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March 18, 2016

Petting zoo, class demonstrations and more at Spring Pfling
Enjoy visiting the Pflugerville Recreation Center from noon - 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 for a Spring Pfling party.spring pfling

The event features program and class demonstrations, bounce houses, a petting zoo and an equipment rodeo featuring the city's fleet. The Pflugerville Animal Shelter adoption trailer will be onsite for pet adoptions. The event is free to the public. Come visit the Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road, Saturday.

Summer Sign-up
Spring Pfling is an early summer sign-up opportunity. Residents may sign up from noon- 3 p.m. for Summer Pfun Camp, Media Camp, Dance Camp and swim lessons. City residents have sign-up priority over non-residents (determined by city limit lines). For more details, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/springpfling.


Archaeology Presentation: The Forgotten Battle of the Mexican-American War
The Pflugerville Public Library will host archaeologist Clark Wernecke of the Gault School of Archeology Research to give a presentation about the Battle of Resaca de la Palma on Thursday, March 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

The battle, despite its significance in destroying the Mexican Ejército del Norte (Army of the North), and its use as a talisman in Zachary Taylor's presidential campaign, has largely been forgotten. When it is remembered, it is a nearly total fictional account based on later newspaper stories. This presentation relates the true story of the Battle of Resaca de la Palma and its significance for the United States, Mexico and Texas. Refreshments will be provided. Ages 18 & up welcome.


Community Park and Sports Complex meeting March 23; live stream available 
sports complex meetingThe City of Pflugerville will host a public meeting on Wednesday, March 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St. to preview possible alternatives for programming in the 243 acre community park.  A formal presentation will be made with three alternative concepts for the park. 

Participants will also be given the opportunity to discuss the proposed alternatives in a smaller group setting.  The park is planned for development in phases and will serve the immediate and future needs for sports facilities and also provide passive/natural amenities. Residents were asked to submit names for the complex and future parks in the city by emailing to nameyourparks@pflugervilletx.gov

The meeting includes a presentation on survey findings and an open house. The presentation will stream live on www.youtube.com/cityofpflugerville. If you cannot attend in person, please tune in.

Medicine drop-off box collects 329 lbs of pills
Since March 2015, the Pflugerville Police Department has provided a receptacle for proper disposal of unused medication in the Pflugerville Justice Center Dispatch Lobby, 1611 Pfennig Lane. From March to December 2015, the Medbox collected 329 lbs of medicine. drop off kiosk

With a 24 hour facility location, residents are encouraged to drop off unused pill medications for proper disposal in the dispatch lobby. 

“The goal of the drop-off box is to provide a responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescription or over-the-counter pill medications,” Lieutenant Bill Anderson said. “We are able to destroy the pills and prevent them from being flushed improperly into our water system or, even worse, getting accidentally picked up by a child or family member for whom they aren’t intended.”

The drop off box is only for pills. No liquid, needles or illegal drugs will be accepted. For more information on the program, please call 512-251-4004 or visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/medicinedropoff

Heated Windermere Pool open for spring break
The Windermere Pool is now heated, and open for swim Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 18-20 from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. for open swim (weather permitting). For more information on Windermere Pool, 16800 Gower St, visitwww.pflugervilletx.gov/windermere.

Rain barrel sale underway

rain barrelThe city of Pflugerville has rain barrels for sale. A Springsaver 50 gallon is $64.99 and a Rainsaver 54 gallon is $84.99.  Order online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/rainbarrel. 

The rain barrels come in six different colors to better match your home and landscape. Choose from beige, black, deep green, gray, oak wood and terra cotta.

Orders will be available for pickup on May 13 between 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Public Works Department Wastewater Plant, 15500 Sun Light Near Way #B. The last day to purchase is April 30, 2016.

“In conjunction with the city’s water conservation initiatives, the barrels provide an environmental collection of water for residents,” water conservation manager Darrell Winslett said. “The barrels are cost-effective as they provide an opportunity to reuse rainwater for lawns and gardens instead of pulling the water from the city’s water supply.”

Since rain barrel pick-up is held in conjunction with the Public Works Department annual open house, purchasers are encouraged to tour the Public Works facility when picking up their rain barrel on Friday, May 13.

What's Happening
March 22 Early Season Pfarmers Market - Shoppers can select fresh produce and other items from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Green Red Barn in Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. 

Bark Park closed March 23 
- The dog park, 19417 Murchison Ridge Trail, will be closed on March 23 for sticker burr treatment. 

Animal Shelter Adoption events- Visit the Animal Shelter  at 1600 Waterbrook Drive to check out pets available for adoption. 
Adoption fees include spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, first set of puppy/kitten shots, microchip, microchip registration, and 30 days of free pet insurance. The Animal Shelter will have pets at the Spring Pfling on March 19 at the Pflugerville Recreation Center and at the Bike Rodeo on April 2. View adoptable pets at www.pflugervilletx.gov/animalshelter.

The City is hiring more than 150 seasonal part-time positions
What will you do this spring break and summer? Are you interested in working for the city? The city of Pflugerville is accepting applications for spring break camp counselors, and summer pool managers and lifeguards. Lifeguards are required to participate in a lifeguard training course held in March and April. If you are interested in any of these employment opportunities, visit  www.pflugervilletx.gov/jobs.

Deutschen Pfest 5K Pfun Run and Kids K - The 5K Pfun Run and Kids K is on Sunday, May 22. Sign up now and save money as early registration rates are good through March 25. Sign up today! http://www.deutschenpfest.com
Parade applications are also online.  

AARP Tax help at the library - Tax help is offered on Fridays at the library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First come, first served.

Tai Chi - Interested in learning Tai Chi? The Pflugerville Recreation Center offers a Tai Chi class on Fridays at 10 a.m. for $30 a month or $8 per class. Sign up at www.pflugervilletx.gov/classes.

Apply for Summer program scholarships - Scholarships are available for participation in summer camps and programs at the recreation center for children who are enrolled in the free or reduced-lunch program, go to a PfISD school and are a city resident. For more information on scholarships available, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/cdbg. 

This Week 

Friday 3/18: Tax Assistance (L); Teen Tech Week: Photography Workshop (L) 
Saturday 3/19: Spring Pfling 2016 (P&R); Library Movie Matinee: Cats and Dogs (L); Paws & Read (L)
Monday 3/21: Baby Time: For Babies 3 – 12 months old (L); Baby Time: For Babies 12 – 18 months old (L); Homeschool Teens: Hollow Books (L); Senior Appy Hour: Zinio (L); Paws & Read (L)
Tuesday 3/22: City Council Meeting (B&C); Spring Pfarmer’s Market (P&R);  tory Time (L); Home School Kids (Ages 5 – 8): Art – Frog Doorknob Hangers (L); Home School Tweens (L); Techie Tweens: LED Tardis (L); Teen DIY: Chocolate Mug Cake (L) 
Wednesday 3/23: Community Park Master Plan and Sports Complex Public Meeting (L); Bark Park Closed Today (P&R)
Thursday 3/24: Story Time: Egg Hunt (L); Turning Pages Book Club (L); Kids (5-8) Club: Wood Chalkboards (L); Archaeology Presentation: Resaca de la Palma: Forgotten Battle of the Mexican-American War (L)
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O - Other
Online City Event Calendar 

SAVE THE DATE

April 2 Bike Rodeo - The Pflugerville Police host the annual bicycle rodeo on Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Pflugerville High School Parking Lot. Children will learn about bike safety, complete an obstacle course with eight different challenges and can get a child ID. Bring your helmet and your bike. Loaner bikes available for use first come, first served.www.pflugervilletx.gov/bikerodeo.


April 9 Clean Up Day - Do you have items to recycle and dispose of that you can't put curbside on your trash pickup day? Take your televisions, latex paint and scrap metal to Clean Up Day for disposal. For a list of items you can bring, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/cleanup. Pflugerville utility customers only. Proof of residency with utility bill required. No commercial contractors please. Clean Up Day begins at 8:30 a.m. Please be in line by 11:30 a.m. to ensure entry.