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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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Pursuit of Championships
Celebrate the 4th of July and your Tar Heel Spirit with this fantastic shirt from Johnny T-shirt! And
 just in time for those summer
cook outs, beach vacations, and lazy pool days -- Johnny T-shirt
has the perfect summer Carolina gear for you and your friends.
Big ol' Thank You Sale
Because you voted Chapel Hill Comics the Best Comic Book Store in the Triangle for the sixth year in a row, they are saying "Thank you," on Friday, June 29 from 11AM to 7PM. Sale includes graphic novels/books/manga/used graphic novels: buy two, get one free; liquidation books are 50% off; posters/trading cards/apparel all 20% off; and much more. Visit 
Chapel Hill Tire and Car Care Center
Congratulations to Chapel Hill Tire and Car Care Center for opening their fourth location in Durham! Visit them downtown at 502 West Franklin Street. 
Old Timey 4th of July 
Join the Chapel Hill Preservation Society on Wednesday, July 4 from 1PM to 3PM on the lawn of the Horace Williams House (602 East Rosemary Street) for lemonade, music from the Village Band, and a visit from Uncle Sam! On Sunday, July 8 experience The Fact and Folklore of Franklin Street during a 90 minute walking tour with the Preservation Society. The Tour departs from the Horace Williams House (2nd Sunday of each month) and travels down Franklin Street to Hillsborough Street and back again. $5 suggested donation. Visit 
Busy Baby Bees Class
On Wednesday July 11 at 9AM Kidzu Children's Museum invites you to this interactive program designed for adults with children between 4-24 months with a focus on Movement and Music. Socialize with other parents of young children while participating in age appropriate play and learning. This exclusive program will be held before museum hours. $4 per child, ages 4-24 months. Space is limited to 8 children and prepaid registration is required. 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. Visit  
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Milkshake Nirvana
Sandwhich, known for it's use of only authentically delicious ingredients and flavors, has created a funky menu of milkshake flavors not to be missed! The line-up changes - but flavors have included the amazing Carrboro Farmer's Market sweet summer corn, spicy-Mexican-Mango, Valrhona Chocolate, strawberry, Counter Culture Coffee and vanilla, and salted caramel!

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. 
Cave's Wienie Roast! 
For more than a decade the 4th of July has meant fireworks, Uncle Sam, and Evil Wiener at The Cave's  Annual Evil Wiener Wienie Roast and Potluck! Come to The Cave early on Wednesday, July 4 at 5PM for hot dogs and other treats in the back parking lot, and stay later for aheroes' tribute to Our Great Nation. So bring a dish to share with everyone. 
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These weekly specials at AVEDA are being offered until July 31! Tuesday-Thursday before 5:00 PM: Haircut for $15; Pure Focus 60mn Facial for $30; Mani/Pedi + 1 free OPI Polish for $35! Early Bird Specials Tuesday-
Thursday before noon: Simple Highlight for 15; Any color service $40; Buy One Wax Service/Get One for 50% Off. Not Valid with any offer other and subject to change. Visit 
LOCALLY GROWN - seriously, the best summer music & movie lineup out there!
FREE concert tonight with Lizzy Ross Band, Mary Johnson Rockers & The Spark, and Birds & Arrows; show starts at 7PM! Beer garden featuring New Belgium Brewing!
Summer's So Bright, Gotta Wear Shades!
Eyecarecenter (located at 143 West Franklin Street, in University Square) has got your eyes covered this summer! Whether you need a basic eye exam, new glasses, or sunglasses they have a great selection of frames - visit the on-line optical shop where you can pick out frames and lenses that are just right. You can even upload a picture and see what the frames will look like on you! They also carry carry all leading brand contacts including Acuvue, FreshLook and Night & Day. Their eye doctors also specialize in hard-to-fit contacts. No appointment needed! Visit 
Town of Chapel Hill's 4th of July - Kenan Stadium
La Rez's Garden on Rosemary St 
Enjoy a patriotic experience locally with farmer's market produce and locally grown produce within 30 miles featured at La Rez's garden patio- your own Rosemary Street Garden-and bar. Herbs and veggies grown on site and locally will be featured in the July 4th week menu. Visit 

Upcoming Shows at Local 506
Friday, June 29 - Dirty South Fest 2012 Pre-Fest Soul Nite: Midnight Cowboy, King Harold, DJ Lauren Von Trap. Doors 8PM/Show 9PM, 18 and over, $7.
Saturday, June 30 - Skylar Gudasz and the Ugly Girls, Jeff Crawford Band, Tender Fruit. Doors 9PM/ Show 9:30PM, All Ages, $7.
Thursday, July 5 - These United States, The Henry Clay People. Doors 8:30PM/ Show 9PM, $9-$11.
Friday, July 6 - Natural Science, LUD, Spindale. Doors 8:30PM/ Show 9PM; All Ages, $5. Visit 
LAST LOOK at Ackland's Exhibit
On Sunday, July 1 from 1PM to 5PM is your last chance to see the current exhibits - Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper and Piece by Piece: Quilts, Collages, and Constructions. On the final day of these two exhibitions, enjoy light refreshments, tours, and live music! Music by the Sigmon Stringers, a three-generation bluegrass and gospel band from Newton, NC. Free and open to the public. Visit  
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Vote For Local Businesses 
Thanks to a program sponsored by Chase and LivingSocial called "Mission: Small Business," your support could translate into a $250,000 grant for several small businesses downtown! Visit Click on "Login and Support" which will take you to the page where you can vote for Kidzu Children's Museum, Ben & Jerry's, Sugarland Bakery, and Nightlight Club.  And you can vote for more than one!
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 29 from 5PM to 8PM to celebrate the end of the work week. Enjoy delicious food, and live music from Franklin Street Band with Mic Mixon. 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  
DIY Rugmaking Workshop
What to do with those old jeans you just can't bear to part with? Make a braided rag rug with them! Renee Miller, fiber artist, will teach you how to make a hardy braided rag rug with them at a DIY workshop at Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe on Sunday, July 8 at 2PM. Patched, faded, funky or classic indigo - bring your faves to be cut, braided and sewn into a small circular rug that will reveal the harmonious shades of denim. Please bring: 4 pair of jeans and a pair of sharp scissors.Cost: $40. Visit 
Red in the Doorway at The Bookshop
 The Bookshop is home to two cats named Elmo and Red. Here Red peers out the door at a just passed-by dog, convinced no hound could possibly be a good reader. 
Upcoming Shows at Nightlight 
Friday, June 29 - Mid-Century Modern Dance Party! Come on out for this super rad 1950's and 60's dance party with DJ's Montgomery Morris and Craig Powell. Dance moves and spins are encouraged! Doors 9PM, $3
Saturday, June 30 - Experimental Music Night with Remora / Morgan Evans-Weiller (Boston)/Subscape Annex / Joe Hendrix. Doors 9PM, $5
Monday, July 2 - Monday is Trivia Night fro 9PM to 11PM, Free. Round up a team of four friends (only the smart ones) and compete for prizes./
Tuesday, July 3 - Extra Life (ex-members of Dirty Projectors) + more tba; Doors 9PM, $5. 
Locally Grown - New Belgium Brewing Company
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