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What to Do & See Downtown This Week! 2/28/13

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!
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Parking is FREE every Sunday in 
Downtown Chapel Hill!
Date? Formal? Cocktail?
bevello has got you covered with an amazing collection of dresses! 
bevello is a one-of-a-kind women's designer boutique located at 142 East Franklin Street, offering clothing, shoes, and accessories. Designers include Fluxus, Ellison, Michael Kors, Laundry by Shelli Segal, True Religion denim, and many more! 
Benefit Show at Varsity
The Varsity Theatre is hosting Look Homeward and Priscilla Townsend in concert on Friday, March 1 at 7PM. Come take in the sound of some local favorites and show some love as all ticket sales and contributions go to the Tuggle Family to help cover the costs of cancer treatment for Jason Tuggle. Jason is the worship and creative arts pastor for Love Chapel Hill, a downtown church community, who is battling testicular cancer. Buy tickets online! 
Stella & Dot Trunk Show
The Clothes Hound is hosting a trunk show with the full line of Stella and Dot on Saturday, March 2 from 11:30AM until 4:30PM. While you shop sip on champagne, enter for door prizes, discounts, and giveaways for all! 
Children exploring Ackland exhibit
Art Adventures for kids at Ackland Museum on Saturday, March 2!
Symphony Zoo at Kidzu
On Saturday, March 2 from 11AM to 1PM kids will make some noise and catch the rhythm when the North Carolina Symphony Zoo comes to the museum. Symphony volunteers will show kids how to play various instruments. Then kids can make their own instruments to take home and keep making music. Program is free with admission. /
Shows at The Cave
Thursday, February 28 - Pop Vox
Friday, March 1 - Treee City with Crude Morgan, Henbrain
Saturday, March 2 - Caleb Caudle with Haley Dries and special guest
Monday, March 4 - Lomax Carr with Friendly People and Humble Tripe
Tuesday, March 5 - Songwriter's Open Mic hosted by John Saylor 
Moshi Moshi Salon

Moshi Moshi is a boutique salon in the heart of West Franklin Street. Services include hair cuts, coloring, styling, hair treatments, & straightening. Moshi Moshi also offers organic facials, make-up applications, waxing & tinting, and facial peels. All Moshi Moshi products are free of animal products and testing; sourced with natural ingredients and containers that are easily recyclable. To make an appointment online visit

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Pecha Kucah Night 
On Monday, March 4 at 6PM experience 'the sound of conversation' at Top of the Hill's Back Bar. The Abundance Foundation hosts this unique event where 8 presenters have 20 slides, and 20 seconds each to amaze the crowd on any topic! $5 suggested donation.  / 
Spring Ahoy! Town Event

The Town of Chapel Hill Services Fair will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 and will showcase local municipal services, including police and fire public safety, waste collection, recreation, parks and greenways, public housing,and more. Town vehicles will be on display in the parking lot. Police dogs from the Chapel Hill Police Department K-9 Unit will demonstrate their special skills. Fire personnel will demonstrate the proper installation and use of child safety car seats. Entertainment will include performances from the Bouncing Bulldogs, Triangle Youth Ballet and more. There will be fun activities, including a scavenger hunt that encourages participants to visit Town services booths and enter a prize drawing for tickets to a UNC Tar Heels vs. Florida State basketball game. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Two New Restaurants Coming to Downtown!
Open Monday, March 4: Mellow Mushroom at 301 West Franklin Street. 
Open on Sunday, March 10: Kipos Greek Taverna at 421 West Franklin Street. 

Is Your Business Bicycle Friendly?

Both Carrboro and Chapel Hill are Silver- and Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Communities, respectively. These designations are known to attract residents and visitors. Promoting bicycling
often results in an expanded customer base, happier and healthier employees, and reduced costs associated with maintaining parking spaces, lots and garages. So now's the time! APPLY TODAY to be a Bicycle Friendly Business. Carrboro Bike Coalition will help you with a tailored action plan with cost-effective solutions on what your business can do to become bicycle friendly! By applying, your businesses has a chance to win a custom-made bike rack - manufactured by local artist Leo Gaev of Leo Gaev Metalworks! For complete details visit 
Bicycle Chain
Spring is coming - and not a moment too soon! Now is the time to get your bike tuned up before you hit the trails.  
Art Adventures: "Text in Art" 
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, March 2 sessions at 10:30AM and 1PM. Materials are provided. Free for members, $5 per child for non-members. Space is limited.  
Opening at Horace Williams House
Join artist Jenny Blazing for an opening reception on Sunday, March 3 from 2PM to 4PM. Blazing's works - acrylic and collage - will be on exhibit at Horace Williams House March 3-34. 
Car Care with Service and Integrity
As your local car care expert, Chapel Hill Tire and Car Care Center does everything your dealership does and more. From simple oil changes to comprehensive 30K, 60K, 90K mile + maintenance, to hybrid service and battery replacement, their rigorously trained ASE-certified technicians use the latest
high tech equipment to work on your vehicle. They can perform your Factory Scheduled Maintenance and still maintain your warranty! For your convenience they offer appointments and free shuttle service. Schedule an appointment today! CLICK HERE for a $30 off coupon for first time customers!  
Contemporary Jewelry Since 1978
Creative Metalsmiths specializes in offering unique metalwork jewelry from artists who create limited edition and one-of-a -kind pieces. Artists work with stones and all metal designs, specializing in wedding and engagement rings, as well as in custom designed pieces. The store also features exhibitions throughout the year to promote unique metalsmithing to the community. Located at 117 East Franklin Street.  
Clean Water Banquet & Fundraiser
A Drink for Tomorrow is proud to present its second annual banquet, One in Eight, benefiting clean water and sanitation projects in Latin America. Featuring a catered dinner from City Kitchen, a special presentation by sustainable development leader and published author Felix Dodds, and musical and artistic displays by UNC students, the banquet will be hosted in UNC's Great Hall on Friday, March 1 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 for students and $35 for non-students and can be purchased by calling the box office at 919.962.1449. All proceeds will directly fund this summer's sustainable water project in Las Cocas, Peru.
Mama Dip's Restaurant
Dining al fresco at Mama Dip's Restaurant! 
Free Tax Prep at Compass Center
Avoid tax preparation fees and high interest loans by getting your taxes completed with the Compass Center! IRS trained and certified tax preparers will prepare and file Federal and NC tax returns for low-to-moderate income individuals and families. Appointments will be held every Monday from February 4 - April 15, 10am-6pm, at their Henderson Street office. Make your appointment online at  or call (919)968-4610.  
Carolina Brewery Tripel Now Here!
Have you tried the Carolina Brewery's newest limited release Small Batch Beer? The Carolina Brewery Tripel is a rich, malty and strong ale that pours with a beautiful deep golden color and bright white foam. Saaz hops add spicy pepper notes to the aroma and nicely balance the fruity esters produced by the unique Belgian yeast strain. The Tripel follows with a nice honey-like flavor on the palate and finishes with a smooth, gentle warming of the tongue.  
Bread and Butter Bakery
 Bread and Butter Bakery, 503 West Rosemary Street, offers a daily bread selection as well as a rotating assortment of muffins, scones, cookies, brioche a'tete, and cinnamon rolls. tarts, and croissants. Enjoy coffee, espresso & a variety of drinks with your scone! 
More Art Coming to Downtown!

Starting in March, downtown Chapel Hill will come to life with site-specific art works by local artists featuring storefront art, interactive performances and an artist-conceived bus wrap!  Windows on Chapel Hill is a collaborative year-long project between the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and The Town of Chapel Hill's Public and Cultural Arts Office as part of the Downtown Art Program. Additionally, an art wrapped transit bus by Chapel Hill artist Mary Carter Taub entitled Mobile Mural, will be traveling downtown routes for a year. Join us for an opening reception on  Friday, March 8 from 6PM to 8PM at  

Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe during the 2nd Friday ArtWalk.  Meet the artists, enjoy food & drinks, and hear about these great collaborative arts initiatives. From 6PM to 7PM the Mobile Mural art bus will be parked along Franklin Street in front of The Courtyard.  This event is free and open to all. 
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The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is working to bring the resources of the Town, University and downtown community together to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development. Contact Meg McGurk at 919-967-9440 or