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What to Do & See Downtown This Week! ...while enjoying the sunshine...

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Carolina Science Cafe TODAY
Carolina Science Cafe continues its water series TODAY -Thursday, April 4 at 6PM, with "Cryoacoustic Orbs," presented by Dr. Lee Weisert. Examine how sounds from nature -- in this case, the sounds created by melting ice -- can be transformed into art. Carolina Science Cafe is free at Back Bar (behind Top of the Hill restaurant). Come early to enjoy appetizers provided by sponsor Sigma Xi. 
New Arrivals At Light Years
In this week: new handmade silver jewelry from right here in the USA! New handmade bags, head wraps, purses! And just in
time for the sunny spring days - new sunglasses and sun hats. Located at 121 East Franklin Street, Light Years is next door to Varsity Theatre. 
Wedding Cake Tasting 
A good wedding should always be tasteful! And it begins and ends with the cake. Sign up for a 30 minute appointment
with Sugarland. They'll have six slices of tasty cake and answer all your burning confectionary questions on Sunday,
April 7 from 11AM to 4PM. RSVP.
Goodfellows Bar
Opening Exhibit Reception 
Preservation Chapel Hill presents Wushuan Vivien Burns exhibit of Chinese Water Colors with an opening reception on Sunday, April 7 from 2PM to 4PM at Horace Williams House. The exhibit runs April 2 to 28. Free and open to the public. 

Elaine's $35 Prix-Fixe Menu

Perfect for a pre-theater or post-meeting meal, join Elaine's for this three course early menu. Pairing boldd flavors with local ingredients; $35 per person or $50 per person w/ wine pairings. Offered 5:30-6:30PM; Tuesday through Saturday. 
FREE Cone Day!
Kid eating Ben & Jerry's ice cream coneFree Cone Day is on Tuesday, April 9! So, make sure you swing by Ben & Jerry's and get yourself a FREE cone. Free Cone Day is something Ben & Jerry's has been doing since 1979 when they celebrated their first year of business, they wanted to thank everyone for their support in the best way they knew how; with free ice cream! Located at 102 West Franklin Street. 

Home Brew Club Meeting 

Beer Study, located at 106 North Graham Street, is hosting a meet up of home brewers on Sunday, April 7 at 3PM. Come meet other homebrewers and discuss future events. 

Community Dinner Open to All

Connect with your community over a meal!
Invite your friends and neighbors to a Community Dinner at University United Methodist Church on Monday, April 8 at 5:30PM. The dinner will also celebrate the release of the Spring 2013 edition of Talking Sidewalks Literary Magazine. Community Dinners are monthly gatherings that connect the community around Chapel Hill with students at UNC; sponsored by the campus group Homeless Outreach Poverty Eradication (HOPE). Free and open to all.

UNC Annual Science Expo

Lab tours. Exhibits. Hands-on activities. A "Small Science" play-and-learn area for children. Entertainment... It's all part of the UNC Science Expo on Saturday, April 13, 10AM to 3PM. This year, the Town of Chapel Hill is sponsoring the expo's Solar Stage and Sustainability Center, where you can learn tips and tricks for enjoying a more sustainable lifestyle! The "Small Science" area provides a safe and interactive space for children 2 - 8 to explore, play, and build. Cameron Avenue will be closed from 6 am - 6 pm for the Science Expo.   
Ackland Museum Store
2nd Friday ArtWalk is Friday, April 12 at over 20 venues and businesses in Chapel Hill & Carrboro! 

PlayMakers Presents Cabaret

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome. Enter the tantalizing world of The Kit Kat Klub in 1930s Berlin, where beguiling, self-destructive chanteuse Sally Bowles lives life with no thought for tomorrow. One of the defining musicals of all time, Cabaret intertwines social history with dazzling entertainment in new and dangerous ways. The decadence of a Weimar nightclub becomes a shattered mirror reflecting a society spiraling toward disaster with the rise of Hitler's Nazis. Running April 3 to April 21. Visit for info and tickets.
It's Time to Exhale!
It's time to Exhale...the wait is over. Save the date on Friday, April 26 from 7pm-9pm, the Town of Chapel Hill, with developer Ram Realty Services, will celebrate the Grand Opening of the 140 West Franklin Plaza and dedication of Exhale, the town's most recent public art installation, by internationally renowned landscape architect Mikyoung Kim.  

Music on the Porch Starts TODAY

TODAY-Thursday April 4 from 5:30-7:30 PM:Our State magazine's first-ever singer/songwriter competition winner, Aaron Burdett and one of the runners-up, Tom Fisch will perform on the front porch of the Love House & Hutchins Forum porch. The event is free and open to all. Monday, April 8 from 5:30PM to 7:30PM: Old time music from Two Dust Busters and Jackson, John Cohen, and Blind Boy Paxton on the Front Porch! Cece Conway will introduce the concert and provide context for the music. A well-known scholar of traditional music, and especially banjo music, Dr. Conway is key to North Carolina's Black Banjo Gatherings in the western part of the state, and to keeping traditional music alive for contemporary audiences. Free and open to all. 
Member Artist Gallery Tour - TODAY
If you have been wondering who is FRANK? now is your chance to find out! Join FRANK TODAY- Thursday, April 4 from 6PM
to 8PM for an artist led tour of the current Member's Spotlight show. FRANK photographers Barbara Tyroler and Peter Filene will lead the group through the gallery to view and discuss the work of our talented member artists. There also be opportunities to ask questions, and share your thoughts.
Windows on Chapel Hill artist Parasol B has a piece titled "Depiction" hanging at Vimala's Curry Blossom Cafe until the end of May. Scan the QR code work of art with your smart phone and it will send you on a scavenger hunt throughout downtown Chapel Hill, looking for hidden places to photograph! 
Lantern Table Opens With Special Dinner
Join Lantern Restaurant for a day of foraging and eating with Alan Muskat on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30PM and help celebrate the new community kitchen, Lantern Table. Alan will lead a foraging adventure with a small group that morning, gathering ingredients for the dinner in the springtime woods and meadows. That night, Andrea, Miguel and Amanda will prepare a spring Kaiseki-style dinner that will include fresh bamboo shoots, morels, nettles, chicory leaf, burdock, spring beauties, milkweed shoots and ramps, along with other prime April ingredients from North Carolina farms and fishers. The cost of the dinner is $75, which includes wine and beverage pairings, but does not include tax and gratuity. For reservations, call Lantern at 919-969-8846. To register for the outing or for more information, visit call 828-273-8075.  
FREE ConvergeNC Music Festival 

ConvergeNC Music Festival is focused on the diverse music of the American South. The festival will take place on Saturday, April 6 from 3:30PM to 12AM at the Bell Tower Amphitheater on UNC's Campus. Performers include Mipso, Virgins Family Band, Turchi, Kaze, Ironing Board Sam, and Boo Hanks. The event is free and open to all. 

Kite Making Workshops for Kids
Ackland Museum Store is offering kids ages 5-12 a chance to custom-make a kite just in time for windy, spring afternoons! Saturday, April 6: First session: 10:00 AM & Second session: 1:00 PM. Sunday, April 7: First session:12:00 PM & Second session: 2:30 PM. All kites will hang on display in the Gallery at the Ackland Museum Store from April 8-19. The kites' artists are also invited to a group-launch of their kites on Saturday, April 20. Pre-registration is required; call 919.962.0216. Cost: $5 per workshop per child. Payment may be made on the day of the workshop. 
First Annual Chapel Hill Teen Week!
Teen performing at Sacrificial Poets Slam
The Town of Chapel Hill is hosting a week-long celebration of youth identity, youth voices, and youth-driven activities April 8-13 during the First Annual Chapel Hill Teen Week. Organizers include the Chapel Hill Youth Council, Youth Community Project and the Street Scene Teen Center. Teen Week Events all start at 6:30 p.m. at Street Scene:
Monday, April 8 - Cafe and Trivia Night
Tuesday, April 9 - A Cappella Sing Off and Battle of the Fans
Wednesday, April 10 - Unified Theatre Performance
Thursday, April 11 - Unity Club: Zombies vs. Humans
Friday, April 12 - Improv Comedy Night
Saturday, April 13 - Youth Fest on the Wallace Plaza on Rosemary Street behind Street Scene. The festival will feature live performances by the Emerging Artists Series, Sacrificial Poets, UNC Wordsmiths, and the Dominant Young Souls Dance Group, with slots available for other performers if there is interest. Complete details HERE. 
Holi Moli Celebration For ALL
UNC's most colorful celebration of spring will be held on Friday, April 5 at 3PM on historic Polk Place.The mission of Holi Moli UNC is to promote multiculturalism and diversity at UNC by celebrating the arrival of spring through the Hindu holiday of Holi and by raising awareness and funds for social justice initiatives in the community. The culmination of these events is seen in the Holi Moli event, in which students and the community gather to throw colors (dye packets) in the air in celebration of their identities and that of others.
New Spring Arrivals at Julians
Check out sweaters by Mely's, blouses by Equipment and pants by Bernard Zins for a fresh spring look! Ladies pair it with a beautiful navy leather bag from Longchamp's new "More is More" collection. And gentlemen the first wave of neckties and bowties have arrived in a rainbow of colors! Add a UNC belt from Smathers & Branson -
and you have the quintessential Chapel Hill southern style!  
Family walking Coker Arboretum in the Spring
Spring blooms welcome all in Coker Arboretum. Now is a fantastic time to take a stroll on the paths and explore this little oasis right downtown, next to Morehead Planetarium. 
Cooking Class with Vimala
Vimala offers almost monthly cooking classes on various aspects of Indian cuisine. Her next class on Sunday April 7 from 2 to 5:30PM, will feature Indian fermentations, delving into the makings of dosa, (achaar) spicy vegetable and lemon pickles and more. This class will be vegan and gluten-free. Cost is $65 per class. Reserve your space(s), specifying which class(es) by emailing 
Bootleggers Banquet at TOPO
You are invited to join Top of the Hill in celebrating the 8th anniversay of the end of Prohibition by imbibng four brand new TOPO libations with a four course meal on Sunday, April 7 at 6PM at TOPO Great Room, 100 East Franklin Street. Cost is $75. Staff will be in period costume so feel free to channel your inner Bonnie & Clyde! 
Finances After Job Loss Workshop
On Thursday, April 11, 6PM to 7:30PM this workshop will help you develop a "first-aid kit" for your wallet, including recommended guidelines for spending, ways to help you track your expenses, and money-saving strategies. Taking the time to realistically assess your situation and develop new financial strategies can help relieve some of the stress of reduced income and help you weather this difficult period. This workshop is open to men and women. All workshops are free, but space is limited. Please call 919-968-4610 for more information or 
Free Tax Preparation!
Avoid tax preparation fees and high interest loans by getting your taxes completed with us! Our 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 until Tax Day April 15, 10am-6pm, at the Henderson Street office. Make your appointment online at or call (919)968-4610.
12th Annual Birdhouses on Parade 
Not just for the birds, but for your enjoyment! Spring is the season for birds in the garden and for the 12th Annual Birdhouses on Parade at The Carolina Inn. From Saturday, March 23 through Tuesday, April 9, enjoy one-of-a-kind hand-crafted birdhouses and feeders. Drop by anytime to see these wonderful creations. For more information, visit 
Aveda Chapel Hill Institute
Tar Heel 10 Miler
CHDP Logo 2011
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