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October 16, 2015

Celebrate Chili Pfest on October 17
This Saturday, October 17, the City of Pflugerville will host the 8th annual Chili Pfest from noon - 5 p.m. in downtown Pflugerville with live music, children's play area, jalapeño pepper eating contest, hot rod show and tons of chili tasting. Take the free shuttle bus from Pflugerville High School and get dropped off downtown! chili pfest video

Starting at noon, purchase 20 chili tasting cups for $5 at one of the ticket/cup selling booths downtown.. Enjoy samples from various competing chili cooks until 3 p.m.  

The competition cooks set up along Main Street, between Second and Third Streets. Give your chili tickets to your favorites to help them win the People’s Choice Award!  Have a great time sampling all the chili! But if you miss out on the contest samples, there will be chili for sale until 5 p.m. at Hanovers and football in their man cave. 

Schedule: Event is noon - 5 app
Noon – Event Begins, Vendor sales until 5 p.m.
All Day:  Man Cave and Football Viewing (Hanovers), Heat Wave car show, Kids’ Zone – Free activities, bounce houses, arts-n-crafts.
Noon - 2:30 p.m. Live music: Scottish Thunder (stage) 
Noon – 3 p.m. Let’s Taste Chili (Tasting cups $5 for 20)
Noon – 5 p.m. Heat Wave car show (Main and Third St.)
3 p.m.  Voting ends for People’s Choice Chili Contest
3-3:30 p.m. Jalapeño Eating Contest (in front of stage)
4 p.m. Chili Cook-off Awards (stage)
4:50 p.m. Lone Star Dancers: "Zombie Thriller" 
5 p.m. Event ends 

Download the app: The event phone app is online. Download the app and have the entire festival schedule, map and booth information at your pfingertips.

Parking: Parking is available at Pflugerville High School, 1301 W. Pecan, with free shuttles dropping off at 4th St. and Main St. beginning at noon and ending at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit  or call 512-990-6113.

tree seedlingFree tree seedlings at the Pfarmers Market Tuesday 
In cooperation with the Texas A&M Forest Service, the Parks and Recreation Department will be giving away 100 free tree seedlings at the Tuesday, October 20, Pfarmers Market as part of the Forest Service 100 Cities program. There is a limit of two free trees per household please. Pick up the trees between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. Come early, as they will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 512-990-6355.

Early voting starts October 19; election day is november 3. Video for more information; Dia de elecciones es 03 de noviembre. Comienza la votación anticipada 19 de Octubre.  Video con mas informacion. 
bondsThe city of Pflugerville has a video in both English and Spanish to help provide information to residents about the November 3, 2015 election and the two city bonds on the ballot.

Residents may participate in early voting from October 19-30, 2015 or on Election Day November 3, 2015.

La ciudad de Pflugerville tiene un video en Inglés y Español para ayudar a proporcionar información a los residentes sobre el 03 de noviembre elecciones y los dos bondos en la boleta electoral. Los residentes pueden participar en la votación temprana 19 a 30 Oct, 2015 o esperar a que el día de las elecciones 03 de noviembre. 

Speed limit changes: Pfennig and Picadilly
speed limit changesOn Tuesday, October 13, City Council approved the following speed limit modifications on Pfennig Lane and Picadilly Drive.
•    Picadilly Drive - a 20 mph school zone was added from east of Grand Avenue Parkway to just east of Bishopsgate Drive and the speed limit increased from 30 mph to 35 mph east of Grand Avenue Parkway. 
•    Pfennig Lane - the school zone speed limit was reduced to 20 mph; the roadway east of Railroad Avenue to east of Rocky Creek Drive is now 35 mph in both directions; and west of Railroad Avenue increased to 40 mph from west of Black Locust Drive to Heatherwilde Blvd.

See maps of the changes online.  The speed limits are in effect as speed limit signs are posted.

Senior advisory task force gives recommendations to City Council
At the October 13 City Council meeting, the Senior Advisory Task Force gave their final report to advise the City Council on matters pertaining to senior programs and issues including development of long range projects for seniors.

The group identified 5 key recommendations
  1. Enhance and diversify communication with and among Pflugerville seniors 55 and up.
  2. Enhance programming and services directed to seniors.
  3. Enhance senior facilities in the short term.
  4. Enhance senior facilities in the long term.
  5. Improve transportation infrastructure to more effectively serve an aging population and those with disabilities.
Since the group began, the website has launched, the city has hired Michelle Richardson to manage and oversee senior programs and activities and additional handicap accessibility projects are in design for the Recreation Center.  In addition, the city has nearly completed the heating project at Windermere Pool for year-round use which will include senior aquatic programs. The task force requested a larger, designated senior center facility and/or recreational space. Full recommendation report. 

At the request of the Council, the group will remain on standby to provide additional Pflugerville seniors video picinsight into future senior needs, and city staff were asked to provide quarterly updates to City Council on senior programs and happenings. To see a glimpse of the pfun the Pflugerville Seniors are having in Pflugerville and around Central Texas, watch this video

Pflugerville recognized for Planning Excellence and as a Gold Level Scenic City 
Pflugerville was recognized for planning excellence along with 25 other municipalities throughout the state at the American Planning Association Texas state conference.  Evaluation criteria included the level of training of Planning and Zoning Commissioners and professional staff, professional qualifications of the planning staff, breadth and currency of master plan components and completion of other planning related projects. Pflugerville has been recognized for planning excellence 8 out of the last 10 years.

Additionally, the City of Pflugerville was recently recognized as a gold level Scenic City.  The gold level is an upgrade in designation from the 2012 designation of silver.  The Scenic City Certification Program is a project of Scenic Texas and is a statewide program that incorporates a comprehensive set of model standards for design and development of public roadways and public spaces into one program. Texas cities apply to the program for evaluation of existing standards against the Scenic City model.  Scenic Texas developed the Scenic City Certification Program after discovering that the success of a city’s economic development efforts is directly linked with its public spaces’ visual appearance. The Scenic City Program recognizes Texas municipalities that implement high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and spaces. It also incentivizes cities to adopt and enforce the kind of criteria that enhance economic development and improve quality of life.

Effects of wildfire smoke and symptom prevention tips
fireWhile wildfires continue in Central Texas, smoke and its odor is in the air. If you experience irritation or symptoms from the smoke, below is information on wildfire smoke precautions from the Texas Department of State Health Services on how to detect if your symptoms are related to the smoke, and tips on how to reduce the impact to your body and respiratory system.

Common symptoms of smoke exposure include:
• Coughing• Scratchy throat • Irritated sinuses• Shortness of breath
• Chest pain• Headaches • Stinging eyes• Runny nose

If you experience any of these symptoms, take the following measures:
• Limit outdoor activities as much as possible. When you must go outside, wear a protective mask with an N-95 rating and avoid physical exertion.• Keep the windows and doors of your home shut.
• Run the air conditioner with the fresh-air intake closed and use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.• Avoid cooking as much as possible.
• Do not burn candles or use fireplaces.• Do not use vacuum cleaners which can stir up dust already inside your home.
• Keep your airways moist by drinking plenty of water. To help relieve dryness, breathe through a warm, wet cloth.

What's Happening
Register for fall classes with Pflugerville Recreation Center

Try Dance! - The Pflugerville Recreation Center has an 8-week session starting October 21 for only $75. Ages 3 1/2 to 5. Kids learn ballet and tap with a bit of tumbling in an environment rich with props, music and even costume characters! Online registration at 512-990-6350. 

Pink Pflugerville between a rock and a weird place T-shirts - City shirts are for sale at City Hall, 100 E. Main St. Adult sizes S-2XL, 3XL in limited colors. $15. 

This Week 
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O - Other
Online City Event Calendar 
Saturday, October 17: Pfall Chili Pfest downtown Pflugerville  noon -5 p.m.
Monday, October 19: Baby time for 3 to 12 month olds (L), Baby time for 12 to 18 months (L), Homeschool teens pumpkin painting (L), Senior Appy Hour build a website (L), Paws and Read (L) 
Tuesday, October 20: Bilingual story time (L), Home school kids tweens (L) Home school kids age 5-8 (L), Teen night Dr. Who (L), Friends of the Library Meeting (B&C)  Pfarmers Market (P&R), Senior potluck and game time (P&R)
Wednesday, October 21: Back to the future party (L), Tween scene (L)
Thursday, October 22: story time (L), turning pages book club (L), Kids club (L), Master Gardener Presentation - Fall and Winter vegetable gardening (L), Conversational English (L),  

October 31 Trunk or Treat - Come trick or treat at the Pflugerville Animal Shelter from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Get yummy candy while meeting some of the adorable pfurry pfriends at the shelter. Participate in an all ages costume contest with prizes. Pflugerville Animal Shelter is located at 1600 Waterbrook drive. For more information, call 512-990-PETS.

October 31 Halloween Pfood Drive - Pflugerville Chamber hosts a pfood drive on October 31 at 6 p.m. in downtown Pflugerville on the 200-300 block of Main Street. Come trick or treat and bring a pfood item to support your community.

November 2 - Resources for African American Genealogy - The Pflugerville Public Library welcomes Tonia Wood, the state library's senior reference archivist to discuss federal documents, manuscript collections, photographs, maps and resources available at the State Library to aid in genealogy search. 6:30 p.m. in the Poppy/Cosmos/Lantana rooms.