Oct. 13, 2019
This Week's News                                                        
Flu Shots Available at Garland Public Health Clinic
The Garland Public Health Clinic, 206 Carver St., has received the vaccine for the 2019-20 flu season. 
Flu shots are available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays for adults, children and seniors who are insured. Call 972-205-3370 for pricing and to learn what insurance plans are accepted. 

A low-cost vaccine for uninsured children 18 and younger is now also available. 
The best time to get prepared for the flu season is now! Learn more.
Fall Home Workshops in October
Mark your calendars for two free home workshops!
Bonnie Reese Landscape Seminar Thursday, Oct. 17
Join landscape expert Bonnie Reese from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Garland Fire Administration Building, 1500 State Highway 66.

Learn about native plants, landscape projects and design ideas for creating or enhancing your yard. 

Attendees will receive a copy of Common Sense Landscaping and be entered to win a personal consultation.
This class is free but registration is required. Register now !
Fall Home Maintenance Class Saturday, Oct. 26
Join us from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Garland Greenhouse, 1221 Spring Creek Drive, to learn from the experts about fall home maintenance. 

Topics will include winterization, roof and shingles repairs, and pruning.

This class is free but registration is required. Call 972-205-2451 for more information.

Trunk or Treat and The Garland Graveyard Friday, Oct. 25
Trunk or Treat is a fun way for kids of all ages to have a safe trick-or-treating experience. There also will be games and a kids' costume contest, all from  5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at  Bradfield Recreation Center, 1146 Castle Drive.

From 6 to 8 p.m., you can traipse through our Garland Graveyard, filled with scenes of witches, zombies and haunted pumpkins. Wear your costumes and be prepared for some spooky fun. Cost of e ntry to the Garland Graveyard is two canned goods to be donated to the Salvation Army Corps of Garland.

Learn more at GarlandParks.com or call  972-205-2770.
Garland Neighborhood Awards Nominations and Applications Due Friday, Oct. 25
Great neighborhoods take work! The City of Garland's Office of Neighborhood Vitality would like to recognize those who make extraordinary efforts to enhance, revitalize or invest in their neighborhoods. The awards include:
  • Garland Neighborhood of the Year
  • Neighborhood Publication of the Year
Garland residents are also asked to nominate:
  • Who's Who in Garland Neighborhoods
  • Public Servant Award
Nominations and applications are due Friday, Oct. 25. Learn more and submit your application at GarlandNeighborhoods.org.
Trails and Bikeways Master Plan Open House Events
The City is hosting two open house events as part of a call for input into its Trails and Bikeways Master Plan.

We want to know your priorities for cycling, walking and using trails in Garland. We'll provide a brief presentation and interactive stations on back-to-back nights:
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Audubon Recreation Center, 342 W. Oates Road
  • 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Central Library, 625 Austin St.
The same content will be presented at both meetings. Presentations are scheduled for 6:15 p.m. with the open house period continuing until 8 p.m. Call 972-205-2750 for more information about the meeting or the project.
Garland Renters Have One of America's Fastest Routes to Home Ownership
Garland is listed as the second-best city in Texas and ninth-best in the nation for the time it takes renters to save enough money to convert to home ownership.

In an October story,  "The Process of Becoming a Homeowner," the  Dallas Business Journal cites a recent study from financial advisor SmartAsset. The study of the nation's largest 100 cities focused on metrics including effective tax rate, closing costs on the average home, median income, rent and home value.

While the average Garland renter can save and purchase a home in the city in four years, those who rent in cities at the bottom of the list like New York and Los Angeles have to save for 15 years. Learn more.
Tree Power Free Tree Giveaway Saturday, Nov. 2 
Garland residents can pick up a free tree Saturday, Nov. 2! Trees will be available from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or while supplies last) at the Haskell L. Roach Garden Center, 1221 Spring Creek Drive.
To receive a tree, simply prove your Garland residency with a valid Texas driver's license or current City utility bill. One tree will be given per household.

Events & Announcements
Plan Commission
Oct. 14
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. 

Shorehaven Area Neighborhood Roundtable
Oct. 28
Join District 2 Council Member Deborah Morris for a Shorehaven area Neighborhood Roundtable from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Bradfield Recreation Center, 1146 Castle Drive. We'll discuss localized complaints about crime and parking issues, as well as other neighborhood concerns. Garland Police Chief Jeff Bryan and Code Compliance Director Steve Killen will participate. Light refreshments will be provided. 
Public Art Walking Tour
Explore the city of Garland's public art collection, which currently features 12 installations. Download the handout to read about each art piece as you walk the approximately 30-minute self-guided tour. Learn more.

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