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Did you know that city and county managers pledge to uphold the tenets of a code of ethics? Adopted in 1924, the ICMA Code of Ethics defined the principles that today serve as the foundation for the local government management profession and set the standard for excellence. The Code was most recently amended by the membership in April, 2015 to reflect changes in the profession. Visit icma.org to find out more.

Concord offers Halloween safety tips, encourages early trick-or-treating
Remember that “after 8 is too late!” By going trick-or-treating before 8:00 p.m., children are safer and more visible to drivers and other pedestrians. There will be several opportunities for youngsters to trick-or-treat in Concord before it gets dark such as this afternoon's Downtown Candy Crawl continuing until 5:00 p.m. Please visit concordnc.gov for all eight reasons to trick or treat early this year and more.

Grand opening of Weddington Road Bark Park and more: October 31 at 11:00 a.m.
Start off your Halloween at Saturday's grand opening of several new recreation and public safety facilities on Weddington Road. The new complex, located at 8955 Weddington Road NW, includes Weddington Road Bark Park, a connection to the newest phase of the Hector H. Henry, II Greenway, Fire Station 11, and Cabarrus EMS Station 9. Click here for more information…dogs in costume encouraged!

Wednesday route next up for loose leaf collection
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, from October through January. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the WEDNESDAY garbage collection route must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 2 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2015-16 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Change your clock, change your battery
Tick, tock! Sunday, November 1 marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. Use this opportunity to not only prepare your clocks to “fall back”, but also prepare your home for fire emergencies by changing the batteries in your smoke alarms. For 28 years, Energizer has partnered with the IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs to keep families safe through the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program (CYCCYB). The Concord Fire Department joins in this effort to remind people of the simple, life-saving habit of changing and testing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting the clocks back one hour. Click here to learn more.

Concord Wildlife Alliance to present free screening of "Vanishing of the Bees"
Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as colony collapse disorder, this phenomenon has brought crisis to those responsible for producing out of every three bites of food on our tables. Join the Concord Wildlife Alliance for a free screening of Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page, on Thursday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Davis Theater, 65 Union St S. Refreshments will be served and a panel of experts will take questions after the movie. For more information, visit concordwildlifealliance.com.

Cabarrus County offers Medicare open enrollment assistance
If you’re 65 or older, chances are you feel anxiety as Medicare Open Enrollment deadlines approach. Until December 7, those who qualify for Medicare have the opportunity to change plans or enroll for the first time. Cabarrus County Adult and Aging Services is hosting free sessions to help minimize anxiety and maximize Medicare benefits this enrollment season. Counselors are available, by appointment, November 3 at the Kannapolis Library, November 10 at the Concord Library and November 20 at the Harrisburg Library. Visit cabarruscounty.us for more information.

Santa is coming to ClearWater Artist Studios in November
Santa is taking time from his busy schedule to visit with the artists at ClearWater Artist Studios for their November "Second Saturday open studios," on Saturday, November 14, 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Santa is happy to pose for pictures with children of all ages from 12:00 noon (or a little earlier) until 3p.m. Also that day: artists’ inaugural Holiday Art Market! A selection of small affordable art works to purchase as gifts, arranged around the main gallery. The Gallery will also continue to exhibit the current show, "H2O Flow: Perspectives on Water" featuring many paintings and some other types of artwork by resident ClearWater artists. ClearWater is located in Gibson Village at 223 Crowell Drive NW, events are always family friendly with plenty of free parking. For more information, call 704-784-9535, email clearwatermgr@gmail.com or visit clearwaterartists.com.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Taking reservations for seasonal trips and tours
Concord Parks and Recreation partners with David Walter Travel to provide a variety of trips throughout the year. Up next are offerings in November and December to get you in the holiday spirit. Take a trip to Wohlfahrt Haus in Wytheville, Virginia on Wednesday, November 11 or the famous Biltmore Estate in Asheville on Saturday December 5. All trips depart from First Assembly Village, 280 Concord Parkway South. Pre-registration required, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 for details or reservations.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

November

10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
17 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
19 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

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