University CityDon’t leave your car: University Division of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department typically sees more preventable auto thefts in cold weather. Leaving a vehicle with the engine running or the key in the ignition is a violation of a city ordinance, police say. Cars are often are stolen when people warm their cars and wait in their homes. Police warn that they will give citations to offenders. The ordinance applies to any vehicle left on any street and public or private parking lot where the general public is allowed. Winter story time: The University City Regional Library, 301 E. W.T. Harris Blvd., will host a family story time from 11-11:45 a.m. Dec. 18 that includes books, songs and movement. Details: 704-416-7200.
On campus Niners hoops: The men’s 49ers basketball team will play Radford University at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at Halton Arena. They will play Florida State University at 2 p.m. in Time Warner Cable Arena Dec. 22. Fans are asked to wear black for the Florida State game to create a blackout in the stands. The game will be broadcast by CBS. The women’s basketball team will play Davidson at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at Halton Arena. Student tickets are free for games; for more information call the Athletics Ticket Office at 704-687-4949.
Mallard Creek Browne Road to reopen: Browne Road is set to reopen around noon on Dec. 19. It had been closed for construction for the Interstate 485 completion project. The state transportation department expects the road opening will ease traffic problems in the area.
Reedy Creek Park Dragonfly Pond hike: Join a naturalist for a walk around Dragonfly Pond and learn about what the pond animals do in the winter, 2-3 p.m. Dec. 22. Introductory nature journaling class. All supplies are provided. Register by calling 704-432-6460. Free. Ages 8 and up. 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. Lindsay Ruebens