Feb. 20, 2022
This Week's News
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Earns State's Highest Honor
The City of Garland Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department received the 2022 Texas Gold Medal Award on Feb. 17. 

The Gold Medal Award is the highest honor given to a City’s park system by the Texas Recreation and Park Society. It honors departments for excellence in the field of recreation and park management for the past three years.

Garland’s entry dates to 2018, when its residents and City Council embarked on its path to the 2019 Bond Program, which included a $117 million commitment to recreation facilities, parks and trails.

The award was presented at the Texas Recreation and Park Society Institute's Annual Awards Ceremony at Kyle Field & Texas A&M Hotel in College Station. Learn more.
A Series of Firsts: Garland's Black Community Leaders at the Landmark Museum
Visit the Garland Landmark Museum, located at 393 N. Sixth St. in Downtown, and see the newest exhibit featuring Garland's black community leaders.
The exhibit is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through March 5.
Learn more at GarlandHeritage.com or by emailing Heritage@GarlandTX.gov
29th Annual Trout Lily Walk Sunday, Feb. 27
Join regionally acclaimed naturalist Tom Frey for the 29th annual Trout Lily Walk from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at Spring Creek Forest, 1770 Holford Road.

Trout lilies are one of the first plants to flower in the spring. The tiny flowers are only in bloom from about mid-February through mid-March and then disappear until next year.

The event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required. Learn more.
Student Ambassadors Paid Internship Program and Upcoming Hiring Event
Calling all students at least 16 years old! The City of Garland is accepting applications for the 2022 Student Ambassadors program through Friday, March 18.

During the eight-week paid internship program, students will gain meaningful work experience, obtain skills training and attend programmed events throughout the summer focused on the value of careers in public service.

Interested students are invited to attend the Student Ambassadors Hiring Event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Dallas College - Garland Center, 675 W. Walnut St.

To learn more about this amazing opportunity, sign up for the event and/or apply online, visit the Student Ambassadors featured job page.

If you have questions, contact the Human Resources Department at 972-205-2475, ext. 2, or by email to Talent@GarlandTX.gov.
Cook the Book at the Central Library Saturday, March 5
Adults who enjoy cooking can learn new recipes and share their talents with their fellow foodies at the next Cook the Book event, 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Central Library, 625 Austin St.

Cook the Book is open exclusively to adults and teens ages 13 and older who register for the event. The cuisine theme for this event is local Latino recipes.

As part of registration for the event, Cook the Book participants will choose a recipe from the pre-selected cookbook available at the Reference Desk at the Central Library. They will then prepare the recipe at home and bring it to be enjoyed in a buffet-style meal at the library on the event date.
Lawn Care Assistance Applications Due Tuesday, March 1
The Garland Code Compliance Department is accepting applications for the Lawn Care Assistance Program. This program will provide summer mowing for seniors (age 60 or older) and disabled Garland homeowners who are physically and/or financially unable to maintain their yards to comply with City codes and have no other assistance available.

Applications are available online and can also be picked up at our Code Compliance office,
210 Carver St., Suite 101. Residents who are unable to pick up an application may call 972-485-6400 and request that an application be emailed or mailed.

Application packets must be filled out completely and returned to Code Compliance along with required documents. All applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all spots are filled. For more information, visit GarlandTX.gov or call 972-485-6400.
Garland Animal Shelter & Adoption Center Grand Bonanza Saturday, March 19
Save the date for the Garland Animal Shelter & Adoption Center Grand Bonanza!

Join us from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the new shelter, 1902 State Highway 66.

Enjoy adoptions, food trucks, vendors, kids’ activities and more! Stay tune for more details.
COVID-19 Vaccines, Boosters Available at Garland's Public Health Clinic

You can get the COVID-19 vaccine or booster without an appointment at our Public Health Clinic, 206 Carver St., between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Public Health Clinic is a vaccine site, not a testing site. A list of testing sites, along with more resources, is available at GarlandTX.gov. Every home in the U.S. can now order four free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests at covidtests.gov.
Flu Shots Available at Garland's Public Health Clinic

Flu shots are available at the Garland Public Health Clinic, 206 Carver St., from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays for adults, children and seniors who are insured. Low-cost flu vaccines for uninsured children and adults are also available. 

Call 972-205-3370 for pricing and to learn what insurance plans are accepted. Learn more.
Events and Announcements
Plan Commission
Feb. 21
The Garland Plan Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St.

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

In-person meetings have resumed, but you can continue to 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.

Early Voting for March Primary Ends
Feb. 25
Early voting for the Saturday, March 1, Primary Election will end Friday, Feb. 25. Find voting locations and more at dallascountyvotes.org.

Hazard Mitigation Action Plan Public Meeting
Feb. 26
The Office of Emergency Management wants your input to update the Hazard Mitigation Action Plan for 2022. Emergency Management staff will host a public meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in Room 417 in the Fire Administration Building, 1500 State Highway 66. Take this opportunity to participate in focused discussions to confirm all possible hazards and all impacts have been considered, and help identify relevant projects that could further reduce the impacts of disaster. If you have questions or concerns, contact the Office of Emergency Management at OEM@GarlandTX.gov or 972-781-7273.
COVID-19 Updates
As of Monday, Feb. 14, the Garland Health Department has received reports of 2,534 active cases out of 59,353 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 701 deaths. The City updates its posted case numbers each Monday.
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