Jan. 22, 2023

This Week's News

Garland City Council Announces New City Manager

The Garland City Council has named Judson Rex to serve as City Manager. The appointment was made official during the Council’s Jan. 17 meeting and is effective immediately.

Judson joined Team Garland two years ago as the Assistant City Manager for Planning and Economic Development. He is stepping into this new role following the retirement of Bryan Bradford, who will serve as City Manager Emeritus until May 1.

Learn more.

Public Input Meetings for New Senior Activity Center

Share your ideas with us! The design process for the new Garland Senior Activity Center is beginning, and we want your input.

There are two upcoming public input meetings where you can tell us what you'd like to see in the new facility:

  • 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Granger Recreation Center, 1310 W. Avenue F
  • 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at Audubon Recreation Center, 342 W. Oates Road

If you have questions, call 972-205-2750.

Be Prepared: Sign Up for Garland Alerts and Enews

Sign up with the Garland Alert System to receive emergency notifications by phone call, text or email. You can also provide important information for first responders.

Register for the Alert System at GarlandTX.gov.

Also, sign up for enewsletters to stay up to date on City of Garland news and alerts.

Be Prepared with Backup Power Sources

A battery backup or generator can be incredibly helpful during a power outage or emergency, but they need to be in working condition. Remember to test your battery backup or generator before it is time to use it. Also, make sure to run generators outside, away from the home.

Learn how to use your generator safely by following manufacturer instructions and checking out these additional guidelines.

Neighborhood Vitality Matching Grant Letters of Intent Deadline: Monday, Jan. 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. Letters of Intent are due Monday, Jan. 23.

Download program guidelines, forms and more at GarlandNeighborhoods.org.

Celebrate Vietnamese New Year at the Library Saturday, Jan. 28

Families and children of all ages can celebrate Vietnamese New Year, or Tet, with a performance from the Lion Dance Troupe at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the North Garland Branch Library, 3845 N. Garland Ave.

The Lion Dance is performed every year at Tet and celebrates luck, health and prosperity. The Lion Dance Troupe will explain the dance and then perform it. After the performance, children ages 4 through 12 can make lion dance masks out of cardboard!

This event is free and no registration is required. If you have questions, call 972-205-2804.

Sweetheart Dance Friday, Feb. 3

Dads, granddads and uncles, experience a magical evening with your little sweetheart at this year's Sweetheart Dance, Friday, Feb. 3, at The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St. 


The evening includes dinner, dancing, a professional 5x7 photo, and each little girl will receive a special gift.


Ages 3 to 7 dance from 6 to 8 p.m. Ages 8 to 15 dance from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. If you have a sweetheart in each age category, you may attend the dance of your choice.


Purchase your tickets today!

Garland Recycles!

You toss your plastic and glass bottles, cardboard boxes and aluminum cans into your blue recycling cart. Then what? 

Watch a behind-the-scenes tour of the recycling plant to learn what happens to your recyclables and how you're making a difference.

Events and Announcements

Plan Commission

Jan. 23

The Garland Plan Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St.

City Council Meeting

Jan. 24

The Garland City Council will host a special Work Session and public hearing to discuss the proposed 2023 Capital Improvements Program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St.

Boards & Commissions Meetings

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

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

View agendas at GarlandTX.gov and be sure to click the "subscribe" button to receive notifications when meeting agendas are posted.

District 5 Town Hall

Jan. 26

Join District 5 Council Member Margaret Lucht for an informative event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at the South Garland Branch Library, 4845 Broadway Blvd. Topics will include Neighborhood Police Officers and starting a Crime Watch group; Neighborhood Vitality and how to start a Neighborhood Association; and updates from the Street and Transportation departments. For more information, call 469-264-3556 or email Council5@GarlandTX.gov.

Apply Now for a Place on the May 6 Ballot

Feb. 17

Friday, Feb. 17, is the last day candidates may file for a place on the May 6 City of Garland General Election for Mayor and City Council Districts 3, 6, 7 and 8. Learn more at GarlandTX.gov.

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