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What To Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Lattes with Breakfast!
Getting back to it's roots, Carolina Coffee Shop is now serving full breakfast at 7 am, Mon-Fri! Come in and try a delicious pumpkin spiced latte paired with homemade corn flake french toast with strawberries, sweet potato pancakes, or omelets. 
Cheer on the Tar Heels! 
Tickets are available for both the Men's basketball game against Belmont Abbey on Friday, November 7 at 7:30 pm and the Women's basketball game against Wingate on Monday, November 10 at 6 pm. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.
Reception at LIGHT
Friday, November 7 from 6 pm to 9 pm: LIGHT Art + Design is featuring the work of Casey Cook in a solo show titled Geometric Desire. At the opening reception frolic through Casey's imagined forest; and at 6 pm there will be an introductory talk by essayist Sue Spaid. The show runs through November 29. 
Savory Sunday Dinner 
Sunday, November 9: Join the Dead Mule for another Savory Sunday dinner. Chef Austin Daniel will be preparing a  wonderful Thai inspired meal. Thai soup with meatball, Thai chicken over jasmine rice with spicy green beans and cucumber salad, and a Thai special dessert. All for only $25! Seating is limited so please call 969-7659 or come by the Mule after 3 pm for reservations.   

PlayMakers Performances
Into the Woods & A Midsummer Night's Dream are being performed in rotating repertory now until December 6. For more show and ticket information visit 
Downtown Blood Drive
Tuesday, November 11 from 10 am to 2 pm: Join Investors Title Company for their annual Fall Blood Drive! They have open slots available for blood donors; conveniently located at 121 N. Columbia Street. Sign up online now! Boxed lunches from The Root Cellar will be provided to all participants who register in advance. For more information contact Jennifer Jordan at 919-945-2593.
Free Marketing Workshop
Friday, November 14 from 11 am to 12:30 pm: Rock your holidays with a great promotion! Jim Jubelirer is offering this free workshop to help you reach out to your customers, bring in new clients, and boost repeat and referral business. The workshop will take place in the special event room at the Mediterranean Deli, 410 West Franklin Street. For more information CLICK HERE.
Happy Hour Wine Tasting
Friday, November 7 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm: Preservation Chapel Hill hosts a wine tasting with Benjamin Vineyards of Saxapahaw at the Horace Williams House at 610 East Rosemary Street. Member tickets: $10; General Admission: $12. Buy ticket by calling 919-942-7818 or at
Glow Yoga on the 140 West Plaza
Friday, November 7 from 6 pm to 9 pm: The Live & Local Music & Arts Series returns to The Plaza at 140 West Franklin for Glow Yoga instructed by Nicole Mark from Heart of Yoga School. They'll supply some mats for those who don't have one. There will be an assortment of glowing items for the event. Following the yoga session, sit back and enjoy the indie electric tunes of Rachel Hirsh.
New Lunch Hours at La Residence
La Residence is expanding lunch hours to include Thursdays and Fridays beginning this week! Featuring savory and sweet crepes as well as the bistro menu. Open from 12 pm to 2 pm. Call ahead to make reservations or walk-ins welcome. Holiday lunch bookings now available!
Trivia Tuesday at Old ChicagoOld Chicago Restaurant, located at 140 West Franklin Street, hosts Trivia Tuesday at 8 pm. Gather your friends - but only the smart ones - and give it a go! 
Made in America: A Curated Market 
The Ackland Museum Store is proud to present Made in America, a curated market of goods designed and manufactured in the United States. The market, open through the holidays, will feature companies who have been manufacturing for fifty years or more in the United States. A great holiday shopping spot! All proceeds benefit the Ackland Art Museum. For more information, please contact the Ackland Museum Store at 919.962.0216.  
Drawing in the Galleries at Ackland
Saturday, November 8 from 10 am to 12 pm: Come to the Ackland Museum and join Amanda Hughes (Director of External Affairs) as she leads participants in a creative exploration of a particular object in the Ackland's collection. Bring paper and dry media (crayon, pencils, etc.). All levels are welcome. Free and open to the public. No reservation necessary. 
Star Families Show at Planetarium
Saturday, November 8 from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm: Explore astronomy as a family! The engaging Star Families series is designed for children (ages 7-12) accompanied by their families. This month explore the myths and legends of the Native American skies.
Fundraiser for Volunteers for Youth
Tuesday, November 11 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm: Volunteers for Youth will hold a silent auction in conjunction with the Larry Fedora Live radio show at Top of the Hill Restaurant.  All proceeds from the auction will benefit Volunteers for Youth's programs for local kids. The auction features sports-related items, jewelry, framed art, and exciting vacation packages. 
26th Annual RSVVP Day
Tuesday, November 11, all day: "RSVVP" stands for "Restaurants Sharing 10 Percent" (the Vs are Roman numerals). With over 100 participating restaurants throughout Orance County, they'll be contributing 10% of their total proceeds on RSVVP Day. Proceeds benefit the IFC's FoodFirst food programs: Food Pantry and Community Kitchen. Really -- what a great excuse to eat out breakfast, lunch, and dinner! 
Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce will induct six business leaders and families into the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame, on Thursday, November 13 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at The Carolina Inn. Downtown is well represented this year with the induction of Maurice & Mary Julian, of Julian's; and Al Pons, of Chapel Hill Tire& Car Care Center! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

CHDP Logo 2011
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership works to bring together the resources of the Town, University and downtown community 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