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Egg hunts begin at 2:00 p.m. today
Concord Parks and Recreation is hosting egg hunts at 2:00 this afternoon in three different locations – Caldwell Park, Hartsell Park, and Webb Field. Be sure to bring a basket to carry home your eggs! Addresses and details are available at concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord to observe Good Friday
In observance of Good Friday, City of Concord offices will be closed on Friday, March 29. Friday customers will have a one day delay for garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection, with Friday's items collected on Saturday. For more details visit concordnc.gov.
 
Hop on over to the Bunny Run 5K and festival
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. Registration for $20 on race day is still available.
 
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.
 
Utility work to detour traffic on Union Street S and Old Charlotte Road
City of Concord Water Resources crews will begin two utility repairs next week that will impact roads in the center-city area. Beginning Monday, April 1, motorists traveling on Union Street South and Old Charlotte Road should be aware of work zones and detour routes. Both projects are anticipated to last one week, weather permitting. For more information and detour routes, visit concordnc.gov.
 
Community clean up planned for April 5
The City of Concord Housing Department will hold its annual "Taking Pride in Our Community" clean up day on Friday, April 5. Individuals interested in participating are asked to please gather behind the Housing administrative office, located at 283 Harold Goodman Circle, at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 5. Safety vests, gloves, and plastic bags for litter collection will be available. Lunch will also be provided for all volunteers. For more information, visit concordnc.gov or contact Zenobia Nelson in Resident Services at 704-920-6110 or nelsonz@concordnc.gov.
 
Herb and Plant Festival coming soon
The eighth annual Spring Herb and Plant Festival is just a few weeks away on Saturday, April 13. Coordinated by the Cabarrus County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association, the event will be held rain or shine from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Piedmont Farmers Market (518 Winecoff School Road). Vendors will offer herbs, flowers, plants, pottery, birdhouses, copperworks, woodworking, foods, soaps, local honey, and more. Proceeds from the Master Gardeners booth go to the Master Gardeners grant fund, benefitting Cabarrus County schools, organizations, community groups, and individuals with special projects. For more information contact mhagler3@carolina.rr.com or djgoforth@cabarruscounty.us, or visit mastergardenerscabarrus.org.
 
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 park's 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 "Rock the Earth Fest!"
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 "Rock the Earth Fest!" competition, where students from any public or private school in Cabarrus County can decorate their school's 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.
 
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. Men's (church and open), women's, and co-ed leagues are available. The men's open and women's 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.
 
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.
 
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
4/23/2013 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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