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What To Do & See Downtown This Week! (Hint: Celebrate Moms & Grads)

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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Mom Needs Flower Love!

We have two locally-owned and operated florists downtown! With numerous beautiful arrangements to choose from, you are sure to brighten your mom's day this year. Chapel Hill Florist is located at 200 West Franklin Street. Call (919) 929-2903 or order online  at 

University Florist and Gift Shop is located at 124 East Franklin Street. Call (919) 929-1119 or order online at . 

Artist Talk at LIGHT
Saturday, May 10 at 3 pm: Join LIGHT for an artist talk and reception with textile artist, Peg Gignoux. Reception at 3 pm with the talk at 3:30 pm. They'll have light refreshments. Come hear from this talented, Carrboro-based artist!  
The 2ndFriday ArtWalk is Friday, May 9 from 6 pm to 9 pm with 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 Blood Drive 
Tuesday, May 13 from 10 am to 2 pm: Investors Title knows that donating blood means saving lives! Sign up online to reserve your donation appointment time or contact Jennifer Jordan at 919-945-2593 for an appointment ASAP. Help break a company record this year! Boxed lunches will be provided for all donors. And all donors will receive 100 "Donate For Life" points*! 
King Cocktail at Crunkleton
Wednesday, May 14 at 7:30 pm: The Crunkleton welcomes back James Beard Award-winning mixologist and author Dale DeGroff, otherwise known as King Cocktail, for a lively presentation on the origins and history of aromatic bitters. Guests will learn about key botanicals and spices found in bitters and participate in a tasting of five different types of bitters, first on their own, then paired with a Rye or Bourbon Manhattan. Ticket info 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. 
NOW OPEN: Four New Businesses!
Sophie & Mollies Boutique offers stylish clothing for the sensational woman. Located in The Courtyard at 431 West Franklin Street. If you like bold color and prints, they have the perfect outfit for every occasion. 
DSI Comedy Theater is open at 462 West Franklin Street! DSI has a unique and energetic approach to the alternative comedy scene and entertains with performances of improv, sketch and standup comedy as an artform. Offering comedy classes, shows, and summer camp for kids.  
Spicy 9 Sushi & Asian Restaurant, at 140 West Franklin Street, offers a creative menu that combines the most popular dishes from Thailand, Korea, Japan, and China. With both regular and special sushi rolls Buy One, Get One Free all day, everyday! More info...
Fedora is an upscale and trendy women's boutique at 151 East Franklin Street. Fedora is a NC company with six locations. Online or in store you will find the same unique collections of clothing, jewelry, and accessories.  
UNC grads at Davey Poplar
Congratulations UNC Class of 2014! Downtown Chapel Hill welcomes graduates and their families as they celebrate under Carolina blue skies of course! UNC's main commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 11 at 9:30 am at Kenan Stadium. No tickets are needed and the public is welcome to attend. Tar Heel Express will be running FREE shuttles to the ceremony from 7:15 am to 12:30 pm.  
Fridays on the Front Porch
Every Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm: The Carolina Inn host its popular end-of-the-work week celebration. Offering live music, a picnic menu with beer, wine and drink specials, and plenty of comfortable seating under the shady oaks and magnolias on the Inn's front lawn. There's no cover charge or reservations needed for the event. 
Dance Performance on 140 West Plaza
Friday, May 9 from 6 pm to 9 pm: The Live and Local, Music and Art on the Plaza continues its spring series in partnership with the 2nd Friday Art walk. Justin Tornow and COMPANY will present a site specific movement installation of dance. You are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair to watch the performances. This event is free for all ages.  /  

Art Scavenger Hunt & Free Ice Cream
Friday, May 9 from 6 pm to 9pm: All are welcome to join Chapel Hill Council Member Sally Greene and the youth of the Street Scene Teen Center  in a scavenger hunt seeking out clues to unlock the visual treats of downtown Chapel Hill's Franklin Street. Meet at 104 West Franklin Street (next to Ben & Jerry's), and artist Carter Hubbard will send you on your way to find art clues downtown. To sweeten the deal, Ben & Jerry's will be giving away a single cone scoop of ice cream to the first 40 finishers of the scavenger hunt. This fun is open to all ages - individuals and teams. 
Lantern Celebrates Mothers' Day 
Photo by Alison Mannella
Join Lantern Restaurant for a rare Sunday to celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday, May 11. The evening's special four-course menu will include local asparagus, North Carolina soft shell crab, and strawberries from Whitted Bowers Farm (their certified organic and certified biodynamic Strawberry Pick-your-own will open this Friday, May 2)! Please call 919.969.8846 to make a reservation. 
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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