Family fun around town

Thursday, December 14

The Leonard Bearstein animatronic symphony orchestra will perform Monday, November 27 through Thursday, December 28. The orchestra is located in Founders Hall, in the Bank of America Corporate Center in Charlotte. Performances are free to attend. A schedule of performance dates and times can be found on the Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra Facebook page.

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, December 15

The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical” November 24 to December 23. Visit www.ctcharlotte.org for show times and ticket information.

Matthews Playhouse will present “It’s A Wonderful Life” December 1 to 17. Ticket prices are $13 for adults and $11 for students and seniors. Visit matthewsplayhouse.com for show times and ticket information.

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

Saturday, December 16

Celebrate Star Wars 40th anniversary with the Charlotte Checkers. The Checkers will take on Laval at 6 p.m. at the Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte. Fans will have a chance to meet their favorite characters before and during the game on the concourse. Visit gocheckers.com for a schedule, promotions and ticket information.

The Charlotte Hornets will take on the Portland Trail Blazers 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.

Sunday, December 17

The Charlotte Checkers will take on Laval at 1 p.m. at the Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte. The Checkers will offer a Family Night discount of $45 (40 percent) on groups of four tickets purchased online. Visit gocheckers.com for a schedule, promotions and ticket information.

Monday, December 18

The Charlotte Hornets will take on the New York Knicks 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.

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, December 19

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.

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, December 20

The Charlotte Checkers will take on Hershey at 7 p.m. at the Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte. For Winning Wednesday, fans will receive a free ticket to the next Wednesday game if the Checkers win. For Teacher Appreciation Night, the Checkers will also offer discounted tickets for school teachers and staff. Visit gocheckers.com for a schedule, promotions and ticket information.

The Charlotte Hornets will take on the Toronto Raptors 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.

Bring the whole family for a puppet show story time program at 6:30 p.m.