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June 24, 2016

Music in the Park tonight pfeaturing BillyRay Sheppard
Enjoy live music at Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, on Friday, June 24 from BillyRay Sheppard and his band. Sheppard is a saxophonist from San Antonio and one of the first-call smooth jazz performers in the area. His musical roots run deep, with earliest experiences in blues, R&B, reggae, Latin, Tejano and country bands. billyray

With giant shade trees and a playground, Pfluger Park is a great site to listen to music and take the pfamily. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and come enjoy the music. 

Food sales begin at 6:30 p.m. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Free giveaways during intermission - register for the drawing! Pets are allowed on a leash. See the full summer lineup online at

Pfirecracker Pfestival July 4firecracker
Celebrate Independence Day on July 4 with the Pfirecracker Pfestival on the south shore of Lake Pflugerville at 6 p.m. 

There is no onsite parking, so shuttles will drive guests to the north shore of the Lake starting at noon from Hendrickson High School for guests who wish to enjoy the beach, playground and amenities. Shuttles will deliver guests to the south shore starting at 3 p.m. after the festival setup is complete. 

Setup affects south shore access- Pfirecracker Pfestival preparation takes place on Monday, July 4 and areas of the southern shore of Lake Pflugerville will be closed to the public for setup on July 4. The 5K walking trail around the lake will remain open to pedestrian use when possible. Guests will be asked to stay on the trail as to avoid setup and work crews. Watch this highlight video for more details.

For a full list of the music lineup, childrens' activities and more, visit

Craft and Tinker Workshop
Children ages 7 to 10 years old interested in making things can take part in new Craft and Tinker Workshops offered by the Parks and Recreation Department the first week of July. Sign up for 1, 2, 3 or all 4 sessions. Each day the children will be encouraged to use creative freedom while making a project. All materials are included for a daily fee of $25. Class time is 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Workshops Tuesday through Friday are as follows:

July 5:  Tie-dye pillowcases, foil sculpture, STEM challenge -- build a boat
July 6:  Air dry clay project, design coasters, STEM challenge – hex bug  maze
July 7:  Build a cup robot and create art with it, make a beaded snake, STEM challenge – catapults
July 8:  Abstract canvas art, terrarium project, STEM challenge – marshmallow engineering

Parents are welcome but not required to stay for class. For more information, call 512-990-6350.
Don't pfry your dog's pfeet. Watch for hot pavement
dog leashedSince we wear shoes, we can forget that our dogs are walking with bare feet on various surfaces when we take them outside. Be mindful that hot asphalt can feel like a fiery bed of coals to a dog.  Before you walk your dog on a hot day, put your hand on the ground surface for 7 seconds. If it’s hot on your hands, walk your dog in the grass or shade.  Truck surfaces, leather car seats, the beach sand and boat docks can be uncomfortable. Bring a wet towel along for your dog to sit on while unloading your car on a hot day.

Please don’t put shoes or socks on your dog as dogs cool themselves through their paws and mouth. Don’t trap heat in. 

You can tell your dog’s paws are burning if the dog is limping while walking or refusing to walk by pulling on the leash. Darkened skin is a sign and heavy licking and chewing of the paws. These tips are courtesy of the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation. 

Book tasting for teens previews upcoming book releases
Teens are invited to sample new young adult fiction books at the Pflugerville Public Library on Tuesday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. Robert Haddock of Penguin Random House will give a presentation on upcoming releases and hand out free books to attendees. Ages 12 to 18 are welcome and refreshments will be provided while supplies last. 

Doctor Who pfan night at the library
Dress up as your favorite Doctor or companion and come to Doctor Who Night for themed crafts and games. The Pflugerville Public Library will celebrate all things Doctor Who on Thursday, June 30, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sew a Doctor Who key chain, create magnets, make an etched glass, enjoy adult coloring, and work on paper crafts. Games include Doctor Who Monopoly, Jenga, Mad Libs, Yahtzee and trivia. The winner of the trivia contest will receive a 3D printed glow-in-the-dark weeping angel. Ages 18 and up are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

Emergency warnings to your cell phone 
Travis County encourages everyone to register cellphone numbers and email addresses to receive emergency alerts by text, email or phone call about their neighborhood.

When local emergency personnel and government officials identify a serious threat, they can send information including: 
If or when residents need to evacuate their homes during floods and fires,
If or when residents should take shelter during inclement or severe weather, 
What areas residents should avoid if a nearby hazardous materials spills occurs,
What residents should do during a police manhunt, or 
How to take health precautions during a boil water notice or prolonged power outage.

The Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) uses the 9-1-1 database to call landline phones, but the number of landline users is steadily declining as more people make cellphones their main communication tool. Sign up at

Local alerts via NIXLE
The Pflugerville Police Department uses Nixle service to send out local alerts about road closures, police activity and Pflugerville-based issues. You can text pfpd to 888777 to receive messages via text. Sign up your email address at

What's Happening

Family Craft Night Mondays at the library - Enjoy craft night with your family Mondays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pflugerville Public Library. Upcoming craft nights include bird house painting, sand art bottles, small cardboard box decoration and wood fan painting. Family Craft Night is one of the many fun events scheduled at the library this summer. For a complete Summer Reading Program schedule, visit 

Tot time swim at Scott Mentzer Pool Tuesdays -  On Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, is open for Tot Time. Toddlers age 5 and younger, along with their parents or guardians, are allowed into the pool before the normal opening time of 11 a.m. Daily admission charge or season passes apply. Older siblings will be admitted if they are in the company of the toddler and adult. Mentzer Pool is closed on Wednesdays for weekly maintenance activities. For more information, call the Recreation Center at 512-990-6350 or visit

Paving Project on Kennemer Drive on Tuesday Council Agenda
On Tuesday, the City Council will consider approval of a repair and repave of Kennemer Drive from its intersection with Kelly Lane north to Terradyne Drive as part of the city's annual street maintenance program. By installing a new layer of asphalt over the existing pavement, the City of Pflugerville will extend the pavement’s lifespan. Residents will be notified via neighborhood signage, on Next Door, and with door hanger notifications when applicable. Timing and phasing will be determined once a contract is in place. The repairs and overlay are planned in two phases. Project updates are available on the city website at

Offices and facilities closed July 4
The City of Pflugerville offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day, Monday, July 4, 2016. The Pflugerville Library, Animal Shelter, Recycle Center, Recreation Center and city offices will be closed. Trash and recycling pickup will not be affected. If you need assistance when the city is closed, call the citizen communications hotline at the Police Department at 512-251-4004. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.

This Week 

Friday 6/24:  Music In The Park - BillyRay Sheppard (P&R); Typing Lessons for Kids (L)
Saturday 6/25: Sing Along Saturday Movie Matinee (L) Paws & Read (L)
Monday 6/27: Baby Time: For Babies 3 – 12 Months Old (L) Baby Time: For Babies 12 – 18 Months Old (L); Movie Matinee – Race (L); Family Craft Night: Bird House Painting (L); Intermediate Computer Classes for Adults (L) 
Tuesday 6/28: City Council Meeting (B&C); Bilingual (English & Spanish) Story Time (L); Teen Night: YA Book Tasting (L); Tot Time at the Pool (P&R); Pfarmers Market (P&R)
Wednesday 6/29: Youth Hours – Pfab Lab (L); Pfab Lab Open Hours – Adults (L); Tween Scene (L); 
Thursday 6/30: Story Time (L); Kids (5-8) Club: Happy Un-Birthday Party! (L); Dr. Who Celebration (L)

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

July 4 Pfirecracker Pfestival - Celebrate Independence Day at Lake Pflugerville with fireworks and fun. The Pfestival begins on the south shore of Lake Pflugerville, 18216 Weiss Lane. No onside parking so ride the bus - it's a blast! Check out the music lineup and take a free shuttle starting at 3 p.m.

July 22 A Night at Hogwarts - 
The library will be transformed on Friday, July 22 into Hogwarts for an after-hours teens-only event to celebrate the upcoming publication of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The event will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will include crafts, games, book discussions, and more. Ages 12 to 18 are welcome to attend. 

July 30 Comic Con - Dress up as your favorite comic book character for the Pflugerville Public Library Comic Con on Saturday, July 30. Enjoy crafts, writer and artist panels, drawing workshops, games, door prizes and more. Comic Con is for all ages and pfamily pfriendly cosplay is encouraged. For more information visit