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According to the Container Recycling Institute, if people recycled 70 percent of the bottles they purchased for one year, greenhouse gases could be reduced by 20,000 metric tons of carbon equivalent. It would save the equivalent of 600,000 barrels of crude oil needing to be extracted and processed.
 
Viva Verde Earth Fest coming April 16 – vendors needed!
Save the date! The second annual Viva Verde Earth Fest (a partnership between Concord, Kannapolis, and Cabarrus County) is coming from 10:00-2:00 on Saturday, April 16 at North Cabarrus Park. VVEF is a festival in honor of Earth Day that celebrates nature and environmental stewardship, providing opportunities for environmental education in a fun, family-friendly way! There will be information booths, live music, recycling opportunities, games, and more. Be sure to check out the event’s Facebook page and website; information is also available on the City’s website.
 
Interested in participating as a vendor? Just download a vendor registration form and submit by March 25!
 
McGill Ave. RR crossing to be closed on Sunday February 20
Norfolk Southern will close the railroad crossing at McGill Ave., NW for maintenance on Sunday February 20, 2011 beginning at 8:00 a.m. The closure will remain in effect until the work is complete. Work is expected to only take place on Sunday. Please visit the City’s website for more information.
 
Second Chance leaf collection program available until February 25
Residents are required to begin bagging all loose leaves placed at the curb after the leaf crew completed third collection cycle.  However, the Second Chance Program is available weekdays between February 7-25 for anyone who missed the final collection, and is willing to pay $75 for a special collection rather than bagging their leaves to avoid Code Enforcement penalties. Visit the City’s website for more information, and call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 to schedule a second chance collection.
 
Solid waste improvements begin July 5, request a staffer to speak
Beginning July 5, 2011, the City of Concord will roll-out improvements to residential solid waste services. Concord’s new services will be provided using fully automated collection vehicles that operate a mechanical arm to lift the carts, making service faster and more efficient. The improved every-other-week roll-out recycling service will make it easier than ever to make a commitment to become an avid recycler! Visit the City’s website for more information!
 
Are you part of a neighborhood organization or civic group and would like a speaker to give a presentation on the improvements? Contact Mandy Smith-Thompson to request a City staff member at an upcoming meeting.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2011  issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2011-12 school year. Applications are available on the City’s website or by contacting Debbie Littlefield at 704-920-5615 or littlefd@concordnc.gov.  
 
Parks & Recreation is gearing up for another summer of day camps: Children 6-10 years for Summer Playground and 11-13 years for Summer GoneAlot program. The Summer Camp program is for 8 weeks, beginning June 20 and ending August 12. Hours are from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
 
Summer Playground registration for new campers will begin Wednesday, February 9 by online registration or walk-in registration 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Academy Recreation Center location on Academy Ave., NW.
 
Coaches and sponsors are needed for all sports! Please contact us at 704-920-5618 to discuss opportunities.
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2753
 
Saturday, March 5, 8 p.m., $33
On Stage at the Davis: Galumpha
One-of-a-kind act has appeared on the The Late Show with David Letterman. Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography, Galumpha presents a sensory feast of images ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime.
 
Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m.
Modern Film Fest at the Davis: Spoiler Alert
Free screening of black comedy about a down-on-his-luck film director who exacts revenge on the owner of a movie scoop website he feels has killed his career. The film has not been rated; the arts council recommends that you research the film at www.spoileralertmovie.com to decide whether it is appropriate for you.
 
The Galleries
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2787
 
Through March 10
Exhibition: Word Processing
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Exhibition focusing on verbal and nonverbal communication demonstrates how artists use text, letters and words as texture and design to deliver their points of view. Included are paintings, quilts, ceramics and prints by Nancy Baker, Noyes Capehart, Vicki Essig, Ann Harwell, Warren Hicks, Michael Klauke, Kenn Kotara, Nathaniel Lancaster, Scott Lowery, Sandra Meyer, Leah Palmer Preiss, Mary Lou Sussman, Beth J. Tarkington, Kelly Thiel, Barbara Yale-Read and Jessica White.
 
Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Show up Saturday
The Galleries will be open regular hours to give people unable to come on weekdays the opportunity to see Word Processing.
 
Opening Monday, March 28
Exhibition: Imprints – Impressions – Improvisations
Artwork featuring impressed designs, traditional impressionistic approaches and the marvel of improvisation by 17 artists: Dan Allegrucci, Clark Whittington’s Art-O-Mat, Ben Betsalel, Elizabeth Bradford, Mary Farmer, Ann Gleason, Mary Kudlak, Marygrace Perkins, John Ransmeier, Stuart Roper, Amy Sanders, Mary Thomas, Justin Turcotte, Janet Warner, Julie Wiggins, R. Wayne Wrights and Darren Young.
 
Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m.
Gallery Talks and Demonstrations
Dan Allegrucci, Darren Young and Clark Whittington, who have art in the Imprints – Impressions – Improvisations exhibition, will talk about their work and demonstrate some of their techniques.
 
Concord Downtown Development Corporation highlights
The CDDC is inviting anyone and everyone to attend a Community Input Session on Thursday, March 3, from 6:00 - 7:30 PM at the Hotel Concord Ballroom, 14 Union Street, North. The discussions that take place at this session will help the CDDC Board establish updated short-term and long-term goals. Please plan to join us on March 3. For more information contact the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email info@concorddowntown.com.
 
The Spring into Arts Festival 2011 is now accepting applications for its juried arts show. Artists can request an application by emailing info@concorddowntown.com or calling 704-784-4208. The festival will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
 
The Historic Downtown Concord Wedding Show will be held on Sunday, March 6, from 2:00 - 5:00 PM in Historic Downtown Concord. Free! The Show begins at TheLoftat14th, 14, Cabarrus Avenue, West and moves around Historic Downtown Concord. More than 20 businesses are participating. For more information go to The Loft at 14th Facebook page or call Meredith Beregovski at 704-699-9372.
 
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
February
2/22/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
March
3/8/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
3/10/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
3/15/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
3/17/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
 
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