Last year, rainy weather dampened the Grandview Civic Welfare Club's effort to beautify the community on Christmas Eve through its annual luminaria sale.

Last year, rainy weather dampened the Grandview Civic Welfare Club's effort to beautify the community on Christmas Eve through its annual luminaria sale.

This year, there is a backup plan.

"We're telling people this year when they buy the candles that if the weather's bad on Christmas Eve, hold off and let's plan to light the candles on New Year's Eve," said Deb Waltz, chairwoman of the sale.

"People who set up their candles at 9 p.m. were all right because the rain had passed through by that time," she said. "For the people who put the candles out at 6, they just ended up with a bunch of soggy bags."

The Civic Welfare Club will conduct its annual sale of luminarias beginning Saturday, Dec. 12, in the atrium at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave.

Club members will sell candles and supplies Dec. 12-13 and Dec. 19-21 at the library.

The sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21.

The sale prices remain the same as in past years, Waltz said.

Votive candles, which burn for 10 hours, cost 55 cents each; white bags cost 15 cents each or $1.50 for a dozen. A bargain bag containing 12 candles and 12 bags costs $8.

A "grab and go" bag, which includes a bargain bag plus a lighter and sand, costs $10.

The event also includes a sale of hand-knitted and hand-crafted Christmas gifts.

To order, call Waltz at 614-824-1640.

All proceeds from the sale benefit the club's scholarship fund.

Since 1996, the welfare club has awarded more than $38,000 in scholarships to Grandview Heights High School seniors, Waltz said.

Despite its local focus, residents from other communities have become customers, she said.

"We've received calls already this year from people in Upper Arlington asking if they could buy candles," Waltz said. "Of course they can -- we're thrilled."

Last year, a Hilliard resident discovered a Google search for luminaria sales put Grandview's sale on top, Waltz said.

"Our sale popped up first on the search engine and he ended up buying 10 kits from us," she said. "I hope he buys some more candles this year."