The formula is simple for the Grandview Civic Welfare Club's annual luminaria sale.

The formula is simple for the Grandview Civic Welfare Club's annual luminaria sale.

"The brighter we can make the streets on Christmas Eve, the more scholarships we can provide to students," said Deb Waltz, chairwoman of the sale and president of the club.

Club members will begin their annual sale of luminarias Saturday, Dec. 10, in the atrium of the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave.

The club will sell candles and other supplies Dec. 10-11 and 17-19 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. 19.

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

"It's our only fundraiser, aside from the auction we hold at our last meeting of the club year and donations we receive from the community," Waltz said. "We began our scholarship fund in 1996, and since then, we've given out more than $40,000 in scholarships."

The scholarship rewards more than just scholastic achievement, club Vice President Jill Kuyper said.

"We also emphasize the service a student has provided to the school and the community," she said. "We think that's appropriate, since the Civic Welfare Club is a service organization."

The club normally gives out three $1,000 scholarships each spring, Kuyper said.

While the luminaria sale is a fundraiser, it also is a celebration of the holidays and an effort to "light up as many streets as we can on Christmas Eve," she said.

"Last year, we had neighbors on several streets who participated in high numbers, including Wyandotte, Glenn and Cambridge Boulevard," Waltz said. "We'd love to encourage a little bit of friendly competition with people trying to make their street the most beautiful on Christmas Eve."

Prices remain the same this year, she 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.

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

In case of inclement weather on Christmas Eve, residents are asked to light up their streets on New Year's Eve instead, Kuyper said.

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