Sept. 26, 2021
This Week's News
Garland Library Goes Fine Free
Garland library users have cause to celebrate this fall. The library is going fine free! This means beginning Friday, Oct. 1, the library will no longer charge late fees on materials returned after their due dates.

Library staff do ask that users be considerate of other patrons and return borrowed items at their earliest convenience. The library will still charge for lost or damaged items. The charge for a lost item is the replacement cost, plus a $5 processing fee.

Last Chance to Get Your Fair Fare on the Square
Get your fix of fair fare in one convenient, walkable location – Downtown Garland’s historic Square!

Enjoy fare "fit to be fried" from 12 eateries situated near the Square through Thursday, Sept. 30. 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

Heading to the State Fair of Texas? Take the DART rail line direct from Garland. Learn more at
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
Garland Cemetery Walking Tour Available Starting Thursday, Sept. 30
Graveyards are outdoor museums that contain vast amounts of historic artistic and architectural information.
As you walk through the Garland Memorial Park Masonic Cemetery, 1600 S. Garland Ave., consider that these are the lives that made our city.
Tour guidebooks are available at the Garland Landmark Museum, 393 N. Sixth St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
At the back of the guidebook is a index of many of the gravestone symbols you will encounter on your walk. These symbols are referenced on each stop’s detailed page. Gravestone rubbing/tracing materials are available for free upon request.
Learn more at
Tri-City Cleanup Saturday, Oct. 2
Keep Garland Beautiful, Keep Dallas Beautiful and Keep Rowlett Beautiful are partnering to host the fifth annual cleanup along Lake Ray Hubbard shoreline and down Rowlett Creek from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 2.

This year there are multiple sites where groups can sign up. Choose your site, sign up your group, and we will be there with supplies! Each volunteer will receive a gift bag and T-shirt.

Wheels of Hope Car Show Saturday, Oct. 2
The annual Wheels of Hope Car Show will roll into Downtown Garland from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.

Admission is free for spectators and $25 for vehicle entries.

Find the full lineup of entertainment and activities at
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. 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
Plan Commission
Sept. 27
The Garland Plan Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St.

City Council Special Meeting
Sept. 28
The Garland City Council will meet in a special Work Session to discuss the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, 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.
COVID-19 Updates
As of Thursday, Sept. 23, the Garland Health Department has received reports of 1,710 active cases out of 37,426 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 527 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.
Garland's Gone Camping Oct. 16-17
Grab your tent and sleeping bags for a night under the stars with family and friends. Although you're only minutes from home, you'll feel miles away. Enjoy a night hike, games, s'mores, a campfire and a movie in the park. Dinner and breakfast are provided! Learn more and register at
West Nile Virus
Get the latest West Nile Virus information at
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