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Did you know?
Did you know the Blackboard Connect system is in place to help keep you up-to-date about service changes or other updates via voice, text, and email messages? However, only residents and businesses with a published landline phone number are already in the system. Residents and businesses may add additional contact information through the Blackboard Connect Portal. Click here to update your information now, and click here for more information about Blackboard Connect.

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable Independence Day weekend
In observance of Independence Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4. Customers in the Monday collection area will have a normal schedule for Waste Pro's garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection. However, customers in the Tuesday through Friday areas will operate on a one day delay next week. Additionally, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 3. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, July 7.  Customers are reminded that items set out after 6:00 a.m. may not be located and miss collection. Customers should consider placing items at the curb after 5:00 p.m. the night before, and can visit concordnc.gov/whatsmyday to verify their collection schedule.  For more information about the holiday schedule, visit concordnc.gov or call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555.

Renovated Hartsell Recreation Center opens to community
City of Concord officials gathered with the Silver Hill community and members of the general public on Thursday, June 29 to celebrate the renovation and reopening of Hartsell Recreation Center. Hartsell was closed between August 12, 2016 and June 18, 2017 for an extensive, $1.8 million renovation.  To learn more, visit concordnc.gov.

A safety message from the Concord Fire Department
While fireworks are one of the things we enjoy most about the Fourth of July, they are also one of the greatest safety concerns. Fireworks can cause serious injuries, including burns, lacerations, eye injuries, vision loss, dismemberment, and even death. Sadly, children and young adults are the majority of victims of fireworks accidents requiring emergency room treatment. Many young children suffer burns from sparklers, which are often mistakenly considered safe for kids. You can help make the holiday safe for your family and friends by ensuring that fireworks are used in a legal and appropriate manner.

The State of North Carolina and the City of Concord only allow the sale or use of certain “permissible” fireworks that do not explode, rise in the air, travel laterally on the ground, or fire projectiles into the air. These permissible fireworks may only be sold to those 16 years of age or older, and include sparklers, fountains, smoke devices, snake and glow worms, trick noisemakers such as string poppers or snappers, and toy pistol caps. These are distinguishable from other fireworks such as firecrackers, Roman candles, missiles, bottle rockets, and shells, which are not legal in North Carolina. Be responsible and safe while enjoying time spent with family and friends! For more information about Fireworks safety, contact the Fire Department at 704-920-5517.

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

Boot Camp in the Park
This extreme fitness class focuses on levels of exercise incorporating cardio drills, resistance training with your body weight, and core workouts. Participants must be 18 years of age or older (medical clearance required for those over 40 years of age). Boot Camp meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 5-6:00 a.m. at Les Myers Park ballfield. The next 16-class session begins Monday, July 3. City residents pay $65, non-residents pay $70 for the combined 16 class session. For more information and to register visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

Circuit Blast

Register now for this outdoor fitness program that 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. Bring a mat, towel and water bottle. The next 4 week session begins July 11, meeting on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the large shelter at Dorton Park. City residents pay $25; non-residents pay $30, or pay per class city residents pay $5; non-residents pay $6. For more information and to register visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

Mommy & Me Yoga

Designed for ages 4 and up. Enjoy outdoor yoga with your child in a fun and interactive way! We’ll bark in downward dog, his in cobra pose and flutter our butterfly wings in butterfly pose while learning balance, strength and breathing techniques that you can practice all summer long. Bring a yoga mat for each of you as well as plenty of water. These outdoor classes meet at the large shelter in Dorton Park on Thursdays July 13 – August 17 from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Participants pay $3 per child per class. For more information and to register visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

Streetlight 5K and Frolic!
Come on down to the Streetlight 5K and Frolic on July 7 in Downtown Concord. From 6:00-9:00 p.m., everyone will be dancing in the street! Music will fill Downtown while children enjoy classic summer games, activities, amusements, and arts & crafts! The race will start/finish on Means Avenue and include the McEachern Greenway and McGee Park, fun run starts at 7:00, 5K at 7:30. Race day registration is $20. For more information, call 704-920-5600 or visit
concordparksandrec.org.

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

July
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
13 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
18 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
24 at 6:00 p.m.
Board of Adjustment


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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