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December 2, 2016

Oath of Office held for Mayor Gonzales and Councilmember Weiss
VictorandDougOn Tuesday, Mayor Victor Gonzales and Councilmember Doug Weiss were sworn in at a ceremony at the Pflugerville Justice Center. The next City Council meeting is December 13 at City Council Chambers. 

Watch this week's Pflugerville Pfocus for highlights of the Oath of Office Ceremony and hear from your newest Councilmember Weiss.

Last Pfocus we interviewed Mayor Victor Gonzales too. Watch Pfocus online at

Christmas Parade and Pfestival of Lights rained out
PfhooeyDue to anticipated thunderstorms and rain in the weather forecast, the Christmas Parade and Pfestival of Lights is canceled. Shop downtown from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Holiday Stroll at local arts and craft stores and vendors along Pecan Street at the Downtown Association's Holiday Stroll Sidewalk sale. All evening outdoor activities including the parade, concerts, crafts and tree lighting are canceled.

Another pfestive option is to visit the Vintage Christmas at Heritage House
Visit the Heritage House from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on December 3 and 4. There will be a display of old fashioned toys provided by Toy Time and community donors. Take photos with Santa! The Pflugerville Quilt Guild will have quilts on display and for sale. Heritage House is located on 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd, Pflugerville, TX.

For a list of seasonal activities throughout the month, visit
Pflugerville ranks first in Texas and 10th in the nation for National Association of Town Watch for National Night Out
The official rankings are in from the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). Pflugerville ranked first in Texas for cities with populations between 50,000 – 100,000 and 10th in the nation. 

This is a huge accomplishment that is shared by everybody’s interactions and involvement with our community. Thanks to everyone, especially the city's Community Services Team and Cpl. Dan Griffith who coordinated the event working on registering block parties, compiling photos submitted by the community and officers and then submitting the information to NATW for ranking. 

Holiday Shopping safety tips 
ShopPfIt's the holiday season and everyone sets out to shop! Don’t let the spirit of giving provide burglars, muggers, and pickpockets a better chance to do their dirty work. Homes jam-packed with glittering gifts are enough to make a crook giddy with holiday joy.

The Crime Prevention Unit of the Pflugerville Police Dept. offers the following suggestions to help ensure citizens enjoy a safe and happy holiday season:

• While shopping, stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
• Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If shopping at night, do not go alone; always let someone know your destinations and approximate time of return. Park in a well-lighted space.
• Do not carry large amounts of cash and always put your money in your wallet or purse before leaving the store. Never expose your credit cards or cash unnecessarily.
• Don’t overload yourself when carrying packages to your vehicle. It’s better to make multiple trips.
• Be extra careful of purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put your wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
• Have your car keys in your hand when approaching your vehicle. Immediately after entering your car, lock all doors.
• Look under your car when several paces away and always check inside the vehicle, both front and back, before opening the door.
• Do not leave packages inside the vehicle, exposed to outside view.
• When leaving a building always observe any activity, which may be going on near your vehicle as you approach. Ask for a security guard or store employee to escort you if you feel uneasy about going to your car alone.
• When away from home, leave on lights and a radio or TV so it looks like someone is home. Make sure all doors and windows are locked before you leave, even if it’s for a few minutes. Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from the outside.

When possible, be sure to Come Home to Shop® and support local businesses.  For more information please contact the Pflugerville Police Dept. Crime Prevention Unit at 512-670-5514.

Holiday Sing Along with Slider Lee
Sing along to your pfavorite holiday songs at the Pflugerville Public Library on Tuesday, December 6 at 10 a.m. Stay after the singalong to work on a craft with your family. This program repeats at 11 a.m. All ages welcome.

Polar Express & An Afternoon with Santa at the Pflugerville Librarysanta boy
All aboard! Take an imaginary trip to the North Pole as The Conductor, Mr. Phil, brings Chris Van Allsburg's classic book The Polar Express to life. The Polar Express show will be at the library on Saturday, December 10 at 1 p.m. All ages are welcome. Stay after the show from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for An Afternoon with Santa. Take pictures with Santa Claus and work on holiday crafts. An Afternoon with Santa is sponsored by the Friends of the Pflugerville Library.

Teen DIY: White Chocolate Snowflakes
Ages 12 to 18 are invited to watch Elf (New Line Cinema, rated PG) and make white chocolate snowflakes at the library on Tuesday, December 6 at 6 p.m. Supplies are limited. 

Holiday Pfun for Tweens
Bring your tween to Kawaii Club at the library on Wednesday, December 7 at 4:30 p.m. Ages 9 to 14 will use the materials provided to decorate a winter mug! Save the date for the Tween Holiday Hangout on Wednesday, December 14. The library will screen the 1976 classic The Year Without a Santa Claus (Warner Bros., not rated) while tweens decorate yummy snacks and work on crafts.

Craft nightAdult Craft Night: Basic Hand Embroidery
Learn hand embroidery stitches and use patterns to make a work of art at the library on Thursday, December 8 at 6 p.m. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend. Materials provided while supplies last.

Movie Matinee: The BFG
Enjoy a pfree movie screening at the library of Steven Spielberg's directed adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved novel, the BFG (Walt Disney Pictures, rated PG). 

Donate to Blue Santa
blue santaPflugerville Police Department’s Blue Santa program is a partnership with the citizens of Pflugerville aimed at providing Christmas for Pflugerville families in need. 

Blue Santa is coordinated by the Pflugerville Police Department, but nearly all of the sorting, wrapping, packaging and deliveries are done by volunteers who come from Pflugerville businesses, volunteer organizations and the Pflugerville community.  

"Gift donations are needed to help make Blue Santa a success,” Cpl. Dan Griffith said. “We have Blue Santa bins out at city facilities and partner businesses in Pflugerville to collect donations of unwrapped toys and canned goods. A special request is for gifts for boys and girls ages 10-14 as we always run short on gifts for tweens and teens. With your help, we can help Pflugerville families further enjoy the holidays.” 

Ages 10 – 14:  Anime, Art, Advanced Legos, Dr. Who, Gloves/Scarves, Star Wars items, Sports equipment, baseball caps, throw blankets, cool school supplies, nail polish, scarves, bath lotions, candles, earrings/necklace sets, purses, slippers, cool school supplies

Volunteers interested in sorting, wrapping and collecting gifts can sign up for a shift at 

Application Process
Do you know a Pflugerville resident who needs some help with Christmas this year? To qualify, applicants should fill out an application in person at the Pflugerville Police Department  Applications must be picked up in person, must have valid Texas Driver’s license or ID card with current address, and utility bill matching the person/spouse and address.  Proof of residency is a requirement and will be checked.  For further information contact: Cpl. Dan Griffith  (512) 670-5514 or e-mail

Alarm Permits 
Pflugerville City Ordinance (Pflugerville Code of Ordinances - Chapter 97) requires all residents and businesses who have an alarm, whether monitored or not, to obtain an alarm permit from the City. alarm permit

Alarm permits are only issued to residents who live in the city limits. 

All permits expire on December 31st of each year. Individuals are responsible for renewing their permit each year. A new application is required each year.

You can now submit Alarm Permit Forms and Renewals online or you may mail or hand deliver the application to:

Pflugerville Justice Center 
Attn: Central Records
P.O. Box 679 
Pflugerville, TX 78691-0679

What's Happening

Holiday Activities- Need a printable list of monthly holiday activities? Visit  to see a full list of holiday-related fun in Pflugerville. 

The gift of pfitness - The Pflugerville Recreation Center membership is a great stocking stuffer. 

This Week 

Friday 12/2: Games of Thrones Night (L)
Saturday 12/3: Vintage Christmas at Heritage House December 3 & 4 (P&R); Paws & Read (L); Saturday Story Time (L)
Sunday 12/4: Game On! Board Games (L)
Monday 12/5: Baby Time – Babies 3 to 12 months (L); Paws & Read (L); Adult Coloring Club (L); Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting (B&C)
Tuesday 12/6: Pfestive Pfarmers Market (P&R); Sing Along Holiday Music with Slider Lee (L); Teen DIY: White Chocolate Snowflakes (L); Home School Kids (Ages 5 to 8) – Snowman Banner (L); Home School Teens (L); Home School Tweens (L); Lego Club (L)
Wednesday 12/7: Play Time (L); Kawaii Club (L)
Thursday 12/8: Story Time (L); Kids Crafternoon (Ages 5 to 8) – Woodstick Reindeer (L); Adult Craft Night: Hand Embroidery (L)

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

December 15: Story Time with Mrs. Claus -  Mrs. Claus will make her annual trip to the library for Story Time on Thursday, December 15 at 10:30 a.m. Don't forget your camera to take pictures of your children with Mrs. Claus! Crafts will be provided while supplies last. This program is recommended for children up to age 5.

December 17: Home for the Holidays - Come to the Pflugerville Animal Shelter, 1600 Waterbrook and find a new pet to take home for the holidays.  Pet adoptions are only $20 and include shots, spay/neuter and plenty of tail wags and purrs. Foster homes are especially needed. The event is from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and includes facepainting, games and a wish tree. If you're thinking of giving a pet  as a present, the shelter recommends making a trip together to let the recipient pick the right pet for them. Make a trip to the shelter together at Home for the Holidays.

December 29, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Watch and Mock Bad Movie Trailers - Looking for something to do over the winter break? Bring your friends to the library, enjoy some movie snacks, and mercilessly mock old movie trailers. Ages 12-18.

December 30, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party - Children up to age 12 are invited to celebrate the New Year with pfun, dancing, and a countdown to 12:00 (noon). The party starts at 11 a.m. at the library.