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Key to the City May 11, 2018

Post Date:05/11/2018 10:00 a.m.

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Key to the City May 11, 2018

Deutschen Pfest coloring contest winners announced

Jack1The Deutschen Pfest coloring contest awards were awarded at Spare Time on Monday, May 7. Congratulations to all the contest winners who received free game play at Spare Time, a Deutschen Pfest T-shirt and the opportunity to ride on the float in the Deutschen Pfest parade on May 19.

The overall winner and mayor for a day is Jack Pinckard. Winners received a Deutschen Pfest T-shirt good for admission at Pfluger Park all weekend long at the pfest and prizes from Spare Time. Awards were given for ages 4 years and under, 5 and 6 years, 7 and 8 years old and 9 and 10.

Congratulations to all the winners and participants in the coloring contest.  Pictured is Mayor Victor Gonzales, Jack Pinckard, Little Miss Pflugerville Kali Neala and Stefan Cox from Spare Time Pflugerville. A full list of names and photos of the winners is available online at http://deutschenpfest.com/press/coloring_contest_winners_announced/.

Pfluger Park closed for Deutschen Pfest starting May 16; trails remain openpast dpfest pic 1

Pflugerville's largest festival, the Deutschen Pfest is May 18-20 and Pfluger Park will welcome thousands of guests over the course of the weekend. To prepare for the event, Pfluger Park will close May 16 - 22. With a giant carnival, vendor booths and stage to set up, city crews will use this time before and after the Pfest to setup and take down the festival area. For your safety, please stay along the trail and avoid the park setup areas. Thank you for your cooperation.

For information about the Deutschen Pfest including admission, parking, parade and more, visit www.deutschenpfest.com

Get social for Deutschen Pfest: Snapchat filter and Facebook event

While you're at the Deutschen Pfest, be sure to use the Snapchat filter all weekend long. Friends and family will see all of the fun you're documenting. 

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. Click here to follow the event.

Display your blue ribbons in support of the police

Police Week is May 13-19 in the City of Pflugerville. Hang a blue ribbon on your mailbox, tree or car antenna in support of law enforcement. Free blue ribbons are available while supplies last at the Justice Center, 1611 E. Pfennig. The City is proud to send Officer Grana and Detective Limas to the nation's Capitol to stand in solidarity with other departments from around the country for Police Week.

Council approved the purchase of playground equipment for 1849 park

1849 Park Playground InformationAt Tuesday’s Council meeting, $300,374 was approved for two playgrounds for 1849 Park located at 16430 Cameron Road. Two playgrounds will be built near the football and multipurpose sports fields with equipment including various gross and fine motor skill-based activities such as climbing, spinning, and balance-based play opportunities.

The purchase includes the installation of playgrounds, fall zone material, and play area drainage material. The playground includes a barn and country-style design in line with the 1849 Park features. Slides, swings and climbing features are all part of the playground.

The playground is one of several new playgrounds coming to the city. The Pfluger Park playground is under construction and anticipated to be complete by May 18, and the Stone Hill Park Playground will be open this summer.

Free Toddler Movie Matinee

Bring your toddler to a free showing of Trolls (© Universal Pictures, Rated PG) at the library on Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m. Watch the unlikely pairing of Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly cautious Branch (Justin Timberlake) as they set off to rescue Troll Village. Enjoy the humor, adventure and songs. Parents and caregivers are welcome to bring blankets and pillows for their children to sit on during the movie.

Bring the surplus from your garden to the Plant Swap at the libraryPlant Swap

If you've got too much of a good thing, come share the wealth on Saturday, May 19 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. In addition to the swap, participants can also pick up free seeds provided by Gaddy's Feed and make biodegradable seed-starters while supplies last. This program will take place in the library courtyard. All ages are welcome to attend.

Plant swap guidelines:

  • All plants must be labeled and growing conditions must be included.
  • No invasive species (See this website for more information.)
  • Drought-tolerant species highly encouraged.
  • Bring one, take one (limit of 5 plants).
  • Participants are also welcome to bring donations of seeds, plants, and cuttings.

Follow the event on Facebook to connect with your neighbors before the swap. Let others know what you are bringing and ask questions. 

Royal Tea PartyCommemorate the Royal Wedding with a tea party 

Celebrate the royal wedding with an all-ages tea party at the Pflugerville Library on Saturday, May 19. Dress in your finest attire and enjoy a royal story time at 1 p.m., followed by tea, a craft and refreshments. Supplies for DIY fascinators will be provided while supplies last. There will be a green screen up so you can take photos in front of Buckingham Palace and other English landmarks. All ages are welcome to attend.

New combo truck expedites water repairs and increases efficiency; Check it out at the Public Works Open House May 25

Combo_truckThe Public Works Department is the proud owner of a combo truck which is a hydro-excavator and sewer-jetting machine in one. This investment saves time in water and wastewater line management and drainage work while creating a safer work environment for operators. The machine has the ability to use water pressure to dig holes which prevents potential damage to buried utility lines and creates safer holes for employees to enter if needed for repairs. It can also help expedite water and wastewater line repairs in certain situations.

The new combo truck and the Public Works Facility Maintenance Building will be complete by the Public Works Open house on May 25. Come by to tour the facility located at 15500 Sun Light Near Way. Children are encouraged to climb aboard for pictures on various city machines including the backhoe and front loaders at the equipment rodeo between 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Come by after school and join us.

What's Happening

Watch Pflugerville Pfocus - Today's episode of Pflugerville Pfocus is online at www.youtube.com/cityofpflugerville. Keep up with your City Council meeting highlights by watching pfocus.

Summer Volunteen Application Deadline - Applications for teens to volunteer for the Summer Reading Program (SRP) are due Monday, May 14, at the Pflugerville Public Library. Teens ages 14-17 that are interested in helping with children's programs during the Summer Reading Program may pick up an application at the library. For more information, please email amandac@pflugervilletx.gov.

Free adoptions for moms on May 12-13 - Become a pet mom. The Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services (PAWS) will have free adoptions for moms on Mother's Day weekend, May 12-13. It's a great time to adopt a pet from the Pflugerville Animal Shelter, 1600 Waterbrook Drive. Check out animals available for adoption at www.pflugervilletx.gov/adopt. All animals come with spay/neuter, first puppy or kitty vaccines, deworm, and microchip and microchip registration. Many pets receive basic training from shelter volunteers, so several adoptable animals already know how to walk on a leash or sit, and have spent time in the real-life room making a transition into a home even easier.

Pfree Running Class - The Parks and Recreation Department hosts a free running class on May 12 at the Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road. The theme is "How To Run Like A Ninja!" This is a great opportunity to prepare for the Deutschen Pfest 5k. Class begins at 10:30 a.m. and lasts for an hour, followed by a 30-minute run. Participants should bring a water bottle and come dressed ready to run.

Take the Fair Housing Survey - Travis County, Williamson County, the City of Austin, Pflugerville, Round Rock, and area housing authorities are collaborating on a regional housing and economic opportunity study. We want to hear from you: What is your housing story? What challenges do you face in finding the housing you need? Can your family find quality schools and employment? Do you think you have experienced housing discrimination? Help us find solutions to challenges by taking a survey. Please visit https://www.research.net/r/CentralTXAI to take the survey.

This Week

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

Friday, May 11 - Pf Seniors:  Hearts & Spades (P&R); Municipal Judge Farren Sheehan Oath of Office & Ceremony (O); Sensory Story Time (L); Special Needs Library Hour (L)

Saturday, May 12 - Baby Time (L); Story Time (L): Movie Matinee: The Greatest Showman (L); Paws & Read (L)

Sunday, May 13 - Game on Board Games (L); Pf Seniors: Hearts & Spades (P&R); Laser Cutter Training (L); Speak Beat Showcase (L)

Monday, May 14 - Baby Time (L); Adobe Creative Suite (L); Pf Seniors: Mahjong (P&R);  Senior Crafternoon: Laser-cut Jewelry (L); STEM Club (L); Paws & Read (L); Intermediate Computer Class for Adults (L)

Tuesday, May 15  - Line Dancing (P&R);  Bilingual Story Time (L); Adult Pfitness (P&R);  Pf Seniors: Cards (P&R);  Home School Kids (L); Home School Tweens (L); Home School Teens (L); Heritage House Open (L); Pfarmers Market (P&R); 

Wednesday, May 16 - Zumba (P&R); Pf Seniors: Computer & Smartphone Assistance (P&R);  Play Time (L); Pf Seniors: Bingo (P&R);  Pf Seniors: Cards (P&R);  To Be Continued (L); Adobe Creative Suite (L); Tween Scene (L); Pflugerville Historical Society (L); Embroidery Machine Training (L); Intro to Adobe Lightroom (L); Conversational English (L)

Thursday, May 17 - Pfun Biking (P&R);  Line Dancing (P&R);  Story Time (L); Beginner Yoga Chair (P&R); Ballroom Dance (P&R);  Adult Fitness (P&R); Kids Crafternoon (L); Pickleball for Seniors (P&R);  Pickleball - All Ages (P&R); Mystery Book Club (L); Pflugerville Quilt Guild Meeting (L); Tinkercard 3D Design Class (L); Zumba (P&R);  Adult Pfab Lab (L); Parks & Recreation Commission (B&C)

Friday, May 18 - Pfun Hiking (P&R);  Toddler Movie Matinee: Trolls (L); Tai Chi (P&R);  Crafts with Joyce (P&R);  Pf Seniors: Hearts & Spades (P&R); Deutschen Pfest Day 1 (O) 

Save the Date

Deutschen Pfest -  Come to Pfluger Park for a weekend full of activities. Friday night kicks off from 5 p.m. - midnight with live music, carnival and festival fun. Saturday there's a parade down Railroad Avenue to Main Street followed by the festival at the park. Sunday includes a 5K Pfun Run and Kids K. Be sure to follow the Facebook event page to find out all of the information you need to know about the festival. www.deutschenpfest.com.

May 20 - SH 130 closed temporarily for transmission wires -SH 130 will be closed, south of Pecan Street, on May 20 from 9 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. and from 10:10 a.m.-10:20 a.m. as Austin Energy hangs transmission wires over the road. Please expect delays and drive carefully. For more information on the project, please contact Austin Energy.

22 - Adulting 101: Self Defense - Deputy Brandon Schaefer of the Williamson County Sheriff's Office Self Defense Academy will lead a situational awareness presentation and introduction to self-defense at the library on Tuesday, May 22, 6 p.m. This event is open to young adults ages 15-23.

May 25 - Public Works Open House - Come tour the public works offices on May 25 and learn about how the city provides your water and wastewater. Tours conducted between 1 - 6 p.m. Bring a camera for the equipment rodeo. Children may take photos on a backhoe and other construction equipment. Learn about the water cycle and all that public works does to provide services to the community. 15500 Sun Light Near Way.

June 2 - Kidfish - Each year on the first Saturday of June, the City of Pflugerville Parks and Recreation Department partners with the KIDFISH Foundation, Inc to offer an outdoor fishing opportunity for the youth of our community. Kidfish takes place at Lake Pflugerville from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Check out the Facebook event page.