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Are you ready for Census 2010?  The 2010 decennial census here! 
When you receive your Census form in the mail, be sure to fill out and send it back to the Census Bureau quickly.  Participating in the Census helps make sure Concord receives its fair share of federal and state funds, as well as representation in Congress. Important things to remember about Census 2010:
 
Responding to the census is:
      Quick - A questionnaire will be mailed to your residence.  Simply fill out the questionnaire and mail it back in.  With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.  If you fail to return the questionnaire, a Census Bureau employee will need to make a personal visit to your place of residence.
 
      Easy - The questionnaire is simple and contains only a few questions that pertain to the number of people living in the residence, their name, gender, age, and race.
 
      Confidential - The information collected by the Census Bureau will only be used for census purposes.  The data later released by the Census Bureau is aggregated into large geographic areas.  A person's individual information or answers to the questions will not be given to anyone outside the Census Bureau.  By Federal law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual's responses with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.
 
      Important - It's important to respond to the census because it helps your district have adequate representation in Congress.  It also helps your community receive its fair share of federal and state funds.
 
You can help the federal government save money by responding to the census in a timely manner.  When you receive your questionnaire in March of 2010, simply complete it and drop it in the mail.  Questionnaires that are not returned will prompt Census Bureau employees to pay a visit to your house, which costs the Bureau extra money.
 
 
Youth Council Applications Available
The City of Concord is currently accepting applications for the Youth Council for the school year 2010-11. All rising 9th to 11th graders are encouraged to apply. Deadline is May 14, 2010.
The City of Concord seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and to give youth an official voice within city government. All Youth Council projects are selected and conducted by the Youth Council. Once a project is selected, the members of the Youth Council coordinate the efforts of the project. Projects include both local and statewide events.
 
For an application, contact Debbie Littlefield at 704-920-5615
littlefd@concordnc.gov or on line at www.concordnc.gov under the community tab at the top left side of the web page.
 
Bunny Bash 
Event Date: Saturday, April 3, 2010 Event Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Event Location: W.W. Flowe Park, 99 Central Heights Drive.
 
The Concord Parks and Recreation Department will present the Bunny Bash on Saturday, April 3, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The event and all activities are free to the public.
 
The festival will be held at W. W. Flowe Park, located at 99 Central Heights Drive, beside Central Cabarrus High School, in Concord.  Additional parking will be available at the high school with shuttles to and from the park. From 11:00 am -2:00p m children can enjoy free activities including face painting, amusement games and interactive activities with the DJ.
 
Pre-school age children can participate in activities on the Bunny Trail.  They can meet and play games with story-book and popular cartoon characters portrayed by Concord Youth Council members.  The Bunny Trail is sponsored by Southgate Masonry & Lumber.
 
Egg hunts, beginning at 12:00 noon, will be divided into age groups on the ball fields.  Parents are asked to remain behind the fence while their children hunt for eggs.
 
Hunts are divided into the following age groups: 
3 & 4 year olds at 12:00 (sponsored by Ruckus House Learning Center)
5 - 7 year olds at 12:20 (sponsored by Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital)
8 - 10 year olds at 12:20 (sponsored by Technologies Edge)
 
Police officers, K-9 units and Fire & Life Safety officers will be on hand to give out safety tips.  Children can have their photos taken with the Easter Bunny.  Food and drink will be sold by Concord Youth Council. 
 
Contact Debbie Littlefield, 704-920-5600 or
littlefd@concordnc.gov for additional information.
 
 
 
Did You Know? Water leaks cost money.
Water customers are constantly seeking means to keep monthly bills down and help water rates to remain low. One of the most effective ways of accomplishing this is by checking periodically for leaks and repairing the leak once identified.
 
Contact the City of Concord Water Department for additional information at 704-920-5341.
 
Leaking faucet @ 100 drips/minute = 350 gallons/month
Leaking toilet @ ½ GPM = 21,600 gallons/month
Watering garden or lawn 2 hours @ 5GPM = 18,000 gallons/month
Watering garden or lawn 2 hours @ 10GPM = 36,000 gallons/month
Unattended water hose 9 hours @10GPMS = 5,400 gallons
Make every drop count!
 
Remember, the following activities are allowed under the modified water use restrictions:
 
 Lawn irrigation is allowed ONLY on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
 
. Those who violate the specified lawn irrigation days watering rule will receive written notice of the violation and the appropriate fee will be assessed.
 
  The following activities are permitted at anytime:
. The filling, operation, or topping off of ornamental fountains.
. Residential car washing will be allowed using a hand-held hose or pressure washer, both equipped with a spring-loaded nozzle.
. Residential use of water for wash down of outside areas using a hand-held hose or pressure washer, both equipped with a spring-loaded nozzle.
. Watering of trees, flowers, shrubs, ornamental plants and vegetable gardens for plant preservation.
. Automated irrigation services may be installed and activated.
. Filling of swimming pools by permit. Topping off of previously filled pools is still acceptable at any time.
. All customers are allowed to use pressure washing devices.
 
Concord and Kannapolis are committed to environmentally sustainable water use practices 365 days a year during normal conditions and periods of drought.   Irrigation creates the single largest demand for water during spring and summer months.
 
In order to continue protecting our natural resources, the cities and the communities they serve are maintaining restrictions on days of irrigation and also use water pricing to promote further conservation.
 
Research shows that properly maintained lawns only need 1 inch of water per week to thrive, and it is best to water during evening and early morning hours.
 
We thank our customers for reducing their demand and assisting us with water conservation. Our businesses and residents continue to demonstrate leadership in water conservation and environmental protection.  
 
The aforementioned water use restrictions do not apply to those customers using wells or ponds for irrigation purposes. However, all users are encouraged to remain diligent in their conservation efforts regardless of the water source.
 
  
Bunny Run 5 K & Fun Run - Saturday, April 3, 2010
Les Myers Park 338 Lawndale Avenue
Concord, NC 28025
 
Fun Run begins at 8:00 a.m. 5K begins at 8:30 a.m.
 
Starts and ends at Les Myers Park in Concord.  Course starts in the lower parking lot area, continues on the Harold McEachern Greenway, turns around on the Downtown Connector Segment and back to Les Myers Park. 
 
Modified Course. USAT&F Certified Course
New stroller division.
Registration and awards presentation will be held in Paul's Shelter at Les Myers Park.
 
REGISTRATION FEE:
5K Bunny Run:
$12.00 entry fee until March 26th. $15.00 registration after March 26th. Online registration will close on Thursday March
26th. T-Shirts guaranteed to the first 125 registered participants.
 
1 Mile Fun Run:
Warm up before the 5K Bunny Run or just run for fun! All ages are invited to run at no cost on this one mile run through the McEachern
Greenway.
 
There is no fee for the Fun Run, however, if you desire a T-shirt, it may be purchased for $8.00 by using the entry form. Quantities and
sizes may be limited, so please order early.
 
Registration is required for the 1 mile fun run
at no cost.
 
 
For more information, please contact Ryan Jones at 704-920-5619 or the Concord Parks & Recreation Department Office at 704-920-5600
Email:
recreation@ci.concord.
 
 
Spring Into Arts Festival Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010   
Time: 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. For information call the Concord Downtown Development Corporation at 704-784-4208.
 
www.springintoarts.com
 
 
 The "Spring Into Arts" Festival showcases talent from great local artists and provides a full day of entertainment for the whole family. The event is held on Union Street in beautiful Historic Downtown Concord. Artwork includes paintings, pottery, basketry, wood crafting and many other arts and crafts. All are available for sale. In addition to great arts & crafts, the event features great entertainment from local bands, a children's activity area, roving entertainers, a beer and wine garden and a wide variety of food vendors.
 
The event is held by the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) and is free to the public.
 
 
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