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Trick-or-treat along a half mile of desert trail lit by luminarias, hear stories by the campfire, and learn about the real creepy crawlies that call the desert home.
The walk, scheduled to end Sunday, includes cancer survivors and caregivers and a luminaria ceremony.
Family-friendly event features Kids Zone, live entertainment, DJ, raffles, silent auction, homemade dessert auction, food stands, luminaria ceremony and more.
There's always something going on, such as the Music in the Garden series, art exhibits, plant sales, workshops and special events such as the holiday luminaria display.
Eagle River Nature Center staff have worked hard to create hundreds of ice luminarias as well, making this evening party something to brighten up even the grinchiest grouch.
Main Street Medina is looking for adult volunteers to help chaperone Key Club students in making the luminaria and wrapping city streetlight poles with garlands.
During the luminaria ceremony, teams light candles or glow sticks inside white paper bags with names and memories of those who've died from cancer.
A highlight of the ceremony will be the presentation of an American flag encased in a frame, which will honor the service of Korean War veterans, and the lighting of luminaria around the Post's Memorial Circle.
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Did You Know?
Luminaria is a fairly recent addition to English; the earliest known use in our language dates from 1949, about the time that the old Mexican Christmas custom was gaining popularity among Anglo-Americans. In some parts of the U.S., particularly New Mexico, these festive lanterns are also called farolitos, which means "little lanterns" in Spanish. We borrowed luminaria from Spanish, but the word has been around with exactly the same spelling since the days of Late Latin. The term ultimately traces to the classical Latin luminare, meaning "window," and to lumen, meaning "light." It is related to other light-bearing words such as luminary, illuminate, and phillumenist (a fancy name for someone who collects matchbooks).
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