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Star Families Show
Saturday, July 11 from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm: Explore astronomy themes as a family! The Star Families series at Morehead Planetarium is designed for children (ages 7-12) accompanied by their families. Learn about the summer skies and navigate with the constellations and planets.

Walk This Way!
Walk This Way! is Preservation Chapel Hill's walking tour series, encouraging all to explore special places in Chapel Hill while learning about the people who built it. This week features tours of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery, Town & Gown Tour of East Franklin Street, and a Tour of West End and Northside Community.
LGBTQ Center of Durham Benefit at DSI
Wednesday, July 15 from 7 pm to 10 pm: Enjoy an evening of laughs to benefit the LGBTQ Center of Durham at DSI Comedy Theatre! The evening starts at 7pm with some of DSI's top comedians. Then at 8:30 pm, one of the Center's newest volunteers, Joanna Davidson, will compete in the Match Game to benefit the Center.
Buy your tickets in advance. 

The Pool is OPEN! 
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. 
ArtWalking & ArtShopping! 
Enjoy the 2nd Friday ArtWalk on Friday, July 10 from 6 pm to 9 pm! Featuring galleries, retail shops, and studios, throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Experience the creative arts scene in our community, explore local businesses, and socialize with other art lovers! Venues offer live music, food, activities, and more. For a list of venues participating this month and a map; visit

App Launch, Music & a Picnic

Thursday, July 9 from 5:30 to 7 pm: Southern Cultures will soon bring you more digital content, as well as more ways to read, watch, listen, and subscribe! They're launching an app starting with the Summer Issue. Come and enjoy a picnic by Scratch Baking and put on your shagging shoes to dance to the Legacy Motown Revue. Guests will receive a free download of the summer issue. Located at the Love House and Hutchins Forum at 410 East Franklin Street. 
Weekly Specials at Kipos 
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 and Bloody Marys
Sunday: $6 Greek Yogurt Bar - Create your own Yogurt with Sweet and Savory toppings! 
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. 
Drawing in the Galleries 
Saturday, July 11 from 10 am to 12 pm: The second Saturday of every month, Amanda Hughes (Director of External Affairs) leads participants in a creative exploration of a particular object in the Ackland's collection. For all sessions, bring paper and dry media (crayon, pencils, etc.). All levels are welcome. Free and open to the public. No reservation necessary. 
Yes You Can Draw! At Zog's

Saturday, July 11 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm: Zog's Art Bar & Pool Hall and Ackland Art Museum host this event every 2nd Saturday. Featuring a different local artist who will do a short presentation on his or her medium and process and then involve YOU in a hands-on project that you can take home with you! July's artist is Josia Rivers. All skill levels welcome, all materials provided. Feel free to bring your own materials if you're more comfortable! Family-friendly too.

Art Exhibit at Horace Williams House
Sunday, July 12 from 2 pm to 4 pm: Harriet Bellows' powerful images in exquisite color or black and white interpret volume in a two dimensional form, and the use of the multi layering color in a single painting further intensifies her lines, structures and symbols. The art exhibit will be on display throughout July. The opening reception is free and open to the public. 
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! 
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 
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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