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Did you know?
Did you know that you can take steps to protect your property against cold weather? One part of this is protecting your water pipes. Be sure that crawl space vents are closed in the winter, and if temperatures are extremely cold consider letting a faucet drip to keep pipes from freezing. Read a special message from Concord Emergency Management for more cold weather safety tips.
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. community events and City holiday schedule information
City offices will be closed on Monday, January 19 to mark the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. Information about the City's holiday closings and service changes are available at concordnc.gov, as well as details on daily events planned through Monday.
 
This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. Learn more at mlkday.gov.
 
Wednesday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week with the final opportunity for residents on the Wednesday garbage collection route. Residents in this area must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, January 20 for crews to collect them during the third collection cycle. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Learn more and download the 2014-15 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Community Wildlife Habitat Certification approaching final stretch
Local resident and NC Wildlife Federation chairman John Robbins spoke to the Independent Tribune this week about Concord's goal to become a Certified Wildlife Habitat Community. Robbins stated that if about 60 more households sign up within the next few weeks, Concord will be the fastest city of its size in the state to achieve certification. Find out more about the Concord Wildlife Alliance and their Going Wild Over Concord project at concordwildlifealliance.com.
 
City Hall construction update
Steel erection continues at the City Hall construction site at Cabarrus Avenue W and Market Street. All steel for the project has been delivered, and much of the building's shape is already visible. Structural work will continue into February, when the interior up-fit is scheduled to begin. Visit concordnc.gov/newcityhall for project details, photo updates, and more.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Adult Winter Basketball League
Parks and Recreation Department accepting registrations for the adult winter basketball leagues through Friday, January 23. The registration fee is $375 per team, and a coaches meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on January 27 at the Academy Center. All leagues play a ten-game regular season and post-season tournament at one of the City's Recreation facilities. For more information and a registration form, please visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
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 Bunny Run 5K on April 4. Meets at Dorton Park Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. between January 27 and April 2. The $15 registration fee includes a t-shirt and $5 discount on Bunny Run registration. Learn more and register at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Adult Colored Pencils Art Class on Wednesday, January 28
Spend a late morning and early afternoon learning the basic techniques of colored pencil drawing with instructor Linda Long. Must pre-register by January 21. Meets Wednesday, January 28 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Academy Recreation Center. Registration is $25 ($5 City resident discount available) plus $12 materials fee paid to instructor. Additional dates available in April and May. Learn more and register at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Youth diamond sports registration underway
Youth baseball and softball registration, for ages 3 to 16, ends January 31. You can register at one of the three recreation centers weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or any time at concordparksandrec.org. Registration is $30 for City of Concord residents and $50 for non-residents. For more information, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
January
February
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
 
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