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By Jennifer LeDuc

While this winter has been mild, save for a bit of wild wind, the arrival of spring on the calendar is itself enough reason to rejoice. Easter celebrations and egg hunts in the community give an all-faith opportunity to connect with neighbors and create some adorable photo opps – and even the pups can get in on the fun. Edgewater and Wheat Ridge are staging events, but Lakewood is not.

Citizens Park Youth Egg/Dog Treat Hunt

Edgewater doesn’t mess around – they offer something for both children and dogs. The Saturday, March 31, Citizens Park Youth Egg/Dog Treat Hunt starts 10 a.m. at Citizens Park, 5440 W. 24th Ave. (24th and Chase) and includes something for the whole family (unless you’re a cat person, of course).

The kids collect in different waves based on their age, and the pups get in on the fun shortly after the kiddos, gobbling up treats donated from area businesses.

Children ages 0 to 3 years will be allowed to collect first with their parents. Children in age groups 4 to 5, 6 to 8, and 9 to 11 will collect on their own. Adding to the fever-pitch excitement will be a golden egg hidden for each age group. The finder of the golden egg will be the recipient of a special basket.

Of course there will be obligatory photo opps with bunny. While last year’s youth choir will not be performing, there will be music.

Patrick Martinez, City of Edgewater recreation manager, recalled only postponing the event once in his seven-year tenure, but should snow or rain arrive, Martinez will update the Playedgwater.com website and post a sign at the park.

The Edgewater Rec Center is also offering an Easter Floral Arrangement class on Thursday, March 29, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. To register for the $10 class, visit playedgewater.com.

Panorama Park Egg Hunt

Wheat Ridge Park and Rec hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24, at Panorama Park, W. 35th Avenue and Fenton Street. This year it’s bigger than ever, with more than 5,000 eggs to find.

Not only will there be a bunny on hand for photos and music, but Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker will be there to count the hunt down and get the crowd going. The Wheat Ridge Kiwanis volunteers helped scatter the eggs throughout the search area.

The hunt begins at 10 a.m. and there will be four different age zones for children to search in, so everyone can begin together.

The city has been hosting this event for decades and Stephen Clyde, recreation supervisor of general programs and marketing, said this year’s event will be it’s biggest yet.

“It’s a simple and lighthearted event,” said Clyde, “And it brings more and more people out each year.”

Rain date, if necessary, will be the following Saturday, March 31.