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Key to the City November 2, 2018

Blue Santa applications, zebra mussels, and more.
Post Date:11/02/2018 10:30 AM

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Key to the City November 2, 2018

City News

Today is pfinal day for early voting

Early voting for the November 6 election ends today, November 2. 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.

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.COP_Blue Santa Logo_Color_CMYK

How to apply for assistance: Pflugerville families who need help with the holidays this year 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. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday at the Pflugerville Justice Center, 1611 E. Pfennig Lane. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10. Applicants should bring a valid Texas Driver's License and utility bill that shows matching address proof of residence in the city limits.

Donations accepted: The public is invited to donate new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items at donation bins located at City Hall, Pflugerville Recreation Center, Library and Pflugerville Justice Center and participating businesses and schools. Every year, the program is especially in need of gifts for recipients 10 to 14 years of age and infants up to 2 years of age. Bicycles and clothing other than gloves and hats are not needed for this year’s program. There is a toy registry at the Pflugerville Target to purchase toys online. Visit www.target.com, click on Registries and type ‘Pflugerville Police’ for the first name and ‘Blue Santa’ for the last name. Monetary donations are accepted by mailing a check or money order to Pflugerville Blue Santa, c/o Pflugerville Police Department, P.O. Box 679, Pflugerville, Texas 78691 or visiting the Pflugerville Justice Center in person. Donation bins will be picked up starting Dec. 11.

Volunteers: Blue Santa is coordinated by the Pflugerville Police Department and wouldn’t be possible without the additional sorting, wrapping, and packaging by volunteers who come from the Pflugerville community, businesses and volunteer organizations.

For more information or questions, contact Ingrid in the Office of Community Liaison at 512-990-6838 or visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/BlueSanta.

Help prevent zebra mussels from migrating to Lake Pflugerville

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The City of Pflugerville has posted signs at Lake Pflugerville to inform residents about ways to prevent zebra mussels as the lake, our water supply, is a park and destination that the city wants to keep free from invasive species.

You can do your part to help prevent zebra mussels by washing kayaks, personal watercraft, anchors and gear when taking from one body of water to another. It is important to clean, drain and let your items be completely dry for a week before entering another water body. If unable to dry out completely, wash with high-pressure (140 degrees F) soapy water.

Zebra mussels have been spotted in area lakes and in some of the waterways that feed water to Lake Pflugerville. Currently, no zebra mussels have been found in the lake, but they have been spotted several miles upstream at the water intake. The city is working with engineers to devise a plan for mitigation if zebra mussels are discovered in Lake Pflugerville. Zebra mussels can latch onto docks and structures, can create a sharp hazard for swimmers and choke out natural plant life. Let’s work together to keep this invasive species away from our lake.

City plants trees for Arbor Day

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This morning, 12 trees were planted at Pfluger Park in honor of Arbor Day.  Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees in their community. With fall as a great time of year to plant trees in Texas, Texas Arbor Day is observed in November, whereas national Arbor Day is in April.

Now is a great time to plan landscape gardening and trees at your home. Don't forget about the city's Drop by Drop landscape rebate program which provides up to $500 in rebates for planting native, drought-tolerant plants and trees in your yard. Texas Arbor Day is a great time to start your plan!

If you plan to plant at your home or help at the Texas Arbor Day event, make sure you know proper tree planting techniques. (Tree planting video courtesy of the Arbor Day Foundation)

Do you know you can report a problem?

Residents can report a problem or concern on the city’s website by visiting https://www.pflugervilletx.gov/for-residents/report-a-problem. The page is divided into categories and topics to find information about common problems. Categories include Animal Services, Code Enforcement, General Suggestion/Comment, Graffiti and more. Clicking on the category will direct you to the appropriate department to contact to report a problem. If you do not find the answer to your issue, please log in or register on the site to make a new service request.

City office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. In after hours, please contact the Police Department Citizen’s Communications line at 512- 990-6700.

Winter Pfun Camp Registration Now Open Pfun Camp (2)

Kick off 2019 with one of Parks and Recreation's pfavorite programs - Pfun Camp. From January 2-4, 2019 kids ages 6-12 can participate in pfield trips, arts and crafts, games and more. Pick-up and drop-off are at the Pflugerville Recreation Center (400 Immanuel Rd.) and camp is from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm each day. Registration is now open and costs $60 for Pflugerville residents and $75 for non-residents. For more information, contact Daulton Mobley at daultonm@pflugervilletx.gov or 512-990-6363. 

Participate in the Pforty Mile Trail Challenge

The Parks and Recreation Department encourages residents to participate in a Pforty Mile Trail challenge from November 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018. Participants may walk, bike or run on any of Pflugerville’s more than 40 miles of trails. Finishers of the challenge can bring their proof to the Recreation Center to receive a prize and coupon code for the 2019 Deutschen Pfest 5k.

For more information on how to participate, visit parks.pflugervilletx.gov/trails.

Pfeatured Events

Teen Night at the library, November 6

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.

Kawaii Club for Tweens, November 7

Tweens, meet at the library on Wednesday, November 7 from 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. and make a squishy cactus. Kawaii Club is held on the first Wednesday of the month and is for kids who want to socialize with their peers while working on a manga or anime related activity. Ages 9 - 14 are welcome.

Fall Cupcake Decorating with Cakes and Crafts by Kass, November 8

Kass Jimenez of "Cakes and Crafts by Kass" will be back at the library on Thursday, November 8, to teach fall-themed cupcake decorating to adults. Space is limited and participants will be allowed in on a first come, first served basis. Ages 18 and up are welcome, and children will not be allowed at this program. The class starts promptly at 6 p.m.

What's Happening

View a weekly calendar of events online at https://www.pflugervilletx.gov/for-visitors/event-calendar.

Prepare for Daylight Saving Time - The clocks will fall back one hour on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 a.m. Prepare for daylight saving time by changing the clocks in your house the night before. With earlier evenings, it is important to be extra cautious on the road. Check out these tips from the Austin Transportation Department when driving in dark conditions:

  • Yield to pedestrians. Protect vulnerable people on the road. (It's also state law.)
  • Stay focused. Avoid distracted driving and keep your hands free to drive.
  • Use proper movements. Unsafely backing up, turning, or changing lanes contribute to crashes that were preventable.
  • Drive sober. Never drink and drive.
  • Slow down. Even if a person is traveling at the legal speed limit, these speeds are often high enough to cause significant injury to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Obey traffic signals and signs. Stop at red lights and stop signs.

Heritage House Open First Sunday - The Heritage House Museum is open the first Sunday of every month from 1 - to 4 p.m. Visit the museum on November 4 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.

Join the Journaling Group - Do you journal? Always wanted to start? Come take advantage of the library's supply of Washi tapes, stickers, and fine line pens to journal your thoughts or plans. Journaling templates and stencils will also be available. The featured templates for Sunday, November 2, are mood trackers. Materials available while supplies last. Journaling Group meets on the first Sunday of the month, from 3:30 - 5 p.m. at the Pflugerville Public Library. This is a come and go program. Ages 12 and up are welcome.

Save the Date

November 13 Pfestive Pfarmers Market - Visit the Pfestive Pfarmers market for extra shopping for your holiday meals and gifts. The market kicks off on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Green Red Barn in Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, from 3 - 7 p.m. Remember, when you shop at the Pflugerville Pfarmers Market, you are supporting local farms and small businesses. Future Pfestive Market days include Nov. 27, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. For more information visit, www.pflugervilletx.gov/for-visitors/pfarmers-market.

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.

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