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March 25, 2016

Suddenlink line break temporarily cut city phones and internet service
The Key to the City is late today because city offices were without internet or phone service after a Suddenlink line break by a private contractor near Steeds Crossing and SH 130 northbound access road. The city's main line 512-990-6100 and department phone lines are now operating.

During the outage residents could not call the city of Pflugerville offices, but 9-1-1 remained fully operational as well as the police communications hotline 512-251-4004. In the event of future outages, please note that the city cannot estimate how long a line break repair will take, but can assure residents that the 9-1-1 system is setup to withstand such outages. To receive cell phone text alerts from your police department, text PfPd to 888777.

Provide pfeedback on design concepts for the Sports Complex Master Plan

On Wednesday, March 23, the city hosted a public meeting at the library to present design concepts for the Community Park and Sports Complex master plan.  After two public meetings and one-on-one meetings with stakeholder groups, the consultant has outlined three potential design options for the park. concept a

Three concepts were shown at the open house for public feedback. The next step is to take the survey and provide feedback on each of the concepts. Let us know what you do and don't like about each one and what  you'd like to see the city adopt. Visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/cpmp to see the three concepts, watch video of the open house presentation and then fill out the survey to provide feedback. 

Sign up for the Miss Pflugerville Pageant; applications due April 1
Applications are now accepted for the Miss Pflugerville Pageant through Friday, April 17 at 5 p.m. princess crown

The pageant divides contestants into three age groups:

Little – for girls going into third to fifth grade in the 2016-2017 school year
Junior – for girls entering sixth to eighth grade in the 2016-2017 school year
Miss –for girls entering ninth to twelth grade in the 2016-2017 school year

The competition includes a question and answer session. No swimsuit or talent competitions are involved. The event will be held at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road, in Pflugerville on May 14 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The first mandatory parent and child meeting is on April 16, Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Pflugerville Recreation Center. Sign up and get more information online. There is no cost to enter the competition. The top three winners in each age category will be in the Deutschen Pfest parade on Saturday, May 21 and have the opportunity to participate in community activities including a princess story time at the library and volunteering at the Pfarmers Market.  http://www.deutschenpfest.com

Teen Iron Chef Challenge
Allez! Cuisine! Saturday, April 2, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. the Pflugerville Public Library welcomes teenagers to compete for the title of Teen Iron Chef. This competition is for ages 12 to 18. You can come as part of a team totaling two to four members or be assigned to a team when you arrive. While there will be no cooking for this event, the teams will receive food to assemble and present for the competition. The winning team will be chosen based on creativity and presentation. Ingredients and utensils will be provided while supplies last. 

Family Night: I Love the ‘90s
The library will host a ‘90s themed family night on Thursday, March 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The evening will be filled with vintage games, food, crafts and more. There will be a screening of episodes from popular ‘90s shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Full House, Boy Meets World and Family Matters. 

Children improve reading skills with Paws & Read at the library 
paws and read Molly, a Great Dane from the Austin Dog Alliance, is the newest therapy dog to participate in the Paws & Read program at the Pflugerville Public Library. The program is open to readers from kindergarten to second grade. Children register for a shared fifteen minute slot and take turns reading to and petting the therapy dog. Dogs are great listeners and these dogs love when children read to them.

Dogs can be read to on Monday nights from 6 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Registration is required. Please contact the library for more details. 

Heated Windermere Pool popular over Spring Break
windermere heatedThe city offered free swim over spring break to spotlight the newly heated Windermere Pool, 16800 Gower Street. The pool was open for recreational swim and welcomed about 300 guests. 

Windermere Pool is the second heated pool in the city and will be available for swim teams thus reducing demand on the Gilleland Creek Pool. The city welcomes the heated pool, and will offer swim times for the public year-round. 

Free Holistic Wellness Classes at the Recreation Center 

The Pflugerville Recreation Center offers a Holistic Wellness Series by Delia M. Trujillo, Holistic Advocate and Author on the first Tuesday of April, May, June, September and October from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

The series begins April 5 with a program on the Foundation for a Life of Balance and Harmony to include stress reduction, circadian rhythms, clearing the clutter and food choice.

This is a free series, but please reserve your space in class at the Recreation Center front desk, 400 Immanuel Road, or online: www.pflugervilletx.gov/classes.


Stay away from bats and keep them out of your home
This time of year the city Animal Control sees an increase in calls about bats. Many species of bats arrive back in Central Texas in March after wintering in Mexico, and are searching for places to roost or colonize. If you find a bat that is on the ground, on a wall, or inside a residence or business, do not touch it. Call animal control at 512-990-PETS.bats

Some bats may have rabies, a viral disease that people and pets can contract from the bite of an infected animal. Since rabies is fatal, it’s important to avoid contact with any wild or stray animal.

If you find a bat in your home, it is important that you notify Animal Control to capture the bat to have it tested for rabies. People cannot get rabies just from seeing a bat, but if a person or pet has had direct physical contact with a bat, it is important to get it tested. 

One way to keep bats out of your home is to secure common bat entry points including the chimney, open unscreened windows, loose roof shingles, under eaves and under siding. You can use screens to cover openings.  Do not close up entry/exit points if a colony of bats is living in your attic/walls, etc.  Never try to capture a bat by hand.  Contact Animal Control to get more information about how to evict a colony of bats or if you need help capturing a bat.  

What's Happening

Construction Update - Heatherwilde Traffic Lane Shift April 2 - A slight lane change for traffic will occur on Heatherwilde Blvd. on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Motorists will be diverted onto a temporary road so that construction can begin on the permanent roadway. Two lanes will remain open throughout the duration of the project. The project is on schedule and still planned for completion in Summer/Fall 2017.

Parks and Recreation is hiring more than 150 seasonal part-time positions-
What will you do this 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 or April. If you are interested in any of these employment opportunities, visit  www.pflugervilletx.gov/jobs.


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

Rain barrels for sale - The 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.  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.

Food trucks wanted for Pfirecracker Pfestival - Applications for food vendors for the Pfirecracker Pfestival go online today, March 25. New for 2016, food trucks will align the south shore of Lake Pflugerville in the festival area. No commercial or arts-and-crafts vendors. Space is limited, so sign up your food truck today. http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfirecracker.

This Week 

Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O - Other
Online City Event Calendar 
Friday 3/25: Tax Assistance (L); Movie Matinee: Goosebumps (L); 
Saturday 3/26: Story Time (L); Movie Matinee: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 (L)
Monday 3/28: Baby Time: For Babies 3 – 12 months old (L); Baby Time: For Babies 12 – 18 months old (L); Homeschool Teens: Flower Pots (L); Movie Matinee: The 33 (L); Paws & Read (L)
Tuesday 3/29: Story Time (L); Home School Kids (Ages 5 – 8): Balloon Twisting Class with Miss Poppy (L); Home School Tweens (L) 
Thursday 3/31: Story Time (L); Family Night: I Love the 90s (L); Kids (5-8) Club: Spring Bug Watercolors (L)


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.