Oct. 13, 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.
US 75 Temporary Closure Set for Nov. 4 Weekend; More Expected
US 75 will be closed from Renner Rd. to 15th St. for Plano Parkway bridge improvements starting late Friday, Nov. 3 and is expected to open by 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6. Future closures are expected throughout the project.
The main lanes of US 75 between Renner Road and 15th Street, and on/off ramps in that area including those connecting with the Bush Turnpike, will close due to the demolition and reconstruction of the Plano Parkway bridge. Detours planned include US 75 frontage roads, Renner Road, Alma Road, and Bush Turnpike frontage roads, according to a map (below) presented to the City Council Monday.
City Traffic and Transportation staff told the City Council that this portion of the project will involve several weekends of closures spaced over 1-2 months as the bridge work is done in sections. When completed, the reconstructed bridges will allow for traffic enhancements that include:
The construction work is part of a $37.4 million Texas Department of Transportation ramp reconstruction project, which began in May 2016. The project is expected to be completed by the end of December 2018. For more information, click here to view Monday’s presentation.
- an extra entrance lane to northbound US 75 from incoming eastbound and westbound Bush Turnpike, easing congestion where the turnpike lanes merge together onto the highway
- a new entrance ramp to US 75 off the northbound US 75 frontage road just south of Plano Parkway
- an extra exit lane from southbound US 75 to Bush Turnpike.
City Council Updated on Renner Road Progress
Traffic and Transportation staff updated the City Council Monday on the progress of road improvements near US 75 and Renner Road. Several improvements have been underway in the area since May, including the widening of the northbound 75 frontage road (at the Renner Road intersection) to include more lanes, and the addition of a pedestrian/bike trail on both sides of Renner Road’s Routh Creek bridge, just east of US 75.
Work at the intersection is expected to be completed by the end of this month; the bridge improvements are scheduled for completion by the end of December. Once those projects are completed, pavement rehabilitation on Renner Road is expected to take place throughout the months of January and February, between US 75 and Routh Creek Parkway.
Click here to view Monday’s presentation.
Arapaho Road Pavement Work
Curb and median repair work on Arapaho Road began Thursday in preparation for pavement repair work that will begin the evening of Sunday, Oct. 15. Work will take place on eastbound and westbound Arapaho Road between US 75 and Hampshire Lane, as well as at the intersection of Arapaho Road and Coit Road. Much of the work will take place overnight to minimize traffic delays.
The project will be carried out in three phases:
All lanes will be open during the day except during concrete repairs. While concrete work is being done, two lanes will remain open during peak travel times, with one lane open during non-peak times. The project is expected to last up to six weeks, weather permitting.
- Asphalt Removal—Crews will remove up to 2 inches of asphalt from the road beginning Sunday, Oct. 15. Work will be carried out daily from 8 p.m.-5 a.m.
- Concrete Repair—Following the asphalt removal, the underlying concrete will be repaired where necessary. Work will take place from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
- Asphalt Overlay—Workers will reapply 2 inches of asphalt. Work will be carried out from 8 p.m.-5 a.m.
The project is funded through the 2017-18 Budget, which includes $4.9 million for street and alley maintenance. For more information on infrastructure projects in Richardson, visit www.cor.net/projects.
Tutorials Offered for New Online Parks and Rec Class Registration
The Parks and Recreation Department will launch a new software program Nov. 1 to enhance online activity registration, and will begin offering tutorials next week to help Parks and Recreation participants, both new and existing, learn all about it. Staff will help participants set up accounts or transfer existing accounts to the new system.
No registration is needed to attend any of the following tutorial “open houses:”
The new system allows users to register and pay for not only classes and activities online, but also sign up for rec center memberships and eventually reserve facilities from any internet browser. Participants may search for their favorite activities by key word, age, day, time, location and more, as well as register for multiple activities at once.
- Oct. 17-21 at the Gymnastics Center during normal operating hours
- Oct. 24-25 at Heights and Huffhines Recreation Centers during normal operating hours
- Oct. 25 and Oct. 27 at the Senior Center from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Until Nov. 1, the current system should continue to be used for class and activity registration. For more information on the new system, including a step-by-step tutorial video, click here.
Save the Date: Ricochet17 City-Wide Arts Celebration is Oct. 21
City facilities, artists and local businesses are preparing this week for Ricochet17, the third annual Ricochet “arts happening” that showcases many types of local creativity at several venues, all on one day. Scheduled this year for Oct. 21, the free event will kick off at 10 a.m. and involves visual arts, poetry, drama and music at venues including the Richardson Public Library, Heights Village Shopping Center, CityLine Plaza and Four Bullets Brewery.
CityLine will be the location for Ricochet’s new “Art Chairs on Parade,” an art chair contest and exhibit. There’s still time to enter—all ages are invited to create and/or decorate a chair and bring it on the day of the event to CityLine Plaza, where the chairs will be displayed from noon-9 p.m. (click here for contest details.)
Prior to the big day, Ricochet fans can enjoy the Ricochet17 mini film festival (see article below) and they might even get to see some early “yarn storming” outside the Library next Friday.
Ricochet17 is presented by nonprofit Arts Incubator of Richardson to provide opportunities for artists and creatives of many kinds to showcase their talent and create greater awareness of the vibrant arts and creative community in Richardson. For a complete schedule, visit www.artsincubatorrichardson.org.
Corporate Challenge Concludes
The 20th annual Richardson Corporate Challenge wrapped up yesterday with the closing ceremony and luncheon at City Hall. Representatives from more than 55 DFW-area businesses, as well as Corporate Challenge beneficiary Special Olympics Texas, were on hand to celebrate with a check presentation for $230,008. The Corporate Challenge is a 10-week, Olympic-style competition among employees, spouses and retirees from local companies that began Aug. 11. This year’s Challenge included contests in 24 events ranging from athletic sports such as soccer, volleyball and bicycle racing to non-athletic contests such as dominoes, cornhole and Texas Hold ‘Em.
Companies honored for the most points in each division were Texas Instruments, Southwest Airlines, Lennox International, Texas Capital Bank, Hilton, Trintech and L-3 Mustang Technology. Special Olympics Texas has received more than $2.2 million from the Richardson Corporate Challenge since the competition began in 1998.
The City of Richardson’s Parks and Recreation Department manages the Corporate Challenge each year, one of the three largest corporate challenges in the country and the only one of its kind in Texas.
DART Adds Service for Red River Showdown
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will offer additional service options Oct. 14 to accommodate college football fans heading to the annual AT&T Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl, including direct buses and trains.
In the Richardson area, specially marked southbound Red Line trains will leave every 10 minutes starting as early as four hours before kickoff and head directly to MLK, Jr. Station without stopping after Cityplace/Uptown Station. Passengers on these trains will not need to transfer. After the game, these specially marked northbound Red Line trains will depart from MLK, Jr. Station for the trip back, not stopping at Fair Park Station.
Those riding non-specially marked Red Line trains to the game will need to transfer to the Green Line Circulator at Pearl/Arts District Station to get to Fair Park. The special Green Line Circulator will start four hours before the game and operate until approximately four hours after the game, running six trips per hour.
DART is also offering direct bus service to Fair Park from several stations including CityLine/Bush. Buses will depart these stations when full or approximately every 10 minutes, beginning at least two hours before kickoff.
DART advises people to arrive early since trains typically begin filling to capacity more than two hours before kickoff. DART staff will be at Parker Road, Victory and Pearl/Arts District stations four hours before game time to assist customers with ticket purchases. Click here for DART’s system-wide game day schedule and more information.
City Presented with “We Love You Richardson” Sentiments
The City was presented with a gift Monday from the owner of the McDonald’s at 1251 E. Belt Line Rd.—a four-foot high Plexiglas heart filled with ping pong balls inscribed with sentiments about Richardson by the restaurant’s customers. In accepting the gift, Mayor Paul Voelker gave the owner a proclamation and extended his sincere thanks on behalf of the community. The heart is currently displayed at City Hall outside the City Council Chambers.
The restaurant was rebuilt and expanded this year into 5,000 square feet featuring self-service ordering kiosks and a fresh bakery counter.
Bahá’i Community Receives Proclamation
Mayor Paul Voelker honored members of Richardson’s Bahá’i community Monday by declaring Oct. 22 as the Bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’i faith. The Bahá’i of Richardson are commemorating this bicentenary along with Bahá’is around the world.
The Bahá’i community of Richardson was established in 1967 and is an active participant in the Richardson Interfaith Alliance.
Richardson Water Wise Landscape Tour Saturday
The Public Services Department’s Water Division has teamed up with volunteers and homeowners to host the second annual Richardson Water Wise Landscape Tour Oct. 14 from 9 a.m.-1p.m. The free tour of water-friendly outdoor landscapes features homes located throughout the city, showcasing a variety of examples of native landscaping and planting the idea that using native plants is not only easy-care and environmentally conscious, but beautiful as well.
Maps to the homes may be found at www.cor.net/landscapetour and at tour headquarters (the Richardson Service Center located at 1260 Columbia Dr.), and participants may visit any or all of the homes at their own pace during the tour’s stated hours. Cameras are welcome, and participants may visit any or all of the homes at their own pace during the tour’s stated hours. Displays and additional information about water wise landscaping will be available during the tour at the Service Center.
For more information, e-mail Michelle.Mann@cor.gov or call 972-744-4228.
Celebration Expo at Civic Center Oct. 14
Celebration magazine invites active adults to celebrate the joys of empty nesting, retirement and life after 60 at Celebration Expo Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Civic Center. The event features activities throughout the day, including tours of RVs and a tiny house, food and beverage sampling and interactive classes such as Jazzercise, aromatherapy, jewelry making, yoga and line dancing. Several vendors will be on hand with information on topics including retirement living, travel, gardening and financial planning, and the Richardson Animal Shelter’s mobile pet adoption trailer will be present as well.
Admission is $12 online and $14 at the door; to purchase tickets visit www.celebrationexpo.com. Food trucks will be on site with food and beverage items available at an extra cost.
Dog Appreciation Event at Animal Shelter Oct. 15
The USA-Nepal Community Outreach Network is sponsoring “Dog Appreciation Day” Sunday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m.-noon in the parking lot of the Richardson Animal Shelter. Bring your pet for a photo session and/or drop off pet food donations to benefit the Shelter. For more information, visit the Shelter’s Facebook page by clicking here.
At the Eisemann Center:
- “Piaf! The Show” Oct. 14
8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $39-$57.
Anne Carrere, a young French performer hailed as “Edith Piaf’s legitimate musical heiress” brings Piaf to life on the centennial of Piaf’s birthday. The tribute narrates the rags-to-riches story of Piaf’s career through her songs and features previously unreleased images of famous Parisian scenes, with English translations of her storytelling lyrics. Pre-show buffet dining at Prelude Café is available beginning two hours prior to the performance; to make a reservation, call the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel at 972-367-2000.
- “Forbidden Broadway” Oct. 19-22
8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday in the Bank of America Theatre with additional 2 p.m. performances Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $39-$49.
The 35th anniversary tour of the long-running musical roast features hilarious impressions and rewrites of familiar songs from new targets including “Pippin,” “Kinky Boots,” “Les Miserables” and “Matilda,” joining past favorites including “Wicked” and “The Book of Mormon.”
- Acrobatic Conundrum Oct. 13-14
7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $25.
The Seattle-based contemporary circus arts company presents “Love & Gravity,” an exploration of love, support and partnership told through acrobatics, juggling, mime, contortionism and dance.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
- Ballet Magnificat! Oct. 15
7 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$75.
Both Alpha and Omega touring companies of Ballet Magnificat! present “Light Has Come: The Angel’s Story,” including a pre-performance, Broadway-style celebration of Christmas songs.
At UT Dallas:
- UT Dallas Chamber Singers Oct. 13-14
8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall, Admission is free.
The UT Dallas Chamber Singers and students from Advanced Voice present “Night Songs,” music from the Renaissance to modern times about the mystery and beauty of the night, including works by Renaissance composers Weelkes, Byrd, Bateson and Vautor; romantic composers Brahms, Schubert and Schumann; and modern composers including Cole Porter.
- Author Lecture: Bill Gifford Oct. 18
7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free.
Gifford, author of the New York Times bestseller “Spring Chicken,” will explore the rich history and possible future of humanity’s longtime quest to escape death.
Ricochet17 Mini Film Festival Continues
Arts Incubator of Richardson, in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse DFW, has been hosting its first mini film festival at Alamo’s Richardson location this month in conjunction with Ricochet17 (see above), showcasing animated films by Laika Entertainment. The film festival continues Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. with “The Boxtrolls” in 2D. Tickets are $6.50 and may be purchased here.
The Ricochet17 mini film festival also includes “Coraline” Oct. 21 and “ParaNorman” Oct. 28. Each will be shown once. The films coincide with a live chalk art demonstration featuring “Coraline” characters at Heights Village Shopping Center Oct. 21, part of Ricochet17. Alamo Drafthouse Richardson is located at 100 S. Central Expressway.
AIR Time Free Movie and Discussion Tuesday: “Network”
Arts Incubator of Richardson welcomes Chris Vognar, culture critic for The Dallas Morning News, to its next installment of AIR Time Oct. 17 at Alamo Drafthouse Richardson, 100 S. Central Expressway. AIR Time is a free monthly series that pairs a movie with a pre-show interview and discussion. Moderator David Fisher (assistant director, Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs) will interview Vognar prior to the showing of the award-winning 1976 film, “Network,” starring Peter Finch, William Holden and Faye Dunaway.
The interview/discussion begins at 7 p.m. with the movie following at 7:45 p.m. Admission is free but to guarantee a seat, tickets may be reserved online here for $5 (which includes a $5 food and beverage voucher).
For the complete AIR Time Season 8 lineup, visit www.artsincubatorrichardson.com.
Core Theatre Presents “Inferno! Fire at the Cocoanut Grove 1942” Through Oct. 29
The Core Theatre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste. 115, presents “Inferno! Fire at the Cocoanut Grove 1942,” Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28, with Sunday matinees Oct. 22 and Oct. 29. 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. It premiered at The Core Theatre in 2014 and has since been performed at the Boston Center for the Arts.
Show time is 8 p.m. with the Oct. 22 and Oct. 29 matinees at 3 p.m. 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.
3D Printing Drop-In Demonstration Oct. 14
Curious about 3D printing? Stop by the Library’s second floor C-Tech area tomorrow anytime from 10:30-11:30 a.m. to watch the 3D printer in action and learn what’s required to submit a job for 3D printing. There is no cost to watch and C-Tech staff will be on hand to answer questions about 3D printing and the Library’s 3D printing classes.
For more information, call 972-744-4359.
Murder Mystery for Teens Oct. 14
Teens ages 13-18 are invited to solve a murder mystery Saturday, Oct. 14 from 3-4 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Expect lots of role playing, team clue solving and spine-tingling fun!
For more information, call Jenn at 972-744-4358.
“Save Your Photos” Event Oct. 19
Sue Thornton of local business Photo Organizing Solutions teaches how to save, organize and protect photos Thursday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Learn the benefits of scanning printed photos when downsizing or in case of disaster, and how to organize photos stored on electronic devices. Admission is free; attendees may bring up to 25 photos to be scanned for free.
For more information, call 972-744-4376.
“Victorian Fashion and Military Artifacts of the Civil War Years” Oct. 19
Twirl a parasol and don a bonnet when 1860s fashion historian and author Cindy Nord speaks about “Victorian Fashion and Military Artifacts of the Civil War Years” Thursday, Oct. 19 from 6-8 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Nord blends her knowledge of this volatile time period around richly-educational descriptions of dress and mannerisms.
Admission is free; adults and teens are welcome. For more information, call 972-744-4376.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pets of the Week
This very handsome guy is Carter! He came to us after being found by a resident. He was already neutered and appeared to be well cared for. We fully vaccinated him and he is ready for adoption. Carter is a domestic, short hair orange tabby cat. Would probably do best in a home with no other cats. Please come and visit him at the Shelter!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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