Key to the City October 26, 2018
Lynda.com, Halloween safety tips and more.
Key to the City October 26, 2018
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City Council support the Texas Municipal league campaign - My Home, My Decisions
After attending the Texas Municipal League conference in Fort Worth, City Councilmembers Weiss, McDonald and Metayer talked on Tuesday about their experience at the conference and about the campaign through TML, My Home, My Decisions. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the State of Texas eroding the ability of Texans to have a voice in developing local solutions to local problems that affect their neighborhoods and their communities. Texas is a big state and decisions at the Capitol that affect local cities are not one size fits all. What works in Pflugerville may not work for residents in El Paso. Council agreed that it is important to educate residents on the issues taking place at the State Capitol that affect Pflugerville and other cities. For more information visit the Texas Municipal League site, Our Home Our Decisions. Learn more in today's Pflugerville Pfocus: www.youtube.com/cityofpflugerville.
Library and PCDC partner to offer Lynda.com to the community
The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC) and the Pflugerville Library announced a new service that will join the staple of electronic resources available to the community. Lynda.com, a platform that offers more than 7,000 professional development courses, will provide free access beginning Nov. 1 to any individual with a Pflugerville Library card.
At a special meeting Oct. 22, the PCDC Board of Directors awarded the library a $13,000 community challenge grant to fund the subscription to the Lynda.com service. Owned by LinkedIn, Lynda.com offers courses spanning a broad range of personal and professional development topics. With the addition of the new service, Pflugerville Library cardholders will have access to Lynda.com courses anywhere an internet connection is available, as well as through the existing computers at the library.
“Building a better workforce requires teamwork, collaboration and partnerships. The Pflugerville Library provides a natural learning environment – both online and offline – that is easily accessible by our community,” PCDC Executive Director Amy Madison said. “The PCDC saw this joint effort as an excellent use of the available resources and as something that will pay big dividends for our local employers by raising the bar for those who take advantage of this type of career development training.”
Looking to expand their professional development resources, library administrators have been working to bring Lynda.com to the community. “We wanted to bring Lynda.com to Pflugerville because it aligned with our commitment to help develop an intelligent workforce through self-learning,” Pflugerville Library Assistant Director Daniel Berra said. “Patrons already utilize the library for work; now they have the ability to continue to develop their skill sets with the assistance of the Lynda.com courses.”
Business resources already available for use include access to electronic databases, flexible working spaces, public computers, public printing, scanning and copying, workspaces, free Wi-Fi throughout the building, knowledgeable staff assistance, specialized programming and technology-related classes, and additional career development materials for beginners, entrepreneurs and more.
Traditionally, library cards are free for residents who reside within the Pflugerville ISD and cost just $25 annually for those who live beyond school district boundaries. However, as a new offering to help support local businesses, business owners and employees who work within the ISD boundaries are also eligible to receive a free card. To obtain a library card, a valid driver’s license, state or military ID, a Mexican consulate card, or passport along with proof of residency, if not shown on the ID, is required. For nonresident business owners and employees eligible for the free card, a paystub or other documentation that shows their business address will be required.
Road Closure Planned November 5 -30 along Hidden Lakes Crossing at its intersection with Weiss Lane
Starting Monday, November 5 at 9:15 a.m. through Friday, November 30, weather permitting, Hidden Lakes Crossing at its intersection with Weiss Lane will be closed for construction associated with the ongoing Weiss Lane project. Traffic will be detoured to Pflugerville Parkway via Silent Harbor Loop to Becker Farm Road and to Kelly Lane via Hidden Lake Drive. Detour signage will be posted for alternate routes. Please travel cautiously through the construction zone as detours will change traffic patterns. Please contact the Capital Improvement Program staff at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions and project updates are available on the City’s website at pflugervilletx.gov/projects.
One-way Pfennig during construction in February
The City of Pflugerville held an open house on Thursday to provide information about the much-anticipated Pfennig Lane Roadway Improvements project that is slated to begin construction in February 2019. The Project, which is anticipated to last approximately eight months, includes the reconstruction and widening of Pfennig Lane to a three-lane section with curb and gutter from Rocky Creek Drive to the Justice Center. The city anticipates bidding the project in December and beginning construction in February. During construction, Pfennig Lane will operate with one-way westbound traffic between Rocky Creek Drive and Justice Center Driveway. Drivers will be required to reduce their speed to 30 mph through the construction zone. For maps and a video showing the affected areas visit our website.
New Utility bill insert, The Pflyer, launches in November
The City of Pflugerville has launched a utility bill insert, The Pflyer, that will be inserted into your November water bill. With the 2017 Citizen Survey noting that the Utility bill is the #4 way that citizens get information about the city, the goal of the newsletter is to help provide additional city news to all water customers. Now, in addition to online e-newsletters, social media and the city website, each water customer who receives a paper bill will receive the newsletter in their bill. Anyone with online bill pay can access the link to the newsletter from the online municipal bill pay website, www.pflugervilletx.gov/billpay. If you want to participate in e-billing, you can sign up to do so at https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/pflugervilletx.
Applications accepted for Blue Santa November 1
The Pflugerville Police Department is asking the community to help with a special operation to ensure that all local children and families can enjoy the spirit of the season. Pflugerville PD is accepting applications from families in need as well as donations from the community for its annual Blue Santa project.
How to apply for assistance: Pflugerville families in need may apply to receive gifts for children ages 14 and under and a holiday meal by filling out an application in person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Justice Center, 1611 E. Pfennig, starting on November 1. Applicants should bring a valid Texas Driver's License and utility bill that shows a matching address as proof of residence in the city limits.
Donations accepted: Donate new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items at donation bins located at city facilities (Recreation Center, City Hall, Library, Pflugerville Justice Center) and participating businesses and schools, starting November 19.
Volunteers make Blue Santa possible. Visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/bluesanta for additional program details.
Halloween Safety Tips for trick-or-treaters
Halloween can be a great holiday for parents and kids alike if everybody remembers the tricks and treats of playing it safe.
Several community events are scheduled to occur throughout the week, and Halloween trick-or-treating is on Wednesday, October. 31. The Pflugerville Police Department reminds residents to make their homes and neighborhoods safe for trick-or-treaters.
- Turn on exterior lights to welcome trick-or-treaters.
- Remove toys and other items from sidewalks and yard.
- If you operate a motor vehicle, drive slowly and be observant for children.
- Report suspicious or criminal activity to police: 9-1-1 for emergencies and 512-990-6700 (option 0) for non-emergencies such as noise violations.
Parents are asked to review these important tips with their children before trick-or-treating:
- Never trick-or-treat alone.
- Set a specific time limit for your children to trick-or-treat.
- Map out a safe route that avoids alleys and backyards. Stay on sidewalks when possible.
- Walk, don’t run, while trick-or-treating.
- Never enter a stranger’s house.
- If it is dark, carry a light source and consider adding reflective tape to costumes and bags.
- Tell your children not to eat treats until they return home. All treats should be examined in a well-lit area to ensure your child is eating only unopened candies in original wrappers.
- All costumes should be made of non-flammable material and be the correct length and size for your child to prevent trips and falls. Props should be pliable and masks should not be worn if they impair vision.
- Toy guns and knives are discouraged - they could be mistaken for the real thing.
Keep your pets safe and secure this Halloween
Pets may become frightened when trick-or-treaters come to the front door and from the repeated doorbell ringing. Consider putting your pet in a crate or its favorite pet bed with a bone or comfort item to help with the commotion of the evening. Soft music can help calm your pet. Make sure your pet's collar and tags are on in case your pet darts out the front door when you are handing out candy. If you own a cat, it is best to keep the cat indoors for the evening. If your pet does run away, please contact the Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services at 512-990-PETS and post a picture on the Pflugerville Lost Pets Facebook page. Keep your pets safe and have a safe Halloween.
Congratulations to the winners of the Pfall Chili Pfest
The Pfall Chili Pfest was held in downtown Pflugerville on October 20 and was a huge success. Congratulations to the 2018 Chili Cook-off Winners. For the first time, the chili contest had four categories: Experimental, Texas Chili, White Chili, and Vegetarian. The event returns to downtown Pflugerville on October 19, 2019.
Experimental Chili - 1st Pfrymire’s Chili, 2nd Topless BBQ, 3rd The Growler Bar
White Chili - 1st Luv it bbq, 2nd Pfrymire’s Chili, 3rd Topless BBQ
Vegetarian Chili 1st Yin and Yang Chili, 2nd Smoke in Your Eyes BBQ, 3rd Topless BBQ
Texas Chili - 1st Pfreedom Pfighters Pferocious Chili, 2nd Chili Chili Bang Bang, 3rd Luv it bbq
People’s Choice - 1st Pfrymire’s Chili, 2nd Pflugerville Realty & Brotherton’s Black Iron BBQ, 3rd The Growler Bar
Have You Tested Your Smoke Alarms this Month?
It’s Fire Prevention Month! Have you done your monthly smoke alarm check yet? If you or someone you know in our area can’t safely get on a ladder due to a physical issue, please feel free to call the Pflugerville Fire Department’s non-emergency Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm Hotline to request assistance at 512-989-4516. You are also encouraged to call this local Hotline if you can’t afford a smoke alarm, or if you ever have any questions on smoke alarms. For answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the Fire Department’s FAQ page at http://www.pflugervillefire.org/faqs/.
All smoke alarms should be tested every month. To test your alarms, push the test button on the front of the alarm for a few seconds until it beeps loudly to indicate that the alarm is working. (If you can’t safely use a ladder, you may be able to do this by using a pencil, broom handle or wooden spoon to reach up to the alarm.) If you don’t hear a loud beep, try putting in fresh batteries—which should be replaced at least once a year.
Early Voting is underway
Early voting for the November 6 election began October 22. Voters will decide on a $21.1 million transportation bond for Colorado Sand Boulevard, East Pflugerville Parkway, Old Austin Hutto Road and Kelly Lane. Detailed information on these projects is available in English and Spanish online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/bonds. La votación temprana comienza el 22 de octubre. Para obtener mas informacion sobre el bono, visite este pagina web, www.pflugervilletx.gov/bonds.
Pflugerville Police participate in National Drug Take Back day
On Saturday, Oct 27, City of Pflugerville Police Department personnel will be in the After-Hours Lobby of the Pflugerville Justice Center from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. accepting unused prescription drugs for safe disposal. Visit https://dea.gov for more information. This take-back is in addition to the Medbox program. PPD will continue to collect unused medicine throughout the year via this program.
Halloween activities in Pflugerville
October 27 - Dia De Los Muertos – From 2 - 4 p.m. at the Pflugerville Library, enjoy story time, crafts (while supplies last), sugar skull decorating (one sugar skull per family), and a free movie screening in Spanish. This event is recommended for adults and those with children at least 5 years of age. All children must be accompanied by an adult guardian.
October 27 - Trunk or Treat – The 4th annual Trunk or Treat is from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Animal Welfare Services, 1600 Waterbrook Dr. Grab the kiddos, and get out the costumes a little early to join the fun. There will be a photo booth, scavenger hunt, costume contest, adoptable furry friends and of course candy. No onsite parking. Please take the shuttle from Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road.
October 30 - Halloween at the Pfarmers Market – Pick up treats when you shop at the market on Halloween eve. The market is located at Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, from 3 - 7 p.m.
October 30 - Tween and Teen Movie Night: Hocus Pocus – Tweens and teen ages 8-18 can decorate a tote bag and enjoy snacks while watching the classic 1993 Halloween film Hocus Pocus (Walt Disney Pictures, Rated PG) at the Pflugerville Library. The movie is from 6 – 8 p.m.
October 30 - Teen Mystery Night at the Heritage House Museum – Teens ages 12 – 18 are invited to solve the mystery of the Murder at the Skull Manor Costume Ball. Event registration is full for this event, but you can sign up for the waiting list by emailing email@example.com. This event will begin on time (7 – 9 p.m.). Plan to arrive 10 minutes early. Late arrivals may result in running out of time to complete the mystery. Teens must be picked up by 9 pm.
October 31 - Story Time with the Friendly Witch – Children up to age five are invited to enjoy a special storytime featuring a friendly witch at the Pflugerville Library from 10 – 11 a.m. Read books, sing songs, and make a craft. Children are welcome to wear a costume and take a picture with the witch after story time. Don't forget to bring a camera. Children up to age 5 and siblings with an adult are welcome. First come, first served.
October 31 - Halloween Pfood Drive Event - Pflugerville Police Department is a proud sponsor of the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce Halloween Pfood Drive Event on Main Street. On October 31, come trick-or-treat on the 200 block of Main Street from 6 -7 p.m. Anyone who is dressed up like a POLICE OFFICER for Halloween is encouraged to come to the Pflugerville Police Department booth to receive your official BADGE sticker from the city of Pflugerville Police Department and be in a group photo with our officers at 6:30 p.m. Come trick-or-treat at the Pfood Drive event and help a good cause.
Trick-or-treat - Children will be trick-or-treating in neighborhoods on October 31.
Native American Heritage Month Celebration with storyteller Amy Bluemel
Learn about Native American heritage at the library with a presentation from Amy Bluemel on Thursday, November 1, at 6 p.m. Amy Bluemel, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, will share traditional stories and explain the history and meaning behind her artifacts and regalia. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.
About the presenter: Amy educates about Southeastern culture through her storytelling at museums, festivals, libraries, and schools. She dances with the Native American Dance Troupe Chikashsha Hithla. When not storytelling, she creates original artwork for medicine boxes, painting, jewelry, finger-weaving, and Native American nutcrackers.
Diwali Celebration at the library
Enjoy stories, crafts, sweet treats, and henna tattoos in celebration of Diwali at the library on Saturday, November 3, from 2 - 4 p.m. Diwali is one of India's biggest annual celebrations. The name comes from the clay pots used during the celebration to represent the "inner light" and the festival represents the triumph of light over darkness. All ages are welcome to come and learn more about the Hindu festival of lights. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Crafts, refreshments, and henna will be available while supplies last. Please note that some people may be sensitive to henna.
Rumble in the 'Ville RESCHEDULED due to weather
Pflugerville officers will team up with the Pflugerville Falcon Special Olympic athletes for a battle of the ages at the “Rumble in the ‘Ville” flag football game on Wednesday, November 7 at the Hendrickson High School Stadium. The game will begin at 6:30 p.m. and officers will compete with the Falcons for bragging rights. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. Save the date.
View a weekly calendar of events online at https://www.pflugervilletx.gov/for-visitors/event-calendar
Daytripper features Pflugerville - On Sunday, October 28 at Pfluger Park the Daytripper TV show will host a party to feature the new Pflugerville episode. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes a costume contest and activities leading up to the premiere at 7:30 p.m.
Tween Storytime - Tweens, ages 8 - 13, can hang out and relax with a snack as they listen to a chapter book read on installments each week. Come to the library on October 31 to finish A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. The book for November is Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary. Refreshments will be available while supplies last. Tween Storytime is held every Wednesday from 3:30 - 4 p.m. at the Pflugerville Public Library.
Gilleland Creek Riparian Restoration In November, volunteers will help remove invasive trees and plant native grass seeds between Railroad Ave. and the first pedestrian bridge (adjacent to the Gilleland Creek Pool). The City will partner with the 57th Signal Battalion from Fort Hood, and resident volunteers to remove trash and debris along the Gilleland Creek, and selective removal of fallen trees from the banks and waterway through Pfluger Park. In addition, invasive vegetation will be removed from a selected area along the stream bank. A riparian seed mixture and tree seedlings will be planted in the cleared area. The areas that are cleared, seeded and replanted will be corded off and signs will be installed informing the public of the project and to stay off the treated areas. For more information on this project, visit https://utilitybilling.pflugervilletx.gov/conservation/environmental-pollution-prevention-stormwater-management/gilleland-creek-riparian-restoration-project.
Save the Date
November 6 - Teen Night: Succulent Care - Get succulent care tips and put together a mini planter at the library on Tuesday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m. This event is open to ages 12-18 only. Space is limited to 20 participants. Free tickets for the event will be available at the Greeter Desk 30 minutes before the program start time.
November 15 - 1849 Park Grand Opening - Come to 1849 Park, 16430 Cameron Road, to celebrate the opening of Phase 1 of the 1849 Park and sports complex. Enjoy hayride tours of the new practice pod sports fields, pavilion, and playground areas. The event is from 6 - 7:30 p.m. with the ribbon cutting at 6:15 p.m.
November 17 - Pfall Pfest Craft Show - The annual Pfall Pfest Craft Show is the best place in town to start holiday shopping or find those one-of-a-kind items for a friend - or treat yourself. Handcrafted items, baked goods, jewelry, and glassware are just a few of the unique gift items to choose from. Admission to the craft show is free! For more information visit parks.pflugervilletx.gov/pfallpfest.