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Did you know?

Did you know that the City of Concord's fleet of vehicles travels about 4.5 million miles annually to deliver the many services we provide to citizens and customers? To keep fuel usage as low as possible, we make every effort to "right-size" the fleet-- keeping it young, fuel-efficient, and environmentally responsible. Most of the Police fleet has transitioned from larger, 8-cylinder vehicles to smaller, 6-cylinder vehicles, saving thousands of gallons of fuel. We have also incorporated hybrid vehicles in many departments, and the Police Department uses electric vehicles for parking enforcement. The City fleet also operates about 260 diesel trucks with bio-diesel fuel. This is a cleaner, sustainable option that reduces our country's dependence on foreign oil.

Concord City Council sets FY 2011-12 priorities

Concord City Council members met with key staff members today at Fire Station 9 for the 2011 annual Planning Session. Based on today's discussions, City Council will adopt goals for the upcoming fiscal year at the February City Council meeting. These goals will establish priorities to help staff recommend FY 2011-12 budget.

We're rolling-out garbage and recycling improvements

Beginning July 5, 2011, residents will have more recycling options and new black wheeled carts for easier curbside placement. Concord's new services will be provided using fully automated collection vehicles that operate a mechanical arm to lift the carts, making service faster and more efficient. The improved recycling service will make it easier than ever to make a commitment to become an avid recycler! Look for more information soon on the City's website. Are you part of a neighborhood organization or civic group and would like a speaker to give a presentation on the improvements? Contact Mandy Smith-Thompson to request a City staff member at an upcoming meeting.

 
Loose leaf collection update

Due to January's winter weather, leaf collection crews are working approximately a week and a half behind schedule. Customers who live on the Monday route have until 7:00 a.m. on Monday, January 31 to place leaves at the curb. You are required to begin bagging all loose leaves placed at the curb after the leaf crew works your street during the third collection cycle.  However, the Second Chance Program is available weekdays between February 7-25 for anyone who missed the final collection, and is willing to pay $75 for a special collection rather than bagging their leaves to avoid Code Enforcement penalties. Visit the City's website for more information, and call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 to schedule a second chance collection.

Implementing improvements to the Logan Multi-Purpose Center

The City of Concord is renovating the sixty-year-old Logan Multi-Purpose Center to improve its functionality as a recreation center, to enhance the current experience of users, and to preserve the building's status as a community recreation center for the future. The renovations are possible through $300,000 of local funding (City of Concord) for the interior and $200,000 of EECBG stimulus funds for the exterior. Visit the City's website for more information.

Stormwater culvert upgrades in vicinity of Georgia Street and Young Avenue continue

The City of Concord Stormwater Department is replacing the stormwater culvert in the vicinity of the Georgia Street and Young Avenue. To accommodate the work, Georgia Street will be closed to through-traffic between Young and Chestnut for 60 days (January 3 - March 4, 2011). For more details about the road closures and detours, please visit the City's website. Please contact Rick Blat, Deputy City Engineer, at 704-920-5403.

City of Concord to Replace Bridge on Burrage Road

The City of Concord, in coordination with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), proposes to replace Bridge No. 151 over Three Mile Branch on Burrage Road. The proposed bridge replacement is included in the 2009-2015 NCDOT Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) as B-5000. Planning studies are currently underway to document the impacts of the proposed project on the human and natural environment. For more information, visit the City's Facebook page.

 
Parks and Recreation highlights

Please see the Spring 2011  issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 

Concord Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2011-12 school year. Applications are available on the City's website or by contacting Debbie Littlefield at 704-920-5615 or littlefd@concordnc.gov.  

Parks & Recreation is gearing up for another summer of day camps: Children 6-10 years for Summer Playground and 11-13 years for Summer GoneAlot program. The Summer Camp program is for 8 weeks, beginning June 20 and ending August 12. Hours are from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Summer Playground registration for returning 2011 campers will begin Wednesday, January 26 through midnight on January 30 by online registration (click here for instructions). Walk-in registration for returning campers will be offered from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 26 through Friday, January 28.

Registration for new campers will begin Wednesday, February 9 by online registration or walk-in registration 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Academy Recreation Center location on Academy Ave., NW.

Coaches and sponsors are needed for all sports! Please contact us at 704-920-5618 to discuss opportunities.

 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County's historic courthouse
704-920-2753

Friday, February 11, 9 p.m. after Art Walk, Free

Modern Film Fest at the Davis Theatre:  The Red Machine

A World War II espionage thriller about a small time thief and icy, mysterious military officer who partner to steal a device the Japanese military is using to encode secret messages.

Thursday, February 17, 7:30 p.m., $10

Brand New Opry

Bluegrass show hosted by Jeff Whittington, a local bluegrass virtuoso who has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, features the Brand New Bluegrass Boys house band.

Saturday, March 5, 8 p.m., $33

On Stage at the Davis:  Galumpha

One-of-a-kind act has appeared on the The Late Show with David Letterman.  Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography, Galumpha presents a sensory feast of images ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime. 

 
The Galleries
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County's historic courthouse
704-920-2787

Through March 10

Exhibition:  Word Processing
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Exhibition focusing on verbal and nonverbal communication demonstrates how artists use text, letters and words as texture and design to deliver their points of view.  Included are paintings, quilts, ceramics and prints by Nancy Baker, Noyes Capehart, Vicki Essig, Ann Harwell, Warren Hicks, Michael Klauke, Kenn Kotara, Nathaniel Lancaster, Scott Lowery, Sandra Meyer, Leah Palmer Preiss, Mary Lou Sussman, Beth J. Tarkington, Kelly Thiel, Barbara Yale-Read and Jessica White.

Thursday, February 3, 7 p.m., Free

Gallery Talk and Demonstration
 "Getting the Message Across"

Michael Klauke, Mary Lou Sussman and Barbara Yale-Read, whose work is included in Word Processing,  will give insights and explanations regarding their works and demonstrate some of their techniques.

Friday, February 11, 6-9 p.m.

Art Walk

Fun and casual evening for all ages featuring free visual arts displays, entertainment and refreshments in downtown Concord.  Download a map listing all the stops and artists at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org after February 4.

Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Show up Saturday

The Galleries will be open regular hours to give people unable to come on weekdays the opportunity to see Word Processing.

 
City of Concord upcoming meetings

Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

February

2/8/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session

2/10/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session

2/15/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

2/17/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission

2/22/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment

 
Stay Connected!

Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at www.concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

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Did you know?
Did you know that the City can disseminate time-sensitive information by phone to citizens in minutes using the Connect CTY System? You have the ability to update your information in our system to add secondary phone numbers, cell phone numbers, and more so you can be sure to receive information from the City during an emergency. Click here to update your information now, and click here for more information about Connect CTY.
 
Loose leaf collection update
You are required to begin bagging all loose leaves placed at the curb after the leaf crew works your street during the third collection cycle. However, the Second Chance Program is available weekdays between January 26 and February 15 for anyone who missed the final collection, and is willing to pay $75 for a special collection rather than bagging their leaves to avoid Code Enforcement penalties (call 704-920-5555).  Click here for more information about the loose leaf collection program.
 
Slip lining contract work continues throughout January
Citizens may imagine sewer rehabilitation as quite a messy endeavor. However, each year the City uses a slip lining contractor to maintain sewer infrastructure.  Slip lining is a process of rehabilitating existing sewer lines with minimal public disruption. The process uses remote-control devices to line the inside of the sewer pipes. Since 2004, the City has saved $945,000 using this process. Work will be underway throughout the month of January. Please visit the City’s website for more information about this project.
 
Stormwater culvert upgrades in vicinity of Georgia Street and Young Avenue continue
The City of Concord Stormwater Department is replacing the stormwater culvert in the vicinity of the Georgia Street and Young Avenue. To accommodate the work, Georgia Street will be closed to through-traffic between Young and Chestnut for 60 days (January 3 – March 4, 2011). For more details about the road closures and detours, please visit the City’s website. Please contact Rick Blat, Deputy City Engineer, at 704-920-5403.
 
City of Concord to Replace Bridge on Burrage Road
The City of Concord, in coordination with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), proposes to replace Bridge No. 151 over Three Mile Branch on Burrage Road. The proposed bridge replacement is included in the 2009-2015 NCDOT Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) as B-5000. Planning studies are currently underway to document the impacts of the proposed project on the human and natural environment. For more information, visit the City’s Facebook page.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the NEW Spring 2011  issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Visit the Parks & Recreation's Online Snowman Contest. The winner in each category receives a Family Season Pass to the John McInnis Aquatic Center in Concord for the 2011 summer season. It's easy to participate, take a picture of your snowman or snow creature, create an account on the web site and upload your photo. For further upload information, rules, and categories, visit the City’s website.
 
Youth Baseball/Softball Registration dates are January 1-January 31 for youth ages 4-15. Walk-in and online registrations are available. Parents Night is February 8, 6:30 p.m. at the Academy Recreation Center. For more information, visit the City’s website.
 
Coaches and sponsors are needed for all sports! Please contact us at 704-920-5618 to discuss opportunities.
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
The Galleries
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County historic courthouse
Monday-Friday, 19 a.m.-4 p.m.
704-920-ARTS (2787)
 
Exhibition: Word Processing
January 18-March 10, 2011
Featuring artwork by Nancy Baker, Noyes Capehart, Vicki Essig, Ann Harwell, Warren Hicks, Michael Klauke, Kenn Kotara, Nathaniel Lancaster, Scott Lowrey, Sandra Meyer, Leah Palmer Preiss, Mary Lou Sussman, Beth J. Tarkington, Kelly Thiel, Barbara Yale-Read and Jessica C. White. There is no admission charge and trained volunteer docents are available to give tours. If you have children with you (or just want to have some fun), ask for the artwork scavenger hunt.
 
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County historic courthouse
Box office: 704-920-2753, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
 
Footlights Series: Carolina Gator Gumbo
Thursday, January 27, 7:30 p.m., $10
This friendly mix of high-spirited musicians plays traditional Cajun and Creole arrangements with a bit of country, blues and a few originals thrown in. The Charlotte-based band has received several awards and recorded three CDs. Carolina Gator Gumbo is Jean Prewitt on button accordion and vocals; Tom Eure on fiddle, mandolin and vocals; Don Cowan on guitar; and Carole Outwater on bass and vocals. Read more at www.carolinagatorgumbo.com.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
January
1/25/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
1/28/2011 at 7:45 a.m. City Council Annual Planning Session (at Fire Station 9)
February
2/8/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
2/10/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
2/15/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
2/17/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at www.concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
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Did you know?
Did you know that a large number of false 911 calls from cell phones are caused by carrying your phone in your pocket without having the key locked? Most phones have single button speed dial keys for calling 911 and other frequent numbers so anything that accidentally hits that button can initiate a call. You can check your owners manual or with your carrier on how to lock your keypad to keep this from happening.
 
Highlights of the January 13 City Council Meeting
Please visit our website to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented retirement plaques to Fire Captain Joe Morley for 30 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Concord Department of Fire & Life Safety, and to Roman Ortiz for 10 years and 11 months of loyal and dedicated service to the City of Concord's Buildings and Grounds Department.
 
Presented a graduation certificate to Captain Michael Greene for completing the North Carolina Justice Academy Management Development Program.
 
Presented the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
 
Administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Board of Adjustment members Mr. Joe Trull and Mr. Brian Cone.  
 
Conducted a public hearing and approved an amendment to the 2009 and 2010 Annual Action Plans to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to reallocate $159,263 in Community Development Block Grant funds to complete renovations to the Clearwater Artist Studios and purchase playground equipment for Logan Day Care.
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance amending Article 9 of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO) to adopt Low Impact Development (LID) Regulations.
 
Authorized the Department of Fire and Life Safety staff to submit a grant application to the State Farm Community Safety Grant.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with AECOM for engineering services relating to the Derita Road Improvement Project (U-4910) Phase I.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Duke's Root Control, Inc. for the treatment of over 32,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer lines.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with DE Brown Construction, Inc. for interior renovations to the City's former electric operations building located at 223 Crowell Drive, a.k.a. Clearwater Artist Studios.
 
Approved an agreement with Talbert & Bright, Airport Consultant, for the purpose of providing Engineering services for the siting, surveying, geotechnical investigation, and preliminary architecture schematics for an Air Traffic Control Tower at the Concord Regional Airport.
 
Authorized the City Manager to enter into a contract with C.M. Black Construction Co., Inc. of Concord, N.C. to construct a mezzanine with an associated lift in the Transportation shed at the Alfred M. Brown Operations Center and to adopt an ordinance amending the FY10-11 budget ordinance to provide the additional funds needed for this project.
 
Amended the Electric section of the FY 2010-11 adopted fees, rates and charges schedule.
 
Selected black as the cart and lid color to be used for the new automated residential recycling program.
 
Established January 28, 2011 at 8:15 a.m. as the date and time for the 2011 Mayor/City Council Annual Planning Session.
 
Established a sounding protocol for the restored Gamewell Diaphone at Fire Station 1.
 
City of Concord to observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday
In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, January 17. Please visit the City’s website for information on Solid Waste, Transit, and Parks and Recreation schedule adjustments.
 
Loose leaf collection update
The City has not been able to collect loose leaves this week due to the weather. Collection will resume next week, running approximately one week behind the published schedule. All Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday garbage customers should place leaves at the curb as soon as possible to ensure collection during the final round.
 
You are required to begin bagging all loose leaves placed at the curb after the leaf crew works your street during the third collection cycle. However, the Second Chance Program is available weekdays between January 26 and February 15 for anyone who missed the final collection, and is willing to pay $75 for a special collection rather than bagging their leaves to avoid Code Enforcement penalties (call 704-920-5555).  Click here for more information about the loose leaf collection program.
 
City of Concord coworkers respond to winter weather
Many City of Concord coworkers worked around the clock this week to minimize the impact of Monday’s snow and ice storm. Visit the City’s website for an inside look at what it takes to keep the City running during inclement weather.
 
Concord Police Department implements Telephone Reporting Unit
In December 2010, the Concord Police Department began its trial run of a newly established Telephone Reporting Unit. The Telephone Reporting Unit allows citizens to file certain incidents, investigative reports, and supplemental reports by telephone instead of dispatching a sworn officer to the scene. For more information, visit the City’s website.
 
Slip lining contract work continues throughout January
Citizens may imagine sewer rehabilitation as quite a messy endeavor. However, each year the City uses a slip lining contractor to maintain sewer infrastructure. Slip lining is a process of rehabilitating existing sewer lines with minimal public disruption. The process uses remote-control devices to line the inside of the sewer pipes. Since 2004, the City has saved $945,000 using this process. Work will be underway throughout the month of January. Please visit the City’s website for more information about this project.
 
Stormwater culvert upgrades in vicinity of Georgia Street and Young Avenue continue
The City of Concord Stormwater Department is replacing the stormwater culvert in the vicinity of the Georgia Street and Young Avenue. To accommodate the work, Georgia Street will be closed to through-traffic between Young and Chestnut for 60 days (January 3 – March 4, 2011). For more details about the road closures and detours, please visit the City website. Please contact Rick Blat, Deputy City Engineer, at 704-920-5403.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
New quarter-mile markers featuring the iconic red lizards are in place to help users of Concord’s Downtown Greenway Loop keep pace. The Downtown Greenway Loop is a four-mile exercise adventure. For more information contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 or visit the City website.
 
Due to construction at Logan and Hartsell Recreation Centers, Cross Court Basketball on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Hartsell Center and Mondays and Wednesdays at Logan Center is temporarily suspended until further notice. Please visit the City’s website for updates or call Frances Bost 704-920-5620 or Dawn Simpson at 704-920-5617
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
The Galleries
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County historic courthouse
Monday-Friday, 19 a.m.-4 p.m.
704-920-ARTS (2787)
 
Exhibition: Word Processing
January 18-March 10, 2011
Featuring artwork by Nancy Baker, Noyes Capehart, Vicki Essig, Ann Harwell, Warren Hicks, Michael Klauke, Kenn Kotara, Nathaniel Lancaster, Scott Lowrey, Sandra Meyer, Leah Palmer Preiss, Mary Lou Sussman, Beth J. Tarkington, Kelly Thiel, Barbara Yale-Read and Jessica C. White. There is no admission charge and trained volunteer docents are available to give tours. If you have children with you (or just want to have some fun), ask for the artwork scavenger hunt.
 
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County historic courthouse
Box office: 704-920-2753, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
 
Footlights Series: Carolina Gator Gumbo
Thursday, January 27, 7:30 p.m., $10
This friendly mix of high-spirited musicians plays traditional Cajun and Creole arrangements with a bit of country, blues and a few originals thrown in. The Charlotte-based band has received several awards and recorded three CDs. Carolina Gator Gumbo is Jean Prewitt on button accordion and vocals; Tom Eure on fiddle, mandolin and vocals; Don Cowan on guitar; and Carole Outwater on bass and vocals. Read more at www.carolinagatorgumbo.com.
 
Modern Film Fest at the Davis Theatre
Thursday, January 20, 7 p.m., free
"Sita Sings the Blues"
Animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
January
1/18/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
1/20/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
1/25/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
February
2/8/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
2/10/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at www.concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!
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Did you know?
Did you know the Concord Water Resources Department maintains 667 miles of pipe from 2 to 30-inches, 5 distribution pump stations, 6 storage tanks holding 5.7 Million Gallons of water, and 2 water treatment plants capable of treating 24 Million gallons of water per day? The facilities are used to serve approximately 83,000 customers for whom we proudly provide drinking water daily that meets or exceeds EPA water quality standards.
 
Concord Fire and Life Safety restores historic diaphone
Wonder what that sound was at noon on Thursday or Friday downtown? At the December 2010 City Council meeting, City Council directed staff to restore the 1935 Gamewell Diaphone located at Station 1 on Church Street, and gauge public opinion on restoring the tradition of sounding it daily at noon (except Sunday). Please visit the City Hall Blog for more information.
 
Loose leaf collection update
Customers on the Wednesday garbage collection route must have leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, January 10 for crews to collect them during the third collection cycle.
 
Crews will begin the Tuesday route on Thursday, January 13 to collect any leaves that may be at the curb, but will return to collect any leaves that are out by Tuesday, January 18 at 7 a.m.
 
You are required to begin bagging all loose leaves placed at the curb after the leaf crew works your street during the third collection cycle. However, the Second Chance Program is available weekdays between January 26 and February 15 for anyone who missed the final collection, and is willing to pay $75 for a special collection rather than bagging their leaves to avoid Code Enforcement penalties (call 704-920-5555).  Click here for more information about the loose leaf collection program.
 
Winter 2011 City Circular available on City’s website
The latest edition of the Concord City Circular will be mailed to you later this month, but it is available for viewing now on the City’s website. Check it out for a peek inside the new Rider Transit Center, information on changes to solid waste and recycling service, energy-saving tips, and more!
 
Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan updated
At the December 2010 Concord City Council meeting, City Council adopted an updated Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP). Improvements include: new definitions of risk based on new hazard information, consideration of additional capabilities of the City, a new user-friendly format that is easier to understand. In addition, the 2004 NHMP included several action items that have been completed, creating an opportunity for developing new mitigation strategies. Please visit the City’s website for more information.
 
New utility bill design
Utility customers will notice that there is a new look to utility bills. These improvements provide more information to the customer, and we hope you find the changes helpful. To learn more about the new design, visit the City’s website and check out our interactive sample.
 
Utility customers make a difference with Neighbor Helping Neighbor
The City of Concord offers an easy way for you to help those who have trouble paying their utility bills in these hard times. With the Neighbor Helping Neighbor program, each month you can make a tax-deductible contribution to a fund that will be managed by the Cooperative Christian Ministry. One contribution option is to “round-up” your bill to the next dollar, an easy way to make a difference with your spare change! CCM provides crisis financial assistance, food, and counseling, and will use these funds to aid City of Concord utility customers with their utility bills.
 
Slip lining contract work continues throughout January
Citizens may imagine sewer rehabilitation as quite a messy endeavor. However, each year the City uses a slip lining contractor to maintain sewer infrastructure. Slip lining is a process of rehabilitating existing sewer lines with minimal public disruption. The process uses remote-control devices to line the inside of the sewer pipes. Since 2004, the City has saved $945,000 using this process. Work will be underway throughout the month of January. Please visit the City’s website for more information about this project.
 
Stormwater culvert upgrades in vicinity of Georgia Street and Young Avenue continue
The City of Concord Stormwater Department is replacing the stormwater culvert in the vicinity of the Georgia Street and Young Avenue. To accommodate the work, Georgia Street will be closed to through-traffic between Young and Chestnut for 60 days (January 3 – March 4, 2011). For more details about the road closures and detours, please visit the City website. Please contact Rick Blat, Deputy City Engineer, at 704-920-5403.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
New quarter-mile markers featuring the iconic red lizards are in place to help users of Concord’s Downtown Greenway Loop keep pace. The Downtown Greenway Loop is a four-mile exercise adventure. For more information contact Parks and Recreation at 704-920-5600 or visit the City website.
 
Improvements are proposed for an existing gravel trail along a segment of Rocky River between Harris Road and Highway 73 to make the trail a part of the Concord Greenway System. Current thoughts are to pave the trail, add amenities, and provide connections to Moss Creek, Odell Elementary School, Harris Road Middle School, and Moss Farm Street where public parking will be available.  This greenway corridor has been designated as a Carolina Thread Trail corridor.
 
The Carolina Thread Trail is a regional greenway trail system planned to link approximately 2.3 million people in 15 counties in North and South Carolina. Please click here to help us plan a first class greenway and participate in a short survey.
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
The Galleries
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County historic courthouse
Monday-Friday, 19 a.m.-4 p.m.
704-920-ARTS (2787)
 
Exhibition:  Word Processing
January 18-March 10, 2011
Featuring artwork by Nancy Baker, Noyes Capehart, Vicki Essig, Ann Harwell, Warren Hicks, Michael Klauke, Kenn Kotara, Nathaniel Lancaster, Scott Lowrey, Sandra Meyer, Leah Palmer Preiss, Mary Lou Sussman, Beth J. Tarkington, Kelly Thiel, Barbara Yale-Read and Jessica C. White. There is no admission charge and trained volunteer docents are available to give tours. If you have children with you (or just want to have some fun), ask for the artwork scavenger hunt.
 
Davis Theatre
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County historic courthouse
Box office: 704-920-2753, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
 
Footlights Series: Carolina Gator Gumbo
Thursday, January 27, 7:30 p.m., $10
This friendly mix of high-spirited musicians plays traditional Cajun and Creole arrangements with a bit of country, blues and a few originals thrown in. The Charlotte-based band has received several awards and recorded three CDs. Carolina Gator Gumbo is Jean Prewitt on button accordion and vocals; Tom Eure on fiddle, mandolin and vocals; Don Cowan on guitar; and Carole Outwater on bass and vocals. Read more at www.carolinagatorgumbo.com.
 
Modern Film Fest at the Davis Theatre
Thursday, January 20, 7 p.m., free
"Sita Sings the Blues"
Animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
January
1/11/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
1/13/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
1/18/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
1/20/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
1/25/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
Stay Connected!
Visit the City’s website for the latest information and updates at www.concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!