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Dec 18, 2015
Special 2 week issue until Dec 31

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 several 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. http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/recreationcenter

Holiday giftThe city also sells Between a Rock and a Weird Place T-shirts at City Hall and the Pflugerville Recreation Center in two styles. Colors depend on style selected but include: pink, gray, royal blue, hunter green, maroon, navy blue and burnt orange. $15 for adults and $10 for children. Sizes vary based on style and are child XS –L or adult S – 3XL. The City's 50th anniversary T-shirts are also for sale to commemorate Pflugerville's 50th birthday in 2015. 

Have lots of trash and/or bulky items to dispose? Rely on your curbside bulk pickup 
This holiday season you may entertain guests, open gifts and have additional trash bulk pickup needs. Please note that you can put your trash cart plus an additional six bags and/or bulk items at the curb on your trash day. trash

Progressive Waste Solutions offers complimentary pickup of household items like stoves, washers and dryers, and mattresses that are too large to put in the trash bin, but the six item maximum does apply. No call ahead is necessary. Place the item at the curb on your regular trash day.

If you have large boxes, cut them up and put them in your recycle cart. Don't advertise new gifts on the curb. Be sure to cut up boxes for large items so you aren't letting everyone know you have a brand new television or other item in your home. 

Register your security system with the Police Department 
alarm permitThe city of Pflugerville Alarm Permit helps the Police Department know how to contact a resident or commercial business owner in case of an alarm at a residence or business. City ordinance requires all residential and commercial properties with security systems to obtain an alarm permit. The permit form includes contact information for two authorized people for the police to notify if needed for an alarm. There is no fee to register your alarm.

Permits are needed for banking institutions and all businesses and resident homes. A fee of $25 is charged after the third false alarm call in a calendar year. Permits can be obtained at the Pflugerville Justice Center or on the city website at http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/alarmpermit. Please renew and/or register your alarm system. When you register, you will be prompted to sign up to be notified next year to update your information. Thank you for keeping your alarm permit current. blue santa truck

Blue Santa last call
Blue Santa delivery is on Saturday, December 19. We need more pickup trucks and large SUVs to help make delivery go smoothly. If you can come volunteer, please contact Cpl. Dan Griffith via email or call 512-670-5514. More than 150 families registered for Blue Santa this year, so there are many toys to deliver. 

Pflugerville Heights and Black Locust parks now open
Remember all the fun you had at Deutschen Pfest in May? Park escrow funds combined with Deutschen Pfest proceeds for construction improvements at two undeveloped parks, Pflugerville Heights and Black Locust, which are now open for play.

Pfluger Heights Pflugerville Heights Park and Black Locust Park were two undeveloped neighborhood parks identified in the Trails Master Plan & Undeveloped Parks Study. Pflugerville Heights Park is located in the northwest part of town in the Pflugerville Heights subdivision off of Schultz Lane and Black Locust Park is on Black Locust Drive in the Windermere subdivision. Improvements were made according to the concept plans included in the Trails Master Plan & Undeveloped Parks Study.

black locust Construction at Black Locust includes a playscape, pavilion with picnic tables, benches, drinking fountain and landscaping. Pfluger Heights Park improvements include a playscape, pavilion with picnic tables, benches, drinking fountain and landscaped open play area. The parks are open to the public as the city continues with final touches.  Go visit Pflugerville’s newest parks. http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/parks.

Pflugerville Police launch Instagram account @pville_pd
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The Pflugerville Police launched an Instagram account this week highlighting the Pflugerville Police Department in action including the actions of Peppermint the elf, the newest member of the Police Department. Watch Peppermint’s shenanigans, see what your Pflugerville Police are up to and pfollow them today @pville_pd.  Direct link https://www.instagram.com/pville_pd/

If you don’t use Instagram but want to get social with the city, pfollow us on Facebook. The Police Department Facebook is http://www.facebook.com/pflugervillepolice. The Library Facebook is whttp://www.facebook.com/pflugervillelibrary and the city Facebook is www.facebook.com/pflugervilletx. Twitter- @pflugervilletx.

Recycle your tree at Wells Point Park
tree recyclingChristmas tree recycling is offered 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. Please do not take your tree to the Recycle Center. Thank you to everyone for recycling your tree at Wells Point Park.

Pfreeze Pflop into the New Year
BRR…. Ring in the New Year with a refreshing pfreeze as you go down the slide at the Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. Start the double-dog dares now. Grab your friends and come out for a chilling ride down the slide.  pfreeze pflop

Last year a crowd of spectators watched as their family members went down the slide. Participants receive free admission with a canned food item. Arrive early as gates open and the line begins at 9:45 a.m. with T-shirts handed out to dripping participants as they exit the pool (while supplies last.) The event is over once the last person in line goes down the slide.  For more information call 512-990-6355 or visit http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfreezepflop.


Be safe this New Year - no fireworks in city limitsfirework
To keep our neighborhoods and open areas safe, the city of Pflugerville has zero tolerance for fireworks. Tickets issued for firework violations may be subject to a maximum $500 fine. Thank you for being "pfirework pfree" in the city limits in your New Year celebration.

As a reminder to all pet owners, put your animal's collar on as illegal fireworks and large get-togethers may scare pets. If your animal does get out, be sure to check the Pflugerville Animal Shelter, 1600 Waterbrook, and post a pic on the shelter facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Pflugervilleslostpets.


What's Happening
City holiday hours and holiday trash pickup schedule 
The Library and Recreation Center close at 6 p.m. on December 23. City offices, the Animal Shelter, Recreation Center and Library are all closed December 24-25. The recycle center is closed the weekend of December 25-27 and open on Monday, December 28. In the event of a water/wastewater concern, please contact the Police Department Citizens Communication line at 512-251-4004. For an emergency, call 9-1-1. The Library and Recreation Center close early at 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve and are closed with all city offices on New Year's Day.

Trash service does not operate on Christmas and New Year's Day, but will resume on Saturday, December 27 and Saturday, January 2. On the weeks of Christmas and New Year, Friday customers will be picked up Saturday. Carts must be placed at curbside at the usual 7 a.m. pickup time. www.pflugervilletx.gov/trashtalk.


Teen reading challenge is underway at the library
Pflugerville teens are encouraged to keep reading this winter by participating in the 40-day Teen Reading Challenge with the Pflugerville Public Library. The Library will find out how many books teens can read in 40 days with the challenge from December 14- January 22, 2016. Come by the library to register.

Buy-one-get-one pets through December 31
The Pflugerville Animal Shelter, 1600 Waterbrook, is offering buy-one-get-one pets through December 31 for only $20. With an abundance of cats, the shelter hopes you'll come visit and check out the kitten kaboodle and take two home. www.pflugervilletx.gov/animalshelter.

The Library collects items for Pflugerville Animal Shelter
Library guests have dropped off pet treats and supplies at the library to support animals this holiday season. It's not too late to help! Blankets, toys and treats are always popular items.

No Library story time from December 20-31
Due to the holidays, the regularly scheduled Library story times will not take place from December 20-31, 2015. Please check the Library calendar online to confirm your activity. www.pflugervilletx.gov/library.

Tai chi class starts Friday, January 8 at the Pflugerville Recreation Center at 10 a.m. Sign up for this and other classes at www.pflugervilletx.gov/classes.

Dove season returned - It is dove season again from December 18 through January 1. Don't be alarmed if you hear hunters.

 This Week 
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O - Other
Friday 12/18: Pflugerville Quilt Guild “Winter Warmth” Exhibit (Nov 24 – Jan 23) (L)’ Teen Reading Challenge (Dec 4 – Jan 22) (L); Grand Adults Day (L)
Saturday 12/19: Story Time (L); Modern Calligraphy Basics (L) Paws & Read (L);
Sunday 12/20: Movie Matinee – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (L)
Monday 12/21: Senior Appy Hour – Library Genealogy Resources (L)
Monday 12/28: Kickstart: Hour of Code (L); Movie Matinee – The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (L)
Tuesday 12/29: Teen DIY: Gourmet Popcorn (L)
Online City Event Calendar 

Next week
Friday 1/1: Pfreeze Pflop (P&R);  City facilities/offices closed.
Saturday 1/2: Library Movie Matinee: The Minion Movie (L);
Sunday 1/3: Library Movie Matinee – Shaun the Sheep Movie (L)
Monday 1/4: Senior Crafternoon – Learn to Solder! (L); Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting (B&C)
Tuesday 1/5: Home School Kids Tweens (L)
Wednesday 1/6: Kawaii Club (L)
Thursday 1/7: Clear the Clutter! With Luba Carlson (L)


SAVE THE DATE
Jan 5 & 8 Yoga for seniors
- Enjoy free trial yoga classes for seniors on January 5 and 8 at 9 a.m. at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road. Instructor Patty Wood has taught various styles of yoga for more than 5 years and is a certified Group Fitness Instructor. Enjoy mini-sessions with 30 minutes of movement and time with the instructor. Regular classes begin on January 12 at a cost of $6 per class or $50 for a 10-class pass. 

Jan 7 Clear the Clutter with Luba Carlson -  Get organized in 2016. Enjoy tips and tricks for getting your space in order from professional organizer Luba Carlson, the Wonder Closet Warrior at the library on January 7 at 6 p.m.