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August 21, 2015

Pflugerville partners with the Girl Scouts to encourage water conservation
patch The city of Pflugerville water conservation team has partnered with the Girl Scouts of Central Texas to create the Water Conservation Patch for water conservation.

“Together we can make a difference, and that’s the key message behind the Water Conservation Girl Scout patch,” Water Conservation Education Specialist Patricia Rinehart said. “The patch is a tool to educate girls on the importance of water as a valuable resource and how to conserve it. We are proud to launch this patch to reach all 46 counties in the Central Texas region and teach the importance of water conservation.”

The patch specifications and requirements were designed and coordinated by city staff and sent for approval to the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. "Since August is Girl Scouts of Central Texas conservation month, launching the patch in August provided the perfect opportunity to announce the patch and explain conservation during one of Texas’ driest months," Rinehart said.

The patch program has various tiers and requirements based on age for the girls to complete from kindergarten to 12th grade. The girls observe, connect and take action to help with water conservation. Depending on grade level, the girls are asked to tour a water plant or observe a local water supply, brainstorm activities to conserve and take action to get the message out to their family and friends.

“It is our mission to help girls develop their leadership skills so that they can take action on important issues in their community,” said Lynelle McKay, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Texas. “Water conservation is a major issue of the 21st century and our girls are being prepared to find sustainable solutions. This partnership is key to this effort.”

Pflugerville is proud to present the patches to the first Pflugerville Girl Scout troop to complete the program at the September 22 City Council meeting at 7 p.m., and to highlight the patch which names and recognizes Pflugerville, but will also be used across Central Texas to teach girls to conserve.

Pfreeze Pflugerville encourages youth to use crosswalks
Just in time for back to school, the Pflugerville Police Department has partnered with 7-Eleven’s Operation Chill to launch Pfreeze Pflugerville, a crosswalk safety initiative program to encourage youth to cross the street in the crosswalk.crosswalk
 
“Young adults and teens using the crosswalks throughout the City of Pflugerville will be rewarded with a free small Slurpee coupon,” Sgt. Mayo Neyland said. “The purpose of the program is to encourage safety by tweens and juveniles during their walk to school. Our officers will reward those who are playing it safe and help remind youth to use the crosswalks.”
 
Community Services officers will randomly select a crosswalk in Pflugerville to specifically monitor and reward juveniles who use it properly. The program begins August 25, the first day of school, through December 15. Coupons expire on December 31, 2015.
 
Music in the Park tonight at Pfluger Park
The Pflugerville Music in the Park concerts continue on Friday, August 21 with "porch stomp" music with a bit of Texas street country and blues with music from the Dillon Havins Band at 6:30 p.m. and then Clyde at 8 p.m.music in the park

Dillon Havins is a 14-year-old singer, songwriter and accomplished blues guitarist. He has been featured on America's Got Talent and is a true crowd pleaser for all ages. Dillon Havins and Friends won the honor to represent Austin, TX at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

Next at 8 p.m. enjoy the sounds of Clyde who has been described as porch stomp music with a country Cajon Texas Hill Country flavor.

Grab the family and come out to Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road and enjoy the live music. Pflugervilletx.gov/musicinthepark.


Expect lane closures on Sunday, August 23 on Railroad Ave
mapThe Youth Super Sprint Triathlon is August 23 starting at 8 a.m. and is at Gilleland Creek Park. Please anticipate some traffic delays along Railroad as the southbound lanes are closed and the northbounds lanes will become two-way traffic to accommodate the bikes.  Railroad Avenue from Pfennig Lane to Wilbarger will be affected. Please watch for athletes on Sunday morning! 

While the trails all remain open, the running portion of the triathlon will take place through the Gilleland to Pfluger Park trails. 

The triathlon is held in a partnership with the city Parks and Recreation Department as the completion of the youth tri camp which prepared youth age 7 to 17 to try a triathlon. The triathlon is open to the public and you can register at www.youth-tri.com.

WaterMyYard program recommends outdoor irrigation runtimes to help conserve water
LCRA has teamed up with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to offer homeowners and businesses in Central Texas access to a free programs that helps Texans determine how long to run irrigation systems to maintain healthy landscapes without wasting water.

The WaterMyYard website bases its recommendation on local weather conditions and types of irrigation systems. The service is now is available to residents in and around Austin, Cedar Park, Dripping Springs, Lakeway, Marbles Falls and Pflugerville. Visit www.watersmart.org for more information.

Serve on a city board or commission
The City of Pflugerville is accepting applications for positions on its Board of Adjustment, Library Board, Parks and Recreation Commission, Pflugerville Community Development Corporation, Planning and Zoning Commission, Personnel Appeal Board and Finance and Budget Committee for terms beginning January 1, 2016. Applicants are generally required to be registered voters of the City and to have resided within the City limits for at least 12 months preceding appointment. Additional requirements may exist for a specific board or commission. Application

For more information contact the City Secretary’s Office at 990-6101, or email citysecretary@pflugervilletx.gov. The City encourages all interested citizens to apply prior to October 31, 2015. Interviews/appointments are anticipated for November 17, 2015 at 6 p.m.. 

Back to School next week!
The first day of school in Pflugerville is August 25. Students are at new schools and establishing their travel routine to and from school. Please remember the law prohibit drivers from using a handheld cell phone in school zones which carries a fine of $200.
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Talk to your child before the first day of school:  We suggest talking to your child about the route to school. Frequent problems at schools include double-parked cars and children darting between cars or getting off their bicycles. If dropping your child off, arrive early so that you are not rushed after dropping off your child. Discuss safety rules with your child before you get to the school and proper methods to walk around automobile traffic. Consider walking or riding a bike to school with your child for the first week to get them comfortable with their routine. Be careful, slow down for our kids. View this video and make sure you know all the rules about cell phone use in Pflugerville.


What's Happening
Wilke Ridge closed - Wilke Ridge road is closed for utility work.

Register for fall classes with Pflugerville Recreation Center
www.pflugervilletx.gov/classes

Register your party for National Night Out - National Night Out is October 6. Register your party now for Pflugerville officers to come visit. http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/nno.

Pools: Keep an eye on the pool schedules as summer winds down. www.pflugervilletx.gov/pools.

This Week
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O - Other
Online City Event Calendar 
Friday 8/21: Creative Art Society (CAS) Show at the Library July 20 – September 25 (L); Music in the Park with Dillon Havins Band & Clyde (P&R); Grand Adults Day (P&R)
Sunday 8/23: Senior Sunday Pfun - Movie (P&R)
Tuesday 8/25: City Council Meeting (B&C)
Wednesday 8/26: Board of Adjustment Meeting (B&C)
Thursday 8/27: Turning Pages Book Club (L); 3D Printer Demo (L); Conversational English (L)

SAVE THE DATE
September 19 Police Open House - The Police Department holds an open house at the Pflugerville Justice Center, 1611 E. Pfennig on Saturday, September 19 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  pflugervilletx.gov/pdopenhouse.
 
October 4 Harvest Fest - Heritage House Museum hosts a Harvest Fest from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Accordion music, fall photo opportunities and food for sale. Come see the new improvements to the museum: new floors, screens and updated porch. Enjoy your visit. pflugervilletx.gov/heritagehouse.

October 17 Chili Pfest - It is time to get ready for the Pfall Chili Pfest! Get your team's recipe together now and plan to participate in the fun. Visit pflugervilletx.gov/chili for details.