Aug. 15, 2021
This Week's News
COVID-19 Vaccines Available at Garland's Public Health Clinic and Garland ISD Back-to-School Rally
You can get the COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment at our Public Health Clinic, 206 Carver Drive, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In addition, Garland Public Health is partnering with Garland Independent School District and the NAACP to provide COVID-19 vaccines at their 2021 Health Fair and Back-to-School Rally from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at Homer B. Johnson Stadium, 1209 E. Centerville Road. This drive-thru event is free and open to the public.

Did you know? During the month of July, 92.4% of reported cases in Garland were unvaccinated and 96.4% of hospitalizations were unvaccinated.

Nationally, vaccinated people are eight times less likely to get COVID-19, and 25 times less likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19.

For more vaccine information, visit
Patty Granville Named 2021 Obelisk Award Honoree 
Cultural Arts Director Patty Granville will be honored with the Juror’s Award at the 33rd annual Obelisk Awards presented by Business Council for the Arts Wednesday, Nov. 17, in Dallas.

The Obelisk Award honors businesses, nonprofits and individuals for their extraordinary support of arts and culture in North Texas.

Granville has served as the Cultural Arts Director since 1982, and the legacy she leaves behind with her retirement at the end of August is vast.

Join Team Downtown
As Downtown Garland prepares for construction to begin in late 2021, the Downtown Development Office is excited to unveil the Team Downtown volunteer program.

Team Downtown will engage with visitors, help them navigate around construction, and promote local businesses, to ultimately contribute to the Downtown Garland experience. Our volunteers will also enjoy perks like free Garland merchandise and gift cards to local businesses.

Interested in joining Team Downtown, helping local business, and serving the Garland community? Learn more and apply today.
Sip, Shop and See at Thirsty Third Thursday
Celebrate Thirsty Third Thursdays in Downtown Garland from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19.
Visit participating locations during their extended business hours, take advantage of their specials and enjoy a complimentary beverage while you shop. Check in with the host business of the month to pick up a wristband, tote bag and map.
This month's host business is Mrs. J's Heav'nly Delights, located at 612 W. State St. Head to to learn more and see a full list of participating businesses.  
Assistant City Manager John Baker Retires
This month Assistant City Manager John Baker is retiring after a 37 1/2-year career with the City.

In more than six years as Assistant City Manager, John Baker saw some of Garland’s most vital departments through some of the City’s biggest challenges.

An engineer by trade, Baker wound up making sure water flowed to homes after natural disasters and overseeing departments tasked to respond to a pandemic. He managed a redoubled effort to renew aging streets and played a key role in molding the largest-ever bond package to ensure the City’s future infrastructure.

John Baker, left, with Mayor Scott LeMay
Events and Announcements
City Council Meetings
Aug. 16, 17 and 19
The Garland City Council Work Session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16. Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17. A public hearing on the proposed budget for 2021-22 will be included.

There will be a special Work Session on the proposed budget at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19. The proposed budget is available at

Plan Commission
Aug. 16
The Garland Plan Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16.

Boards & Commissions Meetings
All upcoming Boards & Commissions meetings can be found on the Public Meetings calendar at

Due to health considerations from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, meetings held through the end of August will be virtual. You can watch the meetings online. The virtual meeting link will be included in the individual meeting agenda. You may participate by telephone. Dial-in numbers will be posted with the virtual meeting information.

View agendas at and be sure to click the "subscribe" button to receive notifications when meeting agendas are posted.

Cultural Arts Commission Grant Applications
Sept. 17
Applications for the Garland Cultural Arts Commission's 2021-22 Grant Program may be picked up at the Granville Arts Center Box Office, 300 N. Fifth St., between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Applications are due to the Granville Arts Center Friday, Sept. 17. Follow-up interviews will take place Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Granville Arts Center. For more information, call 972-205-2780.
75th Annual Labor Day Parade Monday, Sept. 6
The 75th annual Labor Day parade and festivities, presented by the Noon Exchange Club of Garland, will take place Monday, Sept. 6. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. followed by an antique and custom car show and a karaoke contest.
COVID-19 Updates
As of Thursday, Aug. 12, the Garland Health Department has received reports of 1,749 active cases out of 30,957 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 469 deaths. The City updates its posted case numbers each Monday and Thursday.
Fight the Bite
The City of Garland reminds residents to protect themselves against mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus by limiting outdoor activity during evening and early morning hours and wearing light-colored, long-sleeve clothing while outdoors. Remember also to eliminate any standing water on your property as this is where mosquitoes lay eggs. Learn more at
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