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Did you know?
Did you know Concord's curbside bulky item collection at no extra charge is a higher level of service than residents in most other communities experience? In order to keep this valuable opportunity available to residents, some restrictions apply, including a limit of 10 cubic yards of bulky items per collection (4 cubic yard limit for construction debris). For bulky item collections that will exceed this quantity, the City has arranged for a low cost debris container option for residents. See page 8 of the Solid Waste Resource Guide or call 704-920-5555 for more information.

Two distinct grant funding opportunities now available to organizations
This week, the Finance Department made two distinct grant funding opportunities available to qualified organizations. The City's annual external agency funding process and the federal Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility call for projects are both open through March 3.

Annually, the City of Concord grants limited funding to non-governmental, or "External” Agencies, that contribute to the City's cultural, social, and economic vitality. External Agency funding requests are considered by the City Council under the auspices of the Public Purpose Clause of the North Carolina State Constitution (Article V, Sec. 2(7)). Concord is now accepting External Agency funding applications for FY17-18. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

The City of Concord is also soliciting proposals for funding under the federal Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) program. An estimated $301,602 in federal grant funding is available under this program for Traditional transit project activities in the Concord Urbanized Area. Funding will be allocated using a competitive selection process described in the City of Concord’s 5310 Program Management Plan, which is available at concordnc.gov/5310. Eligible applicants for funding consist of local government agencies, social services agencies, private and public transportation operators, and non-profit organizations.

Cabarrus Health Alliance to practice response capabilities
Please be aware that on Friday, February 10, Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) and community partners will have a public health emergency response exercise from noon until 4:00 p.m. at Crossroads Church. Citizens in the vicinity of George W. Liles Parkway and Laurel Park may see police, medical, and fire personnel as they are part of this exercise. All efforts are being made to minimize any inconvenience to neighborhood residents. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ryan McGhee at CHA, 704-920-1010.

Pounding the Paint at ClearWater
ClearWater Artist Studios invites you to the Third Annual Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off: Saturday, February 18 from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. Painters are given the challenge of live painting in a spectator-sport setting, nudging them with a short time limit and an audience, to shift how they work. The public is given the thrill of watching blank canvases brought to life before their eyes, by some of the most talented portrait-painters in the region! This free, live-painting event also includes demonstrations by the Southern Piedmont Woodturners, and scrumptious locally-baked cake. Please note—this event on February 18 (third Saturday of the month) will take the place of the monthly Second Saturday Open Studio for February. Find out more on the Facebook Event Page and sign up on the Eventbrite page, or call 704-784-9535.

Coming February 22: FREE Project Learning Tree workshop for all educators
The City of Concord is hosting a FREE Project Learning Tree workshop for all educators and educators-in-training of ANY background on February 22. Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an interdisciplinary environmental education program designed for educators of ANY background. The hands-on activities facilitate the exploration of topics including communication, economics, energy and fuels, geology, government, history, recycling, transportation, watersheds, wildlife, and much more! Participants will learn about the materials through direct engagement in the PLT activities throughout the workshop. Workshop materials (a $25 value!) will be provided at no cost to participants through partnership with the NC Forestry Association. Pre-registration is required. To register or for additional information contact Mandy Smith-Thompson at smithal@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5379, or visit ces.ncsu.edu.

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. 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.

Cardio and Sculpt
Combining both cardio and strength training to give you two workouts in one class. Fun energetic cardio filled with intervals and circuits and ending with muscle sculpting exercises. Great for all levels. Equipment provided. A new 4 week session will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, February 6 – March 1 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Fee per 4 week session (8 classes): $33 Concord residents; $38 non-residents. Drop-in fee per class: $5 Concord residents; $6 non-residents. Location: Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Avenue NW.

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.

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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