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Haiti Fundraiser Success! 
On Tuesday, January 26 
Mediterranean Deli sponsored a Haiti Relief Fundraiser and featured a special menu all day at the restaurant. Hungry patrons definitely showed up and helped the restaurant raise $16,156.36...all donated to the Red Cross for the relief efforts in Haiti!  Thank you to all that come out and to everyone at the Mediterranean Deli!
chocolate trufflesThe Chocolate Door Grand Opening!
Saturday, January 30
11:00 AM
Enter a world of gourmet chocolates at The Chocolate Door! Featuring handmade chocolates and truffles, over 25 permanent flavors plus seasonal specials and coffee to go. The Chocolate Door is located at 516 West Franklin Street, next door to Italian Pizzeria III. For more information call 240-7290 or visit
Salon 135 Fundraiser for Haiti!Salon 135
Sunday, January 31
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Join Salon 135's stylists as they donate their skills and time to cut hair for donations -- with 100% of the proceeds going to help the victims of the earthquake disaster in Haiti. Salon 135 is located at 128 East Franklin Street. For more information visit or call 929-4119.
And don't forget...Parking is FREE in downtown Chapel Hill every Sunday!
All My Sons by Arthur Miller at Playmakers
January 27 to February 14
All My Sons
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play born of wartime in another era speaks as clearly now as it did then. Miller's masterpiece explores the moral question of what we are responsible for, and who we are responsible to, in a time of war. Playmakers is proud to be among the first theatres given the rights to present this masterwork since Miller's death four years ago.   Visit for ticket information.
Calling All Mustache Growers!
Thursday, January 28Dali Mustache
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Nightlight Club kicks off this crazy fundraiser - Mustaches for Kids - with the official Shaving Day! Everyone is invited to grow the coolest mustache you can and ALSO support a school project proposed on the charity website-Donors Choose! Competitors will grow mustaches over the course of four weeks and raise money for the project. On Saturday, February 27th they will showcase their fancy grown mustaches for a final competition party at the Nightlight. For more information visit
'the break/s: a mixtape for stage' at Memorial Hall!
Friday, January 29Bamuthi
8:00 PM  
Experience the living history of the hip-hop generation through the personal narrative of poet/performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Bamuthi performs a call-and-response with turntablist DJ Excess and beatboxer/percussionist Tommy Shepherd (aka Soulati), with video projections by filmmaker Eli Jacobs Fantauzzi composed of interviews and documentary footage of hip-hop culture throughout the world. In Cooperation with the Ackland Art Museum presenting Jacob Lawrence and The Legend of John Brown, Jan. 16 - May 9, 2010. Visit for more information.
Soup Before Hoops Open to All!
Sunday, January 31Soup Before Hoops
12:30 PM 

The community is invited to join the UNC Student Body Government Executive Branch for Soup Before Hoops a FREE lunch held this Sunday at Chapel of the Cross, located at 304 East Franklin Street. Sample soups from your favorite Chapel Hill restaurants and enjoy fellowship with friends and neighbors. Afterwards, head to the Dean Dome to watch the Tar Heels take on the Cavaliers! For more information contact Hilary Workman at

Parlez-vous Francais?Paper Dresses
Toots & Magoo will host French Night this coming Tuesday, February 2 from 6:00-7:30 pm. There will be wine, games and great conversation! They encourage all levels to come and participate. Beverages will be provided and they ask guests to bring an hors d'oeuvre to share with the group. French Night takes place at the gallery which is located at 142 E Franklin Street.
Be sure to check out their online shop at! Keep up with all the happenings at Toots & Magoo on Twitter @tootsandmagoo or Facebook!
Questions or comments? You can call or email at 919.942.3339 or
Bridal Fair at The Carolina InnBridal Fair Carolina Inn
Sunday, January 31
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Join The Carolina Inn and the Triangle's top wedding professionals for the region's most exclusive bridal showcase. An elegant afternoon for all things wedding! $10.00 per person - Tickets sold at the door. For more information about booking your wedding at The Carolina Inn call 919.918.2749 or email or visit  The Carolina Inn is located at 211 Pittsboro Street on the UNC campus.

Kids Eat Free at Carolina Brewery in January!  


To celebrate their 15th Anniversary in Chapel Hill, the Carolina Brewery will be doing a special promotion each month. In January, it's Kids Eat Free each weeknight! So, bring the family Monday through Friday and kids under 12 will eat for free off the kids menu. This offer runs through the month of January.
The  Winter Seasonal Menu is off to a great start and will be available until mid-March. Early favorites are the NY Strip Sandwich, The Muffuletta and the Chicken and Dumplings and Buffalo Chicken soup! For more information visit

Art from the Heart to Benefit Museums!
More than 100 original pieces of artwork are on display through February 4, 2010 at the CHAPEL HILL MUSEUM and Kidzu Children's Museum. Local celebrated personalities, heroes and established artists have painted canvases to be auctioned in support of the exceptional educational experiences at the CHAPEL HILL MUSEUM and Kidzu Children's Museum. Participants include everyone from UNC coaches to Triangle chefs, from town officials to musicians, from notable artists to authors. To view these creations and BID NOW on them visit CHAPEL HILL MUSEUM and Kidzu  Children's Museum's websites at or  
Art from the Heart Gala at Chapel Hill Museum
Thursday, February, 4
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
A very festive affair that will include a high-energy silent auction that promises to be full of art-filled fun. Mingle with the artists while taking in an array of work that encompasses individual visions that all share a goal: to continue the good works being accomplished at both museums. Tickets for February's Gala are $30 or / $50 per pair and can be purchased by calling 919.967.1400.

Reserve NOW: Valentine's Weekend Specials!
Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14 romantic candles

La Residence Restaurant will be featuring a three course and a two course menu in honor of Valentine's Day! Menu items include Blue Point Oysters, Jerusalem Artichoke Soup, Roasted Duck Breast, Seared Rib Eye and much more. Red rose flower arrangements are also available.  Enter Promo Code "Bubbly" when making your reservation online & receive two complimentary glasses of champagne upon arrival! *Online reservations only. To make reservations or for more information please visit 

Cater Your Tar Heel Bash with McCalisters!
Ice Tea
Welcome back UNC! Get your basketball parties started with McAlister's Deli sandwich trays. Through
April 5, 2010 feed all your Heels fans for $5 a person with McAlister's Signature assorted sandwich trays, chips or potato salad, and gallons of tea or lemonade for everyone.  Call McAlister's Deli at (919) 969-1102 or fax orders to (919) 969-1105.  Mention this ad and get an additional *BONUS* for your order!
Yoga in the Galleries at Ackland Art Museum
Tuesday, February 2
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Namasté! Take a break from your day and explore the world of yoga in the beautiful setting of the Ackland! Yoga mats and museum cushions are provided. Please wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to stretch. Since the Galleries can be cool, long sleeves are recommended. Sessions led by Joanne Marshall. Beginners are welcome. Registration is limited. Free to members and $5 for non-members. For more information visit
Downtown Walking Food Tours
Every Saturday
2:30 PM
Explore and discover a culinary and historical perspective of downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro that only an insider might know! Take a leisurely walk 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
'Ice Counterpoint' Exhibit at FedEx Global Center
Exhibit Runs Until May 31Ice Counterpoint photo

A multimedia artistic collaboration, "Ice Counterpoint" views the Earth's polar regions through the artistic collaboration of music, art, environmental soundscapes and photography. The photography, recordings, and video of Antarctica and the High Arctic, taken in 2006 and 2009 by Brooks de Wetter-Smith (photo at right), are presented along with the polar art of Nerys Levy. For more information, please 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 on 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
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. Contact us at 919-967-9440 or or visit