Easter arrives a little late this year, but Easter egg hunts will take up the next two weekends - and even a couple of weekdays -- in the following communities:
Sponsored by the Earlville Parent-Teacher Association and the Earlville Youth Program, an egg hunt for children through sixth grade will run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Dodge Park. An appearance by the Easter bunny, as well as a raffle, will be part of the fun. In case of rain, the hunt will be in the east gym of the school.
The Lostant's Parent-Teacher Organization will sponsor an Easter egg hunt beginning 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at grade school playground for kindergarten through fourth-grade students. A candy dash will be held for fifth- through eighth-graders.
- The Marseilles Youth Program's annual egg hunt for children up through fifth grade will begin 1 p.m. Saturday at Illini State Park. Families can participate in a wiener roast at the main shelter immediately following the egg hunt.
- Beginning 2 p.m. Saturday, children can participate in a hunt at Rivershores Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. The event will be open to children up to 10 years of age. Prizes and refreshments will be included.
An Easter story hour for children from preschool through first grade will run 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at Graves-Humes Public Library. Participants must register by calling the library, (815) 538-5142, and should bring Easter bags. The event is being sponsored by Youth Outreach Unlimited, a division of Youth Service Bureau of the Illinois Valley.
An egg hunt for children ages 18 months to 10 years will take place 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at a new location -- Townhouse Park - rather than Newark Grade School. Participants should bring their cameras, but instant photos with the Easter Bunny will be available with a donation. Newark Community Club is sponsoring the event.
Dickinson House Grounds in Oglesby will be the site of the hunt beginning 10 a.m. Saturday, after the police chief blows his squad car siren to start the event. Open to children from age 1 through fourth grade, the event is being sponsored by Oglesby Elks Lodge, Oglesby American Legion, and Oglesby Knights of Columbus. A rain date will be Saturday, April 15. Members of the Oglesby Elks will visit the Illinois Veterans Home in La Salle between 10:30 and 11 a.m. Saturday, where they and the Easter bunny will deliver holiday wishes and visit with residents.
- Beginning 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, children in fifth and sixth grades can participate in a flashlight Easter egg hunt beginning 6:30 p.m. at Rigden Park. Hunters should bring their own flashlights, and free hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available.
- The Jaycees will sponsor a hunt for children up to 12 years of age, as well as disabled persons of all ages, beginning 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Lincoln-Douglas Park.
Village Park will be the site of the annual hunt, which will begin 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15. Children up to 10 years of age can participate; prizes and goodie bags will be included.
Registration for the Seneca Youth Program-sponsored hunt will begin 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15, at Crotty Park. Internet pre-registration forms are available at www.ysbiv.org/yhrtm.
The event will last until noon and include a visit by the Easter Bunny (shutterbugs must bring their own cameras), face painting and a lunch of hot dogs, potato chips and drinks.
- Children can have breakfast with the Easter bunny 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 729. Eggs, pancakes, sausage and beverages will be served, and the Easter bunny will make an appearance.
Beginning at 11:30 a.m. a Sheridan Community Club-sponsored egg hunt will be staged.
Somonauk's GFWC Junior Women's Club will host a hunt for children up to eight years of age, 11 a.m. Saturday at Community Park. Photos with the Easter bunny will be available for a nominal fee, and children should bring their own baskets.
More than 10,000 eggs and over 1,000 larger prizes will be distributed to children from age one through eight beginning 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15, at City Park. Special needs children ages three to eight with mobility limitations are invited, with one adult family member will be allowed to assist, with parents not allowed in any other hunting areas. No exceptions will be made. Volunteers will assist children in those groups.
All children must register in the park beginning 8:30 a.m. that morning in order to participate. Children can pre-register by downloading forms at www.ysbiv.org/ComServ/forms.htm, or picking them up at the Streator Community Youth Program (SCYP) office, 510 N. Bloomington St., Suite 100. For more information, call Cathy at (815) 673-2704 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. SCYP is sponsor of the hunt and is a program of the Youth Service Bureau of the Illinois Valley.
A hunt, sponsored by and held at ASTA Care Center, will begin 2 p.m. Sunday. Upon the event's conclusion, children can visit residents in the dining roon, where refreshments will be served. Door prizes and a visit from the Easter bunny will be included, and participants should bring their own cameras. The Toluca Business Association is co-sponsoring the event.
- Danny Carey Memorial Park will be the site of an egg hunt beginning 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 15. Prizes and refreshments will be featured at the event, which will be sponsored by the Utica Fire Protection District and the village of Utica.
- The Easter Bunny Express will hit Starved Rock Lodge noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays, April 8, and April 15. Activities includes photos taken with the Easter bunny, trolley transportation, and an Easter egg hunt. Call (800) 868-7625, extension 386, to make reservations.
- On Saturday, April 15, the lodge will offer breakfast with the Easter bunny, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. and a breakfast buffet at 9 a.m. Following breakfast, Bill Myers will tell stories, and the Easter bunny will pay a visit. For more information, and to purchase tickets, call (800) 868-7625, extension 386.
The 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15, hunt at the City Park in Wenona is being sponsored by Wenona Junior Women's Club. Participants up to third grade need to bring their own baskets, and donations of non-perishable food for the Wenona food pantry will be collected. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in Fieldcrest East gymnasium. Helpers and donated eggs are needed, and a registration sheet is at the Wenona post office.