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What to Do & See Downtown This Week! 9/22/11

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Ready for Fall at The Chocolate DoorChocolate Door drinking chocolate

Warm creamy caramels, Hot Cocoa Truffles, Triple Chili, Spiced Mango Chili, Peppermint, and Gingers are all making their way back to the case at the Chocolate Door. Have you tried the Drinking Chocolate? This thick rich and hot drink will cure all that ails you. So velvety and delicious. Served of course with homemade marshmallows! 

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Dress Shop VIP Party Dress Shop

You're invited to the Dress Shop for a night of shopping fun TONIGHT, Thursday, September 22 from 6PM to 9PM. For one night only, purchase one Michael Stars shirt for 50% off! Enjoy drinks, sweets, and groovy music while you shop. And check out all the new fall arrivals: Hard Tail jeggings, gorgeous French Connection dresses - both perfect additions for your fall wardrobe. The Dress is located at 402 West Franklin Street. Like us on Facebook

Downtown This Week...
Festifall is Coming!
Bluegrass, Biscuits & Big Fish
Plazapalooza with Kidzu
Black & White Gala at Ackland
Star Families Show
New Arrivals at GLEE KIDS
Music, Trivia & Dance Parties...Oh My!
Family Day at Ackland Art Museum
Free Practice Test at Kaplan
Ben & Jerry's Fundraiser Event
Beauty Specials for a New You
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COMING SOON: Experience the Arts at Festifall Festifall Logo 2011
Sunday, October 1 from 12PM to 6PM Chapel Hill's annual celebration of the arts boasts over 100 quality artists, live entertainment for all ages, hands-on activities for kids, and local food. The official Festifall event guide is now up and ready for you to plan what you'll do and see! Park and ride FREE to Festifall on Chapel Hill Transit. New This Year: The Music & Dance Tent- learn basic salsa and African dance steps then put them to use during a dance social. 

Bluegrass, Biscuits, and Big Fish Daniel Wallace author

Join Big Fish author Daniel Wallace and Big Fat Gap on Friday, September 23 at 7PM for an evening of Southern Food, music, & fun on the lawn of the historic Horace Williams House. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill. Call 942-7818 for tickets and information. Visit Like us on Facebook
Coke Memorabilia Exhibition Opening Reception Coke Bottle
Coke is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. In honor of this iconic southern company, the Center for the Study of the American South is exhibiting pieces from Stephen and Sandra Rich's personal Coke memorabilia collection. Join them for a opening reception TODAY: Thursday, September 22 at 5:30PM. Stephen Rich is a former executive of the Coke Corporation and has a very large and eclectic collection of Coke artifacts. The exhibition will be hanging in the Center's gallery from September 15th through the end of the semester. The exhibition will be open to the public 9 to 5 Monday through Friday. Visit Like us on Facebook


Kidzu Hosts Plazapalooza Events Kidzu Logo

Kidzu Children's Museum offers free programs including storytimes, crafts, and lots of fun family activities and games on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays on top of the Wallace Plaza. You'll want to come out each week as Kidzu mixes things up by adding a new active game each week; bowling, mini golf, scooter mazes and so much more.  And get your reservation today for the Great Shoot Out 2011 on Sunday, October 9! 

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BLACK & WHITE GALA At Ackland Art Museum Black and White Gala Ackland

Eat, drink, dance, and celebrate at the Ackland's annual fundraiser on Saturday, September 24 from 8PM to midnight. Special guests: The Sacrificial Poets, Photographer Joe Spuria, Carrboro Poet Laureate Jay Bryan, and William Hayes Ackland. Recommended attire: Black and White, from Valentino to Newsprint! Buy your tickets today at the Ackland Museum Store or by phone at 919-843-5637. Visit  Like us on Facebook


Star Families Show at Morehead Planetarium Starry Night
What's that object up in the sky? It's not Superman! Learn how to identify the planets, bright stars and constellations that are easiest to see in fall and listen to stories and legends about star patterns at the Star Families series for parents and children on Saturday, September 24 at 9:30AM. General Public: $20/family Morehead Members: $15/family. 


New Fall Arrivals at GLEE KIDS Glee Kids - Pink Chicken
Just in: Tea Casa Oaxaca, Appaman, Pink Chicken, Otto and Lulu, Lucky Fish, and Kit + Lili. GLEE KIDS features great designers making amazing things for kids, and they all have a story. GLEE KIDS shares these stories. GLEE KIDS also features great gift items and accessories for kids ages 0-8. Located in University Square. Visit Like us on Facebook  

Live Music and Trivia and Dance Parties...oh my!  


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, karaoke & open mic nights, and comedians. To help guide you in your nightly festivities, check out our newest calendar feature: Drink Specials! For a full calendar visit us on Facebook 

Family Day at Ackland: People Around the WorldAckland Family Day

Come and see how artists in different parts of the world represent people in their art on Sunday, September 25 from 1PM to 4PM. Grab a scavenger hunt to complete with your family and visit the Creation Station to practice drawing or putting together faces. Family Tour at 1:30 and Story Time (ages 4-8) at 2:15 PM. Come for a little while or stay for the whole afternoon -- it's all FREE!
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Take a Free Practice Test with Kaplan Test Prep

Is the GMAT, GRE, LSAT or MCAT in your future? Kaplan Test Prep is offering a free practice test on Sunday, September 25 at the UNC School of Pharmacy. Experience the exam under proctored conditions,receive a detailed score analysis, learn exclusive strategies to help you improve your test scores. To register call 1800-KAP-TEST, visit, or text PRACTICE to 30364. 

Ben & Jerry's Supports Your Cravings & Local Nonprofits Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls

On Monday, September 26 from 6PM to 8PM Ben & Jerry's will host a benefit night for UNC's Amnesty International. Funds raised will go toward Project Masada, an initiative that helps cover schooling costs for children in the African village of Masada. Stop by and try their new flavor - Schweddy Balls - vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum and loaded with fudge covered rum and milk chocolate malt balls. This is a flavor inspired by the classic Saturday Night Live skit. Like us on Facebook


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Beauty Specials for a New You

As the season briskly changes why not change your look?  Aveda offers great specials to keep you and your wallet feeling great! Specials include: HAIR-$15 haircut (Valid Tues-Thurs); SPA- $30 Pure Focus Facial (Valid Tues-Thurs); for NAILS- Free OPI nail polish with a spa mani ($15) or spa pedi ($25). Until 9/30/2011; not valid with other offers.  Visit Like us on Facebook


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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