Teams skipped by Kerri Einarson, left, and Chelsea Carey will go head to head in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Wild Card Game on Jan. 26 in Penticton. Photos courtesy of Curling Canada/Michael Burns

What to watch out for in the Scotties today

Events, matches and autograph signings to watch out for on Jan. 26

Here’s a look at what’s up today, as the Scotties get ready to kick off.

Remember, as events get going, parking at the South Okanagan Events Centre will be tight, so plan to get there early to watch your favourite curlers on the ice.

When to cheer:

The Wild Card play-in game kicks off the weeklong competition at 6:30 p.m. with a face-off between the top two teams on the Canadian Team Ranking System that didn’t qualify through their provincial/territorial championships.

That will pit 2016 Scotties champ Chelsea Carey of Calgary and Kerri Einarson of Winnipeg against each other to fill the 16th spot in the Scotties tournament, joining the remaining 15 teams.

Where’s the party at?

Not much on the docket today for entertainment, but a reminder that the HeartStop Lounge will be holding live music, dancing, drinks and food, as well as interactive activities for the family throughout the competition.

That includes the One 2 Many Band tomorrow night at 10:15 p.m., as well as local rockers Cosmic Brew at 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday, among others. If you’re looking for an autograph, the HeartStop Lounge is your spot for that as well, and the B.C. team will be available to sign out their Jane Hancocks tomorrow evening at 5:30.

For more information, check out the Scotties website

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