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What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

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On Saturday, April 9th, 3500 runners will descend upon Downtown Chapel Hill and UNC's campus for the 5th Annual celebration of spring, the Wachovia Tar Heel 10 Miler and Fleet Feet Sports 4+ Mile Run. Race beneficiaries are UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the YMCA's We Build People Campaign. For more information on the event visit


For information regarding important race day traffic impact between 7 and 10 am, detours, road closures, etc. on the event website go to There is very detailed information, detour maps, and a road closure chart including down to the minute projections of impact time frames (Click on the TRAFFIC INFO tab). For a printable PDF of this information: CLICK HERE.


Happy Spring from Somethin' Else 

It is time to get outside, smell the flowers, and come to Somethin' Else to shop for some amazing art. Somethin' Else features an eclectic and unique collection of handmade American Craft comprised of local and national artists. Whether you are looking for gift ideas,  handmade silver jewelry or a funky fun piece for your home, Somethin' Else has it! Spring Sale: 25% OFF Valerie Bunnell collection: "Healer", "Traveller", and "Queen Bee". NEW ITEM: Earthy and rugged leather picture albums by Rustico - the perfect gift for weddings, Mother's Day and graduation gifts! For information visit 


Carolina Science Café at Back Bar  

"Ocytocin and the Evolution of Love, Intelligence, and Mental Health" is the topic of the next installment of the Carolina Science Cafe at Top of the Hill on Thursday, April 7 from 7PM to 8PM, presented by Dr. Cort Pedersen. Come discover what researchers are learning about this amazing neurochemical. Pedersen is a professor from UNC's psychiatry department, is also on the faculty of the UNC Neuroscience Center and the Center for Developmental Science. The Carolina Science Cafe is sponsored by the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and features monthly discussions on the latest science issues and discoveries, by scientists.  For more information and upcoming topics, visit  


Two New Exhibits & Reception at Ackland 

On Thursday, April 7 Ackland Art Museum opens two new exhibits:

DE-NATURED: German Art from Joseph Beuys to Martin Kippenberger

Romantic Dreams | Rude Awakenings: Northern European Prints and Drawings, 1840-1940. From 5:30PM to 7PM join a panel discussion "Multiple Identities: New Thinking about Recent German Art". A public reception to follow from 7PM to 9PM. For more information visit


Love Chapel Hill Scavenger Hunt Scavenger Hunt

Think you know downtown's history, legends, and hidden secrets? Well, grab some friends and enter the annual Love Chapel Hill Scavenger Hunt on Friday, April 8 from 7PM to 10PM. Teams of 2 to 5 people will race around campus & downtown and compete to solve clues and win some great prizes from downtown restaurants and shops! This event is FREE and open to all ages. For more information, and to register your team, visit 



Discounts at Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center 

Chapel 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 


New Lunch & Dinner Menu at Kildare's Irish Pub

Kildares PubKildare's Irish Pub has a NEW Lunch and Dinner menu created by Irish Executive Chef Alexander. Stop by for authentic Irish fare. And with the $5.99 Express Lunch Menu there are 10 combos available- try a different one every day! At work and can't get out of the office?  Kildare's offers lunch delivery too! Stop by after work for specials from 5PM to 8PM with 1/2 priced food and daily drink discounts that make for a perfect afternoon retreat. For information visit or call 932-7734. 


Kidzu's Dream Gala Benefit 

On Saturday, April 9 from 7PM to 12AM, Kidzu Children's Museum will host its first annual benefit gala, the first of a four-part series leading up to the museum relocation. The theme of this year's event is the Dream Gala, and the entire community is invited to help make the dream of an expanded museum and outdoor exhibits on top of the Wallace Plaza, a reality. At the Dream Gala enjoy cocktails, fine dining, dancing, a live auction, and more. Reserve your tickets at


Newly Revamped Kid's Section at Studio Supply Studio Supply storefront

When you are looking for something special for the budding young artist in your life, stop by Studio Supply to check out their outstanding kid's section full of new items! They've added a complete line of new pads from Canson's The World of Eric Carle line, which includes painting paper, marker paper, and tracing paper - all under $5 each! Origami paper, painting sets, and special Manga cartooning sets are other possibilities to excite your young Picasso. And don't forget: students of all ages always receive 10% off all regularly priced merchandise. For more information visit

The Grille at Four Corners Four Corners Grille

The Grille at Four Corners provides a fantastic sports bar atmosphere to Chapel Hill residents, visitors, and UNC fans alike. Sixteen High-definition televisions carry all the major sports packages, and a completely redesigned and changing menu emphasizes local flavor. Daily specials include: $6 Lunch Specials from 11 am-3pm M-F; 1/2 Price Appetizers 4-6 pm M-F; Monday is Local Beer Day...All North Carolina beers are $2.00; Tuesday (beginning April 18th) is Taco Tuesday $1.50 Margaritas, $2.00 Tacos; Wednesday is $10 Domestic beer buckets and Live Trivia at 10pm; and Thursday is $2 Well Drinks, $4 Wing Plates, $6 Pitchers. For more information visit  

Nightlight 4 Elements Fest 

Starting Friday, April 8 to Saturday, April 16 Nightlight is celebrating the four elements with an amazing line up of daytime and evening workshops, events, panel discussions, and film screenings on sustainable and ecologically oriented themes! Most of the events are free or charge a small fee. The festival kicks off this Friday, April 8 from 6PM to 9PM at the Re-Use Art Show where local artists have created 2D and 3D installations utilizing elements of re-use and salvaged materials. Other events include a yoga workshop, a TRASHion Show, Vermicomposting Workshop, Earth Day Monday Night Trivia, Hula-hoop making Workshop, Rain Barrel Construction Demo, and much more. Visit for more information. 

2nd Friday ArtWalk   

The 2nd Friday ArtWalk, Friday, April 8 from 6PM to 9PM, allows art lovers to patronize dozens of Chapel Hill and Carrboro businesses as they host live music & performances, food, and drinks; all while featuring art in its many forms. Admission is free and open to the public.
The monthly event features many great locally-owned businesses full of fantastic art! 
For more information, and detailed map of venues visit

ABC Rummage Sale at The Chapel Of the Cross

Yard Sale SignThis annual sale is one you won't want to miss-- get there early! The sale is on Saturday, April 9 from 9AM to 2PM. With church members emptying their attics, basements and closets, you're sure to find a new treasure that needs to go home with you. Proceeds from the ABC Sale are granted to local organizations. Chapel of the Cross is located at 304 East Franklin Street. For more information visit 


UNC Spring Football Game - Go Heels!UNC Football Fans

UNC's annual Spring Football Game is Saturday, April 9 at Kenan Stadium. Admission to the game is free. Tar Heel Town will open at 12PM with events scheduled for the Bell Tower quad and Kenan Stadium. A Kids Zone will be set up in the Bell Tower area with bounce houses, inflatables and other fan-friendly activities. Fans will have an opportunity to obtain autographs from the Carolina players and head coach Butch Davis beginning 1PM on the field. Schedule posters will be given away to the first 3,000 fans at Kenan Stadium.For information visit

Carolina Football Schedule T-Shirt  

Just in time for the Spring Football Game and to help you get into the spirit - check out the latest creation from Johnny T-Shirt: a Carolina Blue shirt featuring a screenprinted schedule of 2011 Carolina football games! Johnny T-Shirt features Carolina gear for fans of all ages with a constantly updated array of creative t-shirt designs, holiday themed Carolina gear, and more. Johnny T-shirt is located at 128 East Franklin Street. For more information, and to shop online, visit  

 Craft Night at Internationalist Books

Every second Tuesday of the month at 7PM (April 12) come to Internationalist, bring friends, and learn new craft skills! Internationalist Books & Community Center is located at 405 West Franklin Street. For more information visit   


Aveda Institute's Earth Jam 2011 

 On Tuesday, April 12 from 6:30PM to 9:30PM, experience Earth Jam 2011 - a fashion benefit night which will be held at the Great Room at Top of the Hill Restaurant. The theme is "House of Fashion." Show segments will be inspired by the designs of Prada, Jean Paul Gaultier, Versace, Chanel, and others. Featuring a live auction; items include beach vacations, a romantic night out in Chapel Hill, a basketball signed by UNC Basketball Coach Roy Williams and more. Tickets start at only $20 and can be purchased at Aveda Institute Chapel Hill, by phone at (919) 869-8034, or visit for more information. All ticket sales will benefit Triangle Land Conservancy.

April Specials at Sugarland
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


The Crunkleton Lecture Series: Gin & Jazz The Crunkleton

The Crunkleton welcomes Charlotte Voisey, world renowned mixologist and Hendrick's Gin ambassador, on Wednesday, April 13 from 7PM to 10PM as she discusses the history and popularization of gin and gets behind the bar with Gary and the boys to mix up some fine libations. The evening will feature live jazz from the Stephen Anderson Trio.  Stephen is a recording artist, jazz pianist, accomplished composer and UNC faculty member.  This exploration into gin and jazz will not only highlight the cultural significance of the two, but will also show their harmonious histories. To purchase tickets, stop by the bar or call 919-265-9413- $55 per person in advance; $65 the day of the event. Visit for more information.


 Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's

For 33 years Ben & Jerry's has thanked customers with their annual Free Cone Day - this year on Tuesday, April 12 from 11AM until midnight

Ben & Jerry's is located at 102 West Franklin Street. Enjoy!


Big Fish on the Big Screen 

On Tuesday, April 12 from 5:30PM to 7:30PM join The Center for the Study of the South as they present the movie, Big Fish at the Varsity Theatre, followed by a post-screening talk with author Daniel Wallace and Professor Bill Ferris, Senior Associate Director of the Center for the Study of the American South. Big Fish is based upon the novel by author, and Chapel Hill resident, Daniel Wallace. It is a story about a son trying to learn more about his dying father by reliving stories and myths his father told him about himself. Tickets are available at the Varsity Theater box office.The cost is $3 for the general public and free for UNC OneCard holders. For information visit 

Science Alive at Kidzu Children's Museum Kidzu - Store front

Join Kidzu on Wednesday, April 13 from 3PM to 4PM for this monthly series of drop-in programs based on hands-on science education. This month topic is Junk Food Science. Kids will learn about good food versus junk food, eating healthy, and how your body uses the nutrients it gets. There will be cool demonstrations and hand-on activities throughout the event. Kids will even be able to taste some creations! Free program with museum admission and for members. No registration is required. Visit for more information. 


Heard of Groupon and LivingSocial? Well the Chapel -Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with 1360 WCHL, is pleased to announce the launch of Our Local Deal, a program offering significant daily discounts from local businesses. Our Local Deal will operate in a similar fashion to these other companies, but will serve businesses and consumers in Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro, instead of a wider geographical area.  After all, how many Chapel Hill-Carrboro residents are interested in an offer from a massage studio in Knightdale or a pizzeria in Garner?  Visit to subscribe.  


Live Music, Trivia, Dance Parties...and more!  

Looking for good dance music, open mics or music trivia nights? Downtown Chapel Hill boasts the

best local music venues around with a constantly changing line-up of bands, DJs, dance parties,

 and more. Many downtown restaurants and bars also host live performances, trivia & open mic 

nights, and comedians. CHECK 'EM OUT!

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, Carolina Coffee Shop,  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, 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