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July 29, 2016

Pflugerville Pfun Campers volunteer at Pfarmers Market and Animal Shelter
The Pflugerville Parks and Recreation Department Pfun Campers are having a blast this summer taking field trips around central Texas, playing in city parks and pools, and volunteering in the community. 

"By adding a volunteer component to the camp, campers are learning life lessons, making a difference in the community and having pfun," camp director Ashley Quema said. "At first the campers weren't sure what to expect when they set out to do community service, but now they're asking us to let them go back and help out." reading to dogs

 At the Pfarmers Market, the campers divide into teams and rotate shifts helping vendors unload supplies and setup, and greeting guests. 

“The campers and the vendors benefit from this volunteer service, and it's so helpful the vendors are requesting their help every week,” Pfarmers Market coordinator Eddie Garcia said. “The campers learn what it’s like to work as a team and work together with vendors to get the market open. Sometimes campers get fresh fruit and vegetable treats for helping out.”

The campers have also helped at the Pflugerville Animal Shelter. In June, the campers made fresh dog treats and delivered them to the Pflugerville Animal Shelter. Younger campers learned about pet safety and the proper way to approach an unknown pet during a class led by shelter staff, and older campers spent time reading library books to the cats and dogs during their shelter stay.  kids make dog treats

“Children love working with the animals and at the same time, the animals become more adoptable because they are around children and more people,” Rhonda McLendon, animal shelter director, said. “The kids have helped make treats, wash dog beds and socialized our cats. They bring great energy with them and they go home and tell their parents all about the fun they had at the Pflugerville Animal Shelter.” 

This is the first year that the Parks and Recreation Department has added a community-wide service initiative to summer camp and will continue to offer opportunities next year.  Pfun Camp is a weekly summer camp offered  throughout the summer to kids and teens. Watch a video on the program.

Library hosts a Comic Con to celebrate summer reading program

ComicConDress up as your favorite comic book hero for the Pflugerville Comic Con on Saturday, July 30 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pflugerville Public Library.

“This year we are celebrating the end of our Summer Reading Program with a comic convention for all ages. We have three New York Times bestselling writers, voice actors, and award winning comic book creators joining us for Comic Con,” said Bette McDowell, Adult Services Librarian.

One of the New York Times bestselling writers attending the event, Chris Claremont, will join the convention through a Skype interview. Chris Claremont is known for his work on Marvel Comic’s X-Men series as the co-creator of the iconic characters Rogue, Gambit, Sabretooth, Mystique and many others. He also co-wrote the X-Men Dark Phoenix story arc that was later adapted for the animated television series and the X-Men movies. 

Other featured guests include New York Times bestselling writers Paul Benjamin and Joe Eisma, Funimation! voice actor Alex Moore, local voice actor Bill Hemberger, Comic Book Dad Daniel J. Rucker, steampunk artist Tanya Davis, Chad Thomas, David Pitts, Mari Mancusi, Leah Lovise, Elisa Wikey, Cait Zellers, Vanessa Shealy, Jim Conditt and Eisner award-winning writer Sean McKeever.

“A family friendly cosplay contest, crafts for adults and children, a photo booth and a children’s superhero obstacle course are scheduled to take place during the event,” said Youth Services Librarian Amanda Cawthon, “We will also have drawing workshops, interviews, group discussions and panels with our featured guests.”

The Comic Con is also the final event of the Summer Reading Program and the winning reading team will be announced.

The Pflugerville Public Library is located at 1008 West Pfluger Street. The event is free and all ages are welcome to attend. For more information about the Pflugerville Comic Con visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/comiccon or call the library at 512-990-6375.

It’s a Pfocus Pfriday
pfocus logoDo you watch Pflugerville Pfocus? It’s our new video news program highlighting some of the City Council’s actions from the Tuesday night City Council meeting. Pfocus comes out on Friday morning the week of each Council meeting and is a short-format program to provide you with city news. Watch today’s episode at www.youtube.com/cityofpflugerville. Subscribe to the city's YouTube page and never miss an episode. 

Free swim day at Windermere Pool July 30 
July is Parks and Recreation Month and on July 30 from noon - 7 p.m. the Windermere Pool, 16800 Gower Street, is open with free admission. .

Pflugerville recognized as a safe city
Once again Pflugerville is getting recognized and today it’s for being in the top 10 safest cities in Texas with a population over 50,000. Pflugerville is ranked 6th safest city in Texas based on crime metrics from the FBI across 217 Texas cities. The city attributes this high rank to our pfamily-pfriendly neighborhoods, small town pfeel and outstanding police pforce. More info

No parking zone on north side of Pfennig Lane keeps children safer 
no parking signThe Pfennig Lane parking lot construction was approved by City Council to help create a safer parking location for use by parents when children are playing soccer at Pfennig Fields. The parking lot created 63 spaces on the property south of Pfennig Lane. On Tuesday, City Council approved no parking zones on the north side of Pfennig Lane from Swenson Farms Boulevard to Black Locust. 

"With a speed limit of 40 miles per hour on Pfennig, cars parked on both sides of the road cause a potential safety hazard as kids run across the street from their cars to the soccer field," Mayor Jeff Coleman said. "The new parking lot holds as many parking spaces as the north side of Pfennig did, and provides a safe solution."

The no parking ordinance is in effect once signs go up. 

Music in the Park continues August 5 with John Gaar Band
john gaarThe John Gaar Band comes at you at Pfluger Park on Friday, August 5 from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. with full-forced Southern-infused Roots Rock with soul-stirring vocals, signature raunchy guitars, wailing organs, epic hooks, killer rhythm, clever lyrics and superb story-telling. His distinctive sound embraces multiple eras and genres, including blues, rock, country, folk, Americana and jazz. 

John Gaar and his all-star band offer a wall of sound with four-part harmonies and intricate arrangements that you don't see in live performances every day. From original songs to melancholy ballads, to gospel sounds and organ crunch, this will be a night of music you won't want to miss.

Come to Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road at 6:30 p.m. to get your spot and eat snacks or dinner from onsite vendors. The Music in the Park series is adjacent to the playground and under the shade trees at Pfluger Park. 

For more information visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/musicinthepark.

Advanced senior line dancing now offered
Due to the popularity of the senior line dance program, classes are now expanded to include an advanced senior line dancing class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Windermere Clubhouse, 16800 Gower Street, from 10:30 a.m. - noon.The regular line dancing program is a great prerequisite to the advanced program and is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. -11 a.m. at the Pflugerville Recreation Center.  The line dancing is for senior club members at the Recreation Center. Join today. City resident membership is $3 per individual and $5 per couple, and $5 per individual and $7 per couple for non residents of Pflugerville.  Visit www.pfseniors.com for more information on senior programs in Pflugerville.

The senior program was featured on KVUE news on Thursday highlighting dance and numerous programs that have grown in the past year at the Pflugerville Recreation Center.

Junior Lifeguard Training Classes offered for ages 8-14 
Get trained as a Junior Lifeguard by enrolling in the 5-day class offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. A new session begins Monday, August 1, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Gilleland Creek Pool, 700 Railroad Avenue. 

This American Red Cross sponsored class is designed to help students ages 8 to 14 learn how to prevent accidents, develop fitness skills, gain understanding of basic rescue techniques, learn leadership skills and the professional aspects of being a lifeguard. This class does not offer certification for lifeguarding. Cost is $45 for residents and $55 for non-residents. For more information, call 512-990-6350.

Victim services volunteers ages 21 and up needed; register now for training 
Pflugerville Police Department Victim Services is in need of volunteers.  Training will begin Monday, September 26, 2016.  Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 p.m. -10 p.m. for 8 weeks.

Topics will include how to work with victims of family violence, sexual assault, child victims, elderly victims, survivors of suicide and homicide, and victims of other violent crimes.  

Any interested citizen who resides in Pflugerville or the surrounding area is encouraged to apply. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Contact Judy Allen at 670-5701 jallen@pflugervilletx.gov for further information and application or download online at http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/victimservices

New program at the library starting in August, Adult Coloring Club
Meet fellow coloring enthusiasts during the Adult Coloring Club at the Pflugerville Public Library on Monday, August 1. The club will meet for an hour in the Pfab Lab on the first Monday of each month at 2 p.m. The library will provide coloring pencils and coloring sheets for attendees. Guests are welcome to bring their own materials to the coloring club. Anyone 18 and up may attend. 

Seven Capital Improvement Projects complete
Tuesday night was the quarterly capital improvement project report. It's hard to keep track of all of the projects and their various stages of development, so you can visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/projects to see a list of current capital improvement projects in the city. 

citywide clickable map allows you to see what's happening near your neighborhood.  CIP map

We're proud that out of 64 projects currently identified, seven were completed this quarter including water and wastewater lines and roadway repairs.   If you've driven around town lately, you've seen Heatherwilde construction is coming along smoothly with curb and gutter installation underway. City crews have been repairing and clearing drainage ditches around town, and we have completed the construction of the Pfennig Lane Parking lot. 


What's Happening
Voting for City Council Place 2 underway -  Early voting and election day voting will take place at the Pflugerville City Hall, 100 E. Main Street, Suite 500. Early voting is through August 2, 2016 weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. with extended voting on August 2, 2016 from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Election day voting on August 6, 2016 is from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.For more information, contact the city secretary Karen Thompson at citysecretary@pflugervilletx.gov.  Informacion en Espanol:www.pflugervilletx.gov/eleccion.

Pfree splash day at Windermere Pool 
Free admission on Saturday, July 30 to the Windermere Pool from noon - 7 p.m. 16800 Gower Street. 

Pfarmers Market - The Pfarmers Market is open from 3 p.m. - 7 p .m. at Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road inside the Green Red Barn. Come shop produce, breads, jams, pasta and more.www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket

Vendors wanted for Chili Pfest - Apply today for the Chili Pfest Cook-Off Contest on Saturday, October 15 from noon – 5 p.m. Food and drink, arts and crafts, commercial businesses and non-profit organizations can apply to be vendors. Early-bird registration discounts for both chili cooks and vendors end October 1, so sign up early. For event details, visit www.pfallchilipfest.com 

Heritage House Museum open - Come visit and tour the Heritage House Museum in Heritage Park 901 Old Austin Hutto Road on Tuesdays during the Pfarmers Market from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. The house is also open on the first Sunday of each month from noon - 5 p.m. Visit on Sunday, August 7.  

This Week 
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O - Other

Online City Event Calendar 
Saturday, July 30 - ComicCon marks the end of the Library Summer Reading Program (L); Windermere Pool free splash day (P&R)
Monday, August 1 - Adult coloring club (L); Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z)
Tuesday, August 2 - Tot Time at the Pool (P&R), Pfarmers Market (P&R), Heritage House Museum open (L)
Friday, August 5 - Music in the Park (P&R)

SAVE THE DATE
August 13 - Animal Shelter Volunteer Class - If you are age 16 and up and interested in helping to walk dogs, play with cats and assist with adoption events in the community, sign up for the next Animal Shelter Volunteer Class on August 13 from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Pflugerville Animal Shelter, 1600 Waterbrook. www.pflugervilletx.gov/sheltervolunteer.

September 2 - Movie in the Park - Come watch and sing-along with "Grease" at Pfluger Park on September 2 at 7:30 p.m. Participate in the costume contest and join the fun. Costume contest is at 7:30 p.m. and sing-along starts at 8:30 p.m. www.pflugervilletx.gov/musicinthepark.