July 25, 2016

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Children have eyes out for eggs at hunt

Ella Belsito, 3, reaches for an Easter egg at the Connection Church Easter Egg Hunt. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

Ella Belsito, 3, reaches for an Easter egg at the Connection Church Easter Egg Hunt. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

The Easter Bunny had youngsters hopping Saturday at holiday activities throughout the area. As many as 100 youngsters were expected to search for 2,000 hidden eggs at the Connection Church Easter Egg Hunt at Medina’s Roscoe Ewing Park.

Church volunteer served doughnuts, coffee and juice during the egg hunt, which was open to the public. Kids also had a chance to look for 100 glow-in-the-dark crosses in a replica of the tomb where, according to the Christian faith, Jesus Christ was buried before rising from the dead.

“We hope this event brings the community together, allowing families to celebrate Easter in a fun way,” event coordinator Monica Arnold said.

Medina Early Childhood PTA hosted Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Medina United Methodist Church on Foote Road. Coordinated by PTA President Kristen Raulie and Vice President Meghan Owings, the breakfast was open to the public. Volunteers from Medina High School’s Girls Leadership Club, Key Club and Student

Council helped youngsters with face-painting, egg-hunting, bunny-ear-making and more. Kate Oren, of kO Photography in Medina, donated services for photos with the Easter Bunny. Watching daughter Molly, 2, learn to bowl, Nikki Schachinger said, “We love it; it’s such a fun family event. Obviously Molly is having a blast.”

Proceeds from the breakfast went to the Medina Early Childhood PTA, a nonprofit organization that serves Medina County children (birth through kindergarten) with play groups and other programs.

The Medina library on South Broadway Street celebrated Easter all day with holiday-themed activities.

“We have this event every year on the day before Easter because that’s the day most families are all together for the holiday,” librarian Karlyn Petretti said. “And because we support early-reading readiness, most of the activities are reading-themed.”

Large, laminated Easter eggs were decorated with literary characters and placed around the children’s reading room. Youngsters were invited to find eggs and play a game by matching the literary character to the egg color. There were many other activity tables, including a sticker table where youngsters could create their own Easter story.

Claire Baxendale, 6, took part in the egghunt with her parents and little sister Mary, 3.

“My favorite part of the day was finding all the Easter eggs,” Claire said “The best ones were Curious George and the Rainbow Fish.”

Contact reporter Nancy Johnson at (330) 721-4065 or areanews@medina-gazette.com.