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What To Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Dine Out for a Cause 
Friday, May 16: Four Corners Grill annual Spring For Charity event invites you to dine at the restaurant and proceeds are donated to East Chapel Hill High School today! Enter several raffles for prizes too.
Walk This Way! Tour

Saturday, May 17 from 11 am to 12:30 pm: Chapel Hill history is abundant with strong, influential women. Learn about the ladies who helped shape the history of the town and the University on this walking tour of the Chapel Hill National Historic District. Tour is primarily on sidewalks. $5

Buy/Sell/Trade at Rumors
rumors vintage clothesProviding Chapel Hill & Carrboro with stylish, pre-loved clothing for men and women, Rumors Vintage Thrift Shop has Trade/Sell hours Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.  
Music on the Plaza
Saturday, May 17 from 3 pm to 5 pm: Steal away the afternoon with an Americana performance by the Acoustic Bandits. The Acoustic Bandits are a two-piece acoustic band with a big sound. You are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair to watch the performances. This event is free and all ages.  
Savory Sundays 
Sunday, May 18 at 3 pm & 5 pm: Join the Dead Mule Club for their popular monthly event - Savory Sunday! Local chef, Whitney Dane, will be serving an epic Sunday brunch. Tickets are only $25 for five gourmet courses. Limited tickets still available, so call 969-7659 or come by the bar for reservations. Located at 303 West Franklin Street. 
Author Reading
Thursday, May 22 at 7 pm: At Internationalist Books & Community Center, "Until the Rulers Obey: Voices of Latin American Social Movements" will be read by editors Clifton Ross and Marcy Rein. Exporing the 21st century upsurge of change in Latin America through 15 countries, 70 interviews, indigenous, rural & urban poor, youth, workers, women, LGBT communities speak out. 
Free Dessert & Appetizer!
Carolina Coffee Shop appreciates all of their loyal customers and is saying thanks by offering a free dessert on your birthday and free appetizer on your anniversary! Just sign up on their e-news list and get special offers and coupons too. 
Sophie and Mollies Grand Opening 
Friday, May 16 from 5 pm to 10 pm: Join Sophie and Mollies Boutique to celebrate their new location at The Courtyard, 431 West Franklin Street. Fashion show at 7 pm. Enjoy wine and appetizers and
Improv Slam at DSI Comedy Theater
Saturday, May 17 at 7 pm: Enjoy a freestyle comedy battle that's fun for all ages! Two crews of improvisers fight for your laughs in this high energy, interactive show that'll have kids and parents
laughing all night long. Get Half Off Tickets at DSI! Our Local Deal is offering half price tickets now, and attend any of the many shows available Tuesday through Saturday every week within the next 5 months! /  
Switching Gears Bike Night
bike cruiser ride
Friday, May 16 from 6 pm to 9 pm: Come to the Plaza at 140 West Franklin Street for a family-friendly bike night full of activities including: Gold Sprint Tourney, Bike on Bus Competition, Slow Races, Safety Workshop, Duck Racing, Spin the Wheel of Bike Game, and more! Enjoy one of three bike cruiser rides to the plaza!
What's on Your Summer Reading List?
Before you hit the beach or the mountains this summer- stop by these Franklin Street spots to make sure you have enough books to get you through your relaxing vacation! Check out The BookshopChapel Hill ComicsInternationalist Books & Community CenterMorehead Planetarium Gift Shop, and Ackland Museum Store. Or if you have some books to share - drop them off at one of the three branches of the Downtown Free Library! 
Summer's So Bright: EyeCareCenter
Whether you need a basic eye exam, new glasses, or sunglasses they have a great selection of frames - visit the on-line optical shop where you can pick out frames and lenses that are just right.  Carrying all leading brand contacts, eye doctors specialize in hard-to-fit contacts. No appointment needed! Now open at 140 West Franklin Street. 
Planets Star Show at Planetarium
Saturday, May 17 from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm: How do scientists learn about the planets we see ... and those we cannot? How can we tell if that spot of light in the night sky is a planet or a star? Learn
to find and identify the stars, constellations and planets best seen in this season. The engaging Star Families series is designed for children (ages 7-12) accompanied by their families. Fees: $5 per
person ($4 per Morehead member).  
On Exhibit: Imagining the Civil War 
Wilson Library, on UNC's campus, hosts Imagining the U.S. Civil War, 1861-1900 now through July 20. The exhibit was developed by 21 students working in groups organized around themes such as 
"Battlefields," "African-American Literature," and "Women at War." The groups selected poetry, fiction, images, and other materials from Wilson Library's Rare Book Collection, North Carolina 
Collection, and Southern Historical Collection, and the Special Collections at the Health Sciences Library. More Info.
Fridays on the Front Porch
fridays front porch carolina inn
Every Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm: The Carolina Inn hosts the popular end-of-the-work week celebration. Offering live music, a picnic menu with beer, wine and drink specials, and plenty of comfortable seating under the shady oaks and magnolias on the Inn's front lawn. There's no cover charge or reservations needed for the event. 
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The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership works to bring together the resources of the Town, University and downtown community 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