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What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Parking is FREE every Sunday in municipal lots and on-street meters!
Glee Kids is Still Open! 
On Tuesday, May 1 at 10AM Glee Kids will re-open with a new owner! The same brands you love will be there -- and Glee Kids will continue to carry the entire selection from Like us on Facebook
Early Voting Polls OPEN!
Early voting locations are OPEN for the May 8 primary. Click here for where to vote early in Orange County. In previous years there has been an early voting location downtown -but this year it moves just off of Franklin Street to UNC's campus and will be at Rams Head dining hall off Ridge Road. There is parking available in the deck below the dining hall -- or enjoy a beautiful spring walk or bike ride across campus too! For more information on voting, the election, or one-stop registration CLICK HERE.

Summer Style Essentials

The school year is almost over, nothing but exams next week, so come and get your summer essentials at Uniquities! New arrivals from Vince, Zoa, Rebecca Taylor, Charles Philip flats, and colored jeans from AG! Visit Like us on Facebook

People Walking East Franklin Springtime
Shows at Local 506
Friday, April 27 - Allo Darlin, The Wave Pictures, The Big Picture. Doors: 9PM/Show: 9:30. All ages.
Tickets $8-10.
Saturday, April 28 - L in Japanese Dance Party. Under age 21 only. Doors: 8:30PM/ Show:9PM. Tickets $10.
Sunday, April 29 - The Deep Dark Woods, Be The Moon. Doors: 8:30PM/ Show: 9PM. This event is all ages. Tickets $8-10.
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Art Reception at Kidzu
Kidzu Children's Museum invites children and families to attend its second annual Mosaic Retrospective Exhibit and reception on Sunday, April 29 from 1:30Pm to 3PM. the reception celebrates a series of collaborative tile mosaic workshops over the past year in conjunction with local artist Jeannette Brossart. Tour the gallery, meet the artist, & kids can make their own mosaic magnet to take home! 

Get Beach Ready!   
Spring and summer hats have arrived at Light Years! Along with new, bright sunglasses; pick out some fun, funky jewelry! Get ready for the beach at Light Years! And just in -- new spring flower designs from Shari Dixon jewelry. Located at 121 East Franklin Street, next door to Varsity Theatre. Visit
Festifall Artist
The Artist Application deadline for Festifall is May 1st!
Check-in at Topo
Do you use Foursquare? Check in for the first time at @TheTopoftheHill for 50% off some deliciously cheesy sweet potato fries! #ChapelHill @TheTopoftheHill Follow us on Twitter
Old Time Jam for All
Nightlight Club invites all to bring their instruments every Wednesday at 6PM for an open jam session with some of the Triangle's best musicians. Free! Visit Like us on Facebook
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Southern Music on the Porch
Maria Albani, Shirlette Ammons & Heather McEntire perform at The Center for the Study of the American South (The Love House) on Thursday, April 26 from 5:30PM to 7:30PM as part of the Music on the Porch series.  This outdoor music series brings talented and eclectic musicians from around the region together to play and engage in discussion about the creative process and how the rich culture of the South influences them.The Love House is located at 410 East Franklin Street. All are free and open to the public. Bring a blanket, picnic, and enjoy an early evening of wonderful music, and engaging discussion. Visit Like us on Facebook 
Yoga for a Good Cause! 
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and in honor of this, Michelle Johnson, former volunteer, and employee of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center will be donating proceeds from her classes at Franklin Street Yoga Center, the last week in April to the OCRCC. To support Michelle the studio will be matching any donations Michelle makes to OCRCC.  Classes: Thursday, April 26th at 5:45, and Friday, April 27th at 9:15. Visit us on Facebook 
Patio Dining at Noodles
 Patio dining at Noodles & Company on a gorgeous spring day. 
Fridays on the Front Porch
The Carolina Inn kicks off the first Fridays on the Front Porch of the season Friday, April 27 from 5PM to 8PM. Celebrate the end of the work week by getting outside, enjoying delicious food, and listening to live music. Enjoy beer, wine, and a grill menu prepared freshly upon order coupled with Chef's hand-selected weekly feature. For your convenience, purchase food and drink tickets in advance at  Visit Like us on Facebook
Spring Opening: For the Birds
Light Art + Design is holding an opening reception for their spring show on Saturday, April 28 from 5PM to 8PM. The exhibit runs from April 28 -June 2. Featuring new works by: Katherine Armacost, Amanda Barr, Peg Gignoux, Roger Haile, Mark Hewitt, John Webb, Anita Wolfenden - and many,many more artists. Visit Like us on Facebook
It's Time to Train Better
Whether you are looking for one-on-one, small group, or a class setting, Chapel Hill Training has just what you want and need. Private personal training starts with an assessment; then trainers will design a program based on what you need. Or experience Bootcamp; a group setting with a qualified trainer for an hour long workout that combines total body exercises with cardio spurts. Also offering nutritional counseling and triathalon/race training. Located at 400 
West Rosemary Street, Suite 1003. 
Slow Art Day at Ackland
The premise of Slow Art Day is simple: when we slow down to look at art, we really see it. Join Amanda Hughes, the Ackland's director of external affairs on Saturday, April 28 at 11AM for a "slow look" at pre-selected works of art at the Museum. After viewing the art, the group will stroll over to Spanky's Restaurant and enjoy conversation about the experience over lunch. Program and museum admission are free. Participants pay their own way at lunch. Visit www.ackland.orgLike us on Facebook 
Grad Gifts Galore at bevello
Looking for a unique and fun graduation gift? bevello has what you need for that graduating bombshell in your life. Congratulations class of 2012! Like Kai Body Lotion & Wash, Studded Bracelet, Jonathon Adler Capri Candle, cute Carolina Umbrella, Jonathon Adler iPhone 4 Cover Birds, Emergency Kit for Her... and much more. Visit  "Like" bevello Facebook page, and enter to win a $200 bevello gift card! Like us on Facebook
Bobby & Obama
CHDP's Bobby Funk shaking President Barack Obama's hand after his speech Tuesday on UNC's campus!
Environmental Film Festival
On Saturday, April 28 at 6PM at Varsity Theatre: Spoke 'n Revolutions Youth Cycling and The ReCYCLEry host The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival -- the largest environmental film festival in the United States. Created eight years ago by a small group of riverkeepers in California, The Festival is designed to inspire by showing actions and ideas from around the globe on a wide array of environmental issues. Tickets are $10 - can be purchased at Lucky Star Market, 106 N. Graham Street. Visit or
Zog's: Home Away from Home
Offering pool tables, free darts, board games, magazines, and an arts & crafts box just waiting for you to create something - you'll feel right at home. Zog's also has specialty cocktails, monthly potlucks, TVs & projectors, and a record player for you to bring in your own vinyl. It's a dog friendly business with plenty of treats. And free pool every Sunday too! Located at 108 1/2 Henderson Street - upstairs. Open 5PM to 2AM every day, 21+. get to play FREE pool your entire birthday week!  Visit Like us on Facebook
Contemporary Menu Offerings
Cholanad is focused on delivering the South Indian culinary experience in a fine dining atmosphere. Serving lunch and dinner daily, Cholanad is located at 308 West Franklin Street with convenient parking located next to the restaurant, and FREE valet parking. Enjoy daily drink specials, custom catering for your next event, and make reservations online.  View the LUNCH MENU & the DINNER MENU. Visit Like us on Facebook
Moshi Moshi Means Hello Salon

Moshi Moshi is a boutique salon in the heart of West Franklin Street. Services include hair cuts, coloring, styling, hair treatments, & straightening. Moshi Moshi also offers organic facials, make-up applications, waxing & tinting, and facial peels. All Moshi Moshi products are free of animal products and testing; sourced with natural ingredients and containers that are easily recyclable. To make an appointment online visit Like us on Facebook

Deals at Chapel Hill Tire 

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. Visit  Like us on Facebook  

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