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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 2 46 CHAPEL HILL musicians throughout the year. Across the street, at Carr Mill Mall, find respite at the Art Therapy Institute, a group of mental health professionals who see art as a tool to heal. Check out their variety of community workshops and one-on-one programs. Across both Carrboro and Chapel Hill, Second Friday Art Walk showcases the creations of local painters, metalsmiths, sculptors, photographers and more, of all levels, at little mom-and-pop shops, galleries, restaurants, bars and cafes. In similar fashion, but on a much grander scale, downtown Chapel Hill hosts Festifall each October. Drawing thousands of people from across the region, the event not only features some of the best visual artists and crafters around but also topnotch chefs and musicians. Food trucks fill the street with fare from lobster to doughnuts to waffles, while sounds of rock, jazz, bluegrass, and more compete for crowds across three stages. A truly one-of-a-kind experience, though, blossoms each summer at the Forest Theatre on UNC's campus. Together, larger-than-life puppets, stilt dancers, shadows puppets and masked characters create a masterfully crafted story intended to "undermine and eradicate greed, hate and fear, and promote justice, equality and peace." Every year, the Paperhand Puppet Intervention brings a new show to Chapel Hill, engaging adults and children alike. Both of these communities thrive thanks to a swell of support from local organizations like the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and the Town of Carrboro. The Downtown Partnership arms business owners with a variety of free services and programs such as branding and design assistance, façade and sidewalk improvement, graffiti removal and even a guide for new entrepreneurs. Meanwhile, Carrboro's Economic & Community Development Department cultivates loan programs that support job creation, energy efficiency, capital needs and business retention. Chapel Hill and Carrboro businesses, in turn, take care of the community. Auto Logo kicked of "Movember" 2016 with a brats and root beer event, the proceeds of which supported prostate cancer programs at UNC and Duke. Just a few months before that, the Carrboro car repair company donated the funds from its 30th birthday celebration to Club Nova, a nonprofit addressing the needs of people with mental illnesses. Weaver Street Market recently raised more than $67,000 for TABLE, which provides emergency food aid to local children. The co- op successfully raised the money through a "round-up" program, encouraging shoppers to round-up their grocery bill to the nearest whole dollar. And just like that, it all comes back to food – a life source that not only brings these sister communities together but draws visitors near and far. []

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