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Did you know?
Did you know that National Night Out is celebrated the first Tuesday in August? On Tuesday, August 7, 2012 neighborhoods across the nation will join together to take a stand against crime. To learn more visit www.nno.org or www.natw.org. Click here for information on NNO events in Concord and how to register.
 
City of Concord to observe Independence Day on July 4
In observance of Independence Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a normal schedule for Monday and Tuesday customers, and a one day delay for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday customers, with Wednesday’s items collected on Thursday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, July 2. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, July 6.  For information about other City service schedules, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Don’t fall victim to a phony utility bill payment scam
The City of Concord joins Duke Energy, the Better Business Bureau, and others in alerting customers to a nationwide phony bill payment program that promises to credit or pay utility bills in exchange for personal information, including social security numbers. The scam, which has been reported in a number of states, falsely claims that the Obama Administration is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills. Find out more at concordnc.gov.
 
Stay safe as the temperature rises
Summer is heating up, with North Carolina bracing for excessive temperatures and poor air quality this weekend. The City of Concord would like you remind you of the dangers of high heat, especially for those in poor health, the elderly, and those without air conditioning. Visit the City Hall Blog for heat-related illness warning signs, safety tips, and more.
 
Padgett, Council Members recognize Airman from Concord
Concord native Marquita L. Allen, daughter of Darlene and Everette Andrews and a 2002 graduate of Concord High School, has been recognized for her service in the United States Air Force and her community involvement. Recently chosen as Command Airman of the Year for her unit and nominated for the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year award, Allen and her parents met with Concord officials on Friday, June 22. More information and photos are available at concordnc.gov.
 
Carolina Courts opens to the public this weekend
The new Carolina Courts premier basketball and volleyball training facility will hold its Grand Opening in Historic Downtown Concord this weekend. The free event is Saturday, June 30 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The event will feature free pizza, demonstrations, vendors, and open gym! The company, which currently operates a facility in Indian Trail, North Carolina, built a second facility on land acquired from the City of Concord at 24 Spring Street SW, adjacent to Concord’s Memorial Gardens. The site was home to the City’s former public works operations base. More details about the project are available at concordnc.gov.
 
Register for Safety Town 2012
It’s time to register rising kindergarten students in Cabarrus County for Safety Town 2012, a project of The Junior Charity League of Concord. This free program helps children to learn age appropriate safety rules in classes taught by local professionals. Students will attend sessions on bus safety, fire safety, animal safety, bike safety, gun safety, stranger danger, finger printing, ambulance awareness, dental hygiene and personal hygiene. Safety Town will be held Aug. 7 and 8 (depending on student school assignment) at Coltrane-Webb Elementary School, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Register online at jclofconcord.com. Questions? Call The Junior Charity League office at 704-652-0669.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2012 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Firefly Frolic and Streetlight 5K on July 13
Come to a new street festival this year in conjunction with the annual Streetlight 5K on Friday, July 13. Families will fill the streets of Historic Downtown Concord for some hot summer fun, playing, and an outdoor concert. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Union Street.
 
The Streetlight 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is available until July 6 for $15. Race-day registration is $20. The 5K starts and finishes on Means Avenue and the course follows the McEachern Greenway and Downtown Connector. More information and online registration is available at concordparksandrec.org. During and after the Streetlight 5K, children ages 4-12 can compete on obstacle courses and relays or just have fun on the amusements.
 
At 8:00, we’ll crank up the volume with Watts Left, who delivers classic rock with a Southern flair (what they call Southern Fried Classic Rock).   Watts Left delivers a huge selection of songs you know with a few you forgot that you love! We'll have you singing and dancing and coming back for more.
 
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.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each month, May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm on the Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
2012 Schedule
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.
 
July
7/10/2012 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
7/12/2012 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
7/17/2012 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
7/19/2012 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
7/24/2012 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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