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What To Do & See Downtown This Week! 5/9/13

What to Do & See Downtown This Week! (Hint: Celebrate Moms & Grads!)
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         Shop Local Art!
The 2nd Friday ArtWalk is Friday, May 10 from 6PM to 9PM. Many of the venues will have live music, good food & drinks, and other art related entertainment. ArtWalk venues include: 
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Members Night at Kidzu
TONIGHT - Thursday, May 9 from 6PM to 8PM join Kidzu for a fun evening filled with music, crafts and activities. Outside they'll have sidewalk chalk, window crayons, jump ropes, and more so you can enjoy what looks to be a beautiful evening. Also enjoy refreshments for all. Come celebrate spring at Kidzu and mix and mingle with other member families. Feel free to wear your pajamas.  
AVEDA Loves Your Mom Too!
Tell Mom you love her with a gift she'll love! Come in for AVEDA's annual Mother's Day event from Thursday, May 9 to Saturday, May 11.  They have amazing offers for you to take advantage of including gift card specials, product purchase rewards, and pre-booking discounts! They'll be staying open later for you.  Call 919-960-4769 ext 3 with 
Fridays on the Front Porch
The Carolina Inn hosts Fridays on the Front Porch every week at 5PM. The Inn offers live music, a picnic menu with beer, wine and drink specials, and plenty of comfortable seating under the shady trees on the Inn's front lawn. No cover charge or reservations for the event.  

Mother's Day Brunch 

Treat your mother to an elegant Mother's Day Brunch at the award-winning Carolina Crossroads Restaurant. The warm ambiance and sumptuous menu will add to this memorable occasion and is just what your mother deserves! Now accepting reservations 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM. Please call 919.918.2735 to secure your table today as seating is limited. 
Sweetness at Sweetfrog
The sunshine and warm weather is here folks! Get yourself downtown immediately to eat ice cream, gelato, milkshakes, and frozen yogurt. That is what you're supposed to do in the spring right?

Move-out Reuse Rodeo! 

Held in the Hargraves Community Center parking lot on Mitchell Lane - ends on Friday, May 10 from 9AM to 2PM. Before students ride out of town, we hope they (and all in the community!) will donate used but useful goods to participating charities. Donate furniture, household goods, school supplies, computers and more. Orange County Solid Waste Management will accept and sort materials, and take them away at the end of each collection day. The goals of this event are to reduce move-out waste while supporting reuse in our community! Complete Details Here.

Mother's Day - Walk This Way! 

Take your mom out for a gorgeous walk on Franklin Street exploring the fact and folklore of our downtown on Sunday, May 12 at 2PM. Preservation Chapel Hill hosts the walk starting at Horace Williams House. Cost $5. 
   The Bookshop
Read a good book lately? Get your summer reading list ready and head downtown to shop at our locally owned, independent book shops
Red the cat is waiting at The Bookshop to help you choose something!
Yoga in the Galleries 
The best yoga deal in town continues through the summer on Tuesday, May 14! Registered yoga teacher Joanne Marshall leads you through a series of gentle yoga poses inspired by the art in the gallery at Ackland Museum. Beginners are welcome and yoga mats are provided. Wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to stretch. Free to Ackland members | $5 non-members. As space is limited, pre-registration is required. 


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Send Mom Some Flower Love!

We have two wonderful locally-owned and operated florists in our downtown. With numerous beautiful arrangements to choose from, you are sure to brighten your moms day this year! Chapel Hill Florist is located at 200 West Franklin Street. Call (919) 929-2903 or order online at University Florist and Gift Shop is located at 124 East Franklin Street. Call (919) 929-1119 or order online at

WELCOME Fitzgerald's Irish Pub!
Fitzgerald's Irish Pub
Fitzgerald's is the newest restaurant in downtown. Open seven days a week, Fitzgerald's provides the perfect atmosphere to enjoy spirits and great food while cheering on the Tar Heels or meeting up with friends! The GRAND OPENING is Friday, May 10 at 5PM! Fitzgerald's will be serving $3 domestic drafts and $4 Irish beers. There will be a DJ and prizes given out throughout the night. Come in and enjoy one of the 24 beers on tap or a signature cocktail. Stay for dinner and enjoy an Irish favorite like Shepherd's pie with Guinness Gravy or go for the delicious and different fried goat cheese salad. This will be a fun night to connect with community members and make new friends! Make sure to bring a ticket to be entered in the raffle for prizes. Tickets are available at Fitzgerald's; stop by before 5 pm this week to receive your free tickets. 
Opening Reception:PAPER - WOOD
Light Art + Design's Spring Show will run from May 9 to June 8. Join them on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10; 6PM to 8PM for opening receptions. In conjunction with the show, they'll be celebrating the Grand Opening of the Live Here Lounge at Greenbridge on Thursday, May 9 from 6-8pm. Cocktails, Hors d'oeuvres, and entertainment will be provided.The show features works from many local artists - including Charles Chace. Charles previously had an installation in downtown through our Windows on Chapel Hill project.  
Let Uniquities Dress You Up in Summer! 
They've got what you want to wear right now! Don't forget gifts for Mom and the graduate this weekend-beautiful selections from House of Harlow, Rebecca Minkoff, Sheila Fajl and more are destined to keep her smiling! Follow  on Instagram for up-to-the-minute new arrivals! 
Congratulations Class of 2013

Downtown Chapel Hill welcomes graduates and their families as they celebrate under Carolina blue skies of course! UNC's Spring 2013 commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 12 at 9:30AM at Kenan Stadium. No tickets are needed and the public is welcome to attend.  Tar Heel Express will be running FREE shuttles to the ceremony from 7:15AM to 12:30PM.

Congratulations Grads!
What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. Or the crisp October nights or the memory of dogwoods blooming. Our loyalty is not only to William Richardson Davie, though we are proud of what he did 200 years ago today. Nor even to Dean Smith, though we are proud of what he did last March. No, our love for this place is based on the fact that it is, as it was meant to be, the University of the people. -- Charles Kuralt

Spring Menu at Crook's Corner

Spring is in full bloom and the outdoor patio at Crook's Corner is calling you! Menu items include grilled NC Cobia, Grilled Tabasco Chicken, Braised Pork Shank, and Grilled Hangar Steaks with Bourbon Brown Sauce and Jerusalem Artichoke Relish. And this warm weather marks the return of patio cocktails like the Lanai 
and the Jalapeno Margarita. And Bill Smith's famous Atlantic Beach Pie - a pie so good it elicits an 'oh my god' response! 
It's Time for Graduation Cakes! 
At Sugarland it's graduation season, so don't forget..."A party without cake is really just a meeting" -Julia Child. Order your graduation cakes now! 
Walking Tours with Artist Parasol B Windows on Chapel Hill artist Parasol B will be hosting a walking tour of her piece Depiction on Saturday, May 11 at 2PM ;starting at Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe. The walk lasts between 1 to 2 hours. Depiction is an interactive installation using multiple mediums ranging from the most traditional--paint, canvas, photography--to the newest of the new--smartphones, geo-locational information, crowd-sourcing and the web. Viewers of  Depiction use their smartphones to scan barcode paintings. From there, the participant is instructed to find a variety of specific sites within walking distance in downtown Chapel Hill. At each site the viewer is given specific instructions, via barcode, to stage or compose a photo, using their smartphone, then submit their photo to the resulting community-created photo collection. 

The Art of Hair on 140 West Plaza
1 night, 16 stylists, 4 fashion models and you! Come and watch AVEDA stylists work their magic with hair and make-up. Fashion models will be first, then four members of the crowd will have an opportunity to get styled! Then FRANK Gallery will be presenting a new fashion show - Rubbish 2 Runway - featuring dresses fashioned entirely from recycled materials. All dresses in the show will be wearable and presented for the first time to the public in a staged runway show. 
Introducing 2nd Friday ArtRide
May is National Bike Month so we're introducing a new element to the monthly ArtWalk on Friday, May 10... an ArtRide for bicycling, art enthusiasts! Meet at the Carrboro Farmers Market and we'll get our critical mass rolling at about 6:30 to see all the exciting art openings and exhibits. The group will ride from venue to venue spending a little while at each place, all the way from the west end of Carrboro to the east end of Chapel Hill! Stay with the pack or venture out at your own pace. CLICK HERE for a detailed map of venues along with bike rack locations! 
Celebrate Bike Month! 
The Town of Chapel Hill strives to be a healthy place to live and play and encourages everyone to use bicycles for work, errands or recreation. Go Chapel Hill-Carrboro supports special events during the month of May to celebrate Bike Month like Map My Bike To Work, Commute Club Day, Spring Cruiser Roll, and more.  Share you ideas and thoughts with the Town as they move forward with their community bike plan TONIGHT - Thursday, May 9 from 6PM to 9PM at the Bike to the Future: Community Forum at Chapel Hill Public Library 
Clothes Hound Celebrates With You
Happy Mother's Day Weekend and Happy Graduation Weekend to all the fabulous Clothes Hound Cuties! In honor of the big weekend they are offering 20 % off the entire store - Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May 12. Excludes sale and custom orders.  
Drawing for Tweens at Ackland
This program invites 10 to 13-year-olds to look at selected works in the Ackland's galleries and identify techniques that the artists used to make them. On Saturday, May 11 from 10:30AM to 12PM gallery teachers will teach participants technical skills, which they can then apply to their own artistic creations. A mix of drawing from works on display and creating one's own original works is offered in each session. Materials provided. Space is limited.

A Place at the Table at Varsity

On Monday, May 13 at 7:30PM at the Varsity Theatre TABLE hosts A Place at the Table movie from the directors of "Food Inc," The movie documents hunger in America and its effects. TABLE is a local nonprofit dedicated to feeding elementary school kids. Purchase your tickets by May 6. 73 tickets must be sold for the movie viewing to take place! After that, 5% of ticket sales will go to TABLE! 
Shop Local, Shop Upcycled
UPCYCLE: The process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher.  The Clothing Warehouse on Franklin street is receiving new vintage merchandise and upcycled merchandise from local designers every day! The Clothing Warehouse carries classic Levi's and Wrangler jeans, sunglasses, cowboy boots, western shirts, corduroys and t-shirts as well as vintage dresses, skirts and shirts from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. They offer plus-sized vintage wear, and even stock a few vintage children's pieces!
Fridays on Franklin
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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