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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
FRANK Artist Salon
Thursday, July 31 from 6 pm to 8 pm: Join FRANK Gallery for a Talk and Tour with Exhibiting Woodworkers. Explore "Tree: Witness to Life" exhibit with the woodworkers, and hear about their craft and inspiration during this very special event. Light refreshments will be served. 
Live Jazz at Wine Bar
Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1 from 8 pm to 11 pm: West End Wine Bar, 450 W. Franklin St., hosts The Doug Largent Trio featuring Brad Maiani on guitar and Jeff Crouse on drums plays.   

Weekly Wine Tastings 
Every Wednesday from 7 pm to 8 pm: The West End Wine Bar invites you to experience some cool new wines, learn a bit about each of them, and after enjoy $1 off of wines by the glass. 
Masterpiece Mondays 

At Zog's Every Monday starting at 7 pm: Come draw from still life arrangements curated by local artist Johanan Gaddy and Mandey from Zog's. No experience needed. Materials and light snacks provided. If you have fancy paper or pencils you'd rather use, feel free to bring them! More Info. 

Interested in learning how to create DIY wedding invitations for your own wedding? Or are you a budding designer interested in learning how to get into the wedding invitation design business? Ply is offering workshops to help you get started!
Family Night Every Tuesday
Every Tuesday after 5 pm: Mellow Mushroom offers one free kid's meal, per adult entree of $7.99 or more. Mellow Mushroom is located at 310 West Franklin Street.  
Meet the Heels of Carolina Football!
Saturday, August 2 from 4 pm to 6 pm (gates open at 3 pm) in Kenan Stadium: Meet the 2014 Carolina Football Team! Defensive players and specialists will be signing autographs from 4-5 pm and offensive players will sign from 5-6 pm. Head coach Larry Fedora will be available for autographs from 4-6 pm. A Carolina Kids Zone will have inflatable games and other activities for kids of all ages. Free Carolina football schedule cards and posters will be available while supplies last. 
Time to Gear Up at Johnny T-Shirt!
With Meet the Heels on Saturday, August 2 and the Carolina Football season kicking-off on Saturday, August 30 against Liberty, NOW is the time to stop by Johnny T-shirt for all your fan gear and game day needs! You can shop online too at  For the 2014 UNC Football schedule visit 
Southern Culture Movie Series
Thursday, July 31 from 6 pm to 8 pm: Free film screenings of "North Carolina's Dependence on Tobacco" and "The Guestworker" at the Fedex Global Center on UNC's campus. The Southern Culture Movie Series shows films that highlight local history and culture. More Info.
Fridays on the Front Porch at the 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. 
Take Two Tour at Ackland
Sunday, August 3 from 2 pm to 3 pm: Join Ackland Art Museum conservator Lyn Koehnline and paintings conservator Ruth Cox as they guide visitors through the exhibition An Eye for the Unexpected from the conservators' perspective! Free. 
Matt Vooris Rock Camp Showcase
Sunday, August 3 Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm: After spending 7 hours a day over 5 straight grueling days of rehearsing and songwriting, Chapel Hill's youngest generation of rockers is going to emerge from their chrysalises singing in harmony, distortion pedals screaming, with wild solos flying into the night! Boys and girls age 7-17 play original and cover material for families, friends and the public. Come support their first artistic efforts at Local 506! 
Paperhand Puppet Intervention Show

 The Painted Bird, the 15th annual puppet pageant for all ages in Forest Theatre, runs from August 8 to September 7. With both matinee and night shows; every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
$12, $8 kids, suggested donation at the door. 
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! 
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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