Area children will have numerous opportunities to discover hidden gems next weekend as churches, cities and organizations host Easter egg hunts across the region.
Locally, the first event begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, at Stanfield Elementary School. The third annual Stanfield Spaghetti Feed and Easter Egg Hunt begins with a spaghetti feed and Bingo from 6:30-8:30 p.m., followed by the Night Time Easter Egg Hunt at 8:30 p.m.
The event is a fundraiser for the towns Fourth of July celebration.
Tickets are $7 if purchased by April 4 or $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Banner Bank, The Elephants Trunk, Main Street Market, Main Stylin Nook, Stanfield city offices and the Stanfield Public Library. For more information, call the Stanfield Public Library at 541-449-1254.
The City of Hermiston will also host an after-dark egg hunt.
For the fifth year, the Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Butte Park. Thousands of eggs will be hidden throughout the park, and some include special prizes. Lights go off at 8:15 sharp, so participants are encouraged to arrive early. The event is open to children 10 and under, and parents are advised to stay with their children during the event.
The Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt is free.
On Saturday morning, April 7, Easter activities begin with the 26th annual Peter Rabbit Breakfast at First United Methodist Church of Hermiston. From 7:30-10:30 a.m., the church will offer an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast for $5. Children 5 and under eat free, and everyone will receive a pancake shaped like a rabbit.
During that time period, visitors can also work on craft projects, complete egg hunts or take photos with Peter Rabbit. All proceeds from the Peter Rabbit Breakfast benefit Marthas House homeless shelter.
For more information on that event, call 541-567-3002.
Also Saturday, the Umatilla Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt will take place at McNary Dams West Park, and the Boardman Tillicum Club Easter Egg Hunt begins at 10 a.m. at Boardmans Marina Park.
The Umatilla event is open to all children 11 and younger, and children could win an Easter basket. For more information, call 541-922-4825. Both events are free.
In Hermiston, New Hope Community Church will offer various Easter activities at 1350 S. Highway 395.
In addition to an egg hunt, New Hope will host a puppet show, crafts and a petting zoo. Food will be available, and all events begin at 10 a.m.
For more information, call 541-567-8441.