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Concord Weekly Update - March 23, 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018

Did you know?
Did you know you can make a difference for the environment and keep Concord beautiful though the Adopt-A-Street program? Litter-free streets, parks, and public areas add to the beauty and appeal of our community. Visit concordnc.gov or contact the Transportation Department at 704-920-5338 to find street segments needing volunteers.

Good Friday holiday and service updates
In observance of Good Friday, City of Concord offices will be closed Friday, March 30. Some City services will operate on a different schedule the week of March 26, and several events are planned throughout the area. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on the normal schedule next week. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, March 26. Yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Thursday, March 29. Visit concordnc.gov for more on service and schedule changes. Details on family events planned for next week are in the Parks and Recreation Highlights below.

The Tim Clark Band to bring sounds of the beach to Haulers on Union
The 600 Festival Association has announced that the Tim Clark Band will bring a fun mix of beach music and oldies to the Haulers on Union Parade & Fan Fest presented by Freightliner in downtown Concord on May 17. The band’s upbeat sound will be one part of a free, fun and exciting evening highlighted by the MONSTER Energy NASCAR Cup car haulers annual parade down Union Street on the way to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the All-Star Race. More than 30 of the brightly-colored NASCAR haulers are expected on Union Street at approximately 6:15 p.m. for an evening of fun. Fans are asked to gather on Union Street between Cabarrus Avenue and Corban Avenue to view the hauler parade. There will be activities for the entire family beginning at 5 p.m. including show cars, race car simulators, games for the entire family, kids’ activities including a bounce house, mascots, celebrity autograph sessions, food vendors and a beer garden for adults. Find out more at 600festival.com.

A prescription drug take back event is planned for your neighborhood April 28
The City of Concord continues its partnership with other local entities in support of the DEA's National Prescription Take Back Day on April 28. Several local businesses are offering the opportunity to dispose unwanted, unused, and expired medications in a safe and secure way. Visit any of the following locations from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on April 28: Moose Professional Pharmacy (270 Copperfield Boulevard NE #101), Cannon Pharmacy (760 Cabarrus Avenue W), Concord Pharmacy and Surgical Supply (3497 US Highway 601 S), West Cabarrus YMCA (5325 Langford Avenue NW).

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that lie unlocked in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from medicine cabinets of family and friends. Disposal by flushing unused medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards for children, adults, and pets. Be a part of the solution and dispose of medications properly. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs go to DEA diversion control website. To locate the various permanent drop box locations in Cabarrus County please visit lockyourmeds.org/nc/cabarrus.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Join us for the Bunny Run 5K and Festival March 31

Concord Parks and Recreation will once again host several events, including egg hunts on Thursday, March 29 (read page 11 of the Leisure Times for locations and times). Be sure to visit Downtown Concord on Saturday, March 31 for the Bunny Run 5K and Festival. In addition to the Fun Run at 9:00 and 5K race at 9:30 a.m., the family festival continues until 12:00 noon and includes activities, arts and crafts, music and dancing with the bunny, and more! For more information, call 704-920-5600.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

April
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
17 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

Peter Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager
City of Concord
franzese@concordnc.gov
704-920-5210 office