5 fun things to do this rainy weekend

Friday

Opening ceremony

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Get in the Olympic spirit by watching the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games at 8 p.m. on NBC. You can watch it at Draught, where you can get $2 beers and dollar shots as you watch the Olympic torch get lit.

You can also find the Winter Olympics schedule here for the duration of the event.

Saturday

Pick up a couple free trees

Trees Charlotte is opening its “tree store” for the day, where Charlotte residents can pick up two free trees to plant on their land. Trees Charlotte is an organization that is trying to improve Charlotte’s canopy and promote a greener city. There is tree training before you pick up your new plants, as they are 6’10”, and you have to show proof of Charlotte residency. Head over to the Eastland Mall from 9 to 10:30 a.m. You can find more information here.

Frigid 5K run and plunge at the Whitewater Center

Brave the chilly weather by running a 5K through the center’s trail system before jumping into 40 degree water at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Tickets are $37 on race day, and you can find more info here.

Be an Olympian and learn how to curl

Head over to the Charlotte Curling Center to get a hands-on lesson and tour the facility to find out how curlers roll… or slide. The discounted lessons start at 11 a.m. and are $10. TIN Kitchen will offer up lunch if you stick around, and it’s a great way to learn an Olympic sport! More info here.

Sunday

Go see the Hornets play

Watch the Hornets take on the Toronto Raptors this Sunday. The game is at 1 p.m. at the Spectrum Center. Find more info here.

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Guard Julyan Stone signed to Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets announced Wednesday they signed guard Julyan Stone as their latest addition to the team. Stone signed as a free agent with the Hornets and will return to the major leagues after playing at Reyer Venezia Mestre of the Lega Basket Serie A in Italy, where he helped lead the team to a 2017 championship, according to a press release.

Stone will be the Hornets’ third point guard, behind starter Kemba Walker and backup Michael Carter-Williams.

Starting in 2011, Stone played for the Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors before moving to Italy’s professional basketball league.

Stone will wear No. 32 for the Hornets.

Seven fun things to do this weekend in Charlotte

Friday

Festival of Trees at Levine Museum of the New South

The Festival of Trees is an event to support The Arc of Mecklenburg County programs, as well as children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Guests enjoy live music by Bonejazz, heavy hors d’œuvres, cash bar, silent auction and raffles. You can find out more here.

The Speedway Christmas Special at Concord Speedway

The Speedway Christmas special has over 3 million lights that you can view as you drive along the 3.5-mile course. The special is open every Thursday through Sunday starting this week. Friday and Saturday are $30 per car, $45 per van. Thursday and Sunday are $25 per car, $30 per van. You can find out more details here.

Charlotte Christmas Village

This event continues through Christmas Eve and is a great event in the heart of Charlotte. A European inspired Christmas village brings unique food and drinks to uptown. You can find out more here.

Saturday

Jingle All the Way 5K run

Go for a run and support your Mint Hill Police Department’s volunteer and explorer programs in their first annual 5K walk/run. It starts at 9 a.m., and you can find out more information here.

Hometown Holiday Tree Lighting

The tree lighting in downtown Matthews is at 3 p.m. Saturday. There will be crafts and things for kids to do surrounding the event. You can find out more info here.

Charlotte Hornets vs. The Minnesota Timberwolves

As the Hornets try to gain some momentum, they will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Time Warner Cable Arena (now Spectrum Center). The Hornets are ranked fourth in the Eastern Conference, while the Timberwolves are 14th in the Western Conference. The game is at 7 p.m., and you can find out more information here.

Sunday

Christmas at the Billy Graham Library

Open from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout December, the library has a live nativity, story time and horse-drawn carriage rides. Find out more information here.