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Dec 5, 2015

Pfestival of Lights 
On Saturday, December 5, the City of Pflugerville, Knights of Columbus and Pflugerville Downtown Association welcome you to downtown Pflugerville for the Holiday Stroll, Christmas Parade and Pfestival of Lights.santa parade

The event starts with the Holiday Stroll and Sale from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. hosted by the Pflugerville Downtown Association on Pecan and neighboring streets with more than 20 vendors selling holiday gift items. Next, the city will host pfamily activities including arts and crafts, a Yule Log, glow stick giveaways, a stage with performers and refreshments. The Christmas Parade by the Knights of Columbus begins at 5:30 p.m. and travels down Railroad Avenue to Main Street. The tree lighting and photos with Santa follow. 

New for 2015, Songwriters Across Texas have sponsored the stage with a concert from 7 p.m. - 8 :30 p.m. and will feature Pflugerville in two promotional spots and on two television shows promoting the event. The show airs on CW KNVA Austin at 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings and will feature Pflugerville the Sunday before and after Christmas, on December 20 and December 27. crafts small

Parking is available on city streets around the Pfestival. Pictured are some of the many arts and craft opportunities for children to participate in while supplies last.  For more information visitPflugervilletx.gov/holidays.

Donate to Blue Santa at the parade: Help pfill Blue Santa's sleigh during the Christmas Parade by dropping off an unwrapped toy in the Blue Santa boxes placed near the arts and crafts activity area at Main and First Streets. 

The Pflugerville Animal Shelter trailer will be onsite with adoptable pets at First and Main Streets. Apply to give a pet a forever home.

 
Christmas Open House at Heritage House Museum
The Heritage House Museum Partners and Pflugerville Quilt Guild invite you to the Christmas Open House at the historic Heritage House Museum on December 5 and 6 to tour and purchase quilts and homemade items.heritage house christmas

Heritage House is decorated for the holidays. Bring your camera because Santa Claus will be there for pictures with children on the Heritage House front porch. The house is open on December 5 and 6 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Plan your visit today. Heritage House is located at 901 Old Austin-Hutto Road in Heritage Park. Admission to the house is free. For more information on the historic home, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/heritagehouse  or call 512-990-6350. 

Blue Santa last call for volunteers and applications
blue santa logoIt’s Blue Santa Time in Pflugerville! Blue Santa is a joint effort of the Pflugerville Police Department and countless volunteers who sort gifts and canned goods to provide holiday support to Pflugerville families.  Blue Santa bins are out at city facilities and locations across Pflugerville to collect donations of new unwrapped toys and canned goods. Visit Pflugervilletx.gov/bluesanta for a full list of drop-off locations. 

Do you know a Pflugerville resident who could use some help this holiday season? Applicants may fill out an application in person at the Pflugerville Police Department (1611 E Pfennig) or Travis County Community Center (15822 Foothill Farm Loop).   Deliveries will take place on December 19. Volunteers are also in demand. Lend a hand!


Buy one get one on cats and kittens at the shelter; dog adoptions $20 through December 31 
Now is the purr-fect time to add a cat or kitten to your home! Give the gift of a new home to a loving holiday adoptshelter animal as the Pflugerville Animal Shelter is full of meows as cats and kittens are in abundance. As a result, the shelter is offering buy one get one adoptions on Pflugerville cats for only $20. The Pflugerville Animal Shelter is located at 1600 Waterbrook Drive. See the animals up for adoption atwww.pflugervilletx.gov/adoptacat. Dogs are available for $20 for 
a limited time. Visitwww.pflugervilletx.gov/adoptadog to see the dogs available.

Are you planning to surprise someone with a pet this holiday? Remember that the best pet is a great gift, but works best when you let the recipient pick out the pet that is the right fit for them! We hope you’ll take a loving animal home for the holidays.

All adoptions include spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, a first round of puppy or kitten shots, microchip, microchip registration and 30 days of free pet insurance. Tail wags and purrs are complimentary! Fosters and volunteers are always in demand.

Dickens Day at the library
Everyone is invited to the library's annual Dickens Day celebration on December 8 from 5:45 p.m. - 7 p.m. Enjoy hot beverages and pie courtesy of the Friends of the Pflugerville Library. Storyteller Gary Whitaker will perform Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol, followed by period games. Dressing up in your Victorian best is encouraged.

Public Hearing on Plans for Pflugerville Stone Hill Park and Highland Community Park 
There will be a Presentation and Public Hearing on two proposed City of Pflugerville parks for the Stone Hill and Highland Community at City Council on Tuesday, December 8 at 7 p.m. After a presentation on the projects, the public may provide input. stone hill

Stone Hill Park will be a new 11 acre Neighborhood/Community Park located on Town Center Dr. The current proposal includes a dog park, splash pad, playground, pavilion, sport courts, loop trail, restrooms, parking and other infrastructure.

Highland Community Park will be a new 105 acre Community Park located in the Highland Park andhighland now Highland Park North neighborhoods.  The current proposal includes a dog park, various playgrounds, various trails, Community Garden, practice fields, prairie restoration area, sport courts, parking areas and other infrastructure.

These projects are partially funded by the Park Bonds that were approved in November 2014.  For more and specific information on each project, please visit the city’s website.  These pictures were taken from these undeveloped parks. Provide feedback at the Public Hearing. 

Holiday Shopping Tips from Pflugerville Police
It's the holiday season and everyone sets out to shop! Don’t let the spirit of giving provide burglars, muggers, and pickpockets a better chance to do their dirty work. Homes jam-packed with glittering gifts are enough to make a crook giddy with holiday joy.

 The Crime Prevention Unit of the Pflugerville Police Dept. offers the following suggestions to help ensure citizens enjoy a safe and happy holiday season:

• While shopping, stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
• Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If shopping at night, do not go alone; always let someone know your destinations and approximate time of return. Park in a well-lighted space.
• Do not carry large amounts of cash and always put your money in your wallet or purse before leaving the store. Never expose your credit cards or cash unnecessarily.
• Don’t overload yourself when carrying packages to your vehicle. It’s better to make multiple trips.
• Be extra careful of purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put your wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
• Have your car keys in your hand when approaching your vehicle. Immediately after entering your car, lock all doors.
• Look under your car when several paces away and always check inside the vehicle, both front and back, before opening the door.
• Do not leave packages inside the vehicle, exposed to outside view.
• When leaving a building always observe any activity, which may be going on near your vehicle as you approach. Ask for a security guard or store employee to escort you if you feel uneasy about going to your car alone.
• When away from home, leave on lights and a radio or TV so it looks like someone is home. Make sure all doors and windows are locked before you leave, even if it’s for a few minutes. Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from the outside.

 For more information please contact the Pflugerville Police Dept. Crime Prevention Unit 670-5514.

Food Establishment Permits need to be renewed by December 31 

All food establishment permits expire on December 31, every year.  All businesses within the City limits of Pflugerville that require a food establishment permit must renew their permits for 2016.  All restaurants, grocery stores, daycare facilities (that serve food), fast food establishments, school cafeterias, shaved ice establishments and bars/taverns are required to have a food establishment permit.  Vendors are required to have a one  for seasonal and temporary events also. All applications are online atwww.pflugervilletx.gov/developmentapplications. Thank you for taking care of your food establishment permit!

Recreation Center memberships and Pflugerville swag make fun gifts

The holidays are a time when we all enjoy seeing friends and family and… eating! A great way to stay in shape for the holidays is to visit the Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road. With a weight room, game room, indoor walking track and classes and programs for you and your family, there's plenty of opportunity to keep in shape and have fun.

A recreation center membership makes a great gift! At only $125 for a Pflugerville family for an entire year -  for less than $11 a month you can give the gift of fitness. A Pflugerville adult can be a member for $75 a year ($6.25 a month!) Give the gift of pfitness! www.pflugervilletx.gov/recreationcenter

Chipping pickup city-wide the week of Dec 14 
Plan your outdoor tree trimming now, as in the month of December the city chipping truck will canvas the entire city the week of December 14-18 to pick up limbs curbside. Chipping will not take place the week of Christmas, December 21-25. Regardless of your normal pickup, the chipping truck will come the week of December 14 - 18. Please put your chipping curbside and be sure to bundle as required for pickup. For more information on the chipping service, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/chipping.


What's Happening
Pflugerville Quilt Guild Winter Warmth Exhibition - Come visit the library through January 23 to see the quilts on display. 

Pflugerville Senior events- Pflugerville seniors are hiking 3 miles at Brushy Creek in December and going to a hockey game. A new Tai Chi class has formed for seniors that starts January 8. Don't miss an event for Pflugerville Seniors, visit www.pfseniors.com.

This Week 
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O - Other Online City Event Calendar 
Friday 12/4: Disturbing the Dead and Irritating the Living; Using Death Records for Genealogical Research (L);  Pflugerville Quilt Guild “Winter Warmth” Exhibit (Nov 24th – Jan 23th) (L)
Saturday 12/5: Holiday Stroll, Christmas Parade & Pfestival of Lights (P&R); Heritage House Museum Christmas Open House (O); Teen Door Decorating Contest (L); Paws & Read (L)
Sunday 12/6: Heritage House Museum Christmas Open House (O)
Monday 12/7: Charter Review Commission Meeting (L); Baby Time for Babies 3 to 12 months old (L); Baby Time for Babies 12 to 18 months old (L); Homeschool Teens: Pop-Up Greeting Cards (L); Paws & Read (L); Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting (B&C)
Tuesday 12/8: City Council Meeting (B&C); Home School Kids Tweens (L); Homeschool Kids (Ages 5 to 8); Dickens Day (L)
Wednesday 12/9: Pflugerville Poetry Society (L); Paperback Pirates Book Club (L); Library Board Meeting (B&C)
Thursday 12/10: Story Time (L); Adult Craft Night – Shibori-style Tie Dying (L) 


SAVE THE DATE
Tree recycling: Make sure your Christmas tree is recycled by dropping it off from December 26 - January 10 at Wells Point Park, 800 S Heatherwilde. Please remove all decorations from your tree. Trees dropped off for recycling are mulched and residents are welcome to pick up mulch while supplies last. Trees left curbside on your trash or recycling pickup day are not recycled. To be picked up curbside the tree must be cut into pieces no longer than 4 ft long and all decorations should be removed. Thank you to everyone for recycling your tree at Wells Point Park.  Please do not take your tree to the Pflugerville Recycle Center but instead to Wells Point Park. 

January 1 Pfreeze Pflop - Start your New Year with a chilling ride down the slide at Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. The event begins at 10 a.m. and is finished when everyone in line goes down the slide.flugervilletx.gov/pfreezepflop.

 

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