Updated April 11 at 9:49 a.m.

Fun-filled times to lead up to Easter


ARENAC COUNTY — Residents won’t have to hunt too far for Easter events in the community, as seven will be held over the next two weekends.

The Jayden Fair Easter Bunny Breakfast will kick off the Easter festivities April 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Au Gres-Sims multipurpose room. A donation at the door will garner families breakfast and entry into one of the two egg hunts to be held, one at 10 a.m. and one at noon. While the event is in its eighth and final year according to organizer and mom of Jayden, Jackie Fair, it will once again raise funds for a scholarship for an AGS senior, with raffles and a silent auction to be held. Any remaining funds will go toward medical and travel expenses for Jayden, who is turning 8 in May and battling a host of medical issues. Kids will be split into age groups of 0-5 and 6-10 during the hunts, and eight bicycles will be given away.

Alger Parks and Rec’s event will follow April 13 from 1-2 p.m. at the Moffatt Township Fire Hall on M-76 south of Maple Ridge Road. Kids will be able to meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs, and snacks and refreshments will be provided. Two bikes will be given away during the event.

For those with special needs looking for an easier pace, Kash’s Special Easter Egg Hunt will be hosted April 14 at noon at the Standish-Sterling Central Elementary. Eggs will be filled with washers so they can be collected with a magnet, and magnetic sticks are available to make it easier for those in wheelchairs. Organizer Katrina Kandal, mom to Kash, said whether participants collect one egg or 20, they will exchange their findings for a goodie bag — a Thirty-One bag filled with mostly toys and games. The Easter Bunny will be on hand, as well as fire trucks, live animals, balloons and more. Lunch will be provided by Bikers for Kids. Parents or guardians are asked to register ahead of time by emailing kashsegghunt@gmail.com.

Later in the day April 14, K9 Jagger’s Easter Egg Hunt will take place at the fieldhouse behind Standish-Sterling Central High School. Volunteer Jody Wilk said it happens very fast right at 3 p.m., so attendees are advised to come at least a half-hour early to register. Jagger and his handler Deputy Eric Hribek will also be meeting with kids and taking pictures with them before the hunt. Those registered will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card, one for each of the four age categories. Ages 0-3 will go first in the hunt right at 3 p.m., with one parent or guardian allowed to help. Ages 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12 go all at once afterward in what Wilk described as a “mad dash.” Participants are asked to bring a bag or basket to collect the eggs, which are “jam-packed” with goodies. After the hunt, K9 Jagger will be giving demonstrations on activities such as finding drugs and bringing down bad guys.

For Good Friday, April 19, MediLodge of Sterling will hold its annual Bunny Brunch from 10 a.m. to noon. A breakfast with muffins and juice will be served at 10 a.m., followed by an egg hunt. Participants in the hunt will be divided into age groups. Afterward prizes will be given away, including four bikes.

To kick off that Saturday, April 20, the American Legion Post 104 in Standish will host an Easter Bunny Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon. Adults are $7, children are $4 and those 2 and younger are free. After the breakfast kids ages 0-3 will hunt for eggs starting at 12:15 p.m., ages 4-7 at 12:30 and ages 8-10 at 12:45. Attendees will be able to purchase pictures with the Easter Bunny, as well as homemade goods and crafts. All proceeds will go toward the Girl Scout Troop 50685 for its trip to London, Paris and Barcelona. The Legion is located at 3221 M-76, Standish.

The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 390 will hold its Easter egg hunt April 20 at 11 a.m., rain or shine, at Deep River Township Hall. Candy and small prizes will be given out to kids, and each kid entered into the hunt will receive a stub for a chance to win a bike. Participants will be split into four age groups — 1-2, 3-4, 5-7 and 8-10. VVA President Ron Branda advised attendees to come early, as this hunt will also happen quickly.

This story has been updated with an additional event since going to print.


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