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Congrats UNC Class of 2011!  

Old Well - AzaleasDowntown Chapel Hill welcomes graduates and their family & friends as they celebrate under Carolina Blue skies of course! The main ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 8 at 9:30 AM at Kenan Stadium.  Details... This year UNC grads will be wearing true Carolina blue gowns--with a touch of green-thanks to Julian's! Read more... 

Ackland Art Museum Store is OPEN New Ackland Art Museum Store 

The Ackland Art Museum opens its Ackland Museum Store on the corner of Franklin and Columbia streets Thursday, May 5 at 2:30PM. Inventory includes pottery, glass, & metalwork; kitchen & tabletop items; jewelry & accessories; children's toys & books; and stationery.  Books about art history and criticism, contemporary art & design, are also available, as well as books by UNC and regional authors and artists' monographs. Visit Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter
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What's your creative goal? From beginning to end of the creative process, Studio Supply will outfit you with top-quality materials. And now SAVE 20% OFF any 1 item-no printed coupon necessary -just mention code NEWSMAY. Limit 1 coupon per customer,offer expires May 31st. Visit  Find us on Facebook
This Week...
Kinder Soles Event at La Rez
Go Irish on Cinco de Mayo
$4 Whichburger Special
Treats at The Chocolate Door
Fridays on the Front Porch
FREE Comic Book Day
Trivia Nights Downtown
Chapel Hill Tire Discounts
Kentucky Derby Party & Fundraiser
Mother's Day Brunch
Panera Fundraiser for Tornado Victims
Free Classes at Franklin St. Yoga Center
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Varsity Theatre
Gnomeo & Juliet (G)
I AM Number Four (PG-13)
Battle Los Angeles (PG-13)
Kinder SolesShoe Drive Party at La Residence Restaurant
Kinder Soles is hosting a Shoe Drive Party with free food and music on Thursday, May 5 from 5PM to 9PM at La Residence Restaurant. The socially responsible designer of healthy and eco-friendly flip flops promotes social responsibility by sending shoes to those in need both domestically and internationally. Bring old shoes to donate and enjoy music provided Double Dare, featuring the Apple Juice Kid. Visit or Find us on Facebook 
Mother's Day Event at Aveda aveda products
Looking for a special gift for Mom that's all about her? Stop by Aveda on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 for these specials: 20% off Aveda products;  20% off appts. through 11-30-11; Pure Privilege Double Points; $100 Gift Card = $25 services card FREE! Products & services must be purchased day of event. 20% off not on gift cards. Visit Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter

Go Irish on Cinco de Mayo at Kildare's Kildare's Logo 

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style at Kildare's Irish Pub on Thursday, May 5! Entertainment provided by DJ Mat starting at 10PM. Enjoy $2 Well Tequila shots, $3 Jose Cuervo shots, and other drink specials. So break out your mustache, sombreros, and slap on a kilt!  Following graduation on Sunday, May 8 from 12PM to 3PM, come to Kildare's where Moms & Grads eat FREE at a breakfast buffet with an omelette station and more! Visit

The Whichburger at SANDWHICH  Whichburger

Thursday nights are $4 Free-Range Whichburger night!  The Whichburger starts with hand-formed Painted Hills ground beef, grilled medium, and is served with lettuce, juicy tomatoes, shaved red onion, and melty Wisconsin cheddar on a grilled potato bun. SANDWHICH offers patrons FREE Valet Parking! Visit Find us on Facebook 
The Chocolate Door - Strawberries

Sweets for Moms & Grads at Chocolate Door 

Nothing says 'I love you Mom' more than a little box of love from The Chocolate Door! Stop by to  purchase chocolate-covered strawberries for mom, or solid chocolate Tar Heels in white, milk, & dark for Grads. Advanced orders are welcome, but they will have extras in-store while supplies last. 
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Fridays on the Front Porch at The Carolina Inn
Live bluegrass music at The Carolina Inn creates the perfect atmosphere for kicking back, relaxing and getting a jump start on the weekend. Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojo perform this Friday, May 6 beginning at 5PM. Enjoy a picnic menu with beer and wine. Complimentary. Visit  Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter

FREE Comic Book Day at Chapel Hill Comics Storefront - Comics 

On Saturday, May 7 from 11AM to 7PM Chapel Hill Comics will be giving away 20+ comic book titles for FREE to fans of all ages. This is an annual, national event. Staff will be on hand to help pick the right comics for you! And from 11AM to 4PM Thomas Boatwright will be doing FREE sketches! Thomas is the artist of Zeke Deadwood, Zombie Lawman, and other comics.  Visit  Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter 

The day before & the day after baseball's All Star Game in July!

Know Your Bar Trivia?

There are only two days during the year on which there are no professional football, baseball, basketball or hockey games in the United States. What are those two days?  Know the answer? Well, then gather your friends (only the smart ones!) and head out to one of the many downtown venues that holds a trivia night. Win prizes, free food or drinks, or just great bragging rights. THE ANSWER!

Mondays, 9PM at Nightlight Club &  7:30PM at The Cave
Tuesdays, 10PM - Kildare's Irish Pub
Wednesday, 9PM at Back Bar at Top of the Hill & 10PM at Four Corners Grille

Check out more venues that offer open mic nights, dance parties, live bands, DJs, and comedy nights at:    

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! They offer full service automotive repair, ASE certified technicians, and award winning service. See today's OUR LOCAL DEAL - for a great deal on oil changes & tire rotation! Visit Find us on Facebook 

Get Your Derby Hat Ready! Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County
Watch the 137th Kentucky Derby on the big screen on Saturday, May 7 at 4:30PM at Top of the Hill's Great Room and support The Family Violence Prevention Center. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, prizes, dancing, and more. Free valet parking provided. Music by Ken Brown Jazz Trio. Tickets $37 each or two for $70. Visit Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter
Mother's Day Brunch at Carolina Crossroads 
Indulge your mother with an elegant Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday, May 8 from 11:30AM to 2PM at the award-winning Carolina Crossroads Restaurant. Dine on a sumptuous menu prepared by Executive Chef Jimmy Reale and his culinary team. $49.95 Adults, $44.95 Seniors, $19.95 Children under 12 and complimentary for children 6 and under. Visit Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter
Tornado Relief Fundraiser at Panera Bread Bakery 
Panera Bread Bakery & Cafe is donating 50 cents from the sale of every bagel to the relief efforts for NC tornado victims on Monday, May 9. What a great time to pick up a dozen for the office or your housemates! All proceeds will go to North Carolina Baptists Men's Disaster Relief that provides hands-on hot meals, debris removal, child care and family assistance - Panera is located at 213 West Franklin Street.
Free Classes at Franklin Street Yoga Center Yoga- FSYC
Franklin Street Yoga Center is offering free classes to the community throughout May on Thursdays at 7:30PM, Fridays at 3PM, Saturdays at 12:30PM. Classes will be taught by various teachers from the studio and teachers who have just completed teacher training. Starting Monday, May 14, FSYC will be open at their new location at 143 West Franklin - a few doors down. There will be no interruption to classes as they move. Visit Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter 
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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