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Did you know?
Did you know rain barrels not only save you money on your water bill, but they also decrease the amount of stormwater runoff leaving our City? That's a good thing! Rain water is supposed to soak into the ground, but that's impossible when the ground is covered with impervious surfaces like parking lots, roads, sidewalks, and buildings. The amount of runoff currently leaving cities and towns is unnatural, and can damage the environment. So, the more we keep in, the better! Visit concordnc.gov to purchase a low-cost rain barrel today!
 
Drop in at the inaugural ClearWater Artist Studios open gallery
The buildings at 223 Crowell Drive, NW (at the intersection with Kerr Street) in Gibson Village served the City of Concord for decades as water and electric operations facilities, but were vacated and used as storage since the late 1990s. Now known as Clearwater Artist Studios, the buildings will establish a community of creative social energy to transform the surrounding neighborhood.
 
Join the ClearWater Artists from 6-9 tonight at the inaugural ClearWater Artist Studios Open Gallery. You’ll be able to meet the artists who have studios in the space, enjoy free food and drinks, tour the newly transformed facility, admire remarkable local artwork, and purchase something for your home!
 
Exterior site improvements are nearly complete, so if you have not been down Kerr Street recently you will be amazed. Additional studios will be included in future phases, providing over 30 artist studios once the project is complete. In addition, the master plan calls for a café, community market space, and a large open green space that can be used for recreation and community events. For more information, visit clearwaterartists.com.
 
Newly combined team to benefit City of Concord customers
The City of Concord has achieved a new milestone in its commitment to making excellent service its top priority. In January, the City’s two existing Customer Service teams combined in an effort to achieve customer service excellence. The Customer Care Center staff was relocated from Fire Station 3 to the Municipal Building where the walk-in Customer Service group is located. Visit the City Hall Blog for more information.
 
City coworkers participate in local documentary project
The Leadership Cabarrus Class of 2012, which includes City coworkers Rita Ellison (Finance), Glenn Hatley (Aviation), and Lesley Reder (Finance), has produced a documentary honoring the impact of the textile industry in Cabarrus County. Stitched in Time includes stories told by former Cannon Mill employees and highlights the rich history of our region. The film will premiere at the Gem Theater on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. More details at cabarruschamber.org.
 
$10 rabies vaccinations available May 14-19
Cabarrus County Animal Control and Cabarrus Health Alliance have partnered with local veterinary clinics to offer $10 rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats the week of May 14-19. Information about the program and a list of participating Cabarrus County veterinarians is available at cabarrusheatlh.org.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Concord Youth Council new member application available
The City of Concord Youth Council is currently accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year. All rising ninth through eleventh graders residing in Cabarrus County and attending a public, private, or home school are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is May 11, 2012. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Sign up for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Trip on Tuesday, May 29
Enjoy traveling and leave the driving to us! The NASCAR Hall of Fame is fueled with more than 50 interactive experiences like tire changing stations, realistic race simulators, a broadcast booth, and even a kids’ zone. Eat lunch at the Pit Stop Café (not included) and go back for more fun. You'll be able to buy souvenirs at the Gear Shop before returning home. The trip is scheduled for 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29 and the fee is $25. For more details on this and other trips and to sign up, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Historic Downtown Concord events
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 7th annual Spring into Arts Festival is back and ready to share some of the best that North Carolina has to offer on Saturday, May 12 from noon until 9 p.m. in Historic Downtown Concord. There will be musical and theatrical performances throughout the day and a concert in the evening at this free event. View the art show or the jewelry for sale. Kids also can be artists with various activities and crafts. For more information, call 704-784-4208 or visit concorddowntown.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each month, May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm on the Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
2012 Schedule
Catalinas - May 17
Tams - June 21
Tim Clark Band - July 19
Craig Woolard Band - August 16
Balsam Range - September 20
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
May
5/7/2012 at 5:30 p.m. Concord Kannapolis Area Transit public hearing at Rider Transit Center, located at 3600 South Ridge Avenue, Concord
5/8/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
5/10/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
5/15/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
5/17/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
5/22/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
 
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.
 
Tune into Concord’s new local radio station, 1410-AM WTIX for CityLink Radio each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
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