Art + Aperitif
Le Meridien, 555 S. McDowell St.
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.: Mix and mingle with talented local artists and winners of ArtPop 2015 as they take you on a journey of their medium and passion through demonstration and interaction with their works. Have a sparkling libation or two, too. Free. www.facebook.com/lemeridiencharlotte/events
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Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St.
Wednesday, 10 a.m.: Make and take home a bowl of greenery that should last through the season. Leave knowing how to add your favorite flowers, too, while the garden curator shows how to make a boxwood wreath and garlands for the house. Cost $20, www.historicrosedale.org.
Hornets vs. Toronto Raptors
Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: See Bismack Biyombo return to Charlotte with his new Raptors team. Tickets $17.50 and up.
NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Friday, 6 p.m. – Saturday, 8 a.m.: Children can the night in the Hall of Fame with activities that include the movie “Polar Express” and a morning pancake breakfast with Santa. Children must be accompanied by parent or guardian, $50 per person. www.nascarhall.com
SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam
Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St.
Friday, 8 p.m.: Monthly poetry slam hosted by SlamCharlotte, the two-time national championship team of spoken word poetry (2007 and 2008). Admission $10, blumenthalarts.org.