A Pajama Party Story Hour will give local children and adults a chance to support local victims of domestic violence and replenish the libraries affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The Upper Ohio Valley Junior Women's Club will hold the benefit in the former Christopher and Banks store in the Fort Steuben Mall from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
According to event chairman Mitzi Probert, children through the sixth grade can dress in their pajamas and join the club members for a Christmas story hour.
"We want to bring to mind the idea of sitting by the fire on a cold night, enjoying cookies and milk and listening to stories, both old and new."
The featured stories include "Esther's Miracle at the Manger," written by Probert, along with "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and the traditional "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."
While the evening will be enjoyable for children, Probert stressed that the event also is intended to help those less fortunate.
"We're asking all of the children who attend to bring a new or gently used book that our club will forward to a New York/New Jersey Library Replenishment Fund sanctioned by the General Federation of Women's Clubs, the parent organization of the UOV Junior Women's Club," Probert explained. "We're asking all of the adults who attend to bring a new pair of kids or adult-sized pajamas to be donated to the local A.L.I.V.E Domestic Violence Shelter in Steubenville."
Fort Steuben Mall Marketing Manager Steph McVicker praised the club's efforts. "This is a great way to entertain the children, while teaching them that Christmas is also about giving, not just receiving," she said.
As a special thank-you gift, Probert will present a copy of "Esther's Miracle at the Manager" to each family attending the event.
UOV Junior Women's Club President Mary Lou Jones noted that the children who attend must be accompanied by an adult for the story hour. "We're also happy to be assisted by members of the Indian Creek High School Key Club," she said.
"And we're thankful to Country Crafts from the Heart for their decorations, and Aaron's for the big comfy chair for our story readers."
Seating is limited for the event, and those attending are encouraged to bring a blanket or pillow or a folding chair. To RSVP, contact the mall's customer service number at (740) 264-7781 or by call (740) 632-4169.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Council of the Knights of Columbus will be caroling Thursday, at local nursing homes.
Members, their families and guests are asked to participate in this annual event. Anyone who enjoys caroling is invited to join the Knights and their families for this event, a council spokesman said.
The carolers will meet at 5 p.m. at the council home on Two Ridges Road, Wintersville. They will rehearse a few carols and leave for the nursing homes at approximately 5:30 p.m. The carolers will be provided sandwiches and refreshments afterwards at the hall.