Health Department provides an easy way for area families and groups to volunteer together outdoors, and a great way to celebrate National CleanUp Day Sept. 18: the Community & Corporate Environmental Cleanup Program (CCECP). Interested groups of any size may choose to clean up an area near their office/school/neighborhood or an area recommended by the CCECP coordinator. The City will supply trash bags, gloves, and trash tongs free of charge. Filled trash bags can be left in one pile at the cleanup site and a City crew will pick them up.
National CleanUp Day has been held annually in the United States on the third Saturday of September since 2017. It promotes large-scale and individual cleanup events and volunteering to keep the outdoors clean and prevent plastic from entering waterways.
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 ($2,316 to $3,196 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.
Crew Chief ($3,515 to $5,439 Salary)
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.
For other job opportunities, visit www.cor.net/jobs
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Coco is one of our longest residents and we are at a loss as to why! This young girl was surrendered to us because the owner’s grandson was autistic and having a hard time with Coco’s desire to be all over him at all times. She doesn’t know personal space. Coco is potty-trained and even knows how to ring a bell to alert you that it’s "go-time!" She has been to professional, private training, making her a master of "sit, wait, heel, leave it, go to bed, and carpet” (so she wouldn’t rush the front door). She previously lived with a large family, sharing her home with children ages 4, 5, 7, and 9. She admittedly knocked them over from time to time, but she just couldn’t contain her adoration. She’s great in the crate, but ideally wants to just be wherever you are. A day running errands with you is her idea of the perfect date. Coco has had a few roadblocks as far as dog socialization goes. She gets upset when passing dogs while on a leash (something called barrier reactivity – picture the classic “let me at ‘em, let me at ‘em” fights in the movies, as a friend holds them back). However, she’s lived with dogs in the past and has enjoyed the dog park as well. She was described as vocal until they let her off leash. She’s queen of rough and tumble play, so she has expressed some angsty frustration when meeting dogs that will not reciprocate this in any way. She either needs to be the only dog in the home or find herself a friend that will give the energy back! Due to this, we are requiring anyone with a dog to do a meet-and-greet before taking this girl to a forever home.
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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