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What To Do & See This Week! 6/19/09

Downtown Chapel Hill Weekend Events! June 18 to June 21, 2009

Downtown Chapel Hill Weekend Events

Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership 

CHDP - Amazing Mile
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Locally Grown is a nine week series of Live Concerts and Outdoor Movies featuring local entertainers and family friendly activities in Downtown Chapel Hill!
Thursdays on the Wallace Plaza, an urban park atop the Wallace Parking Deck at 150 East Rosemary Street, our mission is to promote the downtown community by encouraging people and families to come downtown and shop, eat and be local patrons for businesses throughout the downtown district.

Free Live Concerts!
Thursday, June 18: Will McFarlane and Big Mama E and the Cool!
Thursday, July 23:Music Maker Relief Foundation presents: Big Ron Hunter with Boo Hanks!
Thursday, August 20:Local 506 presents: Love Language with Lost in the Trees!
~Entertainment from Magic Mike starts at 6pm, music starts at 7pm. 

Free Outdoor Movies and Kid Friendly Entertainment!
~Movies begin on the rooftop at sundown (8:30pm) on a huge 12' x 7' inflatable movie screen.
~ Educational music and dance performances will open before each movie night at 7pm.
~Movie nights also feature free popcorn, children's activities such as face painting and crafts with Kidzu Children's Museum, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and a misting tent.
Thursday, June 25- The Dark Knight
Thursday, July 9 - Madagascar 2
Thursday, July 16 - Princess Bride
Thursday, July 30 - Happy Feet
Thursday, August 6 - Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Thursday, August 13 - Cool Hand Luke 
For information on our movie series, please click here!

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Hops for Pops Dinner!Hops for Pops

Thursday, June 18
6:30 pm to 10:00 pm

What better way to toast an early Father's Day than a five-course dinner  at The Carolina Inn's Crossroads Restaurant served with local beer pairings by Chapel Hill's own Carolina Brewery. The "Hops for Pops Dinner" costs $49 per person. Space is limited and reservations can be made by calling (919) 918-2735. For more information please visit  
New Specials at Vespa Restaurant! 
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Lunch Special -- $10 for a starter and entree! Every day from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm!
Thirsty Thursdays @ Vespa-- During late night hours (10PM-2AM),  all drinks at the bar are half price and there is live entertainment by DJ Nyt.
Sunday Wine Specials -- All house wine by the bottle and by the glass is half price for lunch and dinner all day on Sunday!
Vespa is located at 306 West Franklin Street. For more information visit
Fridays on the Front Porch!
 Earth Action Day
Every Friday
5:00 to 8:00 pm
Live bluegrass music creates the perfect atmosphere for kicking back, relaxing and getting a jump on the weekend. The Inn offers its Southern Style Picnic menu with full bar service, and plenty of comfortable seating under the shady oaks and magnolias on the Inn's front lawn. There is no cover charge for the event.  The Carolina Inn is located at 211 Pittsboro St.  For more information please call 800-962-8519 or visit
Tour the Coker Arboretum!

Third Saturday of Every Month
11:00 am

Meet at the Stone Gathering Circle near the center of the arbor for a tour of the century-old arboretum led by experienced tour guides. Third Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. Free! For more information call 962-0522 or visit  
Meet a Scientist at Morehead!
Saturday, June 20
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Explore the latest scientific discoveries with a different scientist every month. Join Jeff Dangl, John N. Couch Professor of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, as he discusses cutting-edge science with "DNA and the Genomics Revolution: From Human Health to Water Conservation." For more information, visit  or call 962-1236.
Toots & Magoo Celebrates Fathers with a Sale! 
 TOMS Shoes
Toots & Magoo is offering 10% off all father's day purchases! Father's Day is June 21st - Let him know how special he is! Come grab him a rockin' card from Dutch Door Press or check out Toots & Magoo's bags, wallets, leather journals and vintage pens.You might find something perfect for him -like a pair of TOMS shoes. Toots & Magoo is located at 142 East Franklin Street. For more information please visit
JuneteenthThird Annual Juneteenth Celebration!

Saturday, June 20
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Hargraves Recreation Center

The Orange County Juneteenth Planning Committee will hold its Third Annual Juneteenth Celebration featuring oration on the history of Juneteenth, the freeing of African Americans in Texas in 1865, food and entertainment! Event proceeds go towards Boys and Girls Clubs in Orange County. For more information contact: Deanna Carson at 967-8779.  Hargraves Recreation Center is located at 216 N. Roberson Street.
Seeing Your World at Ackland Art Museum!
June 22 - June 26
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

In this week-long summer program for 9- to 12-year-olds, participants will explore the ways different artists depict the world around them in their work. Each day, participants will investigate art in the Ackland Art Museum's galleries and the techniques used to make them. Participants will also create collages, multimedia boxes and poetry. Registration is required. Cost is $125 per person, $100 for members. For more information, visit or call 843-3675.
Walking Food Tour- Downtown Chapel Hill & Carrboro!
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Saturdays at 2:30
Take a leisurely walk through the downtown streets of Chapel Hill & Carrboro and pause numerous times for sample tastings and personal insights from a cross-section of this area's finest and most unique establishments. Tours depart from the Franklin Hotel. Tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance. For more information and details please visit
Rogers Road Exhibit at Wilson Library!
We're All Family Here: Preserving Community Heritage in the Rogers Road Neighborhood of Chapel Hill
Rogers Road Exhibit
June 12 to August 31 
UNC Wilson Library
This exhibit traces the development of the Rogers-Eubanks area from the 1700s to today. In addition to maps and photographs from the North Carolina Collection, the exhibit uses sources from the book "Rogers Road" and photographs donated by neighborhood residents to illustrate the history of this predominantly African-American community from emancipation to the present day.  For more information please visit or contact Linda Jacobson, 919-962-1172,
Help Kidzu Meet the Challenge!
Kidzu needs help by June 30th to qualify for a generous matching donation of up to $10,000! An anonymous donor is providing a 1:1 match, so each donation by June 30 makes twice the difference. Help Kidzu take advantage of this special match!
Kidzu is a great place to play and learn, and a bright spot in our community. Kidzu's attendance is up 30% this year and the museum has received local and national recognition for its work.  Kidzu doors are open to all families, including those in need. Kidzu is an important part of our community, but keeping the museum strong is a challenging task, particularly in the current economy. Kidzu Children's Museum is located 105 East Franklin Street. For more information visit
Elaine's on Franklin June Specials!

--The pre-theater tasting menu for $35 all night long on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays!
--Tapas at the bar are free with each beverage purchased!
--June is Eat Local month and the current all local dish at Elaine's is a black pepper crusted n.c. yellowfin tuna with local potatoes, roasted peppers, sugar snap pea sauce & hollandaise.

Elaine's on Franklin is located at 454 West Franklin Street. For more information or to make reservations please visit  Elaine's participates in the West End Valet Parking Service!

Live Music and Entertainment Every Night! 
 Whether you're interested in rock, blues, folk, jazz or alternative music, Downtown Chapel Hill offers an eclectic mix of tunes virtually every night of the year!  Looking for some good dance music, open mics or music trivia nights? Check out some of the local music venues listed below for a constantly changing line-up of bands, DJs, and events. Many downtown restaurants and bars also host live performances and comedians.
Thursday, June 18 - Telekinesis, An Horse
Friday, June 19 - House of Fools, Lonnie Walker,
 Motel Motel
Saturday, June 20 - Tripp, Josh Roberts & The Hinges, The Pneurotics
Sunday, June 21 - The Paperchase

Local 506 is located at 506 West Franklin Street. For more information call 942-5506 or visit  

Thursday, June 18 - Both, Eric Sommer
Friday, June 19 - Keep off the Grass w/ Town Mountain
Saturday, June 20 - The K-Macks, Mystery Road w/ Birds & Arrows
Sunday, June 21 - Chatham County Pajama Party at the "Ski Lodge" w/ The Moaners, Twilighter, Taz halloween's Kittybox & the Johnnys
The Cave is located 452 1/2 West Franklin Street. For more information call 968-9308 or visit      

Thursday, June 18 - Impossible Arms, Quasar Abode, Inspector 22
Friday, June 19 - Where the Buffalo Roamed, Noise in Print, Eszett
Nightlight Club is located at 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street. For more information call 960-6101 or visit   
Friday, June 19-Mediterranean Nights-A blend of International Beats from Turkey, Greece and the Middle East with a fuse of House Euro and Top 40  
Saturday, June 20- I-Mambo - Latin Dance party- Reggaeton, Latin Pop, Salsa, Bachata and more...with DJ Carlos
Talulla's is located at 456 W. Franklin Street. For more information please visit  
Specials at Aveda!
Valid until June 30 on
Tuesday-Thursday before 5:00 pm

Aveda's Quarterly Specials are the perfect excuse to pamper yourself!
Hair: Receive a haircut service for $15. Spa: 20% off any facial or body treatment (excludes express services). Nails: 20% off any manicure or pedicure. Aveda is located at 200 West Franklin St.  For more information visit
Preserve Your Sanity!
Preserve Sanity
Every Monday
9:30 am to 11:00 am

The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill is launching a new weekly program, "Preserve Your Sanity".  Parents and children are invited to experience a morning of old fashioned fun on the lawn! Please RSVP to Sandra Rich at 919-969-0018. There is no admission fee!Horace Williams House is located at 610 East Rosemary Street.
Tunes on Tuesday at La Residence!
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Tuesday, June 23
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Chris Blount/Mike Armstrong
La Residence features live music on the Patio, Tuesday nights during dinner.  Enabling locals to enjoy a delicious meal and live music simultaneously while sitting in comfort.  Spring Tuesday Specials include $3 Wine Glasses and  $3 Blue Moon Pints. Come and enjoy seasonal selections from the New Cafe Menu. La Residence is located at 202 West Rosemary Street. For more information call 967-2506 or visit
Tai ChiTai Chi in the Courtyard at UNC!

Tuesday, June 23
Noon - 12:45 p.m.

Rosenau and McGavran-Greenberg Halls courtyard 
Leader Lisa Marcusson has taught tai chi chuan for more than 20 years and currently teaches at the UNC Wellness Center in Meadowmont and the Chapel Hill branches of the YMCA. No experience required. Registration is at 11:50 a.m. Cost is $5 per person. In the event of rain, check with Sherry Roberts regarding an indoor location. For more information, contact Sherry Roberts at
Franklin Street Guided Walking Tour!

Sundays and Wednesdays
2:00 pm

Take a guided tour of historical Franklin Street as part of the series of  historical walking tours of Chapel Hill entitled, 'Walk This Way! Fact and Folklore Tours of Chapel Hill.'  Tours will  leave from the Horace Williams House at 2 pm; rain or shine. Each tour lasts just over an hour and costs only $5. Horace Williams House is located at 610 E. Rosemary Street.  For more information please call 942-7818 or visit  
West End Valet Parking is FREE! West End Logo
Spend the evening on the West End and take advantage of FREE Valet Parking six nights a week! Monday through Saturday - 5:00pm to 11:00pm. Courtesy Valet Parking is provided to patrons of participating businesses with a validated parking receipt. Downtown visitors enjoying other establishments can also use the valet service for a $5.00 charge. Drop cars off at the Valet Parking stand located in front of the UNC Information Technology building (440 West Franklin Street), near the West End Wine Bar. Parking is always FREE in Downtown Chapel Hill every Sunday!
Participating Businesses:
411 West Italian Cafe                                 Bonne Soiree
Carolina Brewery                                        Elaine's on Franklin
Mediterranean Deli & Catering                    Lantern Restaurant
La Residence Restaurant & Bar                   Mansion 462
Talulla's Restaurant                                    Vespa Restaurant         
West End Wine Bar                                    Cypress on the Hill
Mint Restaurant
Visit the Downtown Calendar of Events to find out about all the exciting events going on in Downtown Chapel Hill everyday!  
Listings include: 
*Art & Culture                           *Meetings
*Food & Drinks                          *UNC Events                                                                          *Sales & Promotions                  *Lectures & Classes
*Special Events                         *LIVE Music & Entertainment
 Does your Downtown Chapel Hill business, agency or organization have something to include on the calendar or in the Weekend Event emails?  Send us an email or add our email to your listserv:
Grinch! Downtown Chapel Hill is a sustainable mixed-use district that builds community as the Center of Education and Life-Long Learning; the Center of Arts, Culture, and Entertainment; and the Center of Urban Living.  
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is charged with leading and managing downtown to attain this vision.  We build human and financial resources through partnership efforts; we market and promote the assets of downtown; we improve the visual appeal of downtown; and we rebuild downtown as a mixed use center of retail, service, professional, governmental, institutional, and residential uses.
We invite you to come LearnPlayLive!
Please contact us at 919-967-9440 or