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Key to the City September 8, 2017

Post Date:09/08/2017 11:45 a.m.

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Key to the City September 8, 2017

Pflugerville pfills the truck

Fill the TruckThe Police Department in conjunction with community-wide support, Mayor Victor Gonzales and the Law Enforcement Association of Pflugerville (LEAP) initiated a collection drive at the Pflugerville Justice Center last weekend to collect items for Hurricane Harvey relief. On Wednesday, Mayor Gonzales and Police Chief Jessica Robledo delivered the donated supplies to support Harvey victims.

"Pflugerville collectively lent support to aid our fellow Texans affected by the storm,” Mayor Victor Gonzales said. “These donations are but a small extension of the expression of caring and community spirit embodied in Pflugerville and our concern for others. I'm proud that in just one weekend, we were able to fill an entire truck with needed supplies.“

Thank you to everyone who supported the donation drive.

Pflugerville Police work patrol shifts in Houstonhouston_policebadges

Over Labor Day Weekend, representatives from the Pflugerville Police Department went to Houston to work patrol shifts to volunteer and support the Houston Police Department.

“The Houston Police Department officers have been working non-stop to serve the residents of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and our goal was to provide some relief to our partner agency in any way that we could,” Chief Jessica Robledo said. “When you have a servant heart, there’s no ignoring the urge to go where people are in need. I’m proud of my entire PPD team. Those who physically went to Houston and those who stayed in Pflugerville are all part of the support system that allowed us to help Houston.”

As first responders continue to work relentless shifts, PPD brought fresh socks for the officers in Houston so they could stay active on the job.

Pflugerville Animal Shelter offers $20 adoptions; helps Bastrop overcrowding

shelter_volunteersThe Pflugerville Animal Shelter has accepted animals from the Bastrop Shelter which received numerous animals from Hurricane Harvey. Pflugerville is accepting adoptable stray animals. Animals with owners that are evacuating from Harvey stayed in Bastrop and are not up for adoption.

Now is a great time to adopt a pet. Visit the Pflugerville Animal Shelter at 1600 Waterbrook Drive. www.pflugervilletx.gov/animalshelter.

Enjoy live music tonight at Pfluger Park with Jennifer B and the Groove

Jennifer_G_smallCome out to Pfluger Park on Friday for live music from Jennifer B & the Groove starting at 7:30 p.m. on September 8.

Jennifer B and the Groove is a high-energy, four-piece band playing several genres of music including blues, classic rock and Americana. Jennifer B and the Groove are winners of a statewide competition in 2016 and have received a national sponsorship which has sent them across many cities in the US for the last year. Jennifer B & the Groove are huge fans of Janis Joplin so expect her sounds to enter the show plus original tunes. Food for sale on site at 6:30 p.m. next to playground. Pets are welcome on a leash.

The last Music in the Park was rained out due to Harvey.

For more details, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/musicinthepark.

Pfurry splash party is Saturday

Boxer swimmingGrab your pfour-legged friend and come out to Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, on Saturday, September 9 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. for a special doggie day out at the pool. The Pflugerville Parks and Recreation Department will host a Summer Pfurry Splash Party for your pfurry pfriends.

Check out the video highlighting this event featuring the Pflugerville Police K-9s. The Friends of the Pflugerville Animal Shelter will be there hosting a raffle for dog-related gifts. Come to Scott Mentzer Pool between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and jump in. Admission is $5 for one dog and owner; $5 per additional dog and $3 per additional person. All dogs attending must be spayed/neutered. Proof of current vaccinations must be provided upon entry.  http://parks.pflugervilletx.gov/parks-facilities/pools-swimming/aquatic-events.

As of September 1 - New law is in effect. Don’t text and drive

The Alex Brown Memorial Act came into effect on September 1 which means it is against the law in the state of Texas to send or receive an electronic message in a way that is not hands-free while driving. This legislation amends the Transportation Code to create a misdemeanor offense for the operator of a motor vehicle who uses a portable wireless communication device to read, write, or send an electronic message while operating the vehicle, unless the vehicle is stopped. Read the entire amendment here: https://legiscan.com/TX/text/HB62/2017. Common questions include the use of GPS – which is permitted in a hands-free capacity. The law does not prohibit phone calls while driving. Remember to keep yourself and others safe and to obey the new law. Don’t text and drive. 

Traffic signal construction at SH 130 and E. Pflugerville Pkwy

Anticipate construction to begin on East Pflugerville Parkway at the SH 130 Interchange the week of September 11 for road widening, installation of traffic signals and turn lanes. Two lanes will remain open at all times through the intersection during the project. Please slow down and drive cautiously through the construction zone.

Tales and Tunes with Kim Lehman

KimLehmanSmallCome to the Library on September 12 from 10:30 a.m. -11:15 a.m. for a special story time with songs, stories, props and puppets.  Lehman's dynamic and fun workshops center on storytelling with music and literature. She has produced records of songs to sing with children so anticipate many songs and a lot of fun.

Home School Pfair at the library on Tuesday

Learn about the valuable resources available at the library and throughout the City of Pflugerville at the Home School Pfair on September 12 from 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
HomeSchoolPfairWith access to books, technology, and children’s activities, the library has always attracted local families and in the last couple of years, the library has worked to increase services to the home school community. Two years ago, the library began offering a monthly club for home school teens which has grown to weekly groups for children, tweens, and teens that meet every Tuesday, September through May, at 2 p.m.

With the Home School Pfair, the library hopes to welcome even more home schooling families. Families can take a tour and complete a scavenger hunt, learn about the Pfab Lab and maker kits and get information about volunteering at the library. Home schoolers can stop by the Heritage House Museum’s table to learn about Pflugerville’s local history resources. Library staff will give an overview of the library’s electronic resources, such as World Book Reference Center, Mango Languages, Tumble Books, and the Testing & Education Resource Center. Parents and kids will learn about the many free events, clubs, and classes available every week at the library.

The Pflugerville Police Department and Pflugerville Fire Department will provide safety information, the Public Works department will discuss the importance of water conservation, and Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services will provide information about the animal shelter and volunteering. The Parks & Recreation Department will be present to speak about the city’s parks, trails, recreation center, and classes.  Since trying to keep up with all of the local events and news can be overwhelming, the city’s communications team will help parents connect to the city’s social media accounts.

Friends of the Library End of Summer Book Sale

The Friends of the Library will hold their quarterly book sale in the Great Hall in the library on September 14. Come and get a wide variety of books, audiobooks and dvds at a great price. Proceeds are used by the Friends to support library programs. The book sale starts when the library opens at 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Register your National Night Out Party

Is your party registered? National Night Out is only a few weeks away. Register your party now and the Police Department and city officials will stop by your neighborhood get-together. National Night Out is on October 3 and a great chance to turn on your porch lights, go outside and meet your neighbors. For more details, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/nno.

What's Happening:

City pools closed for the season - City pools closed for the season on Tuesday, September 5. The Falcon Pointe Splash Pad is free to the public and open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., until October 1.

Game On Board Games - Borrow board games to play at the library every Sunday afternoon. We have games for all ages, from Candy Land to Settlers of Catan. Board games are rotated each week. If there is a particular game you want to play, email amandac@pflugervilletx.gov by Thursday with your request.

Pfall Pfest vendor applications now accepted - The Pflugerville Recreation Center hosts the Pfall Pfest Craft Show on Saturday, November 18. The juried show is a great place to start your holiday shopping or find those one-of-a-kind items for a special friend. Handcrafted items, baked goods, jewelry and glassware are just a few of the unique gift items to choose from. Vendors interested in participating can sign up for consideration online or at the Recreation Center. Shoppers are encouraged to save the date as admission for shoppers is free. http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfallpfest.

Library cards offered to Harvey evacuees - The Pflugerville Public Library is offering free temporary library cards for persons affected by Hurricane Harvey. Visit the library for more details.

This Week

Friday, September 8 - Music in the Park (P&R); Sensory story time (L).
Saturday, September 9 - Basketball skills training (P&R); Pfurry splash party (P&R); Saturday story time (L); Movie Matinee (L); Paws and read (L).
Sunday, September 10 - Game on Board Games (L); Laser Cutter training (L); Sewing boot camp (P&R- please pre-register).
Monday, September 11 - Baby time (L); Senior crafternoon painted stone picture holders (L); STEM (L); Paws and read (L).
Tuesday, September 12 - Mommy and Me music (P&R); Tales and Tunes with Kim Lehman (L); Home school tweens (L); Pfarmers Market (P&R); Heritage House Museum open (L); Home school pfair (L); Pfab Lab open (L); Teen advisory group (L); City Council (B&C); DiversiTeen book club (L).
Wednesday, September 13 - Gymnastics (P&R - please pre-register); Play time (L); To be continued book club (L); Tween book club (L); Library Board (B&C); Conversational English (L).
Thursday, September 14- Story time (L); Friends of the library book sale (L); Kids crafternoon (L); Adult craft night glass fusing (L); Embroidery machine training (L).
Friday, September 15 - Tai Chi (P&R -please pre-register); Toddler movie matinee (L); Embroidery machine training (L).

Save the date

September 16 - Pflugerville Justice Center Open House - Come tour the Justice Center during the annual Open House from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 16 at 1611 E. Pfennig Lane. The public will have the opportunity to view police equipment, get information on crime prevention and upcoming events, and meet Chief Robledo and her leadership team. K-9 demonstrations are scheduled at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon.

September 19 - Story Walk Fall Kick Off - Check out the new StoryWalk® at Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, featuring Leaves by David Ezra Stein. Read books, sing songs, and walk the trail together to enjoy the latest story. The StoryWalk® will be displayed through the fall.

September 30 - Pflugerville Comic Con - You are invited to meet authors, artists, voice actors, cosplayers and local comic shop owners for a celebration of comics, anime and pop culture. RSVP on the library's Facebook page to get update at the Library's Facebook page.