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Week In Review, Oct. 20, 2017
Posted Date: 10/20/2017
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Oct. 20, 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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Ricochet17 is Tomorrow
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Ricochet17 takes place Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at locations across Richardson. This third annual “arts happening” will showcase many types of local creativity including visual arts, poetry, drama and music at venues including the Richardson Public Library, Heights Village Shopping Center, CityLine Plaza and Four Bullets Brewery. Most events are free.

Highlights include sidewalk chalk art, rock painting, yarn storming, “Coraline” the movie, a poetry slam, an art chair contest and performances by the Contemporary Chorale, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Richardson Theatre Centre, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, Circus Freaks and the Spectacular Senior Follies. The new public art walk will be promoted, with maps handed out at CityLine.

Coordinated by nonprofit Arts Incubator of Richardson and aligned with National Arts & Humanities Month, Ricochet17 seeks to provide opportunities for arts organizations, individual artists and other creatives in the region to showcase their work while creating a “culture map” of the City. The event exemplifies creative clusters and public art, two priorities of the City’s Cultural Arts Master Plan.

For the full schedule of events, visit

US 75 Temporary Closure Rescheduled to begin Nov. 11
The first planned weekend closure of US 75 to accommodate for Plano Parkway bridge improvements, originally scheduled to begin Friday, Nov. 3, is now expected to start Saturday, Nov. 11 at 3 a.m. and continue through Monday, Nov. 13 at 5 a.m. Both northbound and southbound lanes of US 75 between Renner Road and 15th Street, as well as on/off ramps connecting with the Bush Turnpike, will be shut down. Other weekend closures are expected.

Detours planned include US 75 frontage roads, Renner Road, Alma Road and Bush Turnpike frontage roads. For more information, visit

Early Voting Begins Monday
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Early voting for the Nov. 7 Constitutional Amendment and Joint Election will be held Monday, Oct. 23-Friday, Nov. 3. Richardson residents in both Dallas and Collin counties will vote on seven state constitutional amendments; voters who reside in Dallas County 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 City Hall/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. 23-27  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

Neighborhood Leaders Gather for Workshop
Neighborhood Leadership Workshop 2017

Representatives from Richardson homeowner and neighborhood associations met with City officials Tuesday at the Richardson Civic Center for the City’s 27th biannual Neighborhood Leadership Workshop. The workshop included dinner, time for networking and learning about City services, including arts and recreational opportunities and code enforcement.

Neighborhood Leadership Workshops have been held every fall and spring for the past 13 years and are among several opportunities offered by the City to help residents increase awareness of City services while also building community involvement.

Drug Takeback, Electronics Recycling/Paper Shredding Scheduled for Oct. 28
Two important events will take place in Richardson Oct. 28 designed to help residents keep drugs and electronics out of the waste system and landfill, as well as safely get rid of sensitive documents.

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The Richardson Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association is hosting an electronics recycling and paper shredding event at Richardson Square Mall, 501 S. Plano Rd., from 9 a.m-1 p.m.  and the Richardson Police Department is hosting a drug takeback in the south parking lot of the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There is no cost for the drug takeback; donations will be accepted for the recycling/paper shredding.

Drug Take Back Event Map
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Bring unused and expired pharmaceuticals, both prescription and over-the-counter, to the drug takeback. All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.

Paper accepted for shredding will be limited to what can fit into a car.

For more information about the drug takeback, click here. For more information about the electronics recycling/paper shredding event, including a list of acceptable electronics, click here.

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Ricochet17 to Offer Multiple Events
Ricochet17, a celebration of creativity presented by Arts Incubator of Richardson, will be held Saturday, Oct. 21 throughout the day at four different locations:
  • Richardson Heights Shopping Center from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Richardson Public Library from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Four Bullets Brewery from noon-6 p.m.
  • CityLine Plaza from noon-9 p.m.
Each location will feature exclusive performances and activities, most offered at no charge, and located within easy driving distance of each other along an approximately four-mile stretch of US 75. Expect poetry, drama, cinema, chalk art, painted rocks, whimsical chairs, sketching, dancing, coloring and lots and lots of music.

For the complete schedule of events, click here.

Register Now for “Family Night at the Ballpark” Campout Nov. 4-5
Family Night at the Ballpark

Plan a fun family overnight Nov. 4-5 with a little help from the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. “Family Night at the Ballpark” will feature games, crafts, dinner, a movie, breakfast and more for area families. All that is needed is a tent, sleeping bags and a few other necessities.

The event will be held at Breckinridge Park’s Keffler Baseball Fields, 5300 E. Renner Rd., from 4 p.m. Saturday to 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Cost is $12 per person for residents and $14 per person for nonresidents. One adult registration is required per family.

To register, contact Erika Bashaw at 972-744-7893. Click here for more information.

Save the Date: Huffhines Art Trails, Comet Fest at UT Dallas Oct. 28
Mark your calendar for two local festivals next weekend: the City’s annual Huffhines Art Trails, Oct. 28-29, and UT Dallas’ Comet Fest Oct. 28.

Huffhines Art Trails
  • Huffhines Art Trails
    Now in its 41st year, is an arts and crafts festival held along the paved trails of Huffhines Park, featuring close to 200 artists and craftspersons as well as live music, a scavenger hunt for kids, a pumpkin decorating contest and food vendors. Admission is free. Hours are Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit

Comet Fest
  • Comet Fest
    Will be held at Northside, 3000 Northside Blvd., and feature a chili competition coordinated by the Texas Chefs Association, live music and a “mystery basket” cooking showdown with 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 here. Parking is free and open to the public at Northside.
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At the Eisemann Center:
  • Russian Grand Ballet’s “Swan Lake” Oct. 20
    8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $27-$100.
    This full-length classical production of Tchaikovsky’s tale of love and deception includes the rarely seen “Waltz of the Black Swans.”
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  • “Forbidden Broadway” Continues Through Oct. 22
    8 p.m. Friday and 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.”
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:
  • Alturas Duo Oct. 20
    8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Tickets are $15. 
    Featuring guitar, charango, viola and now flute, Alturas Duo brings together the worlds of South American folk, traditional classical and new music. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
  • Gypsy Jazz with String Theory Manouche Oct. 21
    8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Tickets are $15.
    String Theory Manouche, led by Kim Platko, plays “Jazz Manouche” (gypsy jazz featuring guitar and violin). Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

CityLine Live Music Series
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Singer-songwriters entertain at CityLine Plaza this fall as CityLine’s Live Music Series continues Fridays and Saturdays from 6-9 p.m.

This weekend’s lineup of free performances includes:
  • Friday, Oct. 20 Ian Dickson
  • Saturday, Oct. 21 PKTBK (Pocketbook)
    (Saturday night’s performance is in conjunction with the Ricochet17 arts event. Free, live performances will take place in CityLine Plaza throughout the day, beginning at noon.)
For performer bios and more information, click here.

“The Addams Family” Opens Tonight at Repertory Company Theatre
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Repertory Company Theatre presents “The Addams Family” Oct. 20-29, a new spin on the 1960s television show of the same name that became a cult classic. This fast-paced musical comedy, to be presented in RCT’s new theater at 770 N. Coit Rd., is fun for the whole family.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays 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.

“Inferno! Fire at the Cocoanut Grove 1942” Continues at The Core Theatre Through Oct. 29
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The Core Theatre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste. 115, presents “Inferno! Fire at the Cocoanut Grove 1942” through Oct. 29, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. 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.

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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Ricochet17 Events Oct. 21
  • Rock Painting
    10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in the Friends Garden
  • Chin Woo Lion and Dragon Dance Team
    11 a.m.-noon in the Friends Garden
  • Singer/guitarist Moses Turgeman
    Noon-1:30 p.m. in the Friends Garden
  • Richardson Symphony Orchestra trio
    1-3 p.m. on the second floor balcony
  • Richardson Theatre Centre
    1:30-3 p.m. in the Friends Garden
  • Spectacular Senior Follies performers
    3-4 p.m. in the Friends Garden

Cookies and Coloring Oct. 26
Cookies and Coloring at Library

All ages are invited to the Basement Program Room Thursday, Oct. 26 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for some coloring fun—and cookies, too! All materials (and cookies) provided. For more information, call Youth Services at 972-744-4358.

Free Training in Advanced MS Excel Oct. 27
Learn MS Excel 2016 (Advanced Level) Friday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m.-noon in the Basement Training Room. Topics covered include:
  • absolute vs. relative calculations
  • simple graphs
  • subtotals
  • functions
  • comments in cells
  • special sum function
Admission is free and laptops are provided. Prerequisites: MS Excel 2016 beginning level or equivalent experience. Registration is required—call 972-744-4359 to register.

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Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Neyca Pet of Week Oct 20

Meet Neyca! She is a 5-year-old spayed female Lab/pit bull mix. Her owner passed away and Neyca has been at the Shelter for almost three months. Neyca understands Spanish and English, likes car rides and is extremely smart. Come take her for a walk!

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

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