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What to Do & See Downtown this Week! 10/21/10

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Recycle Flower Vases & Get a FREE Bouquet
flower vasesChapel Hill Florist is offering a great deal right now: bring three flower vases into the shop to be re-used and they'll give you a FREE bouquet of flowers ($10.00 value)! What a great way to help our planet and brighten the day of a loved one with some flowers! Chapel Hill Florist is located at 200 West Franklin Street, between Aveda Chapel Hill  and Lime & Basil Restaurant. For more information visit
L'Incontro: Authentic Italian Cuisine
lincontroL'incontro, offers authentic Italian cuisine along with a cafe ambiance and outstanding service. Menu features include appetizers, salads, pasta, calzones, sandwiches, and pizza. There are plenty of vegetarian options too. L'incontro is located in the Courtyard at 431 West Franklin Street. For more information call 919-240-4228  or visit


Family Violence Prevention Center Celebration
Birthday CandlesThursday, October 21
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Molly Maid of Chapel Hill and the Ms. Molly Foundation host a gala and fun-filled fundraiser to celebrate the 10th birthday of The Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County at Top of the Hill's exciting new Great Room at 100 East Franklin. Enjoy complimentary valet parking, a silent auction & live auction, music by the Ken Broun Jazz Trio! Tickets are $55 per person or two for $100. Ticket price includes hors d'oeuvres, one drink, and valet parking. For more information please call (919) 697-9183 or visit  
La Residence Celebrates Downtown with Specials
La Residence PatioThursday, October 21

La Residence will be celebrating downtown businesses by providing complimentary hors d'oeuvres in the bar and beverage specials beginning at $2.  Come early and join in the celebration of fall in downtown Chapel Hill!  La Residence is located at 202 West Rosemary Street. For more information call 967-2506 or visit
Free Yoga Classes at Franklin Street Yoga Center
Tuesdays & Thursdays, Until December 9 
4:15 PM to 5:30 PM
Franklin Street Yoga Center is offering free Basics Format classes to the community. This is the recommended class for eager beginners to yoga as they have a slower pace and focus on building awareness in basic postures. A steady and informative class that combines movement, breath, and meditation to foster flexibility, relaxation, and self-awareness. These classes will be taught by various teachers from the studio and teachers who have just completed teacher training with Lori Burgwyn, Franklin Street Yoga Center's owner. For more information visit
TGI-Thursdays at FRANK
photo by btyroler
FRANK Clay Show
Thursday, October 21
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sasha Bakaric and Noah Riedel - two of FRANK's member clay artists will talk about the ways they have adapted the use of the ancient ceramic process known as "terra sigillata".  The current exhibit is the North Carolina Clay Invitational at FRANK which features the work of over 30 of the state's best-known ceramic artists. Every type of work, from functional pottery to sculpture, will be represented by artists such as Mark Hewitt, Nick Joerling, Cynthia Bringle, Holly Fisher, and Mary-Ann Prack. FRANK is located at 109 East Franklin Street.
For more information visit 
Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle at Cartridge World
Cartridge World Logo
Cartridge World's mission is to provide a cost-effective, environmentally friendly alternative to continually purchasing new ink and toner printer cartridges. Cartridge World is committed to deliver products that are of the highest quality, while providing great customer service to go with them. Located at 123-C Franklin Street, in University Square. For more information visit
Pet Portrait Artist at Peacock Alley
Parker by Addren Doss
Addren Doss
Friday, October 22 & Saturday, October 23

Addren Doss will have her work on display at Peacock Alley this weekend. It's the perfect time to schedule to have your pet painted. Pet portraits also make great holiday gift ideas! Peacock Alley offers a variety of gift alternatives from some of the most distinguished designers in the world. Offering a wide variety of luxury bed linens, home accessories, European antiques, furniture, crystal lamps, and more.  Peacock Alley is located in University Square at 123 West Franklin Street. for more information visit
2010 Walk & Race for Education
WalkSaturday, October 23 
Race begins at 9:00 AM, Walk begins at 2:30 PM
This annual event sponsored by the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Public School Foundation starts at McCorkle Place and winds all the way down Franklin Street to the Lincoln Center at Merritt Mill Road where a all are invited to a carnival with games and food from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM! Funds from the Walk for Education go to support  student scholarships and teacher funds in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Public School System. For details visit     


ReCYCLEry Workshop
ReCYCLEry NCSunday, October 24
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The ReCYCLEry is available every Sunday for open workshop hours.  These hours are lightly paced and staffed by mechanics who will lead you in learning about your bike in an informal session.  Mechanics will not repair your bike for you, but will aid you in learning.  Everyone is welcome to bring their bike or work towards earning one of their own.The ReCYCLEry is located at 108 Graham Street. For more information visit  
Science Alive at Kidzu Children's Museum
Kidzu - Store frontWednesday, October 27
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Get a "charge" out of science during this monthly series of drop-in programs based on hands-on science education. The October program will allow kids to learn about static electricity through hands-on experiments with balloons, water and more! Free with admission & for members of the museum. Kidzu is located at 105 East Franklin Street. For more information visit  
'A Tour of France' Dinner at Cypress on the Hill
Wednesday, October 27
Cypress on the Hill7:00 PM
Cypress on the Hill Restaurant, in collaboration with Juice Wine Purveyors and David Shiverick Imports, presents an exciting five course dinner, "A Tour of France".  Each course will be paired with appropriate French wines.  Featured menu items include cold water oyster sampler, bouillabaisse, venison, beef brisket and cornmeal pound cake dessert. The cost is $65/person. For more information call 919-537-8817 or visit

Celebrate Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird Movie PosterAs Harper Lee's beloved novel To Kill a Mockingbird reaches its 50-year mark, join the Center for the Study of the American South for a celebratory screening and discussion on Thursday, October 28.
·5:00 PM - A screening of the film at the Varsity Theater, 123 E. Franklin St. Admission to the film will be free with a UNC One Card, $3 for the general public.
·7:15 PM - Discussion led by a panel of writers in the Varsity Theater: Lee Smith, Jill McCorkle, Randall Kenan, Minrose Gwin, and Jaki Shelton Green.
·8:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Reception with savories and sweets of the 1930's South at Ackland Art Museum. Attendance at the reception is free but requires an RSVP. Advance tickets are recommended and can be purchased at the Varsity box office or call 967-8665.  For more information please visit
Julian's Homecoming Events Julian's Window  
Friday, October 29 & Saturday, October 30
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Join Meagan and Alexander Julian as they host a Chloe & Reese Trunk Show of beautiful, sophisticated clothes for day, evening & special occasions. Also featuring pieces in exclusive fabrics by Alexander Julian in collaboration with Chloe & Reese. Special orders are available too. Get on Top Of Your Game Wardrobe with Julian's TRUE BLUES: An exclusive collection of sweaters, shirts, ties, clothing and accessories for men and women. Purveyors To Carolina Royalty Since 1942. Julian's is located at 135 E. Franklin Street. For more information call 919-942-4563 or visit
Voices from the Grave:  
Photo by Ernie Dollar - Rachel Crook's ghost on the Voices from the Grave Tour.
Haunted Walking Tour of the Chapel Hill Cemetery
Friday,October 29
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Voices from the Grave will dramatically bring back to life some of the most famous, and infamous, residents of the old Chapel Hill Cemetery. From former slaves, to World War II and Civil War soldiers, to victims of unsolved murders, the tour will invite guests to hear the stories of those who met untimely deaths or had tortured lives. Like the case of Rachel Crook who once ran a fish market on the corner of Merritt Mill Road and West Franklin Street, the current location of Crook's Corner Restaurant. She was murdered in 1951. The case has never been solved.
Advanced tickets are encouraged for the tour and are being sold through the Preservation Society (919) 942-7818 or in person at the Horace Williams House at 610 E. Rosemary Street in Chapel Hill. For more information visit  
Kildare's Irish Pub Offers Daily Specials & Events
Monday Madness at Kildare's: Compete with the Minds of UNC with Team Trivia At 10pm. Jam out with Kenny Lee for Ladies night Karaoke and $2 beers!Wednesday Hump Day: Get geared up for the weekend with College night Great Local Music and Ice Luge. Come out on Thursday & Friday to see DJ Matt Chapel Hill's #1 DJ. Don't forget NFL Sunday Ticket- it's a great way to end the week. Kildare's is located at 206 West Franklin Street. For more information visit


One Stop, Early Voting at Planetarium
I voted stickerThere is nothing like the pride of wearing an "I VOTED" sticker! With an early voting location in downtown Chapel Hill- it's a great excuse to take a break from your day and enjoy a beautiful autumn walk to the Planetarium - and show some civic pride! 
For complete voting information contact the Orange County Board of Elections at 919-245-2350 or visit    
Early Voting at the Morehead Planetarium:
Monday - Friday, October 18 to October 22 - 9AM to 5PM
Saturday, October 23 - 9AM to 1PM
Monday - Friday, October 25 to October 29 - 9AM to 5PM
The Morehead Planetarium is located at 250 East Franklin Street -


Beauty on a Budget at Avedaaveda products
Hair - $5 Off any Color Service
Spa - $30 pure focus facial
Nails - EVERYDAY, ANYTIME Specials
Spa Manicure for $15: includes 1 free bottle of OPI polish
Spa Pedicure for $25 : includes 1 free bottle of OPI polish
Mani/Pedi Combo for $40: includes 1 free bottle of OPI polish & travel size hand or foot relief. Beauty on a Budget specials are not valid with other offers and expire on 11/30/10; available Tuesday-Thursday.  Work done exclusively by supervised students. For more information visit  

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FREE Valet Parking Downtown!
Enjoy an evening downtown with the ease and convenience of complimentary valet parking from Monday through Saturday at one of 18 participating downtown businesses. Patrons enjoying other establishments can also use the valet service for a $5.00 charge. Drop-off your car at two conveniently located valet parking stands; in front of the UNC Information Technology building(440 West Franklin Street), near the West End Wine Bar or in front of Spanky's Restaurant (101 East Franklin Street).

Participating Businesses: 411 West Italian CafeBonne Soiree,Carolina Brewery, Elaine's on Franklin, Mediterranean Deli & Catering, Jack Sprat Cafe, La Residence Restaurant & Bar, Lantern Restaurant, Talulla's Restaurant, Vespa Restaurant, West End Wine Bar, Cypress on the Hill , Mint Restaurant, FRANK: Franklin Street Arts Collective, Franklin Street Pizza & Pasta, R&R Grill, Salon 135, SANDWHICH, Spanky's Restaurant, Top of the Hill Brewery & Restaurant.

People on BenchThe Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is charged with leading and managing downtown through partnership efforts; marketing and promoting the assets of downtown; improving the visual appeal of downtown; and rebuilding downtown as a mixed use center of retail, service, professional, governmental, institutional, and residential uses. Visit! Contact us at 919-967-9440 or