Hundreds of children with visions of candy and prizes stormed the field at Eagle River Lions Park Sunday, snatching up more than 10,000 Easter eggs in a matter of minutes at the annual Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt.

“It goes fast,” said event organizer Sonia Vance of the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions.

On Thursday evenings, hours after the last classes let out for the day, the band room at Mirror Lake Middle School again fills with music and voices.

This time, middle schoolers are just one part of the group. The other musicians are retirees and high-schoolers, college students, working adults and everyone in between. The Chugiak-Eagle River Community Band welcomes all comers.

Nine members of Community Covenant Church returned April 1 from a short-term mission trip to Tepic, Mexico, where they helped meet the needs of developing churches and a children’s home.

Located in west-central Mexico, Tepic is the capital of the state of Nayarit and the home of La Fuente Ministries, which includes more than 20 church plants and Nana’s House children’s home among its many ministries.

It happened six months ago with hardly any warning at all.

Joshua Brooks, a sixth-grader at Mirror Lake Middle School, complained of a slight headache in the morning, his family said. By the middle of the day, doctors were poring over the results of his CAT scan and rushing him into surgery. By 3:15 p.m., he was gone. A fatal aneurysm, doctors said. He was 11 years old.

Now his sister, a sophomore at Chugiak High School, is organizing a blood drive in his memory.

Josh Saylor is an excellent student at Mirror Lake Middle School — but that doesn’t mean he’s not just a regular kid. When asked his favorite part about participating in the 2017 Alaska State Spelling Bee, Saylor had an answer any sixth-grader could relate to.

“One thing I like is I get to miss school for an entire day,” Saylor said during an interview at the school earlier this week.

An Eagle River 12-year-old is the latest inductee into the Odor-Eaters’ Hall of Fumes.

Connor Slocombe claimed first prize in the company’s national 2017 Rotten Sneaker Contest, outstinking a half-dozen other elementary school students at Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Times Square on Tuesday, according to statement sent on behalf of the New York tourist attraction.

Three young Chugiak-Eagle River musicians will take the stage at the Sydney Laurence Theatre Saturday night, guest soloists performing with the Anchorage Civic Orchestra.

Winners of the orchestra’s most recent concerto competition, the high school musicians are part of a quartet playing Vivaldi’s Concerto in B Minor – a popular selection the young violinists catapulted to a new level of performance.

“I don’t think it’s ever been done by kids that age here in Anchorage before,” said orchestra director Philip Munger, a prolific Alaskan composer and maestro.

Chugiak-Eagle River businesswomen are finding strength in numbers.

On the evening of International Women’s Day, a group of them gathered in a sunny Chugiak salon to network and socialize. The women work in construction, skincare and finance, for companies large and small, but they share a common affiliation – membership in Chugiak-Eagle River Women in Business (CERWIB).

A tight-knit part of the local business community, the group represents a cross-section of female entrepreneurs from around Chugiak-Eagle River.

As the frosty crisp air has begun to tingle our noses, the children rush through the park filled with anticipation for a bright Christmas.

The bright lights that encircle the large pine tree in Town Square are turned on indicating it is the time to be joyous in the Winter Wonderland of Chugiak-Eagle River.

Families and friends gathered together in Town Square for the annual Winter Wonderland Walk. The celebration began with young carolers from our elementary schools singing those Christmas classics.

Imagine you bring your child to a routine eye appointment and the doctor turns to you and says there is a problem with your child’s eyesight. Not just any problem; she is blind in one eye, known as “lazy eye.”

This is a personal experience for myself and daughter. I was devastated. Being uninformed, I was worried how my child would be able to function, how would she be able to learn and function in school.

Hence, the development of my passion for being of Lion and screening as many children as possible throughout the year.