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Did you know?

Did you know that last year the Engineering Department monitored the construction of 30,645 feet of wastewater collection lines, 25,641 feet of water distribution mains, and 2.6 miles of new streets?
 
National Night Out scheduled for August 2
National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is a national neighborhood crime and drug prevention event that occurs annually on the first Tuesday in August. It is celebrated in numerous cities, towns, and villages in the United States. Over the past 28 years, National Night Out has grown to over 37 million people in over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.
 
This year will mark the tenth year of National Night Out celebration for the City of Concord. At least ten neighborhoods will partner with Concord Police Department to strengthen bonds between neighbors and officers to take a stand against crime on August 2. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about National Night Out in Concord.
 
Exit 49 improvements kick off several years of road improvements
Work started the week of July 11, 2011 to improve the Exit 49 area between Concord Mills and Weddington Road. A second left turn lane will be constructed to turn onto Weddington Road Extension heading away from I-85, and an additional through lane will be added to cross I-85 from Weddington Road to Concord Mills Boulevard. With the traffic generated by the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Zmax Dragstrip, the Great Wolf Lodge, Concord Regional Airport, and associated commercial and hotel business in the immediate area, Exit 49 is one of the busiest intersections in the region.
 
Several projects are underway or will begin soon that will transform Concord’s road system into the safe, well-planned, and efficient network we need. Visit the City Hall Blog for more information about this and other projects.
 
Enhancements continue at Logan Multi-Purpose Center
In addition to substantial work already completed at the sixty-year-old Logan Multi-Purpose Center, enhancements continue at the facility. Crews are currently improving the parking lot, and the gymnasium will also be renovated. The facility remains open to the community so users can enjoy the already-transformed spaces. 
 
Customers are reminded to conserve water
Concord utility customers are reminded that under normal, responsible water use guidelines, lawn irrigation is only allowed on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. These restrictions are for the municipalities of Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Landis, and Mount Pleasant. Those who violate the specified lawn irrigation days watering rule will receive written notice of the violation and the appropriate fee will be assessed. Visit concordnc.gov for water conservation tips to help you be water wise both indoors and outside.
 
Register for Safety Town 2011
It’s time to register rising kindergarten students in Cabarrus County for Safety Town 2011, a project of The Junior Charity League of Concord. This free program helps children to learn age appropriate safety rules in classes taught by local professionals. Students will attend sessions on bus safety, fire safety, animal safety, bike safety, gun safety, stranger danger, finger printing, ambulance awareness, dental hygiene and personal hygiene.
 
Safety Town will be held Aug. 9 and 10 at Coltrane-Webb Elementary School, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Classes begin at 9 a.m. (Students will attend either the Aug. 9 or 10 session, according to their school assignment.) Register online at www.jclofconcord.com. Questions? Call The Junior Charity League office at 704-652-0669.
 
Inaugural Celebration of Flight at Concord Regional Airport
Concord Regional Airport is proud to announce the inaugural Celebration of Flight Open House to be held on October 29 - 30, 2011. The weekend will feature a 5k Runway Run, pancake breakfast, aircraft in flybys and static display, an EAA Young Eagles event, and more!
 
The Runway Run begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 29. Registration is $20 for early registration, $25 after July 29, and $30 after October 6.
 
Interested in sponsoring the event? Visit celebrationofflight.aero for information on sponsorship opportunities.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Register now for the Mayor’s Junior Golf Tournament
Wednesday, August 17
Open to all Junior golfers ages 9-17 who are Cabarrus County residents. Limited to the first 100 entries. No entry fee, but registration required. Click here for the entry form, or pick one up at Rocky River Golf Club. Tee times starting at 8:30 a.m. in three divisions: 9-holes only for tournament play ages 9 to 11; 18-holes tournament play ages 12 to 14; 18-holes tournament play ages 15 to 17.
 
The McInnis Aquatics Center is open for the summer! Pool hours are Monday - Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visit our website at concordparks andrec.org for more information regarding admission and to see a full list of our group swim lessons. Bring your entire family and cool off this summer with Concord Parks and Recreation!
 
Concord Downtown Development Corporation highlights
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each Month
May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
August 18 Craig Woolard Band
September 15 SuperGlide
 
Concord Museum highlights
Beyond Sandy Ridge book signing - Friday, August 5
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m, Concord Museum
Author Nancy B. Brewer will discuss and sign copies of her new novel of historical fiction, Beyond Sandy Ridge, a sequel to her book, Carolina Rain. $2.00 from each book sold will be donated to museum.
 
"35 Years of the Old Courthouse Theatre,” a special exhibit celebrating nearly four decades of quality community theater, will be on display from June 14 through September 2 at the Concord Museum. Featured are costumes, props, playbills, posters, photographs, and other items. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 
 
Union Street Square
11 Union Street S, Suite 104, downtown Concord
704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
August
8/9/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8/11/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
8/16/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
8/18/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
8/23/2011 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!

 

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Help protect our environment by properly managing your yard waste

When you mow your lawn or do other yard work, be sure to sweep or blow grass and other clippings back into your yard and out of the street. When animal waste, leaves, and grass clippings are left in the street, they enter the City's stormdrain system and local bodies of water. When Nitrogen and Phosphorus from these materials enter the aquatic ecosystem oxygen levels can drop, harming fish and other wildlife.
 
Here's what you can you do about it: Keep grass clippings on your yard to decay naturally, or bag them in clear, untied bags for collection by the City of Concord. In the fall, keep leaves out of the street. Compost yard waste and vegetable scraps for a special treat to your garden. Pick up after pets. Don’t over-fertilize your lawn, and be sure to sweep any stray fertilizer granules off of paved surfaces back into the grass. Never wash them off with water. Do your part to protect wildlife! 
 
To report spills or illegal dumping into storm drains, ditches, lakes, streams, or along roads, please call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555.
 
National Night Out scheduled for August 2
National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is a national neighborhood crime and drug prevention event that occurs annually on the first Tuesday in August. It is celebrated in numerous cities, towns, and villages in the United States. Over the past 28 years, National Night Out has grown to over 37 million people in over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.
 
This year will mark the tenth year of National Night Out celebration for the City of Concord. At least ten neighborhoods will partner with Concord Police Department to strengthen bonds between neighbors and officers to take a stand against crime on August 2. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about National Night Out in Concord.
 
Register for Safety Town 2011
It’s time to register rising kindergarten students in Cabarrus County for Safety Town 2011, a project of The Junior Charity League of Concord. This free program helps children to learn age appropriate safety rules in classes taught by local professionals. Students will attend sessions on bus safety, fire safety, animal safety, bike safety, gun safety, stranger danger, finger printing, ambulance awareness, dental hygiene and personal hygiene.
 
Safety Town will be held Aug. 9 and 10 at Coltrane-Webb Elementary School, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Classes begin at 9 a.m. (Students will attend either the Aug. 9 or 10 session, according to their school assignment.) Register online at www.jclofconcord.com. Questions? Call The Junior Charity League office at 704-652-0669.
 
Inaugural Celebration of Flight at Concord Regional Airport
Concord Regional Airport is proud to announce the inaugural Celebration of Flight Open House to be held on October 29 - 30, 2011. The weekend will feature a 5k Runway Run, pancake breakfast, aircraft in flybys and static display, an EAA Young Eagles event, and more!
 
The Runway Run begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 29. Registration is $20 for early registration, $25 after July 29, and $30 after October 6.
 
Interested in sponsoring the event? Visit celebrationofflight.aero for information on sponsorship opportunities.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Stars in the Park at Dorton Park tonight!
Friday, July 22, 2011
July is the national Park and Recreation Month, and this year's theme is "Rock Your Park!"  Concord Parks and Recreation’s FREE "Rock You Park" event will be held in conjunction with the Stars in the Park movie (The Goonies) tonight at Dorton Park. This special event will feature a Wii Rock Band competition from 8:30-9:30 p.m.  Music and DJ activities begin at 7:30 p.m. (a flash mob dance to Cupid Shuffle scheduled for 8:00 p.m.), and the movie will begin at 9:30 p.m.  Click HERE for a flyer.
 
The McInnis Aquatics Center is open for the summer! Pool hours are Monday - Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visit our website at concordparksandrec.org for more information regarding admission and to see a full list of our group swim lessons. Bring your entire family and cool off this summer with Concord Parks and Recreation!
 
Concord Downtown Development Corporation highlights
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each Month
May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
August 18 Craig Woolard Band
September 15 SuperGlide
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
The Galleries
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2787
 
Location, Location, Location
June 6-July 28
Artwork of the Mountains, Piedmont and Coastal Plain of the Tar Heel state. Featuring works by five artists named “North Carolina Living Treasures”: Cynthia Bringle, Sid Luck, Ben Owen, Billie Ruth Sudduth and Hiroshi Sueyoshi. Additional works by Kelly Adams, Luke Allsbrook, Robert Brown, Byron Baldwin, Judith Cutler, Richard Fennell, William Jameson, Robert Johnson, Marina Konovalova-Bare, Lori Neill, Peggy Root, David Simonton and Anthony Ulinksi.
 
Concord Museum highlights
"35 Years of the Old Courthouse Theatre,” a special exhibit celebrating nearly four decades of quality community theater, will be on display from June 14 through September 2 at the Concord Museum. Featured are costumes, props, playbills, posters, photographs, and other items. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 
 
Union Street Square
11 Union Street S, Suite 104, downtown Concord
704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
July
7/26/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
August
8/9/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8/11/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
8/16/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
8/18/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation 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!
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Did you know?

Did you know specifics surrounding current employment opportunities with the City of Concord are provided through various avenues? Details can be obtained at the Human Resources Department (66 Union Street South, Concord, NC ), via Jobs Line (704-920-JOBS), the City’s website, and from the Employment Security Commission (2275 Kannapolis Hwy, Concord, NC 28025, 704-786-3183).
 
Every-other-week recycling, scheduled bulky collection underway
Concord’s new every-other-week recycling collection finishes its second week, and the first week of recycling pickup for blue week customers, today. Here are a few important points to remember about the service improvements.
 
1. Recycling is now collected every-other-week in the City of Concord.
 
2. You must place carts by the street with the wheels facing your house, and leave at least 2 feet between your carts.
 
3. Appliances, electronics, tires, and all other items that are too large to fit in your garbage cart must now be scheduled for collection at 704-920-5555.
 
4. It is extremely important that you place your carts, bulky waste, and yard waste at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.
 
5. The time the collection truck comes by your house has changed.  Until you become familiar with the new schedule, wait until the next morning to call in about a missed collection.
 
Visit the City Hall Blog for more information.
 
Temporary Burrage Road bridge closure set for July 18-22
As the City of Concord and NCDOT continue preparing to replace Bridge No. 151 over Three Mile Branch on Burrage Road, the existing bridge is scheduled to close from July 18-22, during the daytime working hours of 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day, to collect geotechnical information for the design of the new bridge. Motorists should use the detour route of Lake Concord Road, Branchview Drive, and Bradley Street. This is the same detour that will be used when construction begins later this year. For more information, contact Rick Blat in the Engineering Department at blatr@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5425.
 
Citizens Informational Workshop for Derita Road widening – July 19
The City of Concord and the North Carolina Department of Transportation have scheduled a Citizens Informational Workshop on Tuesday July 19, 2011 to present preliminary alternatives for the provision of an improved Derita Road between Concord Mills Boulevard (SR 2894) and Poplar Tent Road (SR 1445). The Citizens informational Workshop will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Concord Regional Airport located at 9000 Aviation Boulevard in Concord.
 
Aerial mapping showing environmental constraints will be displayed and handouts and comment sheets will be distributed. Anyone interested in the project should plan to drop by at his or her convenience. No formal presentation will be made; however, the City of Concord and NCDOT representatives will be available to discuss the project on a one-to-one basis throughout the open-house meeting. The Citizens Information Workshop is being held to provide the public an opportunity to participate in the planning process and update them on the project’s status.
 
Comments and information received from the public will be used in conjunction with comments provided by environmental review and regulatory agencies to help shape the project. A subsequent Citizens Informational Workshop will be held after the development of more detailed roadway designs for the project.
 
Concord 101 applications now available
The City of Concord is now accepting applications for Concord 101, a course designed for citizens to learn about their local government.  The free 10-week course begins August 30, 2011 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in November. Visitconcordnc.govfor more information.
 
National Night Out scheduled for August 2
National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is a national neighborhood crime and drug prevention event that occurs annually on the first Tuesday in August. It is celebrated in numerous cities, towns, and villages in the United States. Over the past 28 years, National Night Out has grown to over 37 million people in over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.
 
This year will mark the tenth year of National Night Out celebration for the City of Concord. At least ten neighborhoods will partner with Concord Police Department to strengthen bonds between neighbors and officers to take a stand against crime on August 2. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about National Night Out in Concord.
 
Register for Safety Town 2011
It’s time to register rising kindergarten students in Cabarrus County for Safety Town 2011, a project of The Junior Charity League of Concord. This free program helps children to learn age appropriate safety rules in classes taught by local professionals. Students will attend sessions on bus safety, fire safety, animal safety, bike safety, gun safety, stranger danger, finger printing, ambulance awareness, dental hygiene and personal hygiene.
 
Safety Town will be held Aug. 9 and 10 at Coltrane-Webb Elementary School, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Classes begin at 9 a.m. (Students will attend either the Aug. 9 or 10 session, according to their school assignment.) Register online at www.jclofconcord.com. Questions? Call The Junior Charity League office at 704-652-0669.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Streetlight 5K and Fun Run TONIGHT!
Friday, July 15, 2011
Fun Run begins at 7:00 p.m. 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Starts and ends at Les Myers Park in Concord. Course starts in the lower parking lot area, continues on the Harold McEachern Greenway, turns around on the Downtown Connector Segment and back to Les Myers Park. Pre-registration begins at 6:00 p.m. Fun Run begins at 7:00 p.m. 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Fee $12.00 for early registration. $15.00 after July 8.
More information and online registration is available at concordparksandrec.org.
 
The McInnis Aquatics Center is open for the summer! Pool hours are Monday - Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visit our website at concordparksandrec.org for more information regarding admission and to see a full list of our group swim lessons. Bring your entire family and cool off this summer with Concord Parks and Recreation!
 
Concord Downtown Development Corporation highlights
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each Month
May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
July 21 Atlantic Groove Band
August 18 Craig Woolard Band
September 15 SuperGlide
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
The Galleries
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2787
 
Location, Location, Location
June 6-July 28
Artwork of the Mountains, Piedmont and Coastal Plain of the Tar Heel state. Featuring works by five artists named “North Carolina Living Treasures”: Cynthia Bringle, Sid Luck, Ben Owen, Billie Ruth Sudduth and Hiroshi Sueyoshi. Additional works by Kelly Adams, Luke Allsbrook, Robert Brown, Byron Baldwin, Judith Cutler, Richard Fennell, William Jameson, Robert Johnson, Marina Konovalova-Bare, Lori Neill, Peggy Root, David Simonton and Anthony Ulinksi.
 
Concord Museum highlights
Antique and Collectibles Appraisal, July 22 and 23, 2011
Joint benefit for The Concord Museum and Old Courthouse Theatre
Antiques and Collectibles Appraisal, Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day at the Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, downtown Concord. Discover the values of your keepsakes (no jewelry, please). $5 per item appraised. You must be able to carry your own items (no staff assistance). Appraisals by longtime antique dealer Michael Hansen. This event is a joint benefit for the Concord Museum and Old Courthouse Theatre. 704-782-3688.
 
"35 Years of the Old Courthouse Theatre,” a special exhibit celebrating nearly four decades of quality community theater, will be on display from June 14 through September 2 at the Concord Museum. Featured are costumes, props, playbills, posters, photographs, and other items. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 
 
Union Street Square
11 Union Street S, Suite 104, downtown Concord
704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
July
7/19/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
7/21/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
7/26/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
August
8/9/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8/11/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular 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!
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Did you know?

Did you know that at 42 cents per $100 valuation, Concord has the lowest tax rate of full-service cities in North Carolina with a population of 35,000 or more that do not charge some type of extra solid waste fee to residents? The State of North Carolina gives local governments power to levy property taxes to help fund services through very specific laws. The statutes provide uniform standards for appraisal and assessment so that property taxes are applied fairly. While proceeds from property taxes make up less than 22 percent of the City’s total budget revenues, they do fund 64 percent of the General Fund that pays for several basic City services. These services include police, fire, solid waste collection, traffic and transportation, planning and development services, code enforcement, parks and recreation, buildings and grounds maintenance, administrative services, and others. Visit concordnc.gov for more information.
 
Every-other-week recycling, scheduled bulky collection underway
Concord’s new every-other-week recycling collection began this week for blue week customers. The improved solid waste services that began this week have had an exciting start, but we want to make sure that residents understand a few key points about the service improvements.
 
1. Recycling is now collected every-other-week in the City of Concord, so not all households will receive recycling collection this week.
 
2. It is imperative that you place your carts by the street with the wheels facing your house, and that you leave at least 2 feet between your carts.
 
3. All items that are too large to fit in your garbage carts must now be scheduled for collection.
 
4. It is extremely important that you place your carts, bulky waste, and yard waste at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.
 
Visit the City Hall Blog for more information.
 
Customers are reminded to conserve water
Concord utility customers are reminded that under normal, responsible water use guidelines, lawn irrigation is only allowed on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. These restrictions are for the municipalities of Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Landis, and Mount Pleasant. Those who violate the specified lawn irrigation days watering rule will receive written notice of the violation and the appropriate fee will be assessed. Visit concordnc.gov for water conservation tips to help you be water wise both indoors and outside.
 
Temporary Burrage Road bridge closure set for July 18-22
As the City of Concord and NCDOT continue preparing to replace Bridge No. 151 over Three Mile Branch on Burrage Road, the existing bridge is scheduled to close from July 18-22 to collect geotechnical information for the design of the new bridge. Motorists should use the detour route of Lake Concord Road, Branchview Drive, and Bradley Street. This is the same detour that will be used when construction begins later this year. For more information, contact Rick Blat in the Engineering Department at blatr@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5425.
 
Citizens Informational Workshop for Derita Road widening – July 19
The City of Concord and the North Carolina Department of Transportation have scheduled a Citizens Informational Workshop on Tuesday July 19, 2011 to present preliminary alternatives for the provision of an improved Derita Road between Concord Mills Boulevard (SR 2894) and Poplar Tent Road (SR 1445). The Citizens informational Workshop will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Concord Regional Airport located at 9000 Aviation Boulevard in Concord.
 
Aerial mapping showing environmental constraints will be displayed and handouts and comment sheets will be distributed. Anyone interested in the project should plan to drop by at his or her convenience. No formal presentation will be made; however, the City of Concord and NCDOT representatives will be available to discuss the project on a one-to-one basis throughout the open-house meeting. The Citizens Information Workshop is being held to provide the public an opportunity to participate in the planning process and update them on the project’s status.
 
Comments and information received from the public will be used in conjunction with comments provided by environmental review and regulatory agencies to help shape the project. A subsequent Citizens Informational Workshop will be held after the development of more detailed roadway designs for the project.
 
Concord 101 applications now available
The City of Concord is now accepting applications for Concord 101, a course designed for citizens to learn about their local government.  The free 10-week course begins August 30, 2011 and culminates with a graduation ceremony in November. Visitconcordnc.govfor more information.
 
National Night Out scheduled for August 2
National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is a national neighborhood crime and drug prevention event that occurs annually on the first Tuesday in August. It is celebrated in numerous cities, towns, and villages in the United States. Over the past 28 years, National Night Out has grown to over 37 million people in over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.
 
This year will mark the tenth year of National Night Out celebration for the City of Concord. At least ten neighborhoods will partner with Concord Police Department to strengthen bonds between neighbors and officers to take a stand against crime on August 2. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about National Night Out in Concord.
 
Register for Safety Town 2011
It’s time to register rising kindergarten students in Cabarrus County for Safety Town 2011, a project of The Junior Charity League of Concord. This free program helps children to learn age appropriate safety rules in classes taught by local professionals. Students will attend sessions on bus safety, fire safety, animal safety, bike safety, gun safety, stranger danger, finger printing, ambulance awareness, dental hygiene and personal hygiene.
 
Safety Town will be held Aug. 9 and 10 at Coltrane-Webb Elementary School, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Classes begin at 9 a.m. (Students will attend either the Aug. 9 or 10 session, according to their school assignment.) Register online at www.jclofconcord.com. Questions? Call The Junior Charity League office at 704-652-0669.
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2011 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Streetlight 5K and Fun Run
Friday, July 15, 2011
Fun Run begins at 7:00 p.m. 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Starts and ends at Les Myers Park in Concord. Course starts in the lower parking lot area, continues on the Harold McEachern Greenway, turns around on the Downtown Connector Segment and back to Les Myers Park. Pre-registration begins at 6:00 p.m. Fun Run begins at 7:00 p.m. 5K begins at 7:30 p.m. Fee $12.00 for early registration. $15.00 after July 8.
More information and online registration is available at concordparksandrec.org.
 
The McInnis Aquatics Center is open for the summer! Pool hours are Monday - Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visit our website at concordparksandrec.org for more information regarding admission and to see a full list of our group swim lessons. Bring your entire family and cool off this summer with Concord Parks and Recreation!
 
Concord Downtown Development Corporation highlights
If you want the latest information on Historic Downtown Concord news and events please sign up for the CDDC's weekly e-newsletter. Call the CDDC office at 704-784-4208 or email this request to info@concorddowntown.com.
 
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday of each Month
May - September
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Historic Courthouse Lawn
 
July 21 Atlantic Groove Band
August 18 Craig Woolard Band
September 15 SuperGlide
 
Cabarrus Arts Council highlights
The Galleries
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free
65 Union Street S, Concord
Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse
704-920-2787
 
Location, Location, Location
June 6-July 28
Artwork of the Mountains, Piedmont and Coastal Plain of the Tar Heel state. Featuring works by five artists named “North Carolina Living Treasures”: Cynthia Bringle, Sid Luck, Ben Owen, Billie Ruth Sudduth and Hiroshi Sueyoshi. Additional works by Kelly Adams, Luke Allsbrook, Robert Brown, Byron Baldwin, Judith Cutler, Richard Fennell, William Jameson, Robert Johnson, Marina Konovalova-Bare, Lori Neill, Peggy Root, David Simonton and Anthony Ulinksi.
 
Concord Museum highlights
Antique and Collectibles Appraisal, July 22 and 23, 2011
Joint benefit for The Concord Museum and Old Courthouse Theatre
Antiques and Collectibles Appraisal, Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day at the Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, downtown Concord. Discover the values of your keepsakes (no jewelry, please). $5 per item appraised. You must be able to carry your own items (no staff assistance). Appraisals by longtime antique dealer Michael Hansen. This event is a joint benefit for the Concord Museum and Old Courthouse Theatre. 704-782-3688.
 
"35 Years of the Old Courthouse Theatre,” a special exhibit celebrating nearly four decades of quality community theater, will be on display from June 14 through September 2 at the Concord Museum. Featured are costumes, props, playbills, posters, photographs, and other items. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by appointment. 
 
Union Street Square
11 Union Street S, Suite 104, downtown Concord
704-782-3688
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
July
7/12/2011 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
7/14/2011 at 6:00 p.m. City Council regular session
7/19/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission
7/21/2011 at 7:00 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission
7/26/2011 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment
 
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