Oct. 6, 2019
This Week's News                                                        
Safety Fest and Blood Drive Saturday, Oct. 12
Enjoy a variety of free activities with the Garland Fire Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Fire Administration and Training Facility, 1500 State Highway 66.
Safety Fest will include food trucks, safety demonstrations, a helicopter landing, a bounce slide, face painting, pet adoptions and an appearance by the Garland Police Department. Kids can even try their luck on our firefighter obstacle course! Learn more.

Register for the blood drive now!
October Is National Community Planning Month
National Community Planning Month is a time to highlight the important role of planning in our communities.

This year's theme is planning for infrastructure that benefits all, underscoring the critical role planning plays in ensuring well-planned infrastructure projects strengthen communities, boost the economy, expand opportunity and promote equitable development. 
To learn more about community planning month, visit the Planning & Community Development Department website at GarlandPlanning.org.
What's Happening at the Library This Week
Check out these two great events scheduled this week at the South Garland Branch Library, 4845 Broadway Blvd. View a full schedule of events at all library branches at Library.GarlandTX.gov.
Zombie Hunt Tuesday, Oct. 8
Join the Zombie Hunt at  6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.

In this modified game of Marco Polo, two teens will volunteer to be "zombies" and will be assigned a color and blindfolded. The zombies will try to catch the other participants by tapping them on the shoulder. Teens caught by the zombies will get a bandana of the successful zombie's color and will begin helping their zombie catch other teens by "freezing" them. The game will end when there is only one "human" left standing. The zombie with the most teammates will win. The game will be played multiple times.
Dog Class Thursday, Oct. 10
Attend the Breed Selection and Choosing the Right Dog for You class at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.

This free class is hosted by the Nicholson Memorial Library and Garland Animal Services and presented by Amanda Fedric Dog Training.  Amanda will share information on  a range of topics, including breed categories, common breed personality traits, common behavioral problems and inaccurate breed stereotypes.

Please note this is a humans-only event. No dogs will be allowed to attend.
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.
How GP&L Restores Power
When power outages occur, Garland Power & Light works around the clock to restore service to all customers. 

Watch a video to learn about GP&L's power restoration process.

Events & Announcements
City Council Meetings
Oct. 7 and 8
Work Session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7; Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. View agendas at GarlandTX.gov and be sure to click the "subscribe" button to receive notifications when meeting agendas are posted. 

Voter Registration Deadline
Oct. 7
Monday, Oct. 7, is the final day you may register to vote in the Nov. 5 Constitutional Amendment Election. Learn more at DallasCountyVotes.org.

Census Presentation
Oct. 9
Regional Census Office specialist Cynthia Cruz will be the Garland Association for Hispanic Affairs' featured guest at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. City and Garland Independent School District officials will also be in attendance at the Garland Women's Activities Building, 713 Austin St.

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. 

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