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Did you know?
Did you know the Concord Housing department hosts a variety of classes, programs, and other events that are open to the general public? A jewelry making glass is planned for Tuesday, April 29 at 11:00 a.m. Visit concordnc.gov for details on this and more, or call 704-920-6110.
 
Be Smart. Know your Spring Hazards
FEMA is sponsoring America's PreparAthon! on April 30, a national day of action to understand the hazards that impact your community and learning what actions to take if one strikes. Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. America’s PrepareAthon! provides a wealth of information regarding spring and summer weather hazards. For more detailed material, download the How to Prepare hazard-specific guides for Wildfires, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and Floods. Make a difference in your community! Spread the word about how to prepare for and respond to spring and summer weather hazards with America’s PrepareAthon! Learn more at fema.gov.
 
Community unites for Law Day 2014
On Friday, May 2, the public is invited to Cabarrus County's Law Day ceremony at 10:45 a.m. in the Cabarrus County Government Center (65 Church Street, Concord). The ceremony is a long-standing local tradition that is representative of national celebrations dedicated to the officers of and ties between written law and the pursuit of order. Several presentations and recognitions will be part of the ceremony. For more information about Law Day and the ceremony, call the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office at 704-920-3000 or visit cabarruscounty.us.
 
Kick off May with Spring into Arts
Historic Downtown Concord's Spring into Arts Festival returns the first weekend in May—Saturday, May 3 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The festival is highlighted by a juried arts show and also includes music, food, and a children's activity area with a stage for entertainment specifically for young children. The Spring into Arts Festival is funded solely by private sponsorships and grant funding from the Cabarrus Arts Council. Learn more at concorddowntown.com or the Spring into Arts Facebook page.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Soggy but successful Bunny Run
Last weekend's weather forced a cancellation of the planned Downtown festival, but the Bunny Run 5K was successful despite the weather, with over 200 runners participating. See race results and photos, and take a survey at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Classes for all ages available year-round
Parks and Recreation hosts a variety of classes and programs for youth and adults. Activities include fitness, art, dancing, and more. Visit concordparksandrec.org to find offerings and register.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
May
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
27 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!
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know you can subscribe to receive voice, text, and email updates from the City of Concord? Residents with a published landline phone number are already in the system, but residents 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.
 
Egg hunts, Bunny Run 5K and other events planned
Parks and Recreation is hosting several egg hunts for children today to kick off Easter weekend. The Bunny Run 5K and Festival will take place on Saturday, April 19 in Historic Downtown Concord. After the run, stay for some fun! The Bunny Run Festival will be Downtown from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This free spring festival is great for the entire family and includes a climbing wall, inflatable amusements, arts and crafts, face painting, the Easter Bunny, and an interactive DJ with games and prizes. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Mustangs to attempt breaking world record during birthday celebration
Between April 16 and 20, Charlotte Motor Speedway is hosting the Mustang Club of America's east coast 50th Birthday Celebration. Many events are planned, including Friday, April 18 when an estimated 800 Ford Mustangs will depart from zMax Dragway at 6:00 p.m. and parade through Concord to a cruise-in in downtown Kannapolis. The cars will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for largest number of Mustangs rolling (in motion) in a caravan. Heavy traffic and delays are expected along Bruton Smith Boulevard, Weddington Road, George W. Liles Parkway, and Poplar Tent Road between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. For more information about the Mustang Birthday Celebration, go to visitcabarrus.com/mustang. More details about the parade and Kannapolis cruise-in are available at cityofkannapolis.com/mustangevent.
 
Pardon our dust: municipal building repair project
The City of Concord will soon begin a project to remedy a moisture intrusion problem currently affecting the foundation of the municipal building at 26 Union Street S. This project is necessary to the maintenance of the building and to the value of this public asset. Necessary excavation on the sidewalk and work in front of the municipal building will begin on Monday, April 28 and more details about this project will be available as the date approaches. Visit the City Hall Blog for project updates.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Couch to 5K Challenge
This group training and exercise program is designed to encourage, motivate, and challenge the individual to compete with his/her peers.  No running experience is necessary.  The final goal is to run the Streetlight 5k on July 11. Meets at Dorton Park Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. between May 6 and July 8. Registration fee: $15. Learn more and register at concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
April
17 at 5:00 p.m. City Council special meeting
22 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
May
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
 
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!
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know information on current employment opportunities with the City of Concord is provided in several ways? Details can be obtained at the Human Resources Department (66 Union Street South), via Jobs Line (704-920-JOBS), on concordnc.gov, and from the NC Workforce Career Center (2275 Kannapolis Hwy, 704-786-3183).
 
Highlights of the April 10 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.
 
Presented a plaque to the family of Bob Baucom, recognizing the naming of a shelter at Les Myers Park for him in honor of his contributions to the City of Concord.
 
Special presentation to Mayor Scott Padgett, who was recognized by the Logan Community Day Care Board at the annual Robert Mathis breakfast on April 5.
 
Presented a retirement plaques to:
  • Patricia Flowe – Housing, 15 years of service 
  • Donnie Hamrick  – Housing, 27 years of service   
  • Walter Stofford – Police, 21 years of service
Recognition of Rider Transit as the Safest Small Urban Bus System in North Carolina by the North Carolina Public Transit Association for 2012-2013 and 2013-14. 
 
Presented the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.  
 
Conducted a public hearing and adopted the annual Agency Plan for the Housing Department.
 
Recognized the Mountain Laurel Homeowners' Association into the City's Partnership for Stronger Neighborhoods program.
 
Approved a request from Piedmont Farmers Market to utilize space at Les Myers Park from May-October.
 
Accepted grant funding from NC Division of Aviation to purchase a refurbished Aircraft Rescue Firefighting truck and design the South Apron Expansion project at Concord Regional Airport.
 
Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Insituform Technologies, Inc. for the rehabilitation of manholes and sewer lines.
 
Approved the Backyard Garbage and Recycling Collection Policy, creating a process for Solid Waste Services to qualify customers who are not able to roll their carts out to the curb for collection.
 
Approved a street closure request from the Concord Downtown Development Corporation for the 2014 Union Street Live concert series and providing in-kind services for the events.
 
Recycle electronics and celebrate Earth Day in Historic Downtown Concord
Downtown Concord businesses will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 12 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Activities include: free Electronics Recycling drop-off in the Bicentennial Parking Lot; Earth Day rePLAY for kids at Trashed; learn how to take care of the Earth; and Earth-friendly giveaways! You can also browse Earth Day photos in Downtown shop windows and vote on your favorite through Saturday, April 19. Check out concordnc.gov or the Facebook event page for more information!
 
Spring Herb and Plant Festival will be rain or shine on April 12
The Cabarrus County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association presents the ninth annual Spring Herb and Plant Festival! Come rain or shine on Saturday, April 12 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Piedmont Farmers Market, 518 Winecoff School Road. See over 70 vendors, artisans, and growers offering herbs, flowers, plants, pottery, birdhouses, metal works, woodworking, foods, soaps, local honey, and much, much more. David Goforth, Extension Agent, and the Cabarrus County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about gardening. Visit mastergardenerscabarrus.org for more.
 
Good Friday holiday schedule, Bunny Run 5K and other events planned
In observance of Good Friday, City of Concord offices will be closed on Friday, April 18. Friday customers will have a one day delay for garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection, with Friday's items collected on Saturday. Visit concordnc.gov for information about other service changes and several events planned throughout the area.
 
Mustangs to attempt breaking world record during birthday celebration
Between April 16 and 20, Charlotte Motor Speedway is hosting the Mustang Club of America's east coast 50th Birthday Celebration. Many events are planned, including Friday, April 18 when an estimated 800 Ford Mustangs will depart from zMax Dragway at 6:00 p.m. and parade through Concord to a cruise-in in downtown Kannapolis. The cars will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for largest number of Mustangs rolling (in motion) in a caravan. Heavy traffic and delays are expected along Bruton Smith Boulevard, Weddington Road, George W. Liles Parkway, and Poplar Tent Road between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. For more information about the Mustang Birthday Celebration, go to visitcabarrus.com/mustang. More details about the parade and Kannapolis cruise-in are available at cityofkannapolis.com/mustangevent.
 
Pardon our dust: municipal building repair project
The City of Concord will soon begin a project to remedy a moisture intrusion problem currently affecting the foundation of the municipal building at 26 Union Street S. This project is necessary to the maintenance of the building and to the value of this public asset. Necessary excavation on the sidewalk and work in front of the municipal building will begin on Monday, April 28 and more details about this project will be available as the date approaches. Visit the City Hall Blog for project updates.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Bunny Run 5K and festival
The Bunny Run 5K and Festival will take place on Saturday, April 19 in Historic Downtown Concord. After the run, stay for some fun! The Bunny Run Festival will be Downtown from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This free spring festival is great for the entire family and includes a climbing wall, inflatable amusements, arts and crafts, face painting, the Easter Bunny, and an interactive DJ with games and prizes.
 
Habitat Heroes Club
When school's out, children 6-12 years old can get outside (weather permitting) and check out habitats of rabbits, deer, fish, frogs, birds, and more. Habitat Heroes are boys and girls who enjoy animals, nature, and just being outside. Each program focuses on a different animal's habitat and its preservation importance in a fun, creative way. Come prepared for the weather and bring a change of clothes. Each program meets 9:00 a.m. until noon and costs $10 ($5 for City residents). For dates, locations, and registration, visit concordparksandrec.org.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
April
22 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
May
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
 
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!
Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.

 

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Did you know?
Did you know that the City of Concord offers an easy way for you to help those who have trouble paying their utility bills? With the Neighbor Helping Neighbor program, each month you can make a tax-deductible contribution to a fund that will be managed by Cooperative Christian Ministry. CCM provides crisis financial assistance, food, and counseling, and will use these funds to aid City of Concord utility customers with their utility bills. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Concord wins NCLM Hometown Showdown
With a final count of 2,864 to 2,795 Concord was announced as the winner of the first NC League of Municipalities Hometown Showdown! Concord's entry of the 2013 Tree Lighting Ceremony and fireworks by local photographer Michael Anderson won a close match against Bessemer City for the championship. Only 32 of 60 entries across the state made it into the brackets; congratulations to the participating communities for showing their hometown pride. Thank you to the thousands of individuals and organizations supported this exciting contest. Our friends at the Cabarrus Convention and Visitors Bureau have a surprise for all those who voted, so stay tuned to facebook.com/visitcabarrus.
 
Step into Culture and feel the Impulse at ClearWater Artist Studios
The Step Into Culture student arts festival outreach event continues this afternoon at ClearWater Artist Studios, in collaboration with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Enjoy a diverse cultural experience with music performances, live art demonstrations, poetry, spoken word, food trucks, and vendor tables. At 6:00, the fun continues in the ClearWater Gallery for the Impulse student art reception and exhibition. Come embrace and experience the cultural and visual arts community! This event is free and open to the public. ClearWater Artist Studios are located at 223 Crowell Drive NW. Visit clearwaterartists.com or call Sarah Gay at 704-784-9535 for more information.
 
Celebrate Earth Day in Historic Downtown Concord
Downtown Concord businesses will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 12 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Activities include: free Electronics Recycling drop-off in the Bicentennial Parking Lot; Earth Day rePLAY for kids at Trashed; learn how to take care of the Earth; and Earth-friendly giveaways! You can also browse Earth Day photos in Downtown shop windows and vote on your favorite through Saturday, April 19. Check out the Facebook event page for more information or call 704-920-5379!
 
Spring Herb and Plant Festival will be rain or shine on April 12
The Cabarrus County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association presents the ninth annual Spring Herb and Plant Festival! Come rain or shine on Saturday, April 12 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Piedmont Farmers Market, 518 Winecoff School Road. See over 70 vendors, artisans, and growers offering herbs, flowers, plants, pottery, birdhouses, metal works, woodworking, foods, soaps, local honey, and much, much more. David Goforth, Extension Agent, and the Cabarrus County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about gardening. For more information visit mastergardenerscabarrus.org.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2014 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Bunny Run 5K and festival
The Bunny Run 5K and Festival will take place on Saturday, April 19 in Historic Downtown Concord. The 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. on Means Avenue, proceeding through the Downtown Connector and McEachern Greenway back to Means Avenue for the finish. Registration is available until Friday, April 11 at concordparksandrec.org or in person at Academy Recreation Center, 147 Academy Avenue NW.
 
After the run, stay for some fun! The Bunny Run Festival will be Downtown from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This free spring festival is great for the entire family and includes a climbing wall, inflatable amusements, arts and crafts, face painting, the Easter Bunny, and an interactive DJ with games and prizes.
 
Concord Youth Council seeks members for next school year
Rising high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors can apply to Concord Youth Council for the 2014-2015 school year. Students who attend a school in Cabarrus County or are a City of Concord resident may apply.  CYC meets twice a month on Monday evenings throughout the school year. Learn more and find an application at concordnc.gov.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
April
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
22 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!

Visit concordnc.gov to learn how you can be sure to receive timely updates from the City via phone, text, or email.

 

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Just one click to the championship!
 
Concord's entry of the 2013 Tree Lighting Ceremony and fireworks by local photographer Michael Anderson battling for the championship in the NC League of Municipalities Hometown Showdown contest! Only 32 of 60 entries across the state made it into the bracket, and Concord is competing against Bessemer City this week in the finals. The picture with the most likes before the noon Friday deadline will be the champion and have bragging rights as North Carolina’s best hometown.
 
Please vote now at facebook.com/NCLeague or concordnc.gov, all you have to do is LIKE the photo! Those who do not use Facebook can still help by encouraging family, friends, colleagues, and customers to vote. Don’t forget to SHARE the photo and encourage others to vote, or forward this email. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
Despite our competition’s small population, we are currently behind and need the entire community to get involved in the Hometown Showdown. Go Concord!