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The yellow, googly-eyed, overall-donning minions will be making their way to the York Jewish Community Center to help the community celebrate Hanukkah.

The holiday party, which is scheduled to run from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, at the community center, is open to the public and will boast a theme featuring the popular oblong characters from "Despicable Me."

The JCC picks a unique theme for their annual celebration every year. Last year it was iHanukkah, during which the coordinators brought different social media sites to life and created a real-life bounce house version of the popular app Temple Run. Other popular themes included Angry Birds and Legos.

"We would really love for a lot of people to come out," said Bari Verman, the JCC's teen and family director. "We open up for everyone, not just the Jewish community."

The event will also feature refreshments, a bounce house and face-painting. The youth group will put on a skit telling the story of Hanukkah, and they'll be performing in the party's theme — dressed as minions, of course.

The event falls on the first night of Hanukkah, and there will be a candle-lighting to celebrate, Verman said.

"The candle-lighting traditionally takes place in the evening, but we thought it would be a nice thing to incorporate into the celebration," she said.

Throughout the Hanukkah holiday, the JCC will host a candle-lighting every night at 4 p.m. in their lobby, led by the youth group and open to anyone in the community.

"It's a great opportunity for everyone," Verman said. "Whether they're interested in learning about the holiday or if they want to celebrate, we would love to see as many people coming out as possible."

— Reach Jessica Schladebeck at jschladebeck@yorkdispatch.com.

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