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Easter festivities planned for this weekend

Fun facts about Easter

• German settlers introduced the Easter Bunny to America during the 1700s.

• Rabbits and hares are seen as symbols of fertility, giving birth to large litters in early spring. Females can conceive a second litter of offspring while still pregnant with the first.

• A contemporary Norwegian tradition is to watch and read murder mysteries at Easter.

• In the Czech Republic and Slovakia, men spank women playfully with several decorated willow reeds to help them keep their health and beauty throughout the next year.

Source: Wikipedia.org

Planning an Easter event?

If you're planning a special Easter event, please contact Editor Joshua Roberts at 875-1791 or editor@craigdaily... for publication in the Craig Daily Press.

From church services to egg hunts to potluck meals, there will be plenty to do this weekend with Easter celebrations abounding.

Two of the annual events are a hit for children. The Craig Lions Club candy race for children as old as age 8 begins at 1 p.m. sharp Saturday at Craig City Park.

"We line them up according to certain ages, and then we turn them loose," Lions Club member Al Shepherd said. "It's the quickest thing that ever happened. If you're one minute late, you're too late."

Shepherd said the event began more than 40 years ago, and the Lions club continues to host it because "it's a tradition" and a fun way to give back to the community. Children should take an Easter basket or bag to hold candy in.

Another annual children's event is the Easter egg hunt at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab.

Mary Gillingham, recreation and leisure director at the center, said that Brownie Troop No. 213 has loaded more than 700 plastic eggs with treats for children who are infants through age 12.

The troop also will come dye eggs with the residents Thursday evening.

Participating children at the egg hunt will be divided into age groups and allowed to search in different sections of the property. Gillingham describes the event as a way for residents to enjoy the company of children and also a way to give something to local children.

"This is a fun way of bringing the community to the residents," she said.

Below are community Easter events, listed chronologically:

Holy Thursday service

7 p.m. Thursday

Gymnasium at Friendship United Methodist Church, 700 Barclay St.

Everyone is welcome.

Maundy Thursday service

7 p.m. Thursday

657 Green St.

Hosted by St. Mark's Episcopal Church, First Congregational Church United Church of Christ and Lutheran Church of Grace.

Good Friday Tenebrae service

7:30 p.m. Friday

Friendship United Methodist Church, 700 Barclay St.

Everyone is welcome.

Holy week services

Friday through April 19

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 691 Green St.

Fr. Gabriel, of a Pennsylvania monastery, joins the congregation for the celebration.

Everyone is welcome.

Call 824-6664 for service times and other information.

Candy race

1 p.m. Saturday

North end of Craig City Park

Weather permitting.

For children as old as age 8.

Take an Easter basket or bag.

Sunrise service

7 a.m. Sunday

Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab, 943 W. Eighth St.

Hosted by St. Mark's Episcopal Church, First Congregational Church United Church of Christ and Lutheran Church of Grace.

Easter sunrise service

7 a.m. Sunday

1509 Oak St.

A potluck breakfast will follow.

Potluck meal

After noon service Sunday

Yampa Valley Baptist Church, 39 E. Victory Way

Easter egg hunt

2 p.m. Sunday

Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab, 943 W. Eighth St.

Ages infant to 12.

Take an Easter basket.

Call Mary or Colette at 826-4100 for more information.

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