Sept. 19, 2021
This Week's News
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.

This week, talk about emergencies with your kids. It is important to be prepared in case you are separated. Make sure they have the necessary information needed to get into contact with a family member.

Learn more at
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. Registration ends Thursday, Sept. 23. Register today!
Board & Volunteer Fair Tuesday, Sept. 28
Learn more about helping serve the Garland community!

Enjoy an evening of networking and conversation with dozens of Garland's nonprofit, civic and community organizations from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, at The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St.

These organizations are seeking both volunteers and open board vacancies. Register to attend, have a booth or be a sponsor at
Deena Williams Makes Her Mark
Here at the City of Garland we are proud to say we have many employees who Make Their Mark both on and off the job.

One example is Code Compliance Officer Deena Williams, who is dedicated to being a "Big Sister" to an amazing young man.

Check out this month's Make Your Mark profile to learn more.
It's National Hispanic Heritage Month
Join us as we observe Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15!

A curated collection of downloadable books and audiobooks for all ages is available on OverDrive/Libby through the Nicholson Memorial Library System.

There are also multiple virtual bilingual and multicultural story time programs scheduled throughout Hispanic Heritage Month. These events can be found on the calendar at

Each Garland library also has a Hispanic heritage display. Stop by every location to see them all!
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. 20 and 21
The Garland City Council Work Session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20. Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 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.

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.

Neighborhood Vitality Matching Grant
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 Updates
As of Thursday, Sept. 16, the Garland Health Department has received reports of 2,088 active cases out of 36,712 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 515 deaths. The City updates its posted case numbers each Monday and Thursday.
West Nile Virus
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