To kick off Autism Awareness month in April, a special "Light it up Blue" event will be held in downtown Traverse City on Tues., Apr. 2. Participants are asked to gather at ECCO (121 E. Front) at 6 p.m. for food and family-friendly activities. Then, at 7:30 p.m., participants will carry glowing luminaries (available for purchase for $5, with proceeds benefiting the TCAPS iPads for Autism program) along Front Street to the Open Space where the luminaries will be placed in the shape of a puzzle piece, another symbol of autism. Downtown merchants are encouraged to decorate their storefronts in blue in honor of the event.