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Key to the City May 17, 2019

Deutschen Pfest, City Hall plans, and more
Post Date:05/17/2019 10:00 AM

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Key to the City May 17, 2019 
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Deutschen Pfest is here

hanzsmallDeutschen Pfest is May 17-19 with a weekend full of fun. The 44th annual pfest begins on Friday night at Pfluger Park with carnival rides, vendors, food trucks and live music. From local community dance teams, school performers, German music to country, the music lineup features something for the whole family.

Weather Warning: Some Deutschen Pfest events may be effected by weather. Please follow the city's social media and website for updates.

On Friday, enjoy Jesse Stratton followed by Skyrocket! Jesse's band plays a variety of Texas Country and Americana music full heart and soul. Skyrocket! is a popular cover band that resurrects music from all decades, but came together for their love of music from the 1970s. Whatever they play, it's guaranteed to be a party.

The Deutschen Pfest Parade and Children's Parade has been cancelled due to the high chance of thunderstorms Saturday morning. The National Weather Service predicts a 70% chance of severe thunderstorms in the area. 

On Saturday, Deutschen Pfest opens at 10 a.m. Enjoy German music from Oma and the Oompahs, and afternoon acts include Ninety Degree Turn, Timmerman Elementary School Honor Choir, Pflame, Yodel Blitz, Hot Pickin' 57s and the Keine Kunst Folk Dance Troupe. The evening begins with American Gypsy, a southern fusion band from Austin that plays rock, country, and Americana. Then headlining the stage at 9:30 p.m. is Newsboyz,  a versatile and energetic band who play a variety of music. The festival concludes at midnight.

Children can enjoy the children’s area at the east gate of Deutschen Pfest at Gilleland Creek. No admission is required to participate in the children's area. The children's area is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

On Sunday, the day begins with an 8 a.m. 5K Pfun Run and Kids K. After the run, come out to the park to enjoy Austin rockers Brett and Brian followed by the Tomzap Band. The pfestival concludes with The Eggmen, a Beatles tribute band.

Admission information: Festival admission is $5 on Friday and Sunday and $7 on Saturday. Enjoy weekend admission with the purchase of a Deutschen Pfest T-shirt for $12-$14 for adults, and $10 for children.

Carnival: Starting Friday evening, the carnival opens at Pfluger Park with rides specifically selected for children of all ages to enjoy. A wristband is $20 for unlimited rides for a day.

Parking: A reminder that parking isn't available at Pfluger Park for Deutschen Pfest. Guests are encouraged to enjoy free parking and free shuttles available from Pflugerville High School Football Field Parking Lot, 1301 W. Pecan St., all three days. Parking is available on Saturday and Sunday from Brookhollow Elementary School, 1200 N. Railroad. To view the shuttle schedule, please visit deutschenpfest.com/parking.

Visit deutschenpfest.com to get more information on the parade, pfun run, admission, and more.

Watch Pflugerville Pfocus for City Council updates

Pfocus 70City Council discussed the future of City Hall, recognized the Library's award-winning programs, declared National Police Week, learned about Public Works, and appointed a new Parks and Recreation Director. Check out today's Pflugerville Pfocus for more details.

Council approves a resolution to proceed with City Hall plans in downtown Pflugerville

On Tuesday, May 14, City Council approved a Resolution authorizing the use of certificates of obligation or other means for the development of a new city hall campus to meet the needs of the growing city. Council directed staff to consider options for development of a new city hall in downtown Pflugerville as an investment in the historical heart of the community which can serve as a catalytic project for additional public or private investment in downtown based on the findings of the City Hall Needs Assessment that was performed last year. 

Approving this Resolution solidifies a course to secure land and funds necessary to design and develop a new city hall complex in the downtown area which could include identification of potential public-private partnership opportunities to achieve the desired project outcome that could include the integration of non-governmental uses on the site. The City currently rents space from the Travis County Emergency Services District #2 for Development Services operations which includes Planning, Building, and Engineering and has a satellite office on West Main Street for Human Resources since these services do not fit within the current city hall buildings. Opportunities to consolidate other municipal functions such as the municipal court could also be explored enabling the expansion of the existing Justice Center for law enforcement needs in the vacated space as well as the recently acquired parcel to the west.

Pflugerville Library receives Texas Library Association Awards library council 1

Pflugerville library staff attended the 2019 Texas Municipal Library Association Conference in April. Library, human resources, and animal welfare services staff hosted various presentations and demonstrations at the conference. Staff gained up to 24 hours of continuing education by attending presentations, professional committee meetings, round tables, technology demos, and lectures.

The library also received the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association (TMLDA) Texas Achievement in Library Excellence Award, the Texas Library Association Branding Iron Award, and the Texas Book Festival Collection Enhancement Grant. Congratulations to the library. If you aren’t a member of the Pflugerville Public Library, we encourage you to make a visit. Learn more about the library by visiting library.pflugervilletx.gov.

Grill safety as you prepare for Memorial Day Weekend

Whether during Memorial Day weekend or the high heat of summer, grilling is a popular way to celebrate the season in Central Texas. Before you light it up, Travis County ESD #2 wants to be sure you know how to keep your family and guests safe around a grill.grill

ALL AROUND SAFETY - Follow these basics for all gas, charcoal, and wood-burning grills:

  • Never grill under a covered patio, pavilion, or tent, or inside a garage.
  • Keep your grill clean. Remove grease or fat drippings from the grate and the trays below.
  • Only use grills at least 10 feet from anything that can burn, including deck railing, fences, tree branches, bushes, homes, and eaves.
  • Don’t leave a grill unattended. Set a timer so you don’t forget the grill is lit. If you ever have to briefly walk away, take something with you like a spatula as a reminder to return quickly.
  • Keep any children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill. Restrict any horseplay.
  • Always keep all types of lighter fluid well out of reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • If you live in an apartment complex in the Pflugerville area, open-flame grills are strictly forbidden in and around the units; they cannot be stored or used within 10 feet of any apartment building.

Bohls Park playground installation delayed by rain

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The installation of the new Bohls Park playground is delayed due to weather. The new playground will be installed once the ground is dry. Updates on the playground's reopening will be posted on the Bohls Park webpage. As a reminder, during construction, the fields and trail are still open.

Other surrounding playgrounds include Heritage ParkPfluger Park and Creekside Park. For a full list of parks and trails visit parks.pflugervilletx.gov.

Watch for fake checks  - Fake check scam alert

Pflugerville Police Chief Robledo received two fake checks totaling $5,100 last week in the mail. If you receive a check or reimbursement that you are not expecting, it could be a scam, and you could be responsible for returning the stolen money.

Both checks were from legitimate businesses, who when contacted, were unaware of them. This fraudulent check scam can take many forms, often with a note accompanying the check asking the recipient to transfer money after depositing the check. These scams take many forms and are evolving, so stay on the lookout.

Scammers will often use real companies to make the check seem authentic. Fraudulent checks may take weeks to be discovered by your bank, and once deposited, you are responsible for returning that money.

If you receive a check in the mail that you were not expecting, be vigilant and suspect fraudulent activity. Do research and contact the company listed on the check. If you believe the check is fraudulent, immediately report it to your local law enforcement agency. You can file a report with the Pflugerville Police Department by calling 512-990-6700. If a scam like this can be sent to the Police Chief, it can be sent to you. 

 

Send in your Get Caught Reading photos by May 22 girl reading 1

The Pflugerville Library is accepting photos through May 22 for the Get Caught Reading Photography Show. Send your pictures in Jpeg, Tiff, or Png format to Amanda Cawthon at amandac@pflugervilletx.gov. Images will be printed and displayed throughout the library from May 24-June 21. Participants can pick up their printed photos the week of June 22. For more information, call the library at 512-990-6375.

City Events

Music in the Park opens May 24 with "The Greatest Showman" Movie Night

Music in the Park returns next Friday, May 24 with "The Greatest Showman." Come to Pfluger Park at dusk for this timeless musical.

There's no admission charge, so bring lawn chairs, pfurry friends, blankets, picnic baskets, friends and neighbors for a free evening of music, entertainment, and relaxation. Light snacks and snow cones will be available for sale. For more information, visit pflugervilletx.gov/musicinthepark.

Alcohol is allowed for persons 21 and up, but please do not bring glass containers.

National Public Works Week is May 19-25

public works trucks 1National Public Works Week is a celebration of the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works. This year’s theme, "It starts here," represents the many facets of modern civilization that grow out of the efforts put forth by the public works professionals across North America. National Public Works Week is observed each year in May to raise the public's awareness of public works issues and to increase confidence in public works employees who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for present and future generations. Public works provides, maintains, and improves the structures and services that ensure a higher quality of life for our communities. It is streets and roads that keep us linked together and clean water and wastewater services that keep us healthy and allow our community to grow and prosper.

Come to the Public Works Open House on May 23

Discover how public works helps to maintain our City at the Public Works Open House. Climb aboard the equipment we use, learn about the water cycle and recycling, and come see how we operate and provide over 1 million gallons of water a day to the Pflugerville community. Visit Public Works offices at 15500 Sun Light Near Way, on Thursday, May 23 from 1-6 p.m. for a tour.

Teen De-Stressing Day: Reptile Hangout on May 22

Are finals stressing you out? Teens are invited to the Pflugerville Public Library from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on May 22 to take a break from studying with coloring, fuse beads, and a dozen reptiles from Austin Reptile Shows. Come relax with snakes, lizards, and turtles from around the world.  Space is limited and the event is open to students in grades 8 - 12.

Kayak at the lake

Starting this weekend, Pflug Fun at Lake Pflugerville is open every day for summer hours. Hours are Monday - Friday from 10 am - 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8 am - 7 pm. Visit the north shore shop for kayak, canoe, and stand up paddle board rentals for more pfun at the lake. Visit pflugervilletx.gov/lake for more information or contact pflugfun19@gmail.com.

What's Happening

Road closures for Deutschen Pfest - Railroad Avenue will be closed on Saturday, May 18 from 8 a.m.  to approximately noon for the Deutschen Pfest parade. On Sunday, expect delays on Railroad Avenue, Noton Street, 6th Street, and Custers Creek Bend for the 5K Pfun Run Route and Kids K Route on Railroad, Hall, and Hoopes Avenue.

Pfluger Park to remain closed through May 21 - Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, is closed from Wednesday, May 15 to May 21 at 6 a.m. to allow for setup and then tear down of the Deutschen Pfest. Gilleland Creek Trail remains open during setup and tear down. Admission to Deutschen Pfest is required to access the Pfluger Park area on May 17-19.

City offices closed May 27 for Memorial Day - City offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. The Pflugerville Library, Animal Shelter, Recreation Center, Recycle Center, and city offices will be closed. Trash and recycling pickup will not be affected. If you need assistance when the City is closed, call the citizen communications hotline at the Police Department at 512-990-6700.

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. Vendors sell a variety of produce including tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, squash, okra, garlic, melons, peaches, and grapes; artisan baked goods; honey; flowers; eggs; free-range meats; salsas, pickles, and jams; fruits and plants. To learn more about the market, visit pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket. The Heritage House Museum is open during market hours for guests to tour.

Save the Date

May 28 - Parent Workshop: Stop the Summer Slide - Parents of kids ages 8 and up are invited to learn different strategies to support their children's reading skills, prevent the "summer slide," and keep them reading all summer long. The workshop will be at the library on May 28 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Register online. There will be crayons and coloring sheets for kids who attend with their parents.

May 31 Bidi Banda and Safety Pfair - The annual Music In The Park outdoor concert series showcases a variety of live bands and one movie night on selected Friday nights. There's no admission charge, so bring lawn chairs, pfurry friends, blankets, picnic baskets, friends and neighbors for a free evening of music, entertainment and relaxation. Bidi Bidi Banda is Austin's all-star Selena Tribute band and goes on stage at 7:30 p.m. The Univision Safety Pfair is prior to the concert.

June 1 - Kidfish - Every June, Pflugerville Parks and Recreation partners with the Kidfish Foundation to offer an outdoor fishing opportunity for the youth of our community. Prizes are awarded to participants who catch the longest fish in their age group. Kidfish is on the SOUTH SHORE of Lake Pflugerville. There is no fee to participate, but all participants must register. Registration forms are available online, in-person at the Recreation Center, and at the event. Advance registration is not required. The event is from 9 a.m. - noon. For more information, visit pflugervilletx.gov/kidfish.

June 1 - Maker Pfest - Kick off the library's Summer Reading Program with the 5th Annual Maker Pfest on June 1 from 2-5 p.m. at the library. Try hands-on activities including virtual reality, circuit making, paper crafts, and much more. Special guests include Austin Creative Reuse, Learning Fun 101, Mad Science, ATX Book Arts, ACC Batlab, Pflugerville Library Girls Who Code, Austin Typewriters Ink, Pflugerville Quilt Guild, and the Lady Cans Robotics Team.

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