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Baskets full of Easter joy and fun for every girl and boys

by Patty Unruh

All bunny trails led to the Gilpin Community Center (GCC) last Saturday, March 24, for its annual Easter eggstravaganza.  A crowd of kids from birth to age 12 and their parents celebrated the start of spring break with indoor egg hunts, games, and prizes. It was hard to tell who was having more fun – the children or the grinning moms, dads, and grandparents who were watching and photographing those special moments. “Happy Easter” greetings filled the air.

GCC broke with the tradition of the past several years and held its annual Easter egg hunt on the Saturday morning instead of a weekday evening. Also, the usual pool diving was omitted due to GCC being short on pool staff. In fact, the pool was closed last weekend.

“Lifeguards are needed!” exclaimed youth programs coordinator Jacob Rippy, who organized this year’s egg hunt party. If interested, please apply.

Also, GCC is still on the lookout for a new director to fill the slot vacated by Kathi Lambert when she retired last year. Rec Center staff hopes to hear a decision soon.

Four staff members and a couple of volunteers were on hand to help last Saturday. They had placed one thousand brightly colored plastic eggs on floors, shelves, window sills, chairs, and other assorted hiding spots.

The multi-purpose room was filled with kids making Easter bunny bags. Little ones really enjoyed gluing cotton balls on their bags and ended up with bunnies having several cotton tails. Many were in the gym, scrambling around in a bounce house, scaling the climbing wall, or playing a variety of Easter-themed games like ring toss, bean bag toss, or sack race.

All were looking forward to the prospect of candy, candy, and more candy. Three-year-old Teolo Brunhart-Lupo showed off a small bag of candy robin’s eggs and piped, “I hope there are M&M’s and chocolate in here!”

The Easter Bunny arrived mid-way through the morning, to the delight of the children who thronged around her. Some of the kids were a bit skeptical, though.

“How come the Easter Bunny is wearing tennis shoes?” one asked. That remark really had everyone cracking up.

After an hour of crafts and games, kids lined up for the main event outside the dance studio, lounge, teen room, and senior room according to age groups. Staff members cautioned, “You can go in now, but don’t touch the eggs till I say so. Then you can get five, but no more till everyone gets five, then stop. When I give the signal, you can go back and get all you can.”

The doors opened, kids rushed in eagerly, and in just a few minutes all the thousand eggs had been scooped into the bags and baskets. Most of the eggs had candy, but some had special slips that could be redeemed for small prizes. Kids kept the candy and returned the empty eggs to GCC to use again next year.

Don’t miss the egg coloring party at the Elks Lodge, 113 Main Street in Central City on Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m., and the Elks egg hunt at William C. Russell Park above Central City on Saturday, March 31, at 11:00 a.m.

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