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Week In Review, Oct. 27, 2017
Posted Date: 10/27/2017
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Oct. 27, 2017
Here 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.

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Huffhines Art Trails Marks 41st Year this Weekend
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Stroll the paved paths of Huffhines Park this weekend and encounter Richardson’s annual free arts and crafts festival. Huffhines Art Trails promises two days of arts and crafts (more than 160 artist booths); live, local music; dancing; food and beverages; and lots of fall décor for family photo opportunities.

Kids will delight in having their photo taken near the 15-foot tall “Hayman,” Huffhines’ own version of Big Tex, and they’ll also enjoy a new scavenger hunt, complete with prizes.

Hours are Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission and parking are free; food, beverage and other vendor items are priced separately. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome. For more information, visit

14th Annual “Trunk or Treat” at UT Dallas Tonight
Trunk or Treat at UTD

Residential Life at UT Dallas is inviting area families to “Trunk or Treat” Friday, Oct. 27 from 6-8 p.m. on the UT Dallas campus outside Residence Hall Northwest, 950 North Loop Rd. Kids will enjoy candy and fun activities as UT Dallas students take a break and help the local community.

Plenty of free parking is available in Parking Lot T, Synergy Park Boulevard at Rutford Avenue. For more information, call Sarah Amberson, 972-883-7430.

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. The City does not set any official hours for trick-or-treating activities and does not reschedule due to weather.

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

Registration Begins for Annual Christmas Parade
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Registration begins Nov. 1 for Richardson’s 45th Annual Christmas Parade, to be held Saturday, Dec. 2 and benefiting Network of Community Ministries. This year’s parade theme is “Magical, Musical Christmas.” Individuals and groups are encouraged to interpret the theme with costumes, vehicles and floats.

The registration form and parade rules can be found at Deadline for registration is Nov. 26. For more information, including how to become a Friend of the Parade and receive VIP seating and a parking pass, contact Allison Rhinebarger at or 972-744-7853.

Santa’s Village Construction Begins
Santa's Village Construction 2017

Santa arrives in Richardson in just five weeks due to the first Saturday of December falling early in the calendar this year (Dec. 2), so City crews began setting up Santa’s Village this week. The City’s miniature holiday town takes about two weeks to assemble and another few weeks to get the buildings fully decorated. There is also a cushion built in to allow for weather delays.

Each year, Santa’s Village comes to life on select weekends in December with children’s activities inside each structure, live entertainment, a petting zoo and the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus. The free event has become a tradition for large numbers of area families.

For 2017, Santa’s Village will again offer “Hometown Thursdays,” special nights for Richardson residents, as well as its usual Friday-Sunday schedule.

For the upcoming schedule and more information, go to

Winter Water Schedule Begins Nov. 1
Winter Water Schedule

Wednesday marks the beginning of Winter Water Conservation for Richardson, shifting the time of day when lawns can be watered. Starting Nov. 1, residents may 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 For more information, visit

National Night Out Award Winners Announced
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The Richardson Police Department has announced the names of the winning Richardson National Night Out (NNO) 2017 events, held Oct. 3. Winners were based on criteria including attendance, crime prevention message, food, decorations and activities. The neighborhoods, streets or groups of streets selected as winners are as follows:
East Sector
  • Overall Winner—Woods of Spring Creek
  • 1st Runner Up—Yale Park
  • 2nd Runner Up—Knolls of Breckinridge
  • 3rd Runner Up—Creek Hollow Estates
  • Honorable Mention—Richland Park and Richland Oaks
West Sector
  • Overall Winner—High Brook Drive 300 block
  • 1st Runner Up—Sage Valley Drive 500 block
  • 2nd Runner Up—Stagecoach Drive/Dumont Drive/Lamp Post Lane/Cottonwood Drive
  • 3rd Runner Up—Vinecrest Lane 900 block
  • Honorable Mention—Twilight Trail 500 block
  • La Mirada Apartments
Higher Caliber Award
(the party that went above and beyond to support NNO)
  • North College Park/College Park/Glenville Park/Town North Park
In addition, RPD announced they collected more than 5,200 pounds of canned food during their “Can Do” food drive held in conjunction with NNO, benefitting Network of Community Ministries.

Early Voting Continues Through Nov. 3
Early voting for the Nov. 7 Constitutional Amendment and Joint Election continues through Friday, Nov. 3. Voters in both Dallas and Collin counties will decide on seven state constitutional amendments; Dallas County voters will also have a special election concerning the Dallas County School Board on their ballot.

Any Dallas County or Collin County registered voter may vote at any early voting location in their county, including the Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. (Dallas County residents) and Methodist Richardson Medical Center, 2831 E. President George Bush Turnpike (Collin County residents).

Hours and links to the complete list of early voting locations are listed below:

Date Dallas County Collin County 
Oct. 27  8 a.m.-5 p.m.  8 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Oct. 28  8 a.m.-5 p.m.  7 a.m.-7 p.m. 
Oct. 29 1-6 p.m. 1-6 p.m. 
Oct. 30-Nov. 1  8 a.m.-5 p.m.  7 a.m.-7 p.m. 
Nov. 2-3  7 a.m.-7 p.m.  7 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Dallas County locations:
Collin County locations:

Altrusa Presents Mayor Symbolic Check for Volunteer Hours
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This afternoon, Altrusa International of Richardson, Inc. held its 14th annual “Outstanding Women of Today … Builders of Tomorrow” awards luncheon. During the event, Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker was presented a ceremonial check for $269,338 representing the hours of volunteer time invested in the city by the organization in the past year.
Altrusa Check Presentation

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.

Also at today’s event, Altrusa honored six women (out of 20 nominees) as “Outstanding Women of Today … Builders of Tomorrow,” chosen for leadership in the categories of Small Business, Corporate, Education, Government, Nonprofit and Health Care. In addition, one woman was named “Outstanding Woman of Tomorrow,” an honor given to a nominee 35 years old or younger who is employed in one of the six categories. The honorees, pictured below are Kayci Prince, Shanna Sims-Bradish, Angela Renee Lightfoot-Pumford, Pia K. Jakobsson, Melissa Hailey, Christina Melton Crain and Cheryl Koch.

Altrusa OWT Honorees

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Drug Take-Back Event Oct. 28
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Time to clean out the medicine cabinet. The Richardson Police Department is hosting a drug take-back event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the south parking lot of the Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Bring unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for proper disposal to keep them out of trash, where pets, children and others might acquire them, and to prevent medications from being poured down a drain or flushed, which contaminates the water system.

All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should be sealed tightly in their original container. Intra-venous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.

For more information, contact the Richardson Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955 or visit the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take Back webpage by clicking here.

Electronics Recycling, Paper Shredding Oct. 28
Electronics Recycling and Shredding Map 2017
An electronics recycling and document shredding event, sponsored by the Richardson Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (RCPAAA), will take place Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Richardson Square Mall parking lot, 501 S. Plano Rd. Acceptable electronic items include phones, GPS devices, calculators, MP3 players, PDAs, radios, satellite receivers, VCRs, DVD players, remote controls, speakers, cameras, computers and accessories, speakers, printers and cartridges, copiers, scanners, shredders, typewriters, etc. Paper accepted for 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. Visit for more information.

Note: CRT TVs or computer monitors CANNOT be accepted. Flat screen monitors and televisions are OK. NO hazardous waste items will be accepted. This includes batteries, paint, cleaners and fluorescent bulbs. Visit for more information on hazardous waste disposal.

Comet Fest at UT Dallas Oct. 28
Comet Fest
UT Dallas hosts Comet Fest Saturday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Northside, 3000 Northside Blvd., featuring a chili competition coordinated by the Texas Chefs Association Dallas Chapter, live music, a variety of beverage and gift vendors and a “mystery basket” cooking showdown between Jennifer Bajsel from the TV show “Beat Bobby Flay” and Tara O’ Donnell, winner of “Chopped Junior.”

General admission tickets are $15 (includes chili tastings) and may be purchased online here or onsite the day of the event beginning at 10:30 a.m. Parking is free and open to the public at Northside.

Family Caregiver Symposium at Civic Center Nov. 3
A Family Caregiver Symposium, sponsored by Cariloop and Friends Place Adult Day Services, will be held Friday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Richardson Civic Center. Anyone caring for a parent, spouse, partner or family member with dementia is encouraged to attend the event, which features several guest speakers discussing topics such as “Creative Approaches for Positive Outcomes” and “How to Effectively Communicate with Your Physician.”

Tickets are $30 and include lunch and dinner. For more information and to purchase tickets online, click here. Tickets may be purchased through Nov. 2.

Urban Naturalist Walk Oct. 28
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Join Joan and Ernest Stokely on a guided nature walk in the Spring Creek Nature Area Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m.-noon to learn about Richardson’s early settlers.

Cost is $5 for adults 18 and older plus $2 for nonresidents. Children may attend for free but must be accompanied by a paying adult. Space is limited to 25 participants; for more information and to register, call Heights Recreation Center (972-744-7850) or Huffhines Recreation Center (972-744-7881), or visit (Course #97785).

Regular Registration for RISD Spirit Run Ends Soon
Spirit Run 2017

Regular registration ends Friday, Nov. 3 for the RISD Spirit Run, a 5k run and 1-mile fun walk to be held Nov. 4 at Galatyn Plaza beginning at 7 a.m. The Spirit Run is held annually and benefits the students, teachers and Excellence in Education Foundation of RISD. Cheer squads, drum lines and jazz bands from the four RISD high schools line the race route to cheer runners to the finish, and runners vote to award the coveted traveling Spirit Trophy to one of the high schools.

For more information and to register online, click here.

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At the Eisemann Center:
  • Plano Civic Chorus Oct. 27
    7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $20-$35.
    The Plano Civic Chorus presents “Music in the Key of Life!,” a blend of modern poetry with choral works, including a new work celebrating the Chorus’ 45th anniversary.
  • Rhythmic Souls Tap Company Oct. 28
    7 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $20.
    Rhythmic Souls Tap Company and Fun House Theatre and Film are back together for “Fright Night Lite,” an original, family-friendly show written by Jeff Swearingen.
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  • Rosanne Cash Oct. 28
    8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $49-$66.
    Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash offers a sweeping song cycle on this tour, entitled “Black List River,” culled from her southern and soul trilogy of albums “Black Cadillac” (2006), “The List” (2009) and “The River and The Thread” (2014). 
  • Odysseus North Texas Chamber Orchestra Nov. 2
    8 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $20.
    Odysseus North Texas Chamber Orchestra presents a fun-filled evening of the greatest hits of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., featuring Dallas crooner Teddy Davey.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at

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At UT Dallas:
  • Cinematique: “Miss Hokusai” Nov. 1
    7 p.m. in the Student Services Building Addition Auditorium. Admission is free.
    Join UT Dallas’ Meteor Theater for a screening of “Miss Hokusai,” an anime film that focuses on Japanese artist Katsushika O-Ei. A post film discussion on O-Ei and the art of the era will be led by Dr. Marc Hairston, research scientist at UT Dallas’ Hanson Center for Space Sciences. For more information, click here.

Thriller Drama “Rope” Opens Tonight at Richardson Theatre Centre
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Richardson Theatre Centre (RTC) brings the 1929 thriller “Rope” to the stage Oct. 27-Nov. 12. Show times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Thursday and Sunday performances, while Friday and Saturday performances are $22.

Visit for more information. For tickets, call 972-699-1130. RTC is partially sponsored by the Richardson Cultural Arts Commission.

Read Play Love Conducts Handprint Drive
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Family creativity center Read Play Love is conducting a “Handprint Drive” through Nov. 1 as part of a collaborative art project entitled, “In Our Hands,” which will be displayed at Read Play Love the week of Nov. 6. Trace around your hand on paper, color/decorate (optional) and submit in person or by mail (on or before Wednesday, Nov. 1) at Read Play Love, 251 S. Sherman St. Suite 112, Richardson, TX 75081. Hands may also be submitted via Read Play Love’s Messenger account.

Read Play Love is funded in part by a grant from the Richardson Cultural Arts Commission. For more information, click here.

Last Weekend for Fall 2017 CityLine Live Music Series
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Free outdoor music performances continue for one more weekend at CityLine Plaza this fall as part of CityLine’s Live Music Series, Friday and Saturday from 6-9 p.m. Numerous tables and chairs dot the Plaza for easy viewing/listening or enjoy the music from one of the adjacent restaurant patios. Picnics, dogs and blankets are also welcome.

This weekend’s lineup of free performances includes:
  • Friday, Oct. 27—Cody Riley (“red dirt” country)
  • Saturday, Oct. 28—Morgan Alana Taylor (indie folk, country)
For performer bios and more information, click here.

“The Addams Family” Entertains Through Sunday at Repertory Company Theatre
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Repertory Company Theatre is presenting “The Addams Family” through Oct. 29, a new spin on the 1960s television show of the same name that became a cult classic. This fast-paced musical comedy, presented in RCT’s new theater at 770 N. Coit Rd., is fun for the whole family.

Remaining show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth and may be purchased at or by calling the box office at 972-690-5029.

Last Weekend for “Inferno! Fire at the Cocoanut Grove 1942” at The Core Theatre
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“Inferno! Fire at the Cocoanut Grove 1942” continues through Oct. 29 at The Core Theatre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 115, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. The show, written by Texas actor, playwright and director James Hansen Prince, explores the forgotten faces and historic details of the tragic Boston nightclub fire that forever changed fire safety code.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for seniors (age 65+) and students. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 214-930-5338. The Core Theatre is funded in part by a grant from the Cultural Arts Commission.

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Spook-a-licious Halloween Happening Oct. 28

All ages are invited to don a costume and enjoy stories, crafts and trick-or-treating with puppets Saturday, Oct. 28 from 2-3 p.m. in the Basement Program Room.

Admission is free. For more information, call 972-744-4358.

Scavenger Hunt Oct. 28
Scavenger Hunt at Library

Explore the Library like never before, on a Scavenger Hunt! Children ages 9-12 are invited to solve clues and win prizes Saturday, Oct. 28 from 2-3:30 p.m. starting in the First Floor Program Room.

There is no cost to participate. For more information, call 972-744-4358.

Advanced 3D Printing Oct. 28

Build on your Tinkercad design skills in an Advanced 3D Printing Class, Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10:30 a.m.-noon in the First Floor Program Room. Create unique reusable shapes, learn time-saving shortcuts and explore how to export/import resources.

For ages 13 and older. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required; call 972-744-4359 to register and for more information. Bring your Tinkercad login information; laptops will be provided.

Beginning MS Word 2016 Nov. 3
Adults and teens are invited to learn the basics of MS Word 2016 from 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Nov. 3 in the Basement Training Room. Admission is free but a valid Richardson Public Library card and preregistration are required.

To register and for more information, call 972-744-4359.

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Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Wolverine Pet of the Week Oct 27

This energetic guy is Wolverine! He is a neutered male, fully vaccinated and ready to adopt. Wolverine is a wire hair terrier with possibly some fox terrier. He is black and white and 7 years old. Wolverine is a lot of fun and very energetic. He would love a big backyard to run and play in! Come and visit him at the Richardson Animal Shelter!

For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.

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