Come hunting once again: Nevada County strewn with Easter egg hunting events |

Come hunting once again: Nevada County strewn with Easter egg hunting events

Most people associate Easter with eggs.

This year, the Grass Valley Unitarian church has something else in mind.

The Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains will have children collect cans of pet food, pet treat packets, and small pet toys donated by the community. After they are gathered, those objects will be given to Nevada County Pets in Need.

René Wiley, family ministry co-chair for the church, said the alternative idea better aligned with the church’s values as it’s trying to celebrate the holiday by preserving the Earth.

“When we realized that Earth Day — the Saturday before — and Easter Sunday were on the same weekend, it just made us look at our values,” she said.

Wiley said it was a good way to teach kids of the world’s connectedness, and how to do service from an early age. The hope is to accomplish that by avoiding plastic and helping animals.

The activity is also meant to emphasize the church’s theme for April: Wholeness. The ministry co-chair said she’s already received support for the idea.

“Parents love the idea of getting away from plastic and serving others.”

The Unitarian Universalist hunt will be held at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the church, 246 S. Church Street in Grass Valley.

To find other Easter celebrations this weekend, see below.


Where: Nevada City Elks Lodge at 518 Highway 49 North

When: 10:45 a.m. on Saturday

Highlights: The Nevada City fire department will arrive with a truck at 10:45 a.m. The hunt will begin at 11 a.m. Children will have the opportunity to take pictures with the Easter Bunny.


Where: Scotten Elementary School Field at 10821 Squirrel Creek Road, Grass Valley

When: 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Highlights: Arrive at 8:30 a.m. to get a free pancake breakfast. There will be inflatables and face painting, in addition to a new expanded area for toddlers and disabled individuals.


Where: Grass Valley Charter School at 225 South Auburn Street Grass Valley

When: 10 a.m. on Saturday. The hunt begins at 11:30 a.m.

Highlights: There will be a bouncy house for kids to play in before the eggs are laid down.


Where: Western Gateway Park at 18369 Siesta Drive, Penn Valley

When: 9 a.m. on Saturday. The hunt begins at 9:30 a.m.

Highlights: There will be special prizes and over 4,000 eggs to be collected. The Easter Bunny will arrive on a Penn Valley fire truck.


Where: 9 Kidder Court, Nevada City

When: 3 p.m. on Saturday

Highlights: Hiding eggs with candy in it, and campers get to collect. The event is only for registered campers.

Peace Lutheran church

Where: 828 West Main Street, Grass Valley

When: Easter egg hunt to follow the 11 a.m. service on Sunday


Where: Bethel Church

When: 10 a.m. on Sunday

Highlights: Easter egg hunt for fifth graders and younger.


Where: 235 South Church Street, Grass Valley

When: Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Sunday


Where: 1979 Ridge Road, Grass Valley

When: Easter breakfast from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. and Easter egg hunt at 9:15 a.m. Sunday

Grass Valley United Methodist

Where: 236 South Church Street

When: A free hot breakfast will be offered from 9-10:30 a.m. with an Easter egg hunt at 11:30 a.m. Sunday

Contact Sam Corey at 530-477-4219 or at

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