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What to Do & See Downtown This Week! 5/3/12

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Two NEW municipal parking lots are OPEN downtown on Mallette and Graham streets.
Bonus Week at Aveda 
Bonus Week means buy $50 worth of product and receive a FREE $10 service card! Valid now through Saturday, May 5.  Mother's Day gift card specials: Purchase a $100 gift card and get a $25 service gift card. Purchase a $50 gift card and get a $10 service gift card. 
Early Voting Polls OPEN!
Early voting locations are OPEN for the Tues, 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. Parking available in the deck below the dining hall. For more information on voting or one-stop registration CLICK HERE.
Look in the Book Nook
Join Kidzu and The Ackland Art Museum for a free monthly reading series which promotes early literacy and brings books to life from Kidzu's Book Nook exhibit area. This month in honor of Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 5 at 10:30AM read books about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo at the Ackland. After a tour of the featured artwork, return to Kidzu to create self-portraits in Frida's style and make family trees to celebrate your own individual heritages. For ages 4-8, parent supervision required. FREE. Meet by 10:30 the lobby of the Ackland. 
Shopping at the Ackland Museum Store
Visitors explore the exhibit space at the Ackland Museum Store. The store celebrates one year on Franklin Street this weekend!
Instro Summit 2012 
The Cave hosts the Instro Summit this weekend; the biggest all-instrumental music festival in the USA! All music fans will enhoy this festival that features 22 bands in 3 days - May 4, 5, & 6. Tickets $10 per night/3 day pass $21. Contact for advance tickets. Like us on Facebook
Made in the USA  
Light Years has stocked up on beautiful new styles of handmade-in-the-USA jewelry just in time for Mother's Day and Graduation. Also in stock - summer hats, bright sunglasses in fun colors and new spring flower designs from Shari Dixon jewelry. Located at 121 East Franklin St, next to Varsity Theatre. 
Tar Heels Stand Together
Tuesday, May 8 is election day -- click here for voting information in Orange County! On Wednesday, May 9 at noon on Polk Place in front of South Building on UNC's campus - the LGBTQ Center will be hosting a gathering OPEN TO ALL to provide an opportunity for our community to come together in support and stand together regardless of the outcome of the vote on Amendment One on Tuesday. Visit 
Art Exhibition Opening
The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill presents photography by Elizabeth Matheson exhibited at the Horace Williams House with opening reception on Sunday, May 6 from 2PM to 6PM. The exhibit runs May 6 - June 3. Admission is free and exhibition pieces will be available for purchase. Located at 610 East Rosemary Street. 
Sugarland - sidewalk dining
Nothing is finer than a cupcake and a cup of coffee, and sidewalk dining at Sugarland!
Moss Waxing + Beauty
Moss Waxing + Beauty offers waxing services, facial treatments (peels, facials, & more), make-up applications & education, and complete eyebrow care! Offered in a one-one-one setting in a relaxed atmosphere; Moss Waxing + Beauty is located at 400 W. Rosemary St. Suite 1001. By appointment only. Moss has a very informative website where you can also book appointments online! Visit Like us on Facebook
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Hey Batter, Batter!...
A good baseball game makes time effortlessly stand still, so why not make these gorgeous spring afternoons last forever and take in a Carolina Baseball game? This weekend the Tar Heels take on Boston College in a weekend series starting Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6 at Boshamer Stadium. Get yourself there to enjoy the sunshine and the CLACK of a baseball bat as it hits that sweet spot! For schedule and ticket information visit
Ackland Museum Store Turns 1!
It's pretty hard to imagine Franklin Street now without this creative, unique store in the heart of our downtown! Come celebrate on Saturday, May 5 10AM to 5:30PM - rumor has it, there will be cake! Shop the new Spring Arrivals that fit perfectly in to the store's great selection of eco-friendly textiles just in time for Mother's Day; Linen Totes by Carol Gilbert of Yorktown Road, Flour Sack Towels from Kei and Molly, & soft and elegant gift wraps by Chewing the Cud. Visit  Like us on Facebook

 NEW public parking lot on Mallette Street is now open! Located directly behind Chipotle's. $1.25 an hour/FREE after 8PM.
Fridays on the Front Porch
Join the Carolina Inn on Friday, May 4 from 5PM to 8PM to celebrate the end of the work week. Enjoy delicious food, and live music from Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojo. 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
Cinco de Mayo at Kildare's Pub 
On Saturday, May 5 Kildare's is featuring a special menu called VIVA MEXICO from 5-11PM with traditional Mexican dishes created specially by Kildare's! Pair it with one of their drink specials: $3 Corona's and Corona Lights, $5 Mexi-Tini's, $3 Soco Lime Shooters, and $2 Miller Lites. Enter the 1st Annual Craic Nacho Off! Free to enter, starts at 9PM - be the first to finish 3 orders of loaded nachos and you could win $100! Sign up at Tons of door prizes all night, DJ Dance Party at 10pm!
Soft Shell Crabs & Spring Rosé
The Crook's Corner menu has just what your spring pallete needs. Seasonal menu can be checked daily online. Green is the color of the menu these last spring weeks: cuts of green-garlic, green garden peas, velvet spinach, avocado, arugula, artichokes, sugar snaps and green Tabasco for the Green Tabasco Chicken! Seasonal featured desserts are Atlantic Beach Lime Pie and Strawberry-Buttermilk Sherbet.  Now taking reservations for Mother's Day and Graduation (both on Sunday, May 13). Visit 
Watercolor Workshop at Ackland 
When creating his "thoughts on paper," artist Thornton Dial employed watercolors, pencil, charcoal, and even a little bit of coffee here and there. On Saturday, May 5 from 1PM to 5PM learn more about the techniques and materials Dial used through a guided look at his extraordinary watercolors, then try your hand at his chosen medium. Amanda Hughes leads this class for teens and adults. Beginners are welcome. Bring your own materials; a list will be provided upon registration. Mid-afternoon snack provided. Members: $35 | Non-members: $40. Pre-registration required: or 919.843.3687.
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Back Alley Bikes
Back Alley Bikes celebrates Bike Month in May by sponsoring the Go Chapel Hill - Carrboro Spring Roll Ride on Friday, May 18 starting at 5:30PM. Come ride with us!
FREE Comic Book Day!
Saturday, May 5 is Free Comic Book Day, and Chapel Hill Comics will once again give away lots and lots of free comics,no purchase required from 11AM to 7PM! View the complete list here. Plus, fantastic artist Thomas Boatwright (Zeke Deadwood, Zombie Lawman; Cemetery Blues; Howard Lovecraft & the Undersea Kingdom) will be on hand doing free brush sketches from 11AM to 4PM. 
Rock'n Role-Models Benefit Show
Picture yourself relaxing in a brand-new venue, listening to local bands, drinks and finger foods easily within reach. Now make it a reality! The Franklin Street Band (featuring Mick Mixon) and Greg Humphreys, will be performing at West End Public on Saturday,May 5. Doors open at 7PM, with music going on until midnight. Tickets $25 include unlimted dancing & music, a drink ticket, and hors d'ouevres. Proceeds go to Volunteers for Youth, a nonprofit serving at-risk kids in Orange County since 1982. Buy your tickets at (search for Volunteers for Youth or West End Public) or at the door on the night of the event. Convienent parking found here. Visit www.volunteersforyouth.orgLike us on Facebook 
Electric Kool-Aid Vintage Test
This inaugural all-day event inspired by vintage clothing and the year 1968, will be held on Saturday May 5 from 11AM to 9PM at The Clothing Warehouse. Featuring live models, DJs, liquid lights, and tons of vintage clothes waiting for you! Starting at 10PM the Rock and Roll After Party will feature The Ill Family & Campfires and Constellations at The Station. For a hint at what to expect... 

Make Your Family a Star Family

Explore our solar system and discover the planets that are visible in the sky this month. Register today for Morehead's Star Families "Planets" program on Saturday, May 5, 9:30-10:15 a.m. Designed for learners ages 7-12 and their families. General Public: $20/family; Morehead Members: $15/family -$2 for each additional family member after the first four. Visit Like us on Facebook 


Celebrate the Art of the Cocktail

Established by the Museum of the American Cocktail to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the art of the cocktail and its history; The Crunkleton celebrates World Cocktail Week from Sunday, May 6 to Thursday, May 10. Seminars are free and begin nightly at 8PM. All members and guests will enjoy a complimentary tasting of the evening's featured cocktails while learning about the historical context and era; including the Baroque Age, the Classic Age, and contemporary cocktails. Visit Like us on Facebook

FREE Career Workshops Open 

The Women's Center has two remaining spring career workshops; designed to help you dust off your job search, freshen your current career, and rejuvenate yourself!  

* Tuesday, May 8, 6PM to 8PM: Advance Your Career will review tips on leveraging valuable employee development resources to advance in the workplace. Presented by 
Sharon McCormick, MCC, CPRW, GCDF. * Tuesday, May 15, 6PM to 7:30PM: Organizing Your Job Search is a hands-on workshop will allow participants to create a personalized filing system for personal papers: career and beyond. (Supplies provided!) Presented by Mary Sexton, Professional Organizer. All workshops are FREE; registration is required. Please call 919-968-4610 to register or visit Like us on Facebook
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