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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Cellar Dinners at Elaine's
TONIGHT - Thursday, June 19 is the first Cellar Dinner in a series where chef Bret will select a theme or wine region and devise a menu that will spotlight these special bottles. These prix fixe multi-course dinners will be $100 per person and will be limited to 16 seats maximum and must be reserved in advance. Call 919.960.2770 for reservations or with questions. 
Live Music at He's Not Here 
Friday, June 20 - Acoustic Night 
Saturday, June 21 - Shakedown Street (Grateful Dead cover band)
Friday, June 27 - Runaway Gin (Phish cover band)
Saturday, June 28 - Major and the Monbacks - 8 piece soul/blues/funk band
Yoga & Tai Chi at Ackland
This summer, take care of your mind, body, and soul on a weekly basis at the Ackland Art Museum. Yoga and Tai Chi classes are being offered every Monday this summer! Free for Ackland Members; $5 per session for all others. Yoga at 12 pm and Tai Chi at 4 pm. Register online at
Fridays on the Front Porch
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. 

Walk This Way! 
Saturday, June 21 at 11 am: Explore beautiful Franklin Street and learn about how the village of Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina developed and grew together over the centuries. Franklin Street is part of the Chapel Hill National Historic District and the Franklin-Rosemary Local Historic District. Tour is primarily on sidewalks. $5
Tunes on Tuesday 
Every Tuesday from 6 pm to 9 pm: Tunes on Tuesday at La Residence Restaurant is back by popular demand. Featuring drink specials and a full dinner menu available all night, with the most popular entree, parchment salmon, on special for only $23! 

Beer & Burger Challenge
Sunday, June 29 at 3:30 pm: Can you handle it? First one to down an Al's Burger Shack Dank Diesel burger, fries, AND a beer selected by Beer Study -- wins gift certificates, a trophy, and a future ad in the Indy so everyone knows you are the man or woman! FB event   Entry will be $25 which includes everything. You must be 21 and over. .  / 
New Styles at Sophie and Mollies
Sophie and Mollies Boutique is located at the 
Courtyard at 431 West Franklin Street. The boutique offers a wide assortment of styles for women that can fit any occasion! Featured this month are crocheted shorts in white, cream and black. These beautiful shorts can be paired with many of their summery and colorful tops. Come in soon to shop, while supplies last.
Whole Bird Dinner at Lantern
Monday, June 23: Join Lantern Table for an evening dedicated to the whole chicken, from the cockscomb to the pope's nose. Lantern will host Rose's Meat Market & Sweet Shop for a butchery demo and family-style Japanese dinner.  Featuring heritage Delaware chickens from Perry-winkle Farm in Chatham County and prime summer produce. Dinner will be $90 a person, including cocktails and wine, but excluding tax and tip, and 100% of proceeds will benefit Kitchen Patrol, Lantern's project to improve children's access to local food through cooking and eating together. Please call at 919.969.8846 to make a reservation. 
Music in the Galleries & Family Day
Sunday, June 22 from 2 pm to 5 pm: Free and all-ages! Look closely at art with your family members and explore the Ackland Museum. Stay for Story Time at 3 and 4 pm to hear tales of warm weather fun. Kids can create a summertime hat or fan to use outside or inside. Stay and enjoy Music in the Galleries with a healthy dose of rock-and-roll tempered by a sweet dusting of bluegrass when The Carrborators perform at at 2 pm. 
Live Music on the 140 West Plaza 
  Friday, June 20 from 6 pm to 9 pm: The Live and Local, Music and Art on the Plaza continues in its spring series with electric blues and classic rock band, The Rouster's. Art Images Live's Barbara Barnes will be drawing the event too. Free & open to all. Bring a chair or just dance around 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! 
Call for Artists: Windows on Chapel Hill
Windows on Chapel Hill brings eye-catching pop-up art displays to downtown storefronts, promotes artists in our community, and further establishes downtown Chapel Hill as a dynamic space for art. Now we are seeking artists for the fall 2014 installations. All installation ideas will be considered and may include a performance art element in addition to a stand-alone installation. Full information at 
Watch World Cup 2014 Downtown
The 2014 FIFA World Cup has started. Who will you be cheering for? And more importantly...where will you watch your favorite team take on their rival? Of course the hottest seat in town is at Italian Pizzeria III! But just about every television will be tuned-in now until July 13 when the championship match takes place. So, just for you we've compiled a list of the downtown venues that will be showing the World Cup!
Pool is OPEN - Come On In!
The A. D. Clark Pool at the Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St., is now open for the summer season. The free outdoor swimming pool, operated by the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department, is available for lap swimming and open swim time now through Labor Day. The 25 meter pool offers a zero-depth entry pool, locker rooms, showers and family changing area. There is a wading pool for pre-school aged children and toddlers (swim diapers required). 
Build a Ticket Package and Save
Save up to 30% when you build a ticket package with Carolina Performing Arts. When you select four or more performances, you save on your overall purchase. Build a genre-based package, or pick and choose from this season's thematic currents. The more performances you choose, the more you save. Package holders also have the benefit of free ticket exchanges throughout the year, as well as early access to tickets next season.  
On View Now at Ackland StoreConversations in Clay: Pottery by Deborah Harris, Gillian Parke, and Evelyn Ward, on view through Sunday, August 10. Conversations in Clay presents utilitarian and decorative pieces by three North Carolina potters-Deborah Harris, Gillian Parke, and Evelyn Ward-who have learned, taught, and worked together for over 10 years. During this time, their generous sharing of ideas, materials, and techniques has enriched their lives both creatively and personally. 
Chapel Hill Comics Thank You Sale! 

Because readers of Indyweek voted them the Best Comic Book Store in the Triangle again this year, they are hosting a huge THANK YOU SALE! The sale will take place on Friday, June 27, during regular business hours, 11 am until 7 pm . 

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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