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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

November 27, 2012

Luminations December 8 and 9

What:  Luminations: The Wildflower Center’s holiday gift to the community.

When:  6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9.  Canned good offerings as admission.

Where:  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739

Background:  The gardens of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin will be ablaze with thousands of twinkle lights and luminarias the second weekend in December, with visitors enjoying eclectic holiday music, a puppet show and more. Admission is free with two food items for the Capital Area Food Bank, with last year’s donations providing 5,000-plus meals over the holiday season. Alternatively, a monetary donation to the food bank can be made at the admissions tent.

A dozen performers share holiday cheer in the courtyard and near the McDermott Learning Center, with heaters provided as needed. Musical acts will include Choral Voices, the Brass Men and DJ Chris McCarron. Hardy Har Har Productions will give a puppet show on Saturday night, and on Sunday, JCC DanStarz will be among the performers. Center café staff in the courtyard will sell light refreshments and goodies. Holiday trees decorated by the Oak Hill Girl Scouts and others brighten the McDermott Learning Center.

For members: A Members Lounge will offer light refreshments and a quiet space in the Library between activities.

For kids: Hug Frosty the Snowman at the event both nights. Children can also make paper snowflakes in the Visitors Gallery with center volunteers. The Teenage Ecowarriors will also be on hand there, teaching youngsters how to create poinsettias, wreathes and cards using natural and recycled materials. And parents and their children can have fun coloring holiday themed pages in the Little House.

Store Events:  Sample jelly and candy at The Store on Saturday, where Liz Garton Scanlon signs "Noodle and Lou" Saturday from 6  p.m. to 9 p.m. John Hogge signs his rock climbing guidebook, "Austin Climbing," all evening on Sunday.  

Sponsors: Macy’s, H-E-B, Austin American-Statesman, KUT 90.5, and Classically Austin 89.5. Event set-up assisted by the Orange Jackets student organization and other volunteers. Learn more at http://www.wildflower.org/luminations, or call 512-232-0100.

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