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April 15, 2016

Library and KAZI Book Review welcome 19 authors to the Pflugerville Book Pfestival
book festival 2016
The Pflugerville Public Library has partnered with Hopeton Hay of KAZI 88.7 FM to host nineteen authors at the Pflugerville Book Pfestival Saturday, April 16 to Sunday, April 17. Featured guests include New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award winning author Meg Gardiner, Newbery Honor Medal winner Jacqueline Kelly, St. Martin’s Minotaur Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award winner Janice Hamrick, Chris O'Malley Fiction Prize winner Jennifer Hritz, Steve Winfrey, Mark Pryor, Stephanie Powell, Amanda Downum, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Natalia Sylvester, Minerva Koenig, Alexandra Burt, Julia Blues, Helen Currie Foster, Marrick Armstrong, Susan Michalski, Kali Nicole Gross and Nhi T. Lieu. 

“We are excited to partner with Hopeton Hay of the KAZI Book Review to host this festival,” Library Director Jennifer Coffey said. “We have two great days of panel discussions, interviews and book signings with a diverse group of authors. Many genres will be represented at this event, and it’s a fantastic opportunity for people to meet these accomplished writers.”

The Book Pfestival is free and will be held in the Cosmos and Lantana rooms at the Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. www.pflugervilletx.gov/bookfestival

Pflugerville Trash and Recycling customer pickup rates increase by $0.30; the first rate increase in six years
On Tuesday, City Council approved a monthly $.30 rate increase that will go in effect on April 12 for Pflugerville solid waste customers. bar graph

“The city has continuously worked to maintain low and competitive rates for our residents,” assistant city manager Lauri Gillam said. “The city has had a contract with Progressive Waste Solutions since 2010, and as the cost of services continues to increase, for the first time in six years, residents will see an increase on their monthly bill. The impact will be $3.60 per year for the average customer, a $0.30 increase.”

The city of Pflugerville compared rates for solid waste and recycling with other cities in our area, and with the increase of monthly residential retail rate from $15.60 to the new rate of $15.90 for residents and $17.90 for out-of-city customers, Pflugerville’s service is still the lowest rate in the area, Gillam said.

Trash Pickup Perks:
  • In Pflugerville you can leave up to six items curbside on your trash pickup day including furniture and mattresses.
  • Freezers and refrigerators can be left curbside if freon is removed by a licensed technician and a certification sticker is on the item.
  • Stoves, washers and dryers can be left curbside for pickup.

Recycling Perks:
  • Plastics #1-7, paper, cardboard and glass are accepted curbside every other week. 

Do you have trouble remembering what week to put out your recycling cart? You can sign up by neighborhood to receive an email or text notification when it's the right week to put out your recycling cart. Sign up atwww.pflugervilletx.gov/notify

Trail Gap Construction Begins the week of April 18 across Pflugerville 
Citywide trail gap construction begins April 18 on three sidewalk connections, a pedestrian bridge and five trail gap segments as identified in the city Trails Master Plan and funded by the $25 million Parks General Obligation Bond approved by the voters in 2014.

In March the City Council awarded a construction contract for the projects. Throughout the construction the City’s contractor will move equipment and crews from one location to another starting with Gilleland Creek Trail near the Brookhollow Trail and the Pfluger Park Loop Trail. Construction at each location should last a week (weather permitting) and door notifications will be distributed to residents adjacent to the construction.

The project includes a pedestrian bridge connecting from Settlers Valley Trail to Mountain View Drive, five trail gap segments and three sidewalk connections. The trail gaps were prioritized by the Parks and Recreation Commission for consideration in the 2014 bond. The new trails include segments along Gilleland Creek Trail from Parkview Drive to Sunny Oak Court, and additional trail segments along Dessau Rd to Bohls Loop, and Brookhollow Trail to Greenbrook Parkway.


Senior dance at the Pflugerville Recreation Center 
Come to the Pflugerville Recreation Center on Friday, April 22 from 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. for a senior dance. Light refreshments and a photo booth will be available. Come early for a free dance lesson at 6 p.m.

City Council approve adding senior projects to the Community Development Block Grant program
At Tuesday's Council meeting, the second and final of two public hearings on a Community Development Block Grant program resolution passed allowing the city to allocate future CDBG funds to senior programs.
 
Over the last few months city staff have conducted an online survey and visited with the Pflugerville Seniors group at the Pflugerville Recreation Center to gather feedback from seniors on what programs and projects they'd like to see from future grant funding. The Council action Tuesday allowed senior projects to be a part of the plans, and actual senior projects meeting national objectives of the program will be considered in May and June for the 2015/2016 action plans. It is not too late to take the online survey and provide feedback on senior programs. Visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/cdbg  to take it today.

Signal Light installation at Kingston Lacy and Heatherwilde Blvd underway
The traffic light signal at Kingston Lacy and Heatherwilde Boulevard is currently in flash mode and will be fully operational the week of April 17.  lease observe the flashing light as a four-way stop until the light installation is complete. The signal will help reduce congestion at the intersection next to the Highland Park Elementary School and create an ease of traffic flow for the Highland Park subdivision.  

What's Happening

Children's Swimming Lesson registration begins Monday, April 18 for residents and Monday, April 25 for non-residents. Learn to swim and be safe in the water this summer. Register online or in person at the recreation center.www.pflugervilletx.gov/classes. 

Pflugerville Recreation Center Classes
Learn to sew class - Learn how to sew in a new class starting Friday, April 22 at the Pflugerville Recreation Center. The 3-week Beginner Sewing Series I is on Fridays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Each week students will learn basic skills and make a different project.  All ages welcome. 

Week 1:  Machine basics and make a simple pillowcase.  
Week 2: Make a pillow cover or mini-bag complete with a zipper.  
Week 3: Make pajamas

Students will learn how to read a pattern and other skills. Some sewing machines will be provided and students are welcome to bring their own, along with the machine’s manual. After registering for the class, students are to contact the instructor for a supply list. Cost is $85 per person. For more information, call 512-990-6350. Register online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/classes.

Archery - Hit a bullseye!  Sign up for beginner-level archery this spring. A new session starts April 25 for adults and children. Class meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. The skills of modern-day archery with USA Archery Associates techniques will be learned through skill drills, active shooting and games. All equipment is provided for a class fee of $85 for a 5-week session. For information, call 512-990-6350. Register online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/classes. 

This Week 
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O - Other
Online City Event Calendar 
Friday 4/15: Tax Assistance (L)  
Saturday 4/16: Pflugerville Book Pfestival (L); Paws & Read (L)
Sunday 4/17: Pflugerville Book Pfestival (L)
Tuesday 4/19: Spring Pfarmers Market (P&R); Home School Kids (Ages 5 – 8): Guest Speaker – Cinda Timperley, Paleontologist (L); Home School Tweens (L); Friends of the Library Meeting (L)
Wednesday 4/20: Tween Scene (L)
Thursday 4/21: Take 7 Make Crafts (L) Pflugerville Quilt Guild Meeting (L); Sit ‘n Knit (L); Knitting for Beginners (L); Parks and Recreation Commission Regular Meeting (B&C)

SAVE THE DATE
May 1 Heritage House Ice Cream Social - The Heritage House Museum hosts an ice cream social on May 1 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy fresh homemade ice cream and then a historic tour of the museum located at 901 Old Austin Hutto Road in Heritage Park.www.pflugervilletx.gov/heritagehouse.

May 20-22 Deutschen Pfest - Pflugerville's Deutschen Pfest is coming. Enjoy live music, a carnival, children's games and activities, a parade and the 5K Pfun Run and Kids K. Headliners this year include Pflame, Micky and the Motorcars and the Eggmen. Proceeds benefit Pflugerville park projects.www.deutschenpfest.com