July 3, 2022
This Week's News
City Holiday Hours and Services: Monday,
July 4
In observance of Independence Day, all City of Garland offices, utility customer service and tax offices, libraries, recreation centers and senior centers will be closed Monday, July 4.

On Monday, July 4, Holford pool will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Surf and Swim will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Firewheel Golf Park will remain open Monday, July 4, but the Bridges Course will close at 2 p.m.

The Charles M. Hinton Jr. Regional Landfill will be closed Monday, July 4. There will be no disruption to trash or recycling collection. To view your pickup schedule, visit GarlandSanitation.com.

All City facilities will reopen with normal business hours Tuesday, July 5.
Bring the entire family out for an evening of family fun to celebrate our nation’s independence at Firewheel Town Center, 245 Cedar Sage Drive, from 4 to 9:15 p.m. Sunday, July 3. This event is free and open to the public.
Summer Energy-Saving Tips from GP&L
Follow these tips to save energy and money in the hot summer months:

  • Fans are an energy-efficient way to stay cool. Fans blowing directly on you can make temperatures around you feel up to 4 degrees cooler.
  • Solar screens on windows can block out 60% to 70% of sunlight and heat.
  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher in the summer. Each degree cooler can increase your energy use by up to 8%.
  • Clean or replace filters every month. Dirty filters will make your system work harder and run longer than necessary.
  • Leaks around windows and doors let cool air escape. Check for cracked caulking or damaged weatherstripping and replace when necessary.

Sprinkler Secrets: What the Spray!
Sprinkler systems don’t have to be a mystery. Getting to know your system is one of the best ways to save time, money and water in your landscape.

Join the North Texas Municipal Water District and Texas A&M AgriLife for a free virtual class at noon Tuesday, July 12. You'll learn more about what sprinkler systems do, how they work and how much water you're really putting on your lawn.

Attendees will have the opportunity to get to know their irrigation system controller, with tips on how to program their system to match WaterMyYard recommendations. Register today!
GHFC Applications Open Tuesday, July 5
The City will accept applications from Tuesday,
July 5, through Friday, Aug. 5, for a successor to
a current Garland Housing Finance Corporation (GHFC) Board of Directors term that ends Aug. 31.

GHFC is a public nonprofit corporation. The programs offered by GHFC are designed to increase affordable housing opportunities while strengthening Garland.

A resume and letter of interest may be submitted
to René Dowl, City Secretary, at RDowl@GarlandTX.gov or to City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St., Garland 75040. Applicants will be interviewed by the Garland City Council at its Aug. 16 Work Session.

Additional information for GHFC can be found at
Art Explorers at the Library Saturday, July 9
Children can have a multisensory experience while painting with watercolor ice paint at the next Little Art Explorers event, 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the South Garland Branch Library, 4845 Broadway Blvd.

At the beginning of the program, we will sing songs and read a story that ties into the art activities. Children will do multiple activities with the paint cubes and will make their own watercolor painting to take home.

The event is free but registration is required. Call 972-205-3934 to register or for more information.
Downtown Construction Update: Main Street Reopens, Parking Available
Construction on the Downtown Square is now in Phase 2! Main Street has reopened and construction has moved to State Street. 

State Street between Sixth and Fifth streets, including the entire intersection at Fifth Street, is now closed. The businesses will remain open and so will the adjacent sidewalks. This section of State Street will be closed for approximately five to six months as construction continues. State Street between Sixth and Seventh streets remains closed to through traffic for the next couple of weeks, but parking is available. Learn more at GarlandTX.gov.

Plenty of free public parking is available throughout the Downtown area, so be sure to continue supporting our local businesses. There’s plenty of fun activities going on all summer, too. You can find all the details at VisitGarlandTX.com.
Sounds of Summer Concert Series Continues at Winters Park Thursday, July 7

Garland’s Sounds of Summer Concert Series continues at Winters Park Amphitheatre, 1330 Spring Creek Drive. The concert kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7, with Dylan Wheeler and Mike & The Moonpies.

Along with presenting partner Veritex Bank and artist sponsor Jimmy Wallace Guitars, the City is proud to feature touring on-the-rise artists and lively entertainers who are sure to blow you away with talent and get you dancing. View the full lineup at VisitGarlandTX.com.

The concerts are FREE! Bring the family, grab a bite from on-site food vendors and let the kids challenge each other in the activity area.
Band Together on the Square Concert Series Continues Friday, July 8

Downtown Garland has a diverse musical experience that will go great with your carefree summer vibe.

Join us every Friday evening through September for one of the best concert series of the summer!

Our series continues at 7 p.m. Friday, July 8, at 506 Main St. featuring September Moon. Be sure to explore Downtown Garland's fabulous array of eateries and shops before and after the show!

Go to VisitGarlandTX.com for more details and to check the latest updates on bands and locations.
Utility Bill Assistance Available
If you are having difficulty paying your utility bill, the City has several resources to help you.

You may qualify for a payment arrangement that allows you to extend the due date of your current bill. Call 972-205-2671 or email customer service.

There is help available through the City of Garland Customer Assistance Program. This program is a partnership between the City and local service agencies. The funds are administered and distributed to qualified customers by these agencies to those experiencing financial hardships. Learn more at GarlandTX.gov.

There is additional utility assistance available through local agencies. Visit the Utility Customer Service webpage at GarlandTX.gov to learn more.
Events and Announcements
City Council Meetings
July 5
Due to the Independence Day holiday, the Garland City Council will combine its Work Session and Regular Meeting on Tuesday, July 5, at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St. Work Session will begin at 5:30 p.m. and Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

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.

Summer 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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