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September 23, 2016

Pflugerville ranked 12th best place to Live by Money Magazine
The city of Pflugerville is recognized as the 12th best city in America for a population of 50,000 – 300,000 in Money Magazine's Best Places to Live 2016.  
Money Magazine
“Pflugerville has leapt to #12 in the Money Magazine list of best places to live. Our jump up in the rankings is no surprise to anyone living in Pflugerville because we know this is a great place to live,” Pflugerville Mayor Jeff Coleman said. "When you combine our central Texas location with city festivals that contribute to small-town feel and carefully managed growth, you get a wonderful place to raise a family. I am extremely proud that Pflugerville is once again in the national spotlight and named one of the best places to live in the U.S.”

The most notable Pflugerville qualities mentioned by Money Magazine ranking system include Pflugerville's connectivity, housing, financial state and quality of life compared to other cities nationwide. Money Magazine analyzed 60 key factors including taxes, education and health care.
 

Pflugerville’s embrace of German heritage through various ‘Pfests,’ a 45-mile trail system and connectivity along SH 130 to Austin were highlighted in Money Magazine’s ranking which emphasizes Pflugerville’s planned growth. 

How Pflugerville was chosen: 
Money Magazine focuses on communities with populations of 50,000 to 300,000 and about 60 factors including average home prices, temperature, schools and crime rates. Next Money Magazine gives weight to places that score well with job market, economic opportunity and housing affordability.  Factor in a great economy, health care, a great trail system and happiness, and you get Pflugerville, Texas! 


The full list of the top 50 Best Places to Live are available online at <a href="http://time.com/money/collection/best-places-to-live/" onkeypress="this.onclick();" onclick="return showExternalSiteDialog(this);"> http://time.com/money/collection/best-places-to-live/</a>


E. Pecan Street reconstruction to begin Monday
Pecan St EastEast Pecan Street from State Highway 130 eastward to Weiss Lane will be reconstructed into a three-lane roadway with curb and gutter and sidewalk rehabilitation from Weiss to Cameron Road starting September 26. 

During construction watch for traffic control as crews will direct traffic. The road will be one-lane only during construction and will reopen at the end of each day when crews are not onsite.  The project is anticipated to last until May 2017 and is funded through the 2014 Transportation Bond approved by the voters. 

Fall Exhibit at the Pflugerville Public Library
The Library is hosting an Austin Fiber Artist Fall Exhibit through November 11. A kickoff reception is on September 25 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. The artists have shaped fibers into beautiful works of art that will be on display. Be sure to check it out on your next visit to the Library. 


Heritage House Museum hosts Harvest Fest 
On Sunday, October 2, the Heritage House Museum hosts Harvest Fest from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. heritage house

The Friends of the Heritage House Museum invite you to bring out your family to enjoy brats-hot dogs, a fishing booth, and bean bag toss. 
 
There will be authentic accordion music by Rollie Revering and Kelly Knobloch and face painting by the local clown, Miss Poppy. There will also be a great family photo opportunity with hay bales in front of the house.
  
Never been to the Heritage House? Take this opportunity to tour the museum and see all the heritage that gives this house its name. The house is located at 901 Old Austin Hutto Road in Heritage Park. 
 

Check out a new board game every Sunday at the Pflugerville Library
Tired of the board games you have at home? Want to try something new? You can borrow a board game to play at the Library every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Board games will be rotated each week. If there is a particular game in the library collection that you want to play, email amandac@pflugervilletx.gov by Thursday morning with your request. Games in the library collection include Apples to Apples, Candyland, Checkers, Chess, Chutes & Ladders, Clue, Coup card game, Exploding Kittens, Forbidden Island, Machi Koro, Medieval Times card game, Memory, Monopoly, Munchkin, Pictionary, Puerto Rico, Scrabble, Settlers of Catan and Uno.

Pfun at the Library 
Saturday Story Time now offered 

Bring your children to Saturday Story Time at the Library from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. followed by a craft. Children build language and social skills through books, songs, rhymes, and fun. 

Make a boat at Techie Tweens - Kids ages 8 to 12 are invited to learn, build, and explore at the Library's tech club for tweens. Make a boat out of pool noodles and race on Wednesday, September 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Pflugerville Public Library. 

Star Trek 50th Anniversary Celebration - Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the iconic science fiction show on Thursday, September 29 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy crafts, games and a trivia contest. Costumes encouraged! Ages 18 and up are welcome to attend.

Watch Captain America: Civil War at the library Enjoy a free movie screening of Marvel's latest superhero flick on Saturday, October 1 at 2 p.m. The movie is rated PG-13. 


Serve on a city board or commission
The City of Pflugerville is accepting applications for positions on all boards and commissions for terms beginning January 1, 2017. Applicants are generally required to be registered voters of the City and to have resided within the City limits for at least 12 months preceding appointment. Additional requirements may exist for a specific board or commission. Required applications specific to each board and commission are available on the City’s web site: http://www.pflugervilletx.gov, by contacting the City Secretary’s Office at (512) 990-6101, or emailing citysecretary@pflugervilletx.gov. The City encourages all interested citizens to apply prior to November 30, 2016. Interviews and appointments are expected to take place at a special City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 100 East Main Street, Suite 500. More information

Pflugerville Chamber Pfamily Pfestival and EXPO
 The Chamber of Commerce hosts its 2016 Pfamily Pfestival and Expo on Saturday, October 1 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Stone Hill Town Center.  More than 80 merchant booths, door prizes, children's activities, performers, demonstrations and public safety displays will be part of the Expo including the City of Pflugerville, Pflugerville Police and Pflugerville Animal Shelter. Visit the city's booths at the event! www.pfchamber.com


Take Care of Texas provides Fall tips to keep your home lit efficiently
  • Switching off just one light that would otherwise burn 8 hours a day in your home saves you almost $20 per year.
  • Energy efficient lights can be used for holiday decorations. They last up to 10 times longer, are cool to the touch and minimize the risk of fire. 
  • The energy cost to light a traditional bulb for a year is $4.80 compared to $1.20 and a LED bulb only costs about $1. 
  • Replacing five light fixtures in your home with Energy Star (R) certified models could save you $75 a year in electric utility bills.
Visit TakeCareofTexas.org for more ways to conserve energy and water, reduce waste, keep air and water clean and save money. 

What's Happening

Pflugerville Recreation Center gym reopens - Classes resume at the Recreation Center gym.  For more information, call 512-990-6350.

Kennemer Paving to begin October 1- The Kennemer overlay will begin on Saturday, October 1. Drainage improvements have been underway since August. The project is scheduled to last 90 days.

Register your National Night Out party now - National Night Out (NNO)  is Tuesday, October 4 in Pflugerville and your neighborhood is invited to participate. Register your party with the city so that the Police Department and Emergency Services can come visit your neighborhood. On October 4 turn on your porch lights, go outside and meet your neighbors. Information on National Night Out is posted at pflugervilletx.gov/nno.

Fire Department Art Contest 
The Pflugerville Fire Department is hosting an art contest. The department's motto is "Because we care." Submit artwork that shows what this motto means to you. The contest is open to ages 5 to 18 years. Submit artwork to the fire department through November 14. For more details visit,http://pflugervillefire.org/

Chili Pfest Cook-off Teams wanted for Oct. 15 event - Vendors and chili cook-off teams can apply online at  www.pfallchilipfest.com.  Early bird rates are still in effect, so sign up today for the 9th annual event held in downtown Pflugerville. Vendor spots are filling fast!

November's Pfall Pfest Craft Show vendors - Interested in participating in the juried arts and craft show on Saturday, November 19? The first round of jury judging is September 22. Spots are limited to 36 vendors. Sign up today at www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfallpfest. 

This Week 

Friday 9/23: Tween Typing (L)
Saturday 9/24: Pirate Party! (L); Paws & Read (L)
Sunday 9/25: Game On! Board Games (L)
Monday 9/26: Baby Time – Babies 3 to 12 months (L); Baby Times: Babies 12 to 18 months (L); Movie Matinee: Genius (L); Paws & Read (L); Beginner Guitar Lessons (L); Intermediate computer classes for adults (L)
Tuesday 9/27: City Council Meeting (B&C); Pfarmers Market (P&R); Heritage House Museum Open (P&R); Bilingual (English & Spanish) Story Time for Everyone!(L); Home School Teens (L); Home School Kids (Ages 5 to 8) – Building with Straws (L) Home School Tweens (L); Teen DIY: String Art (L)
Wednesday 9/28: Walk In Computer Help for Adults (L); Techie Tweens (L)
Thursday 9/29: Story Time (L); Kids Crafternoon (Ages 5 to 8) – Paper Plate Scarecrows (L); Star Trek Celebration (L)


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


SAVE THE DATE
October 6: Intro to Hot Sauces with Stellar Sauces - The end of Summer is hot sauce time! Chris Johnson of Stellar Sauces will walk you through the sauce making process on Thursday, October 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a full tasting with snacks and drinks. Anyone 18 and up may attend.

October 8: Star Wars Reads Day - Celebrate the 4th annual Star Wars Reads Day at the Pflugerville Public Library. Enjoy crafts and games for all ages, including D.I.Y. light sabers, BB-8 magnets, video games, a sewing craft and more. Plus, take a photo with a Stormtrooper! The event will be Saturday, October 8 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. All ages are welcome.