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Did you know?
Did you know Concord Police have offered tips to keep your holidays safe from the "Grinch" at home, and while shopping in stores or online? The Concord Police Department invites the community to be proactive in reducing opportunities for theft and fraud while shopping. Click here to read a special message from Concord Police.

Christmas and New Year holiday information, service updates
Upcoming holidays will affect some City of Concord services over the next three weeks. City offices will be closed Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26 in observance of Christmas, and Monday, January 2 in observance of New Year's Day. All garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a normal schedule for the next three weeks. During the weeks of December 26 and January 2, extra recyclables may be placed in clear plastic bags beside your black cart for collection. Remember, paper gift wrap and gift bags (without foil or plastic coatings) and gift boxes are recyclable items.

Yard Waste collection will follow an adjusted schedule the weeks of December 19, December 26, and January 2,
please visit concordnc.gov for details. Live Christmas trees may be placed curbside (with stand, lights, and ornaments removed) with your regular yard waste. Visit concordnc.gov for additional information and service updates.

Check out the newest City Circular and Leisure Times digital editions
Most of you have already received the latest issues of the City Circular and Leisure Times in the mail, which includes your 2017 recycling and bulky waste calendar. The Winter 2017 City Circular digital edition is available now, where you can read all the articles on your screen of choice. Looking for something from a recent issue? It’s in the digital archives, too – every story, every photo, and every page. You can also access the Spring 2017 Leisure Times online (learn more in Parks and Rec Highlights below).

Public invited to informational workshop about coyotes on December 19
Increasingly, residents of urban and suburban areas are having firsthand experience with coyotes – seeing them in their yards, parks and neighborhoods. Coyotes now inhabit every state in the country except Hawaii. Like other wildlife, they are adapting to the urban-suburban environment and are opportunistic in finding food and resources available in these places. The City of Concord is hosting a discussion on December 19 at the Fire Station 9 Community Room (1020 Ivey Cline Road) that will help attendees learn how these animals arrived in our area, why they have been so successful, and how to avoid negative interactions. A professional wildlife biologist from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission will share factual information on coyote behavior, wildlife laws, and best practices for coexisting and wildlife management. To register for this important workshop, email jzarc@concordnc.gov. To learn more about coyotes, visit ncwildlife.org.

Loose leaf collection continues next week in Monday route
Solid Waste's annual loose leaf collection continues next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside through January 27. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the MONDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, December 19 for crews to collect them during the second collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2016-17 schedule at concordnc.gov.

How is NCDOT doing? Let it know in second annual customer survey
The N.C. Department of Transportation has opened the department's second annual customer survey at go.ncsu.edu/customerservice2016. Participation can help NCDOT identify ways to make North Carolina transportation services safer, more efficient and customer focused. The online survey will close December 31, visit ncdot.gov in 2017.

Final call: take Cabarrus County website redesign survey by December 22
To create a better customer experience, Cabarrus County wants to know how it can meet your online needs. Residents can make comments through a community survey until December 22 at bit.ly/cabcoweb16. The Board of Commissioners approved the cabarruscounty.us website redesign as part of the County's FY17 budget. Visit cabarruscounty.us or email outreach@cabarruscounty.us for more information.

Group Show, ‘Earth, Wind & Fire’ at ClearWater Artist Studios in January
ClearWater Artist Studios has planned a special guest artist exhibition in the Main Gallery: Earth, Wind & Fire, on view January 7 through February 3. The opening reception on Friday January 13, 6-8:30 p.m., will feature all four artists, refreshments, music, discussion, and an artist demonstration and talk by Chris Craft, encaustic painter, at 7:00. Additional Artist Demonstrations and more will follow on Saturday January 14, during the monthly Second Saturday Open Studios at ClearWater, (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Click here to learn more, visit clearwaterartists.com, or call 704-784-9535.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2017 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Fitnastics
This low impact class incorporates resistance training with strength exercises using bands and weights. Equipment is provided by the instructor. A new six week session begins Tuesday, December 20. The one hour class meets at 9:00 a.m. each Tuesday and Thursdays at Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Avenue NW. Each session (12 classes) costs just $30 for City residents; $35 for non-residents. Click here to register and find out more at or call 704-920-5600.

Now registering new winter and spring programs
With the official start of winter just around the corner, you might already be wanting to think of spring. Our new programs are now open for registration through the warmer spring months. Find the latest programs in the Spring 2017 Leisure Times or at
concordparksandrec.org. You may also request more information or register over the phone at 704-920-5600.

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

December
20 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

January
10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
11 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
12 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session

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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