Family fun around town

Thursday, November 16

The ninth annual Festival of Trees will kick off with a tree lighting ceremony from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. Attendees will enjoy the lighting of themed holiday trees, live holiday music, hot cider, holiday treats and a visit from Santa. Bid in the silent auction for a chance to take home one of the fully decorated trees. The trees will be on display from November 17 through December 25.



Mint Hill Library children’s activities for today are as follows:

Family Story Time will be held at 11:15 a.m.

Reading Buddies for children ages five through 12 will be available at 4 and 4:30 p.m. Children will read one-on-one with a teen volunteer for 30 minutes. Registration is required.

Children between the ages of 5 and 11 can come by the library at 6 p.m. to receive free homework help from a library volunteer.

Friday, November 17

Holiday on Ice, Charlotte’s only outdoor ice skating rink, will open from 5-10 p.m. Bring your own skates for $10 or admission plus skate rental is $14. The skating rink is located at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza at 400 East Martin Luther King Blvd, Charlotte.

Saturday, November 18

The Charlotte Hornets will take on the Clippers at 7 p.m. at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte. Visit www.nba.com/hornets for a schedule, promotions and ticket information.

Mint Hill Library children’s activities for today are as follows:

Family Story Time will be held at 9:30 a.m.

Children can strengthen reading skills by reading aloud to a therapy dog during the Paws to Read program at 10:30 a.m.

Children can learn chess basics during the Learn, Play, Connect program at 3 p.m.

Reading Buddies for children ages five through 12 will be available at 3 and 3:30 p.m. Children will read one-on-one with a teen volunteer for 30 minutes. Registration is required.

Monday, November 20

The Charlotte Hornets will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at 7 p.m. at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte. Visit www.nba.com/hornets for a schedule, promotions and ticket information.

Mint Hill Library children’s activities for today are as follows:

Families with babies and toddlers can visit the library at 9:30 a.m. for Family Story Time: 0-2. The program will include stories, songs and movement.

An Active Reading Workshop will be held at 11 a.m. for parents/caregivers of children ages 2-5. This is the second week of a 4-part workshop series focusing on fun ideas and activities to support early literacy at home. Parents will learn to use the ABCs of Active Reading with your child. Registration is required.

Reading Buddies for children ages five through 12 will be available at 6 and 6:30 p.m. Children will read one-on-one with a teen volunteer for 30 minutes. Registration is required.

Tuesday, November 21

The Charlotte Checkers will take on Belleville at 7 p.m. at the Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte. Visit gocheckers.com for a schedule, promotions and ticket information.

Mint Hill Library children’s activities for today are as follows:

Baby Story Time for babies birth through 17 months will be held at 10:15 a.m.

Tiny Tots Story Time for toddlers ages 18 to 23 months will be held at 11:15 a.m.

The Teen Comic Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. November is Guardians of the Galaxy. Registration is required.

Reading Buddies for children ages five through 12 will be available at 6 and 6:30 p.m. Children will read one-on-one with a teen volunteer for 30 minutes. Registration is required.

Wednesday, November 22

The Charlotte Checkers will take on Belleville at 7 p.m. at the Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte. Teachers and school staff will receive discounted tickets for Teacher Appreciation Night. The Checkers will also be holding a holiday toy drive. Bring a toy to receive a free Chuck-a-Puck. Visit gocheckers.com for a schedule, promotions and ticket information.

The Charlotte Hornets will take on the Washington Wizards at 7 p.m. at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte. Visit www.nba.com/hornets for a schedule, promotions and ticket information.

Mint Hill Library children’s activities for today are as follows:

Two Time Story Time for toddlers age 24 to 36 months will be held at 10:15 a.m.

Preschool Story Time for children age three to five will be held at 11:15 a.m.

Reading Buddies for children ages five through 12 will be available at 4 and 4:30 p.m. Children will read one-on-one with a teen volunteer for 30 minutes. Registration is required.

Thursday, November 23

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Charlotte Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. The parade will march north on Tryon Street from Stonewall Street to 9th Street. If you can’t make it to the parade in person, the parade will be broadcast on WBTV at 1 p.m. For more parade info, visit novanthealththanksgivingparade.com.