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March Short List Winners — The Best Place to Watch March Madness

The votes are in and it’s official, the winner of February’s Chapelboro.com Short List for “The Best Place to watch March Madness” in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area is Tobacco Road Sports Cafe! Chef, local, fresh-never-frozen, scratch-kitchen — not exactly characterizations you’re used to hearing about a sports bar. Unless, of course, you’re going to Tobacco Road Sports Cafe. With their newest location in Chapel Hill (to go along with fellow restaurants in Durham and Raleigh), Tobacco Road brings fresh, gourmet cooking to a crisp sports bar setting. The kitchen even provides an online list of the local farms and vendors they use for their produce! Foodie’s will love the Lamb Gorditas, the Orrechiete Pasta, or the Country Fizzle Chicken. And the always-unique side dishes include Tobacco Onions, Ranch Style Beans, Sweet Potato Mash, Southern Caviar, Hoppin’ John and Tomato Basil Salad. Of course, Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available as well. Naturally, it’s called a “sports” cafe for a reason, and it’s no surprise Tobacco Road won the Chapelboro Short List for March 2013 as the Best Place to Watch March Madness. “Infinite Sports” is their mantra and you can catch any big game or sporting event on one of their many flat screen HDTVs. There are even two different patios with one sporting a 100-inch projection screen outside. Check out some March Madness at Tobacco Road while you still...

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DPAC's Lord of the Dance

Dancing has never been my forte. For me, just being able to sway to the beat could be considered an accomplishment. So naturally, I’m amazed by anyone who can not only dance, but is so good they can entertain other people! With that in mind, the Durham Performing Arts Center’s Lord of the Dance created by Michael Flatley is poised to blow everyone away, even if you’re not a good dancer yourself. Lord of the Dance brings together all of the Irish dance, music and folklore that made Flatley so famous for Riverdance — which we all know and...

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Olivia Newton-John Is Coming To DPAC

For me, Olivia Newton-John has always been associated with one thing: the character Sandy from Grease. Call me uneducated, but I’ve never paid much attention to her career other than this single, stellar performance. Growing up, I was more interested in Brittany Spears than Sandy. Lately though, Olivia seems to be popping up everywhere I look. Over Christmas I saw her once again alongside John Travolta on Live with Kelly and Michael to promote their new Christmas CD, “This Christmas.” The CD will raise money for The Olivia Newton-John’s Cancer and Wellness Centre and the Jett Travolta Foundation (in...

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Chapelboro's Short List!

  Plenty of sites and publications offer “best of” lists and top ten awards, but how many let YOU vote on the best businesses and locations around your town? After all, it is YOUR town. Who else is more qualified to choose? Chapelboro.com’s Short List is the monthly award decided entirely by the readers and residents in our community. On the first Tuesday of each month, we’ll announce a topic for that period (this month is “The Best Place For A Romantic Dinner”). For one week, users can submit the best places they think fit the award and send...

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February Short List Winners — The Best Place for a Romantic Dinner

The votes are in and it’s official, the winner of February’s Chapelboro.com Short List for “The Best Place for a Romantic Dinner” in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area is Glasshalfull! Located in Downtown Carrboro, Glasshalfull is a fabulous restaurant, wine bar and wine shop that’s perfect for any romantic occasion or night out. The ‘Kitchen’ serves delicious contemporary American cooking and an intriguing selection of wines from around the world can be found in the wine bar and wine shop. Owner’s Mick Maloney and Jim Wald take their wine list seriously, and it rotates constantly to keep things fresh. You can choose from over 25 selections while dining and almost always have the choice to sample any bottle. And if you so desire, the wine shop is always open for perusing during dining hours. Most selections are picked from small, family-owned estates throughout the world — ensuring the highest quality every time. Like any classic Carrboro restaurant, Glasshalfull stresses local and healthy ingredients for their Mediterranean-inspired American dishes — pairings and experimentation with the delicious food and fine wines makes any romantic outing a night to remember. If you want a great, and maybe even romantic, night out then stop by Glasshalfull in Carrboro! But you don’t have to take my word for it, because YOU voted on it! Visit Glasshalfull Also on the Short List Carolina Crossroads Carolina Crossroads is...

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Kidzu Super Bowl Party

The Annual R&R Grill Super Bowl Party to benefit Kidzu Children’s Museum – Sunday, February 3rd. Unlimited buffet from 6-8PM featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ, pizza, Chicken Tenders, Soda, Tea and More. A portion of ticket sales benefit Kidzu – Adults $15 – Kids $7. 137 East Franklin Street (the Old Bank of America Plaza). Lots of TV’s to watch the game – please come out to support Kidzu Children’s Museum! For more information, contact them at 919-933-1455 or at...

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Dellinger Interviews Candidates for NC Democratic Party Chair

How Democratic candidates do in North Carolina’s 2014 and 2016 elections — when millions of voters will go to the polls — may depend a lot on a race about to be decided by less than one thousand Democratic party officials. On Saturday, February 2, six hundred or so members of the Democratic Party’s state executive committee will convene at the Durham Convention Center to elect the next state Party Chair. Two candidates are vying for the Democrats’ top spot: former state Senator Eric Mansfield of Fayetteville and Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller. WCHL program host Hampton Dellinger landed exclusive interviews with Mansfield and Voller (available below): The interviews can be heard...

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Carrboro Coffee Roasters Partners with PTA

When the Chapel Hill-Carrboro PTA Thrift Shop was looking for ideas for community fundraising, Scott Conary of Carrboro Coffee Roasters did what he knows how to do best: make great coffee. The company behind Caffe Driade and Open Eye Cafe is partnering with the PTA Thrift Shop to raise money for the PTA Community Building Project, which will fund a building intended to be a “community-wide destination.”  The new PTA location will offer office space, larger retail and potential restaurant and entertainment are all added benefits, as well as some school-program administration and community outreach and meeting centers. While coffee and local schools might seem like strange bedfellows, a little background of Carrboro Coffee Roasters explains why it makes perfect sense: they’re a local company with an international conscious. “We’re pleased to be able to help the PTA Thrift Shop, who does so many good things for our community,” says Scott Conary, owner of CCR. “One of our missions is to connect our community with the farm communities we source our coffee from. In this case, you are literally helping both.”  Carrboro Coffee Roasters’ entire mantra revolves around community — whether it’s here or thousands of miles away — so it’s no surprise to see them working for Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools. They do all sorts of community work and events, including events teaching children about the science and appreciation...

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MLK Day Book Drive: 10,000 Books for Kids!

To honor the birthday and legacy of service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Book Harvest will be holding their annual community book drive (10,000 Books for Kids — 10KBK) on MLK Day and a community-wide celebration of diversity, literacy, and book ownership for all kids. The event will take place on Monday, January 21, 2013 at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill. Festivities will range from 1 to 4 p.m. with the program — which will feature music and talks by local authors Daniel Wallace, Sarah Dessen and Randall Kenan beginning around 2:15 p.m....

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