Egg hunts highlight local Easter festivities

Published 6:11 am Thursday, April 1, 2010

A variety of annual Easter events take place this weekend in Austin.

At least two churches in town host Easter egg hunts Saturday morning.

Westminster Presbyterian Church of Austin, 802 4th St. SW, holds its Annual Easter Event on Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The celebration, sponsored by Hy-Vee, Main Street Sterling Drug and church members, is open to the public and will include a carnival, Easter story, snacks and an egg hunt.

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The free event also includes a puppet show and entertainment by Jim Jay. All kids will go home with a gift bag.

“We usually have about 100 children come,” Christian education director Cinde Goske said. “It’s geared toward toddlers up to sixth-graders, but it is fun for all ages and all are welcome.”

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Queen of Angels Catholic Church hosts The Knights of Columbus Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday morning. All community children up to 12-years-old are invited to bring their Easter basket to the park in front of Queen of Angels, 1001 E. Oakland Ave., at 10 a.m. where they will hunt for fun-filled eggs.

The hunt will be divided by age groups and parents are asked to bring their cameras.

Eggs will be filled with items from area businesses and “golden” eggs will hold a ticket for a chocolate bunny.

Faith Evangelical Free Church invites the community to An Easter Celebration at Austin High School on Easter Sunday where treats will be served at 9:15 a.m.; and music will be played at 10 a.m., followed by a worship service.

Christ Episcopal Church, 301 Third Ave. NW, holds its 11th Annual Free Community Dinner Sunday at 1 p.m.

The free dinner includes ham, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, salad and desserts.

Diners are asked to call in their reservations in advance, but walk-ins are also welcome Sunday, said church senior warden John Sullivan.

“It is totally free, but free-will donations are accepted which benefit future community meals,” Sullivan said.

The church regularly serves one free Saturday meal each month to between 20 and 40 people. They expect up to 150 guests on Easter.

“We started this several years ago to complement what the Salvation Army is doing,” Sullivan explained. “They feed a lot of people all week long, and we are just trying to help out when we can on the weekends.”

Call 433-3782 to RSVP for the meal.