Key to the City June 8, 2018
Key to the City June 8, 2018
Kick off the Summer Reading Program at Maker Pfest
The Summer Reading Program starts at the library Saturday, June 9 with Maker Pfest, from 2 - 5 p.m. Enjoy live demonstrations from makers, artists and crafters of all types. There will also be hands-on activities and crafts. The event is free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome. Summer reading logs will be available, as well as free books donated by HEB while supplies last.
Watch demos from:
- The Robot Group
- Austin VR Lab
- Pflugerville Quilt Guild
- T2 Robotics
- ACC Batlab
- Math Happens
- Girls Who Code
- Austin Creative Reuse
- Austin Gem and Mineral Society
- Austin Book Arts
Join library staff for the following activities:
- Raspberry Pi gaming
- Hand sewing
- Stop motion animation
- Snap circuits
- 3D printing
- Laser cutting (ages 8 and up in the Pfab Lab)
- Screen printing (ages 8 and up in the Pfab Lab)
Summer pfun at the library
Enjoy special events, guest speakers, performances and after-hour parties during the Summer Reading Program at the library. There is something for all ages to enjoy. Visit the calendar or follow the library on Facebook for more information. You can also participate in a friendly reading competition from June 9 - July 20.
Pick up a reading log starting Saturday, June 9. The color of your reading log is your team for the summer. Add a token to your team's bucket for every two hours that you read. Last year, our library patrons logged a total of 6,866 hours read over the summer. Kids, teens, and adults are welcome to participate.
Celebrate the end of this year's Summer Reading Program on Saturday, July 28 with 'Pay It Forward Pflugerville'. Attendees will be able to take part in charitable activities to help spread kindness in the local community. Details for the end of the Summer Reading Program party are still developing, so make sure you follow the library on social media for updates. The library can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat (Pflibrary). The Pflugerville Public Library is located at 1008 W. Pfluger St. For questions about the Summer Reading Program, please call 512-990-6375.
Music in the Park tonight with the Derailers
The annual Music In The Park outdoor concert series showcases a variety of live bands and one movie night on selected Friday nights through June. Head to Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, to enjoy live music from The Derailers. Their music celebrates the legacies of Buck Owens, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich and the Beatles, while still being on the edge of todayʼs country music.
Upcoming shows include June 15 Salero!, June 22 Rochelle & the Sidewinders.
There's no admission charge, so bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, friends and neighbors for a free evening of music, entertainment and relaxation starting at 7:30 p.m. Pets are permitted on a leash. The soundstage is located adjacent to the newly renovated Pfluger Park playscape. For more information on the entire concert series, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/musicinthepark.
Check your sprinkler system after a power outage
Because a large portion of Pflugerville was without power following the storm system that came through on Monday, now is the time to check your sprinkler system. After a power outage, if your sprinkler system does not have current backup batteries, the system can reset its watering schedule. Sometimes, as a result, Utility Billing staff get calls from residents surprised to learn that they have been watering five days instead of the two they thought they were watering. Go outside and double check your unit today to be sure you are still following the city watering schedule.
Take limbs and brush to the recycle center
If you have an abundance of limbs and brush to dispose of after this week's storms, an option is to take the limbs to the Recycle Center at 15500 Sun Light Near Way. The center is open extended hours this week until 7 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday. Bring your driver's license and utility bill, please. The city offers a chipping service that continues to canvass the city. Pick-up size is limited to piles 10 ft long by 4 ft high. If you have lost a large tree or have a larger size pile, the chipping truck will not be able to take your entire load so it needs to be taken to the Recycle Center. For more information on the Recycle Center visit http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/recycle.
City pools summer schedule begins June 8
- Gilleland Creek Pool, 700 Railroad Avenue: Closed Mondays. Tuesday/Thursday from 1 - 8 p.m., Wednesday/Friday from 1 - 5 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from 1 - 8 p.m.
- Windermere Pool, 16800 Gower Street: Closed Tuesdays. Monday/Wednesday - Friday from noon - 7 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from noon - 7 p.m.
- Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road: Closed Wednesdays. Monday/Tuesday & Thursday/Friday from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon - 8 p.m.
If ever in doubt, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/pools before you head out!
Falcon Pointe Splash Park, 1813 Tranquility Lane, is open seven days a week until October 1 from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month
June is adopt a cat month and the Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services (PAWS) is offering $20 adoptions all month plus buy one get one on cats. Visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/adopt to see the animals in need of a forever home.
Kitty Cafe at the Library - PAWS has also partnered with the library this summer to bring back Kitty Cafe. Come enjoy a cup of coffee and play with adoptable kittens on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. at the library. Volunteers from PAWS will be on hand to answer questions and assist with paperwork, should you be interested in adoption. Anyone 5 and up are welcome to attend. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Open TAG meetings at the library
Are you interested in planning future teen events at the library? Attend a summer Teen Advisory Group meeting to learn how you can get involved at the library and earn volunteer hours. Any teenage 12-18 can attend summer meetings:
Tuesday, June 12, 6 - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10, 6 - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 7, 6 - 7 p.m.
Applications for new members for the 2018 - 2019 school year will be available in August. Teens ages 13-18 may apply.
StoryWalk® Summer Kick Off
Check out the new StoryWalk® at Heritage Park on Tuesday, June 12, at 4 p.m. The story for the summer is "Yes, Lets" by Galen Goodwin Longstreth. Meet on the lawn of the Heritage House Museum, 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd, to read books and sing songs, before taking a walk on the trail to enjoy the latest story together. The StoryWalk® will be displayed through the summer and is sponsored by the Friends of the Pflugerville Library. Don't forget to tour the Heritage House Museum and stop by the Pfarmers Market after the kickoff. Created in partnership with the Pflugerville Parks & Recreation Department.
Interactive learning at the ACC Hands-on Science Show
Families are invited have fun while learning at the library on Friday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Austin Community College Hands-on Science outreach program promotes the message that science is fun and everyone can do it. The activities are simple and show the science behind everything. This show is recommended for ages 5 - 14.
Solve the crime at Clued In!
It’s the height of the roaring 20s and Mr. Bartholomew Boddy has accumulated more than his fair share of wealth. He has stolen, blackmailed, cheated, and lied - and now he’s dead. Teens are invited to help solve the crime at this Clue-themed mystery scavenger hunt at the library on Friday, June 15, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. This event is open to teens ages 12-18 and takes place after the library closes. Parents of participating teens may accompany their teen, but must stay with their teen at all times or wait in the Great Hall. Younger siblings are not permitted. Snacks will be provided while they last.
Be safe in this heat!
As summer approaches it’s important to be aware of extreme heat. Here are some tips to stay prepared:
- Stay hydrated. Make sure you drink lots of water to stay hydrated and prevent dehydration, heat stroke and more.
- Get trained in first aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies.
- Make sure you’re wearing loose-fitting, lightweight clothing when in the heat.
- Check on your pets frequently to ensure they are safe and give them lots of water.
- Listen to local forecasts to prepare for heat waves.
- During extreme heat hours, stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
For more tips, please visit https://www.ready.gov/heat.
Donate an old cell phone so someone in need can call 9-1-1
The Pflugerville Police Department, 1611 E. Pfennig Lane, has a drop-off collection for old cell phones to be used by senior citizen centers, domestic violence shelters and persons without phone access to allow them to call 9-1-1 in an emergency. By law, cell phones in the United States must be capable of accessing 9-1-1 regardless of whether they are linked to a phone carrier. As long as an old unused phone is charged, it can still call 9-1-1. Through a partnership with SecuretheCall.org, phones donated are given to people in need and considered a high risk for needing emergency services.
Not only does the program get a cell phone into the hands of someone who may need to call for help in an emergency, the program also helps reduce electronic waste through the recycling of broken or unwanted phones which pile up in landfills. A drop-off stand is located in the after-hours entrance on the east side of the Police Department. The SecureTheCall.org website has a print label you can use to send your cell phone directly to the organization, or you may drop off your phone at the Pflugerville Police Department. Together, let’s help make sure everyone can call 9-1-1.
Water quality reports now available
The Consumer Confidence rule requires public water suppliers serving the same people year-round in community water systems to provide consumer confidence reports (CCR) to their customers. These reports are also known as annual water quality reports or drinking water quality reports. The city has made these reports available to the public on the city’s website.
The CCR summarizes information regarding sources used (i.e., rivers, lakes, reservoirs, or aquifers) any detected contaminants, compliance, and educational information. Visit http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/city-government/public-works/water-treatment/water-quality-reports to find the map and which report corresponds to your home.
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. Help us find solutions to challenges by taking a survey. Please visit https://www.research.net/r/CentralTXAI to take the survey. More information about the study can be found at www.centraltexasfairhousing.org. Take the survey by June 30 to be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift card.
Pfarmers Market opens every Tuesday - Visit the market from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Heritage Park. The market brings fresh, locally grown and prepared foods to the Pflugerville community. To learn more about the market, visit pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket.
Free adoptions for dads on Father's Day weekend - Become a pet dad. The Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services (PAWS) will have free adoptions for dads on Father's Day weekend, June 16-17. It's a great time to adopt a pet from PAWS, 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.
Summer Family Craft Nights - Work on a different D.I.Y. craft with your family every Monday at the library from 6 - 6:45 p.m. On Monday, June 11 families will make bird feeders.
Friday, June 8 - Pf Seniors: Hearts & Spades (P&R); City Council Work Session (B&C); Sensory Storytime (L); Special Needs Library Hour (L); Music in the Park (P&R)
Saturday, June 9 - City Council Work Session (B&C); 4th Annual Maker Pfest (L)
Sunday, June 10 - Pf Seniors: Hearts & Spades (P&R); Game On Board Basics (L); Laser Cutter Training (L); Family Movie Matinee: Paddington 2 (L)
Monday, June 11 - Baby Time (L); Pf Seniors: Mahjong (P&R); Give Me an A Literacy Program (L); Senior Crafternoon: Resin Jewelry (L); eResources for Kids (L); Aqua Aerobics (P&R); Summe Family Craft Night (L); Intermediate Computer Class for Adults (L)
Tuesday, June 12 -Line Dancing (P&R); Bilingual Story Time (L); Adult Pfitness (P&R); Pf Seniors: Cards (P&R); Give Me an A Literacy Program (L); African Drumming Workshop (L); Heritage House open (O); Pfarmers Market (P&R); StoryWalk® Summer Kick Off (L); Short Session Dance Class (L); Teen Night: Teen Group Advisory (L); Sewing Basics (L); African American Genealogy Presentation (L): Movie Night: Star Wars (L); Short Session Dance Class (P&R); Teen Night: DiversiTeen Bool Club (L); City Council Meeting (B&C)
Wednesday, June 13 - Zumba (P&R); Play Time (L); Pf Seniors: Cards (P&R); Give Me an A Literacy Program (L); Kids 5-8 Club: Drawing Workshop (L); Pfab Lab Appointments (L); Aqua Aerobics (P&R); Library Board Meeting (B&C); Conversational English (L); Tween Summer Book Club: Wings of Fire Series (L)
Thursday, June 14 - Pfun Biking (P&R); Line Dancing (P&R); Story Time (L); Hand Sewing for Kids (L); Kitty Cafe (L); Pf Seniors: Baylor Scott & White Health Talk (P&R); Beginner Chair Yoga (P&R); Ballroom Dance (P&R); Adult Pfitness (P&R); Give Me an A Literacy Program (L); Tween Scene: Paint Your Own Flower Pot (L); Pickleball for Seniors (P&R);Railroad Avenue Street Project Informational Meeting (O); Adult Craft Night: Ceramics Demo & Craft (L); Zumba (P&R)
Friday, June 15 - Pfun Hiking (P&R); Crafts with Joyce (P&R); Austin Community College Hands-on Science (L); Give Me an A Literacy Program (L); Teen Night After Hours: Clued In! (L); Music in the Park (P&R)
Save the Date
June 15 - Music in the Park with Salero! - Come out for a Latin tropical variety music band with rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha cha, Son, Cumbia, Latin Jazz, Pop and why not, also Rock 'n Roll. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. at Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road. Visit pflugervilletx.gov/musicinthepark for more details.
June 19: Pflugerville Fun Club: Cartooning Workshop - Teens, ages 12 - 18, with special needs are invited to participate in a cartooning workshop led by artist David Pitts on Tuesday, June 19, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the library. Light refreshments will be provided. This club is organized in collaboration with Ramona Gray, a special education teacher at Pflugerville High School.
July 4 - Pfirecracker Pfestival - Celebrate Independence Day on July 4th with pfun and pfamily in Pflugerville at the Pfirecracker Pfestival. Returning this year to the Pfield, you can enjoy music from Suede, food trucks, a kid's area and of course... fireworks! For more information visit pflugervilletx.gov/pfirecracker.