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Spokane Valley Easter egg hunts

Grab your Easter baskets and get ready. There are a few community Easter egg hunts coming up Saturday for young children in Spokane Valley. An annual hunt hosted by Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3606 S. Schafer Road, will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday. There will be over 6,000 candy stuffed eggs for kids to find, plus a petting zoo, jumping castle and free hot dog lunch.

Valley Real Life Church will host a hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 1831 S. Barker Road, for children up through the fifth grade. There will be a petting zoo, jumping castle and concessions until 3 p.m. Professional Easter photos will also be available.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars will put on an Easter egg hunt for kids up to age 11 at noon Saturday at Edgecliff Park, 800 S. Park Road. There will also be prize drawings after the hunt. 

Happy hunting!

Avoiding Easter Egg Hunt Carnage

Spent a few minutes at lunchtime today watching people hide Easter eggs on the grounds outside the Emilie Court assisted living facility on Eighth Avenue.

In all, there were 1,200 plastic treat-containing eggs, I was told.

This, of course, was the calm before the storm. The kids had not arrived yet.

Have you ever watched a big Easter egg hunt? Not a pretty sight. The dominant themes tend to be survival of the fittest, might makes right and frontier justice.

No matter how well coached the older children are about leaving a few of the easy-to-find eggs for the littlest kids, the start of the proceedings makes youngsters go crazy. Almost invariably there are nasty blind-side hits, brazen acts of poaching and demonstrations of wild-eyed greed that would awe Wall Street.

Often, these melees produce tears in the eyes of the slower, shy hunter gatherers left to ponder empty baskets.

I gently alluded to these cold, hard facts of life and an Emilie Court staffer told me they had a plan. The kids were going to be divided up by age groups and kept in separate areas.

Sounds like a good idea. At least then it should be a fair fight.

Hop on over to an Easter egg hunt

Spokane Valley will play host to a couple of large community Easter Egg hunts tomorrow if you know some kids with empty Easter baskets who are ready to do a little hunting. Each event also has plenty of other activites for kids of all ages (and those of us who are kids at heart).

Redeemer Lutheran Church will have over 6,000 candy stuffed eggs ready for the taking at 11 a.m. tomorrow. Even with that number they'll probably all be snatched up in a few minutes, so don't be late. The free event also includes a petting zoo, jumping castle and hot dog lunch. The church is at 3606 S. Schafer Road.

Tomorrow at 10 a.m. the church known as One* will have an Easter egg hunt for children up through the fifth grade at 24th and Sullivan. The event is also free and includes a petting zoo, jumping castles, face painting, balloon animals and pictures with the Easter bunny.

Have a happy Easter everyone!