May 15, 2022
This Week's News
Local Election Results
The City of Garland held a general election May 7 to elect City Council members for Districts 2 and 5, as well as trustees for the Garland Independent School District Board.

Visit the Dallas County Elections Department website to view the official results. The election results will be certified at the regular meeting of the Garland City Council on Tuesday, May 17.

As no candidate for District 5 received a majority of votes, there will be a runoff election between the top two finishers on Saturday, June 18.
Mistie Gardner Earns Who’s Who in America’s Neighborhoods Award
Emergency Management Director Mistie Gardner was recently named Who's Who in America's Neighborhoods in the Governmental Category for her efforts and involvement during the COVID-19 crisis as well as during Winter Storm Uri.

The Who’s Who in America’s Neighborhoods Award was created by Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) to recognize those individuals who go the extra mile in serving their communities.

Two Garland neighborhood groups and a Garland resident were finalists in the NUSA award program:
  • Margi Bice - Who’s Who in America’s Neighborhoods (Grassroots Category) 
  • Travis College Hill Neighborhood - Neighborhood of the Year 
  • Orchard Hills Neighborhood Association – Neighborhood Newsletter Competition

Visit GarlandTX.gov to learn more.
Sip, Shop and See at Thirsty Third Thursday
Celebrate Thirsty Third Thursdays in Downtown Garland from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 19. Visit participating locations during their extended business hours and enjoy a complimentary beverage while you shop.
 
Check in at the Garland Landmark Museum, 393 N. Sixth St., to pick up your wristband, tote bag and map, and get started.
 
See VisitGarlandTX.com to learn more and see a full list of participating businesses. 
Band Together on the Square Concert Series Continues Friday, May 20
Downtown Garland has a diverse musical experience that will go great with your carefree summer vibe.

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

Our series continues at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20, at 506 Art, featuring Blueside. 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.
Sounds of Summer Concert Series Continues Thursday, May 26
Garland’s Sounds of Summer Concert Series continues with Grammy-winning artist Christone "Kingfish" Ingram at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Audubon Park.

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 first three concerts are at Audubon Park, 342 W. Oates Road. Beginning June 23, the Sounds of Summer moves to the Winters Park Amphitheatre located at 1330 Spring Creek Drive. 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.
Get Ready for Summer with GP&L’s EnergySaver Program
Summer is just around the corner, and Garland Power & Light’s EnergySaver Program could help you save money and energy during those hot months.

EnergySaver offers bill credits for qualifying energy efficiency upgrades, including:
  • Central A/C, heat pump or window A/C unit
  • Ceiling insulation
  • Window solar screens or film
  • ENERGY STAR® windows and doors

Visit gpltexas.org for complete program requirements. If you have questions, email energyadvisor@gpltexas.org or call 972-205-2929.
Catch the Rain: DIY Rain Barrel Class Monday, May 23
Experts agree rainwater is the best water for your lawn, landscape or vegetable garden. Join Garland Water and Rooted In at 6 p.m. Monday, May 23, to learn simple techniques on how to divert, store and use one of nature’s best resources for the garden.

Each participant can build and take home a 55-gallon rain barrel at $55 dollars each. Rain barrels are recycled food-grade containers and are roughly 24” wide by 36” tall. Class participation is free but if you would like to DIY a barrel, you must purchase one online prior to class.

Class will be held indoors in Room 417 at the Fire Administration building, 1500 State Highway 66. Participants will build rain barrels in the parking lot at the end of class. Reserve your spot today!
Memorial Day Event Monday, May 30
The Noon Exchange Club of Garland invites veterans to a “One Nation Under God” program at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Fields Recreation Center, 1701 Dairy Road.

The event is free. Lunch will be provided to veterans and their spouses with RSVP to SandraNeely46@gmail.com by Thursday, May 25.
Events and Announcements
City Council Meetings
May 16 and 17
The Garland City Council Work Session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, May 16. Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St.

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.

District 4 Town Hall
May 24
Join Council Member B. J. Williams for a District 4 Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Audubon Recreation Center, 342 W. Oates Road. Topics will include an update on bond program projects, a virtual tour of the new Animal Shelter, the recommended plan for Greenbelt Parkway and more.

Graduation Traffic Delays
Through June 29
High school and college graduations will take place at the Curtis Culwell Center through Wednesday, June 29. 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

Summer Activities and Events
Check out all the upcoming activities and events in Garland at VisitGarlandTX.com. There's something fun for everyone!
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.
Garland Water Utilities Celebrates 100 Years
Did you know Garland's first water well was dug by hand? It was located in Downtown, where residents would come by horse or mule to collect water. This year is Garland Water and Wastewater Utilities' Centennial Celebration. Throughout 2022 we'll take a look back at how it all started, where we are today and what we all need to do to make sure this valuable resource continues to flow for future generations. Learn more.
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