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Key to the City December 7, 2018

Post Date:12/07/2018 11:30 AM

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Key to the City December 7, 2018
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Monday, December 10 is the deadline to sign up for Blue Santa; Gift collections continue through December 12

Pflugerville Police Department Blue Santa program provides help to families for the holidays with gifts for children ages 14 and under and a holiday meal. The deadline to apply for assistance is Monday, December 10 at 5 p.m.Blue_Santa1

How to apply for assistance: Fill out an application in person from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday at the Pflugerville Justice Center, 1611 E. Pfennig Lane. Applicants should bring a valid Texas Driver's License and a 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, 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. 12.

Winter Class registration underway for Parks and Recreation

Registration for Winter recreation classes is now open online and in-person at the Pflugerville Recreation Center (400 Immanuel Rd.).

Sign-up for youth and adult active and educational classes, including dance, karate, gymnastics, sewing, robotics and more. New classes starting in January include:

  • High Energy Barre - Energize and strengthen your total body with a focus on core, posture, balance, stability, flexibility, weight loss, and cardiovascular fitness. Barre class also includes the use of yoga, pilates, and functional training.  This is a continuous class, so join any time!
  • Preschool Picassos- You and your little one will love getting creative together in our NEW art class for ages 2-5.
  • Bobbin Lace - Join other crafters as you learn to make bobbin lace.  This is a continuous class, so join any time! 

In addition to classes, registration is ongoing for winter programs and camps like Unplug & Explore, Winter Pfun Camp and Pfieldtrippin'. For more information about these outdoor programs and camps, visit parks.pflugervilletx.gov.

Holiday traffic initiative aims to increase road safety

In an effort to reduce collisions, loss of life and damage to property, the Pflugerville Police Department has initiated its targeted traffic enforcement campaign, ‘Operation Safe Travels’.

Now, through January 1, 2019, residents can expect to see an increased police presence at these intersections, identified as the top three for collisions: East Pecan Street and FM 685, Kelly Lane and FM 685, and N. Heatherwilde Boulevard and Wilke Lane. This campaign will also target the FM 685/Stone Hill Town Center corridor. 

The primary causes for collisions at these intersections have been identified as following too closely, failing to control speed, failing to yield the right-of-way turning left, as well as driver inattention. 

The Pflugerville Police Department reminds residents to leave themselves plenty of time to travel to their destinations, focus on the roadway at all times and slow down so they can safely enjoy the spirit of the season.

City Events

Shop for the holidays at the Pfestive Pfarmers Market pfestive pfarmers market 1

Come to the Pfestive Pfarmers for extra shopping for your holiday meals and gifts. The market is located inside The Green Red Barn in Heritage Park (901 Old Hutto Road) on December 11 and 18 from 3 - 7 p.m. The Heritage House Museum is also open for visitors in conjunction with the market. Be sure to come out and support local businesses.

On December 18, Ms. Claus will be at the Pfarmers Market for photos.

Holiday events in Pflugerville - Save the Dates

Pflugerville celebrates the season with pfestive events and activities. Check out what's happening this holiday season.

Dec. 8: An Afternoon with Santa - Bring your camera and take a picture with Santa at the Pflugerville Library from 2 - 4 p.m. Holiday crafts will be available while supplies last. All ages are welcome. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Dec. 11: Storytime with Jingles the Elf – Have you heard an elf tell a story? Now is your chance! Jingles the Elf will make a stop at the library to tell you some of her North Pole stories. Children up to age 5 with an adult are welcome. This program is followed by a craft. Materials available while supplies last.
Pick the time that works for you! This storytime is at 10 and 11 a.m.

Dec. 11: Home School Kids: Holiday Card Making Party – Children ages 5 to 8 can work on holiday cards using the library’s supplies. Materials are available while supplies last. Held at the Pflugerville Public Library from 2 – 3 p.m.

Dec. 12: Tween Holiday Hangout - Tweens can make holiday crafts while enjoying snacks and watching a festive movie. Held at the Pflugerville Library from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 13: Adult Craft Night: Alcohol Ink Crafts - Make a framed art piece or decorated glass ornament using alcohol inks. Materials will be provided while supplies last. This program is for those who are 18 and up only. Children will not be allowed to attend this event. Held at the Pflugerville Public Library from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 18: Pfestive Pfarmers Market & Heritage House - Stop by the market for extra shopping for your holiday meals and gifts. The market is located inside The Green Red Barn in Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin

Senior Crafternoon Dec 10: Painted Teacups

Seniors and adults ages 18 and up can paint a teacup and saucer set using enamel paints at the library on Monday, December 10 at 2 p.m. Materials will be provided while supplies last. This program is intended for those 55 and up, but anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend. Priority for supplies will be given to seniors.

Tween Movie Night

This month for Tween Hangout Night, ages 8 - 12 can drop in at the library to watch Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (Warner Bros., Rated PG). Refreshments will be available while supplies last. This is a come and go event. Watch the movie at the Pflugerville Public Library on Tuesday, December 11 from 6 - 7:45 p.m.

Enjoy a beverage and craft at Crafty Café

Come to the library on Sunday, December 16 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. for a fun craft and a tasty beverage. Use creative techniques to make a framed light up holiday scene. Materials will be provided while supplies last. Ages 12 and up are welcome.

What's Happening

Animal Wish Tree - Make a shelter pet's wish come true for the holidays. Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services launched the PAWS Wish Tree at the Pflugerville Public Library. Select an ornament from the tree and purchase an item from a shelter pet's wish list. Items can be bought through Amazon Smile (remember to select the Friends of the Pflugerville Animal Shelter) and shipped directly to the shelter, or you can shop at your preferred store for the purr-fect gift to donate. Too busy to shop? Visit the tree for information about tax-deductible donations to the Friends of the Pflugerville Animal Shelter. Visit the Friends of the Pflugerville Animal Shelter Facebook Page for location information on the Traveling Wish Tree.

Pforty Mile Trail Challenge - The Parks and Recreation Department encourages you to go out and explore Pflugerville trails this fall as part of the 40-mile challenge. If you walk, bike or run 40 miles on Pflugerville trails from November 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018, and bring proof to the Pflugerville Recreation Center, you can win a prize. Trail challenge finishers also receive a $5 off coupon for the Deutschen Pfest 5k. Visit https://parks.pflugervilletx.gov/parks-facilities/trails/pforty-mile-trail-challenge for more details.

Registration underway for Winter Pfun Camp - What better way to start of 2019 than with Winter Pfun Camp? Join us as we go on Pfield Trips, make crafts, play games and much more! This camp will be from January 2 - 4. Drop-off will be at 7:30-8:30 and pick-up will be from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Both will be at the Pflugerville Recreation Center. Ages 6-12. To register and for more information, click here.

Program for teens with special needs - Pflugerville Pfun Club meets Saturday, December 15 from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Pflugerville Public Library. This program is for older children, ages 12 - 18, with special needs, and is organized in collaboration with Pflugerville High School special education teacher Ramona Gray. The library will have materials for button making, while supplies last.

Save the Date

December 31 - Kids' Noon Year's Eve Party - Countdown to 12 noon at this kid-friendly celebration at the library on December 31, 11 a.m. This event is for families with kids ages 4 - 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free tickets will be given out 30 minutes before the start time. 

January 1 - Pfreeze Pflop - Are you brave enough to slide into the frigid water at Scott Mentzer Pool to kick off your new year? The event lasts until the last brave soul goes down the slide. Participants must be in line by 10 a.m., as the event goes quickly. Don't arrive late -- and be left out of the cold. No, the pool isn't heated. For more information, visit the Pfreeze Pflop web page.

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