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April 29, 2016

Names selected for Pflugerville parks and community park/sports complex
At the April 26, 2016 meeting, the City Council selected the names for three Pflugerville Parks including the future 243-acre community park and sports complex.sports balls

After collecting names from the public, the Council narrowed the list and selected 1849 Park for the official name of the new community park and sports complex, Stone Hill Park for the park next to the Stone Hill Town Center and Wilbarger Creek Park for the park located along Great Basin and Kingston Lacy in the Highland Park subdivision.

The City Council selected 1849 Park to recognize the year that Henry Pfluger came to the area and to highlight the Pfluger family’s role in the development of the Pflugerville community.

“The year 1849 tells the story and ties back to the importance of this piece of land, where our namesake comes from,” Mayor Jeff Coleman said. “From the Pfluger Cemetery to the historic barn and Pfluger home onsite, it’s important that the name represent what this piece of property means to our community.”

Stone Hill Park was selected because of the proximity to the Stone Hill. Wilbarger Creek Park is adjacent to Wilbarger Creek.

The city will keep the list of 80 recommended names submitted for Name Your Park. as a resource for future park names.

City Council review 1849 Park plan and allocate additional funds for the sports complex
At Tuesday's City Council meeting, staff presented the most recent design composite for the sports complex and community park. After reviewing options available and the budget, the City Council directed staff to put together a $10 million plan for the sports complex.

The complete proposed design for the park includes multi-purpose fields, baseball and softball fields, archery areas, tennis courts, fenced football fields with a track, and trails meandering throughout the complex. To the north, the proposed design includes recreation opportunities including a festival area, nature walk, splash pad, dog park, and incorporates the historic Pfluger Cemetery and Pfluger House.  

Since the cost to complete the park is $61 million, the park will be built in phases. The City Council directed staff to allocate $10 million from the 2014 parks bond, that was approved by the voters, to implement a Phase 1 sports complex. The proposed Phase 1 includes six multi-purpose fields that can accommodate lacrosse, rugby, and soccer, and three football fields and parking to accommodate league play. There is an open house on the project on June 1 at 6 p.m. at the library. The project will return to city council on June 14 as the city continues to work towards a final design.

Poetry Open Mic at the Pflugerville Public Library
National Poetry Month draws to an end.
Visit the library, with your written poem.
Aloud, you can read or sit and listen.
Adults 18 and up. Sorry, no children.
Refreshments will be served, but not bottomless.
And also, the winner will be announced for this month’s poetry contest.
Saturday, April 30, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 -
Plenty of time to get there, no need to hurry!

Heritage House Museum Ice Cream Socialice cream
May 1 is the annual Heritage House Ice Cream Social from 1 pm to 4 pm. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy free ice cream and cookies while supplies last.

The house is an eight room, two-story Queen Anne home, built in 1913 and one of the few Victorian homes in the Pflugerville area. The house sits in a 17-acre park featuring a public pool, eco-friendly barn, gazebo and farmers market.

Previously only open one day per month, library staff and museum partners will now open the museum every Tuesday during the Pfarmer’s Market. The museum offers a unique glimpse into the life of the Bohls family from 1913 through 1940. Vintage textiles, antique furniture and everyday items are on display.

Running for speed or distance May 7
free class
runningIn preparation for the Deutschen Pfest Pfun Run/Walk and Kids K set for Sunday, May 22, Russell Seguin, a certified Newton Running Coach, is offering the final class of the four-course series “Running For Pfun (Really!)” on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road. The free class will cover “How to Best Increase Running Speed and/or Distance.”

Seguin will provide an overview on proper running form and how to determine if you have enough flexibility to run efficiently.  He will demonstrate specific drills, exercises, and stretches to help ramp up your training as well as strengthen your key running power muscles. Learn how to utilize your muscle efficiency while running. Bring a water bottle and come dressed ready to run. Various levels of runners from beginners to advanced are welcome. For more information, call 512-990-6350. 

Music lineup for Deutschen Pfest
Hanz Deutschen PfestDeutschen Pfest is May 20-22 and the music lineup is hot! Friday night gates open at 5 p.m. Enjoy music starting at 6:45 p.m. with Trick Shot and then from 9:30 p.m. - midnight is Suede. These cover bands will have you singing along and enjoying some original music.

On Saturday, the music starts at the front gate with Oma and Ompah then Yodel Blitz, Connor and Camille and Seven Dutchmen Orchestra. Enjoy plenty of German music while you enjoy the pfest. Next Pflame is up at 5 p.m. followed by undisKovered. At 9:45 p.m. enjoy rock from Micky and the Motorcars.

Sunday music includes the soul, rock, folk-funk dusted with rhythm and blues sounds of Lisa Marshall followed by the Clickety Cloggers Appalachian dancers. The Eggmen sing the Beatles to wrap up the fest.
Check out the full schedule at www.deutschenpfest.com.

Splash pad opens May 1
City pools open Memorial Day weekend, but in the meantime if you need a way to cool off, head over to the Splash Park at 1813 Tranquility Lane in Falcon Pointe. The water is triggered by pressing a large button which provides about 30 seconds of play fun. Children should play with an adult present as there is no lifeguard on duty at the splash park. Be safe, cool off and have fun.

The city will open all city pools Memorial Day Weekend. A special splash day is held on May 21 at Gilleland Pool in conjunction with Deutschen Pfest. Guests may use the pool for free that day. www.pflugervilletx.gov/pools.

No parking on Pfluger Farm Lane
No parkingPfluger Farm Lane opened last month and is a great route to access the Stone Hill Town Center. Due to cars parking in traffic lanes, City Council authorized no parking signs along this road at the Tuesday, April 26 Council meeting. The Council will consider additional no parking areas along Terrell Lane, Pfennig Lane and Justice Center Drive at future meetings. Ticketing begins once signs are in place.

High school student wanted for Parks and Recreation Commission
The City of Pflugerville is accepting applications for a high school student to serve as a regular voting member of the Parks and Recreation Commission for a 1-year term beginning June 2016 and ending May 31, 2017.  The selected teen will attend meetings on the third Thursday of the month throughout the year.

Each candidate must have resided within the city limits for at least twelve months preceding appointment and cannot be employed by the City of Pflugerville.  A required official application and details are available on the City’s website at http://www.pflugervilletx.gov, the City Secretary’s Office by calling 990-6101 or emailing citysecretary@pflugervilletx.gov.  The deadline to submit applications is June 3, 2016. Interviews and appointment is expected to take place at the City Council meeting on June 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., 100 E. Main St., Suite 500.


The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Riparian and Stream Workshop
The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a workshop at the Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger Street, from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Thursday, May 5 for Pflugerville-area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Gilleland Creek watershed.

“The Gilleland Creek Implementation Plan includes six management measures or voluntary activities to reduce bacteria,” said Roberto Vega, MS4 Stormwater Specialist with the City of Pflugerville.  “This workshop is one of many efforts to educate stakeholders and the community about the benefits of a riparian zone and how it will improve water quality.”

The program, co-hosted by the City of Pflugerville and the Texas Water Resources Institute, will begin at the library with afternoon sessions including a walk and presentations along Gilleland Creek.  The workshop is free and open to all those interested. A $10 box lunch option may be purchased. RSVPS are due by May 2 to Nikki Dictson, Texas Water Resources Institute AgriLife Extension program specialist at 979-458-5915 or n-dictson@tamu.edu, or online at http://texasriparian.org/trainings/upcoming-training-locations/

What's Happening
Deutschen Pfest parade, 5K and Pfest - The parade begins at 10 a.m. on north Railroad Avenue with the children's parade at 10:45 a.m. on Main Street. Get your parade float together today and sign up for the pfun. www.deutschenpfest.com

DIY Wood burned boxes at the Pflugerville Public Library
Attend Senior Crafternoon on Monday, May 2 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and learn how to use a wood burning tool to burn a custom design onto a box. Staff will be on hand to assist adults who are not comfortable using the wood burning tool. Senior Crafternoon is intended for those 55 and up, but anyone 18 and up may attend. Materials will be provided while supplies last. 

Free movie screening, Star Wars: A New Hope 
Watch the movie that kicked off a science fiction movement. Visit the library on Thursday, May 5 and enjoy the first installment in the original trilogy of the Star Wars films. A New Hope, released in 1977, pioneered the art of special effects and brought the science fiction fantasy genre into popular culture. The movie is rated PG and starts at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome.


May 4 is the start of summer program registration
. Sign up for classes through Pflugerville Parks and Recreation. www.pflugervilletx.gov/classes.

Etiquette Essentials for kids - This new class for teens ages 11 to 15 includes the art of listening, correspondence and communication skills, introductions, poise and posture, art and music appreciation, and table manners. A light snack and drink will be provided each day. Students will participate in a multi-course luncheon on the last day of camp. Cost is $125 per student. Minimum enrollment is six students and space is limited to a maximum of 10 students. Please call 512-990-6350 for more information. Register online for summer classes and camps starting Monday, May 4 at www.pflugervilletx.gov/classes.

Senior club presents a Comedy Gym class
Comedy Gym starts Friday, May 6 at the Recreation Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn how to put more humor in your life and through this program become more comfortable at parties or speaking to groups. Humor can make all the difference. In this stand-up comedy workshop, seniors age 55 and up will learn techniques used by pros to write original jokes and gain ease in performing a monologue. A pfree Comedy Gym workbook is included. Instructors are Comedy Gym founder and writer / actor Sam Cox and actor Bill Johnson (Leatherface in “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and teacher at ZACH for more than 30 years). The class is free, but a reservation is requested. Join the senior group to participate. Please register early by calling Michelle Richardson at 512-990-6361 or sending an email to micheller@pflugervilletx.gov.  

 
This Week 

Saturday 4/30: Story Time (L); Pflugerville Poetry Society: Poetry Reading (L); Paws & Read (L)
Sunday 5/1: Heritage House Museum Ice Cream Social (O);
Monday 5/2: Baby Time: For Babies 3 – 12 Months Old (L); Baby Time: For Babies 12 – 18 Months Old (L); Senior Crafternoon – Wood-burning Boxes  (L); Paws & Read (L); Archery – Ages 7 years and older (April 25 – May 23) (P&R); Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting (B&C)
Tuesday 5/3: Story Time (L); Home School Kids (Ages 5 – 8): Art: Cupcake Sun Catchers (L); Home School Tweens (L); Homeschool Teens: Bath Bombs (L); Lego Club (L) Awesome Occupations: Architecture (L); Pfarmers Market (P&R)
Wednesday 5/4: Kawaii Club (L) PfKnitters (L); Conversational English (L),
Thursday 5/5: Story Time (L); Kids (5-8) Club: Tissue Acetate Daffodils (L); Movie Night – Star Wars: A New Hope (L); Tinkercad 3D Design Class (L); Genealogy Club (L); Knitting for Beginners (P&R)

Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O - Other
Online City Event Calendar 

SAVE THE DATE
May 13 Public Works Open House - Come tour the public works offices and enjoy an equipment rodeo at the open house on Friday, May 13 from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.  The open house allows for self-guided tours, or guests can choose to attend a guided tour. Children can enjoy a water-conservation tour at 2 p.m. to learn about the water cycle and recycling. Bring a camera for the equipment rodeo. A guided tour for adults is at 3 p.m. Pick up your pre-ordered rain barrels between 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. The public works offices are located at 15500 Sun Light Near Way.

May 15 Pflugerville Police host a bike registration day – On May 15 the Pflugerville Police Department hosts a bike registration day from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Pflugerville Justice Center, 1611 E. Pfennig Lane. The Police Department and volunteers will register bikes. With summer quickly approaching, it’s a great way to keep a record of your bike information and ensuring that the Police Department has it if it is misplaced or comes up missing. Bring your bikes to the Justice Center for this free service.