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February 12, 2016

My Pfurry Valentine event at the Animal Shelter features $20 pet adoptions
With only $20 adoptions for purrs, tail wags and doggy kisses, come to the Pflugerville Animal Shelter, 1600 Waterbrook Drive, on Saturday, February 13 for My Pfurry Valentine. valentine

All adoptions include spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, a first round of puppy or kitten shots (when appropriate), microchip, microchip registration and 30 days of free pet insurance. Tail wags and purrs are complimentary! Foster homes and volunteers are always in demand if you'd like to foster while searching for the right pet for your home.

The Pflugerville Animal Shelter is located at 1600 Waterbrook Drive and is open daily, except Wednesdays, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 512-990-PETS. However, it will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, for Presidents Day. For a list of pets at the shelter currently, visitwww.pflugervilletx.gov/adoptadogor www.pflugervilletx.gov/adoptacat

Romance Readers social at the library 
Join local authors on Saturday, February 13 for a fun-filled celebration of romance novels at the Library from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. April Kihlstrom, Molly McAdams, Adrienne deWolf and Skyler White will be there to sign books and participate in a Q&A panel. The event includes crafts, free paperback books, cupcakes and more. For more information, see the authors' websites. Anyone age 18 and older is welcome to attend. 

The authors:authors
April Kihlstrom: Kihlstrom writes historical romance novels, as well as children's books. She also teaches writing workshops. Find her at  www.aprilkihlstrom.blogspot.com

Molly McAdams: McAdams is a New York Times bestselling author of new adult romance novels. Visit her at  www.mollysmcadams.com/.

Skyler White: White writes dark urban fantasy and paranormal fiction. Visit her at www.skylerwhite.com

Adrienne deWolfe: deWolfeis a national bestselling author and the recipient of 48 writing awards, including Best Historical Romance of the Year. Visit her atwww.wildtexasnights.com.

Transit survey and meeting February 22 
transit surveyThank you to everyone who has completed the transit survey online and provided feedback on public transit in Pflugerville. The city encourages everyone to visit Pftransitplan.org to provide input.

A public meeting to talk about transit will be held Monday, February 22 at the Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger St., at 6:30 p.m.  

Black History Month Author visit: Join Hopeton Hay of KAZI Book Review for an interview with Dr. Kevin Cokley
black history author visitCome to the library on Sunday, February 14 at 2 p.m. to meet speaker Kevin Cokley, author of "The Myth of Black Anti-Intellectualism: A True Psychology of African American Students." Cokley is a Professor of Counseling, Psychology and African and African Diaspora Studies at UT-Austin and the Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis. His research and teaching can be broadly categorized in the area of African American psychology. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Black Psychology and the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2014 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Anyone age 18 and older may attend. 

Pflugerville Library wins award
Congratulations to the Pflugerville Public Library for earning the Library of Excellence award from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association who recognizes outstanding contributions to public libraries each year. Of 560 libraries in the state, 41 were awarded the 2015 Achievement of Library Excellence. To receive the Achievement of Library Excellence Award, the library must provide documentation in 10 service categories including outreach to under-served populations, marketing, cultural, topical and education programming for all ages and professional staff training for staff at all levels. 

DNA and Genealogy at the library February 19
Learn the basics of DNA testing for genealogy and its usefulness and limitations when doing family history research. An avid researcher for more than 30 years, Randy Whited is active in the genealogical community. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Randy was recently elected president of the Texas State Genealogical Society. Come to the library Friday, February 19 from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. for this program. 

City facilities closed on Presidents' Day; trash pickup not affected
presidents dayThe City of Pflugerville offices, library, recreation center, animal shelter and recycle center are closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents' Day. If you need immediate assistance when the city is closed, call the Police Department Communications Line at 512-251-4004. In an emergency, please call 9-1-1.  

Winter weather and temperatures remind us about people, pets, plants and pipes

When the temperature begins to drop, please remember people, pets, pipes and plants. For people, check on loved ones to make sure that heating systems are on. Consider bringing pets indoors and/or providing additional warmth to pet shelters. If it's too cold outside for you, it's also too cold for your pets. Allow pipes to drip when necessary and wrap outdoor faucets. Bring portable plants indoors and consider shielding outside shrubbery from precipitation.


Utility Billing forms – no more paper or downloads
Are you signed up to pay your utility bill with automatic draft? The city has made it easier than ever to sign up by automating the forms online. Visitwww.pflugervilletx.gov/utilities. Whether you need an automated draft authorization form or to submit a water leak credit, customers may now do so online securely. Visit the page today. Additional forms include the city's $200 water softener replacement rebate form, electronic paperless e-billing, request to disconnect or connect your service and transfer of utility service.


What's Happening
AARP Tax help at the Library 
- Do you need some assistance filing your taxes? Tax help is offered on Fridays starting January 29 through April 15. Assistance is from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  First come, first served.

hanzDeutschen Pfest: Deutschen Pfest is May 20-22, 2016 featuring a parade, 5K Pfun Run and Kids K and more at Pfluger Park.

Register for the Deutschen Pfest 5K Pfun Run and Kids K. Early registration is now available.

Festival arts and craft and booth vendor applications are available online. 

Plan your parade float and sign up for the parade.

Visit Pflugervilletx.gov/dpfest for details on the Pfestival.


North Travis County MUD#5 Phase 2 Water utility construction in February - There will be traffic delays along Pflugerville Parkway and Black Locust Drive during the construction of new water mains along the north side Pflugerville Parkway (Wilke to Regis), and along Black Locust Drive (Pfennig to Gazania) for the installation of a series of pressure reducing valves. The new water mains will be built under existing sidewalk, therefore sidewalk closures as well as temporary lane closures are expected throughout the project. Construction duration is about five months. City staff ask motorists to proceed with caution through construction work zones and observe temporary construction signage. For more information about the project, please email projects@pflugervilletx.gov or call 512-990-6400.


This week
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O - Other
Online City Event Calendar 
Friday, February 12 - Tax assistance (L)
Saturday, February 13 - Romance Readers social (L), My Pfurry Valentine (Animal Shelter),  Story time (L), Paws and Read (L)
Sunday, February 14 - Black History Month: Author Visit: Kevin Cokley (L) 
Monday, February 15 - City offices closed Presidents Day
Tuesday, February 16 - Story time (L), Home school kids ages 5-8 Guest speaker marine biologist (L), home school tweens (L), Friends of the Library (B&C)
Wednesday, February 17 - Tween Scene (L), Pflugerville Poetry Society (L)
Thursday, February 18 - Kids Club design a keychain (L), Mystery book club (L), Sit 'n Knit (L), Parks and Recreation Commission meeting (P&R)

SAVE THE DATE
February 22 - Public Meeting on Transit - The public is invited to a meeting on Monday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger Street, to discuss preliminary findings, transit opportunities and progress on the Transit Development Plan and provide additional feedback on public transit options in Pflugerville. The transit plan will enable the city to coordinate transit planning efforts for the city and identify opportunities for collaboration with Capital Metro as well as adjacent communities. Learn more about the project and take the survey at ;Pftransitplan.org.

March 8 - Early Season Pfarmers Market - For two weeks in March and April, shoppers can select pfresh produce and other items from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Green Red Barn in Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. To become a vendor, please contact Eddie Garcia, market manager, at 512-990-6360. www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket

March 19 - Spring Pfling - Come to the Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road, on March 19 from noon -3 p.m. for Spring Pfling. Learn about programs at the Pflugerville Recreation Center and sign up for summer swim lessons at this special "Super Summer Sign-up Day." Pflugervilletx.gov/springpfling.