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What To Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Town & Gown Tour
Friday, May 22 from 2:30 pm to 4 pm: Explore beautiful Franklin Street and learn how the village of Chapel Hill and UNC developed and grew together over the centuries. Tour begins at the Horace Williams House (610 E. Rosemary). Tour is $5 per person, no reservation necessary.
Family and Friends Day at Ackland Art Museum
Sunday, May 24 from 1 pm to 5 pm: Spend an interactive, art-filled day with family and friends at the Ackland Art Museum. Conduct an "Art Interview" with your friend or family member, play Ackland Art Bingo, solve Ackland "Art in a Jar" puzzles, and make art too! Free and open to all ages. 

Time to Get Crafty!  

The Bookshop is having a sale on craft books! Just in time for summer projects too. Find books on quilting, scrapbooking, origami, jewelry and doll making, knitting, felting, embroidery, all types of paper crafts and more. Learn a new craft or perfect an old one. Stop by and check out the selection. Give resident cats Elmo and Red a pat on the head too! 
Summer Science Camps at Planetarium
Be sure that your child's summer includes a week or more of Morehead's Summer Science Camps for grades K-8 - the perfect way to keep your child happily learning throughout school vacation! Select weeks are still available in Chapel Hill and RTP. 
Now Open: Triangle Cellular Repair
Located at 601 West Rosemary Street, Suite 105 in Greenbridge. Triangle Cellular Repair offers extensive in-house repair of broken cell phones, tablets, and other devices, specializing in Apple and Samsung devices. TCR will also buy, sell, trade, refurbish, and customize devices. Now offering a 10% discount to owners & employees of local businesses! 
Cookbook Release Party at Al's 
TODAY- Thursday, May 21 from 3 pm to 8 pm: Al's Burger Shack is hosting chef Samuel Monsour, with roots in Chapel Hill, as he returns "home" to cook in celebration of the release of his new cookbook "American Burger Revival". Sammy will be running a burger special straight outta' the pages of his new cookbook: The Mason Dixon Mixup! Copies of the cookbook will be available for purchase and signing at the event as well. 
Pickin' & Dancin' on the Plaza

TODAY-Thursday, May 21 from 6 pm to 9 pm: Born and raised in Chapel Hill, Jon Stickley is a force of nature with evolving from the bluegrass flatpicking into his own sound that spans from soft harmonic chimes to straight-up shredding. The Jon Stickley Trio will carry you through a mind-blowing musical experience with their jazzgrass toe tappin' fun! Free. 
Fridays on the Front Porch
Every Friday at 5 pm: Join the Carolina Inn for the weekly Fridays on the Front Porch now until October. Relax on the shady front porch while enjoying live music and delicious fare. Enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere, bring a chair or a picnic blanket! No cover charge or reservations required.  
Get your Elaine's Fixe! 
During the week of May 26-30, Elaine's is offering a three course meal featuring a starter, an entrée and a dessert for just $35. This special goes all night long and includes the entire menu. Add a wine flight or special menu item for just a bit more. This is a great time to explore the updated menu and wine list at a discount. Make your reservations today by calling (919) 960-2770! If the weather is nice, outdoor tables available. 
Light Years May Savings
New arrivals at Light Years! Spring and summer essentials such as sunglasses, sun hats, purses, spring scarves, and colorful jewelry for any occasion are in! The sale section is now 60% off. Be sure to come in and pick out something special for a gift or a little something for yourself. 
Science on Tap at Baxter Arcade
Sunday, May 24 at 2 pm: UNC Science in the News presents Science on Tap: Genetically Modified Organisms discussion at Baxter Arcade. Learn what the different kinds of GMOs, the technology behind making GMOs, and what they are used for across the globe. Then play a few rounds of Galaga!
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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