Events for young and old will help the city spring into Easter, beginning with the annual Easter Egg Hunt put on by the St. Clair Shores Firefighters Local 1744.
Firefighter Paramedic Scott Campbell said this year’s hunt will start at noon on Easter Sunday, March 31, but he recommends families get to Blossom Heath Park by 11 or 11:30 a.m. so they can make sure that every child gets a raffle ticket before the chaos of the hunt begins.
The firefighters raffle off more than 50 prizes, mostly Easter baskets full of goodies, after the hunt.
More than 300 children showed up for the event in 2012; this is the 23rd year for the extravaganza.
“We try to do about 10, 11 events over the course of the year just to give back to the community,” Campbell said. “All of the (fire) trucks will be out there. Our kids get to come and people get to see us with our families instead of just seeing us as a government entity.”
Children are asked to bring their own baskets to collect the eggs filled with candy and spread around the park. There will be a separate section for babies up to age 3, a section for those 3-7 years old and then another for those 8 years and older. There will be 600 or 700 eggs up for grabs and no park pass is required for entry.
“There’s extra candy, too, for the kids that get run over and can’t get an egg,” Campbell said. “Everyone’s going to go home with some candy.”
The Easter Bunny should also be making an appearance for photos and visits with the children; parents can bring their own cameras.
“We’re looking forward to doing it again this year,” Campbell said. “It’s one of our favorite events. It’s a big family-oriented thing.”
Firefighter medic Kevin Kraus said the event gets bigger every year.
“It’s become part of the routine for a lot of these families now,” he said. “They’re coming right to the Easter Egg Hunt right from mass. It’s pretty cool.”
A few days later, members of the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center and the rest of the community are invited to the center’s Spring Fling Easter Luncheon at noon April 4.
“It’s just a way to come together for the holiday,” said Senior Activities Director Sue Fickau. “For some people, this may be the only way they have to celebrate the holiday in general. Anybody’s welcome to these parties.”
Tickets for the lunch are $10 and are available by calling the center, located at 20000 Stephens, at (586) 445-0996.
“A lot of people want to get together with friends but they don’t want to clean their house, so they buy a table,” Fickau said. “We’ve had grandchildren on down and they come with their grandma to see who their friends are.”
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