Lions Corner

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 09:17
  • The community egg hunt will be held Sunday, March 27, at Lions Park in Eagle River beginning at 12:20 p.m. Children 1 to 12 years old are encouraged to come out a forage for eggs and win prizes. STOCK PHOTO THESPECDEPT.COM

Community Easter egg hunt will be combined with a much needed community food drive, on Sunday, March 27, at Lions Park in Eagle River. Participants that bring food items to put in the food pantry truck will have a chance to win the $100 Easter basket. Arrive about 12:30 p.m. as the Fire Engine will blow its whistle precisely at 1 p.m., and within 10 minutes the egg hunt is finished. The egg hunt will be broken up into five age groups: 1 to 2, 3 to 4, 5 to 6, 7 to 9 and 10-12. Ages 1-2 will be hunting inside the Lions clubhouse. Eggs, coins and prizes will be distributed in each area. Signs will be posted in the park for the different age groups. We plan to have over 6,000 eggs total and a number of special prizes for each age group.

Did you know: The largest Easter egg ever made was over 25 feet high and weighed over 8,000 pounds?  It was built out of chocolate and marshmallow and supported by an internal steel frame.  Easter is a religious holiday, but some of its customs, such as Easter eggs, are likely linked to pagan traditions. The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century. The custom of an Easter egg hunt began because children believed that the Easter hare laid eggs in the grass. The Lions will make sure the eggs are laid in the Lions Park on Easter Sunday, so bring those baskets and bags to find your special eggs!

Our community egg hunt is sponsored by: Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions, Eagle River Lions Club, Chugiak Lions Club, VFW Post 9785 and Auxiliaries, Eagle River Elks, Masons, Knights of Columbus, and the Bear Mt. Leo’s. If anyone would like to donate eggs, candy or prizes, please contact Bonnie at 907-227-1111, all donations are appreciated.

Three lion clubs serve this area - Chugiak Lions, Eagle River Lions and Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions, the Bear Mountain Leos are age 13-18 years of age. If you would like to learn more about being a lion, please visit www.lionsclubs.org; www.sleepingladylions.org; www.eagleriverlions.org or visit us on Facebook to see our activities and pictures. Call me with questions, Lion Karen Burns 242-1129.

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