The hunt is on for eggcellent activities

Posted: Friday, April 09, 2004

Every spring, colored eggs and chocolate bunnies awake from their year-long hibernation, go forth and multiply, until they become as inescapable as death and taxes.

The arrival of dyed eggs and edible rabbits is a sure sign Easter is here which means so are Easter egg hunts.

For those not planning hunts of their own, several area organizations are offering egg hunts and other Easter activities that are open to the public.

Kasilof Eagles Aerie No. 4317 will host an egg hunt for kids 12 and under Saturday at its new club house on North Cohoe Loop.

To give younger kids a fair chance, the hunt will be divided into two groups, with kids 6 and under hunting eggs in their own area.

"So they're not getting elbowed out of the way by the bigger kids," said Aerie treasurer Sue Culhane.

About 30 to 40 dozen dyed eggs and a number of plastic eggs with prizes inside will be up for grabs. The hunt is on at 2 p.m. and goes until all the eggs are found, which usually takes about an hour.

Also Saturday, AMVETS Post No. 4 will hold its annual Easter party at the group's headquarters in the Red Dia-mond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Since the event was first held more than 10 years ago, it has grown to be one of the largest Easter parties in the area.

"We get anywhere between 150 kids to 300," said post manager Laurie Dalebout.

To live up to the party's growing reputation, the organizers outfit each kid that attends in style.

"We have a bunch of donated baskets, so kids don't have to carry around paper bags from Safeway," Dalebout said.

An egg hunt for older kids will be held outside, while the younger kids will search for colored eggs and prizes inside.

In addition to the hunt, kids can participate in an egg toss, coloring contest, pin-the-tail-on-the-rabbit and a contest to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar.

The post had a successful benefit drive recently and plans to award some of the donated goods to the kids as prizes.

A lunch of chicken noodle soup and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches will be served.

The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post No. 10046 will hold its Easter activities Sunday.

An egg hunt and cake walk are planned for kids under 12.

Due to organization rules, the event is intended for members and their guests. However, an invitation isn't strictly necessary.

"Hopefully folks will think, 'Oh, I know a member,' and come on down," said VFW spokesperson Sue Singleton.

The post is at 134 Birch Lane in Soldotna.

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