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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Music on the Porch Series
TONIGHT -Thursday, August 20 at 5:30 pm: Join the Center for the Study of the American South for the opening act of the 2015-16 Music on the Porch series! UNC's very own Harmonyx & Achordants student a capella groups will perform as part of UNC's "Week of Welcome." Bring a picnic blanket, come hungry, and stay awhile. Foodtruck American Meltdown will serve up their gourmet burgers and melts. Located at 410 East Franklin Street. Free and open to the public. 
Adult Spelling Bee
Friday, August 21 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm: After a month-long hiatus, the Adult Spelling Bee is BACK! Join UNC Program & the Humanities director Max Owre and a cast of talented comedians at DSI COMEDY for improv games, drinks, and of course plenty of spelling. We promise none of the words are made up! All-ages are welcome. Tickets are $6.00 - purchase in advance or at the door. More info: 

Forgiveness Book Project
Saturday, August 22, 12 pm to 4 pm: The Forgiveness Book Project is designed to embed a specific process, forgiveness, in the act of making a book. The Forgiveness Book Project is hosted by Mary Yordy, with volunteers from the Triangle Book Arts Group. Participants will make their Forgiveness Books and place them in the Forgiveness Book Library at a workshop at FRANK. 
Yoga & Tai Chi at Ackland 
Monday, August 24: 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
Fitness and Franklin St. 
Chapel Hill Training (CHT) provides private personal training lessons as well as Boot Camp style group fitness classes. In addition to these, they are introducing two promotional boot camp classes sporadically, Fitness and Franklin and Dumbells and DJ's. Click here to sign up for Fitness and Franklin Street on Thursday, August 20th at 5:45 pm. This boot camp style class will feature a workout designed to exercise the entire body as well as a trip to Franklin Street for food and drinks afterwards! 
Movies Under the Stars Tonight
TONIGHT- Thursday, August 20
movie starts at approx. 8:30 pm or when it's dark enough to see the screen! Let the stars be your guide all summer long! Free showing of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 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 visit 
Line Dancing at Country Fried Duck
Every Friday night B93.9 radio station broadcasts live from 10 pm to 2 am at Country Fried Duck, a country-themed venue located at 157 East Rosemary Street. Featuring country music and drinks served in a boot-style mug. Free line dancing lessons from 9 pm to 11 pm. 21+ 
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.  
Top of the Hill's Back Bar transforms into ThrowBack Bar every Thursday night from 11 pm to 2 am. Local DJ Luxe Posh will be playing dance tracks exclusively from the 90's and early 00's while bartenders mix up nostalgic cocktails featuring TOPO Distillery spirits. Enjoy classic Nicktoons on the TV, all the best candy and snack foods, party favors and more. No cover. 21+. 
Free Intro to Yoga Class
Saturday, August 22, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Franklin Street Yoga Center offers this class designed for beginners or students new to Vinyasa yoga. This is a perfect
opportunity to learn the basic poses and get a solid foundation. No experience necessary. This class is offered monthly.  
Bike Swap/Sale at the ReCYCLEry
Sunday, August 23 from 9 am to 3 pm: Need some parts for your bike? Need a bike? Come to the Bike Swap/Sale at the ReCYCLEry and you will find bikes, gear, pumps, locks, shorts, jersey's and other fun things. The ReCYCLEry is located on Graham Street, in between Baxter Arcade and Rumors Vintage Shop.  
Paperhand Puppet Intervention 

A Drop in the Bucket, The Big Dreams of Tiny Things; the 16th annual puppet pageant for all ages in Forest Theatre, runs until September 7 with both matinee and night shows; every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. $15, $8 kids, suggested donation at the door.  
Family & Friends Day at Ackland
Sunday, August 23 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. 
West End & Northside Tour
Sunday, August 23 at 2 pm: Between Chapel Hill and Carrboro, African Americans created a large community during Reconstruction. The community was home to many
successful educators, entrepreneurs, and leaders. During the Civil Rights Movement, this community played an important role in the desegregation of Chapel Hill. Tour
begins at the Hargraves Community Center. Walking Tour is $5 per person. 
Celebrate IP3's 35th Anniversary! 

Monday, August 24 from 5 pm to 8 pm: Angelo, Vinny and the Italian Pizzeria III family invites the whole community to celebrate IP3's 35th Anniversary. The outdoor party will be held across the street, in the TOPO Distillery parking lot, 505 West Franklin Street. Enjoy live music, a DJ, facepainting for kids, giveaways, and delicious food. 

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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