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Key to the City April 13, 2018

Post Date:04/13/2018 1:05 p.m.

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Key to the City April 13, 2018

Come to the City Council Town Hall on April 19microphone 1

 On Thursday, April 19 come to a City Council Town Hall at Nevertheless Church, 15806 Windermere Drive, in Pflugerville from 6-8 p.m. This is an informal, casual opportunity to meet with city leaders and get further connected with the City. The come-and-go style event will include an opportunity to enjoy barbecue while discussing issues with onsite council representatives. Check out the Facebook event page to get updates throughout the week. 

Pflugerville's Library receives award and Director named Librarian of the Year from the Texas Library Association

jennifer_tlaThe Texas Library Association recognized Pflugerville Librarian Jennifer Coffey as Texas Librarian of the Year.  Her nomination highlighted the creative programs and partnerships Coffey has developed or supported, and how she encourages staff to try new ideas, learn from what works and what does not work, and bring new ideas to fruition to offer a variety of programs to the community.  Coffey has also been successful in securing numerous grants for the library during her tenure. Pictured is Mayor Gonzales and Library Director Jennifer Coffey at the April 10 City Council meeting.

Library staff Rose Cobb and Bette McDowell received an upstart and innovation marketing award for the marketing of the Pflugerville Comic Con. The library received a Texas Book Festival grant and five Texas Commission on the Arts grants for programs at the library.  To top it all off, the library received the Achievement of Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association for work serving under-represented populations, programs and literacy support. Congratulations to the library. If you aren’t a member of our library, we encourage you to make a visit. Check out the library award as featured in today's Pflugerville Pfocus.

It's public safety telecommunicators week 

DispatchNational Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is April 8-14. This week is designated as a time when citizens can thank the men and women who work in public safety positions, respond to emergency calls, and dispatch emergency professionals and equipment during times of crisis. Citizens can show gratitude to 9-1-1 calltakers, dispatchers, technicians that maintain radio and emergency phone systems, communications staff trainers, communications center personnel, and other public safety telecommunications staff across the country who work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to help you during emergencies. For additional information, please visit http://www.npstw.org/.
 
The Pflugerville Police Department's communication team cares for the Pflugerville community and works diligently around the clock to provide service for the citizens and police officers. Thank you for all you do.

Learn about library and city resources at the Home School Pfair Family enjoying the Home School Pfair

Home School families are invited to learn about resources and services available to them at the Home School Pfair on Tuesday, April 17 from 1:30-3 pm. at the Pflugerville Public Library. Learn about library programs, online resources, maker kits and volunteering opportunities. Stop by the Heritage House Museum table to learn about Pflugerville’s local history resources. Families can also visit with other city departments for information about the services they provide. Recruitment and enrollment representatives from Austin Community College will be onsite to talk to teens who are interested in getting a head start on college classes. There will also be a chance for home school families to network with local home school co-ops and community groups during the event. 

Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events presentation at the library

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 on the Avoid Deny Defend™ concept. This event is free and open to the public (age 16 and up). 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.

Become a Summer Volunteen, volunteer to help with the library's Summer Reading Program

SRP VolunTeen ApplicationsThe library is looking for friendly and responsible teens ages 14-17 to help with children's programs during the Summer Reading Program (SRP). SRP Volunteens primarily assist library staff with setting up, running, and cleaning up after children’s programs. They also help prepare crafts, straighten the children’s room, answer questions about the Summer Reading Program and complete other tasks as needed. Most importantly, Volunteens encourage children to have a great time at the library. Applications will be available at the library beginning Monday, April 16 and are due by Monday, May 14. There are a limited number of SRP Volunteen positions available and not everyone that applies will be selected. In the interest of safety for the children that visit the library, all Pflugerville Public Library volunteers are required to undergo a criminal background check. For more information, please email amandac@pflugervilletx.gov.

April is stormwater awareness month; tips to help the environment

Stormwater (runoff) is water that originates during rain events and is then followed by runoff drainage. When it rains, litter and other pollutants get washed off our lawns and streets and go into our waterways. 
Some tips to help prevent stormwater runoff:

  • When putting your trash cart out, close the lid so all litter is secure and doesn’t blow into our streets and waterways.
  • Cigarette butts that are dropped on the ground rather than being disposed of properly in the trash are unsightly, and may end up as pollution in creeks and streams.
  • If a vehicle is leaking fluids, it’s not just dripping on the pavement.  When it rains, the oil and/or other fluids can be transported into our waterways.  Please maintain vehicles and repair leaks promptly.
  • When using pesticides and fertilizers on your lawn, it’s important to follow directions for measuring and applying the proper amount.  More is not better.  Using excessive amounts of chemicals on your lawn can result in pollution to groundwater and polluted runoff to waterways.  
  • City Code of Ordinances § 90.77 states that is a violation to fail to promptly remove and dispose of feces left on public and private property by an animal being handled by the person, other than property owned by the owner or handler of the animal.  When not disposed of properly, pet waste becomes a pollutant too.
  • Do you change your own car oil?  Never pour it down storm drains in the street.  Storm drains connect directly to waterways.  This means of disposal is a specific prohibition of City Code of Ordinances § 158.23 regarding illegal discharge of motor vehicle fluids.  Contain and transport it to a facility that recycles waste oil.
  • Watering too heavily on your watering day not only wastes water, it weakens your lawn, causing erosion and polluted runoff.

Get your Deutschen Pfest T-shirt and join in the pfun

Shirts_DPfest2018webIt’s time to purchase your shirt for Pflugerville's Deutschen Pfest. For $12 you can buy a souvenir shirt for the Deutschen Pfest and receive free admission while wearing the shirt all weekend long May 18-20. Purchase your shirt at City Hall, 100 E. Main Ste 100 or at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road.

Kids shirts sizes small to large are $10. Adult shirts S-XL are $12 and $14 for an XXL while supplies last. For more information on the Pfest, visit www.DeutschenPfest.com.

Sign up for a sprinkler inspection

The city of Pflugerville Public Works Department offers a sprinkler irrigation system evaluation where trained city staff come out, inspect your sprinkler system and make sure you're not wasting any water. 

Residents must be home for the city to inspect each watering zone and access the controller unit. An evaluation can take from one to two hours to complete. Please call 512-990-6400 to schedule an appointment. In addition, the city has several handouts to give you tips to save around the house. Conserve water.

What's Happening

Last day 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.

Coloring 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 a www.deutschenpfest.com.

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. There are 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.

This Week

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

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

Saturday, April 14 - Baby Time (L); Story Time (L); MovieMatinee: Star Wars (L); Paws & Read (L)

Sunday, April 15 - Pf Seniors: Hearts & Spades (P&R); Game On Board Basics (L); Crafty Cafe (L); 

Monday, April 16 - Baby Time (L); Adobe Creative Suite (L); Pf Seniors: Mahjong (P&R); STEM Club (L); Paws & Read (L); City Council Worksession with PfISD (B&C)

Tuesday, April 17 - Bilingual Story Time (L); Mommy & Me Music (P&R); Senior Line Dancing (P&R); Senior Luncheon & Trip Registration (P&R); Pf Seniors:  Cards (P&R); Pf Seniors: Dominoes (P&R); Adult Fitness (P&R); Home School Pfair (L); LEGO Club (L); Pfknitters (L); Ukulele Club (L); Pfab Lab Teen Night (L); Friends of the Library Annual Membership Meeting (L); Fun club (L)

Wednesday, April 18 - Zumba (P&R); Pf Seniors: Computers & Smartphone Assistance (P&R); Remembering When (P&R); Play Time (L); Bingo (P&R); Pf Seniors: Cards (P&R); To Be Continued (L); Adobe Creative Suite (L); Tween Scene (L); Pflugerville Historical Society (L); Self-publishing Series (L); Embroidery Machine Training (L); Conversational English (L): 

Thursday, April 19 - Remembering When (P&R); Pfun Biking (P&R); Senior Line Dancing (P&R); Story Time (L); Ballroom Dance (P&R); Pf Seniors: Dominoes Adult Fitness (P&R); Kids Crafternoon (L); Pickleball (P&R); Mystery Book Club (L); Pflugerville Quilt Guild Meeting (L); Tinkercard 3D Design Class (L): City Council Town Hall (B&C); Zumba (P&R); Adult Pfab Lab (L); Parks and Recreation Commission (B&C)

Friday, April 20 - Pfun Hiking (P&R); Crafts with Joyce (P&R); Toddler Movie Matinee: Moana (L); Pf Seniors: Hearts & Spades (P&R)

Save the Date

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 food trucks are part of the fun.

April 24 - Adulting 101: Healthy Eating - Adulting is hard, but you don't have to do it on your own. Attend the library's monthly Adulting 101 series to learn valuable life skills for young adults. This month, learn about healthy eating habits with a presentation by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

April 28 - Pfree Running Class - The Parks and Recreation department hosts a free running class on April 28 held at the Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road. The theme is "Safe Ways to Train for Speed & Distance." 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. Look out for future dates.

May 18-20 - 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 festival at the park. Sunday includes a 5K Pfun Run and Kids K. www.deutschenpfest.com