July 21, 2019
This Week's News                                                        
Pop Up and Pick Up Backpack Drive Saturday, July 27
Help students start the school year with a smile at the inaugural Pop Up and Pick Up Backpack Drive from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27,  at Hollabaugh Recreation Center, 3925 W. Walnut St.

Enjoy b ike raffles, b ounce houses, face painting, live music, free food and more fun! 

Visit GarlandParks.com or call 972-205-2721 for more information.
July Is Park and Recreation Month
Garland wraps up its celebration of National Park and Recreation Month with two great events this week!

Enjoy discounted admission and concessions, free cupcakes and giveaways at Surf and Swim's 35th birthday bash, Wednesday, July 24.

Close out the month with a bang at Family Night Out from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Central Park, 1310 W. Avenue F. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy local food trucks, children's entertainment, bounce houses, games, and entertainment from live band Vegas Stars.
Visit GarlandParks.com for more details!
Garland Fire Department Accepting Applications
The Garland Fire Department is recruiting candidates interested in a career as a firefighter.

Online applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. Monday, July 29. 

Visit Careers.GarlandTX.gov for eligibility requirements and to apply for the position. 
Good Eats for a Good Cause Wednesday, July 24
You can help the Friends of the Nicholson Memorial Library System raise money for Garland libraries while having a delicious meal at Chili's from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. Mention or show this flier at one of the following Chili's locations and 15% of your bill will be donated to the Friends:
  • Chili's Firewheel, 3721 N. President George Bush Highway
  • Chili's Garland, 1775 Northwest Highway
The Friends of the Library is a community organization supporting and promoting the Library. The Friends sponsors activities to raise funds for the purchase of library materials and equipment, and underwrites programming to benefit all library users.
Compost 101 Class Saturday, Aug. 3
Learn from certified master composters during this free introductory course on composting from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 3, at Garland Environmental Waste Services, 1434 Commerce St.

Find out how you can amend soil for the planting and growing season, return valuable fertilizer to the earth and keep organic waste out of our landfill.

Art Explorers: Optical Illusions
Children ages 6 through 12 can make spherical optical illusions at next month's Art Explorers event2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Walnut Creek Branch Library, 3319 Edgewood Drive.

Children attending Art Explorers learn about different types of art, then develop their STEAM art skills by creating their own masterpieces. 

Registration is required and limited to 24 participants. Call 972-205-2585 to register.
Garland Creates Community Upcycling Sculpture Garden
Many Garland residents and City employees Made Their Mark on the city's first Community Upcycling Sculpture Garden Friday, July 12.

Participants added the accent color to painted recycled bottles, and local artists used those bottles to create the sculpture at 506 Art. Meanwhile, across Main Street, Havana NRG! performed on the Downtown Square, wrapping up the 2019 Sounds of Summer Concert Series.
View a video of the evening's festivities .
Events & Announcements
Plan Commission
July 22
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.

Neighborhood Vitality Matching Grant Deadline
July 23
The Letter of Intent deadline for the Neighborhood Vitality Matching Grant program is Tuesday, July 23. Neighborhood groups who are registered with the Office of Neighborhood Vitality may apply for up to $100,000 in matching funds for neighborhood enhancement projects on public property. Learn more.

District 3 Town Hall Meeting
July 25
Join District 3 City Council Member Jerry Nickerson for a Town Hall meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the South Garland Branch Library, 4845 Broadway Blvd.  Email Council3@GarlandTX.gov  or call 713-702-3545 for more information. 
Latest Water Quality Report Available Online
Garland's newest Drinking Water Report is now available online. In the report you will find the results of year-long water testing throughout the city. Garland continues to earn top ratings from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).  

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