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Did you know?
Did you know there is another chance to provide the Concord Police Department your perspectives, concerns, and suggestions? During this month's second listening session, Chief Gary Gacek and staff will share information, answer questions, and receive feedback about the department’s proposed body-worn and existing in-car camera programs, and other important policy changes that have been made in the last six months. The second session is Monday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m. in Concord Police Headquarters, located at 41 Cabarrus Ave W. Visit concordnc.gov for more information and RSVP to Leslie Griffin at 704-920-5007 or griffinl@concordnc.gov.

Scheduled maintenance on concordnc.gov planned for March 5 and 6
Between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5 and again during the same time on Sunday, March 6, concordnc.gov and all of the City's online service portals will be unavailable during scheduled maintenance. This includes utility and tax payments, the eCare utility account portal, and GIS mapping. Utility payments and inquiries over the interactive voice response phone system may also be unavailable during this time. Thank you for your patience as we complete essential network upgrades to serve you better.

Downtown Market Analysis findings to be presented March 8
As part of the ongoing Downtown Master Plan update process, the Development Finance Initiative of the UNC School of Government (DFI) has conducted a market analysis. This phase of the process is used to determine the retail, residential, and office space demands that will have an impact on Downtown Concord over the next five years. Interested members of the public are invited to learn about this project and receive an update from City staff and DFI at 6:00 p.m. on March 8 in City Hall (35 Cabarrus Avenue W). For more information please contact Scott Adams at 
adamss@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5124 or Steve Osborne at osbornes@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5132.

Avoid the lines—cast your vote early
One-Stop Voting, known as early voting, is now open at select polling locations in Cabarrus County for the March 15 Primary Election. All registered North Carolina voters may cast their ballot in person at the Cabarrus County Board of Elections Office (369 Church Street N, Concord) March 3–11, 8:30 a.m.– 5 p.m., or Saturday, March 12, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Satellite precincts at Concord Fire Station 7 (250 International Drive NW) and Harrisburg Branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library System (201 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg) will open for One-Stop Voting, March 7–11, noon–7 p.m., and Saturday, March 12, 8:30 a.m.–noon. For more information on early voting and North Carolina's new voter identification requirements, visit
cabarruscounty.us.

Pound Cake and Portraits return to ClearWater Artist Studios
ClearWater Artist Studios is bringing back the popular
Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off on Saturday, March 12. See master painters bring blank canvas to a fully-realized portrait in just two hours. Punctuated by live entertainment, with ClearWater's studios open throughout the building for perusal and live demos by the Southern Piedmont Woodturners. Pound cake and other refreshments will be served, along with prizes for raffle. To learn more about this event and other happenings at ClearWater, visit clearwaterartists.com or facebook.com/ClearwaterArtistStudios, or call 704-784-9535.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the
Spring 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Go hiking!
Adults and youth ages 14-18 (with accompanying registered adult) are invited to explore hiking—a lifelong activity that will impact your physical and mental health. Each meeting and trip will focus on the importance of a different vital aspect to hiking: proper footwear, how and what to pack, adjusting to varying terrains, and the many perspectives on the trails we seek. This five step program progresses from easy greenway trails to strenuous and challenging opportunities in North Carolina's mountains. The hikes vary in days and meet up locations. The five-step spring session costs $70 ($10 City-resident discount). Visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 for more information and registration.

Bunny Run 5K and Festival coming soon!

The Bunny Run 5K will begin and end on Means Avenue in Downtown Concord and will run on the McEachern Greenway and the Downtown Connector on Saturday, March 26 at 9:30 am.  Pre-registration for the Bunny Run 5K is $15 until 3/18; $20 on race day.  Registration is available online at www.concordparksandrec.org and at the Academy Recreation Center until 3/18.  Race Day registration will open at 8:00 am on Means Avenue.  The Bunny Run Festival will be from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and will include inflatables, arts & crafts, face painting and a DJ

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday
Join the Concord Youth Council at the Concord branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library for Seussfest 2016! Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with a story, games, and crafts! Seussfest will be Saturday, March 5 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 for more information.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

March
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
10 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
15 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
17 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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