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June 26, 2015

Pfirecracker Pfestival July 3 at Lake Pflugerville
pfirecracker logoThe city of Pflugerville  is ready to celebrate Independence Day at Lake Pflugerville on Friday, July 3, 2015 with the Pfirecracker Pfestival from 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. Live music, children’s bounce houses, facepainters, a choo choo train, science show, festival food and activities lead up to the fireworks show at dark.

There is no onsite parking at the lake, but attendees can ride a complimentary shuttle bus from Hendrickson High School to the lake. “Ride the Bus – it’s a blast!”  With more than 40 buses running simultaneously throughout the festival, guests will enjoy being dropped off at the north or south shore of the lake with the free shuttle service.

Look to the southwest corner of the lake at dark to enjoy the fireworks show. The location change allows the Lake Pflugerville trail to remain open throughout the entire festival for guests to visit the north or south shores of the Lake.

phone appThere is live music offered on two stages, the stripes north shore stage and the stars south stage.  Please no pets, personal fireworks, charcoal grills or glass items are allowed.  For more information on the entertainment schedule, what to bring, what not to bring and festival maps, visit pflugervilletx.gov/pfirecracker.

Download the city’s phone app to have the festival at your fingertips. 

Lake Closed July 2 
The lake is closed on Thursday, July 2 to allow for setup of the pfestival. The event is on Friday, July 3, the legal holiday for 2015 to accommodate leaving the lake open for guests all weekend long. The lake will be open on July 4. 

Rain Plan
If the grounds at Lake Pflugerville are too wet and muddy to support a festival, the city will postpone and launch fireworks on July 24 in conjunction with the city’s 50th birthday and music in the park celebration. www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfifty. 

Zero tolerance - no personal fireworks in Pflugerville
While Travis County allows the sale of fireworks and use in the County during this Fourth of July season, fireworks are not permitted in the Pflugerville city limits. It is important to exercise caution to remain safe and fire free.  An alternative to personal fireworks is to attend the Pfrecracker Pfestival. Sparklers are considered a firework and not allowed. 

Consider crating your pets indoors on Friday, July 4
Pets and fireworks don't mix and during Independence Day celebrations, neighborhood cats and dogs can become "escape artists" during fireworks.

"The Pflugerville Animal Shelter is frequently inundated with lost pets after the July 4 holiday because pets left outdoors frequently panic and find ways to escape from backyards," shelter director Rhonda McLendon said. "Before you go to the Pfirecracker Pfestival, consider finding a safe enclosed room for your animal indoors or a crate to allow the animal to feel snug and secure during firework celebrations."

Pets are not allowed at the Pfirecracker Pfestival. "Animals act differently when frightened and we don't want anyone to be injured or an animal to suffer from fear of the fireworks," McLendon said. 

Please make sure anytime your pet is in the backyard or outside that it is wearing a collar with tags. Now is a good time to update your pet's microchip information to make sure it is current in case it does escape over the holiday.

If you lose your pet, please visit the Pflugerville Animal Shelter on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Pflugerville Animal ShelterLost Pets Facebook page is also a resource.

Pflugervillians and Superhero party June 27 
On Saturday, June 27 we will fight against the PflugerVillian Bear at the Pflugervillian and Superhero party at the library! Are you a villain or a hero? Come in costume to join in the Superpower Parade. Enjoy games & crafts for all ages from 1:30-2:15 pm. Then, join us to watch Superman, starring Christopher Reeve. Rated PG-13. (c) Warner Bros. Call the library for more details. All ages welcome. 

puppet show  Iris Saves the Land of Black and White – Puppet Show
On July 1 enjoy a puppet show at the library with "Iris saves the land of Black and White at 2:30 p.m."  The Land of Black and White is ruled by a king who has banned all color. It is up to Iris and the kids to bring back color to the land! Play trumpets with sunflowers and sing lullabies to whales and help Iris. Register online for a spot


Teen bands wanted for Pforte II battle of the bands 
The Pforte II teen battle of the band competition is set for Friday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Pflugerville Music in the Park concert series. Teens ages 13-19 are encouraged to submit a music video and sign up to participate in the competition at Pfluger Park on August 7. pforte2

Applications from teen bands wanting to earn one of four coveted performance spots should submit a music video online between July 1 and July 12 to participate. To enter, submit a 4 minute maximum length music video and entry form by July 12. All genres of music are welcome. Public voting begins July 16 to determine the four finalists who will perform a 20 minute set live on August 7. 

Contest rules and details are online at pflugervilletx.gov/pforte. In addition to being featured on PfTV and bragging rights, the winning rock band will receive a 15 minute gig at the Pflugerville Pfall Chili Pfest on October 17 and a video of their performance.   

Feedback wanted on Community Development Block Grant projects 
At the Pflugerville City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 23, the first of two public hearings was held to discuss the action plan for the 2015 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and to request feedback from the community regarding the proposed plans. CDBG project image

The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled communities, such as Pflugerville, to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.  City staff recommendation identified $212,840 for parks, $20,000 sidewalks and $15,000 in recreational programs to consider for the 2015 CDBG funding. The proposed program includes $40,000 for recreation accessibility improvements at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, $75,000 for a pavilion at Windermere Park, $50,000 for parkland land acquisition for Parkway Drive and $45,000 for park amenities, $20,000 for a sidewalk extension along Foothill Farms near the Travis County Health and Human Services building and $15,000 for youth recreation program scholarships.   The public has 30 days to provide feedback as the item returns to council on July 28. 

From June 24 through July 27, the 2015 Annual Action Plan will be posted and available for public review and comment.
1. Online at pflugervilletx.gov/communitydevelopment
2. City of Pflugerville Public Library located at 1008 W. Pfluger Street 
3. Travis County Community Center located at 15822 Foothill Farm Loop. 
4. Development Services office, 201 B E. Pecan St. 

Accommodations for disabled or non-English speaking residents will be made available upon advance request to 512/990-6300 orcommunitydevelopment@pflugervilletx.gov
Deutschen Pfest
Deutschen Pfest T-shirts for sale! 
There are extra T-shirts from the 40th Annual Deutschen Pfest event and Pfun Run from May 2015. The City of Pflugerville is selling the 2015 shirts at half price. Sale prices range from $5 for kids’ sizes and $10 adult for the Pfun Run shirts. The red Deutschen Pfest T-shirts sell for $6 and the 2X and 3X sizes go for $7 each. Stop by the Pflugerville Recreation Center during normal hours to stock up on these commemorative shirts for your pfriends and pfamily. For more information, please call 512-990-6350.

Plugerville wins 3 first TAMI communications Awards and an Award of HonTAMI awardor 
The City of Pflugerville received three first place TAMI awards and a third place Award of Honor from the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) at the annual conference in Houston. The city was honored to receive four statewide awards. First place TAMI awards were received for the Pfun,TX website (www.pfuntx.com), the Pfun, TX public service announcement and the educational Pflugerville Bond video from 2014. The city's first annual report, 2014 Year in Review, earned third place award of honor. Pictured are: Mayor Protem Wayne Cooper, Councilmember Starlet Sattler, Public Information Officer Terri Waggoner, Councilmember Brad Marshall, Marketing and Special Events Coordinator Pamela Cosel, Videography and Multimedia Specialist Wade Maness, Councilmember Omar Pena, and Big Blue Sky Advertising representatives. Not pictured: Gem Creative. 

City facility schedule modified for Independence Day holiday
The Pflugerville Public Library is closed on July 4 and 6 in observance of Independence Day.  The Pflugerville Recreation Center is closed July 4 and open July 6 with modified hours of 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.  The Pflugerville Animal Shelter is closed on July 4 and July 6. City offices are closed July 6. Trash pickup is not affected by the Independence day holiday. 

What's Happening
Discount adoptions at Animal Shelter - June is adopt a cat month and kitten season is in full swing. The Pflugerville Animal Shelter, 1600 Waterbrook Drive, is open to the public Thursday - Tuesday from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Come out and find the purrfect cat for your home! Visit pflugervilletx.gov/adoptacat to see the cats we have ready to go home with you. 

Water Quality Reports available online - The Consumer Confidence rule requires public water suppliers serving the same people year-round in community water systems to provide consumer confidence reports to their customers. The city has made these reports available to the public on the city's website pflugervilletx.gov/waterreports.Reports are available in English and Spanish. For more information call 512-990-6400.

This Week 
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police;
Online City Event Calendar 
Friday 6/26:  Pflugerville Quilt Guild Exhibit – A Stitch in Time (L until July 9); 
Saturday 6/27: PflugerVillians & Superheroes (L)
Monday 6/29:  Baby Time (3 to 18 months): Birds & Flowers (L); Bilingual (English & Spanish) Story Time: Fly high!/ Vuela alto! (L) Family Craft Night: Terracotta Pot Painting (L)
Tuesday 6/30: Story Time: Birds & Owls (L); Dungeon & Dragons (L); Tween Scene: Yo-Yo Workshop (L); Teen Night: Murder Mystery Dinner (L); Pfarmers Market (P&R)
Wednesday 7/1: Iris Saves the Land of Black and White – Puppet Show (L) 
Thursday 7/2: Story Time: Pajama Party (L); Movie Night @ the Library (S); Genealogy (L); Conversational English (L)


SAVE THE DATE
July 10 Music in the Park - Enjoy free music concerts at Pfluger Park this summer. The music continues with Kaylee Rutland at 6:30 p.m. and Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers at 8 p.m. Enjoy Americana, rockabilly and country and western music July 10. pflugervilletx.gov/musicinthepark.

July 24 - Pflugerville 50th birthday celebration - Come to Pfluger Park on July 24 to celebrate Pflugerville's 50 years as an incorporated city. With the giant birthday cake to music in the park featuring hits from 1965 and historical displays, together we will celebrate Pflugerville starting at 6 p.m. Visit pflugervilletx.gov/pfifty for more information. 


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