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Luminaria returns to the Ashton Gardens through Dec. 30

Thanksgiving Point is proud to announce the return of Luminaria: Experience the Light at the Ashton Gardens from Nov. 20 to Dec. 30. Luminaria is closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Luminaria features nearly a million holiday lights spread throughout the Ashton Gardens. Luminaria will also have 27 different “beats” for guests to enjoy featuring all the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the holiday season.

Some of those beats includes the Tree Top Summit, Merry Mosaic, Smore’s Village and the Reindeer Woods.

The experience is a little more than a mile walk around the gardens. Guests are encouraged to bundle up as the weather can be unpredictable.

People can enjoy Luminaria with a wide variety of ticket options including General Admissions, Premier and VIP tickets. There are also fire pits available to rent with s’mores package and a very special Weekend Package that includes a night’s stay at the Springhill Suites and Courtyard by Marriott.

Smith’s stores hold donation drive for Utah Food Bank

Smith’s Food & Drug is again offering customers a way to reach out and help others during the holiday season with its Bringing Hope To the Table donation drive.

From Nov. 14 through Dec. 31, customers may add a $1, $5 or $10 donation to their grocery orders. Those contributions will then be converted into Smith’s gift cards for Utah Food Bank to then purchase meat, grocery items, dairy or other needed items at cost.

“This is yet another way in which our resources, combined with the support of our associates and customers, work together to make a positive impact in our communities,” said Aubriana Martindale, division corporate affairs manager for Smith’s. “Just a few dollars can create a nutritious meal for another person who otherwise would go without.”

Coloring pages after Thanksgiving supports Kids On The Move

Christiansen Dental and Wallaby’s Smokehouse are partnering with Kids On The Move to create a fun and creative way to help support families with developmental needs this Giving Tuesday on Nov. 28.

For each selfie posted on Nov. 28 featuring a special KOTM coloring pages with the hashtag #kotmtuesday, Christiansen Dental or Wallaby’s Smokehouse will donate $5 to KOTM.

“We’re grateful for our community partners that are willing to donate, and help raise awareness about Kids On The Move,” said Scott Bean, CEO of KOTM. “We had great success last year in getting the community to color, and we’re excited to see how many we can get involved this year.”

Coloring pages and rules are available at www.kotm.org/givingtuesday. People of all ages are allowed to participate. If participants do not want to post on social media, physical copies of coloring pages can be turned into the offices of Christensen Dental or Kids On The Move. Coloring pages turned into either office count as a $1 donation.

Giving Tuesday refers to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This day of giving has grown to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and season.

Photographer to give presentation at Orem Library on Tuesday

James Westwater will be giving a presentation on “Stewardship Photography: Photographing and Caring For Creation in Utah and Beyond” at the Orem Library at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Westwater is a photographer, photochoreographer, author and earth guardian. He is also a two-time National Endowment for the Arts Resident Artist, a National Science Foundation Artist in the Antarctic, a recipient of the Antarctic Medal and fellow of The Explorers Club.

He invented the art form of symphonic photochoreography — giant screen, multi-image photographic essays choreographed to the performance of symphonic music. During a 40-plus year career, he performed his photochoreography with nearly 200 symphony orchestras across North America, Europe and Asia.

He authored an award-winning book of photography and now devotes energy to photographing the beauty and wonder of Mother Earth and helping conserve and protect her.

Food addiction group to hold Thanksgiving meeting in W. Jordan

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous will have a special Thanksgiving Day meeting from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Mountain Vista United Methodist Church, 8931 S. 3200 West, West Jordan.

The meeting, which will be held on Thanksgiving, is free and open to the public.

The meetings offer support to anyone suffering from food addiction, overeating, under-eating, and bulimia. Everyone is welcome, including those who think they have a problem with food or those who are concerned about someone who may.