Jan. 8, 2023

This Week's News

Public Input Meetings for New Senior Activity Center

Share your ideas with us! The design process for the new Garland Senior Activity Center is beginning, and we want your input.

There are two upcoming public input meetings where you can tell us what you'd like to see in the new facility:

  • 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Granger Recreation Center, 1310 W. Avenue F
  • 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at Audubon Recreation Center, 342 W. Oates Road

If you have questions, call 972-205-2750.

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

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 romantic comedy (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 the Central Library, 625 Austin St.

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.

City Holiday Hours and Services: Monday, Jan. 16

All City of Garland offices, utility customer service and tax offices, recreation centers and senior centers, and libraries will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The recycling center, transfer station and Hinton Landfill will also be closed. Firewheel Golf Park Old and Lakes Courses will remain open.

There will be no disruption in trash or recycling collection. Find your pickup schedule at My Garland. Have carts and materials out and ready for pickup by 7 a.m. to ensure timely service.

Be Prepared: Register a Chronic Condition or Critical Illness

If you or someone in your home depends on electricity or water for medical equipment due to a chronic condition or critical illness, be sure you have submitted documentation to notify the City. Registration information is available at GarlandTX.gov.

Because outages can occur for a variety of reasons, there is no guarantee of utility service. Be prepared by having alternate power sources, bottled water and a plan for long-term outages.  

Be Prepared with Surge Protectors

Make sure your electronics and appliances are protected from a power surge. Use a surge protector or unplug these devices during a thunderstorm or power outage.

Some power strips look like surge protectors, but do not offer protection from an electrical surge. Check yours to make sure they protect electronics. 

Learn more about surge protection at gpltexas.org.

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!

Storytime at the Library

Join us this spring for our Storytime programs!

Storytime programs include stories, songs and activities led by our talented children's librarians. The librarians will model reading for parents plus songs and fingerplays. Parents can connect with other families in the area.

Storytimes are organized by age group, and different groups meet at various times and library locations. Storytimes begin Tuesday, Jan. 10, and end Saturday, April 29. View the full list of Storytimes at Library.GarlandTX.gov.

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

District 5 Town Hall

Jan. 26

Join District 5 Council Member Margaret Lucht for an informative event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at the South Garland Branch Library, 4845 Broadway Blvd. Topics will include Neighborhood Police Officers and starting a Crime Watch group; Neighborhood Vitality and how to start a Neighborhood Association; and updates from the Street and Transportation departments. For more information, call 469-264-3556 or email Council5@GarlandTX.gov.

Flu Shots and Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Available at Garland Public Health Clinic

This year's flu vaccine and the bivalent COVID-19 booster are available at the Garland Public Health Clinic. Flu shots are available for adults, children and seniors who are insured. Low-cost flu vaccines for uninsured children and adults are also available. It is recommended that individuals wait at least two months after completion of the primary COVID vaccination series or their most recent booster. For full eligibility information, visit GarlandTX.gov. Both vaccinations are available at the Garland Public Health Clinic, 206 Carver St., from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Call 972-205-3370 for pricing and to learn what insurance plans are accepted. Learn more.

Winter Activities and Events

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

Garland Landmark Museum Closed for Renovations

The Garland Landmark Museum is currently closed for renovations. It is expected to reopen Thursday, March. 2.

Live: Customer Service Portal

The Customer Service Department has introduced a new customer account web portal that provides additional utility billing detail, customer account information, options to make a payment and many new features that will enhance users' online experience. Visit GarlandUtilities.org to learn more. 

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