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Week In Review, Sept. 22, 2017
Posted Date: 9/22/2017
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Sept. 22, 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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Health Inspection Reports Now Online
Restaurant Scores

This week the Richardson Health Department began publishing complete health inspection reports online in an effort to increase transparency and enhance the restaurant inspection information already available.

Copies of reports from all inspections per dining facility are available, and the database is searchable by restaurant name as well as by date. Any facility that prepares and serves hot or cold food items within the city limits is included, including convenience stores, department store cafés, schools, senior living facilities and corporate cafeterias.

The searchable database can be found by visiting

Kids’ ArtStop Activities Announced for Cottonwood Art Festival
Cottonwood Art Festival Fall 2017

Organizers of the semiannual Cottonwood Art Festival, to be held Oct. 7-8, have announced the Festival will once again host the popular ArtStop, an area for kids and families to let imaginations run wild while creating mini masterpieces. For a small fee per creation ($2-$4), children can paint a canvas masterpiece, make a unique weaving or sculpt clay on a real potter’s wheel.

Additional activities include:
  • Crazy Cool Caps—kids can create their own colorful, over-the-top hat using ribbons, glitter, feathers, pompoms, foam shapes and more
  • Clay Play—new to ArtStop, this activity teaches children how to form polymer clay into colorful “straws” that they will cut and roll into beads and other shapes, for stringing into a necklace, keychain or whatever else they can imagine
  • Tile Treasures–mosaics made from trinkets and tissue 
  • Wee Weavers—with fallen twigs gathered from the park, kids will build a base to create their own unique weaving from colorful yarns and strings, and add a feather or a few beads to personalize their creations
  • Rollin’ and Recyclin’—a free activity featuring ideas and ways kids and families can recycle and be creative with the stuff we usually throw in the trash
ArtStop will also feature chalkboard easels, blocks of plaster to chip and sculpt, and large magnetic boards for all ages to create impromptu masterpieces.

In addition to ArtStop activities, Festival attendees can view hundreds of museum-quality art exhibits, listen to live music and sample a variety of eats, treats and beverages. For more information, visit

Public ArtWalk Features New Signs
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Get a dose of culture on your next walk or bicycling adventure on the City’s new Public ArtWalk, a free, self-guided 2.8-mile route that provides opportunities to discover eight public art works by notable artists including Jim Cinquemani, Joseph Havel, Tom Orr and others. Signs recently installed along the route make it easy to find the next sculpture or art installation, with each sign showing the complete ArtWalk map.

Developed by the City in partnership with the Business Council for the Arts and Leadership Arts Institute, the ArtWalk utilizes existing streets and trails, bordered by the Eisemann Center to the south and CityLine to the north, and passes through plazas and parks, DART stations and green spaces. With flexible starting locations, the ArtWalk makes art accessible to North Texas residents of all demographics and ages.

Free ArtWalk brochures are available at the Library and City Hall information desk. The brochures include a map of the ArtWalk, parking tips, and ideas for art to view indoors in case of rain. For more information and to view a video produced by CITV, visit

Revitalization Awards Deadline is Sept. 29
Nominations close Sept. 29 for the 2017 Community Revitalization Awards, which recognize property owners, both residential and commercial, who have enhanced the community by making significant improvements to their properties. More than 228 properties have been recognized since the City Council created the program in 1994.

Nominations may be submitted by anyone, including the property owner. Award criteria and an online application can be found at, as well as information for mailing and faxing an application.

For more information or to submit a nomination in person, contact Assistant Director of Development Services Susan Smith at 972-744-4240 or Nominations received after Sept. 29 will be held for consideration next year.

Japanese Delegation Visits Richardson
Japan Visitors

A Japanese delegation with representatives from three Japanese companies visited Richardson earlier this month with an eye on expanding in Richardson. The Mayor’s Office of International Business Development creates several opportunities for such meetings every year and sends representatives to select technological innovation areas around the world to promote the Richardson community. The Japanese delegation scheduled their Richardson visit after hearing such a presentation by a Richardson representative in Japan in July. All three want to expand their businesses to the US and Richardson is now on their list of possible locations.

Companies represented in the delegation were Sakae Co. Ltd., an aluminum casting company; TEC Co. Ltd., a PCB Board design/prototyping company; and Piezo Parts Co. Ltd., manufacturer of quartz crystal microbalance sensors. The director of the Japan External Trade Organization’s Houston office joined the delegation in their visit.  

State Fair Begins Sept. 29; DART Announces Service Expansion
It’s one week until the opening of the 2017 State Fair of Texas, and area residents who plan to attend via DART light rail can look forward to expanded DART services. The following changes will be effective Sept. 29 through the duration of the fair:
  • Extra Green Line trains every 15 minutes between Victory and Lawnview stations from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends; in addition, all trips will feature three-car trains
  • Orange Line extended to Parker Road Station on all trips, weekdays and weekends
  • Additional Green and Blue line service after 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
More than 2.8 million fairgoers used DART rail in 2016. DART local day passes are $5 and may be purchased at ticket vending machines at all DART stations or on the GoPass® app available for both Apple and Android. For complete DART schedule information, visit or by calling DART Customer Information at 214-979-1111.

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“Twice as Nice” Consignment Sale at Civic Center Sept. 23
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If you enjoy hunting for great finds in childrens clothing, toys and equipment, you’ll find twice the selection at the North Dallas Mothers of Twins Club’s semiannual “Twice as Nice” Consignment Sale, Saturday, Sept. 23 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Civic Center. The sale features more than 20,000 barely/gently used, quality finds for infants, toddlers, kids, pre-teens and juniors, including:
  • brand name and designer clothes and shoes
  • newborn necessities such as strollers, car seats and high chairs
  • nursery items
  • play equipment
  • toys
  • books and DVDs for all ages
Admission is $1 for nonmembers. For more information, click here.

Dallas Bead Market Continues Through Sept. 23
The Bead Market
The Dallas Bead Market, which began this morning, continues at the Richardson Civic Center through tomorrow. Find wholesale and retail fashion accessories, gift merchandise, lapidary and beads, including antique, gemstone, glass, crystal, Bali, metal, button, seed, pearl and more. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.

Admission is free. For more information, visit

RROB Author Lecture and Book Signing Sept. 26
One Book Selection 2017
Daniel Bergner, author of “Sing for Your Life,” the 2017 pick for the 14th annual Richardson Reads One Book (RROB) program, will speak in the Richardson High School auditorium Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and includes a book signing following the lecture; a free ticket is required for admittance, available at the Library.

For more information, visit or call the Library at 972-744-4350.

League of Women Voters’ “Know Your Town” Meeting Sept. 27
League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Richardson (LWV-R) will hold a meeting for members and prospective members Wednesday, Sept. 27 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Richardson Civic Center. The meeting will kick off the League’s yearlong “Know Your Town” project. Guest speakers include Taylor Lough, Assistant to the City Manager for Richardson, and Mia Martin, General Counsel for RISD. Jean Richards, President of LWV-R, will discuss how the League operates and its role in the community.

For more information, visit

Network Annual Golf Outing Sept. 29
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Network of Community Ministries hosts its 20th annual Golf Outing fundraiser Friday, Sept. 29 at Sherrill Park Golf Course from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Individuals and groups can enjoy a day of fun, food and golf while raising funds for Network’s many community programs. Participation fees are $175 for individual golfers and $700 per foursome; fees include 18 holes of golf, lunch, awards and dinner. The event also includes a silent auction and raffle.

For more information and to register, click here.

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At the Eisemann Center:

Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune
  • “Chita and Tommy: Two for the Road” Tonight
    8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $61-$84.
    Two of Broadway’s most celebrated Tony Award-winning legends, Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune, perform songs from their illustrious careers accompanied by a trio of Broadway musicians. The Sept. 22 performance celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Eisemann Center.
    Pre-show dining at the Eisemann’s Prelude Café will be available beginning two hours prior to the performance. For reservations, call the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel at 972-367-2000.
  • FLOW: A Spoken Word Concert Sept. 23
    7 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $35-$45.
    FLOW (For Love of Words) is a showcase of poetry, comedy, dance and live music featuring Christopher Michael, M’Reld Green and Truth B Told, plus the five-piece Raphael and Ivory Jean Band as well as a DJ spinning Top 40 tracks.
  • “The Most Reluctant Convert” Sept. 27-Oct. 8
    Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $41-$91.
    Award-winning actor Max McLean brings C.S. Lewis to life in this one-man show adapted exclusively from Lewis’ writings. Performances will be followed by a brief post-show talk-back with McLean.
  • “Bette and her Divine Divas” Sept. 29
    7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $29-$56.
    Sheri Rae Parker, Roz Thomas and Stacey Whitton pay tribute to Bette Midler, Shania Twain and Diana Ross in an evening of memorable hits including, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Baby Love,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “The Rose.”
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:
  • One ‘O Clock Lab Band Tonight
    8 p.m. in the Arts and Technology Lecture Hall. Tickets are $20. 
    The seven-time Grammy-nominated ensemble of the internationally known University of North Texas Jazz Studies Program brings its individual musicianship and ensemble performances to UT Dallas Sept. 22. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
  • Civil War “Novel in Progress” Reading Sept. 28
    7 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free.
    UT Dallas’ Creative Writing Lecture Series presents author David Wright reading from an in-progress novel that tells the story of the Union army’s “African Brigade,” a unit made up of former slaves, and their three-week-long raid into northeast North Carolina, from where most of the men had fled and still had family in bondage.

Free Musical Theater Workshops for Kids Continue Sept. 27
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Read Play Love will offer free musical theater workshops for children ages 6 and up Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 4:15-5:15 p.m. Participants will learn new skills and get a taste of performing under the lights of the Read Play Love stage, as they participate in a live production number from Read Play Love’s upcoming fall musical, “One—A Multimedia Musical of Hope.”

RSVP is required; click here for more information and to register.

Read Play Love, funded in part by the Cultural Arts Commission, is located at 1251 S. Sherman St.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” Closes Sunday at Repertory Company Theatre
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Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” comes to life on stage through Sept. 24 at Repertory Company Theatre, 650 N. Coit Rd. The book (and the 1991 stage adaptation) deals with racial injustice in small town, Deep South, pre-civil rights America, told through the eyes of 10-year-old Jean-Louise “Scout” Finch.

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, with group rates for 10 or more. For tickets and more information, call the box office at 972-690-5029 or visit

Last Weekend for “Savannah Sipping Society” at Richardson Theatre Centre
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Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., is presenting Jones, Hope and Wooten’s comedy “The Savannah Sipping Society” through Sept. 24. In this laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years.

Remaining show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22 and include complimentary snacks, sweets and beverages. For more information, visit

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Movie Matinee Sept. 23
Fans of the “Wimpy Kid” book series will enjoy the Library’s Movie Matinee Saturday, Sept. 23 featuring “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” (rated PG). The event will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room.

Admission is free and all ages are welcome (kids 10 and under must have a parent present). For more information, call 972-744-4358.

Cookies & Coloring Sept. 28
Cookies and Coloring at Library
All ages are invited to take a relaxing break and color, eat cookies and listen to soothing music Thursday, Sept. 28 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. There is no charge to attend and all supplies (and cookies!) are provided. For more information, call 972-744-4358.

Parent and Child “Yoga Storytime” Sept. 29
Yoga Storytime
Parents and their children ages 3-8 are invited to stretch, yoga style, while listening to great stories Friday, Sept. 29 from 4-5 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Crafts and snacks round out this fun activity.

Admission is free but registration is required (no Richardson residency requirements). Call 972-744-4358 to register.

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Richardson Animal Shelter Pets of the Week
Hank Pet of Week  Henry Pet of Week 

Meet Hank and Henry! These handsome twin brothers are about 7 years old, neutered, house trained and up to date on all their vaccinations. They have been at the Shelter for about two months and they would love to find a home together. Please help them find a forever home!

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

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