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What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!
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Celebrate the Sun!
TODAY- Thursday, June 21 at 7:30PM - join Michelle from Franklin Street Yoga Center for the Summer Solstice Class outdoors on the 5th floor terrace at Greenbridge! 
Beach Weather is Here!
And Aveda Institute Chapel Hill wants you to look your best on the beach. Get that warm, summery glow with $15 simple highlights on special Tuesdays thru Thursdays before noon. Add a glossing treatment for that extra shine at Aveda! 
Bandido's Salsa Contest  
Enter Bandido's Salsa Recipe Contest! Send your salsa recipe ideas to; the restaurant will will choose the most delicious and/ or unique salsa recipe. Each of these entrants will get two free pints of Bandido's salsa to use to actually prepare their recipe for the cook off! With $5 cash and $50 in Bandido's certificates to the winner. Submissions accepted until the end of June. Visit 
Crusin' Downtown
Sugarland Cake Tastings
Schedule your wedding cake tasting at Sugarland - tastings happen once a month at the shop. The next
one is June 24 from 11AM to 4PM. Email to book an appointment. Have you seen the Sugarland Daily Cupcake
Menu? It's the perfect excuse for something sweet everyday - you don't want to miss a flavor! Visit 
Glee Kids Summer Sale  
Enjoy 25% off all summer clothing at Glee Kids starting now! Stock up on wardrobe essentials,
swimwear, and sandals before beachweek! Brands include: Tea Collection, Pink Chicken, ToobyDoo, and Birki's. Visit 
Qdoba Dinner Special
Qdoba Mexican Grill is now offering $6 meals, Monday - Friday from 5PM to close! And for a limited time -- Mango Salad is back for the summer! Located at 100 West Franklin St.
Tickets Now on Sale!
Carolina Performing Arts tickets are now on sale for the 2012/2013 season...the long wait is over! Carolina Performing Arts and UNC-Chapel Hill will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring with a major international project in the 2012-13 Season. Get your tickets NOW! 
Euro at Kildare's
Taking Care of Your Car!
As your local car care expert, Chapel Hill Tire does everything your dealership does. From simple oil changes to comprehensive 30K, 60K, 90K mile + maintenance. Their rigorously trained ASE-certified technicians use the latest high tech equipment to work on your vehicle; conventional or hybrid. And Chapel Hill Tire can perform your Factory Scheduled Maintenance and still maintain your manufacturer's warranty! Make an appointment now; free shuttle service to home or work. 
Family Day at Ackland
Build museum memories with the children in your life at the Ackland's monthly Family Day! Come for a
little while or stay for the whole afternoon -- it's all FREE! On Sunday June 24 from 2PM to 4PM enjoy a family tour, story  time, Creation Station, Treasure Hunts, and more! Recommended  for  ages 4 to 8 years old. Visit 
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University Florist Sale 
 University Florist is having a Summer Sale with all gifts and accessories 25% off!   Located at 124 East Franklin Street. 
Hosting an Event Soon?
If you have an event or private party to host - book The Great Room at Top of the Hill! For a limited time they are offering 50% off* room rental fee! Use discount code SUMMER50 when you submit an inquiry through the website, or mention this coupon on the phone. Call 919-929-8676 ext. 3 or visit  *Valid for events Monday - Friday before 5pm. Event deposit must be received through events on office before 08/30/2012. Event must be on or before 08/31/2012. 
Tie Dye Workshop

Join Kidzu Children's Museum for a Patriotic Tie Dye Workshop on 

Tuesday, July 3, 3:30-4:30PM. This hands-on program will allow kids to create their own stunning July 4th t-shirt. They'll supply the shirt and all the materials. You are also welcome to bring your own shirt. Program will be held right outside of Kidzu. Call Kidzu at 919-933-1455 to register. $12 per child. For ages 5 and up. 
Ackland Museum Store Temporarily Closed
Nothing helps beat the summer heat like cool, refreshing water - unless it's bursting out of the pipes in your store! Unfortunately on Monday, June 18th the Ackland Museum Store suffered some water damage from a plumbing issue. But don't worry-the store will only be TEMPORARILY closed while they assess and fix the damage. Of course the Ackland Museum is still open! For updates on the store visit 
Eat, Drink, & Live Well at La Rez
Don't let the summer pass you by without enjoying a meal on La Residence's shaded patio! And now featuring a brand new dinner menu featuring bruschetta, spinach & artichoke dip, lobster bisque, lump crab cakes, beef carpaccio, duck pate, and much more. Join them for Tunes on Tuesday, 6PM to 2AM: Start out the night with live music, then transition into DJ Spun Ecstasy around 11PM. On Tuesdays, June 19 & 26 -Jeff Hart will be performing. Wednesday: All Senior Citizens enjoy 10% off! Thursday: 1/2 OFF all wine cellar bottles!Friday and Saturday: All Star House DJ plays all requests starting at 11PM. Visit 
Music from the Bench

Add to Your Summer Book List!

Before you head out to the beach or mountains on your summer vacation stop by The Bookshop and wander through the stacks of the Bookshop's 100,000 book inventory, with 18,000 listed online. You are sure to find that perfect summer read! And if you are lucky, one of the resident Bookshop cats might just browse with you. The Bookshop is located at 400 West Franklin Street. Visit
Lantern's Summer of Reisling 
Summer is here and, once again, Lantern is proud to participate in the Summer of Riesling, a nationwide campaign to promote the most underrated of noble grapes-Riesling. Whether it be Sekt, Sur lie, Kabinett, Feinherb, Spätlese or Auslese-Lantern Restaurant and the Bar have it and will be
feauturing an impressive assortment all summer long! 
DIY Dyeing w/ Plants Workshop
Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe hosts weekly DIY, sustainability-minded workshops. On Sunday, June 24 at 2PM this workshop teaches how to find and dye with plants found in the Spring/Summer seasons. This is a non-toxic, sustainable approach to dyeing fibers/fabrics. Renee Miller, experienced
fiber artist, will be your instructor. Cost is $40.
Locally Grown Concert 1
Join us on Thursday, June 28 at 6PM for the FIRST Locally Grown concert of the season! 
Pools OPEN - Come On In!
The A. D. Clark Pool at the Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St., is open for the 2012 summer season. The free outdoor swimming pool, operated by the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department, is available for lap swimming and open swim time now through Labor Day. The 25 meter pool offers a zero-depth entry pool, locker rooms, showers and family changing area. There is a wading pool for pre-school aged children and toddlers (swim diapers required). Visit
Fridays on the Front Porch
Join the Carolina Inn on Friday, June 22 from 5PM to 8PM to celebrate the end of the work week. Enjoy delicious food, and live music from The Morning After. Enjoy beer, wine, and a grill menu prepared freshly upon order coupled with Chef's hand-selected weekly feature. Purchase food and drink tickets in advance online.  Visit  
Town of Chapel Hill's 4th of July - Kenan Stadium
Financial & Legal Workshops 
The Women's Center is offering these upcoming workshops:
Thursday, July 12: Retirement Savings: It's Never too Early or Too Late to Begin; presented by Kelly Peak of CESI.  Thursday, July 19: Protecting Unmarried and Same-Sex Partnerships; presented by Sarah Carr D'Amato and John Miskey. Workshops are FREE and open to both women and men. All are held at The Women's Center, 6:00PM-7:30PM. 
Registration is required. Please call 919-968-4610 to register or visit  
Earth Friendly Items at Market   
It's true that Lucky Star Market's coffee is pretty awesome! But the shop offers much more, right here in Northside,

Featuring good-for-you, good-for-the-planet items that you're looking for! Dr. Bronner's, Seventh Generation, Tom's, Nature's Gate, Organyc, Dessert Essence, Dr. Woods, Earth Friendly Products, Kiss My Face, Tea Tree Therapy, Tiger Balm...and more are all here at Lucky Star Market! 
Friends of the Downtown Mtg
On Thursday, June 28 at 10AM, the Friends features TWO great speakers. Travis Vencel of Trinitas Ventures, will speak about the development of off-campus student housing to address pressures from student housing on nearby neighborhoods. He will also show Trinitas' proposal for development in Chapel Hill. And Aaron Nelson from the Chamber of Commerce will share plans for the 2012 Inter-City Visit and Leadership Conference trip to Bloomington, Indiana. Gatherings of the Friends of the Downtown take place on the second floor of the Franklin Hotel. Meetings are free and open to the public, with parking located behind the hotel.
Lunch on McCorkle Place 
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The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership leads and manages the downtown through partnership efforts; marketing and promotions; improving the visual appeal of downtown; and rebuilding downtown as a mixed use center of retail, service, professional, governmental, institutional, and residential uses.
Contact Meg McGurk at 919-967-9440 or