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What To Do & See Downtown This Week!

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

Friday, April 11 from 6 pm to 9 pm: Exhale, the sculpture on the plaza at 140 West Franklin Street, comes back to life with the spring opening of Live & Local along with performances by the Studio A Dancers! 
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Rosemary Imagined Community Review
Thursday, April 10: Join us for information, conversation and imagination at the Rosemary Imagined: First Community Review Meeting in the Sky Lounge at Greenbridge, 610 West Rosemary Street. We'll review the draft concepts drafted by the consulting team from KlingStubbins, based upon the community input and feedback received during the Rosemary Imagined meetings held in the summer and fall of 2013.
Two drop-in meetings will be held at the following times:
· 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a brief overview presentation at 12:15 p.m.
· 6 to 8:00 p.m., with a brief overview presentation at 6:45 p.m.
For more information about the Rosemary Imagined process, visit
Art in Bloom at FRANK
Thursday, April 3 from 6 pm to 8 pm: FRANK Gallery welcomes a festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine local art presented by the Chapel Hill Garden Club. Enjoy viewing these creations while they are displayed next to the works of art that inspired them.   
Open Mic at Zog's 
Every Tuesday, 8:30 pm to 12 am: Bring your best - acoustic songs, poetry, rap, comedy, dance, talent, or whatever - to the open mic at Zog's!
Spring Sale at Light Years
New styles of merchandise are arriving in stores every day! To get ready, Light Years is having a month-long Spring Clearance Sale to make room. Beginning April 3, all sale items will be marked 60% off. Beginning April 10, all sale items will be marked 70% off.  
New Spring UNC Looks
Johnny T-shirt has tons of markdowns on UNC merchandise as they bring in new spring looks. Also, visit their clearance section for more great deals.
UNC's Priceless Gem Tour 
Friday, April 4 at 3 pm: In one decade, 2001 to 2011, our campus grew by six million square feet of new construction. Join one of the authors of The Dynamic Decade, for a tour across campus to understand the bold thinking and vision that led to that "dynamic decade."
5 Plays, 10 Minutes Each 
In its third year, Activated Art at the Ackland presents five 10-minute original plays inspired by works of art at the Museum-and performed live in front of those works! Performance dates from April 4 to April 13. Tickets on sale now at the Ackland Museum Store. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $10 for UNC OneCard holders. 
Lecture:Science of Sports 
Wednesday, April 9: Did you know that there's a science to running faster, jumping higher and hitting harder? ESPN Sport Science host John Brenkus does and he's coming to the North Carolina Science Festival to explain it all at Memorial Hall. Tickets are on sale now at Enter the code "SCIFEST" at checkout for a special discount of $10.
Off the Wall at FRANK
Saturday April 12 at 6 pm: Celebrate FRANK Gallery's 4th Birthday with the annual fundraising gala! Frank Stasio will host as FRANK gives away 100 pieces of original artwork. Art works include paintings, sculptures, fiber, ceramics, jewelry and more! 
Modernist House Tour 
Saturday, April 12 from 1 pm to 5 pm: Immerse yourself in Chapel Hill's beautiful Modernist architecture with a tour of five homes in the Lake Forest neighborhood. Tickets are $20 for members, $22.50 for NC Modernist Houses members, and $25 for the general public. Space is limited so reserve your spot today! 

NOW OPEN: Gentlemen's Corner
Located at 140 West Franklin Street, Gentlemen's Corner is a men's clothing store offering sport jackets, trousers, outerwear, shoes, ties - in materials, stylings, and colors selected especially for the culture and climate of the Carolinas.
Peter Millar Trunk Show: 
Friday, April 4 & Saturday, April 5 from 10 am to 8 pm. Featuring the latest spring arrivals and exclusive preview of the Fall 2014 Collection.  
Thank You Time After Time for 32 Years! 
After 32 years on West Franklin Street, Time after Time Vintage Thrift Shop will be closing; the last day of business is Tuesday, April 15. So stop by and get that vintage piece you must have! Thank you Time After Time for making sure Chapel Hillians have always had the craziest Halloween costumes, the funkiest accessories, the ugliest Christmas sweaters, and the most stylish retro looks ever.   
Music Maker Relief Foundation Turns 20
Friday, April 4 from 7 pm to 10 pm: The Music Maker Relief Foundation kicks off it's 20th Anniversary celebration at The Crunkleton and invites all to capture the excitement of their mission of preserving the rich heritage of Southern folk music and the Blues. Featuring Barrel Aged Vieux Carre for $10 throughout the evening and the music of Ironing Board Sam. Free!  /  
FREE Cone Day at Ben & Jerry'sCutest kid ever eating Ben & Jerry's ice cream 
Brothers stick together, but they don't share their Ben & Jerry's ice cream - smart kid! On Tuesday, April 8 from 12 pm to 8 pm Ben & Jerry's is giving away free ice cream cones to all!  Invite your friends and tell them their cones are on you!  All proceeds go to the Autism Society of NC. In addition to free ice cream, enjoy suprise celebrity scoopers, mascots, face painting, music and more! Located at 102 West Franklin Street.
Health on the Block Fair
Saturday, April 5 from 10 am to 2 pm: This annual free event, presented by NC-HCAP's Health Careers Club and Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, is held at Hargraves Community Center at
216 N. Roberson Street. Offering free health screenings and health information including blood pressure checks, HIV testing, dental screenings, and more. The event will include a Children's
Zone, free food, and entertainment. Details Here.
Day of Silence and Mindfulness
Saturday, April 5 at 11 am: Franklin Street Yoga Center invites you to this free silent retreat day of inward reflection, allowing you to achieve a greater clarity of mind. It will include guided meditation, yoga nidra, breathwork, meditative walking, gentle yoga, and  inspirational readings for contemplation.  
ConvergeNC Music Festival
Friday, April 3 to Sunday, April 5: ConvergeNC seeks to enrich our ideas about Southern music and identity through performances that draw on traditional roots but also push in new directions. Events include the kickoff show featuring the Clockwork Kids in Morehead Planetarium (April 3), Cat's Cradle show featuring Mipso (April 4), and a moderated discussion in Gerrad Hall followed by an evening of music at the Bell Tower Amphitheater (April 5th). 
 UNC Science Expo Open to All 

Saturday, April 12 from 10 am to 3 pm: UNC hosts this wonderfully science-inspired event for kids of all ages! Experience demonstrations, hands-on activities, behind-the-scenes tours of research labs, exhibits, stage presentations and science-related arts and crafts at the UNC Science Expo! Learn about 3-D printing, Google Glass, giant waves, virtual reality, robotics, DNA, fossils and much more! This free event with activities for all ages takes place on UNC's campus along Cameron Avenue. Details Here. 
STEMville Kids Science Symposium 
Saturday, April 5 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm: Aimed at students in grades 4th to 7th, the STEMville Science Symposium will begin with a keynote address and continue with hands-on activities that include programming robots, constructing solar cells, extracting DNA from strawberries, building catapults, making recycled artwork and more -- all at Morehead Planetarium. 
thanksgiv(spr)ing on McCorkle Place 
Friday, April 4 from 11 am to 2 pm: thanksgiv(spr)ing is open to students, staff, faculty, and all community members to increase awareness and outreach for the local homeless populations,
celebrate community, and give thanks. Enjoy a community family-style lunch beside the Old Well. Catering provided by Vimala's, Qdoba, Carolina Dining Services, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity,
and more! Featuring live music, including Braden & Brother and Matt Phillips of Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic. For tickets click here. 
Author Reading at Internationalist
Tuesday, April 8 at 7 pm:  Author scott crow presents "Black Flags and Windmills: Creating Power from Below".With personal story, radical history, and organizing philosophies, crow draws from his book to illustrate how to create collective liberation. Stories of post-Seattle alternative globalization, Common Ground Collective in New Orleans, Occupy, environmental and animal rights movements, and the rise of the surveillance state. 
Spring Afternoon Tea at Carolina Inn
Thursday through Sunday, April 1 to 21: Served in the cozy lobby of The Carolina Inn, starting at 2:30 p.m. and featuring The Carolina Inn's popular floral teas such as Carolina Blueberry and Vanilla Apple Hibiscus. Accompaniments include a medley of savory tea sandwiches, assorted sweets and chocolates, followed by a grand finale of warm scones served with fresh lemon curd, English Devonshire cream and jam. 
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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