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Key to the City December 6, 2019

Post Date:12/06/2019 10:00 AM

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Key to the City December 6, 2019
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Ways to give back this holiday season and support your City include Blue Santa and the PAWS Animal Wish Tree

Blue Santa Gifts wanted: Blue Santa is accepting new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items. Donations can be delivered at the Blue Santa donations bins located at the Pflugerville Justice Center, City Hall, Library, Recreation Center and other area businesses, schools and organizations. Every year, the program needs additional gifts for children ages 10-14 and infants up to two years of age. Check out the Pflugerville Police’s gift registry at target.com/gift-registry for gift suggestions. To access the registry, type “Pflugerville Police” for the first name and “Blue Santa” for the last name on the online registry page. Monetary donations are also accepted by check or money order mailed to Pflugerville Blue Santa, c/o Pflugerville Police Department, P.O. Box 679, Pflugerville, Texas 78691 or in-person at the Pflugerville Justice Center. The Police Department will also be collecting Blue Santa donations at the Pfestival of Lights on December 7 at the corner of 1st and Main Street. Thank you for your support!

PAWS Tree 2019

 PAWS animal wish tree  

On November 29, Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services (PAWS) put up their Animal Wish Tree at the Pflugerville Library. The Animal Wish Tree is decorated with ornaments that have donation suggestions on them for the many animals at the shelter. Gifts can be bought on Amazon using the Friends of the Pflugerville Animal Shelter's wish lists. Everything wanted for cats and dogs at the shelter can be viewed there. Access the dog wish list here and the cat wish list here. Give the dogs and cats at the shelter the magical holiday they deserve. To celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, and the 12th and final month of 2019, adoption fees are just $12. Adoption to a loving family is truly the best gift a shelter dog or cat could receive. For more information on adopting, and to view adoptable pets, visit pflugervilletx.gov/adoptme. Make this the best holiday season yet for the animals at the shelter by visiting the Animal Wish Tree today.

Library celebrates Charles Dickens

Gary Whitaker

Dickens Day Celebration was held at Pflugerville Public Library on Wednesday, December 4. Storyteller Gary Whitaker regaled library patrons with a riveting performance of A Christmas Carol while participants enjoyed coffee, cocoa, and cookies. The evening finished up with attendees creating a festive craft. 

 Dickens Day 2019

Keep your gifts secure; holiday shopping reminders

It's the holiday season and everyone sets out to shop! Don’t let the spirit of giving provide burglars, muggers, and pickpockets a better chance to do their dirty work. 

Here are recommendations to keep your gifts and purchases secure:

  • While shopping, stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If shopping at night, do not go alone; always let someone know your destinations and approximate time of return. Park in a well-lighted space.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash and always put your money in your wallet or purse before leaving the store. Never expose your credit cards or cash unnecessarily.
  • Don’t overload yourself when carrying packages to your vehicle. It’s better to make multiple trips.
  • Be extra careful of purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put your wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Have your car keys in your hand when approaching your vehicle. Immediately after entering your car, lock all doors.
  • Do not leave packages inside the vehicle, exposed to outside view.
  • When leaving a building always observe any activity, which may be going on near your vehicle as you approach. Ask for a security guard or store employee to escort you if you feel uneasy about going to your car alone.
  • Always lock the doors to your home and keep your garage door down. 

Have a safe and pfun holiday season.

Trim your property trees now to comply with safety ordinances; don't block sidewalks or emergency vehicles 

City of Pflugerville Ordinances require that trees must hang no less than 8 ft. above sidewalks and 14 ft. above the street. These ordinances ensure that recreational sidewalk use and emergency vehicle roadway use is not inhibited by tree growth or limbs. It is imperative that homeowners comply and trim trees on their property to Ordinance Standards. Now is a great time of year to trim back branches as oak wilt is dormant in the winter. Keep your trees trimmed and keep Pflugerville roadways and sidewalks accessible. For questions, please call Public Works at 512-990-6400. 

City Events

Holiday events this week include Cover the Cars, Heritage House Quilt Show, parade and more

See a full list of holiday events at www.pflugervilletx.gov/holidays

December 7 - Cover the Cars -  Join the Pflugerville Police Chaplains at the 2nd annual Cover the Cars hosted by the Knights of Columbus at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. From 1-3 p.m. we’ll share a time of community, prayer and spiritual support for those who protect and serve our city. In addition to Pflugerville Police Officers, Pflugerville Fire and Travis County Constable Pct. 2 will be onsite. Lunch will be served after the ceremony.Santa1

December 7 - Pfestival of Lights and Christmas Parade - Kick off the pfestive season in downtown Pflugerville from 4-7 p.m. The event will have pfestive performances, food and free hot chocolate starting at 4 p.m., and the parade will begin at 5 p.m. Santa will arrive at the tree, now located at the Best Little Plaza in Texas, at approximately 6 p.m. for a formal tree lighting and photos. Bring a new unwrapped toy to the Christmas Parade and Pfestival of Lights to drop off with the Police Department at the corner of 1st and Main Street.

December 7 - Pet Pictures with Santa - From 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Santa will be at the Pflugerville Public Library to take photos with your pets. Bring your pfurry pfriends over to the Library to make some pfestive memories. Santa will only be taking pictures with pets at this event, not children. Attend the Pfestival of Lights & Christmas Parade later that day if you want pictures of Santa with your children!
 
December 7 - Yule Ball - Teens ages 12-18 can end the pfestive day at the Library's first Yule Ball. From 8-10 p.m. at the library, both wizards and muggles are welcome to attend the ball. There will be Triwizard Tournament crafts and games and a costume contest for Best Dressed Magical Being. House points will be awarded throughout the night, and light refreshments will be served. This event takes place after the library closes. 

December 7-8 Heritage House Museum Christmas Quilt Show - The Heritage House Museum Christmas Quilt Show is this weekend at 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd. The event will be Dec. 7-8 from 1-4 p.m. each day. See the Heritage House decorated for the season and enjoy holiday snacks and treats. Holiday quilts, antique toys, and much more will also be on display. On 

Holiday Heritage House

Dec. 7 at 1 p.m., there will be a special performance by the Pflugerville Elementary School Choir. On Dec. 8, Santa Claus will be at Heritage House for the duration of the event. 

December 8 Painting Workshop: Randy Reindeer - Pre-register for this event at the Pflugerville Recreation Center and enjoy making holiday-themed painting projects. All supplies are included. Ages 7-17 welcome. Register for $25 at pflugervilletx.gov/classes.

December 9 Senior Crafternoon: Alcohol Ink Crafts  - Come to the Pflugerville Public Library from 2-3 p.m. and use alcohol ink on Yupo paper to create art or decorate a glass ornament. Materials will be provided while supplies last. Recommended for ages 55+. Wear old clothes, as this could get messy!

December 9 - STEM Club: LED Holiday Cards - Come to the Pflugerville Public Library from 3:30 -4 p.m. as STEM offers opportunities for kids 5 to 8 to creatively explore science, technology, engineering and math through different activities each day. 

December 11 - Tween Holiday Hangout -  December 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Pflugerville Public Library Tweens 8-12 can enjoy cookies and cocoa while watching Merry Madagascar (Dreamworks; rated PG) and Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (20th Century Fox; rated PG) and making crafts. Materials provided while supplies last.

December 14 - Storytime with Jingles the Elf - Jingles The Elf will make a stop at the Pflugerville Public Library on December 14 from 1-1:30 p.m. to tell children up to age 8 some of her North Pole stories.

December 14 - Afternoon with Santa - Come spend an afternoon with Santa at Pflugerville Public Library on December 14 from 2-4 p.m. Bring your own camera, take your own pictures and work on holiday crafts together. All ages are welcome. This event is free and open to the public. Materials available while supplies last. Funded by Friends of the Pflugerville Public Library.

December 15 - Crafty Café: Book Tree Craft - On December 15 from 2-3:30 p.m., stop by the Pflugerville Public Library to enjoy a beverage while making a Holiday Book Tree using a recycled book and folding the pages. Materials will be provided while supplies last. Anyone 12 and up is welcome to attend. 

What's Happening

Pfitness room closed for new equipment installation December 12 - The Pfitness Room at the Pflugerville Recreation Center will be closed Thursday, December 12 for the installation of new cardio equipment. Join the Recreation Center today for as little as $30 for adults and $20 for youth and seniors and have access to all this equipment every day! Visit pflugervilletx.gov/recreationcenter to find out more. 

Winter class registration -  Winter class registration is underway for Parks and Recreation programs. Visit pflugervilletx.gov/classes to check out the winter class offerings, including a new workout class "Body Back Transformation" for adults.

Unplug and Explore - Register your 6-12 year old today for this outdoor adventure series. Travel to the Texas Ski Ranch on December 14 for pfun in fake snow and join a cave tour at Colorado Bend State Park on Saturday, January 4. Most trips are low cost or free, but you must register ahead of time. Find out more at pflugervilletx.gov/classes and click "Outdoor Programs." 

Save the Date

December 10 & 17 - Pfestive Pfarmers Market - from 3-7 p.m. at the Green Red Barn, join us for all the pfun of the Pfarmers Market with added pfestive vendors. On December 17 we'll even have a visit from Mrs. Claus! 

December 20 - Pfestive Movie Night - 7-10 p.m. at the Green Red Barn pfeaturing How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the version from 2000). 

January 1 - Pfreeze Pflop - Are you brave enough to enter the pfrigid water at Scott Mentzer Pool? Kick off the New Year with a ride down the slide at 10 a.m. The event will last until 11 a.m., but the first 50 people to slide will get a pfree towel. Admission is free with a donation of a canned food item that is given to benefit local food banks.  https://parks.pflugervilletx.gov/events/aquatic-events/pfreeze-pflop

January 11 - Winter Pfest - Families with children up to age 10 are invited to the Pflugerville Public Library on January 11 from 2-4 p.m. for an afternoon of indoor games, crafts, and activities. Cocoa and cookies are available while supplies last. 

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