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What To Do & See This Week! 7/2/09

Downtown Events and Sales! July 2 to July 5, 2009

Downtown Chapel Hill Weekend Events

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4th of July Celebration at Kenan Stadium!
Saturday, July 4
Gates open at 7:00 pm
Fireworks at 9:30 pm
There will be fun for the whole family including face painting with Paint Savvy, world record juggler the Juggle Boy, and balloon twisting with roaming magic by Clown Willie. Johnny White and The Elite Band performing at 8:00 pm with fireworks to follow at 9:30 p.m. Gates open with children's entertainment at 7 p.m.
Attendees can enter through Gates 6, 7 and 8 at Kenan Stadium's south side. Parking will be provided at Craige, Jackson and Cardinal parking decks off Manning Drive, and public parking including disability parking will be available at the Ram's Head parking deck off Ridge Road. Concessions will be available to the public. For more information visit:
Star Spangled Tie-Dye Event  at Kidzu!
 tie dye shirt
Thursday, July 2
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Join Kidzu for this fun event and make stunning Fourth of July t-shirts to show off your patriotic spirit and creativity. Designs options include fireworks, stars & stripes, or swirl pattern. Kidzu will supply the white t-shirts, but you are welcome to bring your own. Fee: $12 per child pair. For children 5-10 years. Space is limited and prepaid registration is required. Call Kidzu Children's Museum at 919-933-1455 to sign-up. Visit
July 4th Weekend at Carolina Brewery!
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Carolina Brewery will feature $3 pints of Firecracker Pale Ale on the 4th!

Try the Brewery's new Summer Menu with favorites such as Gazpacho Soup, Baja Fish Tacos, Cubano Sandwich and hand cut Steaks! And Don't miss their patriotic dessert special-- Red, White & Blue Homemade Cheesecake featuring local blueberries and strawberries!
Planning to celebrate the 4th at home or heading to a party? The Brewery has growlers and kegs for all your party and cookout needs. Call the Cold Beer Hotlines:  Chapel Hill (919)942-0189, Pittsboro (919)545-BEER (2337). 

The Carolina Brewery is located at 460 West Franklin Street. Visit  for more information.
Old Fashioned 4th of July on the Lawn!
Saturday, July 4
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Picnic on the lawn of the 1850s Horace Williams House and enjoy patriotic music by the Village Band, lemonade, ice cream cones with the ice cream donated by Maple View Farms and cones donated by Harris Teeter.  The Village Band begins to play at 1:15 pm. For more information about the event, contact the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill at (919) 942-7818 or email Horace Williams House is located at 610 East Rosemary Street.
Happy 4th of July from Uniquities!

Take 20% off anything red, white or blue from July 1st to July 4th!

Uniquities offers free denim alterations. They can make your jeans the perfect length from cropping, tapering, and hemming; get a custom length especially for you! Uniquities is located under the pink awning at 452 West Franklin Street. For more information visit  
Book Release Party at the Cave!
 floodmakers book
Friday, July 3
10:00 pm

Author Nic Brown celebrates the release of his debut novel Floodmarkers, with music from special guests Snüzz, Andy Ware (from Hobex), and Sam Frazier. Brown, whose work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times and The Harvard Review, is an author and musician living in Chapel Hill. "In Brown's hip, assured debut," says Publisher's Weekly of Floodmarkers (out July 1 from Counterpoint Press), "a series of vignettes adds up to a keen portrait of a small North Carolina town. It's September 21, 1989, in Lystra, N.C., and Hurricane Hugo is bearing down on residents and visitors alike... Think Winesburg, Ohio simultaneously pared down and amped up, read to the sound of a jangly Strat." For more information please visit; and
Jazz Thursdays and Drink Specials!

Roberts At The Franklin is the place to be downtown to enjoy beautiful jazz music on Thursdays performed by The Jim Crisp Trio 7:30pm-10:30pm.

Roberts At The Franklin Lobby Bar and Patio is now featuring Daily Drink Specials and New Summer Dessert Menu!
Roberts Daily Drink Specials:
Mondays-Original and Blue Velvet Mojitos
Tuesdays- All Martinis
Wednesdays-Catena Cabernet, Wente Chardonnay and Dom Beritol Prosecco
Thursdays- All Premium Well Drinks
Fridays- Firefly Cocktails
Saturdays-All Domestic Beers
Sundays- Wines by the glass, Bottles of Wine Half-Price

The Franklin Hotel is located at 311 West Franklin Street. For more information please call 442-9000 or visit

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, July 2 - Madeline & The White Flag Band, The Ginger Envelope
Friday, July 3- Rocking Ammonia Karaoke
Sunday, July 5 - The Curtains of Night, Invisible, Trophy Wife
Local 506 is located at 506 West Franklin Street. For more information call 942-5506 or visit  

Thursday, July 2 - Brandon Herndon & John Pardue's Songslingers Showcase, The Defibulators w/ Sean Kershaw and the New Jack Ramblers
Friday, July 3- Comedy Night with Johnny Cook, Nic Brown's Book Release Party
Saturday, July 4 - 8th Annual Evil Weiner Roast featuring Evil Weiner
The Cave is located 452 1/2 West Franklin Street. For more information call 968-9308 or visit      

Thursday, July 2 - Monsonia, Verso, d(A)nM(A)c
Saturday, July 4 - Fourth of July Party 5pm to 2Am!
With Wizzerds of Rhyme
Sunday, July 5 - Clang Quartet, Peter Woods, Instinct Control
Nightlight Club is located at 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street. For more information call 960-6101 or 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
Now JuneteenthShop Online at Glee Kids!
Glee Kids is now online!  Shop from the cool airconditioned comfort of your home - and you'll never miss out on Glee Kids wonderful array of children's clothing and accessories for ages 0 to 8!Orders can also be called in to the store during store hours. Check out  (click shop online).

Check out the new summer stock - Esme lounge wear available in sizes 2 to 10; Feather Baby, Daily Tea, Splendid and Tea Collection!
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
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,
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.
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  
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!The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is charged with leading and managing downtown.  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