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Westside Community Center Egg Hunt: 'You could tell they had a lot of fun'

More than 50 kids participated in the age 3-5 egg hunt on the Bijou Street lawn at the Westside Community Center March 31. Parents helped the younger ones.
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April 8, 2018
       An estimated 150 people turned out for the first-time Westside Community Center Egg Hunt March 31, the day before Easter.
       “It turned out pretty well,” said Aundrea Fuller, marketing coordinator for the public facility at 1628 W. Bijou St. “We had lot of people come up to say thank you. You could tell they had a lot of fun.”
       With the help of neighborhood volunteers, Fuller filled about 1,300 plastic eggs with candy or coupons and put them out where youngsters could find them. There were also craft activities.
       Three separate hunts were arranged. The playground area at the northeast corner was for ages 6-and-over; the lawn along Bijou Street was for ages 3 to 5;
The egg hunt for ages 6-and-over was set in the Westside Community Center playground, with 50-some taking part.
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and the office area inside the main building was for ages 2-and-under.
       One family in the latter category found a coupon after taking the eggs home, so they returned to the center to redeem it then and there. “It was the baby's first Easter,” Fuller said. The family got to pick from a prize box, and they left with a bath toy. “They were happy,” she enthused.
       The egg-seeking activities were part of a full day at the center. Beforehand was a performance/presentation in the library's "Spring Break" series, and afterward was an animated Easter Bunny movie (“Hop”).
       Fuller said she hoped the egg hunt can become an annual event at the center.
       Also offering classes, programs and services (many at no charge), the Westside Community Center is open weekdays and some Saturdays.
       The original home of the Buena Vista School, the facility has been owned since 2009 by Colorado Springs Parks. The center is operated through an outreach arm of the Woodmen Valley Chapel.
       For more information, call 385-7920 x1, or go to ourwestside.org.

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