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Easter Bunny heading this way

Egg-citing events get hopping Saturday
By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
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Easter bonnets, instead of rain hats, should be the appropriate fashion for weekend activities. Saturday is predicted to be free of rain with mild temperatures – just the ticket needed so that Easter egg hunts and observances can go on as planned. Activities for the Colfax Lions Club Annual Easter Egg Hunt will have a 9:30 a.m. start at Colfax Lions Children’s Park, next to the baseball field. According to Ernie Steiner, of the Colfax Lions, “hunters” will be divided into age groups of up to 4 years, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, and over 10. The lucky child in each age group who finds the golden egg will get a prize basket. There are also plans for Cal Fire to have fire engines on display so that youngsters can take turns sitting in the driver’s seat of the trucks. In Meadow Vista, the Lions Club there will host their annual egg hunt, which starts at 8:30 a.m., also on Saturday, at Placer Hills School. Holy Week observances have also been scheduled by local religious leaders. The second annual Good Friday service begins at 6:30 p.m. April 6 at the Sierra Vista Community Center and will include reflective singing and inspirational scripture reading. The service is sponsored by the Colfax Ministerial Association and its members, Pastor Don Hall of the Colfax Assembly of God Church, Pastor Romy Velasco and lay pastor Joe Hoffman of the Colfax, Meadow Vista and Dutch Flat Methodist churches, and Pastor Gary Howard of the Colfax Baptist Church. Velasco said the association was formed to bring awareness of the role churches play in the community. “Whenever there are special occasions in Colfax, there has been no mention of religious groups and activities here, so Gary and Pastor Don of the Assembly of God and I formed the association for these churches to be visible in the community,” Velasco said. According to Howard, the Ministerial Association meets monthly to plan events and talk about the needs of the community. “We have a booth at every festival Colfax has, including 3rd of July, Railroad Days, Winterfest, etc. We also sponsored a community gathering for the Farmer's Market which included music, drama, and testimonies,” Howard said. In addition to Easter Sunday services at the individual churches, a service – conducted by the Colfax Baptist Church – begins at 10:30 a.m. April 8 at the Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School St. A brunch will be served at 10 a.m. A program for children age 4 through grade six will be held during the service. Special Easter gifts will be given for all children and there will be a pinata after the service. Nursery care will be available for children from infants through 4 years old. There will also be gifts for first-time guests. An Easter sunrise service is also scheduled at 6:30 a.m. at Meadow Vista Park in Meadow Vista. In case of rain, the sunrise service will be moved to the Placer Hills United Methodist Church, at 17250 Placer Hills Road.