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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Artist Talk at FRANK
TONIGHT - Thursday, June 5 from 6 pm to 8 pm: FRANK Gallery hosts Michael Ehlbeck, professor of printmaking at East Carolina University, who traveled to the United Arab Emirates for two weeks in late February 2014 as a visiting artist at the invitation of the University of Sharjah. Ehlbeck will present an image lecture about a Retrospective Exhibition of his prints and drawings at the University of Sharjah and the American University of Dubai, discuss his work with the students and a give brief digital tour of the UAE. 
Downtown Walking Tours
Friday, June 6 at 11 am: West End Story: The History of West Franklin Street. Meet at the Franklin Hotel then explore the West End. Saturday, June 7 at 10:30 am: Learn about the history and those that are buried in the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery. Meet at the cemetery gazebo. All tours are $5 per person and last approximately 90 minutes. Reservations are not required.  
Best Show Ever at DSI 
Saturday, June 7 at 8:30 pm: Join DSI Comedy Theater for an all-star comedy showcase featuring the best of DSI comedians. Always a new lineup of improv, sketch comedy or stand-up. This show featuring Zach Ward and Ashley Melzer. For tickets and info visit
Author Reading
Monday, June 9 at 7 pm: Internationalist Books and Community Center hosts author Heather Houskeeper reading from her Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, a backpacker's practical guide to harvesting edible and medicinal plants along the trail, complete with recipes.  Book in stock, located at 405 W. Franklin St.
ReCYCLEry Workshop
First & Third Sunday from 9 am to 12 pm: The ReCYCLEry, located at the back of 108 North Graham Street, is open for workshop hours. These hours are lightly paced and staffed by mechanics who will lead you in learning about your bike in an informal session. The entire community is welcome to bring their bike or work towards earning one of their own.
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! Live music the gorgeous and cool patio starting at 6pm
Make a Selfie with Kidzu
Thursday, June 12 from 4 pm to 5 pm: Kidzu is celebrating the newest exhibit at FRANK Art Gallery, featuring local artists, Sudie Rakusin and exhibit organizer, Jean LeCluyse! Sudie will help you as you trace a silhouette of your body on craft paper and use fun techniques - Kool Aid Paint, Vegetable
Stamps, and more - to create an expressive self-portrait. This program will take place entirely at FRANK Art Gallery. Fee is $6/child. To register visit  /
Weekly Group Bike Ride
The Bicycle Chain is hosting a new weekly road ride every Wednesday at 5:30 pm. Meet at the shop, located 210 West Franklin Street, around 5 to get air, fill up your water bottle and maybe grab a mojo bar to go. The ride is a 20 mile loop at a no-drop pace. Call the shop for details 919-929-0213 or visit
Free Membership for Military
Ackland Art Museum is pleased to announce that it will once again be participating in the Blue Star Museums Program. Active Duty Military personnel are entitled to a FREE Household Membership to the Ackland good for one year. Continues thru Labor Day. Please stop by the Ackland Museum Store for details.  
Casino Night at the Franklin Hotel
TONIGHT -Thursday, June 5 from 7 pm to 10 pm: The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce 2014 Leadership Class will host a casino night benefiting two local nonprofit organizations, The Arc of Orange County and Community Home Trust, at The Franklin Hotel. The themed Casino Night event includes casino games such as blackjack and roulette, a silent auction and a raffle as well as live entertainment.Tickets to the event are $30 each and include admission to the event and an equivalent of $100 in casino tokens that can be used to play for raffle tickets and prizes. More Info Here.
Live Music on the 140 West Plaza 
Friday, June 6 from 6 pm to 9 pm: 
Live and Local on the Plaza continues in its spring series with Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends. In May 2013, ReverbNation selected the quartet to play the Carrboro Block Party at Cat's Cradle, headlined by Lost in the Trees. Around the same time, they were nominated for Best Americana Performer at July's Carolina Music Awards. You are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair to watch the performances. This event is free for all ages. Art Images Live's Barbara Barnes will be drawing the event!  
Rap Lyrics Writing Workshop 

Friday, June 6 from 4 pm to 7 pm: The Beat Lab, located at 179 East Franklin Street under the post office/courthouse, hosts Carson Koenig, AKA Cayso, an incredibly skilled and original MC/producer. He is a member of the staple Chapel Hill crew No9to5 and has performed at venues from Memorial Hall to Cat's Cradle. All MCs and aspiring MCs are invited to come chill, ask questions, and get your write on! FREE  /

Gigi's Cupcakes, located at 140 West Franklin Street, has a daily rotating menu of deliciously, fresh-baked cupcakes ensuring there is something lovely to satisfy everyone! 
Yoga in the Forest in Forest Theatre
Saturday, June 7 from 9:15 am to 10:30 am: Franklin Street Yoga Center invites all to connect with fellow yogis and nature while practicing sun salutations in the sun and savoring the inspiring vistas
of the Forest Theater. Wear your neon colors to create an unforgettable morning together. BYOM - Bring Your Own Mat. This is an all levels class and 100% of the donations will go to Susie's Fund.  /  
Film Screening at Vimala's
Saturday, June 7 at 9 pm: Free film screening of Bringing It Home along with live music before with score composer Gabriel de Paz. The award-winning documentary is about hemp and a greener future for America. Come watch the 52 minute film and join post-screening discussion with NC filmmakers Linda Booker & Blaire Johnson.   /
Paws on the Patio at Fitzgerald's
Sunday, June 8 from 1 pm to 6 pm: Want to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon with your pooch and enjoy a great meal? Come on out to Fitzgerald's Irish Pub for "Paws on the Patio!" Fitzgerald's will
donate 10% of profits to Paws4ever. Enjoy a late brunch until 3pm or come in for an early dinner until 6pm. Dogs are welcome and parking is free on Sundays in downtown Chapel Hill.  / 
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). 
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! 
 Sup Dogs Restaurant OPEN Monday
Open on Monday, June 9 at 11 am, Sup Dogs, located at 107 East Franklin Street, features a menu of 23 exotic Sup Dogs, 15 unique Sup Burgers, and mouth-watering SupTizers and SupGrub-all tied together by a delicious secret recipe Sup Dogs Sauce. Open for lunch, dinner, and late night. 
Join Us for a Rosemary Imagined Mtg

Monday, June 9: Join us for information, conversation and imagination at the Rosemary Imagined: Second Community Review Meeting in the Sky Lounge at Greenbridge, 610 West Rosemary Street. The purpose of the meeting is to gather community feedback on the revised draft concept and the revised draft Rosemary Street Vision and Implementation Plan. Two drop-in meetings will be held at the following times:  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a brief overview presentation at 12:15 p.m. and  4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a brief overview presentation at 5:15 p.m. 

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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