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Did you know?
Did you know the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department recently updated its page on concordnc.gov to be more customer-friendly? Click here to check it out!
 
It's time for the Tree Lighting Ceremony and parade!
Come Downtown tonight for the sixteenth annual City of Concord Tree Lighting Ceremony. Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and fireworks! Activities begin at 5:30 and the Tree Lighting and fireworks are planned for 7:30.
 
Also, be sure to visit the Cabarrus Arts Council’s Art Walk from 6:00-9:00 p.m., followed by the free Modern Film Fest @ Davis screening of Lloyd the Conqueror.
 
Another tradition continues Saturday with the eighty-fifth annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade produced by the Cabarrus Events Association. The parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Church Street and Lake Concord Road, heading towards Downtown.
 
Visit concordnc.gov for more details on these events.
 
City to observe Thanksgiving, no loose leaf collection next week
In observance of Thanksgiving, City of Concord offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a normal schedule next week. However, Thursday and Friday customers will have a one day delay, with Thursday’s items collected on Friday, and Friday’s items collected on Saturday. There will be no loose leaf collection next week, but all bagged yard waste and limbs should be at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, November 25. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Concord partners with Nextdoor to strengthen communication within neighborhoods
Today, the City of Concord joined more than 120 cities across the country using Nextdoor to create safer, more well-connected communities. Nextdoor is a private, neighborhood-based online social network, specifically designed to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another to build stronger communities. It is an easy way for neighbors to connect online - and it's free. The City will have the ability to share information with neighborhoods through its Nextdoor account, but cannot view discussions that take place outside its posts. Visit concordnc.gov for details and to get started.
 
Property owners encouraged to prevent cankerworms with tree bands
Concord property owners are once again encouraged to install tree bands to prevent invasive cankerworms from hatching in the spring. Banding trees in mid-November and smearing the bands with a sticky substance (after most of the leaves have fallen from the tree) prevents the female moths from climbing up the trunks to lay eggs in the tops of the trees. Find out more at concordnc.gov.
 
Connect our Future – Input needed to understand housing needs
You can help plan for the future of housing in the region by providing input on housing challenges and its impact on the community. The CONNECT Our Future project, a fourteen county area of North and South Carolina and led by the Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) is soliciting input from stakeholders and residents within the 14-county region to better understand the barriers that exist in our region for fair housing. The purpose of this survey is to identify whether barriers to fair housing choice exist, such as limitations in available choice in rental markets, public and private policies and practices that inadvertently lead to housing discrimination, or poor practices in mortgage lending, insurance, or appraisal industries. Click here to access the Fair Housing Survey.  The feedback will be incorporated into the final findings of the study and the housing strategy for the region. To learn more about this initiative, visit ConnectOurFuture.org.
 
Food Truck Friday set for December 6
Come out to Fire Station 3 (100 Warren C. Coleman Boulevard N) on Friday, December 6 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for Food Truck Friday! The City's second annual "Movember" finale event aims to bring awareness to men's health and raise funds for zerocancer.org. Food Truck Friday will feature "manly events," raffles, prizes, and more! You can even try the Concord Rescue Challenge Course.
 
Community input requested on regional hazard mitigation plan
As part of a regional effort to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters, the City of Concord is requesting public feedback on natural disaster risk and preparedness. This feedback will assist the efforts of the City of Concord and Cabarrus, Stanly, and Union counties to combine respective local natural hazard mitigation plans into one regional plan. A brief survey provides the public an opportunity to share opinions and participate in the regional planning process. Responses will help the planning team to better understand the region's hazard concerns, which can lead to mitigation activities and help lessen the impact of future hazard events. Learn more at concordnc.gov or click here to take the survey.
 
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.
 
Quilting
Enjoy creating a lifetime keepsake with instructor Carolyn Sweet. Daytime class is open to beginner and intermediate quilters. Meets Tuesdays at Logan Multi-Purpose Center from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon; 11/26 – 1/21; (no class 12/24). Fee per eight-week session is $40; $5 City resident discount available. For more information and a materials list, please call 704-920-5603.
 
Saturday Yoga
Asanas (postures), breathing, stretching, and meditation to help you feel flexible and relaxed. Wear comfortable clothes. Meets Saturdays at Academy Recreation Center from 9-10 a.m.; 12/7 – 1/18 (no class 12/28). Fee per six-week session is $20, $5 City resident discount available. More information and registration available at concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
December
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
 
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