Highland News Leader

Opportunities abound in the Highland area to hunt Easter eggs, meet the Easter Bunny


News Leader Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Easter Egg hunt, hosted by the Highland News Leader and participating merchants, is slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 on the downtown Square in Highland.

Children from toddlers through third grade may participate in the free event. They will be divided into four age groups. Parents may help the toddlers to three-year-old group, but they are asked to let older children hunt for the eggs on their own. Children should bring their own baskets or bags to fill and are asked to pick up about five or six eggs to ensure all children get some eggs.

Eggs are donated by Title Max.

VFW Easter Egg Hunt/

Kite Flying Contest

The Highland Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5694 will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt and Kite Flying Contest, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 5. The event is open to the public and will be held regardless of the weather. The egg hunters will be divided into three age groups: 1-3 years old, 4-6 years old, 7-10 years old.

Highland Hope

Flashlight Egg Hunt

Highland Hope UMC will host its eighth annual Flashlight Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 28. All area kids ages 1 to 10 years old are invited to bring their own bag or basket and flashlight. The hunt will begin at 7:15 p.m. on the church grounds at 12846 Daiber Road.

Civic Woman’s Club “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny”

The Highland Civic Woman’s Club will hold its “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 28 at the Weinheimer Community Center in Highland. The breakfast features all-you-can-east Chris’ Cakes pancakes, sausage and juice. There will also be Easter crafts, a basket raffle, a live bunny petting zoo and photos with the Easter Bunny, sponsored by Voegele Photography. Tickets are available in advance for $8 each at the Highland Chamber of Commerce office, Bradford Bank National Bank in Highland, Digitalartz, or any from HCWC member. Tickets will be $9 each at the door.


Highland-Pierron Fire Department Egg Hunt

The Highland-Pierron Fire Department will hold its second annual Easter egg hunt at noon on Sunday, March 29 at PIC Park in Pierron. The hunt, which will be held rain or shine, is for all ages. Bring your own basket. There will also be face painting, a bounce house, fire truck tours, and you can meet the Easter Bunny. Food and drinks will also be available.

New Douglas

First Baptist

Church Egg Hunt

The New Douglas Baptist Church’s annual Easter egg hunt will be on Saturday, March 28 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the New Douglas Township Park pavilion. Bring an Easter Egg basket. Don’t miss out on the prizes, food, and fun. You can contact the NDBC at (217) 456-6161 or ndbc2012@mindspring.com.


UCC Egg Hunt

The Easter egg hunt sponsored by Grantfork United Church of Christ will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 4 at the church. The Easter bunny will also be available for pictures.


Salem UCC Egg Hunt

Salem United Church of Christ in Alhambra will have an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 4 at 10 a.m. at the church. Each participant is asked to bring a food item for the food pantry. Following the hunt, there will be donuts, muffins and fruit served. The hunt is for children ages newborn to fifth grade.

Gilbert Hosto

Memorial Egg Hunt

The Gilbert Hosto Memorial Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Alhambra Jaycees, Community Club and the Village Board, will be Saturday, April 4 at 1 p.m. on the east side of Alhambra Township Park, behind the dance hall. The hunt is for children ages newborn to fifth grade.

Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt

The Alhambra Jaycees Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 4 at 8:30 p.m. at the Alhambra Township Park baseball diamonds. The hunt is for children ages newborn to fifth grade.

Hitz Memorial

Home Egg Hunt

Hitz Memorial Home, at 201 Belle St. in Alhambra, will have an Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. Besides the egg hunt, the Easter Bunny will be on hand for pictures and dancing. There will be prizes for egg hunting. Face painting and a petting zoo will also part of the festivities. Dessert and refreshments will be served. For further information, contact Brooke Clark or Elizabeth Loy at (618) 488-2355.

St. Jacob

Village Easter Egg Hunt

The annual St. Jacob East Egg Hunt, sponsored by the village of St. Jacob, will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 29 at St. Jacob Township Park. The Easter Bunny will arrive by fire truck at approximately 12:45 p.m. The hunt is for children up to fifth grade and will be held rain or shine.



Auxiliary Egg Hunt

The Marine Firefighters’ Auxiliary Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 at the Marine Fireman’s Park. The event is for children up to 8 years old. The rain date is April 4.


The Pentecostals of Troy Spring Break Block Party & Easter Egg Hunt

The Pentecostals of Troy, 8965 Illinois Route 162 in Troy, are hosting their annual Spring Break Block Party and Easter Egg Hunt on April 1 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for ages 11 and under. There will be age-specific egg hunts, fun, games, prizes and more, all free. For more information, visit the online church at www.pentecostalsoftroy.org, “Like” The Pentecostals of Troy on Facebook, follow @PentecostalTroy on Twitter, email revbb63@aol.com or call 667-6054.

Meet the Easter Bunny

at the Community Expo

Would your child like a free picture with the Easter Bunny? If so, then you will not want to miss the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce Spring Community Expo, set for Tuesday, March 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Triad High School.

The Chamber has signed up more than 100 vendors, who will be on hand to display their items and offer eggs to all children who attend. Every child will receive 10 tickets and can gather 10 eggs from the vendors. Each egg will have candy, and some will even have special prizes.

Also, Ridgeway Photography Studio will be taking free pictures (or you can bring your own camera for free pictures) with the Easter Bunny. There will also be a face painter, balloon artist, and much more.

The event is free and open to the public.

Bethel Baptist

Church Spring Fling

Bethel Baptist Church, 7775 Collinsville Road in Troy, will hold its Spring Fling from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 4 for children preschool through sixth-grade and their families.

The free event includes an Easter egg hunt, face painting, cake walks, kite flying/bubbles, photo booth, puppet show, snacks, and drinks.

You can also contact Tracy DeRossett mrandmrsd2u@aol.com or Cheryl Jordan jordan4@hometel.com for further details.


First Baptist Maryville

Easter Egg Hunt

Kick off Easter weekend with a 10,000-egg Easter egg hunt at First Baptist Maryville, 7110 Illinois Route 162 in Maryville, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 4.

Each egg will be filled with candy and special prizes will also be up for grabs. Everyone is welcome. Children in preschool to fifth grade can participate in the egg hunt.

Following the egg hunt on Saturday, the first of four Easter services will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The remaining services will be held on Sunday morning, April 5 at 8:15, 9:30, and 10:55 a.m. All services are identical.