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Junior League's holiday home tour picks Grandview

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Grandview Heights will be the site of a second Junior League of Columbus event this year.

The league's annual Holiday Tour of Homes will be held Dec. 6 in Grandview.

Earlier this year, the Junior League formed a partnership with Goodwill Columbus to hold the organization's Bargain Box event, set Oct. 4 at Goodwill's Edgehill Road headquarters.

"We had already been planning to bring the Tour of Homes to Grandview this year before the agreement with Goodwill Columbus was made," said Alison Lemle, vice chairwoman of the holiday event.

"We've held the home tour in Grandview before and we're really excited to be coming back to the community," she said. "It's a nice converging that both the Bargain Box and the Tour of Homes will be in Grandview.

"Our plan is to keep the Tour of Homes in a centralized location so it will be easy and convenient for people to visit each home," Lemle said.

The Tour of Homes generally allows visitors to visit six to eight homes decorated for the holiday season, she said.

The Junior League arranges for local decorators to work with homeowners to decorate their residences for the holidays, Lemle said.

"We go out and recruit residents to participate in the event, but we're also always looking for volunteers who are willing to decorate their homes for the holidays and open them up for visitors on the tour day," she said.

Junior League representatives will have a booth at the Grandview Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 6, Lemle said.

"If anyone has interest in learning more about the tour or having their home on the tour, we will be there to provide any information they would like," she said.

The Junior League also will have a display at the Sept. 27 Grandview Hop, Lemle said.

Tickets to the Holiday Tour of Homes can be purchased at jlcolumbus.org. The cost is $20 through Nov. 27 and $25 thereafter.

Proceeds from the Tour of Homes and Bargain Box support Junior League programs, including Adopt-a-Backpack, which provides supplies and backpacks for children from families in need at the beginning of each school year; and Kids in the Kitchen, which teaches children about the importance of making healthful food choices.

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