Celebrate an egg-cellent Easter at community events

April 15, 2014

Communities across the world will celebrate Easter on April 20, but Issaquah residents don’t have to go far to enjoy the holiday festivities.

Get a head start on the Easter holiday weekend with the city’s annual Underwater Egg Hunt and Carnival on April 18 at the Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St.

Attendees should bring a swimsuit, towel and plastic basket to join in on the fun. Prizes are awarded for eggs gathered. While swimmers bob for eggs below, others can enjoy carnival games on the observation deck.

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Watercraft enthusiasts take Easter egg hunt to new depths

April 10, 2012

Nearly 50 personal watercraft enthusiasts hit the 45-degree water of Lake Sammamish in a search of the lake for Easter eggs on April 8.

“I can’t feel my toes,” Danya Simpson, of Ocean Shores, said after returning to shore with three eggs in hand at the conclusion of the third annual On-Water Easter Egg Hunt Fundraiser.

The event began at 10 a.m., with personal watercraft riders departing from the Lake Sammamish State Park boat launch area.

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The Grange Supply hosts Community Appreciation Day

March 27, 2012

To help mark the arrival of spring, The Grange Supply is sponsoring a free Community Appreciation Day on March 31 at the Grange Supply Store.

“The thinking is, this is truly an appreciation day. You don’t have to buy ‘X’ dollars of anything,” said Dana Huth, Grange marketing specialist.

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Egg-cellent Easter festivities abound

April 19, 2011

Children gather for a local Easter egg hunt. File

Hop to Easter egg hunts throughout the Issaquah area before the holiday dawns April 24.

The holiday is celebrated against a backdrop of baskets, bunnies and goodies at numerous churches and community organization.

Splash into the Underwater Egg Hunt & Carnival at Julius Boehm Pool, as the family tradition is brought indoors and into the shallow end of the pool. The underwater egg features prizes and carnival games, in addition to the submerged eggs. Organizers recommend participants bring plastic Easter baskets.

Meet the Easter Bunny at the 20th annual Gilman Village Easter EGGStravaganza. Children can also stop at participating shops and businesses for Easter treats.

The annual EGGStravaganza at Gilman Village is not the only eggs-travaganza in town.

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Live Easter basket goodies can pose a problem

April 18, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. April 18, 2011

Easter baskets full of goodies make for a time-honored tradition, but bunnies, chicks and ducklings do not always belong.

Regional Animal Services of King County is asking residents to think before including live animals in Easter baskets.

“Young animals are often given as pets this time of year,” Ken Nakatsu, Regional Animal Services manager, said in a release. “While they are cute and cuddly as babies, they eventually grow up. Pets require a long-term commitment to proper care and feeding. Too often those adult rabbits, chickens and ducks end up in shelters or worse.”

Instead of buying a live chick or bunny for a child, consider giving a stuffed animal for Easter. Or parents could also set up a trip a petting zoo or farm to see animals in a more natural setting.

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YWCA seeks goodie baskets for needy children

April 15, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. April 15, 2011

Spring is in the air, and the local YWCA organization is asking people to help provide 1,000 spring baskets for homeless and low-income children living in YWCA shelter and housing programs.

YWCA shelters provide a safe haven to families working hard to move forward and build a better future.

People can donate personally created or store-bought baskets filled with fun items, such as toys, games, learning supplies or candy. The organization is also accepting cash donations to purchase baskets. Donate baskets at various locations by Monday.

Contact Brenda McCallon at mccallon@ywcaworks.org or 556-1354 to participate or to learn more. Find sign-up forms and drop off locations at the YWCA website.

The organization is in the midst of construction on YWCA Family Village in the Issaquah Highlands. Families should start settling in the residences during the summer.

Hop to it: Groups host Easter egg hunts

March 30, 2010

Trevor Jordan dashes to the far end of the field for treasures as a horde of youngsters pick up prizes near the starting line at the 2009 Easter egg hunt and carnival in the Issaquah Highlands. — By Greg Farrar

With Easter less than a week away, several community organizations will host egg hunts the day before the holiday and on Easter.

The annual Easter egg hunt in the Issaquah Highlands, called Highlands 4 Haiti, will be at Grand Ridge Elementary School, 1739 N.E. Park Drive, on April 3. Proceeds from the event will go to World Vision, a nonprofit relief organization based in Federal Way that’s helping children in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.

Wristbands, sold for $5 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, in the days before the event, will also be available at the event gate. The event runs from 10 a.m. – noon.

About 1,700 people turned out for the Sammamish Family YMCA Eggstravaganza last year. Organizers expect about 2,000 attendees when the event returns April 3.

The event will be 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will include carnival games, face painting, inflatable obstacle courses and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The event will be at the YMCA, 4221 228th Ave. S.E. Call 391-4840 for more information. Read more

Easter’s on its way

March 30, 2010

Serena Sherwood (right), 5, looks with delight as she and brother Michael, of Mirrormont, see the Easter bunny arrive to greet close to 400 youngsters and their parents at the annual Egg Scramble March 27 in the Issaquah PCC grocery. Photo by Greg Farrar