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Key to the City December 20, 2019

Post Date:12/20/2019 10:00 AM

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City facilities close for the holidays December 24-25 and Jan 1 

Closed Christmas Holiday

The City of Pflugerville facilities are closed on December 24 and 25. The Pflugerville Public Library, Animal Welfare Services, Pflugerville Recreation Center, Recycle Center and City offices will be closed.  The Library and Recreation Center will close at 6 p.m. on December 23.

Trash pickup is affected by the holiday. Christmas Day is on Wednesday, so trash pickup moves forward one day for the rest of the week. (Wednesday on Thursday, Thursday on Friday etc.) If you have a water/wastewater concern when the City is closed, please call the Police Department citizen communications hotline at 512-990-6700.

City facilities closed January 1 New Year's Day - The City of Pflugerville offices and facilities will be closed on January 1. Trash and recycling pickup is affected. 

Library youth programs on break for the holidays

Youth programs at Pflugerville Public Library are on break from December 21 - January 5, but the fun resumes on January 6. 

Blue Santa helped 354 children this holiday season


Once again the Pflugerville community answered the call for help as the Pflugerville Police Department’s Blue Santa was able to assist 147 Pflugerville families and 354 children this holiday season. Blue Santa staff also referred 80 families, who live outside Pflugerville, to other area programs, like Brown Santa. Visit for more information. Thank you to everyone who donated and volunteered this year!

In support of the Blue Santa program, Chief Jessica Robledo and members of her team agreed to take a polar plunge if more than $2500 was raised for Blue Santa. On December 17, the team went down the slide at the Scott Mentzer Pool. The water was 40 degrees and the temperature outside was 47 with a chilly wind blowing. 

Celebrate the New Year Responsibly

Don't Drink and Drive Car with WineThe Police Department reminds you to designate a driver and have a plan with a safe ride home this New Year's Eve. Don't wait until you've already started drinking, plan ahead using a ride share app or Plan while you can, and never drink and drive. 

No fireworks in the City limits

To keep our neighborhoods and open areas safe, the City of Pflugerville has zero tolerance for fireworks. Tickets issued for firework violations may be subject to a maximum $500 fine. Thank you for being fireworks free in the city limits in your New Year celebration. 
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A reminder to all pet owners - Put your animal's collar on.  Illegal fireworks and large get-togethers may scare pets. If your animal does get out, be sure to check the Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services (PAWS), 1600 Waterbrook, and post a pic on the PAWS Lost Pets Facebook page: 

Reminder: A social media post is not a police report 

Don't forget that a social media message is not a police report. If you need an officer dispatched, see any suspicious activity and need to notify the Pflugerville Police Department, please do not send photos or messages via social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter or Nextdoor. The staff on social media are not available 24/7 and are not trained call takers. Please call the Police Department directly at 512-990-6700. In an emergency, please call 911. 

Up to 6 items at the curb on your trash day; rely on your bulk pickup

Mattresses, furniture and appliances can go curbside on your trash pickup day. Put up to six items curbside in addition to your trash cart. Please note that while the trash pickup may leave items curbside, a second truck comes by to pick up large items. This holiday season you may entertain guests, open gifts and have additional trash bulk pickup needs. Please note that you can put your trash cart plus an additional six bags and/or bulk items at the curb on your trash day year-round. 


Christmas Tree Recycling at the Recycle Center

Christmas trees placed curbside must be cut to less than 4 ft in length and are not recycled. To recycle your Christmas tree, take it to the Recycle Center located at 15500 Sun Light Near Way.  The Recycle Center's drop-off times are between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Monday. For more information on recycling, visit The only location for recycling a tree is the Recycle Center. Trees are NOT accepted at Wells Point Park.

Don't advertise your gifts; crush down large boxes 

Electronics Boxes SmallIf you have large boxes that show items you have recently purchased, please cut them up and put them in your recycle cart. Don't advertise new gifts on the curb. Don't let everyone know you have a brand new television or other expensive item inside your home. As always, keep your purchases secure, keep your doors locked, garage door closed and valuables secured. 

Register your alarm permit with the Pflugerville Police Department


The City of Pflugerville Alarm Permit registration program helps the Police Department know how to contact a resident or commercial business owner in case of an alarm at a residence or business. Alarm permits are a requirement for residents and commercial businesses with an alarm system. Alarm permits also expire on December 31 each year. Residents are responsible for either renewing their permit or registering it if they have purchased a new alarm system each year.

Permits can be obtained at the Pflugerville Justice Center (1611 E. Pfennig Lane) or online. For online Alarm Permit and renewal forms, please visit

City Events

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Pfestive Movie Night tonight, December 20

Pfestive Movie Night is tonight, Friday, December 20, from 7-10 p.m. at the Green Red Barn. From 7-7:30 p.m. there will be kids crafts followed by the movie screening. The pfestive movie of choice is the 2000 film "Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas." West Pecan Coffee + Beer will be there selling warm drinks, so gather your cozy blankets and favorite movie snacks and join in on the holiday cheer.

Pfreeze Pflop into the New Year

Are you brave enough to slide into the pfrigid water at Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, to kick off your new year? Starting at 10 a.m., slide down into our unheated pool with your family and friends. Admission is free with a donation of a canned food item given to benefit local pfood banks and the first 75 people get a free T-shirt.

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For more information, contact Parks & Recreation at 512-990-6358 or email

Winter camps for the winter break

Pflugerville Parks and Recreation is offering winter camps over the Pflugerville Independent School District (PfISD) holiday break to keep 6-12 year-olds entertained:

  • Monday, December 30 & Tuesday, December 31: the first camp, Adventure Camp, will have an inflatable planetarium, astronomy crafts and climbing at the Austin Bouldering Project. Drop-off and pick-up is at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, and the camps run from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Registration is $30 for both days and can be accessed here.
  • Thursday, January 2 & Friday, January 3:  the second camp, Winter Break Pfun Camp, will have a trip to the Bob Bullock Museum to watch an IMAX movie, a visit to the Pflugerville Animal Shelter and a pizza party. Drop-off and pick-up is at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, and the camps run from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Registration is $30 for both days and can be accessed here.


What's Happening

NBA 2k20 Tournament - Esports fans will have the chance to compete at the Recreation Center's first Esports tournament on December 21 at 1 p.m. The competition is open to players ages 13-17, and a maximum of eight people can enter this first tournament. Register here for $3 to secure a spot, or come to the event and watch for free. The tournament will be at the Recreation Center from 1-3 p.m., and the winner will receive a trophy.

Pflugerville Pokémon Card Club - The second meeting of the Pflugerville Pokémon Card Club will be from 6-8 p.m. on January 2. The club of youths ages 6-14 meets every first Thursday of the month for Pokémon card battles, trading and talk. All experience levels are welcome.

Cookbook Club: Comfort Food - The Cookbook Club next meets at the Pflugerville Public Library on January 6 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Poppy Room. Enjoy food and a discussion of cookbooks, cooking techniques, and your favorite foods. Bring a dish to share, along with the recipe used to make it. Each month will focus on a different theme, and January's theme is Comfort Food. Feel free to use library cookbooks, magazines, or recipes you find online. The library will provide drinks, plates, and flatware. Program is intended for those 55 and up, but anyone 18 and up may attend. Please note that there may be allergens present.

Save the Date

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. Hot chocolate and cookies are available while supplies last.  

January 20 - City Closures for Martin Luther King Jr. Day - City of Pflugerville facilities will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Affected locations include the Pflugerville Library, Animal Welfare Services, Recycle Center, Recreation Center and City offices. Normal hours will resume January 21. Trash and recycling pickup is not affected.

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