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Key to the City July 14, 2017

Post Date:07/14/2017 10:15 a.m.

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Movie in Sing Moviethe Park - SING at Pfluger Park tonight

Bring the kids for a night out in Pfluger Park to watch the popular animated film, Sing. Dress in costumes like a character from the movie. This movie is part of the pfree outdoor summer music in the park series, held every other Friday night. Food is for sale on site at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy the playground until the sun sets.  Pets on leashes are welcome. The movie begins at dark and will end around 10 p.m. There's no admission charge, so bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, friends and neighbors for a free evening of music, entertainment and relaxation. Please remember: no glass containers are allowed in the park. For more information on the summer series visit

Start scheduling your party for National Night Out

Now is the time for Homeowners Associations and neighborhoods to begin to plan for your National Night Out. Organize a block party in your neighborhood.National night Out 2017

On Tuesday, October 3, neighborhoods throughout Pflugerville are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 2017 Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event. Last year’s National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations, and local officials from 16,000 communities, representing 38 million members from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

A party is as simple as having a potluck at a neighborhood park or a barbecue grill out in the driveway or cul-de-sac. Meet your neighbors, discuss your community and make your street safer.  Pflugerville residents can contact Cpl. Lori Dillard at or fill out a registration form at

pfocus29Watch Pfocus for Council highlights

This week Council discussed the Pflugerville Animal Shelter proposed improvements, we held a Facebook LIVE event to get animals into homes and with back to school around the corner, Council talked about safe routes to school and school zone timing.  Watch Pfocus on the city's Facebook page, or on YouTube at

City Council discuss animal shelter intake building

At Tuesday night's meeting, the City Council discussed the future of the animal shelter intake building after recent bids for the project came in over budget. The city is reviewing the project scope and will rebid. The proposed project includes a 3000 sq ft structure with outdoor runs, additional intake kennels and a new workroom and laundry area. The City Council discussed methods to reduce the project cost without compromising the needs for the facility.

How hot is the ground? Don't pfry your pet's paws 

walkinparkWhen you are taking your pfurry pfriend for a walk, be sure to touch the sidewalk to make sure it’s not too hot for them. Place the back of your hand against the pavement and hold it there for 10 seconds, or slip off a sandal and stand on the sidewalk. If touching the pavement is uncomfortable for your skin, consider walking your dog at a different time.  According to an article by Marcia Breithaupt, "How Hot is that Sidewalk" featured in Professional Pet Sitter Magazine, when it is 95 degrees Fahrenheit outside, pavement can exceed 140° F - hot enough to burn feet after one minute of contact.

Other alternatives include:

  • Walking your dog in the evening when the sun is set or early morning.
  • Walk in shaded areas and along shaded trails.
  • Playing with your dog in a grassy yard or dog park to get their energy out.
  • Allowing your dog to walk in the grass between the sidewalk and the curb for a softer, cooler walk.
  • When visiting pet stores or other outdoor locations, consider carrying your dog, if able, across the parking lot to protect feet from hot blacktop pavement. 

Signs of heat exhaustion in dogs include heavy panting or lying down in the middle of a walk. Don’t forget to bring water on all walks for you and your pet.

Are you halfway to 40 miles? The Pforty Mile Challenge continues

We are almost halfway through July. Make sure you are logging your hours for the Pforty Mile Trail Challenge. Get outdoors and explore Pflugerville using the connected trail system now through the end of the month. Complete the challenge and you will receive a prize.

How to participate:

1. Visit the Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road, and pick up your challenge map and trail list score card. You can also visit the Parks and Recreation website to download the print pfriendly version at home.
2. Log in or sign up for a account. Use the app to track your hikes. This verifies that you completed the challenge.
3. Return your score card to the Recreation Center to get your awesome Pf prize.
Visit for an online map of all the city's trails.

Heritage House Photography Contest: What does heritage mean to you?Heritage House picture from inside window

Library card holders can submit photographs for a chance to win Ancestry DNA kits provided by the Heritage House Partners.  Three winning photographs will be displayed at the Heritage House Museum during August and September. Email entries as attachments to in JPEGs no larger than 15 MB per file.  Anyone with a Pflugerville Library card may enter. All ages are welcome. The deadline is July 24. For a complete list of details, see the contest guidelines.

Teen takeover at the library

On Friday, July 21, teens get to take over the library for a night of pfun and games from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Games will include: giant Candy Land, Wii & PS4 games, Friend Feud, Minute to Win It, Sardines, Capture the Flag, Dungeons & Dragons, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Board Game, Apples to Apples, Catch Phrase, Exploding Kittens, Werewolf, and more. There will also be a vintage video game demonstration by Apollo Games. This after-hours event is for teens ages 12-18 only. Parents may attend with their teen, but must remain with their teen or in the Parents' Lounge. No younger siblings. View the library calendar or follow the library on Facebook for more fun activities for teens. 

toy storyToddler Movie Matinee: Toy Story

Enjoy a free movie at the library on Friday, July 21. Children up to 5 years of age are invited to Toddler Movie Matinee for a free screening of Toy Story (© Disney Pictures, Rated G). Parents and caregivers must stay with their children during the show. The movie starts at 10 a.m. 


Learn about the new laser cutter at the Pflugerville Library

new laser cutter at the pfab labDid you hear? The Pflugerville Public Library added a laser cutter to the Pfab Lab equipment. Adults can learn about the new Full Spectrum Hobby Laser and paint a laser-cut craft on Thursday, July 20 at 6 p.m. The laser cutter cuts balsa wood, paper, leather, fabric, acrylic vinyl and more. It can also engrave all of those materials as well as glass and marble. The library plans to incorporate the laser cutter into more Pfab Lab programming this fall. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend the demonstration. 


What's Happening:

Teen Short Story Contest Deadline July 15 - The deadline for the Teen Short Story Contest is Saturday, July 15. Submitted entries will be displayed in the library and posted on city social media pages. The first and second place winners will receive a $30 gift card to Half Price Books, courtesy of the Friends of the Pflugerville Library. The winning entries will be announced at Teen Night on July 25 at 6 p.m. Anyone ages 12-18 with a Pflugerville Public Library card may enter. Limit one entry per contestant; one writer per entry. View the library event calendar for eligibility requirements and submission guidelines.

Adult Coloring Club - Meet new friends and enjoy therapeutic coloring at the library on Monday, July 17 at 2 p.m. Bring a favorite coloring book or use provided supplies. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend. 

Family Craft Night - Enjoy a fun evening of family time and crafting at the library on Monday, July 17 at 6 p.m. Children ages 5 and up, and adults will make craft stick fairy doors. Materials are available while supplies last. 

Magik Theatre presents Goldilocks and The Three Little Bears - Magik Theatre on the Road brings a fun and lively performance of Goldilocks and The Three Little Bears to children of all ages. The show will be at the library on Tuesday, July 18 at 2 p.m. 

Pfab Lab Tween Time - Children ages 8 to 12 can explore the Pfab Lab and learn about the library's crafting and tech equipment. On Wednesday, July 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., tweens will use a button maker to make their own buttons. Tweens must be accompanied in the Pfab Lab by a guardian 18 years or older. Children under the age 8 are not permitted in the Pfab Lab. 


Tween Scene: Decorate a travel mug - Ages 8 to 12 are invited to the library on Wednesday, July 19 to decorate their own travel mug. Registration is not required. Materials are provided while supplies last. The travel mug craft is from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. 


This Week:

Friday, July 14 - Sensory Story Time (L); Tween Typing (L); Embroidery Machine Training (L); Hour of Code (L); Music in the Park Movie Night Sing (P&R);
Saturday, July 15 - Teen short story contest deadline (L); Lucas Miller, the Singing Zoologist Music show (L)
Sunday, July 16 - Game On (L)
Monday, July 17 - Baby time (L); Adult coloring club (L); Family craft night (L); Intermediate Computer class for adults (L); Planning and Zoning commission (B&C)
Tuesday, July 18 - Bilingual story time (L); Tot time (P&R); Magik Theater presents "Goldilocks and the Three Little Bears (L); Pfarmers Market (P&R); Heritage house open (L); Teen night: cake truffles (L); Teen raspberry pi club (L); Friends of the Library (L)
Wednesday,  July 19 -Pfab Lab tween time (L); DiversiTeen Lunch Bunch (L); Tween scene: decorate a travel mug (L); One-to-one computer help (L);  Conversational English (L)
Thursday, July 20 - Story time (L); Kids club (L); Adult pfab lab craft: laser cutter demo (L); Mystery book club (L); Parks and Recreation Commission (P&R)
Friday, July 21 - Toddler movie matinee: Toy Story (L); Tween typing (L); Hour of Code (L); Teen after hours game night (L); Pfloating Movie Night: Finding Dory (P&R)

Save the Date 

July 21  -  Pfloating Movie Night with Finding Dory at Scott B. Mentzer Pool 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. Movie starts at 8:45 p.m. For more details visit

July 28  Acustyka at Music in the Park - Acustyka brings elements of Santana-influenced Latin rock, world music and jazz to Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, as part of the Music in the Park Concert Series. Irresistible rhythms, soulful vocals, masterful classical and electric guitar work, rich keyboard textures and exciting, catchy melodies create a spicy flavor of rock at its finest. Bring the family out for live music starting at 7:30 p.m.

July 29 Pfree splash day at Windermere Pool - Come swim at the pool for free on July 29.

July 29 The End Pfest - The summer reading program at the library concludes with a special party recognizing the winners of the reading contest. The library is fixin' to have a whole mess of Wild West pfun with plenty of games and activities for the entire family at the conclusion of the Summer Reading Program. Stop by the photo booth to dress up and take an old-timey picture. Kids can take line-dancing lessons with Aracely Alcocer, visit Miss Poppy to get a balloon animal, and enjoy games, hobby horse races, and crafts. Teens and adults are invited to join in a Weird West Roundup with steampunk costume contests (group & individual), NERF duels & sharpshooter competitions, leather-working demonstrations by Tandy Leather, and a display by the Capital Area Watchmaker & Clockmaker Guild. Stick around for a screening of Joss Whedon's space western Serenity (rated PG-13, ©Universal Pictures).