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What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
The 2nd Friday ArtWalk is Friday, January 10 from 6 pm to 9 pm with 11 venues participating this month with live music, good food & drinks, and other art related entertainment. Shop local art like unique jewelry, scarves, handmade paper goods, ceramics, fine art, and more! 
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Insomnia Cookies Delivers 
Insomnia Cookies offers many varieties of fresh baked, delicious cookies delivered warm from the oven right to your door until 3 am! Menu options also include brownies, deluxe cookies, ice cream and of course a pint of cold milk is available with any order. Also offering a catering menu for businesses, parties and other events. Order online at  Or just stop by the shop at 145 East Franklin Street. 
Open Minds Cafe for Teens
Friday, January 10 at 5:30 pm: Calling all teens -- let's explore current science! Talk with scientists about their work, meet other teens who like science as much as you do, and share your ideas. This new program is just for young adults, ages 13-18, and it's free! 
No registration is required.   
Meditation Challenge
Sunday, January 26-Tuesday, February 4: Curious about meditation? Meditation can help you feel less stressed, boost your concentration and improve your sense of wellbeing, but to get the benefits you need to do it regularly. Franklin Street Yoga is offering this FREE challenge! More information at  
Free Dessert & Appetizer!
Carolina Coffee Shop appreciates all of their loyal customers and is saying thanks by offering a free dessert on your birthday and free appetizer on your anniversary! Just sign up on their e-news list and get special offers and coupons too! 
Get 'em to the Greek!
At LIME Fresh Mexican Grill, every Saturday for the spring 2014 semester customers wearing their greek letters get a 20% discount on their meal. Represent your fraternity or sorority proudly and wear your sweater, t-shirt, hat, or anything with greek letters on it! Located at 140 West Plaza.  
NOW OPEN: Eye Care Center
Now open at 140 West! Whether you need a basic eye exam, new glasses, or sunglasses they have a great selection of frames - visit the on-line optical shop where you can pick out frames and lenses that are just right.  Carrying all leading brand contacts, eye doctors specialize in hard-to-fit contacts. No appointment needed!  
NOW OPEN: Toppers Pizza
Saturday, January 11: Toppers of Chapel Hill, located at 306 W. Franklin Street, will host a grand opening where Toppers will give the first 50 customers in line free food for a year and reward fans that day with prizes and giveaways. Follow on Facebook for details!
Drawing for Tweens at Ackland
Saturday, January 11 at 10:30 am: 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. A mix of drawing from works on display and creating one's own original works is offered in each session. Free to members | $5 per child for non-members. RSVP  
Savory Sunday at Dead Mule Club
Sunday, January 12: Whitney Dane is the chef and will be serving a delicious four course meal for $25! Her menu includes a cheese plate, hunter's pot pie, and wild duck. Seatings available at 6pm and 8pm. Stop by or call 919 969 7659 for tickets. The Mule opens at 3pm every day. 
The Story of the Gun at PlayMakers
Created and performed by Mike Daisey, it's his most provocative subject yet: America's relationship with guns. Throwing easy answers and partisan bickering out the window, he delves into the history of the gun and its place in our national culture, cutting through the political static with hilarious comedy, brilliant observation and pitch-perfect
timing. Shows from Jan 8-12.  
You can still enjoy that delicious Al's burger on the heated patio this winter! Located at 516 West Franklin Street; featuring burgers, fries, and hotdogs.  All local, fresh, sustainable food and drink at an affordable price. 
Star Families Show at Planetarium
Saturday, January 11 at 3:30 pm: Learn to find and identify the stars, constellations and planets best seen in this season. Explore astronomy themes as a family! The engaging Star Families series is designed for children (ages 7-12) accompanied by their families.
Fees: $5 per person ($4 per Morehead member). 
Career Exploration Workshop
Saturday, January 18 from 9 am to 12 pm: It's a new year and a great time to keep your new year's resolutions! Whether you are searching for the right job or re-entering the workforce, this workshop is the best place to explore your career interests, challenges or goals. Registration is required. Call 919-968-4610 to register. This workshop is free and open to women and men. 
How's That Resolution Going?
Whether you are looking for one-on-one, small group, or a class setting, Chapel Hill Training has just what you want and need. Private personal training starts with an assessment; then trainers will design a program based on what you need. Also offering nutritional counseling and triathlon & race training. Located at 400 West Rosemary Street, Suite 1003. 
Yoga in the Galleries
Monday, January 13 at 12:00 pm: Take a break from your day and explore the world of yoga in the beautiful setting of the Ackland! The hour-long session provides an opportunity to practice a series of gentle yoga poses inspired by the art in the gallery. Beginners are welcome. Yoga mats are provided.  
New Winter Menu at Carolina Brewery
New and exciting options to both the food and drink menus at Carolina Brewery are waiting for you! New cocktails include the Hot Mama, Gingerbread Dream, Chocolate Candy Cane, and Maple Bourbon Cider with Maker's Mark bourbon - all to keep you warm on these cold winter nights!  

Bowie vs Velvet Underground Benefit

The fifth annual Vs. Benefit show at LOCAL 506 is on Friday, January 17, at 9 pm. This year featuring local musicians and bands playing David Bowie and Velvet Underground covers: The Bosnian Plums, Small Lions, Big Fat Gap, Clockwork Kids, The Magnolia
Collective. Raising funds to support Aban $5 Suggested Donation. / 

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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