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Did you know?
Did you know the City's Transportation Department maintains over 343 miles of paved roadway, 244 miles of sidewalk, 4.57 miles of guard rail, 130 traffic signals, and over 12,000 signs and street blades with a force of 37 coworkers? Visit concordnc.gov/Transportation to learn more about the department.


New Commercial Aircraft Service Terminal complex set to open on Oct 5

On Thursday September 29 at 1:00 p.m., Concord City Officials along with invited guests including, representatives from Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) gathered in the new Terminal Building at Concord Regional, for the grand opening ribbon cutting event. The 25,000 square foot terminal building and 700 space parking deck is located at the south end of the airfield at 7425 Zephyr Place.  The complex is set to officially open on Wednesday October 5.  Facility features include a spacious ticketing lobby, comfortable passenger holdroom with modern amenities, and covered pathway to aircraft.  More information is available at concordnc.gov.

 

Concord to host Open House event on October 12 to tour new homes on Hawthorne St

Interested homebuyers should stop by the City of Concord Open House event on Saturday October 15 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to tour two newly constructed single family homes located at 22 Hawthorne St SW and 30 Hawthorne St SW.  These affordable single family houses were constructed on vacant lots owned by the city and are now available for sale. The City will be offering income eligible and qualified applicants money to help with their down payment and closing costs, so owning your own home is within reach. Your first step toward achieving homeownership is attending this OPEN HOUSE. For more information, please contact Planning & Community Development at 704.920.5133.

Inaugural RCCC Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition to open at ClearWater Artist Studios

ClearWater Artists Studios’ monthly ‘2nd Saturday Open Studios features the inaugural Rowan- Cabarrus Community College Fine Arts Department Faculty Exhibition.  The exhibit will feature a collection of works by twelve or so of the Visual Arts Faculty within that department, both full-time and adjunct, will be on view in the ClearWater Gallery, October 8th through 31st, 2016 from 10am to 4pm. An  opening reception will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 5-8pm.  Both events are free and open to the public, with refreshments at the Opening Reception. Artist Talks by RCCC Visual Arts Faculty included in the show will be TBA, in the CW Gallery; check the ClearWater Artist Studios website calendar for dates and times: www.clearwaterartists.com. For more information, call Clearwater Artists Studios office at 704-784-9535.

  

 Winter Hours at Rotary Square Market in Downtown Concord

The Rotary Square Market at 120 Union Street South in Downtown Concord will be open during the winter on Wednesdays, starting October 5, 2016 from 3 until 6 PM.  Vendors will be there selling fresh veggies, cheeses, donuts, fish and much more for your shopping pleasure.  Please come out and see! For more information, contact thepiedmontfarmersmarket@gmail.com, or call 704-605-2194.

 

Utility work to require lane closures on Cabarrus Avenue W to be closed near Cranford Place SW next week

Planned utility work previously scheduled for September 26 has been rescheduled for Monday October 3 and Tuesday October 4.  During this time, crews will close the eastbound lane of Cabarrus Avenue W near Cranford Place SW. This lane closure is necessary to allow Water Resources crews to make needed repairs to a water line. The work is scheduled to take place between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Motorists who wish to travel east on Cabarrus Avenue W between the roundabout and Downtown should exercise caution and follow the posted detour route. After crossing the Allen T. Small Bridge, a detour will be established using Powder Street SW, Corban Avenue SW, and Crowell Drive SW back to Cabarrus Avenue. Westbound traffic will be maintained as typical, but motorists should be cautious in the work area. For more information, please contact Water Resources at 704-920-5300.

Cabarrus County and City of Concord prepare to launch Electronic Document Review process
Beginning October 1, Cabarrus County and the City of Concord will usher in a new all-digital process, called electronic document review (EDR), to accept and revise development plans online. To help facilitate the transition, the County and City will host a second joint informational workshop to explain the process and answer questions about EDR on September 27. The October 1 launch is the culmination of a process that began in 2013, when the City and County began discussing ways to consolidate plan submittal and permitting processes. For more information, visit concordnc.gov.



Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.


Messy Art continues next week!

Join in the fun at Academy Recreation Center Arts and Crafts room! Wear your old clothes because you are going to get messy creating art your parents wouldn’t let you do in the house. On October 4 from 4PM – 5PM, we will create Floating Chalk! Watch in wonder as we create speckled, swirling colors with this new technique! Program is for Youth ages 4-8.  Fee is $5 for City of Concord residents and $10 for non-city residents.

Youth Basketball Registration is going on NOW!

Youth Basketball registration for ages 3 – 15 is taking place the entire month of September. Registration is $35 for City of Concord residents; $55 for non-city residents and is available online at www.concordparksandrec.org or at any of our three Recreation Centers.  We will also hold registration at Academy Sports and Outdoors – Kannapolis Location on Saturday, October 1 from 11 am – 2 pm. 

 

New Fitness Class Sessions with Joy Dry!

AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, Joy Dry offers new sessions of her popular fitness classes starting next week!  Classes include:

 

Boot Camp Monday

Starting on October 3 each Monday from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Fee is $25 for City of Concord residents and $30 for non-city residents.

Runs through November 7

Fee per 6-week session: $30; $5 city resident discount. 

Location: Academy Recreation Center

 

Total Body Sculpt

Starting on October 5 each Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Runs through November 9

Fee per 6-week session: $30; $5 city resident discount

Location: Academy Recreation Center

 

Public input needed for Parks and Recreation Master Plan update
The City of Concord is updating its Parks and Recreation Master Plan document, which will establish priorities and a ten-year vision for capital improvements and development of parks and recreation facilities, programs, and services within City limits.

The City has selected
McAdams, one of the leading firms in park master plan studies, to coordinate its Parks and Recreation Master Plan update. Public input and engagement is part of the process.

In order to gather community input and ideas,
a drop-in workshop is scheduled from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. as follows:

·       Wednesday, October 5 at City Hall (35 Cabarrus Avenue W)


Your input is important to us. Please stop in at your convenience to look at conceptual maps and complete a brief survey. For more information, contact Bob at 704-920-5610 or
dowless@concordnc.gov.


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

October
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



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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Did you know?
Did you know that the single most important piece of information that you can provide to a 911 operator is your location?  While technology has advanced with GPS services and other innovations, verification of the location where emergency services are needed remains the 1st priority of the dispatcher.  Providing your exact location will will speed the process significantly. The faster they know where you are the faster help will arrive.

Concord Regional Airport set to open new Terminal Building

On Thursday September 29 at 1:00 p.m., Mayor Padgett, Concord City Council, and Concord Regional Airport will host a grand opening event for the new terminal building complex. The new Commercial Aircraft Service Terminal complex is located at 7425 Zephyr Place. Created with participation from the FAA and TSA, the facility incorporates all of the latest practices for passenger safety and security. The 25,000 square foot building has been designed to the highest level of traveler comfort ensuring the journey from the parking lot to the airplane is quick, efficient, and stress free. The new facility features a spacious ticketing lobby, comfortable passenger holdroom with modern amenities, and Covered pathway to aircraft. The facility will accommodate up to 30 flights a week while separating the commercial operations from the airport’s core general aviation services.  More information is available atconcordnc.gov.

 

Road closure on Cumberland CT SW to repair sinkhole

City Water Resources crews will close Cumberland CT SW near 54 Cumberland Ct SW on Wednesday September 28. This lane closure is necessary to allow Water Resources crews to make needed repairs to fix a sinkhole on the roadside. The work is scheduled to take place between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Due to the geometry of the road and the large equipment required for this repair, a full road closure is needed. Motorists who wish to travel on Cumberland Ct SW should exercise caution and follow the posted detour route. The detour route is to use Hwy 601 and/or Union St S. For more information, please contact Water Resources at 704-920-5300.

Utility work to require lane closures on Cabarrus Avenue W near Cranford Place SW next week
Planned utility work will require the eastbound lane of Cabarrus Avenue W to be closed near Cranford Place SW during the day of September 26. This lane closure is necessary to allow Water Resources crews to make needed repairs to a water line. The work is scheduled to take place between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 26. Motorists who wish to travel east on Cabarrus Avenue W between the roundabout and Downtown should exercise caution and follow the posted detour route. After crossing the Allen T. Small Bridge, a detour will be established using Powder Street SW, Corban Avenue SW, and Crowell Drive SW back to Cabarrus Avenue. Westbound traffic will be maintained as typical, but motorists should be cautious in the work area. For more information, please contact Water Resources at 704-920-5300. 

Cabarrus County and City of Concord prepare to launch Electronic Document Review process
Beginning October 1, Cabarrus County and the City of Concord will usher in a new all-digital process, called electronic document review (EDR), to accept and revise development plans online. To help facilitate the transition, the County and City will host a second joint informational workshop to explain the process and answer questions about EDR on September 27. The October 1 launch is the culmination of a process that began in 2013, when the City and County began discussing ways to consolidate plan submittal and permitting processes. For more information, visit concordnc.gov.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Travel with Concord Parks and Rec, and leave the driving to us!
Join us as we partner with David Walter Travel and their touring bus! Upcoming trips include visits to Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens Christmas Lights, Brushy Mountain Apple Festival, or Korner's Folley/Hillbilly Hideaway! All trips depart from “The Village” located across from First Assembly on 280 Concord Parkway South in Concord, 28027. Pre-registration is required; cancellation dates listed must be followed for full refund. Learn more at concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

Youth Basketball Registration is going on NOW!

Youth Basketball registration for ages 3 – 15 is taking place the entire month of September. Registration is $35 for City of Concord residents; $55 for non-city residents and is available online atwww.concordparksandrec.org or at any of our three Recreation Centers.  We will also hold registration at Academy Sports and Outdoors – Kannapolis Location on Saturday, October 1 from 11 am – 2 pm. 

 

Public input needed for Parks and Recreation Master Plan update
The City of Concord is updating its Parks and Recreation Master Plan document, which will establish priorities and a ten-year vision for capital improvements and development of parks and recreation facilities, programs, and services within City limits.

The City has selected 
McAdams, one of the leading firms in park master plan studies, to coordinate its Parks and Recreation Master Plan update. Public input and engagement is part of the process.

In order to gather community input and ideas, 
a drop-in workshop isscheduled from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. as follows:

·       Wednesday, October 5 at City Hall (35 Cabarrus Avenue W)


Your input is important to us. Please stop in at your convenience to look at conceptual maps and complete a brief survey. For more information, contact Bob at 704-920-5610 or 
dowless@concordnc.gov.


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

October
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

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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Did you know?
Did you know many in the community have rallied around local first responders in the recent “Adopt A Cop” and "Adopt A Firefighter" programs? The Adopt-A-Cop organizers have a new event planned, and Chief Gacek will be applying proceeds towards working with students as part of the DARE program. Thank you for your support in keeping the community safe. Visit the Concord NC Public Safety Facebook Page to learn more.

Cabarrus County and City of Concord prepare to launch Electronic Document Review process
Beginning October 1, Cabarrus County and the City of Concord will usher in a new all-digital process, called electronic document review (EDR), to accept and revise development plans online. To help facilitate the transition, the County and City will host joint informational workshops to explain the process and answer questions about EDR on September 21 and 27. The October 1 launch is the culmination of a process that began in 2013, when the City and County began discussing ways to consolidate plan submittal and permitting processes. For more information, visit concordnc.gov.

Next week: Concord Police introduce quarterly crime and safety meetings
Concord Police are building on efforts to engage the community with the introduction of quarterly crime and safety meetings later this month. The first meetings in the series are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 22, at Concord Police Headquarters. The meetings will be open to the public and identical in format, but specific for the City's two geographic patrol bureaus that were rolled out earlier this year. Visit concordnc.gov for details and to register.

Just one day left of this year's Cabarrus County Fair
The 2016 Cabarrus County Fair runs through Saturday, September 17, at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, Concord, off Hwy 49. Dare to Fair, the theme of this year’s event, invites you to explore the Fair beyond the midway. New this year is a butterfly encounter, which sits alongside crowd favorites, like the petting zoo, livestock displays, sand castle carving, milking booth and educational exhibits. Dare to kick the sky while riding on giant swings. Dare your stomach to a deep-fried showdown of epic proportions. Dare to win big, cheer big, laugh big and love big. Visit cabarruscounty.us to learn about gate specials and more.

Hey, Concord: Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated is throwing a party and you're invited!
Have you heard? There is a new mural in Downtown Concord, courtesy of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, and to celebrate the momentum of restoring "ghost signs" in Concord and beyond, we're going to celebrate. Come to Union Street S and Barbrick Avenue at 11:00 on Friday, September 23 for a special ceremony, live music, free lunch, and plenty to drink! Click here to find out more.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Travel with Concord Parks and Rec, and leave the driving to us!
Join us as we partner with David Walter Travel and their touring bus! Upcoming trips include visits to Shatley Springs, Brushy Mountain Apple Festival, or Korner's Folley/Hillbilly Hideaway! All trips depart from “The Village” located across from First Assembly on 280 Concord Parkway South in Concord, 28027. Pre-registration is required; cancellation dates listed must be followed for full refund. Learn more at concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

Public input needed for Parks and Recreation Master Plan update
The City of Concord is updating its Parks and Recreation Master Plan document, which will establish priorities and a ten-year vision for capital improvements and development of parks and recreation facilities, programs, and services within City limits.

The City has selected
McAdams, one of the leading firms in park master plan studies, to coordinate its Parks and Recreation Master Plan update. Public input and engagement is part of the process.

In order to gather community input and ideas, two drop-in workshops are scheduled from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. as follows:


Your input is important to us. Please stop in at your convenience to look at conceptual maps and complete a brief survey. For more information, contact Bob at 704-920-5610 or
dowless@concordnc.gov.

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

September
20 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

October
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

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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Did you know?
Did you know the Housing Department regularly wins state and regional awards for its youth, self-sufficiency, and other human service programs? Check out the September City Council meeting highlights or visit concordnc.gov to learn more.

Highlights of the September 8 City Council Meeting
Please visit concordnc.gov to see the Council Agenda in its entirety.

Recognized the Housing Department for winning the Human Service Award for the "Connecting Kids with Nature" youth program, presented at the 2016 Carolinas Council of Housing Redevelopment and Codes Officials annual conference.

Recognized the Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Team, ranked first place in the 2016 state Hazardous Materials Challenge.

Recognized the Fire Department as the top Fill the Boot department in Western North Carolina for 2015.

Received a presentation from Concord Youth Council President Madelynn Bovasso.

Received an update on the Concord Regional Airport commercial terminal project, and a presentation from Allegiant Airlines.

Conducted a public hearing and denied a rezoning from Residential Low Density (RL) to Residential Compact-Conditional District (Case Z-CD-26-15, originally approved by Planning and Zoning Commission September 2015, appealed to and denied by City Council December 2015, reheard by City Council September 2016 per legal mediation process).

Conducted a public hearing and adopted an ordinance to amend Article 7, Base Zoning Districts, of the Concord Development Ordinance (CDO).

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with GW Liles Construction Company Co, Inc. for the Hartsell Recreation Center renovations.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and approve a contract with Signet Golf Associates for Phase I of the bunker restoration project at Rocky River Golf Club.

Adopted a non-binding resolution for the City of Concord to declare its intentions to issue tax exempt bonds (secured by and payable solely from private development revenues, not City of Concord revenues) in the amount not to exceed $17,000,000 to finance the acquisition, rehabilitation, and equipping of multi-family dwelling units to be known as the Lofts at Cabarrus Avenue and for related purposes.

Authorized the City manager to enter into a contract with John Cline Construction to construct a single family dwelling on City owned property located at 34 Hawthorne Avenue using HOME Program funds, and approving subsequent disposition to a qualified homebuyer.

Approved the acquisition of property located at 196 Kerr Street for $52,000 using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Willis Engineers to develop a Sewer Master Plan for the City of Concord.

Authorized the City Manager to execute a Memorandum of Understanding Supporting a Regional Management Group for Water Supply Planning in the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin

TOMORROW – come to the fifth annual Safety Palooza!
Safe Kids Cabarrus and the Concord Fire Department are hosting the fifth annual Safety Palooza from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10. This year's event will be at Concord Fire Station 3, located at 100 Warren C. Coleman Boulevard N. With the new location comes the new featured activity: Junior Firefighter Challenge for youth ages 6-17. The event will also feature local public safety agencies and a variety of activities to help keep kids safe, such as car seat checks, free CPR training, and safe disposal of expired and unused medications. Enjoy free food, inflatable amusements for kids, and community vendors! Visit safekidscabarrus.org or call 704-920-5529 for more information.

Community ceremony planned for Sunday, September 11
The Concord Fire Department invites the public to a community-wide Patriots Day remembrance ceremony at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 11. The brief memorial service will be held at Concord Fire Station 8, located at 1485 Old Charlotte Road. Per the schedule established by City Council, the historic Gamewell Diaphone at Fire Station 1 will sound one blast at 8:46 a.m. on Friday, September 11 to honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Concord Police introduce quarterly crime and safety meetings
Concord Police are building on efforts to engage the community with the introduction of quarterly crime and safety meetings later this month. The first meetings in the series are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 22, at Concord Police Headquarters. The meetings will be open to the public and identical in format, but specific for the City's two geographic patrol bureaus that were rolled out earlier this year. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more.

Step right up--the Fair is in town: Cabarrus County Fair runs September 9-17
The Cabarrus County Fair opens its gates for the 2016 season on Friday, September 9, and runs through Saturday, September 17, at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, Concord, off Hwy 49. Dare to Fair, the theme of this year’s event, invites you to explore the Fair beyond the midway. New this year is a butterfly encounter, which sits alongside crowd favorites, like the petting zoo, livestock displays, sand castle carving, milking booth and educational exhibits. Dare to kick the sky while riding on giant swings. Dare your stomach to a deep-fried showdown of epic proportions. Dare to win big, cheer big, laugh big and love big. Visit cabarruscounty.us to learn about gate specials available throughout the week and more.

Hey, Concord: Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated is throwing a party and you're invited!
Have you heard? There is a new mural in Downtown Concord, courtesy of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, and to celebrate the momentum of restoring "ghost signs" in Concord and beyond, we're going to celebrate. Come to Union Street S and Barbrick Avenue at 11:00 on Friday, September 23 for a special ceremony, live music, free lunch, and plenty to drink! Click here to learn more.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Public input needed for Parks and Recreation Master Plan update
The City of Concord is updating its Parks and Recreation Master Plan document, which will establish priorities and a ten-year vision for capital improvements and development of parks and recreation facilities, programs, and services within City limits.

The City has selected McAdams, one of the leading firms in park master plan studies, to coordinate its Parks and Recreation Master Plan update. Public input and engagement is part of the process.

In order to gather community input and ideas, two drop-in workshops are scheduled from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. as follows:


Your input is important to us. Please stop in at your convenience to look at conceptual maps and complete a brief survey. For more information, contact Bob at 704-920-5610 or dowless@concordnc.gov.

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

September
20 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

October
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

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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Did you know?
Did you know the City has property for sale? In addition to City-owned property that is no-longer needed for public use, the City also administers the sale of certain properties it acquires through tax foreclosure processes. A property listing portal is in development for concordnc.gov; you may also call the Legal Department to inquire about available properties at 704-920-5116.

Concord in the headlines
Yokohama Tire Corporation to invest $2.7 million in Concord, create 56 jobs

City of Concord to observe Labor Day
In observance of Labor Day, City of Concord offices will be closed on Monday, September 5. Garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a one-day delay next week. However, all customers are asked to place yard waste at the curb by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8. All yard waste will be collected by the end of the day Friday, September 11. Visit concordnc.gov for more information about the holiday schedule.

Are you ready for the fifth annual Safety Palooza on September 10?
Safe Kids Cabarrus and the Concord Fire Department are hosting the fifth annual Safety Palooza from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10. This year's event will be at Concord Fire Station 3, located at 100 Warren C. Coleman Boulevard N. With the new location comes the new featured activity: Junior Firefighter Challenge for youth ages 6-17. The event will also feature local public safety agencies and a variety of activities to help keep kids safe, such as car seat checks, free CPR training, and safe disposal of expired and unused medications. Enjoy free food, inflatable amusements for kids, and community vendors! Visit safekidscabarrus.org or call 704-920-5529 for more information.

Local author and historian to host guided walking tour, second Saturday of each month
Downtown Concord was the epicenter of events that shaped life for locals and those throughout North Carolina and the entire South, alike. Join local author and historian Michael Eury for a guided historic walking tour of Downtown Concord on Saturday, September 10 at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $10 per person, reservations must be made in advance. To register and find out more, visit concorddowntown.com.

Community ceremony planned for Sunday, September 11
The Concord Fire Department invites the public to a community-wide Patriots Day remembrance ceremony at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 11. The brief memorial service will be held at Concord Fire Station 8, located at 1485 Old Charlotte Road. Per the schedule established by City Council, the historic Gamewell Diaphone at Fire Station 1 will sound one blast at 8:46 a.m. on Friday, September 11 to honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

CDDC seeks entries for October 22 Downtown Concord Innovation Day
Creative artists, inventors, and members of the greater community are invited to develop design concepts to activate the sidewalks of Downtown Concord. These inventions will be placed along Union Street for a one-day public viewing on Saturday, October 22, 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. The top designs, as selected by the public who come out the day of the event, will be awarded cash prizes, ($1000, $500, and $250) with the potential for one design to be built out for permanent installation in Downtown Concord. There is no entry fee to submit a design; however the installation itself has to meet a list of criteria. Interested participants are asked to email a sketch of the proposed design, including length, width, and height dimensions to diane@concorddowntown.com before beginning the build out. Sketches will assist the CDDC in verifying that the design meets the criteria. For complete details including a list of criteria, visit concorddowntown.com. Deadline for submitting a sketch is September 15, 2016. Sponsorships available.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2016 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Youth basketball registration now available
Concord Parks and Recreation has opened registration for the fall youth basketball leagues. Leagues are available for youth ages 3 through 16, the playing season runs November through March. In addition to registering online or in person at a recreation center during the month of September, a special registration opportunity is available at Academy Sports + Outdoors Kannapolis (Northlite) location on Saturday, October 1 from 11:00 until 2:00. Registration starts at just $35 for City residents. For more information or to register, visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.

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

September
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
20 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning 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!

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.