Jan. 9, 2022
This Week's News
Mayor's Annual State of the City Address Tuesday, Jan. 25
Get on Garland's inside track to start off 2022!

Don't miss this chance to hear the latest from Mayor Scott LeMay.

The mayor's address will start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St. You can also tune in virtually at GarlandTX.gov or watch on Channel 16 (Spectrum), Channel 44 (Frontier) or Channel 99 (AT&T U-verse).

Stay tuned for more details!
Home Improvement Incentive Rebate Program
Garland City Council has authorized additional funding for the Home Improvement Incentive Rebate Program. Through this program, the City of Garland is offering a 50% cash rebate (up to $10,000) on approved exterior remodeling of single-family detached homes. All applications must be approved PRIOR to any work being started, and the minimum investment to be considered for this program is $1,000.  

The application window will open Monday, Jan. 10.

Visit GarlandNeighborhoods.org to learn more and view the program policy.
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.
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. Find registration information 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.
Romancing the Book Club
Do you like to read romance novels? Join our new book club and get your fill of all things romance!

This book club is for any adults who love reading romance and want to find like-minded readers in the library. Group members will read a selected romance novel and then discuss the book during the program.

Help choose our first romance adventure at our inaugural meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the Central Library, 625 Austin St.

Call 972-205-2501 for more information.
"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" Thursday, Jan. 13

Catch a screening of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at the Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St.

Heritage Crossing and Garland Downtown Business Association kick off Throwback Thursday Movies with this 80s classic.

Admission is free and open to the public.
Garland Symphony Orchestra Friday, Jan. 14

The Garland Symphony Orchestra continues its exciting "Mozart con Amore" season with violinist Chloe Trevor and violist Marcus Pyle at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St.

Call 972-205-2790, visit GarlandArtsBoxOffice.com or purchase your tickets in-person at the Granville Arts Center Box Office.
Make Your Mark Live Concert Friday, Jan. 14

The City of Garland Cultural Arts division continues its new concert series, Make Your Mark Live, featuring local recording artist Aladeen at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at the Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St.

Call 972-205-2790, visit GarlandArtsBoxOffice.com or purchase your tickets in-person at the Granville Arts Center Box Office.
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 from Jan. 13 through March 5.
 
Learn more at GarlandHeritage.com or by emailing Heritage@GarlandTX.gov.
33rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Parade, 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15:
The Garland Unit of the NAACP will host its 33rd annual event, starting near Embree Park and ending at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St.

“Lift Every Voice and Sing,” 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15:
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.

"Youth Extravaganza," 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16:
Youth groups from area churches and Garland ISD will showcase spiritual talents in praise dance, and their athletic talents in step routines at the Granville Arts Center. 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. 17

All City of Garland offices, utility customer service and tax offices, recreation centers and senior centers, and libraries will be closed Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The recycling center, transfer station and C.M. Hinton Jr. Regional Landfill will also be closed. Firewheel Golf Park will remain open.

There will be no disruption in trash or recycling collection. Find your pickup schedule at My Garland. As a reminder, please have carts and materials out and ready for pickup by 7 a.m. to ensure thorough and timely service.
Bird Walks with Reba Collins at Spring Creek Forest Jan. 15 and 16
What birds are in Spring Creek Forest in winter? Come for a morning walk and find out. Master birder Reba Collins will lead nature walks from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, and Sunday, Jan. 16.
 
Reservations required and space limited. RSVP to rcollins20@verizon.net to secure your spot. Meet at 1787 Holford Road, bring binoculars and dress for the weather.
COVID-19 Vaccines, Boosters Available at Garland's Public Health Clinic

You can get the COVID-19 vaccine 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 providing initial doses for adults and children, as well as booster doses of Moderna, Pfizer and Janssen vaccines based on CDC guidance. 

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.
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
Jan. 10
The Garland Plan Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, 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.

Candidate Orientation
Jan. 11
The City of Garland will hold a May 7 general election to elect council members for Districts 1, 2, 4 and 5. There will be a virtual new candidate orientation to provide assistance in navigating the application process at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11. A candidate package is available on the City Secretary’s webpage under "Elections." Learn more at GarlandTX.gov.

DART Bus Route Changes
Jan. 24
Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s redesigned bus network goes into effect Monday, Jan. 24. Bus schedules for the new bus network are available at DART.org/newbus.
COVID-19 Updates
As of Monday, Jan. 3, the Garland Health Department has received reports of 1,936 active cases out of 42,571 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 627 deaths. The City updates its posted case numbers each Monday.
Submit Service Requests with eAssist
Need to report a pothole, broken streetlight or tall grass? There's an app for that! Garland eAssist provides an online platform accessible from the City's website and from a downloadable app via Google Play and iTunes. Using eAssist is the quickest, most efficient means of reporting issues or requesting specific services - much faster than Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites.
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