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                                     December 24, 2012
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Circus Circus - First Night 2013
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Circus Circus - First Night 2013

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls step right up and discover a new downtown Raleigh's New Year's Eve's all day and night of events and entertainment including playthings so fun they'll blow your big top off!


Circus Theme - This year's celebration takes inspiration from the world of the circus, and many of the interactive installations, make-and-take crafts, and performances throughout the afternoon and evening First Night Raleigh 2013 will feature the circus arts. Visit Website for more information about the various circus acrobatic performances, sideshows and freakshows.


General Info - The Raleigh Acorn is lowered to ring in the New Year.  While the acorn has become synonymous with First Night Raleigh, the festival is much more than the countdown to midnight.  Your admission pass grants you access to every performance and every venue throughout the day.  That's nearly 100 performances across downtown Raleigh!  What a bargain for just $9!


First Night Raleigh 2013 begins at 2:00 PM on New Year's Eve with the Children's Celebration at the North Carolina Museums of History and Natural Sciences, in the new Nature Research Center and on Bicentennial Plaza.  The People's Procession at 6:00pm and Early Countdown hosted by Chuck Davis, with fireworks at 7:00, will kick off the evening entertainment. Raleigh comes alive with continuous performances and activities featuring music, dance, comedy, and other art forms will take place in over three-dozen venues throughout downtown, culminating in a performance by local rising stars Delta Rae on the Main Stage in City Plaza. You won't want to miss the 90-foot Ferris wheel and a chance to drop like the acorn on the Super Shot, which will be erected on Fayetteville Street. The festival concludes at First Night Delta Rae Midnight with the famous Raleigh Acorn drop and fireworks to ring in 2013.


Children's Celebration - Enjoy an expanded Children's Celebration at First Night Raleigh 2013, with Performances and Activities from 2:00 to 6:00 on New Year's Eve on Bicentennial Plaza and inside the North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and the NEW Nature Research Center!


Don't miss TOTS UNDER THE BIG TOP! - a new area on the Fourth Floor of the Nature Research Center with interactive performances and activities geared especially to children 6 and under!


First Night Ferris Wheel Headliner - Delta Rae will headline First Night Raleigh 2013, the capital city's annual family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration of the arts.  The group will perform on the festival's Main Stage on City Plaza, leading up to the Countdown to Midnight.Delta Rae will perform beginning at 10:45 PM on Monday, December 31 in downtown Raleigh, as the closing act of Artsplosure's 22nd annual First Night Raleigh celebration. 


The Fantastical First Night Ferris Wheel - Take a ride 90 feet into the air on the Fantastical First Night Ferris Wheel -- an experience that will surely make your First Night memorable.

Admission to the Ferris Wheel is included with purchase of a First Night Raleigh All Day Pass!  Final First Night Jumbo Drop admission at 11:30.


Jumbo Drop - Ever wonder what it's like to be the Raleigh Acorn?  This is your chance to find out! Take a ride, straight up, 80 feet into the air high above Fayetteville Street, and then fall back to street level, just like our own Acorn!


Get your tickets NOW and enjoy a Hap hap Happy New Year!  First Night Raleigh


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Guasaca Grille - South of the Border Down Venezuela Way


Venezuelan Food is a Lot Like the Country ... Full of amazing resources, but serious violence once Guasaca  you are deep inside.  Actually, the cuisine in Venezuela has a lot of European influences (especially Italian, Spanish and French) and is quite flavorful.   Now Raleigh has a new Venezuelan grille named Guasaca.  Located off of Lake Boone Trail, Guasaca's menu features Arepas (think cornmeal sandwiches filled with a variety of meats, beans and cheese).  Just opened in early December, Guasaca is already getting a steady and loyal following.


Bowled Over:  Their signature Arepas are available in either a traditional cornbread patty (similar to flat breads) or in a bowl or salad.  The Guasaca Menu features a number of tempting combinations.  Or, you can select yourGuasaca Arepa  fillings and sauces ala carte.  The meats include grilled and avocado chicken, grilled steak, shredded beef, braised pork, and tilapia (fish).  These are paired with up to three sides (plantains, caramelized onions, black beans, etc.) and topped with vibrant house-made sauces (cilantro, habanero, mustard, guasaca, among others).  We chose to mix and match with the tilapia and chicken with a variety of different sides but both topped with the guasaca sauce.  The flavor combinations were over the top and intoxicating.  Best yet, the prices were very reasonable and the portions were plentiful.  Menu


Famous Venezuelan Saying ... He who doesn't look ahead gets left behind. Yes, Guasaca is not Guasaca Sauce  your traditional "bubba fare", but it is definitely worth the culinary stretch.  The atmosphere is fast, casual and the flavors are authentic and fresh.  The South American & Columbian chefs have created a distinctive and creative alternative that will have all us craving "South of The Border - Beyond Mexico Way".   Enjoy!


Guasaca Grille: 4025 Lake Boone Trail #107 Raleigh; Hours: 11am - 9pm; 919-322-4928;  Website



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They are in the finals to win so please vote every day! After competing with 750 schools nationwide - Broughton HS is in the final round of the Under Armour Challenge.  They can't win without you!

Broughton HS Playoffs Voting is ON in the Final Championship Round for the Under Armour Finding Undeniable Contest. How amazing to watch a local school face each round of challenges and earn a spot in the Championship round.  And now, it's up to this community to help them finish STRONG!


This is a competition to earn over $140,000 in uniforms, equipment and apparel, and they are facing a very strong opponent in FPCA from Georgia.

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In Memory of David Shannon - Chi Phi has partnered with five other UNC fraternities to fully fund and build a Habitat for Humanity home in Chapel Hill beginning in January 2013.

David Shannon Your support will be crucial to the success of the 2012/13 Brothers project and in fulfilling the dream of home ownership for a deserving Chapel Hill family. Not only will the project provide a new home for a family in need, but it will bring many members from different fraternities together to accomplish this goal.

This year's Brothers project is dedicated to the memory of a lost fraternity brother David Shannon. David was a freshman from Charlotte, who died in an accident this fall. David was an enthusiastic new member of Chi Phi who became very involved with the Brothers project at the start of the year. He raised the most money of any new member, and he very enthusiastically worked at the New Member Blitz Build in September. In just a short time at Carolina, David demonstrated his commitment to service and leadership, and we are very proud to honor his legacy through this year's project: Brothers for David

Chi Phi has committed to raise $78,000 to sponsor the construction of the Brothers for David home. They need your donations to make this project a success.  All funds raised will be used to help pay for the costs of construction materials and contracted labor for the home they will build this spring.

Please make a contribution on the secure online giving page: Click Here.  

Or, you can make a gift by check (with Chi Phi on the memo line) to:

                     Habitat for Humanity of Orange County

                     88 Vilcom Center Drive, Suite L110

                     Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

(All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law)


An Invitation to Consign - Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, LTD is proud to announce that their Three-Day Winter Estate Catalogued Auction was a great success, selling over $1 Million in Fine Art, Jewelry, Antiques, Fine Wine, and other collectible objects to buyers around the world.  This exciting auction was in pace with their previous catalogue-level sales and marks their eighth consecutive $1 Million+ auction. The complete auction results for most recent sales can be found online.

Specialists are now evaluating estate collections and other fine objects for inclusion in the Three-Day Spring Estate Catalogued Auction to be held March 14-16, 2013.  Please contact the gallery to schedule an appointment with one of their specialists today, or tell them about your object or collection by completing this online consignment form. 



Marbles' Noon Year's Eve Offers a Family-Friendly Daytime Celebration - Be the first to celebrate the "noon" year with bubble wrap "fireworks" and a dance-inspiring ball Marbles Museum drop at Marbles Kids Museum. For those who wish to ring in 2013 without sleepy eyes, Marbles is hosting a fun, family-friendly event featuring prizes and giveaways. Guests who wear a "First Night Raleigh" button will receive buy-one-get-one free museum admission vouchers for  Monday, December 31 from 11:30 a.m. to5:00 p.m.


Marbles Kids Museum located at 201 East Hargett Street Raleigh, NC 27601

 PRICE: The "Noon Year's Eve" event is included in normal museum admission ($5 per guest; $4 for military adults)


Additionally, in light of the New Year, Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre at Marbles will also be offering guests a free small popcorn with the purchase of an IMAX movie ticket from Monday, December 31, 2012 to Thursday, January 31, 2013.



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