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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Studio Saturdays at Ackland
Saturday, August 8: Studio Saturdays offer a variety of hands-on classes and activities for all ages at Ackland Art Museum. Make art inspired by works in the Ackland's collections! Studio Saturday Classes include Drawing for Tweens, Drawing in the Galleries, and Art Adventures for kids. Some fees may apply. 
Summer Menu at Crook's
Summer in the south is hot, so cool down with the Cold Fried Chicken plate at Crook's Corner. These Picnic Plates of cold fried chicken, deviled eggs, red triangles of watermelon, and potato salad sail out of the kitchen and onto the table! Cool side dishes include the Tomato and Watermelon Salad and Local Succotash Salad w/ Celebrity Dairy goat cheese. And cold soups, one of which is Bill Smith's Mexican-rendition of gazpacho: Cóctel de Verano. 
Family Day at Baxter
Every Sunday, The Baxter Bar & Arcade hosts Family Day from 12 pm to 5 pm. Kids (of all ages!) will enjoy the 40+ games and pinball machines. All arcade games are 
25 cents! 
Yoga & Tai Chi at Ackland
Every Monday: 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
Game Night at DSI
Every Tuesday at 7 pm: DSI Comedy Theater hosts Game Night with a ew games as the focus each week (you will learn and play). But anyone can come and play the assortment of games that are on site or bring your own, grab a drink & a table, meet new friends and play. 

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 many toppings!
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 from August 7 to September 7. With both matinee and night shows; every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. $15, $8 kids, suggested donation at the door.  
Music & Trivia & Movies, Oh My!

All week long you can find live music of every different genre at Local 506. When there isn't a show, be sure to come out for a double-header movie nights, trivia, and pizza parties. There's something for everyone at Local 506. Check out and grab tickets for an upcoming show now!

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.  
Summer's So Bright: EyeCareCenter
Whether you need a basic eye exam, new glasses, or sunglasses they have a great selection of frames - visit the on-line optical shop where you can pick out frames and lenses that are just right. Carrying all leading brand contacts, eye doctors specialize in hard-to-fit contacts. No appointment needed! Located at 140 West Franklin Street.
Meet the Heels! of UNC Football

 The 2015 North Carolina football team will host the annual "Meet The Heels" day on Saturday, August 8, at the Eddie Smith Field House from 4-6 pm. The Field House is near the intramural fields next to Carmichael Arena between South Road and Ridge Road on the UNC Campus. More details, including a Carolina Kids Club event, and other details about parking, concessions and other activities at Meet The Heels are available at
Elaine's Prix-Fixe Menu
Perfect for a pre-theater or post-meeting meal, join Elaine's for this three course early menu. Pairing bold flavors with local ingredients; $35 per person or $50 per person with wine pairings. Offered 5:30-6:30PM; Tuesday through Saturday.
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! 
Call for Artists: Banned Books!
The Chapel Hill Public Library, in partnership with the Office of Public & Cultural Arts, is celebrating Banned Books Week in an interesting, fun, and unique way. Local artists can create small scale (5" wide x 7" tall) works of art inspired by a banned/challenged book or author. Seven of this year's new works will be selected  to receive $100 awards and be printed as trading cards. More Information.
Pink Heals Tour is Coming!

Tuesday, August 11 at 12 pm: The annual Pink Heals Tour is returning to Chapel Hill again this year and you can join them on the Plaza at 140 West Franklin Street. Pink Heals Tour is comprised of retired and active firefighters who tour the nation to raise funds and awareness for cancer patients and treatment. Come meet the firefighters, explore the pink firetrucks, and cancer survivors and family members can sign the trucks. Free. 
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. 
CHDP Logo 2011
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