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What to Do & See Downtown This Week - 12/13/12

What to Do & See Downtown This Week (+Free Weekend Parking!)
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Shop Local, Shop Downtown!
This holiday season start your shopping right here in your hometown. There are many unique locally-owned, locally-operated businesses downtown with gift buying options for all on your list!
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Celebrating 10 years, the 2nd Friday Artwalk continues to grow and draw our community into the rich arts & culture offerings throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro! On Friday, December 14 from 6PM to 9PM, experience local arts in community venues. Many of the venues will have live music, good food & drinks, and other art related entertainment. ArtWalk venues include Ackland Museum Store, FRANK Gallery, Beehive Hair Salon, This & That, Vespertine, Focal Point Arts Gallery, Weaver St. Realty, and more! Free and open to all!  
FREE Holiday Parking  Franklin Street Parking Icon  
Holiday shopping downtown just got easier!  
Parking is always FREE
on Sundays in downtown Chapel Hill, but this holiday season The Town of Chapel Hill will be offering downtown patrons and visitors FREE parking on Saturdays! Parking will be free at on-street meters and at the West Franklin Lot (formerly Lot 3) located at 415 W. Franklin St and the West Rosemary Lot (formerly Lot 4) located at 100 W. Rosemary St on Dec. 1,8, 15, & 22. 
Happy Holidays!  
Give a Gift that Lasts for Miles  
Save big on bikes at Bicycle Chain until Sunday, December 16:
$30 off all bicycles priced $380 or less; $40 off all bicycles priced between $381 and $500; $50 off all bicycles priced between $501 and $999; 20% Off All 2012 Bikes Originally Priced Over $1000. Gift Cards are available and can be redeemed at any store. No expiration date and no fees - ever! 
Happy Hanukkah!
Star Families: Winter Skies
Learn to identify the stars, constellations and planets that are best seen this winter at Morehead Planetarium on Saturday, December 15 from 3:30PM to 4:15PM. Explore astronomy themes as a family! The engaging Star Families series is designed for children (ages 7-12) accompanied by their families.$5 per person ($4 per Morehead member). 
Glee Kids Holiday Sale
Now through the holiday shopping season Glee Kids is offering 10% off your purchase of $100 or less; and 15% off your purchase of $100 or more! 
Holiday Deal of the Day
Every day until December 20 Johnny T-shirt is offering the DEAL OF THE DAY! You can get a head start on holiday shopping for all the UNC Fans on your list. Like them on Facebook or follow on Twitter to learn about the great UNC deal each day. The deal will last for one day only, and a new deal every day! 
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Events at Clothes Hound
December 14-16: Free Gift Wrapping!  December 22: Shop Early! Muffins and Mimosas for all! Clothes Hound is a unique clothing boutique with affordable, trendy and inexpensive clothes. In addition to hot women's fashions the boutique also offers an array of jewelry, handbags, accessories and shoes! 
Sweet Stocking Stuffers! 
For a limited time Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt is offering a holiday special - buy a $20 gift certificate and receive an additional $10 gift certificate for free! Starts Thursday, December 6 for a limited time. Come get these great stocking stuffers while they last! Like us on Facebook 
Artsy Gifts Abound at Ackland

Now until the end of the year the Ackland Museum Store has extended holiday shopping hours - even open on Christmas Eve so you can find a uniquely artsy gift for that special someone on your list! In conjunction with the Ackland's "Season of Japan," the Ackland Museum Store is featuring an in-store Japanese Market showcasing Japanese products and crafts that quote tradition with a contemporary flair. 

Benefit Event at The Standard
The owners of The Standard Restaurant on West Rosemary Street are just a few of the countless people who have been positively impacted by the work of Volunteers for Youth these past 30 years. Celebrate on Sunday, December 16 from 5PM to 2AM at The Standard, as VFY celebrates 30 wonderful years! VFY staff will be there throughout the night, as well as some of the people featured on their 30 Years blog. The Standard Restaurant will be serving a special Volunteers for Youth pizza that evening with 30% of the proceeds donated to Volunteers for Youth.  /  Like us on Facebook
Every Gift is a Work of Art 
Somethin' Else boasts 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 the perfect gift for that someone on your list that seems impossible to buy for! Also offering ceramics, clocks, cards, and much more. Located at 318 West Franklin Street. 
FREE Outdoor Holiday Concert 
Outdoor Holiday Concert
Join us on Saturday, December 15 at 6PM with the Gathering Church as they perform modern takes on traditional holiday classics. Featuring members of The Old Ceremony, Mandolin Orange, The Tomahawks, and more. Bundle up and join us in the Memorial Garden at University Baptist Church; corner of Franklin & Columbia streets. 
Buy Local Holiday Market
Finish your holiday shopping with a dozen local businesses at an exclusive holiday market from 5:30PM to 8:30PM TODAY -Thursday, December 13. Join the Leadership Chapel Hill- Carrboro class of 2012  at the Horace Williams House for a private shopping experience. Tickets are $15/person or $25/couple, and proceeds benefit youth in Chapel Hill and Carrboro through the Leadership 2012 Small Miracles project. This year's Leadership class selected Sacrificial Poets and the Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association (RENA) as Small Miracles beneficiaries. Tickets and information. 
Meteor Shower Watching Party  
Geminid meteor shower is predicted to be spectacular this year! Join the UNC Graduate & Professional Student Federation to lay back, relax with friends, and watch fireballs streak across the sky TODAY - Thursday, December 13 from 8PM to 2AM at Finley Athletic Fields! Hot beverages will be provided to help keep you warm and UNC astronomers will be on hand to answer questions. Meteors will be visible the entire night with rates up to 120/hr or greater. The whole community is invited to this free event - details here.
Members Only Night at Kidzu
TODAY - Thursday, December 13, 6PM to 8PM- celebrate the holidays by joining Kidzu Children's Museum for a Gift Making Members Only Night. During this event stop by the art room to create frames, wrapping paper, cards, and ornaments to decorate your home or to share with a loved ones. They'll have holiday music playing in the exhibit areas and yummy holiday treats. Come mingle with other Kidzu member families. 

Zog's Call for Artists & Art Lovers!
Zog's is raising funds for The ArtsCenter in Carrboro and we all benefit! Artists: Submit a piece of your original artwork. Set between 20-100% of the sale price to go to The ArtsCenter if your piece sells. Zog's will NOT take a commission on top of that. Art Lovers: Come to Zog's and support the cause by buying original pieces of art by local artists! On the 2nd Friday ArtWalk on January 11 Zog's will host an opening reception, but art is hanging on the walls now! And check out this great event happening Friday, December 14 at Zog's - it involves Santa Claus and a barn owl- a wonderful holiday combination!
Geek Moms UNITE!

On Saturday, December 15 4PM to 7PM, Chapel Hill Comics is hosting Natania Barron, co-author of Geek Mom:
Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families! It's fast becoming a geek world out
there, and all moms need to show off their tech smarts and superhero-like skills in order to keep their savvy
kids entertained and engaged. The book explores the many fun and interesting ways that digital-age parents and kids can get their geek on together. Barron will sign the book, and will conduct family activities and experiments! 

 Bombay the Easy Way

Celebrate Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe as it expands into new space with a bar just two and a half years after opening in downtown Chapel Hill! Experience Bombay the easy way with fingerfood, beer/wine, decadent cocktails, bands, and a dance party on Saturday, December 15 at 9PM. Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends {sweet & smoky post-Appalachian honky-tonk} at 9:30PM; Bevel Summers {Indie folk/Americana} at 10:30PM; Dance party: DJs Jil & Queen Plz. No cover charge, just bring a friend! 

The Clothing Warehouse
Heading to Linda's Bar for their 2nd Annual Cheesy Christmas Sweater Party? Well, The Clothing Warehouse and Time After Time Vintage have an extensive shiny and bright selection for you!

The Twelve Days of Christmas 

Now in its fifteenth year, The Carolina Inn celebrates the Christmas season inspired by the traditional holiday song, The Twelve Days of Christmas. A vision of seasonal wonder will be displayed throughout the Inn including magnificently decorated trees, beautifully appointed holiday décor, and events to keep you and your little one's entertained.To buy tickets to certain events; and a complete list of events visit

Illustrated Talk & Book Signing

Norris Brock Johnson (UNC-Chapel Hill, Professor Emeritus, Anthropology) will discuss archaic and contemporary animistic conceptions of stones and rocks both naturally-occurring and placed, as well as ritualized behaviors toward them at the Ackland Art Museum on Saturday, December 15 at 3PM. Examples from Professor Johnson's recent book, Tenryû-ji: The Life and Spirit of a Kyôto Garden, reinforce rocks and stones as the basis of garden landscaping in Japan. A book signing will follow the talk. Free and open to the public. No RSVP required.  

Flower arrangements always make a great gift - especially for loved ones that you won't be with this holiday season. Including wreaths, centerpieces,  bouquets, and holiday gifts! Visit our downtown florists: University Florist and  
Chapel Hill Florist 
Treat Yourself for the Holidays!
Franklin Street Yoga Center gift certificates are perfect for yoga newbies looking for accessible, quality instruction, seasoned yogins aspiring to grow their practice - and everyone in between seeking solid yoga in a tranquil space. If you purchase between now and 12/31:
6 classes for student $45 or non student $65
12 classes for student $80 or non student $120
$10 off a monthly unlimited = $98
$20 off a family pass = $180 for 20 classes
$30 off a three month unlimited = $240
$50 off a six month unlimited = $430
$100 off a year unlimited = $800
If you have a current pass, you can buy the holiday special and it will be activated when your current pass has expired. Ready to make a certain someone happy? Purchase a gift certificate in person or by calling 919-929-0414. Gift certificates can be emailed to you too! 
Opening Reception at FRANK 
Join FRANK Featured Artist Barbara Tyroler on Friday, December 14 at 6PM for an opening reception as she brings talented professionals together for creative conversations incorporating visual and interactive performance art. "Getting Layered, 6 Women Artists Collaborate on Self-Portraiture Getting Layered runs: December 11-January 5. Collaborators include artists Katherine Armacost, Peg Bachenheimer, Mirinda Kossoff, Luna Lee Ray, and Anita Wolfenden; each selectively using Tyroler's interpretive portraits to begin a conversation. Transforming imagery through their chosen media, artists then create self-portraiture with paint, metalwork, encaustic, fabric, and paper. 
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The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is working to bring the resources of the Town, University and downtown community together to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development.