Did you know?
Did you know local residents used to live in Bladen County? Cabarrus County was formed in 1792 from the northeastern portion of Mecklenburg County, which was established in 1762 from a western portion of Anson County, which was established on March 17, 1749 from a portion of Bladen County. The City's Legal Department staff regularly access historical information kept at the Cabarrus County Register of Deeds, and hope this inspires you to explore our local history maintained in vital records.
Community invited to share input on regional consolidated plan
The City of Concord and the Cabarrus/Iredell/Rowan HOME Consortium are currently preparing a five year Consolidated Plan. This is a collaborative process whereby a community establishes a unified vision for community development activities. A Consolidated Plan establishes needs and creates priorities for the next five years in the areas of decent affordable housing, suitable living environment, and economic opportunities (focusing on low/moderate income residents).
The needs and priorities include a wide range of topics such as (but not limited to) the availability, condition, and affordability of housing; housing for people with special needs and the homeless; transportation; recreation; education and job training; public services and facilities; services and facilities for youth and the elderly, etc.
To help identify areas of need, citizens are invited to complete a primary needs survey. Responses will help in developing strategies to address needs and prioritize program funding over the next five years. The survey can be completed online at: For more information or to obtain a printed copy, contact Pepper Bego at 704-920-5133 or
Tuesday loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week with the final opportunity for residents on the Tuesday garbage collection route. Residents in this area must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 26 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
Have you heard of Nextdoor?
In 2013, the City of Concord partnered with Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods, to foster neighbor-to-neighbor and citywide communication. Since then, the network has grown with over 4,000 users interacting with each other and the City. Nextdoor is not about status updates or photo sharing, it’s about solving problems and there are many benefits for an established neighborhood group. For example, your neighborhood association can post meeting notices or urgent messages with a call for action. It is one of the best online tools for building social capital. Chances are, it is already being used in your neighborhood, so get started today at
ClearWater Artist Studios plan Sun Drop Pound Cake Paint-off Extravaganza
The artists at ClearWater Artist Studios are planning their first event of 2015: the Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off Extravaganza, set for Saturday, February 7 from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. ClearWater Artist Studios is a community development initiative of the City of Concord, located in the Gibson Village Community.
All ages are welcome at the free event intended to encourage the community to learn about ClearWater and have fun watching the painters in action, hearing original spoken-word riffs delivered by a true character (Quentin Talley), munch on Sun Drop Pound Cake, and receive Downtown restaurant discounts and specials, and more. Learn more about the event and RSVP at or
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.
Thursday afternoon youth drawing classes in February
After school, youth can join instructor Kelly Price in classes to learn basic to advanced drawing skills, art techniques, and vocabulary. Students are introduced to a new subject matter at each class and learn a variety of concepts. Meets each Thursday in February at Academy Recreation Center; ages 6-10 from 4:30 until 6:00 p.m., ages 11-17 from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. Registration is $35 ($5 City resident discount available) for the whole month plus $15 materials fee paid to instructor. Learn more and register at
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
Summer camp registration starts next week
Parks and Recreation staff are gearing up for another summer of the Summer Playground (6-10 years) and Camp GoneAlot (11-13 years) programs. Each day camp series lasts eight weeks, beginning June 22 and ending August 14, meeting weekdays from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Registration for new campers begins February 4. Visit for more information.
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
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