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Concord Weekly Update - October 26, 2018

Friday, October 26, 2018

Did you know?
Did you know tomorrow is national prescription drug take back day? Safe disposal of medication will be available on October 27 from 10 a.m. until noon at several locations in Concord and Cabarrus County. Clean out your medicine cabinets and dispose unused or expired medications. Find medication drop off locations on the Concord Public Safety Facebook Page. Remember, drop boxes are always available (24-hours a day) at the Concord and Kannapolis police headquarters and the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office.

Loose leaf collection in Concord kicks off next week in the TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY areas
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season kicks off next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, between October 29 and February 8. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage collection day. Customers on the TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 29 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and get a customized schedule at concordnc.gov.

Early voting in Cabarrus continues through November 2
Voting for the 2018 General Election in Cabarrus County is underway at two locations in Concord. In-person early voting available on select dates through November 2 at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections office (369 Church Street N), and at Concord Fire Station 9 (2010 Ivey Cline Road). There are many opportunities to vote in Cabarrus County ahead of the November 6 election. The Cabarrus County Board of Elections wants to make every resident aware of important information related to the election, including regulations, deadlines, polling locations and sample ballots. For more information, visit cabarruscounty.us.

Centralina to host Regional Transit Interest Group Meetings in November
As one of the fastest growing regions in the country, there is recognition that long-term transit planning efforts should be accelerated if we are to remain a leading, competitive region nationally and globally.  Transportation choice emerged as a top growth priority of CONNECT Our Future; a three-year, 14-county, bi-state planning process.  A component of transportation choice, communities of all sizes – urban to rural, were eager to talk about regional transit in relation to transportation, economic access and mobility, economic development, and place making. The regional transit interest group meetings are intended to bring like-minded people and groups together from different communities to discuss and give input on our regional transit future. Attend the meeting that works best with your interest and schedule, regardless of location or geography.  Click here to see the November meeting schedule.  Space may be limited, so please RSVP to Emily Parker at eparker@centralina.org if you plan to attend. To learn more, visit centralina.org.

What's Happening at ClearWater
ClearWater Artist Studios - 223 Crowell Drive NW. Call 704-784-9535 or visit clearwaterartists.com. Gallery Hours: Weds-Fri, Noon-5pm; Every 2nd Saturday 10am-4pm; or by appointment.

Gibson Village Fall Festival
ClearWater Artist Studios is hosting the Gibson Village Development Corporation's first annual Gibson Village Fall Festival on October 27 from 3:00 until 6:30 p.m. This event will offer activities for the whole family including a costume contest, pumpkin painting station, live performance of Dia de los Muertos by Nouveau Sud, tie-dye and flow painting workshops with ClearWater artists, and much more.
Click here for details or visit gibsonvillage.com to contact the organizers.

Dream In Color, expressive paintings by artists Andell McCoy and Erin Allen
Exhibit Dates: November 2, 2018 through Jan. 25, 2019 | Opening Reception, Artist Talk: Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 6:30-8:30p.m. These artists' work reflects colors and shapes in both abstract and representational styles, using an array of palettes, seeking to provoke emotion in the viewer. The artists are long-time friends, based in Albemarle, NC; their art reflects their support of each other along their artists’ journey. See clearwaterartists.com for details and links to social media.

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

Spooky fun for all ages
Looking for some Halloween fun now that fall is FINALLY here? Check out the Leisure times for a variety of Halloween-related events, including offerings for all ages. Craft and fitness events are lined up for toddlers, children, and teens over the coming weeks, and a night of family fun is available on Saturday, October 27 with the Academy Center's Halloween Howler. Find out more in the Fall 2018 Leisure Times.

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

November
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 6:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
20 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