Feb. 10, 2019
This Week's News                                                        
Garland Board & Volunteer Fair: Feb. 26
Enjoy an evening of networking and conversation with more than 30 of Garland's nonprofit, civic and community organizations from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St.

These organizations are seeking both volunteers and/or open board vacancies, and you'll have the opportunity to learn more about helping serve the Garland community.

This event is free to attend. Register here as an attendee, organization or sponsor.
School Crossing Guards Needed
Do you want to earn extra income working only two hours per day and  making a difference in your community?

The City of Garland Transportation Department is recruiting candidates interested in the flexibility of working part-time as a school crossing guard, keeping students and neighbors safe as they walk to and from school. The hours are from 7 to 8 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. on school days at designated crosswalks.
Click here to apply online. Contact Christina Jasso at 972-205-2438 for additional information.
Blind Date with a Book
In honor of Library Lovers' Month, patrons visiting Garland's Central Library can go on "blind dates" with books. The books are wrapped in brown paper and located on the library's display shelving. 

The first line of the book and its genre (science fiction, romance, horror, western, etc.) are written on each book's wrapping. Participants are encouraged to fill out a "Rate your Date" card included with each book. These reviews will then be shared on the library's Facebook page.
Garland Symphony Orchestra: Feb. 15
The GSO will celebrate the colors of romance in this performance featuring Kiarra Saito-Beckman performing John Corigliano's "Chaconne" from "The Red Violin" at  7:30 p.m. Friday,  Feb. 15, at the  Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St.

This concert will also feature Guest Conductor Juan Carlos Lomonaco of Mexico and Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 5 in E Minor."
Buy your tickets hereby calling 972-205-2790, or in-person at the Granville Arts Center Box Office, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Monday through Friday and two hours before each performance.
SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training: Feb. 16
The 2019 severe weather season is around the corner. Are you prepared to recognize clues that suggest large hail, flash flooding or a possible tornado?

The National Weather Service will host its free SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St.  This training is free and open to the public. 

In the event of a government shutdown, this training will be canceled. The National Weather Service will provide updates here and on social media.
Your Voice Teen Town Hall 
Teens ages 13 to 18 are encouraged to attend the Town Hall event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 16, at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St.,  to have their voices heard, share ideas, get involved and make a difference.

Topics at the event will include: teen/police relations, education, teen health, active transportation, media and homelessness.

Following the event, members of the Garland Youth Council will head to the Downtown Garland Square to have lunch, shop and play games. All teens are encouraged to attend.

For more information, email GYC@GarlandTX.gov.
Take a Virtual Tour of a GP&L Power Plant
Ever wonder where the electricity comes from when you flip a switch or turn on your TV? 

Plant Administrator Tony Coburn shows us how Olinger's four gas-fired units operate to produce approximately 400 megawatts of electricity. (That's enough to power 80,000 homes on a Texas summer day!)
Check Out Animal Services' Pets of the Week!
These furry friends are available for adoption at Garland Pawsibilities, 813 Main St., or Garland Animal Services, 600 Tower St., during normal operating hours. Visit GarlandAnimalServices.org for hours and more information.
If you are interested in adopting one of this week's featured pets, contact Amy Dunphy at ADunphy@GarlandTX.gov or call 972-205-3570, option 4. Be sure to reference the ID number associated with the pet.
Events & Announcements
Plan Commission
Feb. 11
The Garland Plan Commission meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St. View agendas here, and be sure to click the "subscribe" button to receive notifications when meeting agendas are posted.

District 4 Town Hall Meeting
Feb. 12
City Council Member Jim Bookhout will host a District 4 Town Hall Meeting in conjunction with the La Prada 8 Crime Watch group at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Audubon Recreation Center, 342 W. Oates Road. Learn more.

City Council Election Filing Deadline
Feb. 15
Interested Garland voters may file for a place on the May 4, 2019, City Officer General Election ballot for the offices of Mayor and Council Districts 3, 6, 7 and 8.  Anyone interested in candidacy must make an appointment with the City Secretary's Office to submit their application for a place on the ballot before the filing deadline of Friday, Feb. 15. Candidate packets are available online here For more information and updates, continue to watch the City of Garland Election website .

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