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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Yoga & Tai Chi at Ackland Museum
Monday, July 20: Take care of your mind, body, and soul at the Ackland Art Museum. Yoga and Tai Chi classes are being offered in the gallery as you are surrounded by art! Yoga at 12 pm and Tai Chi at 1 pm. Register online at 
Walk This Way!
Walk This Way! is Preservation Chapel Hill's walking tour series, encouraging all to explore the special places in Chapel Hill while learning about the people who built it. This week features tours Town and Gown on East Franklin St., Women on the Hill Tour, and
West End and Northside Community Tour. All walking tours are $5 (sales tax included) per person and last approximately 60 to 90 minutes.
Pluto & New Horizons!
Friday, July 17 at 7:30 pm: Morehead Planetarium and Science Center welcomes Tony Rice, NASA Solar System Ambassador, for a free presentation about NASA's New Horizons mission and the data it is collecting about dwarf planet Pluto. Come learn about New Horizons and its technology!
Weekly Specials at Kipos Greek Taverna 
Tuesday: Bubbles and Olives (Glass of sparkling wine with in-house marinated Kalamata Olives)
Wednesday: Specially priced Featured Wine Bottles
Thursday: Santorini Summer (Glass of Santorini wine with a light tomato appetizer) 
Sunday: $12 Bottomless Mimosas (Fresh squeezed OJ) and Bloody Marys
Sunday: $6 Greek Yogurt Bar - Create your own Yogurt with Sweet and Savory toppings! 

Live music and drink specials at La Residence Restaurant!
Viva Italia: A Taste of Italy
Friday, July 17 at 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm: Viva Italia is a celebration of modern Italian short films, followed by an authentic Italian aperitivo. Sponsored by FRANK Gallery and the Siena Hotel; the event is held at the Varsity Theatre. Reception to follow at FRANK Gallery.Tickets are on sale now online at, or call FRANK Gallery at 919-636-4135. 
PlayMakers SYC: Guys and Dolls
Performances: 7:30pm, July 15-18; 24-25 and 2:00pm, Sunday, July 19. With a cast of colorful characters straight off the streets of 1930s Broadway, "Guys and Dolls" is one of America's greatest musicals. Bet your bottom dollar this is the summer musical not to be missed, featuring the hottest young talent from 14 Triangle-area schools.
Bare Theatre's Macbeth in Forest Theatre
July 24 - 25 & Jul 30 - Aug 1: Few plays, if any, are as notorious as this one. Many actors and practitioners won't even utter the name in a theater, such is the reputation for Shakespeare's "cursed" tribute to King James I of England. The king had a fascination with witchcraft and spirits and this play delivered - with a heavy dose of betrayal and bloodshed along the way. Bare Theatre brings this performance to a gorgeous setting in Forest Theatre. Food trucks will be on hand, and picnicking is permitted. Alcohol may be purchased at concessions stand only. Tickets and information at 
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.  
Trivia, Pizza, & a Movie at Local 506

Sunday, July 19 at 7 pm: Free trivia, screening of Wayne's World, and pizza from Italian Pizzeria 3! Teams of up to 4 players compete for a round of domestic beers, $25 bar tab, and one pass per team member to an upcoming show at Local 506.  

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   

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