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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
The 2nd Friday ArtWalk is Friday, Setpember 13 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Many of the venues will have live music, good food & drinks, and other art related entertainment.  


ArtWalk venues include: 
  •  Photography of Juliet Coen at Johnny's Gone Fishing 
  • The Art of Geraud Staton: A Mystical Future at The Beehive 
  • Kelsey Melville's intricate colorful geometric paintings at
    Vespertine & This and That Gift Gallery 
  • Gray Griffin paintings at Looking Glass Cafe & Boutique
  • ArtsCenter hosts North Carolina Textiles: The Fabric of a State
  • Zannie Gunn at Fleet Feet Headquarters 
  • India Bazaar at Ackland Art Museum Store
  • Pottery by Dan Triece & Fiber Art Show by Ali Givens at NC Crafts Gallery 
  • Artist Eduardo Lapetina "Around Myths and Images" at Chapel Hill Art Gallery
  • ....and so much more! 
Wedding Cake Tastings
A good wedding should always be tasteful! And it begins and ends with the cake. Sign up for a 30 minute appointment with Sugarland. They'll have slices of tasty cake and answer all your burning confectionery
questions on Sunday, September 15. 
Half Off Food at La Res
La Residence Restaurant now offers half price on all food items when you dine in the bar area from 6 pm to 9 pm EVERY WEDNESDAY! Bring a friend, bring a date, bring the family or the whole office. La Residence will be serving the same great food as always, only this time they'll cover half the bill.  
Sliding Scale Sidewalk Scale
Internationalist Books and Community Center is having a sidewalk sale with hundreds of books from the used and overstock inventory until Saturday, September 14. They've got to make room for all the exciting new titles They're getting in. The Sliding Scale Sidewalk Sale is your opportunity to get amazing books and choose how much you want to pay to support the work of the Internationalist Books and Community Center, a 30
year old non-profit volunteer collective bookstore and community center in Chapel Hill! $1 minimum per book.  
FRANK Gallery  is the heartbeat of art in downtown Chapel Hill! Offering access to contemporary art by established local artists, and a welcoming place for art lovers to gather on historic Franklin Street  to share the experience of art. 
Teen Science Cafe
Join Morehead on Friday, September 13 at 5:30 pm. for the next Teen Science Cafe, featuring a special presentation from Dr. Rich McLaughlin and Dr. Roberto Camassa, mathematics professors at UNC. Together, they'll talk about the role of stratification in the oceans and atmosphere -- how does this affect climate change? Check out the demonstrations of oil plume formation, internal waves and marine snow, too! Open Minds Cafe is created for young adults, ages 13-18, and it's free! Each monthly Open Minds Cafe begins
with pizza (or another treat), followed by discussions and activities at 6 pm.  
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! 
Good Neighbor Initiative Block Party
TODAY - Thursday, September 12 from 5 pm to 9 pm at Hargraves Community Center at 216 Roberson St. The Block
Party is for the neighbors that live in and around downtown. Starting with a short neighborhood walk followed by a large community celebration with food, music, and games - free and open to all downtown residents.
Ackland Exhibit Opening Reception
For over 20 years, the influential, Delhi-based artist collective known as Sahmat has taken a consistent stance against the threats of religious fundamentalism and sectarianism in India using a vibrant mix of high art and street culture.In the first major exhibition about the group organized for U.S. audiences, The
Sahmat Collective features work by more than 60 contemporary Indian artists. Opening Reception TODAY - Thursday, September 12, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Free. No RSVP required. Sample delicious Indian street-style food by Vimala's Curryblossom Café of Chapel Hill and enjoy music, dance, and theater performances by UNC Sangeet, UNC Bhangra Elite, and Interactive Theatre Carolina.  
New Arrivals Just In at Uniquities! 
Fall deliveries from Minnie Rose, Rebecca Taylor, Vince and more! They've also just received new styles from Barbour-some are limited edition and sure to move quickly. Need 
new boots? Try favorites from Frye and Steve Madden! Fall is almost here and they're here to help get your
wardrobe ready. 
New styles everyday so make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram! 
NC Wordsmiths Open Mic
Experience poetry and artistic expression on Saturday, September 14 from 6 pm to 8 pm with the NC Wordsmiths
Open Mic! FREE. Sign up for either the open mic or our slam by emailing Those that
email the account will be given priority at the event; spots will not be guaranteed for those who sign up at the door. Follow twitter @WordsmithsUNC & 
Kidzu Museum - Great Shoot Out!
This wonderful fundraising event provides portrait sessions by some of the best local professional photographers on Sunday, September 22 from 10 am to 4 pm. Held at the scenic North Carolina Botanical Gardens, Kidzu welcomes ten local photographers who are passionate about capturing the intimate moments, life events and the unparalleled simplicity and beauty of day-to-day life. A 30-minute session can be booked with a sitting fees cost $85 for Kidzu Members and $105 for non-Kidzu Members. Photographers' prices vary slightly, but are very competitive. Prices start at $35 for 5"x7" and are dependent on the paper type. Session CD's will be available for purchase in December for $500. All sitting fees and a portion of all photographs and products sold will go to support Kidzu Children's Museum.  
Thinking of buying a new bicycle? Your first stop should be Bicycle Chain, 210 West Franklin Street, with competent salespeople and expert mechanics who'll ensure that you get the right bike and a quality machine.
Weekend Events at Beer Study
NC IPA Taste off at Beer Study, Saturday, September 14: Blind taste testing will declare a winner, or just one you love! Breweries include Foothills, Noda, Triple C, Olde Hickory, and more. $12-15. The Big Lebowski Night, Sunday, September 15 at 5 pm: Beer Study is hosting a Big Leboski trivia night that includes a costume contest and a Wii Bowling tournament. After that, it's off to The Standard / Restaurant and Bar for a viewing of the movie! /  
University UMC Annual Yard Sale 
University United Methodist Church (150 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill) will hold its annual community yard sale from 7:30 am - 2 pm on Saturday, September 14. The yard sale features items such as clothing, toys, books, collectibles, furniture and household items, all intentionally priced very low as a service to the community. In addition to providing low-cost clothes and basic household items, the sale at the church raises money to support the poor, victims of domestic violence and the mentally ill. To learn more about the yard sale or the ministries of UUMC, please visit or contact the church office at
Grow Your Business! Workshop
Do you engage your customers on social media? Do your customers read the emails you send? Join us for a FREE workshop for small businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies & departments, and churches -  to learn how to effectively use email marketing and social media.
Thursday, September 19 at 10 am; University 
Presbyterian Church, 110 Henderson Street. This engaging workshop will help you learn how to create compelling messages for your customers and increase your audience engagement. REGISTER TODAY! Hosted by Jim Jubelirer, Action Coach. 
Beat Making Lab: Chapel Hill Style
Beat Making Lab is an electronic music studio small enough to fit in a backpack. They collaborate with communities all around the world; donating laptops, microphones and software to community centers and conducting two-week residencies with talented youth. They also film workshops and shoot music videos as part
of a weekly web-series with PBS Digital Studios. Their goals include cultural exchange, innovative collaboration, and social/entrepreneurial impact.Join them every Wednesday, 4 pm to 6 pm AND every Saturday, 1 pm to 3 pm at Street Scene Teen Center at 179 East Franklin Street. All youth are encouraged to stop by and participate! This is a wonderful opportunity for creative expression, even for those who have no previous music experience. FREE.   

Extended Hours at TRU Deli + Wine
TRU Deli + Wine is now open until 10PM! You can now enjoy custom-made sandwiches until 10 PM every night of
the week. Planning a night out this weekend? Start at TRU for dinner and a drink. Between their endless sandwich combinations and the recent addition of 4 new beers and 4 new wines, you can make each visit to TRU unique. MONDAYS: $2 craft beers! 
Divorce & Separation Support Group
Beginning on Monday, September 16 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm, this 8-week group is open to women who have experienced or are contemplating separation and/or divorce. The group will address common issues that women face during this process, such as grief, loss, anger, self-esteem, anxiety, depression and managing change. There is a $40 fee associated with this group, but can be waived as needed. Child care is offered upon request.  
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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   
Bobby Funk