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Richardson Texas - Week In Review May 20 2022 20 May 2022 ( news )
Richardson , state Texas ( By Press Release office)
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May 20 , 2022
This 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
Throughout the year , the City Council or City Plan Commission will hold meetings on topics of significant interest to local neighborhoods or the community in general . Links to view all City Council or City Plan Commission meeting documents that may have topics of interest to you can be found here:
City Plan Commission
Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival This Weekend
The City’s Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival takes place at Galatyn Park through Sunday , with a packed schedule beginning tonight at 6 p . m . Live music on five stages , a children’s area , an art guitar auction , strolling performances and talent competitions are all included in the price of daily admission , as well as access to food vendors and the WF! Marketplace .
Three - day General Admission passes are $75 plus ticketing fee ( available online only through May 20 )
General Admission single - day tickets ( ages 13 and up ) purchased online are $35 ( plus ticketing fee ) for Friday and Saturday ( $45 at festival gates )
Sunday General Admission tickets ( ages 13 and up ) are $20 online plus ticketing fee ( $25 at the gates )
Kids 12 and under are admitted FREE each day with the purchase of a General Admission ticket
www . wildflowerfestival . com
Prepare for Wildflower! Weather
With rain in the forecast for this weekend , people heading to the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival are advised to plan for the weather since the festival takes place “rain or shine . ” The show will go on if there’s no lightning , no Tornado Warnings/destructive winds or destructive hail in the area , and if the rain is not heavy .
Community Events staff recommend bringing a rain poncho and a ground cover in case outdoor audience areas get muddy . Each person attending is allowed to bring a portable/collapsible chair or a blanket/sheet/towel . While any severe weather notifications will be relayed at festival stages , Emergency Operations Staff recommend signing up for the Emergency Alert System ( EAS ) to receive weather notifications at all your summer outdoor events—the system allows users to receive Wireless Emergency Alert messages via their phones .
Sign Up for Emergency Alerts
www . wildflowerfestival . com
“State of the Arts” Assessment Given to City Council
Members from the City’s Cultural Arts Commission ( CAC ) met with the City Council for a joint work session Monday and gave an update on the group’s activities over the past two fiscal years . The CAC makes recommendations each year to the City Council regarding grants for local arts organizations , conducts workshops for the grant recipients and provides representation on public art selection committees .
Highlights of the report included
$180 , 000 in Hotel/Motel Tax Funds were provided to 12 different arts organizations last year; $220 , 000 went to 21 organizations this year .
255 performances were supported by the grants last year; more than 600 performances were/will be supported by the grants this year .
Three pieces of public art were installed in Richardson in 2021: “Canopy” and “Texas Native Botanicals” at the Senior Center and “Rising Star” in the CORE District . Future public art projects will take place when the Library and City Hall are renovated .
http:/richardsontx . swagit . com/e/05172022 - 655/3/
City Council Continues Discussion Re: Short - Term Rental Regulations
City staff and the City’s legal counsel gave an update at Monday’s City Council work session regarding short - term rental ( STR ) regulations , a follow - up to a presentation given in April . Property rentals are considered short - term if rented for “not longer than 30 days . ” The update included information about legal considerations , including STR ordinances in other Texas cities as well as existing Richardson ordinances involving single family dwellings .
After much study , including the types of resident concerns received , the following STR regulations were recommended for the City Council to consider as part of a possible future Richardson ordinance:
An annual registration per STR
An annual registration fee per STR
A required brochure posted in all STRs that includes onsite safety guidance and City ordinance information ( noise , parking and trash )
A revocation process for registrations was also discussed . After receiving feedback from the Council , staff will lead further discussions about the topic at future City Council work sessions .
http:/richardsontx . swagit . com/e/05172022 - 655/5/
Pools to Operate Modified Schedule this Summer
In spite of offering hiring incentives , Richardson is one of many cities facing a lifeguard shortage this summer . As such , the Parks and Recreation Department has announced the following modifications to Richardson’s swimming pool schedule for summer 2022:
The city’s four neighborhood pools—Canyon Creek , Cottonwood , Glenville and Terrace—will be fully staffed and operate six days per week beginning June 4 . Additionally , the Cottonwood and Glenville pools will be open May 28 - 30 . Morning and evening swim lessons will also continue at the neighborhood pools as scheduled .
A decision on whether to open the Heights Family Aquatic Center will be made June 15 and is dependent on the availability of adequate staffing to allow for it to safely open .
The availability of Neighborhood Swim Teams is under evaluation pending the availability of coaches . An announcement will be made later if the program will be able to take place .
Pool rental reservations are now open , but no rentals will be available at the Heights Family Aquatics Center for summer 2022 if it opens .
Pool schedule information:
www . cor . net/aquatics
Fire Department Gives Annual Report
Richardson Fire Chief Curtis Poovey presented the Fire Department’s annual report at Monday’s City Council work session , a comprehensive summary of the department’s 2021 activities and accomplishments . Notable statistics highlighted in the report included:
The department logged 12 , 859 emergency responses ( 2 , 785 fire incidents and 10 , 074 EMS services ) .
Of the $170 . 7M in property involved in fire incidents , $167 . 3M was saved .
According to the national Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival , Richardson’s cardiac arrest survival rate was higher than the state and national percentages in 2021 , 37 . 5 percent vs . 29 . 3 percent and 29 percent respectively .
16 new firefighters were recruited , hired and trained .
The report also included statistics regarding fire investigations , educational outreach , building inspections , staff health and wellness initiatives and information about the department’s partnership with UT Dallas’ Emergency Medical Response Team .
http:/richardsontx . swagit . com/e/05172022 - 655/4/
Public Services Holds Heavy Equipment “Rodeo”
More than a dozen employees from Public Services gathered at the Service Center this week to compete in the City’s Heavy Equipment Rodeo as part ofNational Public Works Week . The rodeo involved two events where contestants had to use a backhoe loader to see how fast they could perform certain “tricks” such as knocking a tennis ball off a traffic cone and into the backhoe’s bucket .
The winner was Public Services Street Supervisor David Hamm . Public Services also celebrated the week with a picnic at Breckinridge Park . The American Public Works Association has been sponsoring National Public Works Week since 1960 to educate the public on the importance of public works in improving everyday quality of life .
http:/vimeo . com/711811670
Last Week for DART Bus Network Ridership Survey
Dallas Area Rapid Transit ( DART ) recently launched a new bus network and ridership survey to obtain valuable rider feedback . The feedback from the survey will help DART in finding and improving ways to better meet rider needs .
The survey is available in both English and Spanish and participants who fill out the survey have a chance to win one of several $100 gift cards .
Deadline is May 25
www . dart . org/survey15
Early Voting Ends Tonight for May 24 Primary Runoffs; Election Day is Tuesday
Early voting for the May 24 Democrat and Republican Primary Runoff Elections ends tonight , May 20 , at 7 p . m . , and Election Day voting takes place Tuesday , May 24 from 7 a . m - 7 p . m . Registered Dallas County and Collin County voters may vote early at any of their county’s early voting locations or vote on Election Day at any of their county’s Election Day locations ( the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center Parks Room is both an early voting and Election Day location for Dallas County ) . Visit the county elections websites for complete location lists .
www . DallasCountyVotes . org
www . co . collin . tx . us/elections
Cable Installation Impacts Southbound Lane on Coit , North of Spring Valley
The right lane of southbound Coit Road between Lamp Post Lane and Spring Valley Road may be closed to traffic from 9 a . m . - 3:30 p . m . for cable installation . The work is expected to be completed by early July .
Fiber Optic Work to Temporarily Close Lane on Greenville in IQ
The right lane of northbound Greenville Avenue between Alma Road and Campbell Road at 1820 N . Greenville Ave . may be closed to traffic from 9 a . m . - 3:30 p . m . for fiber optic work . The work is expected to be completed by mid - August .
www . cor . net/projects
Brew May 26 Features Author and Artist Nita Patel
In - person at The Drawing Board , 1900 Jay Ell Dr . , and online
Admission: Free ( registration and
Zoom link located here
Thursday , May 26
8:30 - 10 a . m .
Brew welcomes Nita Patel , an entrepreneur , best - selling author and renowned artist who recently opened a new gallery in the Richardson IQ
. Come hear from Nita as she shares her stories of becoming an author and artist , along with her technology leadership experience in various industries and her mission to elevate lives and businesses through speaking and coaching .
Brew is an ongoing networking and educational series hosted by the City’s Office of Innovation & Placemaking Initiatives and Richardson Chamber of Commerce that features short presentations from entrepreneurs , small businesses , innovation ecosystem builders and subject - matter experts .
www . richardsoniq . com
“Breakfast & Coffee” DART Silverline Community Update May 27
Aloft Richardson , 1160 State St .
Admission: Free , but seating is limited . RSVP at
www . awhsilverline . com
Friday , May 27
9:30 - 10:30 a . m .
The public is invited to breakfast and to hear DART Silver Line construction activity updates given by DART and the Silver Line’s design - builder Archer Western Herzog . Note: Masks are required inside when not seated at your table .
For more information , call 972 - 833 - 2856 .
Outdoor Games and Fun at UNIDOS Summer Safety Kickoff May 24
Cottonwood Park , 1301 W . Belt Line Rd .
Tuesday , May 24
4:30 - 6:30 p . m .
Join the Richardson Police Department for games , food and fun in a celebration of the start of summer . Play a game of soccer with our school resource officers , try your luck at a game of cornhole and other fun activities .
UNIDOS is a Hispanic community outreach program designed to assist Spanish - speaking residents in the Richardson area .
http:/www . richardsonpolice . net/services/community - engagement/unidos
Facebook Event Page:
http:/fb . me/e/1uW7rGRRt
900 Civic Center Dr . , 75080
“Tales for Tails” May 22
First Floor Program Room
Tickets: Free , but must be picked up at the door beginning at 2:30 p . m . on day of event
Sunday , May 22
3 - 4 p . m .
Children in grades K - 4 improve their reading skills ( and make some new furry friends ) by reading to the lovable canines from Heart of Texas Therapy Dogs . All ages are invited in to meet the dogs at 4 p . m .
Microsoft Excel for Beginners May 27
Basement Program Room
Admission: Free , but registration is required
Friday , May 27
10:30 a . m . - 12:30 p . m .
An introduction to 2016 Microsoft Excel . Topics include:
How an Excel spreadsheet is set up
What symbols are associated with a cell
Types of data that can go in a cell
How to write an equation
Solve some sample equations
Simple graphing and creating functions
Registration/more information: 972 - 744 - 4359
www . cor . net/library
At the Eisemann Center:
2351 Performance Dr . , 75082
RCAS Exhibit Continues During Wildflower Festival
Forrest and Virginia Green Mezzanine Gallery
Admission: During Wildflower! Festival May 20 - 22 , admission is included with festival ticket . Free at other times .
Through May 30
10 a . m . - 6 p . m . Monday - Friday and during all public events
The Richardson Civic Art Society presents its most prestigious annual exhibit , a juried show open to all Texas artists . Approximately 80 pieces are accepted into the show each year . The Best of Show artwork is purchased by RCAS and presented to the City of Richardson to be permanently displayed at the Richardson Public Library .
Unless otherwise noted , tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office .
Call: 972 - 744 - 4650
www . eisemanncenter . com
RISD High School Fine Arts
Pearce Theatre Presents “The Lightning Thief” May 21 - 22
J . J . Pearce Auditorium , 1600 N . Coit Rd .
Tickets: $20 ( visit
www . pearcetheatre . org
to purchase online )
May 21 - 22
Saturday at 7:30 p . m . and Sunday at 2 p . m .
Enjoy an encore performance of “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” based on the popular novel series by Rick Riordan . The musical follows Percy Jackson , a boy with ADHD and dyslexia , and his friends from Camp HalfBlood , as Percy discovers that he is a demigod and they embark on an epic quest to find Zeus ' missing lightning bolt and prevent a war between the Greek gods .
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” Opens Tonight at RTC
518 W . Arapaho Ste . 113
Tickets: $20 - $22
May 20 - June 5
7:30 p . m . Thursdays , 8 p . m . Fridays and Saturdays , 2 p . m . Sundays
Richardson Theatre Centre presents the Tony Award - winning 1962 Stephen Sondheim musical about the laziest slave in Rome and his bumbling quest to purchase his freedom . Rated PG - 13 for content ( not language ) .
http:/vimeo . com/712200446
www . richardsontheatrecentre . net
“Steel Magnolias” Opens Tonight at The Core Theatre
518 W . Arapaho Rd . , Ste . 115
Tickets: $15 - $25
May 20 - June 12
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p . m . ; Sundays at 3 p . m .
The Core Theatre presents the classic Robert Harling play about the lives and friendship of five southern women , as told through their touching and funny conversations at Truvy’s beauty salon .
www . thecoretheatre . org
Chamber Music International Concert May 21
St . Barnabas Presbyterian Church , 1220 W . Belt Line Rd .
Tickets: $10 - $40 ( Family tickets: $80 for two adults plus up to four children )
Saturday , May 21
7:30 p . m .
The final concert of CMI’s 2021 - 22 season features 2005 Van Cliburn silver medalist Joyce Yang performing a piano recital including work by Bach , Mozart , Stravinsky , Kernis and Rachmaninoff .
www . chambermusicinternational . org
Wildflower! Art Contest Winners Announced
The winners of the 2022 Wildflower! Student Art Contest have been announced . The contest was open to all students in kindergarten - 6th grade , with 1st , 2nd , 3rd place and honorable mention winners chosen in each grade . The first place winners are:
Savannah Dupre , Kindergarten , Homeschool
Patrick Brugger , 1st grade , Yale Elementary
Ruby Johnson , 2nd grade , Bowie Elementary
Samuel Guta , 3rd grade , Terrace Elementary
Emily Zaltron , 4th grade , Bowie Elementary
Mattie Phillips , 5th grade , Wallace Elementary
Adona Bireda , 6th grade , Forestridge Elementary
For a complete list of winners , check out page 3 in the upcoming June edition of
. All winning art will be displayed in the Eisemann Center’s first floor during the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival May 20 - 22 .
www . cor . net/cpi
www . artsinrichardson . com
Free “Sprinkler Systems 101” Virtual Class May 21
Admission: Free ( RSVP here: Sprinkler Systems 101 | Rooted In )
Saturday , May 21
9 - 10:30 a . m .
Sprinkler systems can seem a bit confusing , but they don’t have to be! This class simplifies the parts and components of in - ground sprinkler systems with easy - to - follow tips on how to operate and set the controller , and provides a well of water saving tips to keep your lawn and landscape looking good year - round . Sponsored by the City of Dallas .
Guided Boardwalk Tour at JBS Wetland Center May 21
655 Martin Ln . , Seagoville
Free with admission ( admission is $5 , $4 for seniors 60+ and free for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult )
Saturday , May 21
10 - 11:30 a . m .
Head southeast about 40 minutes from Richardson to explore the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center , located in the middle of the North Texas Municipal Water District’s ( NTMWD ) 2 , 000 - acre East Fork Wetland Project . The project provides a unique , natural process that helps purify Richardson’s water supply ( and that of other NTMWD member cities ) while at the same time creating wildlife habitat and enhancing the environment . Walk the Center’s boardwalks with a guided tour every third Saturday of each month and learn about the mammals , birds , amphibians and plants that call the wetland home . Wear a hat , close - toed shoes , bring some insect repellent and a water bottle .
No reservations required . ( Groups of eight or more , contact the center at 972 - 474 - 9100 . )
www . wetlandcenter . com
www . cor . net/EPI
Lifeguard ( $13 . 50/hr to $15/hr )
This position is for summer 2022 . Must be at least 15 years of age with current certification in Lifeguard Training ( YMCA or American Red Cross , CPR and First Aid . )
Swim Instructor/Coach ( $15/hr to $17 . 50/hr )
Must hold current certifications in CPR , and First Aid . Must present evidence of experience and background/references . Must be able to demonstrate required ability .
Maintenance Helper II ( $31 , 956 to $42 , 192 Salary )
The Public Services Department has multiple job openings in Streets , Water and Wastewater for individuals who love working outdoors doing repair and construction to streets and water distribution and wastewater collection systems .
For other job opportunities , visit
www . cor . net/jobs
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Rupert was surrendered to us because the owner was anxious about having a large breed dog around a newborn baby . This boy may have some white on his senior face , but as you can see in the photo , he has plenty of life to live . He spent all 5 years with his family living outside , so as we suspected , he tested positive for heartworm disease . Adopters can get discounted treatment for this through our partnership with Mazie’s Mission . We are hoping to find Rupert an indoor life where he can enjoy the cool A/C of our Texas homes , the plush comfort of a well - loved couch , and maybe a movie night or two . He lived with another dog and was described as submissive . He was frequently around a 5 - year - old child and remained laid - back and friendly . He is a bit shy here at the Shelter , but don’t let that deter you from the mellow , mild - mannered heart this boy is waiting to share .
For information about animals available for adoption , visit the Animal Shelter’s web page
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www . cor . net/WIR
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