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Did you know that the City of Concord Housing Department basketball team and cheerleading squad will host a tournament for PHASAC teams across the state on April 30, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Barber-Scotia gym? PHASAC is a non-profit organization that focuses on youth age 14-18. The organization promotes a message of a positive lifestyle against guns, drugs, with goals to: raise our young adults' self-esteem; expose youth to a college environment to encourage the idea of higher education; provide an alternative positive venue to interact with law enforcement; and engage in a healthy, positive athletic competition.
 
eBilling available to Concord utility customers
The City of Concord is proud to offer a new feature to send monthly utility bills without paper. 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 eCareaccount. 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.
 
Viva Verde Earth Fest coming April 16!
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.
 
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. 
 
The annual City of Concord Bunny Run 5k presented by Smoothie King will take place on Saturday April 23, 2011. Race day registration and pre-registered race bag pick up begins at 7:00 a.m. in the lower level of Les Myers Park. The 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 8:00 and the 5k Bunny Run begins at 8:30.
 
The 1 Mile Fun Run is free but registration is required. The 5k Bunny Run is $12.00 until April 15, then $15.00 after April 15.
 
The course features the McEachern and Downtown Connector Greenways, as well as, Les Myers Park and McGee Park. More information is available at www.concordparksandrec.org.
 
Egg Hunts
Join Concord Parks & Recreation and sponsors for the 2011 Egg Hunts. The fun starts precisely at times listed. Bring your basket to carry home your eggs!
 
Bunny Bash at W.W. Flowe Park, 99 Central Heights Dr.
Saturday, April 23, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Egg hunts begin at 12:00 noon)
This Spring festival for the entire family includes egg hunts, inflatables, climbing wall, arts and crafts, face painting, and a DJ with games and prizes. Just for pre-school age children, the Bunny Trail offers games with Concord Youth Council members dressed as popular fairy-tale and cartoon characters. Remote parking at Central Cabarrus High School with shuttles to and from will be available.
 
Egg Hunts at Caldwell Park, 362 Georgia Street, SW
Wednesday, April 20, 5:00 p.m.
Pre-school and elementary age egg hunt.
 
Seniors’ Eggstravaganza at Les Myers Park, 338 Lawndale Avenue SW
Wednesday, April 20, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Aging, Cabarrus Council on Aging, and Cabarrus Senior Games. Includes a variety of activities and lunch. Call 704-920-3484 to RSVP for lunch ($5.00).
 
Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2011-12 school year through May 13. 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 is available 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.
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
Art Walk
Friday, April 15, 6-9 p.m., all over downtown Concord
Enjoy visual art displays, music, refreshments and visiting with the artists. Featuring the opening reception for The Galleries’ Imprints – Impressions – Improvisations.
 
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2753
 
Saturday, April 9, 8 p.m., $32
On Stage at the Davis: Carrie Newcomer
Praised by Billboard as a “soaring songstress,” Newcomer is an acclaimed musician who creates music from her uniquely poignant and spiritual view of the world. She has a rich alto and poetic lyrics, which she combines in what might be described as folk roots influenced by Appalachian and classical music. One of the definitive voices of the Heartland, the Indiana native sings of the small joys and pains in life, emphasizing the little moments that are often taken for granted as she illuminates life with startling, depth, humor and clarity. www.carrienewcomer.com
 
Thursday, April 14, 7 p.m., $10
Brand New Opry
Bluegrass show hosted by Jeff Whittington will feature the Brand New Bluegrass Boys, outstanding multi-instrumentalists and some of the most requested songs of the past two years.
 
Friday, April 15, 9 p.m.
Modern Film Fest at the Davis: All About Dad, free
Film about a Vietnamese-American family with a loving, but strict Father whose rigid expectations threaten to ruin the ambitions of his children. The film has not been rated; the arts council recommends that you research the film to decide whether it’s appropriate for your family. www.allaboutdadmovie.com.
 
Friday, May 6, 8 p.m., $30
On Stage at the Davis: Blood Done Sign My Name
Moving theatrical adaptation of the book about the murder of a young black man in Oxford, NC, in 1970. Performed by acclaimed playwright Mike Wiley accompanied by powerful gospel singer Mary D. Williams. www.goingbarefoot.com
         
The Galleries
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2787
 
Through May 19
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. The exhibition has a little bit of everything – paintings, prints, sculpture, pottery and a cigarette vending machine refurbished into an “Art-O-Mat” that dispenses original works of art for $5. Don’t miss the “I Spy” scavenger hunt – there is one for children and a harder one for adults.
 
Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Show Up Saturday
Opportunity for people unable to come Monday-Friday to see the Imprints – Impressions – Improvisations exhibition.
 
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 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 
Concord Museum highlights
Union Street Square
11 Union Street S, Suite 104, downtown Concord
704-782-3688
 
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.
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
4/26/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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