Don't miss these coming events close to home.
1 High school basketball
The Carolina Sports Commission's Hardwood Classic prep basketball tournament showcases 16 teams.
When: Dec. 27-29. First games start at 9 a.m. each day; last game starts about 8:30 p.m.
Where: Bojangles' Coliseum, 2700 East Independence Blvd.
2 First Night Charlotte
New Year's Eve cultural celebration, with music artists, more.
When: Kids' events from noon to 5 p.m.; others from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Where: The Green on South Tryon Street, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Bechtler Museum, nearby spots.