SHAMOKIN - Children and parents alike are invited to a free event, An Ornamental Ordeal, Saturday at the Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library.

The event is ponsored by the nonprofit group Coal City Revitalization Inc.

Children will create handmade ornaments to decorate a pair of Christmas trees that will be donated to Mountain View: A Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Coal Township Elderly High Rise for residents to enjoy.

All supplies will be provided by Coal City, as will cookies, hot cocoa and coffee.

A visit from Santa Claus himself should get everyone in the Christmas spirit. Photos with the big guy are free. Adults should bring a camera, and kids should bring their wish lists.

Volunteers will be on hand to help stoke children's creativity, providing ideas and encouraging the children while assisting with cutting and gluing and such.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. This is not a day care event.

All children will be encouraged to make at least two ornaments, one of which they can take home for their own trees.

An Ornamental Ordeal, a free event, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the library's second floor at 210 E. Independence St. For more information, visit Coal City Revitalization on Facebook.