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It’s a block party & more

Ken Knox & Company, Nerve Cannon Thursday

Free concert in Downtown Concord
Free concert in Downtown Concord

Union Street Live in Downtown Concord is set for Thursday, July 16. It is part of the summer concert series held the third Thursday of each summer month.

Ken Knox & Company will be on the Main Stage is on Means Avenue next to the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse, 65 Union Street, South. The free concert begins at 6 p.m.

Nerve Cannon plays on the North Stage is on Union Street in front of the public library at 27 Union Street, North. That concert begins at 7 p.m.

For more information about this event, call Concord Downtown Development Corporation at (704) 784-4208.

CCM benefit garden tour and more events coming up

summer reading program

10 reasons to stay engaged in summer reading

…and heat is just one of them

CONCORD, N.C. – It’s easy to get lost in these dog days of summer, when the school year is just as far in the horizon as it is in the rear view mirror. Now that it’s mid-July, the Cabarrus County Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Program is in full swing with a superhero-sized calendar of free events and programs for the entire family.

So far, more than 5,500 people have signed up for the program, which encourages summer reading and education through courses and events around a centralized theme. This year’s theme is superheroes.

Need a little motivation to get you through? Cabarrus County’s library staff sent in their top 10 reasons to stay engaged in summer reading. Here’s what they had to say.

It’s hot outside. A good book reads well in the air conditioning or poolside.

Chocolate. Yes, there is a program for adults on the health benefits of chocolate. There are several other classes that will help you escape the ordinary, like introductions to belly dancing and yoga.

No time? No problem. You don’t have to stop by the library—pick up your favorite titles as eBooks and eAudio. It all counts toward the summer reading challenge.

Order off the lite menu. Between your traditional books, the library can fill your need for lite titles, such as print and digital magazines, a selection from their NEW collection of digital graphic novels or even comic books.

Meet your personal heroes. Whether they are comic book artists, filmmakers, therapy dogs or our hometown heroes, special guests are a big part of the Summer Reading Program.

Fill your feed. Does your summer Facebook feed need a little boost? “Like” your way to coolest parent ever with tons of free events the family will love. Share pics from a “Peter Pan” performance at Stories under the Stars, the birds of prey event with the Raptor Center and the apocalyptic zombie game—your feed will not disappoint.

Become a little more interesting. Use the Summer Reading Program to pick up a new skill, like creating a podcast, upcycling books and magazines to create art and reviving the throwback craft of Perler Beads.

Avoid starting a school year trying to catch up. Reading, even just a little and just stuff you like, can keep your brain active and imagination in high gear. Students who don’t read over the summer spend about two months of the next school year trying to remember skills they forgot over the break.

Say it’s for the kids…but really use it as an excuse to check out the library for the first time in a decade—or maybe longer. The library’s staff can make personalized recommendations and show you the ropes, including how to navigate eResources so you can go another decade without visiting a building and still get free books.

Prizes, prizes, prizes! Everyone who participates in summer reading will walk away with a trinket and everyone who completes a reading log earns a free book. If you can’t wait that long, participate in one of the puzzle/brain teaser games, submit a book review or take a crack at the guessing jar—you could walk away with some great swag.

Participate in the Cabarrus County Summer Reading Program through August 15 at any branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library. The program is open to any Cabarrus County resident and divides participants into age groups with age-appropriate activities.

For more information on the Cabarrus County 2015 Summer Reading Program, including a downloadable calendar of free events, visit www.cabarruscounty.us/library.

Big Friday: Concord Art Walk, Concord at Cox Mill, Robinson at A.L. Brown

Spiders visit the Chargers

Bulldogs battle Wonders at Bullock Gym

Other local basketball games Friday

West Rowan at Central Cabarrus

Hickory Ridge at Northwest Cabarrus

Forest Hills at Mount Pleasant

Cannon at Providence Day

First Assembly at Metrolina Christian

More basketball news

Independent Tribune feature on Jay M. Robinson’s Daniel Spencer

Independent Tribune Athlete of the Week Zaria Wright

The Art Walk in Downtown Concord tonight, Friday Jan. 30
Here is a map and line-up for tonight’s event presented by the Cabarrus Arts Council in Downtown Concord.
Concord Art Walk Jan. 30, 2015

The Art Walk in Downtown Concord is from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight.
The Art Walk in Downtown Concord is from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight.

Changes: Business is booming around Concord

 Old WEGO-AM building comes down

Crews demolished the old WEGO-AM building on Cabarrus Avenue last week
Crews demolished the old WEGO-AM building on Cabarrus Avenue last week

Crews tore down the small strip center at the corner of Cabarrus Avenue West and Yorktown in Downtown Concord last week.

The building had been an insurance office, barber shops and a tax office over the years. It also had been the studio and offices for WEGO-AM 1410 for many years.

As many of you know, Radio Free Cabarrus grew from the “ashes” left when the local AM station abandoned Cabarrus County to be simulcast programming from a Charlotte radio station.

Speculation is that the City of Concord may be buying the now vacant lot and turn it into a parking lot. There has also been speculation that one of the neighboring houses on Cabarrus Avenue might be bought by the city to expand the lot.

The location is just down the street from the new Concord City Municipal Building that is under construction.

Zaxby’s and fast food expanding

Zaxby’s, the chicken restaurant, is expanding in Cabarrus County with at least two new locations underway. The first is on Concord Parkway near the Walmart Neighborhood Market. There is a Taco Bell under construction beside it.

The other Zaxby’s is under construction at Afton Ridge off Kannapolis Parkway.

Chipotle, across from Carolina Mall, should open soon. It appears the building is just about complete including the interior.

That’s great news for fans of the burrito restaurant, but it might be bad news with increased the traffic it will create.

Housing boom

Grading is underway off Poplar Tent Road for another apartment complex (hundreds of units) near the charter school and Goodwill. Another complex is expected further down Poplar Tent near the former softball field across from Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church.

Several other housing projects are either on the drawing board or in the early talks. At least two of the projects look to be mixed use, like Afton Village or even Birkdale.

The Independent Tribune reported on two developments in Harrisburg this past week:

700 houses proposed in Harrisburg

 What’s going on?

We’ve got a lot of questions about other projects underway or that will shortly be underway.  A lot dirt is moving and buildings are going up.

We’re told that surveyors were at the old Quaker Steak and Lube property off Bruton Smith Boulevard and across the street this week. Drop us a line if you know anything about that project or others.

Does anybody know what is going on in front of CMC-NorthEast’s parking deck? Water has been running onto Concord Parkway for months.

There are orange cones and a weathering piece of plywood covering the apparent work site. It sure seems wasteful to run water into the street for so long, not to mention when it freezes.

Changes in the Concord Mills area and AMC 24

AMC has also added new Coca-Cola Free Style soda machine at the concession stand.

AMC 24 Theaters at Concord Mills has added a new bar, MacGuffins, and switched to Coca-Cola Free Style soda machines.

Hundreds of different flavors are available in the drink machine at AMC
Hundreds of different flavors are available in the drink machine at AMC

It’s just one of many changes at Concord Mills and along Concord Mills Boulevard. New buildings are going up in front of Lowe’s. Right now it looks like one will be occupied by a mattress store.

Grading is under way for Christenbury Corners shopping center across the corner of the intersection at Derita Road.