Did you know?
Did you know the City's communications department not only operates the Emergency 911 dispatch for Concord Police and Fire and Life Safety, but also maintains telephone and radio equipment for all City departments? In addition, the Communications Department installs flashing lights, sirens, and other equipment into vehicles as needed.
Leaf contamination in recycling truck leads to fire
On Tuesday, a recycling truck operated by Waste Pro was forced to dump its load into an empty parking lot after the operator discovered smoke coming from the back of the truck. Fire investigators, Solid Waste services, and Waste Pro have determined a major source of fuel for the fire was an abundance of leaves mixed in with recyclables. Most likely, a significant number of residents in that day's route were placing leaves at the bottom of their recycling carts and covering them with recyclables to avoid bagging as required. Leaves inside of a recycling or garbage truck are highly combustible and can cause significant danger, damage, and expense. In addition, leaves or any other high levels of contamination can cause the City's recycling facility to reject the load and cost additional loss of revenue. The City of Concord reminds all residents to never place yard waste in recycling or garbage carts, and to take advantage of the free and convenient weekly yard waste collection offered by Solid Waste Services.
Monday and Tuesday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season kicks off next week and continues through January 31. Due to volume and logistical challenges, loose leaves are normally collected from each area every 3-4 weeks. Bagged leaves are collected on a weekly basis on the same day as your garbage.
Customers on the MONDAY and TUESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, October 21 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Download the 2013-14 schedule at
Dogs' Day Out Saturday October 19 – FREE!
Hey, dogs! It’s time once again to bring your owners to a fun day just for you! Concord Parks and Recreation and Foster Animal Hospital present the eleventh annual Dogs’ Day Out pet festival at Les Myers Park on Saturday October 19, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Pet owners must show proof of current rabies vaccination before entrance, and dogs must be on a six-foot non-retractable leash. The festival will include a variety of activities for dogs and their owners. Find out more at
Residents encouraged to stay alert against scams
The City of Concord reminds customers that any call received claiming to be your utility company and demanding immediate payment or personal information could be a scam. If this happens, hang up the phone and call the customer service number on your bill. For more information, visit
New murals to be dedicated in Historic Downtown Concord
A dedication ceremony for two new murals in Historic Downtown Concord is planned for Thursday, October 24 at 5:00 p.m. The new murals replace existing artwork in the Union-Market Passageway and the Bicentennial Parking Lot. A committee consisting of Council Members Jim Ramseur and Ella Mae Small, and staff members from the City of Concord, Cabarrus Arts Council, and Concord Downtown Development Corporation began work in 2012 to recommend artists for each project. Learn more at Also, visit for a story that features Concord's restored 1966 Coca-Cola mural originally painted by Clarence Hampton.
United Way BBQ lunch to benefit community agencies
On Friday, October 25 the City of Concord is hosting a barbecue chicken lunch as part of its annual campaign to support the member agencies of United Way of Central Carolinas. Dine-in and to-go plates are available for $8 each. The event will take place behind Fire Station 3 from 11:00 until 2:00. Full details are available at
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2013 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
Until further notice, the City of Concord Parks and Recreation's three gyms will be open only while natural light is available due to a malfunction in the lighting system at all three facilities. Lighting at the City's Academy, Hartsell, and Logan Recreation Center gyms will not be used until the lighting manufacturer recommends and implements a solution. Visit for more information.
Hector H. Henry II Greenway Community Workshop
Join Concord Parks and Recreation at Fire Station 9 on Thursday, October 24 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Drop in anytime during the workshop to talk with your neighbors, city staff, and project consultants about how to best connect people and places with trails in Concord. Provide input and learn about the future greenway along the Rocky River and potential PARTF Grant application. Station 9 is located at 1020 Ivey Cline Road (on Poplar Tent Road between I-85 and Derita Road). For more information, contact Mark Kincaid at 704-920-5611 or
Adult Kickball Tournament
Revisit your youth and register for the Second Annual United Way Kickball Tournament at WW Flowe Park November 9-10. Registration is $110 per team and is available the entire month of October. Each team is guaranteed two games. The tournament will include men’s and coed divisions, and participants must be age 16 and older. Teams can register online 24/7 or at the Academy Recreation Center weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit or call 704-920-5618.
Parks and Recreation plans Halloween Fun
Treat Night at Logan Multi-Purpose Center, 10/26 6:00-8:00 p.m.: Halloween fun in the gym! Games, candy, and prizes for the entire family.
Halloween Howler at Academy Recreation Center, 10/26 6:00-9:00 p.m.: Families - join us for games, candy, face painting, and more Halloween fun in the gym.
Pumpkin Prowl at Hartsell Recreation Center 10/29 3:00-5:00 p.m.: For little ghosts and goblins up to age 12. We’ll treat you to popcorn, hot dogs, and candy bags in our haunted lobby. Treats free to all children present.
5 Alarm 5K on Saturday, November 2 in Downtown Concord
Pre-registration is $15 until October 25 at or the Academy Recreation Center.  Race Day registration is $20 and will take place on Means Avenue.  The race will start/finish on Means Avenue and will run on the Downtown Connector Greenway and the McEachern Greenway.  This is a family friendly event.  There will be inflatables, a DJ, and the Concord Fire and Life Safety fire safety house for children from 8:30 until 11:00 a.m. One-mile fun run: 9:00 a.m. – FREE (registration required), 5 Alarm 5K: 9:30 a.m. with awards following.
What's happening at Cabarrus Arts Council
Davis Theatre, Chic Gamine, Soulful Nouveau-Pop – Saturday, October 19, 8 p.m., Davis Theatre, 65 Union Street S.  Chic Gamine’s fresh new sound has earned them multiple Juno Awards, the Canadian version of the Grammy, and a worldwide audience at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.  With tight harmonies and hip-shaking beats, these four women and one man could be straight out of Motown until you throw in the curveball of French pop and four rotating lead singers.  Tickets are $35 and may be purchased 24 hours a day online at and at the Davis Theatre Box Office Monday-Friday,10 a.m.-4 p.m., in person or by phone, 704-920-2753.
The Galleries, Shop Seagrove and Piedmont Pottery and Soft Focus – Opens Monday, October 21, The Galleries, 65 Union Street S, Concord. On display through December 19. Annual show and sale of pottery from the Seagrove and Piedmont areas of North Carolina features clay works by 10 potters/potteries. Soft Focus includes artwork by15 artists embracing impressionistic techniques and the moderating effects of time and memory.  Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call 704-920-2787.
Film, The Moleman of Belmont Avenue – Thursday, October 24, 7 p.m., Davis Theatre, 65 Union Street S, Concord. Modern Film Fest at the Davis presents a free screening of a scary movie for Halloween.  The Mugg brothers’ slacker ways have run the building they inherited from their mother into the ground. The tenants are moving out, no one but them and their friends drinks at the bar on the ground floor, and the building’s pets are going missing. Now, there seems to be a monster living in the basement.  The film has not been rated; Modern Film Fest estimates it would receive an “R” for drug use, language and adult themes.  Caution is advised.  Visit or call 704-920-ARTS (2787) for more information.
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
12 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
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