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What to Do & See Downtown on New Year's Eve! 12/29/11

What to Do & See Downtown for New Year's Eve!

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Ring in the New Year in Style!
Still need that perfect sparkly party dress for New Year's Eve? Shop downtown! Go vintage or retro at Time After Time Vintage Thrift and The Clothing Warehouse- both great stops for something unique that will make you stand out at midnight. Apple Boutique and Uniquities are the best bets for the most stylish fashionistas amongst us - featuring modern designers and accessories. If you need to mind your budget - Dress Shop features great consigned casual and dressy styles. And don't forget the accessories! Light Years Jewelry offer jewelry, scarves, belts and purses - which can make or break your outfit!
Upcoming Shows at LOCAL 506
Thursday, December 29 - Merch Holiday Party, 10PM, Free!
Saturday, December 31 -New Years Eve with Hammer No More the Fingers, Boykiller, Organos, 9:30PM, $7.
COMING SOON: On Friday, January 6, 9PM - Automatic For The Joshua Tree: R.E.M vs U2. This annual fundraising show pits two famous bands against each as several local musicians play their choice of covers. Featuring Magnolia Collective, Birds & Arrows, Tripp, Big Fat Gap, Mary Johnson Rockers & The Spark, and Semi-Formal. Funds raised go towards Real Change From Spare Change, suggested $8 donation. Visit
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Free Children's Movie at Hargraves
Enjoy a free showing of Charlotte's Web at Hargraves Community Center on Friday, December 30 at 6PM, hosted by Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation. Chairs are provided but you may bring something cozy to sit on. Children under 10 must be accompanied by someone over 16.  Free popcorn before the movie while supplies last. Charlotte's Web is rated G. Call 968-2794 for more information. 
Party at R&R Grill on New Year's Eve 
On Saturday, December 31 from 4PM to 10PM R&R Grill is featuring the regular dinner menu and an evening special of Surf & Turf! Make your reservation now! And for entertainment - Greg Hoover on Saxophone & Keyboard from 8PM to 11PM; DJs from 1PM to 2AM. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight and free noisemakers, hats, and poppers! Visit 
Watch the Ball Drop at La Residence  
Join La Residence Restaurant this New Year's Eve for a night of delectable dining and late night dancing. Chef Justin Cole has designed a four-course menu that will be offered at $45. Reservations are limited.  With wine pairing and drinks specials on champagne and martinis this is sure to be a New Year's to remember. DJ and dancing will begin on the heated patio at 10:30PM; and watch the ball drop in Times Square at midnight! Visit
Make a Night of it on the West End!
Ring in the New Year with Elaine's four course meal & a special rate at The Franklin Hotel. Dinner is served on Saturday, December 31 from 5:30PM to 10PM, $69/per person, optional: add four course champagne & wine pairings for $30/person. Contact Elaine's for reservations and Franklin Hotel for special rate. Visit 
Ring INN  the New Year at The Carolina Inn
Start the New Year off right  with a romantic getaway at The Carolina Inn. The Romantic Resolution package includes a room, late checkout, valet parking, chocolate covered strawberries, champagne and a welcome amenity with rates starting at $209 per night. And 
New Year's Eve Dinner from 5:30PM to 10PM on Saturday, December 31. A palette pleasing four-course meal will be offered throughout the evening for $75 per person. Beginning at 8:30PM, an exceptional three-course menu will be available for $65 per person. Reservations:
 919-918-2735 or visit 
Celebrate the New Year at Talulla's
New Year's Eve menu includes hot and cold mezzes; main courses include tavuk döner, Istim kebab, balık böreği, & more; dessert features sekerpare & kadayıf. The cost is $45 per person + gratuity and tax. Optional $15 Wine pairing available. After dinner enjoy an international dance party with DJ's from 10:30PM to 3AM. And live from Time square on the 8ft screen - watch the ball drop at midnight! Visit   
Holiday Craft Projects at Kidzu
The kids are out of school and the cousins are in town - bring them all to Kidzu Children's Museum for special holiday craft projects! The art room is open 11:15AM-4:15PM Tuesday to Saturday for making fun and easy make & take crafts. This month the crafts have a special holiday theme.  For ages 2 & up. Free with admission. Visit 
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Get Glam at AVEDA
Ready for those holiday parties? Get beautiful and save money too! Thermal hairstyle and make up application for $20 ($25 value); Shampoo w/ Simple style and make up application for $35 ($44 value); Complimentary Hair Tinsel-free w/ any service. Visit tomorrow 
for an AVEDA special!
Soulful Start to the Year
On Friday, December 30 at 7:15: The Art of Slowing Down. This workshop at Franklin Street Yoga Center explores the practices of Yin yoga, chakra clearing, pranayama, meditation, and yoga nidra. Regular class price $15 non student, $10 student, or class pass. On Saturday, December 31 at 7PM celebrate the New Year with a level 1-2 yoga class and enjoy an extravaganza of love and light, good music & great yoga! 
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The Nomads Annual Bash
The much-loved local band The Nomads are hosting their famous 9th annual party to usher in the new year at Breadmen's Restaurant on Saturday, December 31 from 8PM to 1AM. Featuring hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast, party favors, and a midnight breakfast buffet. $45 per person, party attire. Call 929-4745 for reservations and information. 
Celebrate at Kildare's Pub
Made New Year's Eve plans yet? Watch the ball drop in NYC's Times Square at Kildare's Irish Pub! No packages,- just great drink specials and a DJ dance party starting at 10PM. Visit
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New Year's Star Gazing
Morehead Planetarium is open on Saturday, December 31 and offering many great planetarium shows and Science Live! performances. Shows include Magi Tree House Space Mission, Solar System Odyssey, Science Live! Earthquakes, & more. For times & rates, visit: