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What to Do & See Downtown This Week 6/20/13

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

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You can now pay for parking downtown with your smart phone! 
Artist Salon & Rubbish 2 Runway
TODAY - Thursday June 20 from 6PM to 8PM - Artist Salon featuring artist Peter Filene & Guests: An Uprising of Trees. Peter will be presenting a brand new body of work titled Urban Trees. These works address two challenges Peter faced in photographing trees: How to transcend predictable "oh how pretty" pictures? How to incorporate urban life?
Exhibit ending July 7 - FRANK Gallery presents - Rubbish 2 Runway - featuring dresses fashioned
entirely from recycled materials! Student designers from high school through college, as well as
professional artists have created these "trashion" pieces on display in the gallery!
Sign Up Now for a Blood Drive
Approximately 60% of our population is eligible to donate blood, and only 5% actually donate! Rex Blood Services needs to collect 100 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of local patients. On Wednesday, June 26 from 10AM to 2PM -Investors Title Company is looking to break their current record of 34 people who have donated blood; and saved lives at their bi-annual blood drive!  Sign up TODAY - and show your commitment to your community! Located at 121 N. Columbia Street, Investors Title Company will provide a free boxed lunch for all blood donors! For more information contact Jennifer Hilkert at 919- 945-2593. 
New Arrivals at bevello!
Great summer style basics mixed with fun accessories are waiting for you at bevello! Three Dots tank: $48; Hourglass Lilly maxi skirt $44; Mint chain necklace $35; and the best part is all bangles are 
UNDER $25!  
Summer Solstice Fund Raiser 
Franklin Street Yoga invites all to join in 108 Sun Salutations to welcome in Summer and celebrate the Africa Yoga Project on Friday, June 21 from 7:30PM to 9PM. This is a fund raiser for instructor
Michelle's next trip to Africa to use the transformative power of yoga to empower communities and
change lives. 
Tea Delight
Blakemere Logo La Residence will be offering "Tea Delight" with a Full British Cream Tea offering on Thursday, June 20 from 3:00 to 4:30pm.  This tea is offered in conjunction with The Blakemere Company.


The Standard Logo
Every Saturday at 11PM at The Standard dance your night away to a blend of house and hip-hop. 21+
Student & Faculty Sale at Clothes Hound
Clothes Hound Logo Come in this weekend and get 20% off your purchase by showing your student or faculty ID!  This is for high school and college students & faculty!  Hurry in, offer good this Saturday & Sunday.  Info at
Bicycle Chain Group Trail Ride
Whether this is your first Mountain Bike ride, or you want to increase your single track skills, come join the Chapel Hill Bicycle Chain group ride every Sunday at 5PM. Meet at the store, at 210 W. Franklin Street, do a quick tire check and then ride the Carolina North Forest trails for about an hour and a half. This will be a no drop ride, but the terrain does require a shop quality mountain bike.  
Sugarland - sidewalk diningThere are so many great places to dine outside in Downtown Chapel Hill!  Click on the picture to learn about many of the tasty and cool options downtown.
New Summer Arrivals at Light Years
In this week: new hair barrettes and hair accessories, summertime fashion jewelry, new and classic bubble necklaces, and more! In addition to handcrafted jewelry Light Years offers purses & wallets, gifts, crafts and home accessories!  

LED Lighting Open House at Ackland

TODAY- Thursday, June 20 from 6PM to 8PM Art at the Ackland Art Museum can now be seen in a new light: 400 energy-efficient LED bulbs now illuminate the art in all the Museum's galleries thanks to the generosity UNC-Chapel Hill's Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee (RESPC). Come celebrate this leadership step of the Ackland's and learn about the energy efficiency of LED lighting. See how the new lights enhance the appearance of the Museum's artworks while protecting them from UV and infrared damage.
What's on Your Summer Reading List?
Before you hit the beach or the mountains this summer- stop by these Franklin Street spots to make sure you have enough books to get you through your relaxing vacation! Check out The Bookshop, Chapel Hill Comics, Internationalist Books & Community Center, Morehead Planetarium Gift Shop, and Ackland Museum Store. Or if you have some books to share - drop them off at one of the three branches of the Downtown Free Library! 

Chapel Hill takes on a different vibe right now. The days grow a little longer and sweetly hotter; and time seems to slow down just a bit to let us all linger and enjoy the sunny days and cool nights. Starting Thursday, June 27, those cool summer nights come alive in Downtown Chapel Hill with the LOCALLY GROWN Music and Movies Series; FREE live concerts and movies atop the Wallace Deck, 150 East Rosemary Street in Downtown Chapel Hill. 
Get the Car Ready for Summer Trips
CH Tire Logo Chapel Hill Tire and Car Care Center is your local car care expert, and they do 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.To schedule an appointment click here. Enjoy a $30 OFF coupon for 1st Time Customers! 
Family Day at Ackland: "Fun in the Sun"
On Sunday, June 23 from 2PM to 5PM Beat the heat at the Ackland Art Museum! Create summertime hats and fans to use outside or inside, and cool off in the galleries looking closely at art. stay for Story Time at 3:00 and 4:00 PM to hear tales of summertime fun. Family Day activities are recommended for children ages 4 to 8 years old. Free and open to all. 
Star Families: Summer Skies Show
On Saturday, June 22 from 3:30 to 4:15PM learn to find and identify the stars, constellations and planets best seen in this season as a family! The engaging Star Families series is designed for children (ages 7-12) accompanied by their families. $5 per person ($4 per Morehead member).  
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. 
Information, Conversation, Imagination!
Rosemary Imagined
Join community members, Town and University leaders, and downtown business and property owners on Tuesday, June 25 
6 to 7:30 p.m. at Sky Lounge at Greenbridge, 601 Rosemary Street. 
This is the first in a series of community meetings about Rosemary Imagined; an innovative community-led planning initiative that will refine our thinking of how Rosemary Street fits into the development and growth of downtown Chapel Hill. Come for information, conversation, and imagination about Rosemary Street and share your thoughts! Light refreshments will be provided. 

Planning an Event Soon? 

Would you like to host a get-together, fundraiser, business meeting, or birthday party that is different and unique ? The Varsity Theatre can host your gathering and make it one your guests will talk about over and over. In addition to 35 MM, the theaters are equipped with BlueRay/DVD/HDTV Digital Projection and computer projection for presentations and webcasts. The theaters can be set up with buffet tables for food/drink you supply or use one of The Varsity's catering partners.
Cooking Class at Vimala's 
Vimala offers almost monthly cooking classes on various aspects of Indian cuisine. On Sunday, June 23 from 2PM to 5PM the class will feature Indian fermentations, delving into the makings of dosa, spicy vegetable and lemon pickles (achaar) 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
Meet Preservation Chapel Hill
Cheri Szcodronski, the new Executive Director of Preservation Chapel Hill will speak at the next meeting of the Friends of the Downtown on Thursday, June 27 at 10:00am at The Franklin Hotel.  She will be discussing tax credit opportunities for residential and commercial properties and provide up-to-date information on the application process.  For more info visit
Summer Essentials at Uniquities
Uniquities Summer 13
New styles from 7 for All Mankind, Tart, Sheila Fajl, Ella Moss, and Havaianas. New markdowns on Autumn Cashmere, Joie, Tolani, and Parker, too! Beat the heat in style on Franklin St. this weekend!  Open until 7 through the week and until 6 on Sunday!
CHDP Logo 2011
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership works 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