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Concord in the Headlines
Officer of the Year Rodriguez following in his hero's footsteps with humility and compassion

Expansions planned for ClearWater Artist Studios attracting more artists to revitalization project

Cabarrus County and Carolinas HealthCare System celebrates Hearts and Heroes night

TOMORROW: ClearWater's live action spectator painting event
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. Find out more on the Facebook Event Page and sign up on the Eventbrite page, or call 704-784-9535.

Land Use Plan 2030 process underway, public involvement requested
The City of Concord kicked off the Land Use Plan update process in late January, and the first public involvement opportunities of the process are scheduled for February 28 and March 1. With the assistance of Tindale Oliver, the resulting Land Use Plan will provide the framework for land use and development through the year 2030. The existing Land Use Plan, referred to as the 2015 Land Use Plan, was created in 2004 and updated in 2007.

Public involvement is an essential component to this process. In conjunction with Tindale Oliver, the City will conduct the first series of public involvement workshops for this process on February 28 and March 1. All members of the public are invited to attend the open house (3-5 p.m.) and interactive workshop (6-8 p.m.) sessions planned for each these dates. On Tuesday, February 28, come to Fire Station 9 (1020 Ivey Cline Rd), or meet the project team at Cabarrus Brewing Company (329 McGill Ave NW) on Wednesday, March 1. For more information, please visit or call the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department at 704-920-5127.

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.

If it's Tuesday, it's Messy Art day!
Ages 4-8. Bring your creativity and some old clothes because we are going to be getting messy! The next Messy Art is GRITTY PAINT on Tuesday, February 21. You will be amazed with the different messy creations we'll make when we mix salt, sand, and color! Messy Art meets every Tuesday through March 14 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Avenue NW. The fee for each session is $5 Concord residents; $8 non-residents. 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 or contact Taylor Morris at 704-920-5616 or

We’re hiring, join the Concord Parks and Rec team!
The Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a new team member to instruct ongoing and future programs for youth and adults, and coordinate special recreation opportunities. Knowledge of activity planning, event coordination, and previous instructor experience is recommended. For more information on this position and to apply visit the Concord Jobs Portal.

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

20 at 6:00 p.m. City Council special meeting
21 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

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

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at 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 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

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