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What to Do & See Downtown this Week! 11/18/10

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Limelight Winter Window DisplayWeekend Sale at Limelight Boutique
Limelight Boutique is offering 25% off ONE ITEM this weekend (Fri, Nov. 19 to Sun, Nov. 21) when you bring in this email! Limelight Boutique makes holiday shopping easy and fabulous! Featuring many new items all by seven local designers - items include hats, headbands and jewelry! For more information visit or visit Limelight Boutique's Facebook page.


Discounts at Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center

CH Tire LogoChapel Hill Tire Car Care Center, a GreenPlus certified business, offers discounts on automotive services like oil changes and tire rotations to UNC employees &students as well as downtown merchants and employees. Take advantage of complimentary shuttle service to the surrounding area! Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center has been providing service with integrity right on Franklin Street since 1953. They offer full service automotive repair, ASE certified technicians, and award winning service. VOTED BEST MECHANIC IN THE TRIANGLE by readers of the Independent. For more information visit

SMALL WONDERS Exhibit at FRANK Small Wonders
The gift of art is no small wonder! SMALL WONDERS is a curated exhibit featuring art works measuring 20"x20" or less. The exhibit runs from November 19 through January 9, 2011. Join FRANK for an opening reception on Friday, November 19, from 7PM to 9PM.  FRANK features work from over 70 local artists and offers paintings, ceramics and sculpture as well as a wide selection of fine art, craft, wearables, and gifts. FRANK is located at 109 East Franklin Street.  For more information visit 

Uniquities - Pink AwningWeekend Sale at Uniquities  

This weekend ~Friday, Nov. 19 to Sunday, Nov. 21 ~ take an ADDITIONAL 40% off all sale merchandise at Uniquities. Selected items from Citizens of Humanity, James jeans, Market, Theory, Rebecca Beeson, Splendid, Velvet, Ella Moss and much more. Offer good at all Uniquities locations, cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion. No price adjustments and sale items are final sale. For more information visit  

Internationalist Logo'This Land is Their Land' Lecture
The Internationalist will host a lecture on Friday, November 19 at 7PM, titled "This Land is Their Land" by David Cantor from Responsible Policies for Animals. Cantor will talk about the impact of human land-use practices on wildlife and humans. Internationalist Books and Community Center is located at 405 West Franklin Street. For more information and a schedule of all their events please visit


Native American Skies Show at PlanetariumMorehead Planetarium
In honor of Native American heritage month, this Star Familes Show on Saturday, November 20 at 9:30AM, explores Native American myths and legends about the stars, Moon and Milky Way, as well as the related stories told by scientists today. Based on the same themes as Starry Nights, this engaging program series is designed for learners ages 7-12 and their families. General Public: $20/family; Morehead Members: $15/family -$2 for each additional family member after the first four. To register or for more information visit For information on other events celebrating Native American Heritage month at UNC please visit

November Specials at Sugarland Bakery
Every Monday - $5 Frozen Martini 
Every Tuesday- 1/2 Off Cupcakes (Dine-in) & 4 for $10 (Pick-up)
Every Wednesday- Buy 1 Get 1 Free Gelato & $1.50 Dom. Beer
Sugarland is Chapel Hill's own locally owned dessert cafe right in the heart of Franklin Street. Start your day off with beignets and cafe au lait in the morning and move on into the night with cabernet and creme brulee. Sugarland makes everything from scratch with great local ingredients. For more information visit

UNC vs. NC State - GO HEELS! 
Saturday, November 20, Kick-off at Noon
The Tar Heels take on the NC State Wolfpack this Saturday. For details on Carolina Football, the game schedule, and ticket information visit and for Tar Heel Town visit www.tarheeltown.comFor information on Tar Heel Express, the FREE Downtown/Stadium Shuttle, or FREE Valet Parking: click here. 

FREE 'Go Heels' & 'Welcome NC State Fans' SignsGo Heels Sign
Business Class, Inc., a Chapel Hill business that provides resources for managers and business owners, has created ready-to-go signs that you can easily print and hang in your business or hold up during the game! To download the signs - click here.  Business Class, Inc. makes these signs available for all Carolina home football games!

Cypress on the HillSunday Brunch at Cypress on the Hill  
Every Sunday from 11AM to 3PM, Cypress on the Hill Restaurant offers brunch, with the bar open until 4:00 PM. The exciting new brunch menu, on the EVENTS tab on the restaurant's recently re-designed website, features a la carte items from $4.50- $13.00.  Please call 919-537-8817 for reservations or visit for more information. 


Holiday Hours & Wish Lists at Somethin' Else
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means it's time to start thinking about Christmas! Somethin' Else has extended holiday hours beginning December 1st - Wednesdays from 11AM to 7PM through Christmas; and Saturdays from 11AM to 7PM. The season brings busy days for us all and to make holiday shopping stress free - Somethin' Else offers "Wish Lists" to assist your loved ones in finding the perfect gift for you! Simply drop by the store make a list of all your favorites things! Somethin' Else also offers gift certificates, and FREE holiday appropriate wrapping in their signature wrap! For more information visit
Chapel Hill Comics Store-Wide Sale

Chapel Hill Comics will be open regular hours on Friday, November 26, the Day After Thanksgiving, for a big sale starting at 10AM! Everything in the store will be on sale - but shop early for the best deals! This includes comics, graphic novels, kids' books, Uglydolls, Squishables, Giant Microbes, Piperoids, Pokemon cards, Scott Pilgrim T-Shirts, the already super-cheap Marvel Essential paperbacks, and posters! Chapel Hill Comics is located at 316 West Franklin Street. For more information visit 


2010-2011 Carolina Basketball Season is Here!

So, you think you can't get tickets to see a Carolina Men's basketball game in the Smith Center? Think again!  This season tickets are available for many of the home games NOW for as low as $25 each! Tickets are also available for the Carolina Women's basketball team, with an action-packed schedule featuring a visit from NCAA champions Connecticut, and home games  played in the newly renovated Carmichael Arena! To purchase tickets for Carolina basketball games visit or call (800) 722-HEEL.

Hats Off to the Kids! Benefit at Carolina Inn 
Our Children's Place is coming soon!
Our Children's Place is hosting a very special celebration on Sunday, November 28 from 2PM to 4PM at The Carolina Inn. Pick out your favorite handcrafted items, sample the delicious afternoon treats provided by The Carolina Inn, and celebrate and support the work being done to create a better life for young children whose mothers are incarcerated. Tickest are $25 per person. Please call 919-843-2670 for reservations and more information or visit  
Kildare's Irish Pub Offers Daily Specials & Events
Chapel Hill's newest hotspot, Kildare's Irish Pub starts the week off right  with 35 Cent Wings (6 awesome flavors) all day Monday! Calling all students, starting at 10pm is Pub Trivia. Sweet prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place! Stop singing in the shower and sing on stage at Kildare's Karaoke on Tuesdays! Thursday, Friday, and Saturday enjoy DJ Mat -Chapel Hill's #1 DJ! End the week with NFL Sunday Ticket and ½ off all drinks all day long! For more information visit


 Shell It Out! Benefit for Mural Restoration
The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill is teaming up with the Framer's Market and Gallery, The Downtown Partnership and local merchants to raise money to restore The Sea Turtles mural located at the corner of Columbia and Rosemary Streets.  Please join us Thursday, December 2 from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Horace Williams House to SAVE THE TURTLES! Enjoy a silent auction and an evening of Turtle-themed desserts, coffee and wine.  The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill is located in the Horace Williams House at 610 East Rosemary Street.  For more information contact (919) 942-7818 or


To learn more about supporting the mural restoration and donate online -CLICK HERE.

Downtown Holiday Events

Tree Lighting - 09 -2Community Tree Lighting Ceremony Join the Downtown Partnership in kicking off the holiday season with the lighting of the 22' tall Community Tree in the Memorial Garden of University Baptist Church on Sunday, November 28 at 6PM. Enjoy the caroling of the church choir and Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt will be our guest tree lighter. Don't forget your camera - children can meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and have their pictures taken for free!  University Baptist Church is located at 100 S. Columbia; at the corner of Columbia Street and Franklin Street. Parking is FREE downtown on Sundays and University Square will be offering free parking to those attending the Tree Lighting Ceremony! For more information visit or call 919-967-9440.


The Nutcracker by the Carolina Ballet
The Nutcracker is a holiday season staple about the imagination of a child's world in which all things are possible. Featuring toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes, an army of mice and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Tickets start at $30 for adults and $18 for children 12 and younger. The ballet will be performed on December 4 &5 at Memorial Hall on the UNC campus. Tickets for Carolina students with valid UNC One Cards are $10. For more information, visit  or contact Memorial Hall Box Office at (919) 843-333.


Holiday Parade 2009 - 4The Chapel Hill -Carrboro Holiday Parade

 Presented by The Chapel Hill Jaycees, will be held on Saturday, December 11,  from 10AM to 12PM. The parade starts at the Morehead Planetarium and winds the entire length of Franklin Street to Carrboro Town Hall. Applications for parade participants are still being accepted - until November 27th. For complete details visit



Carolina Inn - Holiday Display 1Holiday Events at The Carolina Inn

The Carolina Inn is a must-see stop for everyone during the holidays. Festive and elegant decorations based on the holiday song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" set the tone for the entire holiday season.  The Carolina Inn offers self-guided tours and numerous holiday activities, including special meals, breakfast with Santa, cookie decorating, holiday teas and a display of wonderful gingerbread houses.  Activities run Nov 29-Jan 2.  More information can be found at


Holiday House Tour

The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill will have its annual Holiday House Tour in the Cameron-McCauley neighborhood, one of the oldest areas in the town and considered to be the birthplace of Chapel Hill on December 11 & 12 from 1PM to 5PM each day. Visitors will be able to tour inside and learn the history of some of the homes in the neighborhood. The tour includes 11 stops including ten historic homes and The Carolina Inn. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the weekend of the tour. For more information visit or call (919) 942-7818.



The Holiday Spirit of Giving

Book Fairy Book Drive for Pediatric Patients at UNC
Children undergoing cancer treatment will find comfort in books thanks to a book drive on the UNC campus that runs until Friday, December 10th. Several UNC departments and organizations are sponsoring the drive on behalf of the Book Fairy, an organization that donates the books to the Pediatric Oncology Clinic at UNC Hospitals. All new or gently-used books for ages one through mid-teen are welcome. For complete details - click here.


Share Your Holiday Meal with Someone in Need 

This Thanksgiving season the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service (IFC) aims to raise $21,000 to provide 840 Holiday meals to local households who are struggling in this economy. For only $25 you can provide a turkey or ham, stuffing, vegetables, bread and dessert to a local family in need. For more information visit

Blanket Orange County Driveblankets
In it's 7th year, Blanket Orange County has a goal to collect 400 new or gently used blankets for The Interfaith Council (IFC), The Neighborhood House of Hillsborough and The Maggie Alvis Halfway House. The blanket drive will run from November 15 through December 3, 2010. There are convenient drop off locations throughout Chapel Hill - including downtown at the Visitor's Bureau at 501 West Franklin Street. For information visit

FREE Valet Parking Downtown!
Enjoy an evening downtown with the ease and convenience of complimentary valet parking from Monday through Saturday at one of 19 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, 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.

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 The 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 967-9440 or