Key to the City February 2, 2018
Key to the City February 2, 2018
Two K-9s retired Tuesday from Pflugerville Police Department
Two K-9 officers retired Tuesday after sniffing out crime in Pflugerville for more than 12 combined years.
A brief ceremony was held for Inka and Scorpio at the Pflugerville Justice Center Municipal Court as the nine-year-old Belgian Malinois dogs celebrated their dedicated careers of keeping narcotics off Pflugerville streets.
Inka has been integral to significant arrests for the Pflugerville Police Department and partnering agencies, and handler Officer Joseph Townes says her keen nose for possible danger has kept him safe from harm. She has located kilos of narcotics and hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal money used to distribute narcotics.
Scorpio was trained in the detection of various narcotics and human tracking. He is originally from Europe, and spent a short time training in Mexico before coming to work with handler Cpl. Cody Irby. Scorpio once found approximately 3 pounds of methamphetamine inside of a vehicle and has helped agencies as far as Houston and as close as Round Rock and Hutto.
Both dogs will spend retirement living with their handlers.
Finance wins awards for the Government Finance Officers Association
For the 13th consecutive year, the Finance Department has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2017 fiscal year budget and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016. For the 7th consecutive year, recognition was provided for the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016. These financial documents are online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/finance.
Pictured: Mayor Victor Gonzales, Lauren Henkes, Sarah Moody, Tracy Hibbs, Amy Good, Jeannette Odegaard, Sabrina Schmidt, Adrian Corrigan.
New evening storytime at the library
Children can wear pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed toy to Pajama Storytime at the library on Tuesday, February 6 at 6 p.m. Young children and their caregivers can enjoy stories, followed by a snack.
Costume contest, crafts and more at Fandom Craft Night
Teens ages 12-18 can geek out over their favorite fandoms at this monthly craft night at the Pflugerville Library. On Tuesday, February 6, at 6 p.m. the library is celebrating Stranger Things. Learn how to create a Dungeons & Dragons character, make Stranger Things themed Perler bead magnets, compete in a Eleven/Steve's Hair costume contest, and dress up as Eleven or style your hair like Steve's to participate. Craft materials are provided while supplies last.
All talents are welcome at the Toddler Talent Show
The Pflugerville Public Library will host a Toddler Talent Show on Thursday, February 8 at 10:30 a.m. Let your little one show off their talent in front of a friendly audience! All talents are welcome, from singing to giving a high-five. Each participant will get a round of applause and a ribbon. The talent show is recommended for ages 18 months to 5 years.
Meet romance authors at the 10th annual Romance Readers Social
The 10th Annual Romance Readers Social will be on Saturday, February 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Pflugerville Public Library. Every year, on the second weekend of February, the library hosts local romance authors for a fun filled afternoon of book signings, author interviews, crafts and games. Enjoy cupcakes while chatting with authors and picking up some new reads. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend. The featured authors this year include J. Kenner, April Kihlstrom, Anissa Garcia and Vivien Jackson. Visit the event page for author biographies and more information.
Registration for Spring Break Pfun Camp begins Feb. 5; Spring class registration begins Feb. 7
Get ready for spring with Pfun Camp registration and spring class registration next week. Spring Break Pfun Camp is March 12 – 16 and includes hiking, games, pfun in local parks and field trips. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 5 online and in-person and costs $110 for Pflugerville residents and $130 for non-residents. For more information, visit the camp page here.
Spring class registration begins at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7 online and in-person at the Recreation Center. Check out newly added cheer and “Mom and Tot” gymnastics classes as well as more senior pfitness classes. For a full list of classes and to register, visit pflugervilletx.gov/classes.
Now hiring lifeguards for Pflugerville pools
Pflugerville Parks and Recreation is now hiring lifeguards, swim class instructors and pool managers for 2018. All applicants must pass a swim test and then complete training. These positions offer competitive pay, so apply today. For more information, visit our website or contact WhitneyS@pflugervilletx.gov.
Booth vendors wanted for Deutschen Pfest
Food and arts and craft vendor applications are now being accepted for the Deutschen Pfest set for May 18-20, 2018 at Pfluger Park. Applications are available online at www.deutschenpfest.com. Vendor selections are made with preference given to local nonprofit groups and local for profit. Confirmations will be sent out after March 17 to vendors who apply.
Grand Avenue Pavement Maintenance Project Approaches Completion
The Grand Avenue Pavement Maintenance Project is scheduled for completion by mid-February. Grand Avenue Parkway from its intersection with Pflugerville Parkway to the City limits has been under construction for roadbed repairs and repaving since early November.
In addition to Grand Avenue Parkway, Kingston Lacy Blvd. was repaved from Heatherwilde Blvd. to Ainwick Castle Dr. to allow for safety improvements including restriping. These projects were part of the City’s Annual Street Maintenance Program.
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.
New Adobe Creative Suite open hours - The Pflugerville Library computer classroom will be open on Mondays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Wednesdays 4 - 7:30 p.m. in February to guests who want to use the Adobe Creative Suite on the library's computers. Make use of Lightroom, Photoshop, InDesign and much more. These are self-guided open hours and staff assistance is limited. Ages 12 and up are welcome.
Gilleland Creek Pool Closed for Renovations -Gilleland Creek Pool is closed for renovation. Lap swimming will not be available during construction. The pool will reopen on Memorial Day weekend. For more information on the renovation, read our news story here.
Heritage House Museum Open First Sunday on February 4 - Visit the historic house and learn about local history! The Heritage House Partners host the museum and provide visitors with stories, memories and facts about the history of Pflugerville.
Legend: Library (L); Parks and Recreation (P&R); Boards and Commissions (B&C); Police (PD)
Friday, February 2 - Pfun Hiking (P&R); AARP Tax Help (L); Tai Chi (P&R); Pf Seniors: Hearts & Spades (P&R)
Saturday, February 3- Zumba (P&R); Baby Time (L); Story time (L); Paw Prints on Your Heart (L); Paws & Read (L)
Sunday February 4- Game on Board Games (L); Heritage House Open (O); Pf Seniors: Hearts & Spades (P&R); Speak Beat for Teens (L)
Monday, February 5- Baby Time (L); Adobe Creative Suite (L); Pf Seniors: Mahjong (P&R); Adult Coloring Club (L); STEM Club (L); Archery (P&R); Paws & Read (L); Intermediate computer class (L); Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting (B&C)
Tuesday, February 6 - Bilingual Storytime (L); Senior Line Dancing (P&R); Pf Seniors: Cards (P&R); Pf Seniors: Dominoes (P&R); To Be Continued (L); Home School Kids (L); Home School Tweens (L); Home School Teens(L); LEGO Club (L); Pajama Storytime (L); Fandom Craft Night: Stranger Things (L)
Wednesday, February 7- Pf Seniors: Computer & Smartphone Assistance (P&R); Play Time (L); Pf Seniors: Cards (P&R); To Be Continued (L); Adobe Creative Suite (L); Kawaii Club (L); Pfknitters (L); Conversational English (L); Inkscape Design (L);
Thursday, February 8- Pfun Biking (P&R); Senior Line Dancing (P&R); Toddler Talent Show (L); Pf Seniors: Dominoes (P&R); Kids Crafternoon (L); Adult Craft Night (L)
Friday, February 9 - Pfun Hiking (P&R); AARP Tax Help (L); Pf Seniors; Hearts & Spades (P&R); Sensory Storytime (L); Special Needs Library Hour (L);
Save the Date
February 17 - Black History Month Celebration: Join the Pflugerville Public Library and Black Pflugerville as we celebrate the Pflugerville Historic Colored Addition Cemetery. There will be a short video about the cemetery, as well as historic documents and photos for guests to view. The celebration also includes family stories presented by the youth of the Excellence and Advancement Foundation, a reading of Louis Smith’s Slave Narrative by James Ware, and a storytelling panel hosted by Meme Styles. Storytellers include Mayor Victor Gonzalez, Bertha Russell and Ernestine Brooks. The event starts at 3 p.m. at the Pflugerville Public Library.
March 3 - Teen Job Pfair - The library hosts a teen job fair for teens ages 14-19 to meet with local employers and organizations and learn about local jobs and volunteer opportunities. www.pflugervilletx.gov/teenjobpfair.