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Parker Weeks, 7, gets into the Easter spirit and customizes a cup of soil and seeds at the First Rock of the Foothills Church Spring Festival on Saturday. The festival featured egg hunts, games and activities for La Verne community members of all ages to celebrate Easter and the spring season. / photo by Armida Carranza

Robyn Jones
Staff Writer

Despite the heat, families flocked to the Spring Festival that was hosted by the Rock of the Foothills Church in La Verne last weekend in honor of Easter, which is this Sunday. 

More than 70 people attended in all.

Guests were greeted with plenty of smiles, bright colors, multiple stations with different activities, a photo booth and an Easter egg hunt.

Shouts and laughter of children filled the air as they went to the various booths, running around as they dragged their parents from one activity to the next.

Carla Campbell, who is also a member of the Rock of the Foothills Church, was happy to see everyone participating in the event.

“I just love interacting with the folks in the neighborhood,” Campbell said.

Once the guests arrived, everyone received an information flier before they moved on to the first activity – necklace making.

The necklace station was a creation station. 

Children were able to put different colored sand into a bottle, which was tied into a necklace that they were able to wear.

The booth right next door was a potting activity. 

At this station, pots were handed out in order to build a custom potted plant to grow.

Physical therapist and La Verne resident Lisa Weeks attended the Spring Festival with her two sons.

Weeks moved to La Verne about a year and a half ago. 

She said she had an amazing time.

“I think having all the kids gather together is fun,” Weeks said. 

She added that she was happy to get to know her neighbors. 

“Because we are new to the area.” 

A popular activity was the flamingo ring toss. 

At this station, children were able to toss a hula hoop around a lawn flamingo to win candy.

Apple Safford, a volunteer who was in charge of this  booth, said she has helped the church with many other events that they have hosted. 

She said her favorite part of today’s event was helping all the kids.

At the photo booth, retired teacher and La Verne resident Susan Boscarino had fun hanging out with her family. 

Boscarino attended this Sunday event because her cousin invited her.

Boscarino said she enjoyed how the Spring Festival was  so kid-friendly.

It was a great outing, especially following so many months of COVID-19 isolation, guests agreed.

“I think we feel a part of the community when we’re out and about,” Boscarino said. “I think they did a good job on where they set it up so far apart.

“And the Easter egg hunt they put for the different age groups,” Boscarino added.

For more La Verne family events, visit the community calendar at cityoflaverne.org .

Robyn Jones can be reached at robyn.jones2@laverne.edu.

Robyn Jones is a senior journalism major and sports editor for the Campus Times. She is also a member of Iota Delta and a freelance photographer whose work can be found on Instagram at @jnaisphotos.

Armida Carranza, a junior photography major and psychology minor, is a staff photographer for the Campus Times.

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