Archive for Thursday, March 17, 2005

As Easter nears, egg hunts abound

March 17, 2005, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: March 17, 2005, 7:55 a.m.

As Easter nears, the hunt for Easter eggs will begin in the Lansing area this weekend.

In the next two weekends, groups in Lansing will play host to at least three Easter Egg Hunts that will be open to the public.

The largest event, the seventh annual Lansing Lions Easter Egg Hunt, will take place starting promptly at 9 a.m. Saturday at Lansing Middle School athletic fields, 509 W. Ida St.

The hunt is open to any child in sixth grade or younger. Organizers say the children should bring their own basket as they hunt for more than 5,000 eggs containing candy and other surprises donated by the city of Lansing, the PRIDE committee, Citizens National Bank and the Lions Club.

"This event goes fast, so don't be late," said Vicky Sperl, an organizer with the Lions Club. "Kids clean it up really fast."

The Lions Club breaks up the hunt into three categories: children up to age 5; children in grades one through three (which also boasts the most participants); and children in grades four through six.

With more than 1,000 people in attendance last year, Sperl expects more egg hunters this year, no matter what kind of weather.

"It gets bigger and bigger every year," she said.

Twin Oaks Assisted Living Center will also hold an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday at the center, 657 W. Eisenhower Road. Organizers of that hunt say the event is open to children ages 10 and younger.

Next weekend, Colonial Manor of Lansing will play host to an Easter egg hunt starting at noon on March 26 at the manor, 210 Plaza Drive.

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