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Did you know?
Did you know the Department of Homeland Security designates each September as National Preparedness Month? Regardless of the disaster or time of year, now is the time to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in your home, community, and business. Concord Emergency Management encourages all our community to be prepared for when, not if, the next emergency occurs. Preparedness is everyone’s responsibility, so let’s all do our part. Visit the City Hall Blog to learn more.
 
Detour next week, new Pitts School Road alignment to open
As NCDOT's I-85 widening project continues, Lane construction is preparing to open the new alignment of Pitts School Road NW and its intersection with Poplar Tent Road. Weather permitting, crews will close Pitts School Road between Poplar Tent Road and the entrance to R&R Bar-B-Que Restaurant at 12:00 midnight on Tuesday, August 20 (early Wednesday morning). During the closure, motorists will be able to access Pitts School Road via George Liles Parkway and Weddington Road. The new alignment is scheduled to open by Sunday, August 25, weather permitting.
 
Fire and Life Safety Hazmat Team competes, represented on state association board
At the recent North Carolina State Firemen’s Association annual conference, Concord Fire and Life Safety participated in the Hazardous Materials Team competition for the first time, finishing fourth out of ten teams. This two-part competition for four-person teams included a written test, chemistry exam, map reading, and a hands-on challenge completed in Hazmat protective suits and gear.
 
Also at the conference, Captain Shane Davis was appointed to serve as the Western Branch Director for the North Carolina Association of Hazardous Materials Responders.
 
Fall 2013 City Circular and Leisure Times coming soon
The Fall 2013 issue of the City Circular will arrive in the mail later this month. The digital edition is available now, where you can read all the articles on your screen of choice. Looking for something from a recent issue? It’s in the digital archives, too – every story, every photo, and every page.
 
Along with the City Circular, you'll also receive latest issue of the Leisure Times. See new listings of classes, activities, and events from Concord Parks and Recreation. The digital edition of the Leisure Times will be available soon on concordparksandrec.org.
 
Monthly affordable rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats launch August 21
In response to citizen requests, Cabarrus Health Alliance and Cabarrus County Animal Control will sponsor affordable rabies vaccination clinics for dogs and cats each month. This service was previously offered on an annual basis with select local clinics. The agencies have partnered with Carolina Value Vet to begin the monthly clinics. The first opportunity will be Wednesday, August 21 at the Cabarrus Animal Shelter parking lot (244 Betsy Carpenter Place, Concord) from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The affordable $10 fee will in part benefit the Cabarrus County Humane Society. Learn more at cabarrushealth.org.
 
Art Walk returns Friday, August 23
A local cultural favorite is the Downtown Concord Art Walk. Local galleries and shops display visual art and host artists' demonstrations throughout the historic district. Bring the whole family out to enjoy live music, refreshments and more. Following the Art Walk, you can see a free screening of the documentary Core Sounders at 9:00 p.m. at the Davis Theatre. Learn more at cabarrusartscouncil.org.
 
Mayor’s Golf Tournament to benefit youth programs September 28
The sixteenth annual Mayor's Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, September 27 at Rocky River Golf Club. Proceeds from the tournament benefit youth programs in our community, and the deadline to enter is September 20. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit concordnc.gov for a registration form and more information.
 
Be ready for the new school year: register Kindergarteners and other new students
Each year, our local schools experience a rush of families registering students new to the district on the first day of school. If your family needs to register a child for school, please take the time to do it before school begins. To register a student for Cabarrus County Schools, bring the following information to the school where the child is assigned: photo identification for the parent/legal guardian, two forms of proof of residence, an original birth certificate for the child, the child’s immunization records, for children entering kindergarten—information on their physical, and for students in high school—their official transcript showing credits earned. Children must be five years old on or before August 31, 2013 to be considered for kindergarten. For more information on enrolling your child in school, including a list of required documents, and information on student assignment, visit cabarrus.k12.nc.us.
 
Cabarrus County asks community to join conversation about aging
Between August 1 and September 15, individuals can provide input through a survey on the type of programs and services they see of benefit to a growing segment of the population—residents age 55 or older. The State budget office estimates seniors will make up more than 26 percent of the Cabarrus County population by the year 2020. The County is looking to understand how to best serve the population, which includes residents in varying stages of activity, ability, health and need.
 
The community can provide input on those topics and more in a short survey, available online or in person, in English and Spanish. To participate in the online survey, visit the cabarruscounty.us. Residents without computer access are invited to take the survey between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Cabarrus County Senior Centers (Concord location is 331 Corban Avenue SE) or Room 235 of the Cabarrus County Government Center (65 Church Street SE), or at any scheduled Lunch Plus meal site. For more information on the initiative, visit cabarruscounty.us or call the Cabarrus County Senior Center at 704-920-3484.
 
Conversational Spanish class registration available
The next Conversational Spanish class will soon be offered at the Neighborhood Network Technology Center beginning Tuesday, September 10. This eight week course will help anyone who wants to communicate more effectively with our Spanish speaking community. The class is designed for students who have little or no background in Spanish. Come learn the essentials: daily greetings, useful expressions, basic vocabulary, listening comprehension, oral production, reading, writing, and cultural awareness will all be emphasized. The classes are held on Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. For more information and to register, please contact Concord Housing Department at 704-920-6110.
 
Connect our Future – how you can make a difference
The CONNECT Our Future project will host several two-hour Community Growth Workshops on Tuesday, September 24 at Concord First Assembly Village, Suite 5. Attendees will help map out the growth for Cabarrus County that is coming in the next forty years. This is a great opportunity to invest two hours and really make a difference for Cabarrus County’s future.  There are three convenient times to participate: 9:00 -11:00 a.m., 1:00 -3:00 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. There is no cost to participate and parking is free. Register now at http://bit.ly/CabarrusCounty - pick the session most convenient for you.
CONNECT Our Future is a project of Centralina and Catawba Regional Councils of Government. For more information, please visit ConnectOurFuture.org or contact Sarah Hejma at shejma@leeinstitute.org or Sushil Nepal at snepal@centralina.org
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Couch to 5K Challenge
This group training and exercise program is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his/her peers.  No running experience is necessary.  The final goal is to run the 5 Alarm 5K on November 2. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays between August 27 and October 29 at Dorton Park. Registration fee: $15. Learn more at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Adult Softball League registration now open
Sign up your adult softball team until August 31 for just $375 per team. Men’s Open, Men’s Church, Women’s, and Co-ed leagues are available. The Men’s Open and Women’s Leagues play on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Church and Co-ed leagues play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All the games are at WW Flowe Park. The league season will include 10 regular season games and a post season single-elimination tournament. More information and registration are available at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Ongoing Zumba and personal training opportunities at Academy Recreation Center
Tone and sculpt your body with Zumba, the popular dance fitness program that combines fast and slow rhythms. Classes are taught by Jennifer El-Abbadi, licensed with Zumba Fitness Since 2009. Zumba meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The fee is only $3 per class.
 
Master Personal Trainer Michelle Colombero will design a one-hour fitness program to help you get motivated and feel great! Your session will include strength training for upper and lower body, a cardiovascular component, nutritional consultation, and flexibility exercises. Each one-hour session is $40 ($5 City resident discount available).
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
August
23 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
September
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
 
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