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Concord Weekly Update - April 20, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018

Did you know?
Did you know National Arbor Day is April 27? See if you can spot tagged trees around Concord!  City staff is applying the tags, courtesy of the NC Urban Forest Council to draw attention on the monetary value and ecosystem services provided by our urban trees.

Early Voting for the May 8 Primary Election

The primary election is set for Tuesday, May 8. Avoid long lines on Primary Election Day or register and vote on the same day at one-stop voting, known as early voting. There is only one early voting location in Cabarrus County for the May Primary, the Cabarrus County Board of Elections Office located at 369 Church St. N. Early voting dates: April 19 and 20, 23 through 27, and April 30 through May 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. There is also a Saturday early voting option on May 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Voters can find more information on early voting for the May 8 Primary election online at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections   


As part of earth day events, show us your litter sweep at #ConcordLitterSweep 

The City of Concord invites the community to celebrate the planet as it works to preserve and protect our natural resources. April 22, 2018 will mark the 48th anniversary of Earth Day. The City has a variety of activities and opportunities planned for the weeks surrounding Earth Day, including the semi-annual litter sweep partnership. We all win when our city is cleaner – even our wildlife and water benefit!  Everyone can conduct a cleanup, and we encourage you to Show Us Your Litter Sweep by posting a photo to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ConcordLitterSweep. Don't forget, next weekend's City Nature Challenge April 27-30 will cap off the month. Visit concordnc.gov for a full rundown of all the upcoming earth-friendly fun.


Know your rights by attending Fair Housing event on April 26 
The Planning and Neighborhood Development Department, Housing Department, and many other community partners will offer a Fair Housing event on Thursday, April 26 to bring awareness to the barriers that prevent equality in housing choice. During this event, attendees will view “A House Divided,” an excerpt from the EPIX original docu-series on inequality called AMERICA DIVIDED. A panel discussion will follow.  The event will be held at the Neighborhood Networks Technology Center, located at 265 Salem Street SW. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments.  This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act. Please reserve your seat by contacting Stephen Todd at 704-920-6111 or todds@concordnc.gov.

Local partnership continues on National Prescription Take Back Day 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, find out more and RSVP on our nextdoor event. 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.

Wild Child: Nature Exploration Home Invaders Activity 
“Not in my house”, says your mom!  Or will she?  We’ll capture local, non-native critters and place them in a Mason jar home.  It’s up to your mom to decide if your new buddy lives in your room or not. This Free activity is for ages 8 and up. The event is scheduled for 5:00pm on Tuesday, April 24 starting at the McGee Park Shelter located at 219 Corban Ave. E.  


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

May
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 7:00 p.m. 
Historic Preservation Commission
10 at 6:00 p.m. 
City Council regular session
15 at 6:00 p.m. 
Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates atconcordnc.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