Nov. 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.
|City Council Approves MRMC Expansion Revisions
Methodist’s Renner Road hospital is set to expand after City Council action this week that approved zoning for the addition of two floors and a parking garage at the Methodist Richardson Medical Center (MRMC) campus. The expansion will add close to 100,000 square feet and 150 beds to the hospital, along with a seven-story parking garage that will increase onsite parking by 500 spaces. Work on the project is expected to start early next year.
Click here for more information and to view a presentation by City staff at the Nov. 13 City Council meeting.
No City Council Meeting Next Two Weeks
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no City Council work session or meeting Nov. 20 or Nov. 27. The City Council will next meet Monday, Dec. 4 for a work session at 6 p.m. For future agendas and meeting dates, go to www.cor.net/CityCouncil.
Save the Dates: Santa’s Village 2017
|Santa’s Village is taking shape and will open Dec. 2 at 6 p.m.
The 29th annual Santa’s Village is set for Dec. 2-3, Dec. 7-10 and Dec. 14-17 from 6-9 p.m., with Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 designated as special “Hometown Thursdays” for Richardson residents. Admission is free, and includes a visit (and photo) with Santa, 16 colorful buildings filled with activities and/or treats for children, and live entertainment. The Castle Café will serve up treats such as hot cocoa for an additional charge.
A free ticket is required to attend “Hometown Thursdays.” The tickets will be available beginning Nov. 27. Visit www.cor.net/santasvillage for more information.
Fire Department Begins Annual Toy and Food Drive
The Richardson Fire Department began its annual toy and food drive this week, benefiting the clients of Network of Community Ministries. Donations of unwrapped toys and canned/non-perishable food items may be made at any Richardson Fire Station, the City Service Center (1260 Columbia Dr.), City Hall (Rooms 105 and 202) and the Richardson Public Library through Dec. 14.
Gift suggestions include Lego sets, Nerf balls, action figures, dolls, sports team caps, toy cars, giant stuffed animals, self-contained arts and craft kits, books, kitchen sets, video games, board games, playing cards, puzzles, baby walker toys, My Life Dolls, pop up play tents, sports balls and equipment, cologne, bath and body lotions, body spray, makeup, manicure kits, wallets, scarves, hats, gloves, Ugg-type (fur lined) boots of all sizes and fleece blankets. (Please no wheeled toys such as bicycles, scooters, wagons, skates or tricycles.)
Animal Shelter Celebrates Dog Drinking Fountain
The Richardson Animal Shelter celebrated the official ribbon cutting this afternoon for a drinking fountain installed just for dogs. The shiny blue and silver fountain, including a ground-level bowl, dog-bone-shaped cement pad and required plumbing, was made possible by a $6,000 donation from local nonprofit Richardson AnimaLuv and its longtime volunteer and supporter, Gidget Wood. It is dedicated to Wood’s late father, William Sherman Wilhite, and located in the Shelter’s outdoor Richardson AnimaLuv Pet Courtyard, which was also created thanks to a gift by the nonprofit in March 2016.
Both the fountain and Courtyard provide opportunities for potential adoptive families to observe and interact with adoptable Shelter dogs off leash. For more information about the Shelter, visit www.cor.net/animalshelter. For more information about Richardson AnimaLuv, visit www.richardsonanimaluv.org.
RISD Student Artists Honored at Reception
Richardson ISD fourth, fifth and sixth grade artists were honored at a reception at the Richardson Public Library Nov. 14, the culmination of the fourth annual World Peace Art Contest and exhibition sponsored by Altrusa International of Richardson, the Richardson Civic Arts Society, the Richardson Public Library and the Richardson Arts Alliance. The contest celebrated the United Nations’ International Day of Peace with the theme, “Promote Peace ... Embrace the World.”
There were winners at each school as well as overall. The overall winners announced at the reception are:
The top three entries from each of the 14 participating RISD elementary schools are on display in the Library’s third floor gallery through Dec. 2.
- 1st—Elle Holley, 4th grade, White Rock Elementary
- 2nd—Jett Vaden, 6th grade, Northrich Elementary
- 3rd—Millie Taylor, 5th grade, Moss Haven Elementary
- Honorable Mention— Augustine Su, 5th grade, Mohawk Elementary
City Conducts School Recycling Competition
The City’s Solid Waste/Recycling Services division recently sponsored the City’s first ever Recycling Challenge between two area schools, in celebration of the Nov. 15 “America Recycles Day.” Fifth grade students from Saint Paul the Apostle School and North Dallas Adventist Academy participated in the 10-day Challenge Nov. 1-10, learning about recycling in Richardson and collecting recyclables to place in a large dumpster that each school received from the City. North Dallas Adventist Academy won the challenge, with 1,000 pounds of recyclables collected, and received a trophy Nov. 13. The Dallas Zoo and McDonald’s, 1215 E. Belt Line Rd., generously provided additional prizes.
Recycling Services staff plans to host more challenges in the future as the City increases efforts to raise awareness of recycling in Richardson and the benefits of recycling. Visit www.cor.net/recycling for more information on the City’s recycling program.
Holiday Break for Library Begins Nov. 22
The Library will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22 for the Thanksgiving holiday. It will reopen Saturday, Nov. 25 at 10 a.m.
EDGE Awards Recognize Local Businesses
Several local businesses were recognized for their impact on the Richardson community at this year’s Richardson EDGE awards luncheon held Nov. 15. EDGE, or Economic Development Growth and Expansion, is an initiative of the Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP), the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and Richardson Rotary Clubs to recognize Richardson individuals, companies and organizations that have achieved extraordinary success and/or made a significant investment in Richardson.
This year’s award categories and recipients are:
- Commercial Real Estate Project Award
Richardson Restaurant Park
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- Community Involvement Award
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- Entrepreneurship Award
Armor Defense Inc.
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- Redevelopment Award
Barry Waranch and Keith Koop for Campbell Way Center
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- Environmental Award
State Farm Insurance
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- International Business Award
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- Newcomer Business Award
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- Public/Nonprofit/Education Award
Richardson Adult Literacy Center
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Click here for more information about REDP and economic development initiatives in Richardson.
- Richardson Loyalty Award
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MRMC Gobble Hobble Nov. 18
Runners and walkers of all skill levels are invited to the 12th annual Gobble Hobble Nov. 18 presented by Methodist Richardson Medical Center and benefiting Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. The event begins at Galatyn Plaza and includes a 10k that heads through the Spring Creek Nature Area, a 5k and fun run.
Registration is still available in person at Richardson Mercantile, 101 S. Coit Rd., until 6 p.m. today and at the race site Saturday, Nov. 18 starting at 7 a.m. Cost to participate is $15 for the Fun Run, $35 for the 5k and $40 for the 10k. For more information, visit www.gobblehobble.com.
Thanksgiving Luncheon for Seniors Nov. 21
The Richardson Senior Center invites area senior citizens to share Thanksgiving dinner together in the Grand Hall at the Richardson Civic Center Tuesday, Nov. 21 from noon-2 p.m. A turkey dinner “with all the fixin’s” will be served. Entertainment will be provided by Dave Tanner with a “stories behind the songs” program.
Tickets are $8.50 each. To purchase, call 972-744-7800 or stop by the Senior Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd.
At the Eisemann Center:
- “Texas in Paris” Through Nov. 17-19
Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday, in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $40-$48.
Tony Award-winner Lillias White and actor/singer/songwriter Willy Welch portray the late John Burrus and Osceola Mays—one a white, male, former rodeo cowboy who played country hymns and cowboy songs on his guitar; one a black, female South Dallas widow who sang the spirituals she learned growing up as a sharecropper’s daughter—–who were invited to France to perform as part of a concert series in 1989.
- Arnel Pineda Nov. 17
7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $67-$150.
The lead singer of the rock band Journey performs songs from his new solo album as well as spot-on renditions of classic Journey songs for which he’s gained international fame. Pre-show buffet dining at the Eisemann Center’s Prelude Café is available for this event, beginning two hours prior to the performance. For reservations, call the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel at 972-367-2000.
- Plano Community Band Nov. 19
2:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Admission is free. (For reservations, go to www.planoband.com.)
The Plano Community Band presents “Curtain Call,” music of stage, screen and “everything in between.”
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
- “Abstract” Art Exhibit in Green Mezzanine Gallery
Through Dec. 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and during all public events. Admission is free.
This two-month exhibit displays the work of Julie England and David Gail Smith. England focuses on capturing life’s moments to create landscapes and abstract images in oil paint. Smith’s work explores the space between fine art painting and computer coding, in search of an art that is the hybrid of historical tradition and future technology.
3D Printing for Beginners Nov. 18
Learn 3D printing with Tinkercad, a free, web-based 3D modeling program Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10:30 a.m.-noon in the Basement Plaza Room. In this hands-on class, designed for ages 13 and up, participants will learn:
Laptops are provided and admission is free, but registration is required; call 972-744-4359 for registration and more information.
- to set up an online Tinkercad account
- the basics of 3D modeling using Tinkercad’s geometric shapes
- how to export a finished 3D model so that it can 3D print
- how to print their 3D model on the Library’s 3D printer
Laser Cutting “Make and Take” with Perot TECH Truck Nov. 18
How many cool things can be made using a laser cutter? Teens ages 13-18 will find out as they tinker, engineer, create and hack with the Perot Museum’s TECH Truck crew Saturday, Nov. 18 from 3-4 p.m. in the Basement Program Room.
Admission is free. Call 972-744-4374 for more information.
Lunchtime Lecture Nov. 21
Richard Cudlipp presents part two of his latest lunchtime lecture series, “2nd U.S. Cavalry and Comanche Indians in Texas,” Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Admission is free and participants are welcome to bring their own lunch.
Tuesday’s topic is “Comanches and Camels: Preparation for Civil War Generals.” For more information, contact Vrena Patrick at 972-744-4376.
C-TECH Afternoon Fun for Kids and Families Nov. 21
Drop in to snap, click, and get in gear Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 2-4 p.m. as the Library’s C-TECH division hosts a fun Learn, Create, Connect session for the whole family. Kick off Thanksgiving break by experimenting with electronic circuits, LEGOs, Quercetti Kaleido Gears, Ozobots, MaKey MaKey Circuit boards and Snap Circuits.
Admission is free; location is the Basement Program Room. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
Animal Shelter Fundraiser Nov. 22
The Richardson Animal Shelter invites everyone to “make a pawtribution” while eating breakfast, lunch and/or dinner Wednesday, Nov. 22 at Tacos y Mas, 1600 N. Plano Rd. Taco y Mas will donate 15 percent of all proceeds that day to the Shelter. Hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This sweet little boy is Blue! He is a Staffordshire bull terrier mix. He is fully vaccinated, microchipped, neutered and heartworm negative. Blue was brought in because his owner did not have enough time for him. He is incredibly sweet and loving. Please come by and see him, you will make his day!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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Mayor Pro Tem
Marta Gómez Frey