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Did you know?
Did you know the City's Human Resources department is involved in the fight against breast cancer and promoting breast health? In addition to regularly hosting the CMC-NorthEast mobile mammography unit and encouraging City coworkers to participate in screening opportunities, the HR staff organizes an annual coworker relay walk to raise funds going directly towards screening local patients. This year's walk is next Friday, October 24.
 
Wednesday and Thursday routes kick off loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season kicks off next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, between October 20 and January 30. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 20 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2014-15 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
FREE fun! Dogs' Day Out set for Saturday October 18
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 twelfth annual Dogs’ Day Out pet festival at Les Myers Park on Saturday October 18, 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. Visit concordnc.gov event details and more.
 
Concord and other NC utilities urge customers to be cautious
Across the state, utility customers are once again reporting that scammers are threatening service disconnection unless immediate payment is received. The scammers demand immediate payment over the phone. Some scammers are even using legitimate names of employees when they call. If you receive a call, do not listen to the scammer’s instructions. Please hang up immediately and call the customer service number on your bill. Please do not share any personal information with these scammers and do not return any phone calls. Several customers have lost hundreds of dollars in related scams. For more information, visit concordnc.gov.
 
How are we doing?
The City of Concord is asking citizens to evaluate municipal services as well as their quality of life through the 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey. The City hopes to gain feedback on a variety of topics such as municipal services, facilities, and how to best communicate with citizens. The survey will also assess specific functions, such as improved staffing levels in the Customer Care Center and the effectiveness of wireless location technology used for yard and bulky waste collection. The survey is available at concordnc.gov and in hard copy until Sunday, November 23. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more and get started.
 
NCDOT invites you to participate in the “485 Madd Dash”
In July 1988, the North Carolina Department of Transportation started building the I-485 Outer Loop around Charlotte. By the end of 2014, the final segment of this 67-mile highway will be complete, along with the coordinated widening of seven miles of I-85 through Concord. To commemorate the completion of this long-awaited milestone, NCDOT is partnering with the State Employees Combined Campaign to organize the “485 Madd Dash” at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 2. Participants will be able to run on the final segment of I-485 before it opens to traffic. The 5k/10k/Fun Run will start at 12940 Loganville Road. 10k runners will be able to traverse the new turbine interchange at I-485 and I-85, a new connection to the final section of The Loop. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to run, walk, or bike on I-485 before you can drive on it. Click here for details and registration information, or visit facebook.com/485madddash.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Haunted Halloween art parties
These classes are sure to make your Halloween spooktacular! Participants will use acrylic paints on canvas to create a spooky Halloween scene. Each class features a different Halloween theme so be sure to sign up multiple times! All materials required for this class will be provided with a $10 materials fee. Classes for teens and adults available for just $35 ($5 City resident discount available). Visit concordparksandrec.org for themes, times, and location.
 
5 Alarm 5K and Fun Run planned for Saturday, November 1
Race will begin and end on Means Avenue in Historic Downtown Concord, and run on the McEachern Greenway and the Downtown Connector. There will also be activities for children during the 5K on Union Street. $15 pre-registration is available at concordparksandrec.org or at the Academy Recreation Center until Friday, October 24. Race day registration is $20. Pre-registered runners are guaranteed a T-shirt and goodie bag.
 
Play kickball and more to benefit community
Relive your youth while helping those in need at the United Way Kickball Tournament November 8 and 9. Proceeds make a difference locally. Visit concordnc.gov for additional details about this and other 2014 City of Concord United Way campaign events.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
October
November
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
 
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