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  October 30, 2015

Weather Alert:

Severe Thunderstorm Warning, tornado warnings, and flash flood watch in effect
The National Weather Service forecast shows heavy rain in the Austin and Pflugerville area today, Friday, October 30 and continued rain possible for Saturday, October 31.

Some roadways are beginning to flood in Pflugerville, however during the course of the day that may change. Sign up for Nixle from the Pflugerville Police Department by texting PfPd to 888777 to receive text alerts or visit www.nixle.com/. The city and police department are also on Facebook and Twitter for additional news and information.

Reminders:

* Turn Around, Don't Drown. Do not drive through standing or swift-moving water. Do not drive around barricades endangering yourself and emergency crews. Driving around barricades is a crime.

* Call 9-1-1 for an emergency. Please do not call 9-1-1 if your power goes out. Call your power provider. Keep 9-1-1 line open for emergency issues.

* Nixle Text Alerts on road closures: To receive alerts and road closure information from your Pflugerville Police Department, text PfPd to 888777 or visit https://local.nixle.com/register/ for Pflugerville weather and roadway alerts.

* If power goes out, treat streetlights as a 4-way stop: If the street light is not working due to a power outage, treat the intersection like a 4-way stop.


Halloween Happenings and Safety Reminders for you and your petshalloween

There are several Halloween events for you to enjoy in Pflugerville! On Saturday, the Pflugerville Animal Shelter, 1600 Waterbrook Drive, hosts a Trunk or Treat Adoption event. Come trick or treat at the 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. For more information, call 512-990-PETS.

The Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce hosts Halloween Pfood Drive on October 31 from 6 p.m. - 7 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. www.pfchamber.com.

Drivers watch for kids!
The Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding Texans that Halloween brings increased safety responsibilities. Drivers are encouraged to slow down around groups of children, and to be especially careful in backing out of driveways. Motorists should watch for children darting out from between parked cars, and those walking on the road, median or curb. 

Trick-or-treaters should follow these safety rules:
• Look both ways before crossing roadways. Always walk, don't run.
• Cross the roadway at intersections and crosswalks when possible.
• Toy guns and knives are discouraged--they could be mistaken for the real thing.
• Costumes should be light in color, and short enough to avoid tripping.
• Reflective material of some kind on the costume is strongly encouraged.
• Avoid masks--use face paint instead for better visibility and peripheral vision.
• Travel in groups with adult supervision.
• Do not enter the cars and homes of strangers. Avoid homes without visible porch lights.
• Carry a flashlight and make sure an adult accompanies small children.
• Never trick-or-treat in unfamiliar areas.
• Take all treats home for an adult to inspect before eating anything. Never eat unwrapped candy.

Pet owners:
Pets may become frightened when trick-or-treaters come to the front door and from the repeated door bell ringing. Consider putting your pet in a crate or its favorite pet bed with a bone or comfort item to help with the commotion of the evening. Make sure your pets collar and tags are on in case your pet darts out the front door when you are handing out candy. If you own a cat, it is best to keep the cat indoors for the evening. If your pet does run away, please contact the Pflugerville Animal Shelter, 512-990-PETS. Keep your pets safe and have a Happy Halloween. 


Early voting and Election Day; la votación temprana y día de las elecciones
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The city of Pflugerville now has a video in both English and Spanish to help provide information to residents about the November 3, 2015 election and the two bonds the City Council approved for placement on the ballot.

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

La ciudad de Pflugerville ahora tiene un video en Inglés y Español para ayudar a proporcionar información a los residentes sobre el 03 de noviembre elecciones y los dos enlaces del Ayuntamiento aprobadas para colocarse 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.

www.pflugervilletx.gov/bonds.

New Turn Lanes on Picadilly Drive and Grand Avenue Parkway

Construction of safety improvements at the intersections of Picadilly Drive/ Central Commerce and Grand Avenue Parkway/Edgemere Drive begins November 16.

Anticipate construction delays between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as improvements are made to the intersections including the construction of a turn lane at Grand Avenue Parkway /Edgemere Drive and a designated turn lane on Picadilly Drive at the intersection of Central Commerce to accommodate increased truck traffic. 

City staff ask motorists to proceed with caution through construction work zones and observe temporary construction signage.

Any questions regarding this project or other city projects, should be directed to the Capital Improvement Program staff at 512-990-6400.

Celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) at the library with guest authors and activities 
November is the kickoff for NaNoWriMO and the library wants to help you learn to write and share writing ideas. Whether you plan to tackle writing a novel or are interested in hearing from our guest authors, come to the library for these events to be inspired! 
  • Sisters in Crime present: Brainstorming Writing Ideas
    On November 5 Authors Anna Castle, Kate Baray, Katie Graykowski and Steve Statham will discuss how they get ideas for their novels and decide key plot points. After the discussion, we’ll do some active brainstorming, so bring your writing ideas! Refreshments, free books and NaNoWrimo gift bags will be provided while they last. 6 p.m. - 7:30 pm in Poppy/Cosmos rooms.

  • Author Visit: Kirk Lynn
    Lynn will visit the library on November 7 to discuss his new novel, Rules for Werewolves. Kirk is the head of the Playwriting and Directing program at the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas. He has written numerous plays that have been performed in the U.S. and abroad. We’ll discuss his work and he’ll give tips on getting your novel. Kirk will discuss his work and give you tips on getting your novel finished and published. Refreshments will be provided and we'll have NaNoWriMo gift bags while they last. See you November 7 at 2 p.m.

Learn about resources for African American Genealogy

geneaologyJoin the Texas State Library’s Senior Reference Archivist Tonia Wood on November 2 from 6:30  p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Pflugerville Public Library as she presents on resources for African American Genealogy available at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. 

Materials include original records documenting individuals’ interactions with Texas government from pre-Republic days to the 21st-century, as well as federal documents, manuscript collections, photographs, maps, and numerous publications. Wood will provide an overview of the agency holdings and point out less obvious sources for researching African American family history.

Tonia Wood has been an archivist with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for over 20 years, taking on the position of Senior Reference Archivist in July 2014. Her knowledge of state and local government records and desire to help people find answers to their questions makes the job a perfect fit. A sixth-generation Texan, Tonia received her bachelor’s degree in history and master’s in library and information science from the University of Texas at Austin. Refreshments will be provided while supplies last.

Pflugerville celebrates Arbor Day as volunteers plant trees
On November 6 from 9 a.m. - noon volunteers from Dell will help the city Parks and Recreation Department plant 12 trees at Cambridge Heights Park at the corner of Pflugerville Parkway and Marfa Lights. 

Arbor Day is important holiday for the planting of trees and is observed the first Friday in November in Texas. Trees are a renewable resource and increase beautification of our city. Thank you to the volunteers who are helping plant trees in our park. 

What's Happening
Register for fall classes with Pflugerville Recreation Center
pflugervilletx.gov/classes.

Pfluger Farm Lane bridge under construction 
The Pfluger Farm Lane bridge is currently under construction. Once the bridge is in place, the remainder of the roadway will be built to form a north and south connection from Pflugerville Parkway into the Stone Hill Shopping Center. Pictures of the project show how quickly this project is moving along. 

Windermere pool is closed 
Windermere Pool is currently closed until further notice, due to cold water temperatures. It will be reopened when the heaters are fully functional. Stay tuned and sign up for email notifications from the city atwww.pflugervilletx.gov/notify

Heritage House Museum is open: 
The Heritage House museum is open on Sunday, November 1 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.www.pflugervilletx.gov/heritagehouse.

This Week 
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O- Other
Online City Event Calendar 
Saturday 10/31: Trunk or Treat (PD); Halloween Pfood Drive (O); Story Time (L); Paws & Read (L)
Sunday 11/1: Heritage House Museum (P&R)
Monday 11/2:  Resources for African American Genealogy from the Texas State Library (S); Baby Time for Babies 3 to 12 months (L); Baby Time for Babies 12 to 18 months old (L); Homeschool Teens: Green Screen Photography (L); Paws & Read (L); Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting (B&C)
Tuesday 11/3:  Pfestive Pfarmers Market (P&R); Awesome Occupations: YA Author (L); Bilingual (English & Spanish) Story Time (L); Home School Kids Tweens (L); Homeschool Kids (Ages 5 – 8) (L); Lego Club (L)
Wednesday 11/4: Kawaii Club (L); Pfnitters (L)
Thursday 11/5: Reception Honoring Council Member Victor Gonzales (O); Sisters in Crime Present: Brainstorming Writing Ideas (S); Story Time (L); Genealogy (L)


SAVE THE DATE
November 21 Pfall Pfest - Come shop from arts and craft vendors at the Pfall Pfest at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission. Get your holiday shopping underway!www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfallpfest. 

November 27-29 and December 5-6 - Shop at the Heritage House Museum Christmas Open House - The Heritage House Museum Partners and Pflugerville Quilt Guild invite you to the Christmas Open House at the historic Heritage House Museum from November 27-29 and December 5-6 to tour and purchase quilts and homemade items. Bring a camera for pictures with Santa. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 901 Old Austin Hutto Road.www.pflugervilletx.gov/heritagehouse or call 512-990-6350.