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Easter eggs everywhere

Egg hunts will be sponsored across Hernando this Easter weekend - on land and water.

By JOY DAVIS-PLATT

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 13, 2001


Easter weekend events won't be as difficult to find as well-hidden colored eggs.

It takes longer for members of the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville to hide 2,000 colored plastic eggs than it does for hordes of excited children to find them, said Bill Greene, the club's chairman of youth services.

"It doesn't take very long at all for them to scoop up those eggs," said Greene, one of the organizers for the group's annual Easter egg hunt at Tom Varn Park.

Members of the Hernando High School Key Club also help with the event, which draws hundreds of people each year, Greene said. Children through sixth grade are divided into age categories to hunt for candy-filled plastic eggs.

Giveaways will include food coupons, stuffed animals and baskets and there will be free hot dogs, hamburgers and sodas.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville.

"We all do this just for the joy of doing it," said Greene, whose grandchildren, ages 8 and 11, will be at the event. "It's a lot of fun."

At Weeki Wachee Springs, children can trade in their Easter baskets for beach buckets this weekend.

On Saturday, Buccaneer Bay water park will put a Florida spin on a spring tradition with its annual underwater Easter egg hunt.

Hundreds of colored eggs will be hidden in the park's spring-fed waters, each good for candy and prizes. There will be a hunt for children ages 1-3 at noon and ages 4-6 at 1 p.m. at the kiddie pool. At the beachfront, children ages 7 to 9 can hunt at 2 p.m., and children 10 to 12 will hunt at 3 p.m.

Although children need not be able to swim, they are asked to bring something to hold their eggs. Also, because the plastic eggs will be hidden below the water line, they might want to bring a face mask.

Regular admission prices apply: $15.95 for adults, $11.95 for children ages 3 to 10 and $13.45 for seniors. Weeki Wachee Springs is at U.S. 19 and Cortez Boulevard in Weeki Wachee. For information, call 596-2062.

The Polish American Social Club will celebrate Easter with a dinner-dance Sunday at the clubhouse, 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; dinner will be served from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; dancing from 3:15 to 6:15 p.m. Choice of dinner will be a traditional Polish Easter dinner or chicken, with soup, salad, vegetable, dessert, coffee or tea. Tickets are $9 for members and $10 for guests. For reservation, call Phyllis Silva at 688-6385 or Eleanor Kucinski at (727) 934-3065.

The VFW Post 9236 Hernando Beach Ladies Auxiliary will hold an Easter egg hunt for children up to 9 years old at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the post home, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Special guest appearance by the Easter Bunny. Lots of goodies and prizes will be awarded. For information, call the post at 596-9236 or Joan, 597-2768. Christian Church in the Wildwood will hold a Good Friday sundown celebration, including an Easter egg hunt with more than 1,000 eggs for children 2-7 years old. The hunt begins at 6 tonight and an inspirational service will follow at 7 p.m. at Alfred McKethan Park on Pine Island. For information, call 596-1388.

Spring Hill First Church of the Nazarene, 9600 Century Drive, Spring Hill, will have its annual community Hallelujah Egg Hunt from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday with 6,000 candy-filled eggs to be found. There will be free pony rides, a petting zoo and Moonwalk, a guess-the-bubblegum-eggs contest and magic show. One gold and one silver egg will be among the eggs found in each age group, with 24 prize baskets awarded to each child finding one of the 12 gold and 12 silver eggs. Participants will receive free cotton candy treats (with sugar-free candy available) and Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be on hand for free hugs and photos available for $2. The door prize will be a $50 savings bond, and every child will receive a coupon for a free Dairy Queen cone and a free game of bowling. Admission is free. For information, call 683-1945.

There will be an Easter egg hunt for children ages 12 and younger at 7 a.m. Saturday at Publix, 4365 Commercial Way (Lakewood Plaza), Spring Hill. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The store's doors will be closed at 7:05 a.m., so those wishing to participate are asked to arrive early. The hidden eggs will have candy inside; finders of special eggs can win chocolate bunnies, Easter egg cakes and Easter baskets. There will be coffee, juice and doughnuts. Admission is free. For information, call 597-8500.

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