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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Specials at La Residence
Drink Specials this at La Residence Restaurant! Make a reservation today and enjoy their seafood menu or the deliciously summer-inspired tomato menu! And even though it may be hot outside, La Residence's al fresco dining is wonderfully shaded and cool. 
Movie, Trivia & Pizza
Sunday, June 21 at 7 pm: Local 506 hosts a free showing of The Life Aquatic, with Steve Zissou trivia, and pizza from IP3! Teams of up to 4 players can compete for rounds of domestic beers, a covered bar tab, and tickets to upcoming shows. 
Walk This Way!
Saturday, June 20 at 2 pm: Walk This Way! is Preservation Chapel Hill's walking tour series, encouraging residents and visitors to get out and explore the special places in Chapel Hill while learning about the people who built it. Explore the West End and Northside Community on this tour! Starts in front of the Hargraves Center. All walking tours are $5 (sales tax included) per person. 
Bingo Fundraiser 
Saturday, June 20 from 6 pm to 8 pm: Central Carolina First In Families (CCFIF) hosts this Bingo Fundraiser where thousands of dollars' worth of valuable prizes will be awarded, due to the generous donations of numerous local businesses and restaurants. This fun-packed event will be for all ages! 100% of funds raised at the will provide direct support to families affected by Developmental Disabilities or Traumatic Brain Injuries in Orange, Chatham, and Person Counties. 
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Cairo in One Breath
Screening at the Varsity
Tuesday, June 23 at 7 pm & 9:30 pm: Cairo in One Breath, a new documentary by Anna Kipervaser, an MFA Candidate at the Duke Center for Documentary Studies, will be screened as a fundraiser for Stories with a Heartbeat, an initiative to document medical professionals and their patients in Palestine, Turkey, and Jordan through creative, engaging, and dynamic storytelling by Will McInerney, poet & photographer, and Mohanned "Mike" Mallah, doctor & translator. The screening is at the Varsity Theatre. Tickets are $10, $15 at the door. More Info
Movies Under the Stars Tonight
TONIGHT- Thursday, June 18 at 8:30 pm: Let the stars be your guide all summer long! Free showing of Disney's Wall-E on top of the Wallace Parking Deck at 150 E. Rosemary Street. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Movie-goers of all ages will enjoy free popcorn and fun activities before the movie.
For more information  on the Movies Under the Stars summer series, visit

Dinner & a Movie Special from Four Corners!
Four Corners Restaurant, located at 175 East Franklin Street just across the alley from Wallace Plaza, is offering 15% off meals for all Movies Under the Stars movie-goers! Just mention this deal, get dinner, and have a picnic under the stars while you enjoy the show! 
20 Gift Ideas for Dad  for $25 (or so)!
Fathers Day is this weekend on Sunday, June 21st, but don't panic! We have a creative list of gift ideas for Dad just for you, all from downtown Chapel Hill businesses and all at a price that you can afford. Even if Dad is hard to shop for, you'll find something unique on this list! Click here for 20 Gift Ideas for Dad for $25 (or so). 
Summer Exhibits at FRANK
This June, FRANK presents two exciting exhibitions, People and Places and Overtures 2015: An Invitational. Combined, these shows feature ten artists who represent the diversity of disciplines, skills, and talents embodied by the artists of FRANK Gallery. Stop in the gallery today and check out the exhibits. Shop local art! 
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.  
Build Your Own Set of Wheels
Want to try your hand at building a bike? Join The ReCYCLEry on the first and third Saturday (11am to 4pm) or Sunday (9am to noon) of every month at 108 Graham Street and learn about bicycle repair and maintenance. You can work towards owning your own bike too. First Saturday workshops are for children and others who are working on ReCYCLEry projects. Other "Earn a Bike" work is done on the third Saturday, or either of the Sunday workshops. No prior experience is necessary! 
Dance Party on The 140 Plaza

Friday, June 19 from 6 pm to 9 pm: Last night of the spring/summer series on the 140 West Plaza!So come out and dance! One of the Triangle's newest performing acts, Bless Your Heart, will be exploring R&B and Electronica, ultimately creating a mash-up experience that will have the whole plaza grooving. Free and open to all. Come dance! 
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 Bookshop, Chapel Hill Comics, Morehead Planetarium Gift Shop, FRANK Gallery, and Ackland Museum Store. Or stop by one of the three branches of the Downtown Free Library and see what you can find! 
The Pool is OPEN! Come Swim!
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. 

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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