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What to Do & See Downtown This Week! 11/17/11


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Chapel Hill Community Tree Lighting Ceremony Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Join the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership in kicking off the holiday season at the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Memorial Garden of University Baptist Church; 100 S. Columbia Street, on Sunday, November 27 at 6PM (Sunday after Thanksgiving). Enjoy caroling by the church choir and Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt will be the guest tree lighter. Bring your camera - children can meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and have their pictures taken! Parking is FREE downtown on Sundays in all municipal lots and on-street meters. Visit  or call (919) 967-9440 for information. Like us on Facebook
FREE Saturday Parking Downtown This Holiday Season
Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown Chapel Hill, but this holiday season parking will be FREE on Saturdays as well! The Town of Chapel Hill will be offering downtown patrons and visitors FREE parking on Saturdays in December (3, 10, 17, & 24) at all municipal lots, the Wallace Parking Deck, and at on-street meters. At 5:00 pm on Saturdays, the Wallace Deck and Rosemary/Columbia Lot will begin charging at their normal rate. For more information visit  
Downtown This Week...
University Square Holiday Party
Kidzu's Grand Opening
Chapel Hill Training Open House
Star Families Show at Morehead
Sugarland Holiday Pies Available
WXYC Disco Jam at Nightlight
Holiday Happenings at Carolina Brewery
Black Friday Deal at Kildare's
Thanksgiving Dinner at Elaine's
Chapel Hill Comics Big Sale
Ben & Jerry's Gift Card Deal
Visions Series at PlayMakers
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University Square Holiday Party 
Ring in the holiday shopping season on Thursday, November 17 from 5PM to 8PM with sales, refreshments, live music and more at the shops
of University Square, including:

William Travis Jewelry: Be there for the unveiling of the newest line and enjoy champagne & treats! Visit Like us on Facebook
Glee Kids: Get 10% off your entire purchase and free gift wrapping; enjoy wine and treats. Can't make it to the party? The sale continues Friday, November 18 & Saturday, November 19. Shop (with promo code: holiday). Like us on Facebook 
Peacock Alley: Enjoy champagne & hors d'oeuvres and shop! Get 20% off during the party. Visit www.peacockalleygifts.comLike us on Facebook

Kidzu Children's Museum Grand OpeningKidzu Noodle Magic

Kidzu is skip, skip, SKIPPING to a NEW location at 123 West Franklin Street (University Square) and celebrating Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20 at their grand opening weekend. This bright and cheery location will serve as the interim location as they make preparations for the future, much larger facility at Wallace Plaza. The new home will continue to offer interactive exhibits along with new fun and educational programming and some FREE parking for Kidzu vistors. Visit  Like us on Facebook 


Chapel Hill Training Open House 
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Join in celebrating one year of business, a "Best Gym" award and most importantly YOU! Customer appreciation open house Friday, November 18 at 5:30PM includes: Kristin Greiner of Therapeutic Massage offering chair massages; A Fleet Feet rep will answer any shoe related questions and offer gait analysis; You'll be entered into drawings for free and discounted sessions and boot camp; Bring a friend and they'll be entered as well as get you an extra entry in for the drawings! Enjoy snacks and drinks so please come show off where you've been shaping up your "guns" to your friends and family. Like us on Facebook
Starry NightStar Families Show at Morehead Planetarium 
In honor of Native American heritage month, explore Native American myths and legends about the stars, the Moon and the Milky Way on Saturday, November 19 at 9:30AM. Designed for learners ages 7-12 and their families. General Public: $20/family; Morehead Members: $15/family. Visit  Like us on Facebook
Sugarland Holiday Pies Now Available to Order Sugarland - storefront 2
Make your holidays a little sweeter with a homemade pie from Sugarland. Crème pies for only $23- flavors include Sour Cream Pumpkin, Maple Buttermilk, Banana Cream, Key Lime, and more. Fruit/Nut Pies for only $27- flavors include Apple, Cherry, Blueberry, Chocolate Pecan, and more. All baked fresh to order for you and served in a real pie pan! Grandma would be proud. Call 919-929-2100 today to place your order. Visit  Like us on Facebook 


WXYC DISCO JAM at Nightlight Club 
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What has been missing from your Saturday nights? Bionic boogie, furious funk, rhythmic rollers, space lasers, and a touch of class - of course! Nightlight Club is hosting a WXYC Disco Jam on Saturday, November 19 at 9PM so dress to sweat for a night of vintage and modern killers from across the disco spectrum, spun by WXYC's finest! Admission is $5. COMING SOON: Nightlight hosts it's annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 10 from 2PM to 6PM. They are currently accepting applications for vendors -specifically home made items, crafts, records, vintage clothes, items, baked goods and plants. Visit Like us on Facebook
Holiday Happenings at Carolina Brewery Franklin Hotel
The one thing that keeps many locals on the 'NICE' list all year long is the threat of not getting their annual fulfillment of Carolina Brewery's Santa's Secret beer -- NOW ON TAP! This spiced amber ale is not to be missed. Planning a Holiday Party? Carolina Brewery can host events for 8-100 people with ease and their expanded catering department is ready to bring the Brewery to your party off-site. Don't forget the pie! Homemade Holiday Pies are ready for you to order for Thanksgiving and beyond. Choose from Chocolate Chess Pie, Caramel Apple Pie, Carrot Cake, Sweet Potato Cheesecake and Cinnamon Rolls. And Carolina Brewery now hosts Trivia every Wednesday at 9PM. Visit www.carolinabrewery.comLike us on Facebook

Black Friday Deal at Kildare's Irish Pub Franklin Hotel
Stumped to find a gift for someone on your list? Your best bet is ALWAYS a gift certificate for good food. Stop by Kildare's when you are out shopping on Friday, November 25 - all gift cards are HALF OFF! A gift that is easy, simple, and always appreciated! Visit Like us on Facebook
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Celebrate Thanksgiving at Elaine's On Franklin 
Leave the cooking to the professionals and enjoy your Thanksgiving at Elaine's on Franklin on Thursday, November 24 from 2PM to 5:30PM. Click Here for The Menu. Cost is $49/Per Person plus tax & gratuity; optional $15/person wine pairings with each course. Give them a call at 960.2770 for reservations. 
Chapel Hill Comics Day After Thanksgiving Sale Franklin Hotel
The store is open 11AM to 7PM on Friday, November 25, the Day After Thanksgiving - with everything in the store on sale! The EVERYTHING part of the sale will run from 11AM until 2PM, and there will be selected items on sale all day! 
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 * 11-12PM: EVERYTHING IS 20% OFF!
* ALL BACK ISSUES 50% OFF ALL DAY! This includes, individual back issues like the selections of golden and silver age stuff, as well as BACK ISSUE SETS!
* LIQUIDATION BOOKS (normally 50% off) 65% OFF ALL DAY!
Eating Ice Cream in Front of Ben & Jerry's

Everyone Loves Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

No better time than now to start your holiday shopping and no better place to do it than at Ben & Jerry's. Stop by the store and get a free scoop of ice cream when you spend $10 or more on Ben & Jerry's Gift Cards! There isn't anyone on your list that wouldn't love a Ben & Jerry's gift card. Like us on Facebook


Visions Series with PlayMakers 
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PlayMakers' Vision Series invites you to the Paul Green Theatre for a glass of wine and the chance to learn about a production in process. On Tuesday, November 22 at 6:30PM join director Wendy C. Goldberg (Edward Albee's: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and designers in conversation, get a behind-the-scenes look at the set as its being built, and learn about the artistic vision for the show. Visit  Like us on Facebook
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West End ValetFree Valet Parking Downtown
Enjoy an evening downtown with the ease and convenience of complimentary valet parking Monday - Saturday at one of 19 participating downtown businesses.  Patrons enjoying other establishments can also use the valet service for $5.00. For details click here!
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