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Did you know?
Did you know that the City of Concord offers an easy way for you to help those who have trouble paying their utility bills? With the Neighbor Helping Neighbor program, each month you can make a tax-deductible contribution to a fund that will be managed by Cooperative Christian Ministry. CCM provides crisis financial assistance, food, and counseling, and will use these funds to aid City of Concord utility customers with their utility bills. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Concord wins NCLM Hometown Showdown
With a final count of 2,864 to 2,795 Concord was announced as the winner of the first NC League of Municipalities Hometown Showdown! Concord's entry of the 2013 Tree Lighting Ceremony and fireworks by local photographer Michael Anderson won a close match against Bessemer City for the championship. Only 32 of 60 entries across the state made it into the brackets; congratulations to the participating communities for showing their hometown pride. Thank you to the thousands of individuals and organizations supported this exciting contest. Our friends at the Cabarrus Convention and Visitors Bureau have a surprise for all those who voted, so stay tuned to facebook.com/visitcabarrus.
 
Step into Culture and feel the Impulse at ClearWater Artist Studios
The Step Into Culture student arts festival outreach event continues this afternoon at ClearWater Artist Studios, in collaboration with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Enjoy a diverse cultural experience with music performances, live art demonstrations, poetry, spoken word, food trucks, and vendor tables. At 6:00, the fun continues in the ClearWater Gallery for the Impulse student art reception and exhibition. Come embrace and experience the cultural and visual arts community! This event is free and open to the public. ClearWater Artist Studios are located at 223 Crowell Drive NW. Visit clearwaterartists.com or call Sarah Gay at 704-784-9535 for more information.
 
Celebrate Earth Day in Historic Downtown Concord
Downtown Concord businesses will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 12 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Activities include: free Electronics Recycling drop-off in the Bicentennial Parking Lot; Earth Day rePLAY for kids at Trashed; learn how to take care of the Earth; and Earth-friendly giveaways! You can also browse Earth Day photos in Downtown shop windows and vote on your favorite through Saturday, April 19. Check out the Facebook event page for more information or call 704-920-5379!
 
Spring Herb and Plant Festival will be rain or shine on April 12
The Cabarrus County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association presents the ninth annual Spring Herb and Plant Festival! Come rain or shine on Saturday, April 12 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Piedmont Farmers Market, 518 Winecoff School Road. See over 70 vendors, artisans, and growers offering herbs, flowers, plants, pottery, birdhouses, metal works, woodworking, foods, soaps, local honey, and much, much more. David Goforth, Extension Agent, and the Cabarrus County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about gardening. For more information visit mastergardenerscabarrus.org.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Bunny Run 5K and festival
The Bunny Run 5K and Festival will take place on Saturday, April 19 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 available until Friday, April 11 at concordparksandrec.org or in person at Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Avenue NW.
 
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 seeks members for next school year
Rising high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors can apply to Concord Youth Council for the 2014-2015 school year. Students who attend a school in Cabarrus County or are a City of Concord resident may apply.  CYC meets twice a month on Monday evenings throughout the school year. Learn more and find an application at concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
April
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
22 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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