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December 9, 2016

Give the gift of Pfitness or some cool Pflugerville swag
Recreation Center memberships and Pflugerville swag make fun gifts. The holidays are a time when we all enjoy seeing friends and family and… eating! A great way to stay in shape for the holidays is to visit the Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road. With a weight room, game room, indoor walking track and classes and programs for you and your family, there's plenty of opportunity to keep in shape and have fun.

A recreation center membership makes a great gift! At only $125 for a Pflugerville family for an entire year, you can give the gift of fitness. A Pflugerville adult can be a member for $75 a year ($6.25 a month!) Give the gift of pfitness!

December 17 Home for the Holidays event 
ClydeCome to the Pflugerville Animal Shelter, 1600 Waterbrook and find a new pet to take home for the holidays.  Pet adoptions include 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. 

Animal adoptions are free this weekend for a special sale. Adoptions are $20 beginning Monday, December 12.  Pictured is Clyde- take him home today!

Pfoster homes are needed
Fostering is a great way to help the shelter while also seeing if a pet might be a fit for your home. The shelter is currently full. Help us by being a foster parent. Contact the shelter at 512-990-PETS if you're interested in helping as a foster parent this year.

Animal Wish Tree at the library
Want to know what our shelter pets want for Christmas? Pull an ornament off the shelter wish tree at the library and commit to providing a gift to a cat or dog currently staying at the shelter. From new chew toys to yarn, the pets at the shelter appreciate your support.  Fosters are always needed, so consider fostering a pet this holiday. 

The Polar Express Conductor Show 
All aboard! Take an imaginary trip to the North Pole on December 10 as The Conductor, Mr. Phil, brings Chris Van Allsburg's classic book The Polar Express to life. The show starts at 1 p.m. at the Pflugerville Library. Don't forget your camera! Stay after the Polar Express Conductor Show for an Afternoon with Santa. Santa Claus will be at the library to take pictures with children from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Crafts will be available while supplies last. An Afternoon with Santa is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. All ages are welcome. 

Prepare for pfreezing temperatures
With wintry weather in the forecast, it's important to remember people, pets, pipes and plants.  
  • Check on family and friends to make sure that heating systems are on.
  • Consider bringing pets indoors and/or providing additional warmth to pet shelters. If it's too cold outside for you, it's also too cold for your pets.
  • Bring portable plants indoors and consider shielding outside shrubbery from precipitation. 
  • Allow pipes to drip when necessary and wrap outdoor faucets.
  • When winter weather arrives area roadways, especially bridges, may be slick or hazardous. Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination. If roads become icy, be prepared to adjust your travel. 
  • Turn off your sprinkler system to prevent making more ice.
Stay warm! 

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.

Pfab Lab Craft: Wood burning
Want to learn how to use a wood burner? Come to the library on Thursday, December 15 at 6 p.m. for Pfab Lab craft night. Use the library’s wood burning tools to decorate a wooden box, ornament or serving spoon. Anyone 18 and up is welcome. Materials provided while supplies last.

Senior Crafternoon: Glass Etching
Create a custom design for your mug on December 12 at 2 p.m. at the Pflugerville Library. The library will provide mugs and etching crème while supplies last. This program is intended for those 55 and up, but anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend. Stay after Senior Crafternoon for senior open hours in the Pfab Lab.

Game On! Board Games
new gamesThe library just added 14 new games to the board game collection! Borrow a board game to play at the library every Sunday from 1 - 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 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, Uno.

Fire Safety at Home for the Holidays
Home fires are more likely to happen during this busy season and Travis County ESD No. 2 (Pflugerville Fire Dept.) has these tips for you on some of the most common fire and emergency medical calls during the holiday season:

KITCHEN FIRES - Unattended cooking is a top cause of cooking fires and related injuries. Remember to always stay with the stove whenever you are using it, and never leave the house with the oven on.  Keep the handles of your pots and pans turned back away from the edge of the stove, so they aren’t knocked or pulled down. Always keep the area around the stove completely clear of flammable items such as hot pads, paper towels, cookbooks, and decorations.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS - Look on the manufacturer's label or box to check if the lights are designed for indoor or outdoor use; ONLY use outdoor-approved lights outside. Follow the instructions for the maximum number of light strands to connect. Replace any strand with a frayed/broken cord or loose bulb connections. When hanging up lights, use clips (not nails) to help prevent cord damage, and work with a partner if you have to get on a ladder. Always turn off the lights on your real Christmas tree at bedtime and anytime that you leave the house, and water your real tree every day.

REAL TREES – When shopping for a real tree, look for one with fresh, vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t easily break from the branches. It shouldn’t be shedding any needles when you buy it. Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1-2” from the base of the trunk. Position it away from exits and at least three feet away from any heat source.

HOME HEATING Before you curl up with a good book by the fire, be sure to get your chimneys cleaned by a professional every year and your heating equipment inspected. Ensure your fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop any sparks from flying into the room. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from fireplaces and portable space heaters, and follow this rule for kids and pets too. If you have ANY TYPE of fuel-burning equipment for heating or cooking in your home – including either wood or gas fireplaces, stoves, and ovens  – you should install at least one carbon monoxide (CO)  detector on every level of the home to help prevent CO poisoning. Remember to test your CO detectors each month and change the batteries every 6 to 12 months, just like you should do with your smoke alarms.

Pfestive Pfarmers Market
The Pfestive Pfarmers Market continues in December with a market on December 13 and December 20. Come for pet pictures with Mrs. Claus on December 20. Bring your pet for a special picture with Santa's better half. While there, be sure to shop all the vendors setup for your holiday shopping enjoyment. The Pfestive Pfarmers Market is from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Come shop for your holiday gifts and food treats.

What's Happening

Blue SantaBlue Santa gift donations - Donations are being accepted at city facilities. Toys are especially needed for kids ages 10-14. Thank you for supporting Blue Santa!

Blue Santa Signup -If you or someone you know is in need of some help this Christmas, the deadline to sign up for Blue Santa recipients is December 12 at the Pflugerville Justice Center. 

Register your home or business alarm -
alarm permitThe city of Pflugerville Alarm Permit helps the Police Department know how to contact a resident or commercial business owner in case of an alarm at a residence or business. City ordinance requires all residential and commercial properties with security systems to obtain an alarm permit. The permit form includes contact information for two authorized people for the police to notify if needed for an alarm. There is no fee to register your alarm.

Permits are needed for all businesses and resident homes.  Permits can be obtained at the Pflugerville Justice Center or on the city website at Please renew and/or register your alarm system. When you register, you will be prompted to sign up to be notified next year to update your information. Thank you for keeping your alarm permit current. Register online or you may mail or hand deliver to Pflugerville Justice Center Attn: Central Records,  P.O. Box 679  Pflugerville, TX 78691-0679.

This Week 
Saturday 12/10: Animal Shelter Volunteer Class (AS); An Afternoon with Santa (L); The Polar Express Conductor Show (L)
Sunday 12/11: Game On! Board Games (L); Movie Matinee: The BFD (L)
Monday 12/12: Baby Time – Babies 12 to 18 months (L); Paws & Read (L); Senior Crafternoon: Glass Etching (L); Pfab Lab Open Hours for Seniors (L)
Tuesday 12/13: City Council Meeting (B&C); Pfestive Pfarmers Market (P&R); Bilingual (English & Spanish) Story Time for Everyone! (L); Home School Kids (Ages 5 to 8) – Tangrams (L); Home School Teens (L); Home School Tweens (L); Library Board Meeting (B&C); Heritage House Museum is open (O)
Wednesday 12/14: Board of Adjustment – Special Meeting (B&C); Play Time (L); Paperback Pirates (L); Tween Holiday Hangout (L); Library Board meeting (B&C)
Thursday 12/15: Story Time with Mrs. Claus (L); Kids Crafternoon (Ages 5 to 8) – Stocking Door Hanger (L); Adult Pfab Lab Craft: Wood Burning (L); Mystery Book Club (L); Parks and Recreation Commission Regular Meeting (B&C), 
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O - Other

Online City Event Calendar 

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

December 30: Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party - Children up to age 12 are invited to celebrate the New Year with fun, dancing, and a countdown to noon at the library on December 30 at 11 a.m.

January 1 Pfreeze Pflop - Are you brave enough to slide into the pfrigid water at Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, to kick off your new year? The line begins at 10 a.m. and the event is over when the last brave soul goes down the slide. No, the pool isn't heated. Admission is free with donation of a canned food item given to benefit local pfood banks. For information, contact the Recreation Center at 512-990-6350 or email to