March 8, 2020
This Week's News                                                        
Library to Offer GED and ESL Classes
The City of Garland's Nicholson Memorial Library System is partnering with Dallas County Community College District to offer GED and ESL (English as a Second Language) classes for adults. Both classes will begin this spring.
 
We are in the process of recruiting students for both classes. Interested students are asked to complete an informational form to gauge needs.  Those interested can fill out the informational form at any Garland library location by Friday, March 20.

Learn more.
Mark Your Calendars!
Save the date for these upcoming classes hosted by the City of Garland's Office of Neighborhood Vitality.
Spring Home Maintenance Class Saturday, March 14
Keep your home in tip-top shape by attending the Spring Home Maintenance Class from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 14. Experts from the City of Garland Parks Department will instruct you on fence repairs, painting, minor exterior repairs and more! Register now.
Neighborhood Leader Meet & Greet Wednesday, March 18
Join us for the first Neighborhood Leader Meet & Greet of 2020! You will hear City updates, network with neighborhood leaders from across Garland and learn of possible opportunities for your neighborhood. Dinner is provided, so  please RSVP!
Landscaping Class Thursday, March 19
Is your yard shady? Don't fret, the experts at Texas A&M Agrilife Extension will enlighten you with shade gardening basics from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19. Topics include: landscape design, erosion control, bed establishment, plant selection and turf alternatives! Reserve your spot today!
Temporary Change in Disinfection for Drinking Water
The North Texas Municipal Water District is conducting its annual chlorine maintenance process on our water system through March 30.
 
During this time, customers may notice a stronger taste or smell of chlorine. It is important to note that the quality of our drinking water remains safe for all uses, including drinking.
 
For more detailed information and water quality testing results, visit 
GarlandWater.com.
Thank You Volunteers and Visitors of The Wall That Heals
Thank you to all who volunteered to  set up and take down the replica wall, staff the exhibit and guide visitors 24 hours a day during its stay.

Thank you also to all who came to honor the more than 3 million Americans who served in the U.S. armed forces in the Vietnam War and the 58,276 American men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. 

Keep checking GarlandTX.gov for photos and videos of the events!
Lawn Care Assistance Available
The City of Garland Code Compliance Department is taking applications for the Lawn Care Assistance Program. This program will provide summer mowing for seniors (60 years of age and older) and disabled Garland homeowners who are physically and/or financially unable to maintain their yards to comply with City codes and have no other assistance available.
 
Applications may be picked up at the Code Compliance office, 210 Carver St., Suite 101. Residents who are unable to pick up an application may call 972-485-6400 and request that an application be mailed. Application packets must be filled out completely and returned to Code Compliance along with required documents. All applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all spots are filled. For more information, visit GarlandTX.gov or call 972-485-6400. 
A Community Conversation: April 4
Join the City of Garland Community Multicultural Commission for A Community Conversation from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 4, at The ROC Ministries, 3375 Edgewood Drive. 

Topics will include a parking enforcement program presentation, a Neighborhood Police Officer presentation and an election update. Attendees will also be able to complete the 2020 census on-site.
2020 Census Is Right Around the Corner - We Need You!
The census is an official count of the U.S. population and households. Garland's allotment of money for federal programs and its government representation are dependent on the count of its residents.
 
There are several ways to complete the one-page form: online, mail or by phone. It is provided in numerous languages, and your data is confidential. 
 
In mid-March, you will receive an invitation to respond online. A paper questionnaire will be mailed in April, followed by an in-person follow-up.
 
Visit GarlandTX.gov to learn how the census impacts you and your community, as well as upcoming important dates.
Events & Announcements
Plan Commission
March 9
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. 

District 3 Town Hall
March 12
Join District 3 Council Member Jerry Nickerson for a Town Hall meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Dallas County Road and Bridge Office, 715 Rowlett Road. Email Council3@GarlandTX.gov or call 713-702-3545 for more information.

District 4 Town Hall
April 2
Join District 4 Council Member Jim Bookhout for a Town Hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Audubon Recreation Center, 342 W. Oates Road. Topics will include crime, parking and an update on streets. Email Council4@GarlandTX.gov for more information.

McCree Road Closure
Ongoing
McCree Road west of the intersection of Shiloh Road is closed for construction and will reopen in approximately four to six weeks, weather permitting. View a map of the detour.
Stay Healthy This Spring
Flu is still active in North Texas. With the additional concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Garland Health Department offers the following precautionary tips. For more information, visit the Health Department website.
City Issuing Tickets for Neighborhood Parking Violations
Neighborhood parking problems are the most frequent source of resident complaints to the City. The City Marshal's Office has begun issuing tickets for parking violations. 
Examples of violations and other FAQs are available at GarlandTX.gov/parking.








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