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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
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. 
Teen Science Fiction Night
Friday, June 27 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm: Morehead Planetarium hosts this movie night. Scientists will join the audience to talk about the good, bad and the somtimes terrible science included in the movies and to answer any science questions. The movie is "Contagion".
Take Two Tour at Ackland
Sunday, June 29 at 2 pm: Join Timothy Riggs, Ackland Curator of Collections, and Sara Berkowitz, research assistant and exhibition catalogue author, for a look at the works of art in An Eye for the Unexpected that they find most intriguing. 

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
Tuesday Board Game Night 
MultiVerse Gamers is located at at 128 E. Franklin Street, downstairs in the Franklin Center (under Cosmic Cantina). MultiVerse Gamers is Chapel Hill's premier game store. Running regular tournaments, among them Heroclix, Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Kaijudo, and more. GAME NIGHT: Every Tuesday, featuring games like Arkham Horror, Dominion, Settlers of Catan, and more!  
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). 

Celebrate your love of country and Carolina at Johnny T-shirt!
Watch World Cup 2014 Downtown
NOON TODAY - USA vs Germany: The 2014 FIFA World Cup is happening and team USA needs you more than ever!  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!
Chapel Hill Comics Thank You Sale! 

Friday, June 27 from 11 am to 7 pm: 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 with fantastic deals all day long!  There's another reason to say thank you - longtime owner Andrew Neal is selling the store to a new owner. The store has been an integral part of what has made the West End of Franklin Street thrive in recent years. And for that...we say THANK YOU Andrew! 

These are the days for eating cold ice cream or frozen yogurt outside on a warm day in downtown Chapel Hill! 
Master Diplomat at DSI Comedy
Friday, June 27 at 10 pm: DSI's flagship show features true stories told by a local celebrity or special guest. Those anecdotes inspire a world of captivating scenes, fully improvised by the most aggressive improv comedians in North Carolina. This week's show titled "Aunt Nan's Book Club". FREE 
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. .  / 
Live Music on the 140 West Plaza 
  Friday, June 27 from 6 pm to 9 pm: The Live and Local, Music and Art on the Plaza spring series comes to an end with an a cappella performance by Thelonious. They're named after the famous jazz musician Thelonious Monk, who was born in Rocky Mount NC. They sing some jazz and they also do an eclectic mix of modern musical styles. 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! 
Thirsty Thursdays are Here!Go to the Durham Bulls Games in style by joining the Carolina Brewery for their Thirsty Thursdays! The purchase price includes a ticket to the game, $5 voucher to use in the stadium, beer, water, and snacks while checking in and on the bus, as well as a complimentary ride to the game. Tickets are still available for these upcoming dates: June 26, July 3, July 24, August 7, and August 21. 
Celebrate Martha's Day at Vimala's
Tuesday, July 8 from 6 pm to 9 pm at Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe: The community is invited to celebrate Martha's Day, a fundraiser supporting Compass Center for Women
and Families. Martha's Day is presented by Molly Maid of Chapel Hill. Tickets are $35 and include dinner and a donation to Compass Center. Enjoy live music by Tristan Yonce and Steve Price on the patio, plus a raffle for a brand new iPad Mini, among other prizes. Each raffle ticket purchased doubles as a free ticket to any summer show at DSI Comedy. To purchase event and raffle tickets online, visit 
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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