MORE FUN COMING TO DOWNTOWN GARLAND DECEMBER 5TH STARTING AT 5 PM - 2019 Magical Christmas Candlelight Home Tour event at 713 Austin Street in Garland on December 5, 2019.

In addition to tree lighting and festivities on the square, there will be a tour of historic homes nearby. And carriage rides. A tour of the historic homes is $20 a ticket and a carriage ride is $40.

Mark your calendars for Magical Christmas Candlelight Home Tour! This dog friendly event will be held from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM on December 5, 2019 at Travis College Hill Historic District plus homes in the nearby Embree historic neighborhood in Garland, TX,

call 214-886-1009 or email for more information.

Eight homes in two historic areas of Garland will be decked out in Christmas finery and open to the public!

A vintage Santa will pose for photos and will tell about Christmases in the long ago.

Carolers from area churches will perform at 20-minute intervals during much of the home tour.

Guests can sip hot cocoa in the outdoor kitchen of one of the vintage homes.


Students with Noon Exchange Club President and GISD Hispanic Community Liaison, Javier Solis
Shopping for Christmas Presents for Kids 

The good heartedness of “giving back to others” permeates the spirit of the Noon Exchange Club of Garland Texas. Their members organize, host and raise the funds for many community events throughout the year that benefit our youth in so many ways.  Primarily, however, they do it by just being themselves--true Americans in the spirit of good-hearted generosity.  My two favorite events of the many they host are 1) our Labor Day Parade and 2) their annual Christmas Party.  I love it that there are still folks out there who remember and honor the contributions of the working people, the laborers of our nation--in fact, the people who literally built our nation from our farms to our skyscrapers.  

The second event they host that I especially love is their annual Christmas Party that benefits 100-150 kids in our City who might not otherwise have a Christmas. Adults from many service organizations and individuals assist them in hosting the Christmas Party; the youth from various high schools in our community who entertain and also assist the younger students for whom the party was hosted. Even the young honored guests themselves get into the act of giving back to others.  They color and decorate cards and write messages of appreciation that will be sent to our troops overseas.

Today was one of the many steps in preparing for the Christmas Party--the shopping spree.  We all went to a local retailer and were given large plastic sacks with information on a child on the sack--their first name, sizes, and toys  or other things like art supplies they had suggested as gifts.  I bought for a little girl, age 11--same age as my granddaughter, Erin.  Like my granddaughter, she had makeup on her list.  As I would for my granddaughter I ignored the request for makeup. Little girls need to stay little girls as along as they can!  The other child was a little boy who is 9, like my grandson, Jack.

Another step in preparation for the December Party will be the gift wrapping party.  Members and volunteers will get together and wrap each of the presents we purchased today (Each child gets $80 worth of presents--a few practical and a few not.

I love this Christmas Party because it teaches all our youth that we all have gifts to give--no matter who we are, how old or how young.  It doesn't smack of "Oh look what we are doing for you."  This event teaches the lesson of sharing and the lesson that we all have gifts to give. We have our high school students performing for the younger students--songs, dance, and  entertainment. Of course there are the adults--both from our Noon Exchange Club as well as other volunteer organizations who participate.  AND as I mentioned before, even the kids for whom this event is planned--they give back too by creating great cards and messages for our service people overseas.

We all have something to give and I appreciate our Noon Exchange Club of Garland for reminding us of this as well as teaching our youth some of the values of what it means to be an American.

A Couple of Shoppers for the Christmas Party


My friend, Yvonne Divine is shopping for a little girl.

Two Noon Exchange Club members of Garland making sure the shopping bags are all kept in order.

Our Friendly Sargent At Arms Noon Exchange Club Member who made sure we kept our purchases within a few bucks of $80 per bag.

And here is my dear, precious friend, and neighbor, Margie.


Loving Garland Green joined forces to participate with Keep Garland Beautiful and The City of Garland's Neighborhood Vitality Department  to host the 'WE MAKE GARDENS' station at the GARLAND AREA MAKERSPACE BLOCK PARTY November 3.

It was a great turnout of approximately 200 people..  The theme of the WE MAKE GARDENS station was winter gardens,  The emphasis was:  Yes, you can grow flowers and edibles in North Texas in the winter.  For give-aways we features pansies, a beautiful yet tough flower that even continues to bloom in the snow.  Reba Collins from Keep Garland Beautiful chatted with visitors about the value of native plants and their give aways included native flowers.  Nancy Tunell, from the City of Garland informed visitor about all the great opportunities to improve your neighborhood including the planting of gardens.  We were pleased at the interest and the number of visitors to our station.

Some of Loving Garland Green's Give Aways:  Pansies and Swiss Chard.  Also not pictured were more pansies, Swiss Chard and Mustard.  All of these plants, including the pansies are edibles that grow in the winter here in North Texas.

Betty Roberts, President of Keep Garland Beautiful (on the left) chats with Jane Stroud, president of Loving Garland Green.


Reba Collins, Master Naturalist, talks about the value of native plants with a visitor.


Nancy Tunell, from the City of Garland's Neighborhood Vitality group talks to a visitor about neighbors and the value of community gardens.


Nancy's table also featured a reminder of the Neighborhood Summit coming up this Saturday.  Hope to see you there!


Liz Berry, President Emeritus and one of the founding members of Loving Garland Green takes a name from a young assistant for the drawing for the plants.


One of the winners of the pansies at the WE MAKE GARDENS station at the Garland Area Makerspace Block Party.