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Garland offers a variety of entertainment choices with theater productions at both the Plaza Theater and Granville Arts Center. There are also free movies at the Plaza along with special celebrations, events and festivals in downtown Garland and various other locations around town.

Additional family-friendly events are sponsored by the Nicholson Memorial Library System as well as by various nonprofit organizations, churches, youth organizations, schools, businesses and associations.




 



 




Native Plants and Prairies Day event

The North Texas Master Naturalists will host the fifth annual Native Plants and Prairies Day on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10 AM to 3 PM, at the Bath House Cultural Center grounds at White Rock Lake. Highlights for the day include 15 thirty-minute wildflower and prairie walks guided by local experts, a lecture series by naturalist experts, and 30 demonstrations/information/outreach booths, raptors, and snakes.  For the first time we will have local artists displaying their nature-inspired creations for purchase. 

 

Come help us construct our own Climate Ribbon tree during the event.  The Climate Ribbon project is an opportunity for us to share what each of us stands to lose to climate change and affirm our solidarity as we unite to fight against it.

 

Other offerings include a raffle with terrific gifts provided by event sponsors, children’s activities, and food trucks.

 

This FREE family event has been enthusiastically received by the local community for its focus on Texas plants and animals and the benefits of using native plants in home landscapes as disease and drought-resistant alternatives to non-native species. Our native birds, animals, and insects all depend on these native plants for survival. Major sponsors for the event include: Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Dallas Zoo, Pariveda Solutions, Texas Discovery Gardens, Whole Earth Provision Co., Wild Birds Unlimited, Arborilogical Services, Inc., Rohde’s Nursery and Nature Store, Earth Day Texas, and the Dallas Sierra Club.

 

For more information, updates on the latest event developments, and the detailed descriptions of the speakers, walk guides, artists, and exhibitors, go to ntmn.org.  Connect with us on social media: Facebook: Native Plants and Prairies Day

Twitter: @ntmasternatural  and Instagram: @ntmasternaturalist








Library Activities

Nicholson Memorial Library System

 

Spring storytimes for children – Jan. 9 through April 29, 2017.

Central Library – 625 Austin St., 972-205-2516

Toddler Storytime (18-36 mos.)             Mondays, 10 a.m.

Preschool Storytime (3-5 yrs.)               Mondays, 11 a.m.

North Garland Branch Library – 3845 North Garland Ave., 972-205-2804

Wee Read (birth to 18 mos.)                 Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Storytime (18-36 mos.)             Fridays, 10 a.m.

Preschool Storytime (3-5 yrs.)               Fridays, 11 a.m.

South Garland Branch Library – 4845 Broadway Blvd., 972-205-3934

Toddler Storytime (18-36 mos.)             Wednesdays, 10 a.m.

Preschool Storytime (3-5 yrs.)               Wednesdays, 11 a.m.

Family Storytime                                     Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.

Walnut Creek Branch Library – 3319 Edgewood Drive, 972-205-2585

Family Storytime                                      Tuesdays, 7 p.m.

 

*Photographs and video may be taken at library programs for use in print and/or electronic media at the Library’s discretion. For more information, call 972-205-2516.

 

April activities

 

Kids design bookmarks

 

Children in K-8 can show off their STEAM art skills by entering the bookmark design contest beginning April 1. Theme is “Build a Better World.” Designs should incorporate an architecture or environmental design. Stop by the Children’s Desk at any Garland library to pick up templates and rules sheets. Follow the rules below, then turn in each entry by April 30.

 

  • Bookmarks must be the entrant’s original, hand-drawn artwork. No copyrighted images or cartoon characters will be accepted.
  • No colors please—black ink only.
  • The Children’s Librarians will select a first place, second place, third place and fourth place winner from the submitted bookmarks in each of the following age groups: kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grades, and sixth through eighth grades.
  • Criteria for judging include: creativity, use of theme, and originality.

 

Copies of first place bookmarks will be available at library branches June 3. 972-205-2516.

 

Kids Develop STEAM Skills at Star Wars Event

 

Children 6-12 improve STEAM science, art and technology skills at the Star Wars-themed Books and Beyond program at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Central Library, 625 Austin St. Themes incorporate concepts from STEAM learning: science, technology, engineering, art and math. Participants will create Yoda ears, Princess Leia bun headbands, light saber cards with LED lights that really light up and wookiees made out of paint sticks and felt. They can also use skills to rescue Hans Solo from a block of ice. Registration not required. 972-205-2516.

 

Lady & the Tramp duo sings 50s, 60s hits

 

Lady & the Tramp brings 50s-60s music to Senior Social Hour at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at Central Library, 625 Austin Street. Includes rock, pop and country hits from artists like Elvis, The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Bobby Darin, Carly Simon and Carole King. Senior Social Hour programs are free and for anyone 55+. Donations for the Friends of the Library book sale will be accepted. Registration not required;  seats fill quickly. Doors open 30 minutes early. 972-205-2502.

 

NMLS announces May activities

 

Barbara McMillen sings Carole King – Seniors who missed Beautiful: The Carole King Musical can enjoy songs from the show sung by Barbara McMillen at the Nicholson Memorial Library System’s Senior Social Hour at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the Central Library. Beautiful recounts the early life and career of singer and songwriter Carole King and includes songs written and recorded by Ms. King. The musical also features songs written and recorded by other artists like the Drifters, Shirelles and Righteous Brothers. Sponsored by Friends of the Library, program is free and open to anyone 55+. Donations of gently used books and media for the book sale are accepted. No registration required. Seats fill up quickly. Doors open 30 minutes before performance. 972-205-2502.

 

Enjoy free movies – Saturday, May 20 at 3 p.m. Movie is 2016’s The Jungle Book. The film tells the story of Mowgli, a boy who embarks on a journey of self-discovery. Movie is rated PG. Films are full-length children’s movies. Doors open 15 minutes prior to event. Seating limited. No registration required, all ages welcome. Free popcorn, water while supplies last. Films are at South Garland Branch at 4845 Broadway Blvd., at Oates Road. 972-205-3933.

 

Stuffed animals sleep over – Children and their plush pals are invited to Stuffed Animal Sleepover for children 18 months to 8 years of age. Stuffed Animal Sleepover gives kids a chance to experience stories and crafts with  their favorite stuffed friend. Library staff encourage attendees to leave their stuffed animal at the library overnight for additional fun. Each remaining animal will be photographed enjoying library. Parents may collect animals two days after event.

 

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, Walnut Creek Branch, 3319 Edgewood Drive, 972-205-2585 – Animal Pick Up: 1 to 9 p.m., Thursday, May 4

 

6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 3, Central Library, 625 Austin St., 972-205-2517 – Animal Pick Up: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, May 5

 

6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 4, South Garland Branch, 4845 Broadway Blvd., 972-205-3934 – Animal Pick Up: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 6

 

10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 6, North Garland Branch, 3845 North Garland Ave., 972-205-2804 – Animal Pick Up: 1 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 9

 

Parents should select a stuffed animal that is not essential to child’s daily routine. Library staff will email photos to each stuffed animal’s owner. One stuffed animal per child. 972-205-2516.

 

Summer storytimes – June 5-July 29. 972-205-2516.

 

Central Library, 625 Austin St., 972-205-2516

Toddler Storytime (18-36 mos.)             Mondays, 10 a.m.

Preschool Storytime (3-5 yrs.)               Mondays, 11 a.m.

 

North Garland Branch, 3845 North Garland Ave., 972-205-2804

Wee Read (birth to 18 mos.)                 Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Storytime (18-36 mos.)             Fridays, 10 a.m.

Preschool Storytime (3-5 yrs.)               Fridays, 11 a.m.

 

South Garland Branch, 4845 Broadway Blvd., 972-205-3934

Toddler Storytime (18-36 mos.)             Wednesdays, 10 a.m.

Preschool Storytime (3-5 yrs.)               Wednesdays, 11 a.m.

Family Storytime                                   Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.

 

Walnut Creek Branch, 3319 Edgewood Drive, 972-205-2585

Family Storytime                                   Tuesdays, 7 p.m.

 

Celebrate Japanese culture – Children 6-12 learn about Japanese culture and practice STEAM art skills at Art Explorers at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Walnut Creek Branch. Children learn about different types of art, then create masterpieces. Participants will learn about Children’s Day, a Japanese national holiday celebrated for hundreds of years by children flying koinobori, or carp streamers. Attendees will decorate pre-made koinobori windsocks, which they may take home to fly. Registration required and limited to 24. Register by phone or in person at Walnut Creek Branch, 3319 Edgewood Drive. Supplies provided by library. 972-205-2585.

 

Please be aware that photographs and video may be taken at Library programs for use in print and/or electronic media at the Library’s discretion.