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Key to the City April 6, 2018

Post Date:04/06/2018 10:00 a.m.

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Key to the City April 6, 2018

Pflugerville Police to host a safety-focused Bicycle Rodeo - CANCELED since sending this newsletter

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The City of Pflugerville Police Bike Rodeo is Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Pflugerville High School parking lot, 1401 FM 1825. 

“At the Bicycle Rodeo, we make safety fun as our officers teach kids hand signals and help them improve their bike-riding skills as they ride through a rodeo course of eight obstacles and challenges including looped courses and sharp turns,” Chief Jessica Robledo said. “It's a chance to meet with Police Officers and learn about safety."

The rodeo is geared for children from kindergarten to fifth grade. Please bring a helmet and bike. Loaner bikes provided for use first come, first served.  Police, Fire and EMS will be onsite with police vehicles and a fire truck.  If you've never seen a police motorcycle up close, come ready to check it out at this free event. http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/bikerodeo

Police Launch online reporting system

Residents are now able to file police reports online for specific types of crimes occurring in Pflugerville Police Department’s jurisdiction.

The types of police reports that can be filed online include: custody order violation; harassing phone call; harassment online; identity theft/fraud; lost property; theft; theft of identification and vehicle burglary.  The system, powered by Lexis Nexis, allows citizens to report certain minor crimes in non-emergency situations at www.pflugervilletx.gov/police

“This is one of many recent efforts we’ve made at the Pflugerville Police Department to make the Police Department more accessible for those we serve,” said Chief Jessica Robledo. “This service will help us keep more officers available to respond to calls and allows residents to submit reports quickly, online.”

Individuals filing a report through the website will receive a report case number and be able to print a draft of the report after submittal.

The Department has several ways to report a crime either through the new online reporting system, through a call to 911 in an emergency or a call to 512-990-6700 for a non-emergency call.

Clean up day is Saturday

Clean Up Day is on Saturday, April 7 from 8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. on Railroad Avenue across from Brookhollow Elementary and provides Pflugerville residents and utility customers the opportunity to dispose of items. At Clean Up Day, bring scrap metal items, appliances, automobile tires (limit four per vehicle), brush and tree limbs, furniture, refrigerators (limit two per vehicle), vehicle batteries, paper, cardboard, plastics, used motor oil and filers, electronics (TVs/Computers), water-based latex paint and trash.

This event is available to all Pflugerville residents and utility customers. No commercial contractors.  Each vehicle will be asked to show proof of residency (Photo ID) and utility bill. For information, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/cleanup.

Want improved roadways? Tired of traffic?

Come to the CAMPO Open Houses on Transportation Improvement and Regional Arterial Plans or provide online feedback. www.campotexas.org

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is hosting a series of open houses over the next month to get public input on both their 2019-2022 Regional Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) and their 2045 Regional Arterial Plan. Traffic

Transportation Improvement Plan
First, if you hate traffic, be sure to chime in on the TIP as this project is working with local governments and regional agencies to develop a plan for all federal funded transportation projects in the six-county CAMPO region. The meetings are from 4 – 7 p.m. The meetings closest to Pflugerville are:
•    Tuesday, April 10 – Georgetown Public Library, 402 W 8th Street
•    Wednesday, April 18 – Austin Yarborough Library, 2200 Hancock Drive
•    View materials, sign up for updates and take online surveys at www.campotexas.org.

Regional Arterials Plan
Arterial roadways are roads that connect to freeways, local streets and destinations. CAMPO is holding open houses through April 17, to discuss connectivity of roadways from local streets and to destinations. The meetings are from 4 – 7 p.m. The meetings closest to Pflugerville are:
•    Tuesday, April 10 in Georgetown at the Public Library at 402 W 8th Street; and
•    Wednesday, April 11 at the Fleming Community Center, 802 N. Avenue C in Elgin.

These meetings are a chance for Pflugerville to have a voice in the determination of needed roadway arterials in the area.

If you can't attend in person, your voice can still be heard.  CAMPO is offering their open house experience online at https://www.campotexas.org and residents are encouraged to submit comments by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 30 to notify CAMPO of Pflugerville transportation and arterial needs. City representatives will be attending meetings to inform CAMPO on our local needs, but your voice is an important part of the process. Visit https://www.campotexas.org today or attend an open house to make sure that Pflugerville's voice is heard by the CAMPO planning committee.

Spring Storywalk kick off at Heritage Park 

Check out the new StoryWalk® at Heritage Park, on April 10 from 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. The story for this season is Hop, Hop, Jump! by Lauren Thompson. Families will meet on the lawn of the Heritage House Museum, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, to read books and sing songs, before taking a walk on the trail to enjoy the latest story together. Don't worry if you can't make the kick off event, the StoryWalk® will be displayed through the spring. Attendees can tour the Heritage House Museum and stop by the Pfarmers Market after the kick off. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Pflugerville Library. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Learn and practice presentation skills at Speak Beat

Teens, ages 12 - 18, are invited to attend Speak Beat on Sunday, April 8 from 3 - 5 p.m. at the Pflugerville Public Library. Learn new skills or build on the ones you already have. Speech, debate, public speaking, language arts, theater, impromptu speaking, class presentations, interviews and any other instance that requires any type of presentation can be practiced and improved upon at Speak Beat. Parents and friends ages 12 and up are welcome to attend Symposium and Open Mic segments of the workshop. Register online to participate. Walk-ins will be permitted as space allows.

Speak Beat will recur monthly through May. Each month will feature a different theme or literary challenge. This month's theme is heroes and villains, and the literary focus is on fiction and short  stories. Speak Beat is presented by Canetra Winn of the "Give Me an A" Literacy Project.

The workshop consists of three sections: Writer's Workshop, Speak Beat Symposium, and Open Mic.

3:00-3:45 p.m. - Writers Workshop - Teens can work individually or collaborate to develop a short composition on the selected theme to present during the symposium portion. Writing materials will be provided.
3:45-4:30 p.m. - Speak Beat Symposium - Teens will present their prepared spoken presentation (maximum 5 minutes).
4:30-5:00 p.m. - Open Mic - During Open Mic, teens can present other types of performances, including singing and instruments (maximum 3 minutes), as well as socialize and share feedback with other attendees.

The following equipment and resources will be available to participants: Professional Fender Bluetooth PA Speakers with stands; 2 Wired Akg Mics with stands & instrument boom option; 12 channel Yamaha mixer with EQ; Professional recording software;2 AKAI USB MIDI Keyboard with Beat Making Pads; Laptop computer for presentations; Sound Engineer; Power strips, USB, audio and video cables; projectors; 2 wireless mics; 1 lavalier mic

Participants can also bring their own devices, instruments, props and visual aids, or anything they feel comfortable with presenting in front of a general audience.

Senior Crafternoon: Glass Fusing

Come learn how to make a fused glass pendant at the library on Monday, April 9 at 2 p.m. Participants will put together a jewelry piece using raw glass, and staff will fire the piece to make a pendant. Pendants will need to be picked up at a later date. This program is intended for persons age 55 and up, but anyone 18 and up may attend. Priority for supplies will be given to seniors.

Did you know city storm drains go to straight to our waterways?

Stormwater awarenessAnything that goes down a city storm drain leads straight to Pflugerville waterways, and there's no filter along the way. The term stormwater refers to the water that ultimately runs into storm drains after a rain event and can act as a magnet for pollutants harmful to wildlife and waterways. 

Storm drain markers remind everyone that whatever enters the drains, goes directly into the creeks.

Here are some steps you can take to help prevent storm water pollution:

  • Secure your bagged trash – on your trash day, any trash that blows away can end up in our streams via storm drains. The storm drain isn’t a trash can.
  • Pick up after your pet – pet waste can pollute streams and waterways making them unsafe. 
  • Watch your yard debris – don’t blow it into the street. It can clog storm drains resulting in flooding and promote algae growth which kills fish.
  • Don’t drain your pool down a city storm drain. It is against the city Code of Ordinances to drain chlorinated water or filter backwash from pools or spas into the storm sewer system.

Visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/stormwater for more information on pool drainage guidance and stormwater prevention. Thank you for doing your part to keep our local watersheds as clean as possible.

What's Happening

Last chance for AARP Tax Help - AARP will offer tax assistance each Friday through April 13 starting at 10 a.m. at the library. This service is first come, first serve. For questions about the tax help program, please contact AARP at TXAARP@aarp.org. Library staff cannot answer questions about taxes.

Deutschen Pfest DPfest Hans decal transparent backgroundColoring contest - Grab your crayons, colored pencils and markers and enter the Deutschen Pfest Coloring Contest. Do your best artwork for a chance to win great prizes including a Deutschen Pfest T-shirt which grants admission to the Pfest from May 18-20, 2018 at Pfluger Park. Submit your coloring contest entry at Spare Time Texas, 1724 FM 685, Pflugerville, TX by Monday, April 16 and you will receive a free $5 of game play at Spare Time.  One entry per child. Entrants must be 10 years old or younger as of May 1, 2018. One pfree T-shirt winner per age category: 4 and younger; 5 and 6 years; 7 and 8 years; 9 and 10 years. Winners will be announced at Spare Time on Monday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. The overall winner gets to ride on a float in the Deutschen Pfest parade and serve as Mayor for the Day. Entries are available for download online at www.deutschenpfest.com.

Deutschen Pfest Facebook event - If you know you want to attend Deutschen Pfest and don't want to forget, go ahead and sign up as attending on the Deutschen Pfest Facebook event. You can invite your friends and share it on your Facebook wall so more friends can know you'll be there. By responding to the event, participants will receive updates about the festival. https://www.facebook.com/events/173886346600201/

Computer Classroom Open Hours: Adobe Creative Suite - Come use the Adobe Creative Suite in the Computer Classroom at the library for graphic design, photo editing, video editing, and web development. Make use of Lightroom, Photoshop, InDesign and much more! This is self-guided open hours and staff assistance is limited. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Open hours are Mondays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Wednesdays 4 - 7:30 p.m.

Pfarmers Market - The Pfarmers Market will be open on April 10 and 24. Enjoy pfresh, locally grown and prepared foods. The Heritage House located at 901 Old Austin Hutto Road will also be open for tours. 

This Week

Legend: Boards and Commissions (B&C); Parks and Recreation (P&R); Police (P) Library (L); Other (O) 

Friday, April 6 - AARP Tax Help (L); Pf Seniors: Hearts and Spades (P&R)

Saturday, April 7 - Clean Up Day (O); Bike Rodeo (P); Baby Time (L); Super Smash Bros Tournament (L); Storytime (L); Math Challenge (L); Paws & Read (L)

Sunday, April 8 - Pf Seniors: Hearts and Spades (P&R); Game On Board Basics (L); Laser Cutter Training (L); Sewing (P&R); Speak Beat for Teens (L); 

Monday, April 9 - Adobe Creative Suite (L); Baby time (L); Pf Seniors: Majong (P&R); Senior Crafternoon: Glass Fusing (L); STEM Club (L); Karate (P&R); Paws & Read (L); Evening Yoga (P&R)

Tuesday, April 10 - Senior Line Dancing (P&R); Bilingual Story Time (L): Pf Seniors: Dominoes (P&R); Pf Seniors: Cards (P&R); Adult fitness (P&R); Home School Kids (L); Home School Tweens (L); Home School Teens (L); Pfarmers Market (P&R) Heritage House Museum Open (L); StoryWalk Spring Kick Off (L); Tween Movie Night (L); Sewing Basics (L); City Council Meeting (B&C); DiversiTeen Book Club (L)

Wednesday, April 11 - Zumba (P&R); Play Time (L); Pf Seniors: Cards (P&R); To Be Continued (L); Adobe Creative Suite (L); Tween Book Club (L); Pfab Lab Appointments (L); Library Board Meeting (B&C); Zumba (P&R); Conversational English (L); Deutschen Pfest Committee (B&C); 

Thursday, April 12 - Pfun Biking (P&R); Senior Line Dancing (P&R); Story Time (L); Ballroom Dance (P&R); Pf Seniors: Dominoes (P&R); Adult Fitness (P&R); Kids Crafternoon (L); Pickleball (P&R); Adult Craft Night (L); Zumba (P&R)

Friday, April 13 - Pfun Hiking (P&R); AARP Tax Help (L); Pf Seniors: Hearts & Spades (P&R); Sensory Story Time (L); Special Needs Library Hour (L)

Save the Date

April 17 - Home School Pfair - Home School families are invited to learn about resources and services available to them at the library and throughout the City of Pflugerville at the Home School Pfair on Tuesday, April 17 from 1:30-3 p.m. If you represent a home school co-op or community group and would like to have a booth at the fair, contact Amanda Cawthon at amandac@pflugervilletx.gov.

April 21 - CRASE Presentation - The Pflugerville Police Department will lead a two-hour presentation that will show citizens how to prepare and respond to active shooter situations at the library on Saturday, April 21 from 2 - 4 p.m. The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) is based around the Avoid Deny Defend™ concept. This event is free and open to the public (age 16 and up only). Registration is required. Due to space limitations and sensitive content, children under the age of 16, including infants, will not be permitted at this event.

April 22 - Woofstock -The Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services hosts Woofstock from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Heritage Park. Shop booths of pet-friendly vendors and check out the animals up for adoption at the shelter. It's a great chance to adopt and buy supplies you'll need for bringing a pet into your home. Live music and pfood trucks are part of the fun.