March 26, 2023

This Week's News

Big Art Day and Big Art After Dark Saturday, April 1

Join us in Downtown Garland from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 1, for Big Art Day and Big Art After Dark presented by the City of Garland and Garland Cultural Arts.

Big Art Day celebrates and showcases artists and the arts in Garland. Visitors to Big Art Day can view and purchase work at the Art Market, explore exhibits at Granville Arts Center, participate in interactive hands-on crafts for kids, and enjoy live entertainment.

View the full lineup of activities and events at

GP&L 100th Anniversary Thank You Garland Celebration Saturday, April 15


From the moment Garland Power & Light flipped the switch on April 1, 1923, it has had the Garland community at heart. So as GP&L marks the first 100 years of its journey, it’s only fitting that all of Garland joins the celebration.

GP&L’s 100th Anniversary Thank You Garland Celebration will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Winters Park Amphitheater, 1419 Spring Creek Drive. Enjoy live music, food trucks, line work demonstrations, kids’ activities and more!

Admission is free. Visit for more details.

The Peking Acrobats Monday, March 27

Featuring dazzling acrobats and daredevil stunts, The Peking Acrobats will offer an evening of thrilling dexterity and mind-blowing entertainment for the entire family at 7 p.m. Monday, March 27, at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St.

The Peking Acrobats have astounded audiences with their daring maneuvers and high-tech special effects touring the world for the past 30 years. They are part of a time-honored Chinese tradition, rooted in centuries of Chinese history and folk arts. Don’t miss this visual spectacular with accompaniment by a live Chinese orchestra! Get your tickets now!

NAACP Garland Unit Political Forum Saturday, April 1

The NAACP Garland Unit will host a Political Forum at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at the North Garland Branch Library, 3845 N. Garland Ave.

Question and get to know the candidates in the May 6 local election.

Attendees may also join the forum virtually via Zoom. Login details are available at

Can't attend this forum? Save the date for the Garland Association for Hispanic Affairs' candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at Gale Fields Recreation Center, 1701 Dairy Road.

Egg Scramble Wednesday, April 5

Hop on over to Audubon Park for a chance to hunt for colorful candy and toy-filled eggs! The egg hunt is free and no registration is necessary. 

Activities include bounce houses, face painting, selfies with the Easter Bunny and snacks for sale.

All age groups will start the hunt at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the Carter Softball Complex in Audubon Park, 550 W. Oates Road.

Call 972-205-2771 for more information.

Plaza Movie Classic: "I Can Only Imagine" Wednesday, April 5

The City of Garland Cultural Arts Department presents a free showing of the 2018 film "I Can Only Imagine" (rated PG) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St.

The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe's beloved, chart-topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.


Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking for all Plaza Theatre events is available at the Central Library, 625 Austin St.

Paint Punny Planters at the Library

Give your favorite plant a little extra personality at our Punny Planters program at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the South Garland Branch Library, 4845 Broadway Blvd.

Participants ages 12 and older can paint terra cotta pots and use stencils to incorporate punny sayings like “You grow, girl” and “You’re my soil-mate.”

All supplies are provided. Registration is required and limited to 24 individuals. Call 972-205-3931 to register.

Rain Barrel Sale Through Wednesday, April 12


The City of Garland Water Utilities Department is offering an opportunity to purchase rain barrels at a discounted price. Through a cooperative purchase, the classic black, 50-gallon Ivy rain barrel is available for $78 each (normal retail price is $143).


Barrels must be ordered by 11 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, and must be picked up from Garland Water Operations, 2343 Forest Lane, between 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, or Wednesday, April 26. Please bring a vehicle large enough to carry your order on pickup day. Order yours today!

Events and Announcements

Plan Commission

March 27

The Garland Plan Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 27, at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St.

Boards & Commissions Meetings

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

In-person meetings have resumed, but you can continue to watch the meetings online.

View agendas at and be sure to click the "subscribe" button to receive notifications when meeting agendas are posted.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board Appointment

March 31

The City is accepting applications for a place on the Board of Directors for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) through Friday, March 31. The responsibility for the operation and control of DART properties is vested in the Board of Directors. The unexpired term runs through June 30, 2024. Learn more.

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 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.

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