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What to Do & See Downtown This Week 7/3/13

What to Do & See Downtown This Week! (Hint: Fireworks!)
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Hi-Society Rooftop DJ Series
Thursday, July 4 and every Thursday night this summer, at West End Wine Bar, Mix-N-Mingle hosts DJs featuring Jermainia and friends with an intimate blend of House Music from 10PM to 1AM. No cover, drink Specials. /  
Celebrate Independence at Topo!
Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery is celebrating the 4th of July with $5 Kansas City Ice H2O, $4 Astropop, and $3 wheat beer specials! Sit on the outdoor deck and enjoy the Franklin Street vibe on one of the best nights of the year.  
What's in Your 4th of July Cooler?
Stop by Beer Study bottle shop, OPEN July 4th, to stock the cooler for you backyard cookout! On special this week is Foothills Beer Lowdown Brown-$18.99/case.  
Kipos Greek Taverna offers Greek classics such as mousaka, lamb youvetsi and baklava, as well as signature items like handmade phyllo pies, rotisserie cooked meats sourced from local farms, and slow cooked foods and vegetarian dishes made from the finest olive oils and ingredients. Serving brunch, lunch and dinner. Kipos also features an all-day corner bakery, offering fresh baked breads, pastries, and coffee.   
Spotlight on Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe
Last year this Downtown Chapel Hill icon celebrated their 40th Anniversary! In 1972 Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe opened their doors on Franklin Street, and they are still serving the same great breakfast and lunch staples you've known and loved for years. Recently the Downtown Partnership did some work for them; developing a brand new website and invigorating their social media presence.
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Pint Night at Four Corners
Every Monday at Four Corners enjoy 50¢ Wings and $2.25 pints and bottles! 
The Summer of Fun Continues!

Join the fun at Hooker Fields on UNC campus on Thursday, July 4 from 2PM to 5PM for pre-fireworks field games! All are invited to play or cheer on their friends. For more Summer of Fun events follow on Twitter at @sof_chapelhill 

The Devil in the Dark at Ackland
The unattributed British painting Satan Leaving the Court of Chaos, illustrating a scene from John Milton's Paradise Lost, is perhaps one of the most dramatic and mysterious in the Ackland's collection. Join Ackland Student Guide Benjamin Ossoff on Saturday, July 6 at 2PM, for a discussion of the content of this painting and how it represents an intersection between Neo-Classicism and Romanticism.  
Get Your Game On!
MultiVerse Gamers is located at at 128 E. Franklin Street, downstairs in the Franklin Center (under Cosmic Cantina, Johnny T-Shirt and Salon 135). MultiVerse Gamers is Chapel Hill's premier game store. Running regular tournaments, among them Heroclix, Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Kaijudo, and more. 
Live Jazz at The Standard
The Doug Largent Trio, featuring Brad Maiani on guitar and Aaron Tucker on drums, plays organ trio
jazz at The Standard on Friday, July 7 starting at 7PM. bar / pizza bistro that offers seasonal menus complete with gourmet, local fresh food, fine spirits and a wide variety of local craft beers at affordable prices.  
RUN UNC Tees Back in Stock!
Underground Printing is a national custom printed apparel provider, offering screen printing and
embroidery on a wide variety of apparel and promotional products. Located at 133 East Franklin
Street, Underground Printing offers Tar Heel gear for Men, Women, and Kids; as well as North
Carolina items!  
Art Adventures for Kids at Ackland
Saturday, July 6 at 10:30AM & 1PM: 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.  Be inspired by ceramic bowls in the Ackland Art Museum's Chinese collection and create your own artwork that's both pretty and has a purpose. Materials are provided. Free for Ackland Members, $5 non-members. Space is limited.  
My Little Pony Art Signing
On Saturday, July 6 from 5PM to 7PM Chapel Hill Comics is proud to announce that as part of their 10th/35th Anniversary Festivities, they will host Elena "Yamino" Barbarich for a signing event! They have commissioned Elena to create an exclusive cover for My Little Pony Micro-Series #5: Pinkie Pie, and she will be on hand to sign the comic! This is a single issue story which can be read by My Little Pony Fans regardless of whether they have picked up other comics in the series!They will also have copies on hand of Elena's cover to Adventure Time #3. 
  Celebrate the 4th of July!
The Town of Chapel Hill invites you to join local radio personality Ron Stutts (recently named by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters as the 2013 Personality of the Year!) at Kenan Memorial Stadium on Thursday, July 4, to celebrate our nation's rich history of freedom and independence. Live Music by Kenny Mann and Liquid Pleasure, Fireworks and Family Fun! Gates open at 7PM with family fun activities planned throughout the evening. Free glow necklaces provided to the first 10,000 to enter the gates. Presented by Grace Church. Volunteers are needed too! More Information
Martha's Day Event at Vimala's
Join Compass Center in celebrating their one year anniversary and the first annual Martha's Day, in honor of Martha Pearson, who lost her life to domestic violence on Monday, July 8 from 6PM to 9PM at Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe. Enjoy live music by mahaloJazz 3 and delicious food from Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe. Your support will help start a community conversation about domestic violence and assist individuals and families in accessing Compass Center's services. If you can't make the event, please support Martha's Day by visiting the website and donating online. Please write "Martha's Day" in the "In Honor" section of the online donation form. 
Planetarium Open July 4th!
Wondering what to do while you're waiting for the fireworks to begin? Morehead is open on Thursday, July 4 during the day, come see a planetarium show! Schedule includes new show "Dynamic Earth" and new exhibit "A Sticky Situation." CELEBRATE SUMMER WITH THIS MEMBERSHIP DEAL! Now through Aug. 31, 2013, all new, renewed or gift memberships receive an extra month of membership free! Membership benefits include free admission, gift shop discounts, parking vouchers and admission benefits at more than 300 different science museums worldwide. AND you'll be supporting science education programs!  
Don't Sweat Your Summer Style!
Stop by Uniquities this week for your summer travel essentials-new styles from Vince, 7 for All Mankind, Rebecca Taylor, Foley & Corinna, Tart and more all just arrived! OPEN  until 5pm on July 4 Follow on Instagram for updates! 
Is Your Hair Summer-Ready?  
Stop by Aveda's retail shop for Sun Care Hair & Body Cleanser, a color-safe formula that gently and effectively removes chlorine, salt and product build-up, while helping to maintain moisture balance! A three-part defense and recovery system with corn-derived chelator that removes minerals found in chlorinated pool water which cause discoloration. A light tropical aroma blend with 100% certified organic essences of neroli, ylang ylang and wild-crafted cistus - perfect for summer! 
Did Your Car Get Flooded?
Chapel Hill Tire and Car Care Center is here to help! Give them a call today to set up an appointment to get your car dried out and back on the road. They even do Ark repairs! Specializing in 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! 
Kidzu Membership Special
Become a member at Kidzu Children's Museum or renew by July 7, and you get two free months added to your membership! That's 14 months for the price of 12! For a family of four, visiting twice a month, that's a savings of over $80! Exclusive invitations to Members-Only Nights held every other month. 10% discount on Birthday Parties at Kidzu. Exclusive invitation to their New Museum Preview, at University Mall, to be held before opening to the public. Memberships can be purchased at, by calling 919-933-1455, or by stopping by University Square location at
123-B West Franklin Street. 
 Carolina Performing Arts is thrilled to announce the 2013-14 Season, which features everyone from Maceo Parker and George Clinton with Parliament Funkadelic to Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt; Lang Lang to Trombone Shorty; Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn to Joshua Bell and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Get the best seats at the best price with the "Build Your Own" Ticket Package. 
$10 for a $20 Distillery Tour!
Our Local Deal let's you get a close up look at the only certified organic distillery in the South: Top of the Hill Distillery, makers of TOPO Vodka, Piedmont Gin and Carolina Whiskey. Learn how TOPO is hand-crafted using only organic wheat that comes from less than 100 miles away from the West Franklin Street distillery. You will see the cutting edge distilling equipment including the gorgeous copper pot still and the 32 foot copper distillation column. Tours run most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and reservations are required. And, don't worry, your tour comes with a taste and a special glass to help you savor the memories.  / 
Come to a Pancake Jamboree!
Do you like pancakes? Do you like all you can eat pancakes? Well the Jackson Center is hosting a Pancake Jamboree Saturday, July 13 from 9:30am to 12pm. Come to eat scrumptious pancakes and support the work of the Marian Cheek Jackson Center. Tickets will be sold at the Jackson Center from now until July 13 - $7 for youth and adults, and $5 for children 10 and under. All proceeds will support the programs and initiatives of the Jackson Center during the 2013-2014 year. The fundraising plan will conclude with a 50's to 90's celebration dance this September. 
Summer of Suds at Carolina Brewery
Margarita Mondays - $5 Pints, $18 Pitchers
Tuesday- $3 Pints
Wednesday - Trivia and $12 Pitchers
Thursdays - $1 off small batch beers
$5.95 Weekday lunch specials: Sandwich, side & iced tea 
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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