May 23, 2021
This Week's News
District 3 Runoff Early Voting Begins Tomorrow
In District 3, no candidate received more than half of the votes cast in the May 1 General Election. There will be a runoff between the two candidates receiving the largest number of votes: Ed Moore and PC Mathew.

The runoff date is Saturday, June 5, with early voting from Monday, May 24, through Tuesday, June 1. Early voting will be available at South Garland Branch Library, 4845 Broadway Blvd., and Dallas College-Garland Campus, 675 W. Walnut St. Only residents of District 3 can vote in the runoff. More information.
Animal Shelter Construction Update
The new Animal Shelter and Adoption Facility reached a significant milestone this month, as the contractor began erecting the steel frame for the new building.

In addition, the contractor has poured the paving for the majority of the parking areas, along with a significant amount of the building foundation.

The new state-of-the-art shelter will include an adoption center, a clinic area, meeting rooms, and a large outdoor play and exercise area.

Construction is anticipated to be complete in early 2022. To learn more, visit
Summer Reading Program Registration Begins Sunday, May 30
Whether you are a kid, teen or adult, you can participate in this year's summer reading program for your age group. In addition to the pleasure you receive from reading a good book, you may also earn prizes!

Registration begins Sunday, May 30. Participants can choose to use Beanstack (online or through the Beanstack app) or visit any Garland Library for a paper Tails and Tales activity card.

Learn more at For more information about the children's and teen reading programs, call 972-205-2516. For information about the adult reading program, call 972-205-2502.
Made Fresh & Local: Live at the Square
Experience a laid-back, relaxing evening in beautiful Downtown Garland while soaking in the soothing sounds of jazz, Motown, R&B and classic country!

This free music series will be fun for the whole family. 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.

While we are excited to bring you live music, we encourage you to social distance from others outside of your immediate group. We will also have hand sanitizer available.

See the concert lineup and get full details at
Musical Theater Summer Camp in Downtown Garland
Garland Summer Musicals has partnered with Dallas Young Artists for more than 10 years to provide a musical theater summer camp for children in grades 3-12.

The camp runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 21 through July 9, at The Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St. The camp cost is $600. This year, the camp will produce the hit musical "Big Fish."

"Big Fish" performances will take place Thursday through Sunday, July 8-11.

For more information and registration, visit
COVID-19 Updates
The Garland Health Department has received reports of 209 active cases out of 28,196 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 afternoon.

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.

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

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.

Assistance is available for a variety of additional services. Visit our Recovery Resources page at to find out more.
Events and Announcements
Plan Commission
May 24
The Garland Plan Commission meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m.  

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

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

DARTzoom Meeting
May 24
Dallas Area Rapid Transit is redesigning its bus network. New routes, more hours of service and greater coverage are included in a five-year bus service plan to be implemented in January 2022. A series of 15 meetings, DARTzoom: A New Bus Network, is in motion to collect public input. Each meeting targets a specific coverage area. The Garland meeting will be at noon Monday, May 24. To hear the meeting, call 469-676-0717 and enter phone conference ID 995 449 184#. Visit to read the draft bus network report, participate in a survey and find other information about the five-year bus service plan.

Winter Storm Exemption Deadline
May 28
The Dallas Central Appraisal District (DCAD), in accordance with state law, is offering a temporary disaster exemption following this winter’s devastating storm. This exemption only applies to damage to buildings or structures, not land value. Property owners must apply for the exemption by May 28, 2021. Learn more.

Texas Municipal Power Agency Board Appointment Application Deadline
June 4
City Council is accepting applications for a Texas Municipal Power Agency Board appointment through Friday, June 4. The term starts July 18 and runs through July 18, 2023. To qualify for the position, an applicant must reside in Garland. Applications should include a letter of interest and a resume. Application forms can be found on the City Secretary's page at They can be submitted to René Dowl, City Secretary, by email to or by mail to City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St., Garland 75040.

Graduation Traffic Delays
Through June 26
High school and college graduations will take place at the Curtis Culwell Center through 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
Garland Youth Council Accepting Applications Through Friday, June 4
Interested Garland residents who will be in grades 9-12 during the 2021-22 school year are eligible to apply to serve on the Garland Youth Council. Learn more and download an application on the Garland Youth Council page at Email with any questions. 
Frida Kahlo Pop-Up Museum in Downtown Garland
The Dallas Museum of Art brings a peek of its free exhibition "Frida Kahlo: Five Works" to Garland with a pop-up installation at 506 Main St. Discover more by visiting the free exhibition in-person through June 20 or virtually at
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
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