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Did you know?
Did you know that recently, the Concord Police Department promoted Captain Walter Stofford to Major of Patrol Division, and David Barnhardt, Senior Code Enforcement Officer was promoted to Code Enforcement Division Manager? Patrol Division consists of four districts across the city. The Code Enforcement Divsion is divided into six districts. Both Stofford and Barnhardt have over 15 years of service in serving the citizens of Concord.
 
City to observe Good Friday on April 22
In observance of Good Friday, City of Concord offices will be closed on Friday, April 22. Visit the City’s website for more information.
 
Spring 2011 City Circular coming soon
Concord residents and utility customers will receive the newest issue of the Concord City Circular in the mail very soon, but you can check it out now on the City’s website!
 
When Thunder Roars…Go Indoors!
Thunderstorms bring the threat of lightning strikes to anywhere outdoors. Check out the City Hall Blog for tips to keep you and your family safe while outdoors this spring and summer.
 
City announces new website address: concordnc.gov
The City of Concord will transition its website and employee email addresses to concordnc.gov, beginning Monday, May 2, 2011. The City is leaving the existing concordnc.gov address in place for the foreseeable future for both the website and emails. This will allow a period of transition where either domain works seamlessly without interruption to the customer. Visit the City’s website for more information.
 
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 $15.00.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2753
 
Friday, May 6, 8 p.m., $30
On Stage at the Davis: Blood Done Sign My Name
Moving theatrical adaptation of Timothy Tyson’s book about the murder in the street of 23-year-old Dickie Marrow and the subsequent acquittal of the three suspects by an all-white jury despite the testimony of two black eye witnesses. The town's black community responded to the events with an uprising that destroyed downtown businesses and several tobacco warehouses holding millions of dollars in harvested crops. Acclaimed actor and playwright Mike Wiley plays all the roles, from the murdered to the murderers to 10-year-old Tyson as he skillfully engages the audience, repeatedly bringing unexpected elements of personal participation and discovery to the theatre experience. Gospel singer Mary D. Williams reinforces the action on stage with powerful and moving renditions of spirituals such as Oh, Freedom, Swing Low Sweet Chariot and Soon I Will Be Done. For more information, visit 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.
 
Modern Film Fest at the Davis
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2753
 
Thursday, May 12, 7 p.m., free
Red Dirt Rising
Based on a true story, Red Dirt Rising is the story of love in the time of moonshine as three of stock car racing’s earliest heroes come of age to find escape from life's challenges on the track, ultimately shaping the future of their families --- and auto racing --- during the Fightin’ Forties. Jimmie Lewallen leads the pack as he struggles to extract himself from a life of poverty. Risky bootlegging and family farm obligations present early obstacles, but when he falls for a mysterious divorcee, Carrie James, he has to find a way to harmonize family and his love of racing. Jimmie encounters camaraderie and competition in his best friends Bill Blair and Fred Harb. Together, their antics lay the groundwork for one of the most lucrative sports in the world. As racing’s popularity rises, the boys witness tragedy and unscrupulous business practices until one man’s vision to legitimize the sport offers them the chance of a lifetime. The MPAA has not rated this film, but Modern Film Fest estimates it would be PG-13. For more information, visit www.reddirtrising.com.
 
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
4/26/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
May
5/10/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
5/12/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
5/17/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
5/19/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
 
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