Jan. 12, 2020
This Week's News                                                        
State of the City Tuesday, Jan. 28
Get on Garland's inside track to start off 2020!

Don't miss this chance to hear about our plans to deliver on your $423.7 million bond commitment, get all the latest from Mayor Scott LeMay and speak directly with representatives of City departments.

The open house with City departments will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St. The Mayor's address will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration: Friday, Jan. 17
Seniors ages 55 and older are invited to a free viewing of Steven Lowenstein's one-man hit play featuring the greatest speeches and sermons of all time. 

The event begins at  10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at  Carver Senior Center, 222 Carver St. 

For more information , call 972-205-3305 or email SAC@GarlandTX.gov .

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration: Saturday, Jan. 18
The NAACP-Garland will host its 31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade at 10 a.m. followed by a special MLK Commemorative Program at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St.
The weekend celebration will continue Sunday, Jan. 19, with the MLK Youth Extravaganza at 4 p.m.
For more details, visit GarlandTXNAACP.org or call 972-381-5044 (voice box #5).
City Holiday Hours and Services: Monday, Jan. 20
A ll City of Garland offices, utility customer service and tax offices, libraries recreation centers and senior centers  will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

The recycling center, transfer station and C.M. Hinton Jr. Regional Landfill will also be closed. There will be no disruption in trash or recycling collection. 
Firewheel Golf Park will remain open. 
The Wall That Heals Is Coming to Garland Feb. 27 - March 1
The Wall That Heals , a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to Garland Thursday, Feb. 27, through Sunday, March 1. 

The Wall That Heals honors the more than 3 million Americans who served in the U.S. armed forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the 58,276 American men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. The exhibit will be on display at Audubon Park, 342 W. Oates Road, and will be open 24 hours a day, free to the public.

More than 100 volunteers will be needed to set up and take down the replica wall, staff the exhibit and guide visitors 24 hours a day. To learn more about how you can help the effort, email  Albert Montero  or sign up online .
The Rat Pack Pack Lounge  Jan. 16-Feb. 2
Frank, Dean and Sammy have one night on Earth to settle unfinished business in this show presented by Garland Civic Theatre.

With more than 30 hit songs, The Rat Pack Lounge will leave you singing and savoring the days of highballs and high rollers.

Snag your seat for a showing between Thursday, Jan. 16, and Sunday, Feb. 2, at the  Granville Arts Center,  300 N. Fifth St.

Tickets available at  GarlandArtsBoxOffice.com , by calling 972-205-2790, or at the Granville Arts Center Box Office.
City Begins Issuing Warnings for Neighborhood Parking Violations
Neighborhood parking problems are the most frequent source of resident complaints to the City. 

The City Marshal's Office will begin issuing tickets sometime in January. 

IMPORTANT - No ticket payments were required during the initial warning period. The City is NOT emailing notices of violation.

Examples of violations and other FAQs are available at GarlandTX.gov/parking.
Events & Announcements
Plan Commission
Jan. 13
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 at GarlandTX.gov and be sure to click the "subscribe" button to receive notifications when meeting agendas are posted. 

City Council Meetings
Jan. 13 and 14
Work Session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13; Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St.  View agendas  at GarlandTX.gov and be sure to click the "subscribe" button to receive notifications when meeting agendas are posted. 

Federal Disaster Loans for Storm-Affected Residents
Deadline Jan. 13
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to Texas businesses and residents affected by the storms that occurred Oct. 20-21. Representatives are available at the Dallas County Disaster Loan Outreach Center, located at the Bachman Lake Branch Library, 9480 Webb Chapel Road in Dallas. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. The deadline to apply for property damage is Jan. 13, 2020. The deadline to apply for economic injury is Aug. 14, 2020. For more details, read the full announcement from the SBA (PDF).

City Council Candidate Filing Begins
Jan. 15
Candidate packets for Districts 1, 2, 4 and 5 are now available. Filing an application for a place on the ballot can be done Wednesday, Jan. 15, through Friday, Feb. 14, at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St. Learn more at GarlandTX.gov/Elections.

District 2 Discussion: New Year's Eve Noise
Jan. 28
Join District 2 City Council Member Deborah Morris and Police Chief Jeff Bryan at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Central Library, 625 Austin St., to discuss the City's ongoing efforts to end the use of illegal fireworks and celebratory gunfire. Visit GarlandTX.gov or call 972-205-2404 for more information.
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