Friday, March 15, 2013/lk
The annual Community Easter Egg Hunt held each year on March 30 at Jackson Park is going to bigger and better than ever, according to organizer Jeff Mueller, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Sponsored by the Columbia Gorge Fellowship of Churches, this free family fun Easter weekend event was enjoyed by over 700 kids last year.
“We will be hiding over 7,000 plastic eggs this year,” Mueller said.
Every child ages 1-10 will receive an Easter goodie bag filled with candy, prizes, stickers and activity booklets. The Easter Bunny will be ready for hugs and photos with the kids.
“Due to the limited space of the park, we are making this year’s egg hunt even safer for the little ones and will do everything possible to assure a fun, safe and memorable experience for everyone,” Mueller said.
There will also be special entertainment, music and extra surprises such as a possible visit from the “Easter Panda” starting at 10 a.m. up to the Egg Hunt which will start at exactly 11 a.m.
Rain or shine, the Easter Egg Hunt will happen.
The community is also invited to help our sponsoring churches stuff over 800 Easter goodie bags with candy, prizes, stickers and booklets on March 27 at Immanuel Lutheran Church (9th and State streets) from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The annual children’s safety fair will go from 10 a.m. to noon at Jackson Park.
Community safety organizations have been invited to attend the egg hunt and safety fair.
The Fire Department will have fire trucks there for the kids to explore and pass out fire safety information. Sparky the Fire Dog will be present for hugs and photos. Providence Hospital will pass out bike helmet stickers and provide certificates to receive a free bike helmet.
Safe Kids Columbia Gorge will have a booster seat education booth to assure that toddlers are properly secured in their booster seats.
Teens from the Health Media Club will be distributing stickers on drug, tobacco and alcohol prevention. And the police department will have a cruiser on hand for children to explore as our police officers teach public safety.
The Safety Fair will be in the front parking lot of Jackson Park from 10 a.m. to noon. The Easter Egg Hunt will kick off at 11:00 a.m. sharp and all children ages 1 to 10 are welcomed to participate.