Aug. 29, 2021
This Week's News
Get Your Fair Fare on the Square Starting Wednesday, Sept. 1
Why wait for the State Fair? Get your fix of fair fare all month long in one convenient, walkable location – Downtown Garland’s historic Square!
 
Enjoy fare "fit to be fried" from 12 eateries situated near the Square. Make a progressive meal of it, order lots to share, or come back on multiple days to sample even more. There’s no admission fee, food items are reasonably priced, and everything can be enjoyed outdoors.

Check out participating restaurants and get full details at VisitGarlandTX.com.
Downtown Garland Scavenger Hunt Begins Thursday, Sept. 2
Learn about local history while supporting Downtown Garland businesses!
 
Visit the Landmark Museum at Heritage Crossing, 393 N. Sixth St., between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, to get your scavenger hunt clues, lanyard and starting pin.
 
Head to the business you think is the correct answer. If you're right, they will give you another pin. Once you have all 10 pins, return to the museum for your prize!
Labor Day City Holiday Hours and Services

In observance of Labor Day, all City of Garland offices, utility customer service and tax offices, libraries, recreation centers and senior centers will be closed Monday, Sept. 6. 

The Charles M. Hinton Landfill and City of Garland Transfer Station and Recycling Center also will be closed.

Garbage, recycling, and brush and bulky pickup schedules will not be impacted.

Firewheel Golf Park will remain open and operate its usual hours all weekend.
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 start at 9 a.m. at Glenbrook Drive at Avenue D. It will run north to Main Street, then east to Fifth Street and north on Fifth Street. It will end at Fifth and Austin streets.

After the parade, enjoy the Rock & Roll Car Show with antique and custom cars from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Downtown Square. All cars are welcome; register upon arrival.

There will also be a karaoke contest with cash prizes in the Plaza Theatre. In addition, there will be various booths for kids and adults, including face painting, balloons and food vendors.
Big Art Day Saturday, Sept. 18
Mark your calendars for Big Art Day presented by the City of Garland and Garland Independent School District. Join us from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in Downtown Garland for an outdoor art education event featuring:
  • a community mural
  • live music and dance performances
  • steamroller art
  • make and take art
  • chalk art
  • the first annual Art Walk
  • and so much more!

Admission is free and open to the public. Bring your own T-shirt as printing will also be available. A limited number of shirts will be available for sale for $5 each.

For a full list of artists and performances, go to
Cultural Arts Director Patty Granville Retires
Patty Granville has long been credited as the driving force behind the success of the cultural arts program in Garland. The performing arts building was renamed in her honor in 2003.

As Granville retired in late August after more than 39 years with the City, the Cultural Arts Director was also recognized for her pivotal role in the survival and rebirth of Downtown Garland.

While retired from the City, Granville plans to continue to work with Garland Summer Musicals and Garland Civic Theatre – for which she directed three shows last season.

COVID-19 Vaccines, Boosters Available at Garland's Public Health Clinic
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.

The Garland Health Department is now providing boosters for the COVID-19 vaccine to those the declared eligible by the Centers for Disease Control. Those considered moderately to severely immunocompromised are eligible to receive a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna. A third dose registration form and eligibility information are available at GarlandTX.gov.

For more vaccine information, visit GarlandTX.gov.

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.
Methane Gas to Energy
Morrow Renewables, one of Garland’s newest industries, flies under the radar of residents and shares a chunk of its profit with the City.

Morrow doesn’t tap into Garland’s capital or City labor. It mines Garland’s trash, turning landfill gas into energy. And the Hinton Landfill is golden.

Landfill gas is created when materials in a landfill decompose. A little more than half of landfill gas is methane, the primary component of natural gas.

At one end of Morrow’s Garland Renewables plant is the inlet from Morrow’s web of gas wells drilled into the landfill. At the other end, Atmos confirms the purity, measures the amount, pays for the gas and moves the converted energy source directly into an existing pipeline. The gas is then distributed to homes and businesses through their delivery network throughout the North Texas region. Learn more.
Garland City Press Now Available Online
The September/October issue of Garland City Press is on its way to mailboxes and available online.
 
This issue includes updates on Garland's medical district, bond program projects, upcoming events and more.
Events and Announcements
Plan Commission
Aug. 30
The Garland Plan Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30.

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

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 GarlandTX.gov 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.
COVID-19 Updates
As of Thursday, Aug. 26, the Garland Health Department has received reports of 2,165 active cases out of 33,564 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 481 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 GarlandTX.gov.
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