June 20, 2021
This Week's News
Updated COVID-19 Recovery Resources
The City of Garland and other community partners are facilitating access to various recovery programs for residents who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Rental assistance is available through Catholic Charities of Dallas. You can check your eligibility and apply for this assistance online or contact a case manager for assistance by calling 214-257-0674. One-on-one meetings can be scheduled, as needed, between noon and 4 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at Garland's Central Library, 625 Austin St.

Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020, for death related to the coronavirus.

Assistance is available for a variety of additional services. Visit our Recovery Resources page at GarlandTX.gov to find out more.
Tom Thumb Shares Garland History

One Garland Tom Thumb store is adding a little something extra to your shopping list. You can now fill your grocery cart and learn some Garland history at the same time. The store at Northwest Highway and Centerville Road partnered with Garland Heritage Crossing to create this unique shopping experience.

To learn more about Garland history, check out: GarlandHeritage.com.
Save Energy and Money with Summer Tips from GP&L

Rising temperatures often mean increased electric use to keep you and your home cool. Follow these tips from GP&L to help save energy and money this summer:

  • Fans are an energy-efficient way to stay cool.
  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher in the summer. Each degree cooler can increase your energy use by 6% to 8%.
  • Clean or replace filters every month. Dirty filters make your system work harder and run longer than necessary.
  • Check for cracked caulking or damaged weather stripping and replace when necessary to avoid letting cool air escape.

Visit gpltexas.org/energytips for more energy-conservation tips.
Water Conservation Tips from Garland Water Utilities

The City of Garland Water Utilities department is dedicated to the efficient use of water in our community and summer is an especially important time to conserve resources. Follow these tips to help conserve water:

  • Don't water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to prevent excessive evaporation.
  • Don't use sprinklers or irrigation systems during a rain event.
  • New irrigation systems must be equipped with rain and freeze sensors.
  • Properly maintain outdoor irrigation systems and repair any leaks or broken sprinkler heads.

Visit GarlandWater.com for more tips on indoor and outdoor conservation, as well as our conservation plan and watering schedule.
Boards and Commissions Applications Due Thursday, July 1
Do you want to make a difference in your City? Would you like to be directly involved in your local government?

Residents who serve on Garland’s 11 boards and commissions have that impact. They serve in an advisory or quasi-judicial capacity, providing information directly to the Garland City Council. From planning and development to multicultural events, boards and commission members advise on a range of City services. The City will accept applications for its boards and commissions through Thursday, July 1.

Application forms can be found on the City Secretary’s page at GarlandTX.gov. Submit applications to René Dowl, City Secretary, by email to RDowl@GarlandTX.gov or by U.S. Postal Service to City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St., Garland 75040.
Made Fresh & Local: Live at the Square
Experience a laid-back, relaxing evening in beautiful Downtown Garland while soaking in the soothing sounds of classic country!

Enjoy fun for the whole family during the last show in this free music series. Bring your chairs, blankets and your dancing shoes! Don't forget to grab some grub from a variety of Downtown "foodie" locations. Our diverse local food scene includes BBQ, Tex-Mex, Thai food, seafood, pizza, burgers and ice cream.

The fun culminates this Thursday, June 24, with King George: A Tribute to George Strait. Get full details at GarlandParks.com.
Lecture Series at Garland Landmark Museum: Travels in History
The Garland Landmark Museum at Heritage Crossing is proud to announce its newest lecture series: Travels in History.

The first lecture, Cities Molded by Fire: 1860 Dallas vs. 1899 Garland, will take place at 4 p.m. Friday, June 25, at the museum, 393 N. Sixth St.

Tickets are $10 for non-members or you can join The Landmark Society at the door for free admission. Coffee and wine will be served.

Questions? Email Heritage@GarlandTX.gov.
Summer Nutrition Program Offers Free Meals
The City of Garland has proudly supported the Summer Nutrition Program for more than 20 years and wants to ensure the youth in the community continue to receive a meal during the summer break.

CitySquare, an advocacy organization that works to fight poverty in the community, will oversee the 2021 program. The program provides free meals for children ages 1 to 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, through July 30.

Visit GarlandTX.gov for more information and to find a site near you.
Fight the Bite
The City of Garland reminds residents to protect themselves against mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus by limiting outdoor activity during evening and early morning hours and wearing light-colored, long-sleeve clothing while outdoors.

Remember also to eliminate any standing water on your property as this is where mosquitoes lay eggs.

Learn more at GarlandTX.gov.
Events and Announcements
City Council Meetings
June 21 and 22
The Garland City Council Work Session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, June 21. Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 22. 

Boards & Commissions Meetings
All upcoming Boards & Commissions meetings can be found on the Public Meetings calendar at GarlandTX.gov.

Due to COVID-19 public gathering restrictions, the meetings will be virtual. You can 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.

Graduation Traffic Delays
Through June 26
College graduations will take place at the Curtis Culwell Center through Saturday, June 26. Naaman Forest Boulevard will experience traffic congestion during the graduations, so expect traffic delays in the area. A complete list of dates and times for the graduations can be found at CurtisCulwellCenter.com.
COVID-19 Updates
As of Monday, June 14, the Garland Health Department has received reports of 176 active cases out of 28,429 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 445 deaths. The City will update its posted case numbers each Monday.
Make an Appointment to Adopt a Pet
Garland Animal Services is open to the public. Please call 972-205-3570 to make an appointment before entering the shelter. Due to high call volumes, we ask that you leave a voicemail with your name, phone number and the ID of the animal you are interested in. We will get back to you as soon as possible. For more information, contact AnimalServices@GarlandTX.gov
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