Easter celebration most meaningful after long COVID winter

Isabel Amezquita
Staff Writer

With Easter around the corner, the San Dimas community hosted its annual family festival and egg hunt on Saturday morning in the Civic Center Park on Bonita Avenue. 

Roughly 250 community members showed up to the event eager to share their Easter spirit with their loved ones by dancing, eating snacks, and hiding eggs for the children.

Welcomed by staff, vendors, and the Easter Bunny, visitors could enjoy two jumper areas for kids, food stands with snacks including chips, nuts, water, Kool Aid pouches, girl scout cookies, ring toss games, egg hunts, and free pictures with the Easter Bunny.

A DJ played live music and performers put on dance performances in Hula style, hip hop, Irish dancing, and live dancing lessons also took place for those interested in getting up and moving.

Euisa Hildebran, a worker assisting with the “Bounce and Learn” mini jumper for children, said the community does better when everyone is smiling and having fun.

“It’s something for the community, and we’re happy we’re open to doing events like these,” Hildebran said. “The bounce and learn jumper helps kids get that energy out while learning as they have fun, and this is our goal as a city. To offer something fun for children and the community.”

Amalia Gutierrez, another worker assisting with the free pictures with the Easter bunny, said this event has been a total success and the San Dimas community is happy to have everyone gather together after such a long time.

“It’s been a good turn around after not being able to do events like these in so long,” Gutierrez said. “During the pandemic last year, we delivered eggs to families in accordance with our COVID-19 guidelines, and did the best we could to serve our community despite the circumstances.”

To her, working events like these help keep the community together, and added that San Dimas is lucky enough to have been among one of the few cities to have an event such as this one.

Arabel Sanchez, an 8-year-old San Dimas resident, said she felt happy to simply enjoy a day out with her family and friends in the sun.

“I got to find many eggs with candy, and play with my parents and friends,” Arabel Sanchez said. “I even got to take cute pictures with the bunny and he made my day because he gave me candy after too.”

“Getting to come with my family means a lot to me,” said Kate Sanchez, Arabel’s mom. “We haven’t been able to go to many events like these in a while due to the pandemic and us being afraid to go out, but we are super excited to finally have gotten the chance to come. There is so much to do and see, I hope they have more events coming up soon.”

The city of San Dimas also offers other events throughout the year including Halloween, Christmas, and Easter events, as well as a weekly farmer’s market.

The Arbor Day and Earth Day event will be on April 30, will include paper shedding, mulch giveaways, vendors, crafts, free tree saplings and flower seed giveaways.

For more information, visit sandimasca.gov/departments/parks_and_recreation/special_events.php.

Isabel Amezquita can be reached at isabel.amezquita@laverne.edu.

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