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October 28, 2016

Weiss Lane construction to begin
WeissLaneThe City of Pflugerville and Travis County are preparing to begin construction on Weiss lane in early 2017. This week an open house was held to describe the project that will widen the road and bridges from Pecan to Cele Road. This project is funded by voter-approved bond funds from the City of Pflugerville and Travis County. Check out the Weiss Lane Pfact Sheet for more details or watch this week's issue of Pflugerville Pfocus for highlights on the project. 

Throughout the construction, the roadway will remain open with a north and southbound lane of traffic at all times. The project will begin in early 2017 with construction scheduled for 20 months.

Kennemer Drive overlay work on November 5 
On Saturday, November 5, contractors will begin the overlay paving process on Kennemer Drive weather permitting. The paving will be on the weekend to avoid school traffic. One lane of traffic will be left open, however drivers should anticipate delays in the area and may choose to seek an alternate route. The Kennemer Overlay project is on schedule to be complete by the end of November 2016.

Pflugerville Pfocus

PfocusDo you watch Pfocus? It's our video news program which follows each City Council meeting to let you know what's going on in Pflugerville. In today's episode Weiss Lane construction is about to begin, there's a Storywalk at Heritage Park and the Traveling Wall is coming to town.Check out these events all featured in this week's Pflugerville Pfocus

Early Voting/ La votación adelantada en persona
voteOctober 24, 7:00 AM - November 4, 7:00 P.M. Voters may vote early at any designated early voting location for their county of residence. Los votantes pueden ir a votar de la votación adelantada en cualquier localidad designada para votar adelantada para su Condado de residencia.

Early voting by personal appearance shall begin Monday, October 24, 2016, and continue through Friday, November 4, 2016. (La votación adelantada en persona comienza a lunes, 24 de octubre de 2016, y continúan hasta el viernes, 4 de noviembre, 2016.

Awesome Occupations: Meet Chef Andrew Curren 
Learn about a different exciting career each month during Awesome Occupations. This month, meet Chef Andrew Curren. Chef Andrew Curren of ELM Restaurant Group in Austin, Texas, is a Culinary Institute of America valedictorian and heads the kitchens at 24 Diner, Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden, Italic and, most recently, Irene's. Chef Andrew is a two-time nominee for Food & Wine magazine’s 'People’s Best New Chef;’ competed on 'Top Chef: Texas’ in 2011; and is included in multiple editions of Best Chefs America. Visit the Pflugerville Library on Tuesday, November 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. to learn about this thrilling career! Ages 10 and up are welcome.

Harry Potter Night for adults 
Come to Harry Potter Night at the Pflugerville Public Library on Thursday, November 3 from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Enjoy an evening at Hogwarts with crafts, games and a trivia contest. Activities include decorated coffee mugs, DIY snitch, book cover ornaments, wand making, character magnets, adult coloring and tabletop Quidditch. Costumes are encouraged. Ages 18 and up are welcome. 

Register for Basic Sewing 
Do you own a sewing machine, but don’t know how to use it? Learn how to thread your machine and get started on a sewing project at the Pflugerville Public Library. The Basic Sewing Class is designed for absolute beginners ages 18 and up. Registration is required and begins October 29. The class will be at the Pflugerville Public Library on Saturday, November 5 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bring your own machine to the class. 

Movie Matinee: Star Trek Beyond 
In this third installment of the rebooted Star Trek film series Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) struggles with a personal crisis as he and the crew of the Enterprise are attacked by a dictator named Krall (Idris Elba). Also starring Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana. Rated PG-13, ©Paramount Pictures. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. The movie is on Sunday, November 6 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pflugerville Public Library. 

Have a pet plan this Halloween to keep your pets safe
Halloween can be a stressful day for pets who may encounter unfamiliar sounds and faces, not to mention a constantly ringing doorbell. The excitement can encourage some animals to attempt escape.  

Halloween Safety pet tips:
  • Make sure your pet has a collar on with your contact information and rabies tag. A current micro-chip is best.
  • Consider confining your pet in a section of the house away from the Halloween activities.  
  • Take pictures of your pet so you have them if your pet does escape to identify your pet quicker.
  • Do not take your pet trick-or-treating as it can cause additional stress with running children and many people on the sidewalks. If you do take your pet with you, use a leash and have your pet with a flashing light collar or leash.
  • Put the candy in a secure place. Chocolate and candy is bad for a dog!
  • Don't let pets chew on glow in the dark items as they contain a chemical that is toxic for pets.

Some Halloween traditions are not pet-friendly. Keep all cats indoors. Additional tips from the Pflugerville Animal Shelter are online

What's Happening
Halloween Activities in Pflugerville
October 28 and October 29
Halls of Horror Haunted House - The Halls of Horror Haunted House is at the Green Red Barn in Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road on Friday and Saturday, October 28-29 from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Admission is free with two canned goods for Blue Santa.

October 29, 2016
Trunk or Treat at the Pflugerville Animal Shelter
Come to the shelter at 1600 Waterbrook Drive for Trunk or Treat on October 29 from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. Trick or treat and check out all the animals available for adoption from the shelter. Additional information

October 31, 2016
Halloween Pfood Drive from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. in downtown Pflugerville, 200 block W. Main Street. Admission is a nonperishable food item.

Trick-or-treaters should follow these safety rules:halloween
• Look both ways before crossing roadways. Always walk, don't run.
• Cross the roadway at intersections and crosswalks when possible.
• Toy guns and knives are discouraged--they could be mistaken for the real thing.
• Costumes should be light in color, and short enough to avoid tripping.
• Reflective material of some kind on the costume is strongly encouraged.
• Avoid masks--use face paint instead for better visibility and peripheral vision.
• Travel in groups with adult supervision.
• Do not enter the cars and homes of strangers. Avoid homes without visible porch lights.
• Carry a flashlight and make sure an adult accompanies small children.
• Never trick-or-treat in unfamiliar areas.
• Take all treats home for an adult to inspect before eating anything. Never eat unwrapped candy.

Trim your trees for safety 
The City of Pflugerville Ordinances require that trees must hang no less than 8 ft above sidewalks and 14 ft above the street. These ordinances ensure that recreational sidewalk use and emergency vehicle roadway use is not inhibited by tree growth or limbs. It is imperative that homeowners comply and trim trees on their property to Ordinance Standards by November 1, 2016. 

Starting November 1, homes in violation will receive a door hanger notice two weeks prior to city enforcement trimming. City crews will visit subdivisions and cut trees that do not meet the standards and clearance requirements. 

City crews will cut trees straight across at the desired height, thus homeowners desiring more aesthetic cuts are encouraged to complete their tree trimming before enforcement begins on November 1.  For questions, please call public works at 512-990-6400. 

This Week 
Friday 10/28: Tween Typing (L)
Saturday 10/29: Trunk or Treat Adoption Event (AS); Halls of Horror Haunted House (P&R); Saturday Story Time (L); Paws & Read (L)
Sunday 10/30: Game On! Board Games (L)
Monday 10/31: Baby Time – Babies 3 to 12 months (L); Baby Times: Babies 12 to 18 months (L); Paws & Read (L)
Tuesday 11/1: Pfestive Pfarmers Market (P&R); Bilingual (English & Spanish) Story Time for Everyone! (L); Home School Kids (Ages 5 to 8) – Turkey Suncatchers (L); Home School Tweens (L); Home School Visit at the Heritage House Museum (L); Lego Club (L); Awesome Occupations: Chef (L) 
Wednesday 11/2: Kawaii Club (L) 
Thursday 11/3: Story Time (L); Kids Crafternoon (Ages 5 to 8) – Fun with Watercolors (L); Harry Potter Night for Adults (L); Genealogy Club (L)

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

November 10 - 13 Traveling Wall - Open around the clock, this 80% replica of the Vietnam Memorial will be on display in Pflugerville to coincide with the annual Veterans Day ceremony. Sponsored by the City of Pflugerville, the wall is provided by American Veterans Traveling Tribute, a nonprofit organization. Pfennig Park, 1301 W. Pfennig Lane. Opens at noon on November 10 and runs through November 13 at 3 p.m. More information.

November 15: Fantastic Beasts event at the library: Celebrate the wizarding world with crafts, food, and games. Create your own fantastic beasts, get sorted into an Ilvermorny house, participate in wand training, and more! Wizards, witches, and no-majs of all ages are welcome to attend. Everyone is encouraged to dress in your best 1920s wizard's robes. The event will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

November 18 Senior Health Fair - The Pflugerville Recreation Center hosts a senior health fair with vendors educating about various senior services within the community from 9 a.m. - noon. Come and listen to speakers discuss various topics regarding senior health. All are welcome. 512-990-6350.