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2nd Friday ArtWalk 

Friday, January 13 | 6-9 pm

Explore our community's creative arts scene and socialize with other art lovers at 17 venues this month! Shop for local art in all mediums; handmade jewelry, scarves, paper goods, ceramics, fine art, and more. Free and open to all.

Opening Reception

Friday, January 13 | 6-9 pm

This exhibition at LIGHT Art+Design explores the power and resonance of the female voice. Using the stereotypical feminine pink, these artists are changing the dynamic...and turning up the VOLUME. LIGHT Art+Design  promotes the work of contemporary artists and the awareness of innovative, sustainable design.

MLK, Jr Day of Service 

Monday, Jan 16 | 12:30-3 pm

Join the University UMC church members in service! Beginning with a brief service of prayer, then work together on a range of service activities (many of which are family-friendly!). Pack meals for Stop Hunger Now, make dog biscuits for a local shelter, make fleece blankest for UNC Children's Hospital, and more! Sign up

Elaine's Prixe Fix Meal

It's still the best deal in town! Enjoy an early dinner with the $35 prix fixe menu, the perfect way to enjoy all of your favorite Elaine's dishes at a great price.

Drawing in the Galleries

Saturday, Jan 14 | 10 am

Adults will be lead in a creative exploration of a particular object in the Ackland Art Museum’s collection. Bring paper and dry media (crayon, pencils, etc.). All levels are welcome. Free and open to the public. No reservation necessary.

Album Release Party

Thursday, January 19 | 9 pm

Whether you call it jazz-fusion, progressive, experimental, or math rock, The Big Strong Arms from Raleigh won't really care. They will however crash the DOWNBAR at Linda's Bar and Grill with a glockenspiel and blow your mind in glorious sound! Band Website /

Star Families Show

Saturday, Jan 21 | 3:30 pm

Learn to identify the planets, bright stars, and constellations best seen this winter. Then take an imaginary trip through space and discover that we live in a universe of galaxies. The Star Families series is designed for children (ages 7-12) accompanied by their families. 

Soup Swap for a Cause 

Sunday, January 22 | 3-5 pm 

Midway Community Kitchen's inspiration is Kathy Gunst's book Soup Swap. Make some soup, bring the recipe, take a turn talking about your soup, then the swapping begins! Contribute to a local cause with a monetary donation too. More information and register at

Join the New Year
Fitness Challenge!

Chapel Hill Training is challenging its clients and the Chapel Hill community to live a healthier lifestyle. The New Year's Fitness Challenge at Chapel Hill Training includes 8 weeks of weekly performance, nutritional, and wellness objectives. Top challengers will earn prizes! Starts soon - so register now with Cody Johnson, 

Art Adventures 

Sat, Jan 14 | Two Sessions

Designed for 6- to 9-year-olds, Art Adventures sessions at Ackland Art Museum provide kids with a guided view of art in the Ackland’s galleries, followed by the opportunity to create take-home treasures in an adjacent art studio using newly-learned art-making techniques. Register at 

Teen Science Cafe

Friday, January 13 | 5:30 pm

Calling all teens! Tony Rice, NASA Solar System Ambassador, will give Mission Update on current missions to Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and more. This program is just for young adults, ages 13-18, and it's free at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.  

Nerd Trivia 

Tuesday, January 17 | 9 pm

Can you look back and laugh about 2016 yet? Baxter Arcade's trivia this month will explore the good, bad, and ugly of 2016. Host Jim Hall will guide you through one of the craziest years. More Info

Open Mic at the Cave

Monday, January 16 | 7 pm

The Cave Open Mic encourages not only songwriters with original songs, but all original content - comedy, poetry, spoken word, etc. Any and all are welcome. The Cave is a safe space and encourages you to come as you are and share your talents and/or support those who choose to do so. 

Blissful Book Club

Tuesday, Jan 17 | 7:30 pm

Join Franklin Street Yoga Center Blissful Book Club in the FSYC Boutique in the Courtyard. No need to sign up, just show up! For this month the club is reading Michael Singer's "The Untheathered Soul". For a complete list visit 
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership works to bring the resources of the Town, University and downtown community together to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development. Learn more at