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What To Do & See Downtown This Week! 7/18/13

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!
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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Financial Help for Flood Victims
Governor McCrory announced that financial assistance for flood victims (individuals & businesses) is now available at the Small Business Administration Center set to open on Friday, July 19 at University Mall. For more information CLICK HERE
Curryblossom Conversations 
Starting TODAY - Thursday, July 18 from 8PM to 10PM -join Sacrifical Poet's and Vimala's for Curryblossom Conversations every third Thursday of the month! This laid back evening will feature awesome poetry and the best food and drinks in town at Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe. Don't miss out! If you would like to sign up for the open mic, please try to come early.   
FRANK Gallery hosts a reception for woodworker Keith Allen's Featured Artist Show TODAY- Thursday, July 18 from 6PM to 8PM. The artist will be in attendance to say a few words, answer questions and celebrate his wonderful exhibit.   
Julian's Summer Sale is ON!
All summer inventory is 40%-60% off. Stop by the store today - at 135 East Franklin Street -
and check it out.  
Tai Chi In The Galleries 
Starting July 22-August 26 at 12PM to 1PM, the Ackland is offering Tai Chi in the Galleries inspired by the renowned Asian art collections at the Ackland. Tai chi is an ancient Chinese movement practice known to reduce pain and improve your mental and physical balance and well-being. This class uses gentle Sun-style tai chi routines that are safe, easy to learn, and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Free for Members. $5 for all others. 
Movie Nights at The Standard
Every Tuesday enjoy a free showing of a new or old movie on the patio's big screen, starting at 9PM. Drink Specials: $2 Narragansett 16oz Cans & $1.50 PBRs. Food Specials: Creative Burgers $1.
7/23: Caddy Shack     7/30: Blue Velvet
8/6: Big Lebowski       8/13: Breakfast Club
8/20: The Lost Boys   8/27: The Goonies
Music Geeks Producers Meet-Up
On Wednesday, July 24 from 7PM until 9PM -Nightlight Club hosts this meet up for producers. Learn EDM production, hardware & software tips and tricks, and hear a lecture from local EDM producers. Followed by a drum machine jam! Bring a drum machine or sampler to sync up. 
Tasting at Beery Study
On Wednesday, July 24 at 5PM Scott from Stone Brewery will be in the store sampling some of his finest suds!  

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Fine Feathers Sale Continues

Mark downs as great as 50% off the original price, plus the 1/2 & 1/2 Sale continues on selected items! Sweaters, blouses, jackets, dresses, and pants - all on sale. Fine Feathers is located at 143 West Franklin Street in University Square. 
TONIGHT on Wallace Plaza -activities at 8PM, movie at 9PM - join us for a FREE showing of 
O, Brother Where Art Thou? Come early for traditional dancing by Chapel Hill's own Cane Creek Cloggers. Bring the kids to learn more about the rich folk dancing heritage of North Carolina. They'll be joined by local blue grass musicians playing music from the soundtrack!


Free popcorn for all while supplies last; and Ben & Jerry's will be selling delicious ice cream to keep you cool! Movie nights start with film shorts created by local award-winning filmmaker Nic Beery; of  Beery Media and founder of the Carrboro Film Festival. 

Congrats to Glenn at Local 506! 
Local 506 owner Glenn Boothe was chosen as one of Indy Week's 2013 INDIES ARTS Awards winners! Not only is Glenn dedicated to fostering the music scene & industry in our community; he is a champion of downtown. We are proud and lucky to have Glenn serve on our board of directors!
Free Shows in the Front Room at 506 
On select nights Local 506 is now hosting free shows in the Front Room, creating a more intimate setting this summer! If you're out and about on these nights, stop by and discover new local music and enjoy drink specials; $1 off Tall Boys.  
As always, Local 506 is giving away one pair of tickets to every show they have this month. Visit for more information and you can also listen to most acts playing 506 on a Spotify playlist! 
Uniquities Sale Continues!
Buy 1 sale item and take 50% off your 2nd sale item! Includes styles from AG Jeans, J Brand, Joie, Parker, Vince and more! Take advantage of these buy-now-wear-now pieces that you will love! Come see new arrivals from Rebecca Taylor, House of Harlow, and Steve Madden. 
Lantern Garden Dining Open

The Lantern beer garden and outdoor dining room is now open! Join them and enjoy the new garden menu and cocktails from 5:30PM to 2AM. Or stop in to try the daily late night dim sum menu in the bar until 2AM, 6 nights a week.  

Potter Show Opening Reception
Ackland Museum Store hosts an opening reception of "In My Garden: The Pottery of Marsha Owen" on Friday, July 19 from 6:30PM to 8:30PM. The show features handmade works for the garden. Stoneware vessels and objects appear at one with nature. When moved indoors, their varied shapes, glazes, and plantings, effortlessly bring the "outside in." The experienced gardener and the novice alike will find a wide array of planters, baskets, urns, "rocks," and birdbaths, suitable for the small urban garden as well as the well-tended estate. 
Carolina Brewery is accepting entries to its Annual Build-A-Brewery Burger Contest through July 22. The winner of the Build-A-Brewery Burger gets their burger on the Fall Menu at the Chapel Hill and Pittsboro brewpubs! All finalists receive a Carolina Brewery merchandise pack.   
Dogs & People Portrait Session 
On Saturday, July 20 from 10AM to 2PM FRANK Gallery is offering portrain sessions for dogs and their people by FRANK photographers Barbara Tyroler and Bill Mcallister. There will be no charge for portrait sessions, print will be available for purchase online following the event. All proceeds from print purchases will go directly to support the programming and operation of FRANK Gallery.  
Pools OPEN - Come On In!
The A. D. Clark Pool at the Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St., is now open for the 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).  
Interactive Storytime with Kidzu!
Join Kidzu Children's Museum for this interactive story-time geared toward "Growing Healthy Smiles!" on Wednesday, July 24 at 10AM. The Southern Village Pediatric Dental staff will read dental related stories, answer any questions parents have about taking care of their child's teeth, and use a puppet to demonstrate proper brushing techniques. Each child will get a chance to practice their brushing skills with a puppet, and will take home a "dental goodie bag." Program is geared towards children ages 1 to 5. Free with admission.  
Walk This Way! Women's History Tour
Preservation Chapel Hill hosts a walking tour on Sunday, July 21 from 2PM to 3:0PM to explore the women's history of downtown Chapel Hill. Tour the Chapel Hill National Registered Historic District and learn about the women who helped shape Chapel Hill. Tour begins at Horace Williams House at 610 East Rosemary Street. Tickets $5 per person.  
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.

Visit Johnny T-shirt online at or at 128 East Franklin Street!
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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