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Did you know?
Did you know that you can receive your Concord utility bill via email? This new, free service is called eBilling, where customers view an exact image of the monthly utility bill online.  Each month, customers will receive an email with a link to their utility eCare account. Once the customer views his or her bill, he or she has the option to pay online using a credit or debit card, mail a check, or pay in person. Visit the City’s website to learn more about eBilling and to sign up for this convenient service.
 
Citizens and businesses urged to safely use pool chemicals
On Thursday, March 17, 2011, the Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety responded to an explosion caused by the improper use of pool chemicals, which damaged a structure. Recent studies conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that pool chemical injuries account for more than 5,000 emergency room visits each year, most often from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Visit the City’s website for more information and links to resources such a poster that you can print for your chemical storage area.
 
City of Concord cemetery cleanup planned for April 4-8, 2011
On April 4-8, 2011 the cemetery grounds at Oakwood and West Concord Cemeteries and Rutherford Memorial Park will be cleaned in preparation of spring mowing and grounds work. The City of Concord asks for the public’s cooperation in removing all items placed on or near gravesites prior to April 4, 2011. Please do not replace flowers until after April 8, 2011. For more information call 704-786-8212.
 
Wastewater Department staff available for group presentations
Do you wonder if there is a sewer line or other public infrastructure running across your property, and how that may impact you? Are you aware of the unfortunate consequences of pouring fats, oils, and grease down a drain? The City of Concord Wastewater Department is available to conduct presentations on these topics and more. Staff is available to present customized information to churches, civic groups, homeowner associations, condominiums, and apartment communities. Please contact Gary Fritz at 704-920-5352 or fritzg@concordnc.gov if you have questions or would like to schedule a presentation.
 
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. 
 
Buildings and Grounds staff are working in the McEachern Greenway after this week’s storms caused damage to trees. At least 24 fallen trees have already been removed.
 
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
 
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
 
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
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.
 
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.
 
Concord Museum highlights
Union Street Square
11 Union Street S, Suite 104, downtown Concord
704-782-3688
 
Saturday, March 19, 1-4 p.m.
Images of America: Concord Book Signing with author Michael Eury
Michael Eury, Concord native and executive director of Historic Cabarrus Association, will signing and answering questions about his new book, Images of America: Concord, a 128-page softcover book containing 200 black-and-white photographs from Concord’s past. The book’s retail price is $21.99.
 
Now through Saturday, May 14, free admission
Cabarrus County During Wartime: The War Between the States
Special exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. On display are Confederate battle flags hand-sewn by Concord women, oil paintings, weapons, vintage photographs, and other artifacts. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
March
3/22/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
April
4/12/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
4/14/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
4/19/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
4/21/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
 
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