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Did you know?
Did you know most temporary signage in Concord should be registered with our Planning Department (it's free, click here). Dozens of sign manufacturers, business owners, and community attended workshops this week to learn about this and other features of the City's updated sign standards. Concord City Council adopted updated standards in November effective immediately to allow businesses to take advantage of quality incentives, but provided a 120-day grace period to educate customers. For more information about the 2016 sign standards, visit concordnc.gov or call 704-920-5152.

Our friends at CTW visit Clearwater to take in ‘Earth, Wind & Fire’
Tune into this week's Cabarrus This Week for a tour of ClearWater Artist Studios' special guest artist exhibition: Earth, Wind & Fire, on view through February 3. ClearWater’s Gallery is open to the public Wednesdays through Fridays from noon until 5:00 p.m., or by appointment. The ClearWater Gallery, outdoor Green, and open-air covered Market are also available to rent out for private events and parties. Click here to watch the CTW preview, visit clearwaterartists.com, or call 704-784-9535.

Protect yourself against identity theft this tax season
The IRS reports that thousands of Americans fall victim to tax-related identity theft each year. Learn the warning signs and steps to protect yourself from this crime at the Cabarrus County Senior Center on Wednesday, January 24. Click here to learn more or call 704-920-2787.

Final loose leaf collection of the season coming up for Monday route
Solid Waste's annual loose leaf season has just one week remaining. 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, January 23 for crews to collect them during the third and final collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2016-17 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Just a few days left to join the 2017 Public Safety Academy
Spaces are still available for the City of Concord’s 13th Citizen Public Safety Academy. The course will allow citizens to learn about the functions of Concord’s public safety departments, meet staff, and help evaluate services. The academy will begin January 31 and end on April 4, and applications are due January 24. To learn more and apply, visit concordnc.gov.

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.

Circuit Blast
This NEW outdoor fitness program includes 45 minutes of circuits and 15 minutes of yoga stretch. Burn away calories and have a BLAST as we challenge and encourage you to reach your fitness goals. FREE classes are being offered January 24 – February 2 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The first 4 week session will be February 7 – March 2. Fee per 4 week session: $25 Concord residents; $30 non-residents. Drop-in fee per class: $5 Concord residents; $6 non-residents. Location: Dorton Park, 5790 Poplar Tent Road. Learn more here.

Chair Yoga
Designed for those with limitations. We will work on stretching and strengthening of the body for more flexibility and pain management. The first session begins January 23 on Mondays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. until February 27. Fee per 6 week session: $15 Concord residents; $20 non-residents. Location: Fire Station 8, 1485 Old Charlotte Road. Register now.

Calling future Youth Council members!!

The Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year through April 28. All rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who attend a public, private, or home school within the Cabarrus County School district or live in Concord City limits are encouraged to apply. The Youth Council seeks students dedicated to bettering the community and serving as the official youth voice to City government. The Youth Council has regular meetings and members participate in service projects throughout the year. To find out more and receive an application, visit
concordnc.gov/YouthCouncil or contact Taylor Morris at 704-920-5616 or morrist@concordnc.gov.

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

January
26 at 12:45 p.m. City Council annual planning session Part 1
27 at 8:05 a.m. City Council annual planning session Part 2

February
7 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
9 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
21 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning 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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