Jan. 1, 2023

This Week's News

Happy New Year! Take One Last Look at 2022

2022 was a memorable year for us in the City of Garland. Lots of ground breaking and ribbon-cutting events, activities and new development that make Garland what it is today. Take a look back.

New Year’s Holiday Hours and Services

City of Garland offices, utility customer service and tax offices, recreation centers and senior centers, and libraries will be closed Monday, Jan. 2, for the New Year holiday. All facilities will return to normal schedules Tuesday, Jan. 3. These facilities are closed all Sundays, including Jan. 1.

Residential trash and recycling collections will not be impacted. Visit GarlandTX.gov to learn more and for a full list of closures.

Christmas Tree Disposal for Garland Residents

Garland residents can help free up space in the landfill by dropping off trees at no cost at the Wood Recycling Facility, 3175 Elm Grove Road, during normal business hours. 

You can also place your undecorated, live tree on the curb for brush and bulky pickup.

Not sure what to do with wrapping paper, ribbons and other trimmings? Use the Waste Wizard to make sure you’re recycling right! Please note that artificial trees are NOT recyclable in blue recycling carts.

Find more information at GarlandTX.gov

Spring Creek Forest Speaker Series Tuesday, Jan. 3

Join the Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest via Zoom from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, for the next talk in their guest speaker series.


Ricky Linex of Riparian Management will discuss why creeks act the way they do.


To learn more about this event, visit SpringCreekForest.org.

Free Movies at the Plaza Theatre

Throwback Thursday Movie Series: "Flashdance" Thursday, Jan. 5

The Downtown Garland Business Association presents a free screening of "Flashdance" (rated R) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St.

Alex Owens is a steel worker by day and exotic dancer by night. Her dream is to get into a real dance company and she may get her chance. 

Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking for all Plaza Theatre events is available at Garland Central Library, 625 Austin St.

Plaza Classic Movie Series: "New Year's Eve" Wednesday, Jan. 11

The City of Garland Cultural Arts Department presents a free showing of this 2011 classic (rated PG-13) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St.

The lives of several couples and singles in New York City intertwine over the course of New Year's Eve.

Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking for all Plaza Theatre events is available at Garland Central Library, 625 Austin St.

Adult Game Night at the Library

Adults can get their game on at a monthly event for patrons 18 and older. Play favorite games with friends or learn a new one. The library will provide playing cards, various board games, puzzles and video games to play. 

Join the fun at 6 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 5, Feb. 2 and March 2, at the Central Library, 625 Austin St.

No registration is required, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Central Library at 972-205-2501.

34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Parade, 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14:

The Garland Unit of the NAACP will host its 34th annual event, starting near Embree Park and ending at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St.


“Lift Every Voice and Sing," noon Saturday, Jan. 14:

The musical will be presented at the Granville Arts Center. Performances from the MLK Communitywide Youth Choir and Garland Independent School District fine arts students will be featured. Free and open to the public.


Call 972-381-5044, voice box 5, or visit GarlandTxNAACP.org for more information.

Sweetheart Dance Friday, Feb. 3

Dads, granddads and uncles, experience a magical evening with your little sweetheart at this year's Sweetheart Dance, Friday, Feb. 3, at The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St. 

The evening includes dinner, dancing, a professional 5x7 photo, and each little girl will receive a special gift.

Ages 3 to 7 dance from 6 to 8 p.m. Ages 8 to 15 dance from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. If you have a sweetheart in each age category, you may attend the dance of your choice.

Purchase your tickets today!

Events and Announcements

City Council Meetings

Jan. 9 and 10

The Garland City Council Work Session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9. Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St.

Plan Commission

Jan. 9

The Garland Plan Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 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.

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

First Day to File for a Place on the May 6 Ballot

Jan. 18

Wednesday, Jan. 18, is the first day candidates may file for a place on the May 7 City of Garland General Election for Mayor and City Council Districts 3, 6, 7 and 8. The last day to file is Friday, Feb. 17. Learn more at GarlandTX.gov.  

Winter Activities and Events

Check out all the upcoming activities and events in Garland at VisitGarlandTX.com. There's something fun for everyone!

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