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Easter hops into Pinellas
Article published on Monday, April 11, 2011
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Communities throughout Pinellas are making plans to celebrate Easter with a variety of fun activities. The following is a list of egg hunts and other eggs-citing, eggs-trodinary events.

Eggstravaganza set
CLEARWATER – Eggstravaganza! will take place Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. to noon, at 2640 Sabal Springs Drive. The free event will feature an Easter egg hunt, touch-a-truck, fitness demonstrations, music, refreshments, open house with local vendors, family activities and a blood drive. Call 669-1914.

Clearwater Community Volunteers to host egg hunt
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Community Volunteers and the Church of Scientology will present the 19th annual Gargantuan Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, April 24, noon to 2 p.m., Coachman Park, 301 Drew St. The free Easter festivities will be highlighted by kids racing to find the most candy-filled Easter eggs, and of course, those 250 of those famous Golden Eggs hidden amongst more than 25,000 eggs. Each child who finds a Golden Egg will receive a special stuffed bunny. Other fun activities include pony rides, a petting zoo, trackless train and face painting. The Easter Bunny and Mrs. Bunny will be available for pictures. Attendees are encouraged to bring an Easter basket. There is a small fee for food and some attractions. The hunt will start at 12:30 p.m. Call 442-2099 or visit www.clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org

Beach association to sponsor egg hunt
CLEARWATER – There will be an egg hunt Friday, April 22, 6 p.m., at Mandalay Park, 532 N. Mandalay Ave. This free event will feature several age-appropriate hunts. Attendees should bring a basket. The event is sponsored by the Clearwater Beach Association. Call 462-6138 or visit www.myclearwater.com.

Church to present egg hunt
DUNEDIN – Dunedin First United Methodist Church will sponsor an Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m., at Edgewater Park, 51 Main St. The free event will feature an egg hunt, bounce houses, crafts and face painting. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to meet children. Popcorn and refreshments will be available. Call 733-4139 or visit www.dunedinfumc.org.

Largo Mall to host Spring Celebration
LARGO – A free Easter egg hunt will be part of this year’s Spring Celebration Saturday, April 16, noon to 2 p.m., at Largo Mall, 10500 Ulmerton Road. The event will feature an Easter egg hunt in the grassy area behind Chili’s, face painting, festive games, dances, contests, crafts and balloons. The Easter bunny will attend. Visit www.largomall.com.

RE Olds Park to host egg hunt
OLDSMAR – The annual Oldsmar Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m., at RE Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W. The event is intended for children ages 12 and younger. Admission and parking are free. Children will be divided into three age groups, including 3 and younger, 4 to 7, and 8 to 12. More than 5,000 eggs filled with small toys and candy will be placed in the park. There also will be several prize eggs. Call 813-749-1260 or visit MyOldsmar.com.

Easter Ape Hunt EGGstravaganza set
PALM HARBOR – The Easter Ape Hunt EGGstravaganza will be Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the grounds of the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, 4600 Alt. U.S. 19. Attendees may stroll amongst the primate residents and other friends that inhabit the animal rescue charity’s grounds. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos each day. The Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 1 to 4 will begin at 2 p.m.; the egg hunt for ages 5 to 10 will be at 2:30 p.m., and ages 11 and older at 3 p.m. each day. The event also will feature a Pet-A-Bunny area, bounce house, games, craft projects, basket chance drawings and food and beverages as well as live entertainment. Admission is $5 a person. Parking is free. Proceeds will benefit the sanctuary and the American Cancer Society. Call Matthew Short at 485-6663, email acstrinityrelay@hotmail.com, or visit www.facebook.com/teamgymshorts.

Riding club to host egg hunt
PINELLAS PARK – A Horseback Ride Easter Egg Hunt will be presented Saturday, April 16, 4 to 7 p.m., at Saddle Up Riding Club, 6080 94th Ave. N. This one-of-a-kind Easter celebration will feature a hunt for Easter eggs while participants are on horseback. Attendees will find games and farm animals to pet and interact with. Cost is $5 to take part in the Horse Ride Easter Egg Hunt, $1 for games and $1 to $2 for food and drink. Reservations are not required. Call 520-3132 or visit www.saddleupridingclub.org.

Adult Easter egg hunt
PINELLAS PARK – Two local Girl Scout troops have joined forces to host an adult-only Easter egg hunt in the dark, as a fundraising event, Saturday, April 16, 8:30 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 9025 49th St. N. The cost is $5 per adult. Registration for the event will start at 7:30 p.m. the day of the event, though participants may buy tickets ahead of time. Adults must bring their own flashlights and a basket. A viewing area will be set up for children to watch the festivities. Prizes for the winners of the egg hunt include gift certificates to restaurants, retailers and massages, Sunken Garden tickets, parasailing and two-night stays at a TradeWinds resort. The idea for the event started after a hoax advertisement from a disgruntled employee publicized an adult-only egg hunt in Largo two years ago. The fake event drew several hundred participants, promoting local Girl Scout leader Brenda West to consider the idea as a potential fundraiser. Girl Scout troops #1180 and #726, made up of middle and high school girls, are hosting the event. For tickets in advance or more information, contact West at 385-5195 or via e-mail at brendawest@tampabay.rr.com.

Property owners association to host egg hunt
REDINGTON BEACH – The Redington Beach Property Owners Association’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place Saturday, April 23, 9:45 a.m., at Town Park on Gulf Boulevard and 164th Street. Designed for children age 8 and younger, the hunt will begin at 10 a.m. with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring baskets. There will be activities, games and prizes for children of all ages. The event is sponsored by the Redington Beach Property Owners Association. The RBPOA welcomes any volunteers. Call Fatima Rapuano at 742-2955.

Church to host Easterfest
SEMINOLE – The eighth annual Easterfest will be presented Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Anne of Grace Episcopal Church, 6650 113th St. The event will feature pony rides, inflatable bounce rides, an Easter trail egg hunt with egg prizes, hayrides, face painting, crafts, a petting zoo, the Easter bunny and live entertainment. All day rides and event participation for kids will be available with the purchase of a $10 wristband. Call 392-4483.

Church to sponsor egg hunt
SEMINOLE – Seminole First Baptist Church will sponsor a community Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 16, 9:30 a.m., at Shelter 7, Walsingham Park, 12615 102nd Ave. N. Designed for toddlers through fifth grade, the event will be presented in conjunction with the Seminole Stampede.

Center to host underwater egg hunt
ST. PETE BEACH – The Underwater Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m., at the St. Pete Beach Community Center pool, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. This unique event gives children an opportunity to celebrate Easter by hopping into the pool and swimming and diving for eggs and prizes. The event is open to the public. Pool admission is $3 and includes participating in the egg hunt. Attendees can stay in the pool and on the water slides until 3 p.m. Call 363-9264.

Church to sponsor Easter festival
ST. PETERSBURG – An Easter festival will take place Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Cornerstone Community Church, 6745 38th Ave. N. The event will include an egg hunt, games, clowns, cake walk, egg coloring, face painting, music, snow cones, food, goodie bags and a puppet show. Call 343-7747.

Eckerd College to host egg hunt
ST. PETERSBURG – The seventh annual Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the Hough Quad at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S. Eckerd College alumni and their children are invited to join fellow alumni, family and friends for this event. Hunts will take place in the Hough Quad and Fox woods and will be divided into age groups. R.S.V.P. is required. To R.S.V.P., email fiddlercrab@eckerd.edu.
Article published on Monday, April 11, 2011
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