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Week In Review, Nov. 10, 2017
Posted Date: 11/10/2017
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Nov. 10, 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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US 75 Closure This Weekend
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US 75 will be closed this weekend in both directions near President George Bush Turnpike, beginning Saturday, Nov. 11, at 3 a.m. and continuing until Monday, Nov. 13, at 5 a.m. The closed section begins just south of Renner Road and extends north to 15th Street. The closure is required for the partial demolition of the Plano Parkway bridge; other weekend closures are expected as road improvement construction continues. US 75 traffic will be directed to the frontage roads.

Click on the above map for a full list of detour routes, and visit for updates.

Tactics Outlined for Implementing Council Goals/Strategies
City staff presented tactics to the City Council Monday for implementing each of the 10 Strategies adopted with the Council’s 2017-19 Vision and Statement of Goals. The tactics were developed with input from the City Council, Boards and Commissions, City staff and the community. The 2017-19 Vision, Goals and Strategies, officially adopted by the City Council in September, focus on maintaining/enhancing Richardson as a quality living, working and investing environment.

Highlights of the proposed tactics include:
  • Continue to implement the Spring Creek Nature Area Master Plan by enhancing connectivity with existing trails along Renner Road
  • Conduct a comprehensive evaluation of effectiveness of traffic signalization
  • Sustain efforts to be responsive to contemporary housing trends
  • Continue attention to Main Street area reinvestment initiatives 
  • Develop a citizen academy, as well as a short video series, to help with citizen education about the City
  • Evaluate short-term visitor parking at key City facilities
  • Continue to implement a citywide strategy to cultivate philanthropy and sponsorship of City services and events
  • Continue to implement the water meter replacement program/automated meter reading technology
  • Support the implementation of completed reinvestment strategies designed to address economically underperforming areas of the city
Click here  for the complete list of proposed tactics and to view Monday’s presentation. After incorporating City Council feedback received Monday, staff will add the tactics to the 2017-19 Statement of Goals and Strategies found at

November Bill Will Include Water and Sewer Rate Increase
In case you missed the bill stuffer included in October water bills, the City’s Water Customer Service division is reminding customers that the City increased water and sewer rates effective with the Nov. 1 billing. The November bill will reflect the 9.5-percent increase that was approved as part of the 2017-18 budget.

The increase is necessary as the North Texas Municipal Water District continues to improve its aging infrastructure while also securing new water supplies to meet the needs of the area’s growing population. For the 2017-18 fiscal year, an average water and sewer bill will increase $8.39 a month. For more information on the municipal budget, go to or call Water Customer Service at 972-744-4120.

Fire Extinguishers Recalled
Recalled Fire Extinguishers

The Richardson Fire Department (RFD) is helping spread the word that the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall notice for certain types of Kidde fire extinguishers due to malfunction problems including failure to discharge. The recall involves 134 plastic handle fire extinguisher models manufactured between Jan. 1, 1973 and Aug. 15, 2017, and eight push-button “Pindicator” fire extinguisher models manufactured between Aug. 11, 1995 and Sept. 22, 2017.

Click here for a complete listing of models included in the recall, and information on how to return a recalled unit to Kidde and receive a replacement. RFD also reminds everyone that in addition to having fire extinguishers in working order, smoke/carbon monoxide alarms should be checked regularly and batteries replaced as needed.

Blue Bag Giveaway Nov. 15 for America Recycles Day
America Recycles Day

One free roll of blue recycling bags will be available to Richardson residents (with proof of residency) Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at RaceTrac, 720 E. Arapaho Rd. In addition, you can meet Phil-up the Blue Bag and check out Richardson’s new recycling van. The event is part of the City’s increased focus on recycling, aligned with the City Council’s desire to raise awareness of recycling and provide more programs to help boost the amount of material diverted from landfills.

Learn more about the City’s recycling program at To view a video about Phil-up the Blue Bag and the City’s recycling promotion efforts, visit

RPD to Offer Free Emergency Preparedness Training for Faith-Based Organizations Nov. 11
The Richardson Police Department Crime Prevention Unit will present “Emergency Preparedness Training for Faith Based Organizations” Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m.-noon at First Baptist Church Richardson, 1001 N. Central Expy. Topics include Emergency Preparedness, Active Shooter, De-Escalation and Active Listening Skills. Michael A. Golson, Sr., retired assistant special agent in charge with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, is the guest speaker.

Church safety teams as well as ushers, greeters and parking lot teams are encouraged to attend. Coffee and pastries will be served beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Admission is free. RSVP online at, under Events. For more information, contact Sgt. Frank Bradford at 972-744-4955 or

Animal Shelter Receives Food Donation
Dog Food Donation at Animal Shelter

The Richardson Animal Shelter was the recipient of a full pallet of dry dog food Wednesday, donated by retailer Hollywood Feed as the result of its August “You Buy We Give” campaign. Hollywood Feed stores in Richardson, Plano, Garland and Allen set aside a meal for Richardson Animal Shelter pets every time a certain brand and size of holistic dog food was purchased in-store or online.

The Shelter welcomes a variety of donations from individuals and groups year-round. Click here for the Shelter’s wish list.

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Senior Center Holiday Bazaar Nov. 10-11
Senior Holiday Bazaar

The Richardson Senior Center will host its annual Holiday Bazaar Nov. 10-11 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public, and includes more than 90 tables of hand-crafted items.

For more information, call 972-744-7800. The Senior Center is located at 820 W. Arapaho Rd.

Shelter’s Mobile Adoption Trailer at CityLine Nov. 16
The Richardson Animal Shelter’s Mobile Adoption Trailer continues its monthly visits to CityLine Plaza Thursday, Nov. 16 from noon-2 p.m. There’s room inside to sit and snuggle with furry friends, and learn about the adoption process as well as how to volunteer with the Shelter.

Look for the Mobile Adoption Trailer every third Thursday of each month near the Nestle Toll House Café, 1201 State St.

Richardson Tour of Homes Nov. 11-12
Tour of Homes

The Richardson Woman’s Club presents its annual Holiday Tour of Homes Nov. 11-12. The event features an Artisan Marketplace, a daily luncheon and tours of three Richardson homes decked out for the holidays. The Marketplace and luncheon will be held at the Richardson Woman’s Club Founder’s Hall and Clubhouse, 2005 N. Cliffe Dr., with the tour homes located in the Canyon Creek, Hills of Breckinridge and Estates of Prairie Creek neighborhoods.

For hours, admission prices and online ticketing, visit

Junior League New Member Social Nov. 15
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The Junior League of Richardson is hosting a Prospective Member Information Night and Social Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Taco Diner-CityLine, 1417 E. Renner Rd.

Light appetizers will be provided. E-mail to RSVP.

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  • “Eye Tunes” Concerts Nov. 11
    3 p.m. (in Tamil) and 7:30 p.m. (in Hindi) in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets
    are $20.
    The Sankara Eye Foundation presents local band, “High Octavez.”
  • “Pinkalicious” The Musical Nov. 12
    2:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $13-$23.
    Based on the popular children’s book of the same name, this family musical tells the tale of Pinkalicious, who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe.
  • Max Amini Nov. 12
    7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $35-$55.
    The TV and movie actor, standup comic and YouTube star returns to the Eisemann Center as part of his continual cross-country and international touring. Through an array of impressions, storytelling and improvisations, Amini infuses comedy with cultural aspects, social topics and a strong message about family ties.
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  • “Texas in Paris” Nov. 16-19
    Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday, in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $40-$48.
    From Dallas writer/filmmaker Alan Govenar comes the true journey of John Burrus and Osceola Mays—one a white, male, former rodeo cowboy who plays country hymns and cowboy songs on his guitar; one a black, female South Dallas widow who sings the spirituals she learned growing up as a sharecropper’s daughter—–who were invited to France to perform as part of a concert series Govenar produced in 1989. They had never met previously, had no professional singing experience and faced the challenge of working together and coexisting in an unfamiliar world. Tony Award-winner Lillias White and actor/singer/songwriter Willy Welch portray the pair.
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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  • Free Film Screening Nov. 11: “The Sultan and the Saint”
    3:30 p.m. in the Arts and Technology Lecture Hall. Admission is free.
    The 2016 docudrama tells the story of the meeting between Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt on a bloody battlefield during the Crusades, and of the commitment to peace forged by the two men. The screening will be followed by a short discussion. For more information, click here.
  • Free Lecture Nov. 15: Jamie Metzl
    5 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free.
    Metzl, senior fellow of the Atlantic Council, syndicated columnist, futurist and expert on Asian affairs, will speak about “Rising China and the Shifting Geopolitics of Asia.” He will explore the key drivers of our transforming world, what it will mean for global politics, economics and culture, and what kinds of collective action will be required to lay a foundation for a stable future. For more information, click here.

RISD “Peace” Art on Display at Library Through Dec. 2
Altrusa International of Richardson, the Richardson Civic Arts Society, the Richardson Public Library and the Richardson Arts Alliance recently sponsored an art contest for RISD students in grades 4-6, and the top three entries from each school are now on display in the Library’s third floor gallery through Dec. 2. The entries embody the theme “Promote Peace ... Embrace the World” in celebration of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace held Sept. 21. Overall winners will be announced at a reception Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Library’s Basement Program Room.

AIR Time Free Movie and Guest Artists Nov. 14: “The Devil Wears Prada”
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Arts Incubator of Richardson presents its latest installment of AIR Time Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Alamo Drafthouse Richardson, pairing the 2006 movie, “The Devil Wears Prada,” with a pre-show interview and discussion featuring Paulette Martsolf and Jim Lively. Martsolf is a veteran of the fashion industry, having her own successful fashion and jewelry lines and Allie-Coosh boutique for 25 years, who recently moved her business to Richardson’s Interurban area to combine with Lively’s. Lively is an artist and curator of Martsolf Lively Contemporary Art.

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

“One” at Read Play Love
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Read Play Love, 1251 S. Sherman St., presents the musical “One” Nov. 10-11 at 7 p.m. Fifty children, ages 3-16, worked together to compose songs, write scenes and design the set and costumes for the production, Read Play Love’s first kid-collaborative musical. The story involves six kids who are assigned to sort recyclables in a junkyard and who uncover a magical card catalogue that takes them on the unforgettable adventure of meeting some of the most important figures in history.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (seated on the floor). For tickets, click here. Read Play Love is a nonprofit, family creativity center sponsored in part by the Cultural Arts Commission.

Last Weekend for “Rope” at Richardson Theatre Centre
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The 1929 thriller “Rope” continues through Sunday, Nov. 12 at Richardson Theatre Center. Remaining show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Sunday’s performance, while Friday and Saturday performances are $22.

Richardson Theatre Centre is located at 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Visit for more information. For tickets, call 972-699-1130.

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3D Printing Drop-in Demo Nov. 11
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The public is invited to observe real-time 3D printing Saturday, Nov. 11 in the C-Tech area on the Library’s second floor. Drop in anytime between 10:30-11:30 see the 3D printer in action and learn what’s required to submit a job for 3D printing.

Admission is free. Call 972-744-4359 for more information.

Free Ornament Making for Adults and Teens Nov. 11
Library Holiday Ornaments

Get into the holiday spirit by creating unique ornaments to take home Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room.

Admission is free, but registration is required; call 972-744-4374 to register and for more information.

Lunchtime Lecture Series Features Cavalry and Comanche Indians
Lunchtime Lecture Nov. 14

Richard Cudlipp is back with a new two-part Lunchtime Lecture series entitled, “2nd U.S. Cavalry and Comanche Indians in Texas,” beginning Tuesday, Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Tuesday’s topic is “Building a Cavalry Unit to Fight Comanches.” The series continues Nov. 21 with “Comanches and Camels: Preparation for Civil War Generals.”

Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch. For more information, call Vrena Patrick at 972-744-4376.

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Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Billu Pet of the Week
Meet Billu! He is a sleek little panther who prefers the quiet life. Billu is about 2 years old, neutered, fully vaccinated, litter trained and ready for a furever home. So he may not be the cuddliest guy in the adoption room, but if you’re looking for an easy-going cat who is the calm and quiet type, then he is the right cat for you.

Also don’t forget November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, in which adoption fees are waived on adoptable pets over 7 years old.

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

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