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What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!
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University Square Free Night Parking
FREE Night parking at University Square - park in the blue spaces after 6PM!
Cocktails & Tapas 
The warming spring days effortlessy turn into cool lingering evenings right about now and Elaine's on Franklin has a Cocktails & Tapas menu that hits on every fresh and inspired flavor to make those evenings memorable. Join them for an ever-changing menu with favorites like Basil Mojito or The Lady Bug paired with fried stuffed oysters or Andalusian gazpacho. Visit 
Transit of Venus Nears!
The next Transit of Venus is June 5, 2012 -- and if you miss this one, the next one isn't until 2117! Transits occur when Venus or Mercury pass directly between the Earth and the Sun. The planet doesn't completely block the Sun -- it just appears to be a dot moving across the face of the Sun. Celebrate this rare occasion with Morehead Planetarium on Tuesday, June 5 from 5:30PM to 8:30PM to enjoy views of the
transit and lots of fun science activities for the entire family. It's free and open to the public. Watch
a special live star show about the Transit, use special "eclipse glasses" to view the Transit safely,
make your own sundial, and more. 
Fun at McAlister's Deli
MONDAY MADNESS: Come eat at McAlister's Deli every Monday and you'll be entered to win a free meal. Simply come in the next Monday and see if you are one of the winners. Two winners each week!
TRIVIA TUESDAY: Enjoy lunch or dinner and McAlister's crew will try to stump you with a trivia question of the day. Get it right and get a FREE COOKIE!
FRIDAY DATE NIGHT: Parents you deserve to enjoy your meal - so relax every Friday night at McAlister's Deli and eat downstairs while your kids EAT FREE and are entertained with a variety of fun activities upstairs. From 5PM to 7PM.
Basketball Championship Tree
The iconic Basketball Championship Tree sculpture has a new home! The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Center at the corner of W. Franklin Street and S. Roberson Street! Visit 
Sunday Picnic at UUMC
University United Methodist Church invites all to join them on Sunday, June 3 for a BBQ lunch on the front lawn and enjoy lots of activities. Listen to a local bluegrass band, have a meal and then play bingo, win in the cakewalk, and enjoy activities for children. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children 4-10 years and free for children under 4. To reserve your meal, email Beth today or call 919-919-7191, ext. 22 and leave a message. Visit 
Downtown Food Tour  
On this leisurely walk through the downtown streets of Chapel Hill & Carrboro on Saturday, June 2 from 2PM to 5PM, culinary adventurists will enjoy pausing numerous times for sample tastings at 6 to 7 unique food establishments in our downtowns. Experience local, fresh flavors at new spots as well as some of Franklin Street's long-time favorites. Cost is $35 per person (+ $2.50 service charge). Meet in the Franklin Hotel lobby (311 West Franklin Street). For reservations visit 
Summer Denim Sale
Uniquities has a great deal -buy one pair of full price jeans and get 40% off your second pair now through Sunday, June 3! Uniquities
offers a great selection of denim by JBrand, Joe's Citizens of Humanity, Seven, AG, James, and more. Shop
a wide selection of colors, prints, and lengths. Does not apply to denim shorts or skirts. Visit 
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Give Blood! 
On Tuesday, June 5 from 7AM to 6PM help ensure the blood supply doesn't take a summer vacation and come and donate blood at the Dean E. Smith Center on UNC's campus at the Carolina Blood Drive! Open to the community; walk-ins will be accepted the day of the Drive but appointments are strongly encouraged. Free tshirt to all presenting donors & parking is free. 
Painted Voices Reception
A collective of Chapel Hill High School student-artists called Painted Voices will present Home Project: a night of poetry, performance, painting, and photography inspired by the stories of Chapel Hill residents at 7PM on Friday, June 1. Home Project will debut with a free, open to the public reception and art exhibit at the Street Scene Teen Center (179 E. Franklin St, Chapel Hill). Supported by the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission and the Town of Chapel Hill's Public and Cultural Arts Office, Painted Voices' Home Project is the culmination of a 10-week long residency at the high school, led by local artist and adjunct UNC professor Pierce Freelon and poet Will McInerney of Sacrifical Poets.
Send a Kid to Sea! Fundraiser
Sunday's are Fund Days at Lucky Star Market! Join them on Sunday, June 3 from 9AM to 3PM (and every Sunday) for a yard sale, bake sale, and in-store event to raise funds to send a Chapel Hill High School student, who lives in the Northside neighborhood, to sea for a semester. She has been accepted into the Canadian tall-ship program, Class Afloat, for the 2012-2013 school year! She'll be setting sail in early September out of Istanbul for a unique and challenging junior year at sea, the student needs help funding her educational adventure! 100% of proceeds- go to tuition all day! Visit 
Fresh, Spring Flavor at La Rez   
Patio dining is especially perfect now at La Residence, even with the  air warming up outside the patio
is beautifully shaded and inviting. Fresh produce abounds too at La Residence! Enjoy a variety of local farm fresh items in a downtown garden atmosphere. For parking options close to the restaurant- click here. Groups of 10 or more receive a complimentary chef's choice menu item with advance booking. Visit 
Upcoming LOCAL 506 Shows
Friday, June 1 - Chappo, The Gonzo Symphonic Presents; Doors 9PM/Show 9:30PM; Tickets $7-$9; Event is all ages.
Saturday, June 2 - Cat's Cradle Presents River City Extension, The Drowning Men, Virgins, Ben Henderson; Doors 7PM/ Show 8PM; Tickets $10-13; All Ages.
Sunday, June 3 - Porcelain Raft, Jon Lindsay; Doors: 8:30PM/ Show 9PM; Tickets $8-$9; All Ages.
Monday, June 4 - Joe Pug, David Wax Museum; Doors 8:30PM/ Show 9PM; Tickets $9-$11.
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Fridays on the Front Porch
Join the Carolina Inn on Friday, June 1 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. Visit 
Have a Fav Comic Book Villian?
Local authors/academics need your help! They are working on a book about comic book villains, under contract to be published in late 2013, and are conducting some research. Come to Chapel Hill Comics on Saturday, June 2, from 1PM-5PM, to complete a 5-minute survey about comic book villains. You can also sign up to help the authors with fact-checking and receive an acknowledgement in the book! All participants must be at least 18 years old. To lure you in - the shop is having a a SALE on back issue, dollar comics, and comic sets as well as selected items in the back room - it's a one day only sale! Visit 
Art Adventures at Ackland
Designed for 6- to 9-year-olds, Art Adventures sessions provide kids with a guided view of art in the Ackland's galleries, followed by the opportunity to create take-home treasures in an adjacent art studio using newly-learned art-making techniques. On Saturday, June 2 from 10:30AM to 12PM kids will look at the variety of collages and constructions in the exhibition Piece by Piece, then go to the studio to make our own collages. Free for Members, $5 for non-members. Space is limited; RSVP to or 919.962.3342. Visit 
The Standard
The Standard offers delicious fresh food, fine spirits and and a wide variety of local craft beers with a relaxing atmosphere -with a beautifully shaded patio for outdoor dining! 
Ackland Museum Store Exhibit 
Perspectives in Mentoring: The Paintings of Anthony Ulinski and Deneé Black continues in the gallery at the Ackland Museum Store.  This is the first in a series of shows focusing on the importance of mentoring in the fields of art and craft. Anthony Ulinski is an accomplished oil painter who has taught extensively at Penland among other well-respected schools. Deneé Black, a talented mixed media painter, has taken classes with Anthony and has been mentored by him for several years. The show features not only the cityscapes of both artists, but reflects the evolving nature of a mentoring relationship. Their work, while stylistically different, share structural lines, strong perspective, and bold color. We will be open Second Friday, June 8th until 9pm. Show continues thru June 10th. Visit  
Busy Bees at Kidzu Museum
Wednesday, June 6 from 9AM to 9:45AM -this interactive program is designed for adults with children between 4-24 months. This monthly parent-child program is held before opening hours for exclusive play. Socialize with other parents of young children while participating in age appropriate play and learning. SPECIAL SPEAKER THIS MONTH: Elizabeth Dunn, a registered and licensed dietitian at UNC Hospitals with NC Children's Specialty Clinic. Kidzu staff will volunteer to play with your child during presentation. ost: $4 per child. Space is limited to 8 children and prepaid registration is required. 
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