Community gathers for Easter celebration

Anisa Salazar
Staff Writer 

The city of La Verne held their second annual Eggcellent Adventure on March 23 at Heritage Park. There were four different age groups with set times for each child to hunt for eggs and many activities to enjoy. Admission was free for everyone. 

Despite the rainy weather, parents and children still showed up to participate in the community event. Set up all around the park were vendors, face painting, balloon artists and food.

There was something for everyone to enjoy. While children were hunting for eggs, parents could eat, listen to music and shop around at the vendors. 

While some people came exclusively for the egg hunt, La Verne resident Tracy Bermudez said that the opportunity to take pictures with the Easter Bunny is what drew her into attending the event. 

Many of the people in attendance said that they discovered the event through the city’s social media promotions. It was announced at the beginning of March and a few videos on Instagram were posted days before the event, reminding people what’s to come. 

“We also come for concerts at the park and whatever other activities they hold at this park,” Pomona resident Cecilia Villa said.

Although Villa doesn’t live in La Verne, she believes that events like these are a great way to keep the community united and a way to meet new people.

“As far as parent participation is concerned, for the one to three age group, that was the only one where parent participation was allowed,” city of La Verne, Community Services Special Events and Sport Jesse Cervantes said.  “Last year there were no restrictions at all.” 

Contrary to last year, all other ages four to 12 were not allowed to have their parents help them while hunting for eggs, allowing the children to have a more enjoyable time. 

This is the second year they have done this Easter event at Heritage Park, but Cervantes said that they have done this previously before on a smaller scale. It was at two separate parks in conjunction with the Rotary Club of La Verne. They were able to get more participants this year. 

“Being able to bring the entire community together for one event has made a difference,” Cervantes said. “It’s more fun than having just a 10-minute event like it used to be.” 

“We live in a city close to the park so we will come every year as long as my kids are young,”  La Verne resident Stephen Wiard said.

Wiard brought his two children to the event, saying that it was a perfect day for easter egg hunting. These types of events are important, he loves that they bring the community together. 

Cervantes hopes that in the future the event will grow bigger and better as they continue to look for more sponsors and vendors to participate. 

Anisa Salazar can be reached at anisa.salazar@laverne.edu

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