Sept. 12, 2021
This Week's News
Sip, Shop and See at Thirsty Third Thursday
Celebrate Thirsty Third Thursdays in Downtown Garland from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16.
Visit participating locations during their extended business hours, take advantage of their specials and enjoy a complimentary beverage while you shop. Check in with the host business of the month to pick up a wristband, tote bag and map.

This month's host business is the Garland Landmark Museum, 393 N. Sixth St.

Head to to learn more and see a full list of participating businesses.  
Big Art Day Saturday, Sept. 18

Mark your calendars for Big Art Day presented by the City of Garland and Garland Independent School District.

Join us from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in Downtown Garland for an outdoor art education event featuring:
  • a community mural
  • live music and dance performances
  • steamroller art
  • make and take art
  • chalk art
  • the first annual Art Walk

And there's so much more. For a full list of performances and artists, go to
Get Your Fair Fare on the Square Through Thursday, Sept. 30

Why wait for the State Fair? Get your fix of fair fare all month long in one convenient, walkable location – Downtown Garland’s historic Square!

Enjoy fare "fit to be fried" from 12 eateries situated near the Square throughout September. Make a progressive meal of it, order lots to share, or come back on multiple days to sample even more. There’s no admission fee, food items are reasonably priced, and everything can be enjoyed outdoors.

Check out participating restaurants and get full details at
Lecture Series at Garland Landmark Museum: Travels in History

The Garland Landmark Museum at Heritage Crossing continues its newest lecture series: Travels in History.

This month's lecture, Pretty Reckless: Tales of the Unconventional Women of East Texas, will take place at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at the museum, 393 N. Sixth St.

The event is free for Landmark Society Members and $10 for non-members. You can join the Landmark Society at the door for $20 for free admission. Wine and coffee will be served.

Questions? Email
Fourth Annual Garland Guzzler 0.5K Race Saturday, Sept. 25

Race around the historic Downtown Square at the City's annual Garland Guzzler 0.5K Race on Saturday, Sept. 25!

This physically demanding 😉 and mentally strenuous 😉 race known as The Garland Guzzler 0.5K will be taking place, live and in-person, for its fourth year!

After you finish the race, stay for the Oktoberfest-themed party with live music, Oktoberfest games and, of course, food and drinks.

There's no on-site registration this year, so make sure you sign up in advance. Register today!
Garland Brings Home State Awards
The City of Garland is continuing its award-winning tradition at state conferences. This year the Public & Media Relations Department and Visit Garland, the City’s Convention & Visitors Bureau, each earned several state awards. The two departments collaborated on several of the award-winning projects.

Garland earned seven awards at the Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus Annual Conference. The City earned another seven awards at the 2021 Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers Annual Conference.

September Is National Preparedness Month
Be ready for natural and human-made threats because disasters can happen at any time.

The Office of Emergency Management encourages you to prepare for disasters by participating in the #PrepareToProtect September challenge.

Each week focuses on different aspects of disaster preparedness to ensure you and your family are ready.

Learn more at
Neighborhood Vitality Matching Grant
Applications Due Thursday, Sept. 23
The Application deadline for the Neighborhood Vitality Matching Grant program is Thursday, Sept. 23.

Neighborhood groups registered with the Office of Neighborhood Vitality may apply for up to $100,000 in matching funds for neighborhood enhancement projects on public property. Additional assistance is available for voluntary neighborhood groups.

Download program guidelines, forms and more at
COVID-19 Vaccines, Boosters Available at Garland's Public Health Clinic

You can get the COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment at our Public Health Clinic, 206 Carver Drive, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Garland Health Department is now providing boosters for the COVID-19 vaccine to those the declared eligible by the Centers for Disease Control. Those considered moderately to severely immunocompromised are eligible to receive a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna. A third dose registration form and eligibility information are available at

For more vaccine information, visit
Flu Shots Now Available at Garland's Public Health Clinic

The Garland Public Health Clinic, 206 Carver Drive, has received its first shipment of vaccine for the 2021-22 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. Low-cost flu vaccines for uninsured children and adults are also now available.
Call 972-205-3370 for pricing and to learn what insurance plans are accepted.

Events and Announcements
City Council Meetings
Sept. 13 and 14
The Garland City Council Work Session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, and will include the final public hearing on the FY 2021-22 Proposed Budget. Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, and will include the final public hearing on the proposed tax rate for the 2021-22 fiscal year. Council is scheduled to adopt the budget at the Sept. 14 Regular Meeting. The proposed budget is available at Both meetings will take place at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St.

Plan Commission
Sept. 15
The Garland Plan Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St.

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

In-person meetings have resumed, but you can continue to 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.

Cultural Arts Commission Grant Applications
Sept. 17
Applications for the Garland Cultural Arts Commission's 2021-22 Grant Program may be picked up at the Granville Arts Center Box Office, 300 N. Fifth St., between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Applications are due to the Granville Arts Center Friday, Sept. 17. Follow-up interviews will take place Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Granville Arts Center. For more information, call 972-205-2780.

Rain Barrel Sale
Sept. 21
The City of Garland Water Utilities Department is offering an opportunity to purchase rain barrels at a discounted price. Through a cooperative purchase, the classic black, 50-gallon Ivy Rain Barrel is being offered for $78 each (normal retail price is $129). For more information, setup instructions and to place an order, go to Quantities are limited and ordering will close Tuesday, Sept. 21.
COVID-19 Updates
As of Thursday, Sept. 9, the Garland Health Department has received reports of 2,497 active cases out of 35,858 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 492 deaths. The City updates its posted case numbers each Monday and Thursday.

The City of Garland and its community partners are facilitating access to recovery programs for Garland residents who have been impacted by COVID-19. Assistance is available for a variety of services, including financial assistance for housing, utilities, food and medical expenses, as well as workforce training and job placement services, and counseling and emergency shelter assistance.
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