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Did you know?
Did you know that Nitrogen and Phosphorus can harm fish and other wildlife by entering the storm drainage system, which leads to local bodies of water? Click here to read this month’s sustainable suggestion in the City Hall Blog and find out how you can protect aquatic wildlife.
 
Concord Housing Department named High Performer
The Concord Housing Department was recently certified as a “High Performer” by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Housing Department received a final score of 100 percent on the Section 8 Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) evaluation conducted by HUD for fiscal year 2010. Visit the City’s website for more information.
 
Mayor Scott Padgett re-elected to NC Metro Mayors Executive Committee
Mayor Scott Padgett was re-elected to the at-large Executive Committee of the N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition during its 2011 Winter Meeting in Greensboro. The Coalition, made up of the mayors of the state’s 27 largest cities, came together on February 24 and 25 to elect their leadership and work on policy focus areas for 2011-12. Visit the City’s website for more information.
 
Corban and McGill RR Crossing to be closed on Wednesday March 9
Norfolk Southern will close the railroad crossings at both Corban Avenue and McGill Avenue for maintenance on Wednesday March 9, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Wednesday’s work will be on the south-bound track. This is the final expected closure as the railroad company is wrapping up several weeks of maintenance work. Visit the City’s website for more information.
 
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!
 
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 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.
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
3/22/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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