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What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!
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McAlister's Deli at LOCALLY GROWN Movies
Kids Yoga Camp 
Franklin Street Yoga Center's Kids Yoga Camp provides a safe and nurturing environment where children can strengthen their sense of confidence, focus, breath, creativity, physical awareness and appreciation of their whole being through yoga, movement, music and art. Leah Barber will lead the program Monday, July 23 - Friday, July 27 from 1PM-3PM. $20 per day/$100 week.
40 Cent Wing Night!
How many can YOU eat? Every Monday at Kildare's wings are only 40 cents a wing, with six delicious flavors to choose from - go for it! Starting at 10PM Pub Quiz, gather your friends-
only the smart ones and play. Enjoy $2 Yuenglings. Full menu served until midnight, 24 beers on draft.
Celebrate Feestdag- Belgium's Independence Day on Saturday, July 21. Reps from Palm, the original Belgium Amber beer, will be giving away glasses and tshirts. Menu featuring Moules Frites - belgium-style mussels and chips; and Quorn Stoverij - Belgium Palm Beer Stew.
Summer Mani/Pedis!
Need a nail makeover? Come to Aveda Institute Tuesday-Thursday before 5PM for an Aveda For Less
Special! For $35 you get it all: Manicure, Pedicure, AND take home the bottle of OPI nail polish for free! Book your appointment today! Visit 
'Urinetown' at PlayMakers
A cast of 25 young student actors will perform the Tony Award-winning musical satire "Urinetown: The Musical" as the culmination of the PlayMakers Repertory Company Summer Youth Conservatory running July 19-22. In "Urinetown," 20 years of disastrous drought have led to draconian water restrictions. Citizens are forced to use public, pay-per-use facilities operated by Urine Good Company ... or will they rebel? \Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and children under 18 and may be purchased by calling (919) 962-7529, online at or at
the PlayMakers Box Office.
Uniquities Summer Sale 
Buy 1 Pair of Sale Denim and Get 2nd Pair 50% Off....Buy 1 Pair of Sale Shoes and Get 2nd Pair 50% Off....Buy 1 Sale Sweater and Get 2nd Pair 50% Off! 
Let the Games Begin!
Are you counting down the hours until the Olympics begin? Have you already started painting the American flag on your face? Join fellow Olympic enthusiasts to watch the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on Friday, July 27 from 6PM to 9PM at Kildare's Irish Pub! This community event is FREE and open to all ages; and is family-friendly. Olympic Bingo will begin at 6:30PM, Olympic Trivia will begin at 8PM, and family-fun games throughout the event while the Opening Ceremony is shown LIVE on television! Dress as your favorite Olympian, or dress in your national attire. You'll receive great prizes; and of course the admiration of all!  Come for the Olympic fun and stay for dinner. More details here! Like us on Facebook
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Walgreens employee working hard ringing up customers AND answering questions on the phone! 
Exhibit On View
Horace Williams House hosts an ever-changing exhibit of local art. Now on view: paintings by Warren Hicks and sculptures by Renee Leverty - through Friday, July 27. Horace Williams House is located at 610 E. Rosemary St.  
Now Showing:
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Beat the Heat!
Don't let the heat get you down. Any time the Weather Channel predicts temperatures of 100 degrees or above for Chapel Hill or Pittsboro, Carolina Brewery restaurants will sell $3 Sky Blue pints on that day! Come in, cool off with your friends and enjoy the summer savings. Just thinking of an icy cold Sky Blue Golden Ale sitting in front of you makes you feel cooler!
LOCALLY GROWN - seriously, the best summer music & movie lineup out there!
NOW SHOWING: The Dark Knight (PG13/2008) tonight at LOCALLY GROWN! Activities at 8PM, movie starts at approx. 9PM (sundown). FREE popcorn and fun! For weather and other last-minute cancellations: 919-932-0408. The line will be operational after 1PM and a decsion will be made by 6PM  if the movie will be shown. 
Calling All Foodies to Compete!
PIZZA CONTEST: The Standard Restaurant is looking for a new fall pizza recipe. Submit your recipe and name your pizza by 11/1/12. Five finalists will be invited to cook their pizzas in The Standard kitchen; a panel of judges decides the winner. The winner gets dinner for four, $20 gift card, and serious bragging rights! Submit your recipe: or email
BURGER CONTEST: Carolina Brewery is looking for the ultimate build-your-own-burger! The Brewery is now accepting your dream burger recipes for their annual "Iron Chef-style" burger contest. Send recipes, or by picking up a Burger Contest recipe submission card at either restaurant. Visit 
Open Mic Comedy at Jack Sprat Cafe
At Jack Sprat Cafe open mic comedy - every Thursday at 9PM -has become one of the biggest events downtown each week for both budding comics and those that just like to laugh!
Calling All Stargazers!
Join Kidzu Children's Museum at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to welcome Big Bird and Elmo as they star in the new planetarium blockbuster "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure" on Saturday, July 21 at 10:30AM. Please note: no costumed characters will be at the event. The show will begin promptly at 10:30am, followed by out of this world space-themed crafts on the Planetarium's front porch! FREE for Kidzu and Morehead Planetarium members. You MUST present your card at the Morehead front desk. Nonmembers $6/child, $7.25/adult. Visit 
Thursday Salons at FRANK
Thursdays at FRANK bring musical and theater productions, talks by local authors and artists, poetry readings, and so much more. FRANK hosts weekly artists salons from 6PM to 8PM in the gallery. Visit www.frankisart.comJuly 19 -- Joey Howell on guitar.
July 26 -- Birdman Dave Gulik and parrot at 3:00 with Kidzu Children's Museum. Adults are welcome too!
August 2 -- Current Exhibit:GIVE ME WINGS artists will be in the gallery to discuss their pieces.
August 9 -- Wojtek Wodjynski, Featured Artist for August.
August 16 -- Keith Allen and his music.
August 23 -- Guilty Pleasures Bluegrass
Food & Music at Jack Sprat Cafe
Jack Sprat Cafe is not just a great coffee shop and eatery - it's one of downtown's best venues for live entertainment at night. Jack Sprat serves breakfast, lunch, & dinner with something for everyone on the menu. Or just stop by for a shake, smoothie, or specialty coffee drink at any time. Thursday night open mic comedy has become one of the biggest draws downtown each week for both budding comics and those that just enjoy comedy! Other nights of the week feature open mic music, live rock, and DJ's. Visit 
Catering at Elaine's on Franklin   
Planning a Fall wedding? Anniversary? Corporate event? Elaine's on Franklin can accommodate larger parties on site, including corporate, recruiting and rehearsal dinners. They can reserve part or all of the dining room for your event and aim to provide as much flexibility as possible to make your evening with enjoyable and memorable. Or let Elaine's cater a small dinner at your home or a larger event wherever you like! Menus are planned based on your taste and budget.Visit
Girl's lunch at Pepper's Pizza
Enjoying lunch at Pepper's Pizza under the mural of famous musicians all born in North Carolina. If you can't identify them all  - look for the answers on the back of the menu!
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, July 20 from 5PM to 8PM to celebrate the end of the work week. Enjoy delicious food, and live music from Big Fat Gap. 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  
Now at BUNS: Milkshakes!
At Buns you're in charge of your burger. You choose from one of three burger choices and large selection of cheeses and veggies. And if you want to skip the bun altogether, you can top off your Caesar salad with any of the burger patty or sandwich options. Buns mission is to always use the freshest ingredients to deliver a superior product at a reasonable price. Don't believe it? Come check them out for yourself at 107 North Columbia Street! Of course, no meal would be complete without a pile of handcut fries on the side and one of their new delicious hand-spun milkshakes. Dine in or carry out; visit 

Family Day at Ackland

Celebrate the season by listening to cool stories about summer fun on Sunday, July 22 from 2PM to 4PM. The Summer Read-In presents great children's and adolescent literature read aloud in the Ackland's galleries. Throughout the afternoon, make a funny bug or other paper sculptures at the Creation Station or find treasures in the Museum with Scavenger Hunts in the galleries. Come for a little while or stay for the whole afternoon -- it's all FREE! Recommended for children ages 4 to 13 years old. Visit 

McAlister's Deli at LOCALLY GROWN Movies
At every LOCALLY GROWN movie nights enjoy chips, nachos, and sweet tea from McAlister's Deli!   
Trivia at Linda's 
Every Tuesday night means trivia in Linda's DOWNBAR! Come out for some tasty food and $2.50 Yuengling Drafts! Come have a pint, a glass of wine, a great beer and some delicious food.  Like us on Facebook
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