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Everyone Plays Playground ribbon cutting on Saturday, October 2
Construction of the Everyone Plays Playground at McGee Park is complete, and the ribbon cutting will take place on Saturday, October 2 at 10:00 a.m. The Concord Rotary Club raised nearly $110,000 to build the playground that will be accessible to children in wheelchairs, and include areas specifically for children with visual and hearing impairments.
 
Villas at Logan Gardens groundbreaking on Wednesday, October 6
After several years of working with the NC Housing Finance Agency and Douglas Development, LLC the Villas at Logan Gardens project is ready to move forward. The vacant, City-owned property on about four acres between Booker Drive SW and Rone Avenue SW (the former site of Logan High School) will become a 44-unit apartment complex for senior citizens. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Wednesday, October 6 at 4:00 p.m.
 
Road closure on Spring Street
Stormwater Services closed Spring Street SW, between Wilshire Avenue SW and Oakland Avenue SW, to replace a failing storm drain pipe on September 29. Weather permitting, the closure will last for 25 calendar days. No through traffic will be permitted but all residents will have access to their driveways. Motorists should exercise caution and use the posted detour route of Oakland Ave. SW, Union St. South, and Wilshire Ave. SW. For more information, please contact Stormwater Deputy Director Jeff Corley at 704-920-5372.
 
Concord Regional Airport open house and fly-in October 23-24
On October 23 and 24, Concord Regional Airport will host an open house and fly-in, with static displays (military, antique, classic, and warbirds), race cars from several NASCAR series, food vendors, civic and community exhibits, D.A.R.E., EMS, City of Concord fire safety house, and more! Proceeds to benefit Rotary Polio Plus Program.
 
As part of the weekend’s events, the Charlotte EAA Chapter 309 is offering historic flight experiences in its beautifully restored B-17 Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast,” which will make a tour stop at the airport from October 22-24. This aircraft is an example of the American heavy bomber that helped turn the tide of battle in World War II. Fly a mission back in time and feel the might of this magnificent aircraft, just as those brave young men did more than 50 years ago. The organization is looking for B-17 crew members to be honored at a dinner on October 23. Some crew members will be able to participate in a free ride on the B-17 on October 22. Please email Susan Green or call 704-920-5915 for more information.
 
Scheduled bulk item collection begins January 1, 2011
Effective January 1, 2011, the City of Concord will require that all residents call our Customer CARE Center (704-920-5555) to schedule the curbside collection of bulk metal, old appliances, and used tires. Although the City of Concord has encouraged residents to schedule the collection of these items for some time, scheduling becomes mandatory in 2011. Items left on curb and not scheduled for pick up could lead to code enforcement penalties for property owners.
 
Currently, two trucks serve Concord citizens in collecting metal and tires. “By requiring citizens to schedule the collection of appliances, metal, and tires, we can eliminate the need for one of our two trucks. The retirement of one coworker during this year will allow us to eliminate his position, consolidate our operations, and move the truck into reserve status,” said Allen Scott, Director of Solid Waste Services. “With the cooperation of our citizens, this simple change will save the City 30,000 miles of driving, 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and approximately $55,000 annually.”
 
Please check the Solid Waste page on the City's website regularly for updates on any changes in the items you can recycle, place at the curb for collection, or any advanced preparation requirements.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Take a picture of you and your dog and upload for the Parks and Recreation Who Looks Like Their Dog Contest.  Deadline for entry is October 10, and winners will be announced at the Dogs’ Day Out Pet Festival on October 23.
 
Dogs’ Day Out Pet Festival at Les Myers Park on 10/23 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
Register now for the November 6 United Way Run for Life, 5K, 10K and Fun Run.
 
Cabarrus Arts Council upcoming events
Thursday, October 7
Davis Theatre, 65 Union Street S, Concord
Brand New Opry, a bluegrass variety show hosted by Jeff Whittington
Tickets: $10 and available at www.cabarrusartscouncil.org and at the box office, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 704-920-2753
 
Through October 7
The Galleries, 65 Union Street S, Concord
Multi-Tasking, an exhibition of works by six artists who create in more than one medium, and Cabarrus Art Guild Juried Exhibition, features 71 works by 35 area artists
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 –p.m., Monday-Friday, and Saturday, October 2
For more information, visit www.cabarrusartscouncil.org or call 704-920-2787.  
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each Month May – September
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Historic Courthouse Lawn
The event is free to the public. For more information about this event, call Concord Downtown Development Corporation at (704) 784-4208 or visit www.concorddowntown.com.
 
Upcoming:
October 21 – Big Sam (rescheduled due to August rain-out)
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
September
10/12/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10/14/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City council regular session
10/19/2010 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
 
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