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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
UNC Relay For Life Benefit 
Go Heels, Go America! On Friday, August 30 starting at 10pm The Thrill, at 157 East Rosemary Street, hosts a benefit night for the annual UNC Relay for Life. The theme is Go Heels, Go America, so show some Tar Heel American pride in the best way you can - red, white, and Carolina blue! Cover: 18+ $5, 21+ $3 Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event held on UNC's campus designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs for the American Cancer Society.
Poster sale at Teen Center
Everyday until August 30 from 10am to 5pm, the annual poster sale is taking place in the Street Scene Teen Center, under the Post Office, at 179 East Franklin Street. The sale features 1000's of art, photography, and music posters - great for the dorm room, class room or living room! A portion of the sales support the Street Scene Teen Center in providing a safe environment and arts programming for teens after-school and on the weekends. 
New Arrivals at Light Years
In stores this week - tons of fashion jewelry; hair barrettes and clips; head bands and hair wraps; and Fascinators - a must have for the fall! 
Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents the 14th annual giant puppet pageant for all ages - Invisible Earth. Shows runs until September 8 at 7PM with a 6:20PM pre-show; Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - plus a Labor Day matinees. A show like nothing you've experienced before with masks, stilt walkers, shadow puppets and live music, all coming alive in the serene and beautiful setting of The Forest Theatre on UNC's campus. $12, $8 kids - suggested donation at the door.
Science Cafe at Back Bar
How does a drug like methamphetamine affect the human brain, and what are scientists learning about the physiology of addiction? Dr. Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom, a pharmacology professor from Duke University, discusses meth -- the drug around which the TV show "Breaking Bad" is written -- during Morehead Planetarium's next Carolina Science Cafe on Wednesday, September 4, beginning at 6pm in Top of the Hill's Back Bar. FREE. Beverages are available from Top of the Hill's menu for purchase, and free appetizers -- while they last -- are provided by Sigma Xi.  / 
Songwriter's Open Mic 
Hosted by the incomparable Pete Pawsey at The Cave on Tuesday, September 3 at 9PM. Bring your songs and sing your songs - maybe you'll get someone to sing along! Sign up to sing at 8:30pm. 
Live Bluegrass on Weds
Every Wednesday at 9PM at Mellow Mushroom- Free! $3.50 for local beers, no cover! September 4: Big Fat Gap: September 11: Spencer Mobley & Julie Elkins: September 18: The Iron Mountain Messengers; and 
September 25: The Guilty Pleasures
TerraVITA Tix on Sale Now!
Named one of the "10 Southern Food Festivals You Need to Taste" by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - TerraVITA returns for a fourth season, thanks to community support. Renowned North Carolina chefs, artisans and makers of top sustainable wines, microbrews, spirits and coffee will unite October 10-12. The 2013 list of restaurants, food artisans, and beverage producers involved this year is now finalized - so get your tickets now! 
Enjoy the last summer concert on Wallace Plaza TONIGHT -Thursday, August 29; beer garden open at 7PM & music starts at 8PM with music from Virgins Family Band, Morning Brigade, and Clockwork Kids.  


Featuring a beer garden sponsored by Carolina Brewery along with a selection of food from Bandido's Mexican CafeTop This!, and The Standard Restaurant. Bring a chair or a blanket - there's plenty of room on the plaza for a picnic dinner!  
The Wallace Plaza is on top of the Wallace Parking Deck; car entrance off of Rosemary Street. For all downtown parking options visit   But why not bike-in to the movie? There's plenty of bike parking space...and it's free! Bikers receive a free tune up Back Alley Bikes and merchandise from  Go! Chapel Hill. 


LOCALLY GROWN concerts are no longer cash-only! We've partnered with Tabsprint to shorten the wait in the beer garden lines. Use your smartphone to select the drink you want to order. Place your order on the app and show the bartender that you paid for your drink by swiping the payment slider. No more leaving your credit card at the bar to start a tab.  Download the app now - for iPhone and Android! 

Time After Time Vintage Shop, 414 West Franklin Street, was chosen by GQ magazine in 2010 as one of the top 25 vintage stores in America! The store that brought you the best Halloween costume EVER also supplies movies, music videos, commercials, and theaters around the world with costumes and accessories! 
Monthly Flight Club With Ryan
On Friday, August 30 from 7:15pm to 8:45pm, Franklin St Yoga Center invites you to join instructor Ryan to advance your practice to a new and exciting level. Learn to leverage your body to move in to arm/hand balancing postures, learn the proper way to move into headstands, handstands, and more postures that will be exciting and rewarding to learn and integrate into your practice. One year of an asana practice suggested. 
Bicycle Chain Group Trail Ride
Whether this is your first Mountain Bike ride, or you want to increase your single track skills, come join the Chapel Hill Bicycle Chain group ride every Sunday at 5PM. Meet at the store, at 210 W. Franklin Street, do a quick tire check and then ride the Carolina North Forest trails for about an hour and a half. This will be a no drop ride, but the terrain does require a shop quality mountain bike.    
40% Off All Sale Merchandise Sale
Shop Uniquities this weekend and take an additional 40% off all sale merchandise! A great chance to buy summer styles at incredible prices! Don't forget new arrivals-just in time for the change in seasons. New styles from DVF, Foley & Corinna, Paige Denim, and more! They're also giving away a pair of jeans valued up to $175;  stop by any of the stores and get entered, no purchase necessary! New styles everyday so make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram! 
Only two weeks left to see   . The show ends on September 8 at FRANK GALLERY! The show features work depicting animals respectfully and honoring their intrinsic intelligence,majesty and beauty. Stop in today and see work in many media by local artists. 
Book Club at Chapel Hill Comics
Chapel Hill Comics is proud to announce that as part of the 10th/35th Anniversary Festivities, they will host Lisa Hanawalt and Brian Ralph on Saturday, August 31, from 6pm until 9pm! Lisa will sign her newest book, My Dirty Dumb Eyes (out now), and Brian will sign his newest book, Reggie-12!  

Morehead Membership Special
The clock's ticking on this great membership discount - ending August 31 - all new, renewed or gift memberships receive an extra month of membership free! Membership benefits include free admission, gift shop discounts, parking vouchers and admission benefits at more than 300 different science museums worldwide. AND you'll be supporting science education programs! 
Jammin Baby, Music Together 
Starting the first week in September -Kidzu Children's Museum hosts two sessions: from Tuesday 9:00-9:45am or Saturday 10:45-11:30am. For hundreds of thousands of families worldwide, Music Together®  helps children and their grownups joyfully share songs, rhymes, movement, and instrument play, both in music class and in their daily lives. A pioneer in early childhood music and movement education, Music Together offers classes for children from birth through kindergarten, in which parents and caregivers actively participate. Register at  / 
CHDP Logo 2011
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership works to bring the resources of the Town, University and downtown community together 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