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Key to the City September 14, 2018

Planning award, new bench at Fallen Warrior Memorial and more.
Post Date:09/14/2018 12:10 PM

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Key to the City September 14, 2018

Candace Bellamy Music in the Park canceled due to rain

Music in the park is canceled due to rain. See the Music in the Park page for more information.

Pflugerville's Planning Director, Emily Barron receives Groundbreaking Planning Award

Emily_Award_with_StaffPlanning Director Emily Barron was the 2018 recipient of the Groundbreaking Planning Award from the Central Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association, an award that is presented to an individual who inspires and implements innovative planning techniques and comprehensive planning practices. Barron has served as the City of Pflugerville Planning Director since 2012.

“This award is truly an honor to receive because I always think it’s hard to recognize an individual in planning because planning is truly about building a community, which isn’t done by one person,” Barron said. “While it may be my name on the award, I am humbled, and it is my team who is the true reflection of this award.”

During her time with the city, Barron has led the Planning Department which is committed to providing professional guidance and expertise to promote a healthy and vibrant quality of life through the responsible application of land use and development regulations. She has overseen current and long-range planning for the city. She was instrumental in the launch and management of the City’s Community Development Block Grant Program. Most recently she has worked on the Downtown Plan, Transit Development Plan, Colored Addition Infrastructure and Future Land Use project, and the launch of the Pfood Truck Pilot Program.

Barron continues her passion for building communities and providing outstanding customer service through her work for the City of Pflugerville. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Geography from Texas State University, San Marcos, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Pictured: Mayor Victor Gonzales, Emily Barron, Hazel Sherrod, Trey Fletcher, Erin Sellers, Ian Beck, Emily Rose, and Jeremy Frazzell.

New bench at Fallen Warrior MemorialBench_small

On Sunday, September 9, the Pflugerville Downtown Association held a ceremony at the Fallen Warrior Memorial to dedicate a park bench in memory of Britta Herzog, a local artist, and designer of the Fallen Warrior Memorial. Mayor Victor Gonzales read a proclamation on behalf of the City and Jean Garlick read a proclamation on behalf of the Pflugerville Downtown Association as part of the ceremony.  When sitting on the bench, you can enjoy reflecting on the Fallen Warrior Memorial.

National Preparedness Month - Don't pforget your pet in emergency preparedness

We never know when disaster will strike, but we can prepare. The East coast is preparing right now for a hurricane. Any time we must be ready. For those who have pets, making preparations for a big emergency must include preparations for our pets.

Evacuation: If you are evacuated, take your pets, because if it isn’t safe for you to stay, it isn’t safe for them. In the event of an evacuation, it is important to have an emergency kit (details below) ready to go for each family member and each pet. Store your emergency supplies in duffle bags or containers with lids for easy access and carrying in the event of an emergency. Plan to take all pets, including reptiles, rodents, and horses. Have your pet microchipped and make sure your contact information stays current. Keep your pets current on vaccines, as many pet shelters require proof of vaccines. Work with your pets on being taken in and out of pet carriers as well as spending time in them, so they don’t panic in an emergency. Have a friend or relative who can shelter your pets in the event of an emergency. Most Red Cross shelters do not allow pets in disaster shelters, so keep a list of pet friendly hotels and motels for emergencies. If a potential disaster is approaching, bring pets inside so you won’t have to search for them when it is time to evacuate. Make sure every pet is wearing a collar with current identification tags. Call to confirm emergency shelter arrangements for you and your pets.

Emergency kits should include:

  • Enough pet food to feed each pet for a week and a manual can opener if you use canned food. Dog_smaller
  • Enough water for each pet for a week.
  • Cat litter & litter pan for cats.
  • Pet waste bags for dogs.
  • Sturdy leashes and harnesses, and a sturdy pet carrier per pet.
  • Two weeks supply of pet’s medications and a copy of vet records in waterproof bag or container.
  • First Aid kit.
  • Current photos of each pet, each side view, and front view. Photos of you with your pet to prove ownership if separated.
  • Name and number of your veterinarian.
  • Pet toys and pet beds.
  • Flashlight.
  • Blanket.

We want your pet to be as prepared as you! For more advice, contact the Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services at 512-990-7387 (PETS).

Registration Open for Pfield Day on October 8

When school's out return to camp with our Pfield Day at Heritage Park (901 Old Austin Hutto Rd.) on Monday, October 8. From 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., kids ages 6-12 can play outside and compete for pfirst place in activities like tug of war, capture the flag, pass the water, balloon toss and more. Registration is $20 for Pflugerville residents and $25 for non-residents.

Registration is available now and will stay open until we are full, here.

If you have any questions, contact Daulton Mobley at daultonm@pflugervilletx.gov or 512-990-6363.

StoryWalk® Fall Kick Off at Heritage Park

Check out the new StoryWalk® at Heritage Park on Tuesday, September 18 at 4 p.m. Meet library staff on the lawn of the Heritage House Museum to read books and sing songs, before taking a walk on the trail to enjoy the latest story, Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas. The StoryWalk® will be displayed through the fall. Don't forget to tour the Heritage House Museum and stop by the Pfarmers Market after the kickoff. The Heritage House Museum is at 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Pflugerville Library and created in partnership with the Pflugerville Parks and Recreation Department. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Lunch and Learn about Central Texas Archaeology with Dr. Clark Wernecke

Have a light lunch and learn about archaeology at the Pflugerville Library on Wednesday, September 19 at 1 p.m. Dr. Clark Wernecke, the Executive Director of the Gault School for Archaeological Research (GSAR), will discuss how people lived in Central Texas thousands of years ago. Dr. Wernecke brings a unique blend of scholarship and experience to the project with degrees in history, business, and anthropology. He has considerable experience in business and has specialized in the management of large archaeological projects. He has worked in the Middle East, Mesoamerica, the American Southeast and Southwest, and Texas. In addition to his work with the GSAR, he is currently working on archaeological data from the Mexican War and early Texas architecture. Read more about his work here. This program is intended for seniors ages 55 and up, but anyone 18 and up is welcome. 

Use vintage prints to make wall art

Come to the Adult Pfab Lab Craft at the library on Thursday, September 20 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. to make a piece of wall art using vintage botanical prints. Materials will be provided while supplies last. This craft is for 18 and up only. Children are not allowed in the Pfab Lab during adult programs.

Don't miss the Fall Plant Swap on Saturday, September 22

If you've got too much of a good thing, come share the wealth at the Pflugerville Library on Saturday, September 22, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 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.
  • All plant types are welcome.
  • No invasive species (See this website for more information.)
  • Drought-tolerant species highly encouraged
  • Swap guidelines: Bring one, take one. Participants are also welcome to bring donations of seeds, plants, and cuttings.

In addition to the swap, participants can also get vegetable seeds provided by Gaddy's Feed while supplies last.

Won't You Be My Neighbor? free screening at the library

The Pflugerville Public Library continues to celebrate their Year of Kindness with a free movie screening of the recent Fred Rogers documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor? on Saturday, September 22 at 2 p.m. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the airing of the first episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, this documentary paints a portrait of the life and work of children's entertainer Fred Rogers. A former minister, he creatively communicated themes of empathy and acceptance. The movie is rated PG-13, ©Focus Features.

What's Happening

Screen-Shot-2018-09-07-at-3_48_46-PMFundraiser for Camryn's battle - Camryn, the daughter of a Pflugerville Officer is in need of our help. Law Enforcement Association of Pflugerville is organizing a fundraiser to help nine-year-old Camryn who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant and blood transfusions. A fundraiser is set for September 15 at the Pfield to help. A blood drive from We Are Blood and BetheMatch.org will be onsite. A bike and car show and children's activities are part of the fun. Purchase your barbecue plate in advance and be there on September 15 to support this Pflugerville family. For more information, visit the Facebook page for Camryn at https://www.facebook.com/camrynsrelentlessbattle/.

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. The Heritage House is also open for the public to tour and explore during market hours.

Friends of the Library Book Sale - Come and check out some great bargains at the Friends of the Library book sale on Thursday, September 20, 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. There will be DVDs, fiction, non-fiction, kids books, CDs and more. Funds from the sale support library programs.

This Week

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

Friday, September 14 - Sensory Story Time (L); Music in the Park: Candace Bellamy (P&R)

Saturday, September 15 - Baby Time (L); Pflugerville Poetry Society (L); Story Time (L); Pflugerville Fun Club (L); Paws & Read (L); Fundraiser for Camryn's Battle (O)

Sunday, September 16 - Game on Board Games (L); Crafty Cafe (L); Pfab Lab Appointments (L)

Monday, September 17 - Baby Time (L); STEM Club (L); Paws & Read (L); Intermediate Computer Class for Adults (L); Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting (B&C)

Tuesday, September 18 - Bilingual Story Time (L); Adult Fitness (P&R); Home School Kids (L); Home School Tweens (L); Home School Teens (L); Heritage House Open (L); Pfarmers Market (P&R); StoryWalk Fall Kickoff (L); LEGO Club (L); Pfknitters (L); Pflugerville Ukulele Cub (L); Friends of the Library (L); Pajama Story Time (L)

Wednesday, September 19 - Zumba (P&R); Story Time (L); Lunch and Learn: Central Texas Archaeology with Dr. Clark Wernecke (L); Tween Story Time (L); Tween Scene (L); Pflugerville Historical Society (L); Embroidery Machine Training (L); Conversational English (L); Beginner Ukulele for Teens and Adults (L)

Thursday, September 20 - Friends of the Library Book Sale (L); Play Time (L); Ballroom Dance (P&R); Beginner Chair Yoga (P&R); Adult Fitness (P&R); Kids Crafternoon (L); Mystery Book Club (L); Adult Pfab Lab: Hanging Botanical Prints (L); Tennis - Adults (P&R); Pflugerville Quilt Guild Meeting (L); Zumba (P&R); Parks & Recreation Commission (B&C)

Friday, September 21 - Music in the Park - Kristen Gibbs Band (P&R)

Save the Date

September 21 - Music in the Park: Kristen Gibbs Band - Come to Pfluger Park and enjoy music from harpist and vocalist, Kristen Gibbs. As a diverse entertainer, Kristen performs in a variety of musical genres including classical, jazz, pop, and contemporary music. There's no admission charge so bring friends, family, pets, picnic baskets and blankets for an entertaining night. See the Music in the Park page for more information.

September 21- Parking day - On Friday come outside at the corner of Main and 1st Street to celebrate parking day, proof that any space can be made into a park with some imagination. The City will have a bench and park amenities in a parking spot on the road. Come grab lunch from a local downtown business and enjoy. The park is set up from 10 a.m. -4 p.m.

September 29 - 3rd Annual Comic Con - You are invited to meet authors, artists, voice actors, cosplayers, and local comic shop owners for a celebration of comics, anime and pop culture at the Pflugerville Comic Con from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m at the Pflugerville Library. Activities include question and answer panels, gaming, comic and manga related crafts, drawing lessons, face painting, and a cosplay contest for teens and adults. This event is free and family-friendly. For more information, see the Comic Con page.

September 29 -Public Safety Day - Come to Public Safety Day at the Pfield, 1440 W Pecan on Saturday, September 29 when the City of Pflugerville Police Department hosts the first annual Public Safety Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event includes the bicycle rodeo event which allows children to enjoy learning about bicycle safety while racing against the clock through a series of challenging bicycle obstacles. The event offers safety instructions, riding instructions and displays by Central Texas Law Enforcement Agencies featuring the Pflugerville Police Department K-9 unit, crime scene, volunteers, motorcycles, and recruiting. In addition, it is the kick off for National Night Out and packet pickup for registered parties. More information.