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What To Do & See Downtown This Week!

What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Crepe Lunch at La Res
Friday, April 11 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm: La Residence has BOGO (buy one, get one) half off on crepes! They will have their usual savory and sweet crepes, plus gluten free crepes too. And with this gorgeous weather the patio is a great space to enjoy lunch and end the work week. Make a reservation to guarantee a table or stop by! 
Gear Up for the Game!
Johnny T-shirt has all UNC football jerseys 20% off in honor of the spring football game on Saturday, April 12 at Kenan Stadium. Sale prices valid through Sunday, April 13. And there's still plenty of time to shop for great UNC Easter basket items for all the Tar Heels on your list! 
 The 2ndFriday ArtWalk is Friday, April 11 from 6 pm to 9 pm with over 18 venues participating this month 
throughout Chapel Hill & Carrboro. Enjoy 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!  
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 10, all sale items will be marked 70% off.  
UNC's Priceless Gem Tour 
Friday, April 11 at 3 pm: Experience a walking tour of UNC's trees  with Tom Bythell, UNC campus forest manager, and Jill Coleman, UNC landscape architect. These two priceless gems are responsible on a daily basis for the astounding beauty of our campus landscape. Experience Carolina's Noble Grove of heritage trees, their beauty, history and future. Free and open to all. 
Drawing in the Galleries
Saturday, April 12 at 10 am: Amanda Hughes (the Ackland Museum's Director of External Affairs) leads participants in this creative exploration of a particular object in the Ackland's collection. Bring paper and dry media (crayon, pencils, etc.). All levels are welcome. No registration is necessary. Free and open to the public. 
Drawing for Tweens
Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 am: This program invites 10- to 13-year-olds to explore selected works then gallery teachers demonstrate and teach participants technical skills, which they can then apply to their own artistic creations. Free for members / $5 for non-members. 

Walk This Way! Tour 
Sunday, April 13 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm: Explore beautiful Franklin Street and learn about its historic homes and their residents. Tour begins at the Horace Williams House at 610 East Rosemary Street, free parking is available. $5 per person, no reservation needed.
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! 
Live & Local Series Kicks Off!
Friday, April 11 from 6 pm to 9 pm: Join us to celebrate Exhale, the sculpture on the plaza at 140 West Franklin Street, as it comes back to life with the spring opening of Live & Local. Enjoy special dance performances by the Studio A Dancers and music from the Tucker Street Barbershop Quartet. Live & Local offers free music, dance, interactive events, and more every Friday until the end of June- all FREE! For the full calendar of events visit 
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.   
Bourbon Tasting & Book Signing
TONIGHT -Thursday, April 10 at 7 pm: The Crunkleton will host Dane Huckelbridge, author of Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit, talk about America's favorite spirit - bourbon whiskey. Enjoy tasting bourbons from Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, and Knob Creek while eating savory BBQ ribs from The Original Q Shack. $65 per guest, which includes an autographed copy of Dane's book from Flyleaf Books. 
Rolling Thunder Release Party
TONIGHT -Thursday, April 10 at 7 pm: Come celebrate the newest issue of the biannual journal that shares passionate living and creative resistance in all forms. From consensus process to streetfighting, workplace struggles to graffiti art, gender mutiny to subversive humor. Including on-the-spot reporting, strategic analysis, instructional guides, poetry, comics, and games. 
Spring Fever at Carolina Brewery
Enjoy the gorgeous spring weather under the shady oak trees of Franklin Street at Carolina Brewery's outdoor dining. Weekly specials include: Monday-Friday the Bar Bites Menu features $3 and $5 menu items available between 4pm - 6pm; Daily Lunch Brew Plate for $5.95 includes sandwich, chips & iced tea; Monday Kids 12 & under eat free off the Kids Menu with a paying adult; Wednesday is Trivia Night starting at 8 pm with pitcher specials; and Seasoned Citizens enjoy 10% off anytime! 
Carolina Spring Football Game
Saturday, April 12 at 3 pm: Carolina will hold the annual Spring Game at Kenan Stadium and all are welcome! Admission is free and the game will be broadcast on Pregame fan activities at the Spring Game begin at 11 am at the Bell Tower Park in front of Kenan Football Center with live music, food vendors and Chapel Hill Sportswear merchandise tents. Inflatable games, face painting, a football uniform display and photos with Rameses will take place in front of the football center. 
 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. 
Intro to Arm Balances and Inversions
Saturday, April 12 from 12:30 am to 1:45 pm: Franklin Street Yoga Center offers this quarterly workshop to help you learn how to explore arm balances and inversions and make them accessible and enjoyable. This workshop will explore proper preparation and alignment for each pose, entering and exiting the poses safely, and discuss where it is best to practice these poses within a class
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. 
Samuelsohn Trunk Show at Julian's
Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12, from 10 am to 6 pm both days: Julian's, located at Franklin Street, hosts a Samuelsohn Trunk Show. Whether it's Samuelsohn's use of rare and luxurious fabrics, their fully basted canvas construction or the hand-tailored details, Samuelsohn never compromises on quality, style or fit. 
Modernist House Tour in Lake Forest
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! 
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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