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Key to the City May 31, 2019

Music in the Park, new city staff, and more.
Post Date:05/31/2019 10:45 AM


Key to the City May 31, 2019 
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City welcomes new Assistant City Manager and Public Works DirectorSuzette RobinsonJames Hartshorn

City Council approved James Hartshorn as an Assistant City Manager and Suzette Robinson as Public Works Director.

James Hartshorn joins Pflugerville from Texas City and has served in local government leadership since 2014. Mr. Hartshorn holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Brigham Young University – Idaho and a Masters of Public Administration from Texas A&M University. As an Assistant City Manager he will join current Assistant City Manager, Trey Fletcher, and oversee the operations of Communications, Municipal Court, Information Technology, Human Resources, and Parks and Recreation. He will start in his new role at the beginning of June 2019.

Suzette Robinson has over 20 years of experience in public works management across the country. Most recently, she was the Chief Operations Officer for the Washington DC Department of Transportation. Ms. Robinson has a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Master of Science in Management. She is also a recently retired Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves. Pflugerville’s Public Works Director oversees the water and wastewater systems, street and roadways maintenance, maintenance of city vehicles, chipping program, and Recycle Center. She will start in her new role at the beginning of June 2019.

    Weiss Lane Closed for Bridge Construction Saturday, June 1 weiss closure 

    Weiss Lane, from Kelly Lane to Hidden Lake Crossing, will be closed between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, weather permitting. Please seek an alternate route if you normally drive this roadway.

    Traffic will be detoured via Kelly Lane, Hidden Lake Drive, and Hidden Lake Crossing. Driveway access will be maintained to all driveways along Weiss Lane including the gas station. A City inspector will be on site to ensure everything runs smoothly.

    The City asks motorists to proceed with caution through construction work zones and observe all construction signage. For more information about the project, please email or call 512-990-6400.

    City pools summer schedule begins

    • Gilleland Creek Pool, 700 Railroad Avenue: Closed Mondays. Open Tuesday & Thursday from 1 - 8 p.m., Wednesday & Friday from 1 - 5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday from 1 - 8 p.m.
    • Windermere Pool, 16800 Gower Street: Closed Tuesdays. Open Monday, Wednesday - Sunday from 12 p.m.- 5 p.m.
    • Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road: Closed Wednesdays. Open Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday & Saturday from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m.- 8 p.m.
    • Falcon Pointe Splash Park, 1813 Tranquility Lane, is open daily until October 1 from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

    If ever in doubt, visit before you head out!

    Extra pool hours for "tots" at Scott Mentzer Pool

    Every Tuesday at Scott Mentzer Pool (901 Old Austin Hutto Rd.), enjoy Tot Time starting a 9 a.m. for kids under 5 and their parents or guardians. Children ages 6 and up will not be able to enter the pool until open swim begins at 11 a.m.

    Pool admission for children is $1.50 for Pflugerville Residents and $2.50 for non-residents. Adult admission is $3 for Pflugerville residents and $4 for non-residents. Pool passes are also available for sale. All admission is cash only. See our webpage for more information. 

    cool movesPflugerville Police reward "Cool Moves" starting June 1

    The Pflugerville Police Department’s Cool Moves program is returning this summer to reward children for being safe.

    From June 1 through August 31, police officers will be on the lookout for children showing "Cool Moves," including looking both ways before crossing the street, wearing a helmet while riding a bike or skateboard, using hand signals while riding a bike, and using crosswalks.

    Children “caught” practicing these safe behaviors will be given a "ticket" by the police officers. These tickets reward them with a free ice cream cone from participating partners. This year the program is supported with free ice cream cones from Andy’s Frozen Custard, Baskin Robbins, Cece’s Froyo, Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, and free kids’ meals from Zaxby’s.  

    June is Adopt A Cat Month

    June is adopt a cat month and the Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services (PAWS) is offering $20 adoptions all month. Visit to see the animals in need of a forever home.

    Kitty Cafe at the Library - PAWS has also partnered with the library this summer to bring back Kitty Cafe. Come enjoy a cup of coffee and play with adoptable kittens on June 5 and 19 from 4:30- 5:30 p.m. at the library. Volunteers from PAWS will be on hand to answer questions and assist with paperwork, should you be interested in adoption. Anyone ages 5 and up are welcome to attend. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    City Events

    Music in the Park featuring Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda tonight

    Join us from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. in Pfluger Park for Music in the Park featuring Bidi Bidi Banda. Univision will also be holding their En Su Comunidad community resource and safety fair from 5-7 p.m., so come early to find out about resources in your community. 

    Limited parking is available at Pfluger Park. Overflow parking is available at Gilleland Creek Pool.

    The annual Music In The Park outdoor concert series showcases a variety of live bands on select 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.

    Pfishing Pfrenzy at Kidfish

    Join us on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. - noon on the south shore of Lake Pflugerville for Kidfish. Everyone is invited to fish, and kids up to 16 years old can compete to catch the longest fish and win fun prizes, including Texas Roadhouse kids meals, movie tickets, and more.

    There is no fee to participate, but all participants must register onsite. For more information, visit

    Statewide Free Fishing Day - Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has also designated June 1 as Statewide Free Fishing Day, so people of any age can fish without a license.

    Plant SwapBring the surplus from your garden to the Plant Swap at the library

    If you've got too much of a good thing, come share the wealth on Saturday, June 1 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. This program will take place in the library courtyard. All ages are welcome to attend. For guidelines, please click here.

    Follow the event on Facebook to connect with your neighbors before the swap to let others know what you are bringing and ask questions.

    Kick off the Summer Reading Program at Maker Pfest

    Maker Pfest Logo

    The Summer Reading Program starts at the library Saturday, June 1 with Maker Pfest, from 2 - 5 p.m. Enjoy live demonstrations from makers, artists, and crafters of all types. There will also be hands-on activities and crafts. The event is free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome. Reading logs will be available.

    Watch demos from:

    • Learning fun 101
    • Austin Book Arts Center
    • Pflugerville Quilt Guild
    • Mad Science
    • Austin Typewriter, Ink
    • The Lady Cans
    • Girlstart
    • Austin Area Rocketry Group
    • Pflugerville Library's Girls Who Code
    • Austin Creative Reuse
    • ACC Library BatLab

    Join library staff for the following activities:smr 2019_

    • Paper crafts 
    • 3D printing 
    • Virtual reality (ages 12 and up)
    • Laser cutting (ages 8 and up in the Pfab Lab)
    • and more!

    For more information, visit the Maker Pfest page or RSVP to the event on Facebook.

    Summer pfun at the library

    SRP LogoEnjoy special events, guest speakers, performances and after-hour parties during the Summer Reading Program at the library. There is something for all ages to enjoy. Visit the calendar or follow the library on Facebook for more information. You can also participate in a friendly reading competition from June 1 - July 27. 

    Pick up a reading log starting Saturday, June 1 at Maker Pfest. The color of your reading log is your team for the summer. Add a token to your team's bucket for every two hours that you read. Kids, teens, and adults are welcome to participate.

    Celebrate the end of this year's Summer Reading Program on Saturday, July 27 with 'Pay It Forward Pflugerville'. Attendees will be able to take part in charitable activities to help spread kindness in the local community. Details for the end of the Summer Reading Program party are still developing, so make sure you follow the library on social media for updates. The Pflugerville Public Library is located at 1008 W. Pfluger St. For questions about the Summer Reading Program, please call 512-990-6375.

    StoryWalk® Summer Kick Off

    Check out the new StoryWalk® at Heritage Park on Tuesday, June 4, at 4 p.m. We'll meet 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. The StoryWalk® will be displayed through the summer and is sponsored by the Friends of the Pflugerville Library. Don't forget to tour the Heritage House Museum and stop by the Pfarmers Market after the kickoff. Created in partnership with the Pflugerville Parks & Recreation Department.

    What's Happening

    June 1 is National Trails Day - Celebrate by visiting your favorite park or trail in Pflugerville. Consider taking the parks and trails tour to celebrate National Trails Day. Visit the Pfun, TX website to follow the tour.

    Heritage House Open First Sunday - The Heritage House Partners host the museum and provide visitors with stories, memories, and facts about the history of Pflugerville. The museum is open Sunday, June 2, from 1-4 p.m., located at Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. 

    Summer Family Craft Nights - Work on a different D.I.Y. craft with your family every Monday at the library from 6 - 6:45 p.m. On Monday, June 3 families will make a wood tray decoration.

    Pfarmers Market open every Tuesday - Join us every Tuesday from 3-7 p.m. at the Green Red Barn for the Pflugerville Pfarmers Market. Our vendors sell locally grown and made food and crafts. We have new vendors throughout the summer, so make sure to visit or our Facebook event here. The Heritage House Museum is open during market hours for guests to tour.

    Save the Date

    June 11 - DiversiTeen Book Tasting - Sample great new books specially selected by library staff while you chat with other readers and snack. Everyone will leave with free books. For ages 12-18 only. For more information, click here. The event is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the library

    June 12 - Senior Lunch and Learn: Crime Scene Analysis - Learn about crime scene analysis from Pflugerville Police Department Crime Scene Techs Savannah Lobo, Billy Gibbens, and Bethany Harman on Wednesday, June 12 from 1-2 p.m. The Lunch and Learn includes a hands-on activity. This program is recommended for those 55 and up, but anyone 18 and up may attend. Please register online or by calling 512-990-6375 so that we have an accurate count for refreshments.

    June 7 - Pfamily Pfloat Night - 8-10 p.m. at Scott Mentzer Pool. There are no Pfloating Movies this summer, but instead, you can look pforward to Pfamily Pfloat Nights! Enjoy a night swim, snacks, and inflatables at Scott Mentzer Pool. Open swim admission will end at 7 p.m. and Pfamily Pfloat Night wristbands available beginning at 7 p.m. Admission (cash only) is $3 for kids and $5 for adults (14+).

    June 14 - Music in the Park featuring Justin Langston - 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Pfluger Park. 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.

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