ConcordSwat a Litterbug: The city of Concord has launched new services and campaigns geared toward making Concord litter-free. The Swat-a-Litterbug program allows residents to report the location of person responsible for litter and their vehicle information, if applicable, by calling 704-920-5000. Litter Sweeps, a citywide partnership with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, takes place each fall and spring. The next sweep will be April 26-May 10. Details: 704-920-5298. For long-term projects, check out the state’s Adopt-a-Street/Highway program: 704-920-5363. Spring means art: The Concord Downtown Development Corp.’s annual Spring into Arts Festival will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 3 throughout downtown Concord. Dozens of regional and local artists come to compete in a juried arts show for media including photography, jewelry, ceramics, wood and more. For the first time this year, live performances will take place on a children’s stage, and there will be street performers. Details: 704-784-4208.
Kannapolis Science lovers rejoice: The North Carolina Research Campus has planned multiple free public events this month. As part of the statewide N.C. Science Festival, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will host its third annual STEM Open House at 2 p.m. April 11 at the college’s training center on the Research Campus. The event will showcase dozens of interactive demonstrations. The UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute’s Appetite for Life Academy “Frontiers in Nutrition” series will include presentations on uric acid, the brain on sugar, and berries and the brain. Presentations will be 7 p.m. April 1, 8 and 22 in the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building. Webcasts will be available. Register or get more details at www.uncnri.org or www.ncresearchcampus.net. Lukas Johnson