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What to Do & See Downtown this Week! 8/12/10

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The Goonies 
Thursday, August 5 
 Starts at Sundown ~ FREE!
Wallace Plaza, on top of Wallace Parking Deck 
 150 E. Rosemary Street, behind the post office/courthouse
A group of young friends adventure together in a quest to find long-abandoned pirate treasure in order to save their neighborhood from impending development. The Goonies is a cult classic for the whole family and celebrates it's 25th anniversary this summer.
LG Movie Viewing
 Enjoy FREE movies under the stars on cool summer evenings!
Grab food to-go from a downtown restaurant and enjoy your dinner picnic-style. Bring a chair or a blanket too! Varsity on Franklin will be offering popcorn and soda and WCHL will be providing parking tokens for movie-goers that park in the Wallace Parking Deck!    
LOCALLY GROWN is an outdoor, summer series of FREE live concerts and movies in Downtown Chapel Hill every Thursday evening. LOCALLY GROWN is sponsored by the  Town of Chapel Hill, Downtown Partnership, 140 West Franklin, WCHL 1360, The Chapel Hill Herald, Local 506, The Varsity on Franklin

Free Trolley Service for 2nd Friday ArtWalk
Friday, August 13Trolley
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Twenty-five local businesses will participate in the 2nd Friday ArtWalk this month, many of them with live music and other art related entertainment. The Visitors Bureau will be offering a free trolley service and will provide a guide on the bus to highlight local businesses and give participants a historic overview of the area. Beginning at the ArtsCenter on E. Main Street in Carrboro, the nostalgic, air-conditioned trolley will make a three-mile loop through Franklin Street to the Horace Williams House and back again. 

Trolley Route for August 13th ArtWalk
·Begin at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro at 6pm;
·Travel to the Visitors Center and stop at 501 West Franklin Street
·Stop at the University Square parking lot  
·The Horace Williams House parking lot and loop back again to the ArtsCenter. 

Downtown Chapel Hill businesses participating in the 2nd Friday ArtWalk include Caffe Driade, Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, FRANK Gallery, Horace Williams House, Limelight Boutique, Studio Supply, Toots & Magoo, and Uniquities.

For more information on the 2ndFriday ArtWalk, visit

FRANK Opening Reception for COLORS
Opening reception: Friday, August 13th, 7-9pm.
COLORSShow runs from August 10 to September 5

In this uniquely curated show, visitors will see discrete sections of the gallery in which all pieces displayed will be of similar coloration. Multi-colored pieces will be placed according to its own histogram, a graph showing the percentages of various colors used in its palette. FRANK Salon talks will focus on the color spectrum, the impact of colors as they stand alone and as they interact and juxtapose with other colors, and how people perceive color. The exhibit will give visitors the chance to think of color in new ways, and maybe even to start to imagine color differently.

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 please visit

Dinner and a Movie: Top of the Hill & Varsity on Franklin

Everyday, 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM - Starting Sunday, August 1st

Dinner and a MovieDate night just got a lot easier with Top of the Hill and the Varsity on Franklin's new partnership! Just $29 gets you two Top of the Hill entrees, two non-alcoholic beverages and two tickets to the early show at the Varsity Theater.  Reservations welcome but not required! Top of the Hill Restaurant is located at 100 East Franklin St., Third Floor. For more information please call (919) 929-8676 or visit or  Varsity on Franklin Theater at  
Trivia Nights at Kildare's Irish Pub 
Kildares PubEvery Monday & Wednesday night, starting at 10pm, at Kildare's of Chapel Hill is Trivia Night! Gather your friends and be ready to be challenged. Monday Night is Team Trivia and Wednesday Night features Sports, Sex, and Rock & Roll trivia. Prizes include for 1st Place: $40 gift certificate; 2nd Place: $20 gift certificate; 3rd Place: $10 gift certificate. Kildare's is located at 206 West Franklin Street. For more information visit

20% Off Summer Sale at LIMELIGHT

LIMELIGHT is the best of new and not-so-new-but-still-fabulous clothing for savvy fashionistas. The LIMELIGHT Summer Sale means 20% off everything in the store. You'll find your favorites from Free People, Hard Tail, Heavy Rotation, Goorin and more. But, you'll discover even more lines that actually fit into your budget without compromising your taste for fashion. Limelight is located at 402 West Franklin Street.  For more information visit 

L'Incontro: New Restaurant Opened Downtown
lincontroL'incontro, offers authentic Italian with 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
Gear Up for the 2010 UNC Football Season2010 Football Season tshirt 

Johnny T-shirt has new t-shirts featuring the 2010 UNC Football schedule!In sizes from Small to 3XL this Carolina Blue t-shirt is 100% cotton and features a screen printed designs with the UNC football helmet and interlocking NC on the front; and the entire season's schedule on the back!  Available at Johnny T-shirt, located at 128 East Franklin Street. For more information visit

40% Off Glee Kids Summer Sale  

Now is the time to stock up on cool, kids fashions at Glee with up to 40% off spring and summer merchandise in store and online.  Glee Kids features great designers making amazing things for kids. Each brand is selected with love and care and the idea that greatness earns a smile. It spreads a little glee! Glee Kids is located at 133-C West Franklin Street, on the front-side of University Square. Find Glee Kids on Facebook or online at and keep up with new shipments as they arrive!

Express Yourself! at Kidzu Children's Museum
Every Saturday
10:30 AM to 11:15 AM 
Kidzu is celebrating Niki de Saint-Phalle as the Artist of the Month during the weekly arts & crafts project. Especially for kids ages 3-8 years old and their caregivers,  guests will be building a sculpture to display at Kidzu including paper mache, painting and mosiacs.The cost is $2 per child and space is limited. Same day registration is usually possible. Kidzu Children's Museum is located at 105 East Franklin Street. For information visit  
Affordable Beauty at Aveda Chapel Hill
Summer is the best time try a new style and with great beauty specials at Aveda, you have no excuse not to! Aveda Chapel Hill is located at 200 West Franklin Street. Some restrictions apply to these offers and services are performed by supervised students. For more information visit
-Haircuts- $14
-Purchase 1 wax service, get 1 at 50% off (equal or lesser value)
-Spa Manicure - $15 (includes bottle OPI polish)
-Spa Pedicure - $25 (includes bottle OPI polish)
-Manicure & Pedicure Combo - $40 (includes bottle OPI polish & travel sized hand or foot relief)
Do You Bake Chapel Hill's Most Luscious Cupcake? 
Put it to the test by entering the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill's Cupcake Challenge.  Local celebrity judges & attendees will decide who goes home with a gift and bragging rights of "Chapel Hill's Most Luscious Cupcake".  This year features a separate category for kids 12 & under with mini-cupcakes.  Call the Horace Williams House 919-942-7818 or email for contest rules and entry forms.  Deadline for registering is August 18 at noon.  Judging is Friday, August 20 at 7 PM at the Horace Williams Memorial Cupcake Festival at the Horace Williams House.  All are welcome! Horace Williams House is located at 610 East Franklin Street. For more 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 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). For details click here!

Participating Businesses: 411 West Italian CafeBonne Soiree,Carolina Brewery, Elaine's on Franklin, Mediterranean Deli & Catering, 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.

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. Visit! Contact us at 919-967-9440 or