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Did you know?
Did you know specifics surrounding current employment opportunities with the City of Concord are provided through various avenues? Details can be obtained at the Human Resources Department (66 Union Street South, Concord, NC), via Jobs Line (704-920-JOBS), the Cityís website, and from the Employment Security Commission (2275 Kannapolis Hwy, Concord, NC 28025, 704-786-3183).
 
City of Concord to observe Good Friday
In observance of Good Friday, City of Concord offices will be closed on Friday, March 29. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a normal schedule for Monday through Thursday customers, while Friday customers will have a one day delay, with Fridayís items collected on Saturday. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, March 25. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Thursday, March 28. For more details visit concordnc.gov.
 
Union Street named best main street in North Carolina
Way to go, Concord! Concordís historic Union Street was voted first place in the Great Main Street Peopleís Choice competition! The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC) hosted the competition to celebrate great places in North Carolina, and the communities that sustain them. In addition to bragging rights and community pride, the 2013 Great Places selected will be featured on the APA-NC website, in a press release, and at events. The selected places, which will each receive a framed certificate, will also be recognized at the annual APA-NC conference. Stay tuned for information on a community celebration for this accomplishment.
 
NCDOT to close a section of Corban Ave SW
Next week, motorists traveling in Concord will no longer be able to use Corban Avenue SW between Cabarrus Avenue and Scott Street. NCDOT will permanently close this road section at 9 a.m. on Monday March 25, weather permitting. The closure is part of the NCDOT $4.5 million construction project to replace the Cabarrus Avenue Bridge over the railway. Contractor Blythe Development will replace the existing bridge, install guardrail and pedestrian handrails, and will install traffic signals at the intersection of Cabarrus Avenue and Powder Street. Motorists should watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. To get the latest regional traffic updates from NCDOT, call 511 or follow NCDOT on Twitter @NCDOT_Charlotte and @NCDOT_I85.
 
Simple tips for sprucing up your sprinkler
Before you ramp up your watering this spring, spruce up your irrigation system by remembering four simple steps: *Inspect. Check your system for clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads. If youíre not the do-it-yourself type, go with a proólook for an irrigation professional certified through a WaterSense labeled program. *Connect. Examine points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes/hoses. If water pools in your landscape or you have large wet areas, you could have a leak in your system. A leak as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen (or 1/32nd of an inch) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month. *Direct. Are you watering the driveway, house, or sidewalk instead of your yard? Redirect sprinklers to apply water only to the landscape. *Select. An improperly scheduled irrigation controller can waste a lot of water and money. Update your systemís schedule with the seasons, or select a WaterSense labeled controller to take the guesswork out of scheduling. To learn more, visit epa.gov.
 
Viva Verde Earth Fest returns on April 20
On Saturday, April 20, the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis and Cabarrus County will host the fourth annual Viva Verde Earth Fest at North Cabarrus Park. The parkís address is 760 Orphanage Road, Concord. The free event will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and in case of severe weather VVEF will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 27. Learn more about all the fun at vivaverdeearthfest.wordpress.com. Organizers are also looking for sponsorsvendors, and volunteers.
 
Schools in Cabarrus County invited to ìRock the Earth Fest!î
How can we make a difference to improve our environment? This is an important question, and students in Cabarrus County are invited to answer it in a creative competition. Viva Verde Earth Fest (VVEF) has launched the ìRock the Earth Fest!î competition, where students from any public or private school in Cabarrus County can decorate their schoolís spirit rock with their ideas on how students can make a difference. Schools that do not have a spirit rock may decorate their main bulletin board instead. The winning school will receive a $500 prize courtesy of PowerHouse Recycling. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
American Diabetes Association Alert Day, March 26
The American Diabetes Association Alert Day, which is held every fourth Tuesday in March, is a one-day, ìwake-up callî asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States, and a quarter of themó7 millionódo not even know they have it. You can be part of the movement to Stop Diabetes and get your free Diabetes Risk Test (English or Spanish) by visiting the Association website at stopdiabetes.com, on Facebook, or by calling 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Register now for adult softball
Adult spring softball registration is now open through April 5, for just $375 per team. Menís (church and open), womenís, and co-ed leagues are available. The menís open and womenís leagues play on Mondays and Wednesdays; church and co-ed leagues play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All the leagues play at WW Flowe or Les Myers Parks. The season includes ten regular-season games and a post-season single-elimination tournament. For more information and a registration form, visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
Bunny Run 5K and festival registration is now open
Registration for $20 on race day still available
The Bunny Run 5K and Festival will take place on Saturday, March 30 in Historic Downtown Concord.  The 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. on Means Avenue, proceeding through the Downtown Connector and McEachern Greenway back to Means Avenue for the finish. Registration is also required for the free one-mile fun run beginning at 9:00 a.m.

After the run, stay for some fun! The Bunny Run Festival will be Downtown from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This free spring festival is great for the entire family and includes a climbing wall, inflatable amusements, arts and crafts, face painting, the Easter Bunny, and an interactive DJ with games and prizes.
 
Concord Youth Council seeking new members for 2013-14
Concord Youth Council is a service-oriented organization for high school students, requiring participation in programs year-round and attendance at bi-monthly meetings during the school year. Membership in Youth Council is very competitive. Students entering grades 9-11 for the 2013-14 school year who attend a public, private, or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or are a City of Concord resident are eligible to apply. Applications are due May 3, 2013. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a meeting before applying to learn what is expected of members (see the meeting calendar). Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
March
3/26/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
April
4/9/2013 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
4/11/2013 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
4/16/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
4/18/2013 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
 
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