Ah, springtime. The warmer weather, a blanket of freshly bloomed flowers and Easter with the religious commemoration and opportunity for the inner scavenger to be unleashed through the search for brightly colored hidden gems in the form of an Easter egg hunt.
Several of these events will be sprinkled throughout Nevada County by the Moose Lodge, Nevada City Elks lodge, Twin Cities Church, Animal Place and many more local churches.
The Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a hunt 9 a.m. at Western Gateway Park at 18560 Penn Valley Drive, as a way to promote the businesses and community in the area, said volunteer Marlene Bracken.
Twin Cities Church will also have an event 9 a.m. Saturday at Scotten Elementary field, which will include 8,000 plastic eggs.
“Everybody at church brings candy for several weeks and then we have people that stuff the eggs and bring and hide them,” said Brenda McMullan, preschool ministry team leader. “We’re just hoping for families to be able to connect with other families and discover the joy of Easter.”
Animal Place will not only have a hunt for plastic toy- and treat-filled eggs but also a tour of the animals to show the community the animal-free version of Easter. Visit www.animalplace.org to sign up. Cost is $5 per person.
“Generally, kids and parents celebrate with real eggs or chocolate, and because we rescue the animals who produce eggs and milk, we wanted to offer a fun and kind alternative to these traditions,” said Marji Beach, Animal Place education director.
The Lake of the Pines Easter Eggstravaganza will take place 10 a.m. for ages 3 and younger, 10:30 a.m. for ages 4 to 7 and 11 a.m. for ages 8 to 12 Saturday at the Sports Lounge.
The event will also include a cakewalk, face painting, games and a raffle.
This year marks the 36th annual Easter egg hunt for the Moose Lodge, which will hide 4,000 real eggs that took eight hours to boil and dye, said Bill Chappell, Moose Lodge trustee and future governor.
The festivities will begin 10 a.m. with the egg hunt at 11 a.m. at 225 S. Auburn St. and will include the Easter bunny, face painting and a barbecue, and those who find plastic eggs can choose from the prize table.
“It goes until all the eggs are picked up, which usually takes about three minutes,” Chappell chuckled. “We had about 400 kids last year, and this year we are hoping for even more.”
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