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Week In Review, March 17, 2017
Posted Date: 3/17/2017
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March 17, 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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Letters Mailed for Free Blue Recycle Bags
Letters were mailed Monday to Richardson homeowners that can be redeemed for two complimentary rolls of blue recycling bags at several locations around the city. Through the Blue Bag Program, residents can combine all of their recyclable material into one blue bag and place it out for weekly pickup service.
Blue Bags

Except for Styrofoam, the City recycles all plastics, aluminum, tin, steel, empty aerosol cans, newspapers, mixed paper, grocery bags (plastic and paper), magazines, catalogs, corrugated cardboard, paperboard/chipboard, junk mail, pots and pans, and glass containers (clear and all colors).

Visit for a complete list of recyclable items and to find out your weekly recycling day. Click here for a list of locations where you can redeem your letter for blue bags.

Playground Now Open at CityLine Park
CityLine Park Playground Equipment

The new CityLine Park playground has opened ahead of schedule, just in time for the first day of spring. Originally scheduled to open in April, the playground features two separate areas of play equipment for different age groups, one for ages 2-5 and one for ages 5-12. A creative border alongside the playground utilizes limestone blocks, trees and native landscaping.

CityLine Park is located at the northwest corner of Routh Creek Parkway and Renner Road, at the CityLine development. The playground is located just south of the park’s pavilion, adjacent to Routh Creek Parkway.

Richardson Named a Top 10 “Healthiest Housing Market” for Third Straight Year
For the third year in a row, Richardson has made the list of Top 10 Healthiest Housing Markets in Texas, compiled by SmartAsset, an online data company. As a sign of the health of the North Texas economy as a whole, every city in the top 10 is located in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (Richardson placed second, up four places from 2016).

SmartAsset measures market health by the average number of years residents spend in homes, home values, ease of sale and the costs associated with home ownership. To see the full list, click here.

Free Leak Detection Packs Available
To coincide with Fix a Leak Week, the City of Richardson will be giving out free leak detection tablet packs to help detect silent leaks in toilets, which can waste more than 200 gallons of water a day. Tablet packs (including instructions for usage) will be given out during regular business hours March 20-24 at the following locations:
  • City Hall Water Customer Service, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Suite 101
  • Richardson Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr.
  • Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Rd.
  • Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Rd.
  • Senior Citizens Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd.
Fix a Leak Week, an EPA WaterSense program, is an annual event that encourages residents to check for water leaks and drips inside the home. For more information on how to detect a variety of leaks and how to fix them, click here.

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Registration Begins for RPD Summer Safety Camp
Summer Safety Camp 2017

Registration begins Monday, March 20 for the Richardson Police Department’s weekly Summer Safety Camp. For children who have completed kindergarten but not started fourth grade, the camps are held from 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday, June 5-Aug. 7 and focus on 9-1-1, stranger danger, internet safety, animal safety, poison safety, water safety and much more.

The camps are held at the Richardson Police and Fire substation at 2003 E. Renner Rd., just east of CityLine. Cost is $20 and includes a camp T-shirt. Registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, visit (check the Special Interest section under Summer Day Camps for registration codes).

Note: For Richardson residents only. An adult is required to check-in child the first day of camp and stay for a brief meeting. Children may attend only one session per year. Children who have not attended Safety Camp in the past will be processed first; if any openings exist after those registrations are processed, prior attendees will be placed.

For more information, send an e-mail to or call 972-744-4949.

Free Tax Assistance Continues at Library and Senior Center
IRS-trained volunteers are providing weekly help with basic tax returns Mondays through April 17 at the Library from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Basement Program Room, and Fridays through April 14 at the Senior Center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The assistance, presented in conjunction with the AARP Foundation, is free and designed particularly for elderly, handicapped and non-English-speaking taxpayers on a first-come, first-served basis. For a detailed list of records to bring, click here.

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At the Eisemann Center:
  • “Dances at a Gathering” March 17-19
    Friday-Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $15-$37.
    Celebrate North Texas’ dance talent and experience performances by some of the area’s best dance companies. Each show will include performances by dancers from Chamberlain Performing Arts; in addition, Friday night’s show will feature Bruce Wood Dance Project, Saturday night will feature Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and the Sunday matinee will feature Dallas Black Dance Theatre.
Women of Ireland
  • “Women of Ireland” March 18
    8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $32-$50.
    This full-stage concert production features select female performers within the Irish traditions of music, song and dance alongside other world class performers including special guest artist Anthony Fallon, a four-time world champion and longtime lead dancer with Riverdance. Selections range from traditional Irish tunes to contemporary pop songs with a Celtic twist.
The Rat Pack
  • “A Toast to the Rat Pack” March 19
    2 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $29-$56.
    Take a trip back to the tuxedoed, glamorous era of Las Vegas in the 60s with a musical afternoon featuring the greatest hits of the legendary Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. The talented cast of Sebastian Anzaldo as Frank, Andy DiMino as Dean and Lambus Dean as Sammy will treat you to many of the Rat Pack’s classics including “Come Fly With Me,” “Lady is a Tramp,” “Volare,” “That’s Amore,” “Mr. Bojangles” and “Candy Man.”
The Other Mozart
  • “The Other Mozart” Opens March 23
    Through March 26 in the Bank of America Theatre; Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $44.
    Learn the true story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus, in this monodrama by Sylvia Milo. Also a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer, Nannerl performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim, but her work and her story faded away, lost to history. The show features a stunning 18-foot dress designed by Magdalena Dabrowska from the National Theater of Poland.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at

“Death by Design” Opens Tonight at Richardson Theatre Centre
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Richardson Theatre Centre is presenting Rob Urbinati’s “Death by Design” March 17-April 2, a delightful and mysterious “mash-up” of the brilliant wit of Noel Coward and the intricate plotting of Agatha Christie. The play, set during a weekend in an English country manor in 1932, finds a playwright and his wife fleeing to the manor from London after a disastrous opening night. Various eccentric guests arrive unexpectedly, each with a long-held secret. When one of the guests is murdered, it’s left to the feisty Irish maid, who has a macabre interest in homicide, to solve the crime.

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-$22 and include complimentary sweets, snacks and beverages. To reserve, call 972-699-1130. Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Suite 113, is funded in part by a grant from the City’s Cultural Arts Commission.

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Graphic Novel Crafts March 18
Graphic Novel Crafts

Kids and teens ages 11-18 are invited to craft the coolest artsy projects ever using the pages of old graphic novels, Saturday, March 18 from 3-4 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room. Admission is free and all supplies provided. (Teens may also attend the Teen Advisory Board meeting at 2 p.m. and stay for this fun program afterwards.) No registration required!

Silk Scarf Art March 18
Silk Scarf Art

Judy Nordseth will present a free, hands-on workshop entitled, “Get Creative! Silk Scarf Art” Saturday, March 18 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Adults and teens will create wearable works of art using permanent markers, rubbing alcohol and blank silk scarves.

Registration is required—call 972-744-4374 for more information and to register. All supplies are provided. This program is made possible by Friends of the Richardson Library.

New Lunchtime Lecture Series Begins March 21: John Quincy Adams
John Q Adams Lunchtime Lecture

Richard Cudlipp is back with a new Lunchtime Lecture series, focused on the fascinating life of John Quincy Adams. Adams was an ambassador to four different countries, a senator and Secretary of State, all before becoming our sixth President. In this first of four installments, come learn about his younger years, traveling and living abroad.

The presentation will be held in the Basement Program Room Tuesday, March 21 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Admission is free, and attendees (both teens and adults are welcome) may bring their own lunch. For more information, call 972-744-4376.

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Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Megan Pet of the Week

Meet Megan! She is a German shepherd mix, spayed female, about 7 years young and up to date on all her vaccinations. She came to our Shelter about a month ago and was so scared she would not let anyone near her. After working with her and giving her the love she deserved, Megan began to show great improvement. Now she can’t wait to socialize and go for walks. She is house trained, great on a leash, gentle and very quiet and calm. She did test positive for heartworms, but a generous donor has already paid for her treatment. Please help Megan find a forever home!

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

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