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May 6, 2016

Equipment rodeo, water conservation and rain barrel pickup at the Public family tour Works open house
Visit the Public Works Open House on Friday, May 13 for an equipment rodeo and guided tours of the facility between 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.  Held in conjunction with Public Works week, the open house is a chance to learn more about your city's water, wastewater, street and fleet departments.

See the steps it takes for water to get from the city to your faucet and back. Explore the laboratory where water samples are taken and measured. Meet the people who provide services for you in the community. Climb onboard a backhoe, front-end loaderain barrelr, mower and equipment used to maintain city streets and right-of-way. Children are welcome and a camera is encouraged.
A children’s water conservation tour is at 2 p.m. and a guided tour for adults is at 3 p.m.

Rain barrel pickup: If you ordered a rain barrel through the city's sale, pick it up between 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Public Works offices are located at 15500 Sun Light Near Way.

Pflugerville Police host a bike registration daybike registration
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 ensure 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.

Heritage House Museum and the library preserve history
digital historyTwo years ago, the Pflugerville Public Library launched a local history digital archive project to highlight Pflugerville's history. The archive provides a great way to both preserve historical documents and provide access to the public.  Multiple historical collections exist including government, history of the city, Deutschen Pfest, Friends of the Library, Heritage House Museum collection and the Pflugerville Press. The digital archive is quite possibly the only place that the Pflugerville Press is preserved. The Library is currently seeking donations of the Pflugerville Press for the archive. Items will be scanned, placed in archival boxes and sleeves and returned to the donor with a digital copy. Since the start of this project the archive holds more than 2000 items. Families have provided a treasure trove of collection items to scan and replicated so they are never lost.

As part of ongoing historical preservation efforts, the Library is working closely with the Heritage House Museum Partners to preserve physical artifacts from Pflugerville’s past.  A historical marker graces the front of the Heritage House Museum located on the Gottlieb William Bohls (1878-1961) farm on the Old Austin to Hutto Road. 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. indoor heritage house

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.

Current displays include 1930s Depression Milk Glass in the American Sweetheart Pattern, stoneware including a sauerkraut barrel and vintage kitchen utensils.  Open Tuesdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the first Sunday of the month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the museum is located at 901 Old Austin Hutto Road.

Pfarmers Market open for the season
video farmers marketThe Pflugerville Pfarmers Market is weekly at the Green Red Barn in Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. Come shop on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. The Heritage House museum is also open during the market for touring. Shop fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade baked goods and more.

Road work at Kingston Lacy May 7
Weekend work will be performed at the intersection of Kingston Lacy Blvd. on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Please anticipate travel delays. All travel lanes will remain open and work will be completed in the same day, weather permitting.

Pfocus video series helps you pfollow City Council highlights 
PfocusThe city of Pflugerville has launched Pflugerville Pfocus a video highlight of council meetings and council decisions. After each meeting, Pfocus will let you know the changes that resulted from the council meeting. Keep up with the current highlights in this short video blog program. You already read the key so you are connected. Watch Pfocus for extra information on your city. 

 Running for speed or distance May 7
free class
In 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 muscles 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. 

It's national Air Quality Awareness Week
In recognition of national Air Quality Awareness Week, CAPCOG's Air Quality Program is encouraging residents to Conserve. air quality

Since emissions from power plants are a significant source of ozone-forming emissions in the region and tend to be used on the hottest days, even small efforts to reduce electricity consumption can go a long way.

Drive less – Avoid unnecessary driving by bringing your lunch to work, combining errands, carpooling and trying out transportation alternatives such as walking and cycling.
Drive clean – Avoid driving during peak congestion times, make sure to properly maintain your vehicle, avoid idling and use the lowest-emission vehicle available when necessary to drive.
Conserve – Reduce electricity consumption, water consumption and natural gas consumption.
Know before you go – Before going out, know what the ozone forecast is for the day by signing up for ozone notifications or downloading the AirNow app at www.airnow.gov.
Save electricity - Turn out lights when you’re not using them. Set your thermostat a little higher when the weather gets warm.

What's Happening
Dog and cat adoptions now $20 -
The animal shelter is pfull so cats and dogs are now $20 and buy-one-get-one on littermates.

When you adopt a pet from the Animal Shelter and register the micro chip, you get 30 days of free pet insurance after adoption, and pets are spayed/neutered.  View cats available for adoption at www.pflugervilletx.gov/adoptacat or dogs available at www.pflugervilletx.gov/adoptadog.

Splash Pad now open - The splash pad located at 1813Tranquility Lane is now open for the summer. Press the splash button to operate the pfun. www.pflugervilletx.gov/splashpad.

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.  Details at http://www.pflugervilletx.gov, through 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.

Summer program registration. Sign up for new classes at the recreation center. New programs include: Tennis skills classes for ages 14 to adult meet Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Windermere Tennis Court for $25 a week. Learn Forehand Skills…Aug 1-5; Backhand Skills…Aug 8-12; Serving Skills…Aug 15-19.

Holistic series on June 7 will feature Healthy Nutrition for the Busy Career Person 

The recreation center has added 1-Day Craft Workshops designed for children ages 7-11 years old. Each 2-hour class is $25 and will focus on a new craft or engineering project. Enrollment is on a daily basis. Creative freedom is encouraged. All materials included. Sample projects for this summer may include: tye-dye projects, cardboard building, cup robots, clay projects, paper mache, build a boat, paint on canvas, make a rock cactus garden, and many more! Parents are welcome but attendance is not required. Sign up at www.pflugervilletx.gov/classes

This Week 

Saturday 5/7: Animal Shelter Volunteer Class (PD); Story Time (L); Paws & Read (L); How to Best Increase Running Speed and/or Distance (P&R)
Monday 5/9:
Charter Review Commission Meeting (B&C); Baby Time: For Babies 3 – 12 Months Old (L); Baby Time: For Babies 12 – 18 Months Old (L); Paws & Read (L); Archery – Ages 7 years and older (April 25 – May 23) (P&R);
Tuesday 5/10:
City Council Meeting (B&C); Story Time (L); Home School Kids (Ages 5 – 8): Guest Speaker: Patricia Rinehart, City of Pflugerville Conservation Education Specialist (L); Home School Tweens (L); Homeschool Teens: Robot Races (L); Libard Board Meeting (B&C); Pfarmers Market (P&R)
Wednesday 5/11:
Paperback Pirates Book Club (L) Conversational English (L); Library Board Meeting (L)
Thursday 5/12:
Story Time (L); Kids (5-8) Club: Fish Mosaic (L); Adult Craft Night: Paper Flowers (L); Tinkercad 3D Design Class (L); Knitting for Beginners (P&R)
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O - Other
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SAVE THE DATE
detour May 20 Great Basin Avenue and Wilke Ridge Lane Intersection closures start -  As part of the Heatherwilde Boulevard Roadway improvements, the intersections of Great Basin Avenue and Wilke Ridge Lane will be closed at least five months starting May 20, 2016. The two intersections will close and traffic is encouraged to take alternate routes. Entrance to Wilke Ridge and Great Basin will be from Pflugerville Parkway while the intersection is closed at Heatherwilde. The project is planned for completion in Summer/Fall 2017. (closure map) City staff ask motorists to proceed with caution through the construction work zone and adhere to posted speeds. Project updates are available on the City’s website at pflugervilletx.gov/projects. 


hanzMay 20-22
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! A new Facebook event is now setup so check in and let us know that you plan to go! www.deutschenpfest.com. Volunteers are needed for Deutschen Pfest. Email dpfestinfo@pflugervilletx.gov for more details.