The Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce's annual Easter egg hunt will be Saturday, April 7, starting at 9:30 a.m. at Spring Valley Senior Living's The Evergreens.

"It's sponsored once again by the chamber, with volunteer help from Kiwanis and others," said chamber member Julie Mlinar. "The Easter bunny will be there, and if the weather is warm enough, we will also have a petting zoo put on by the Spring Valley - Wykoff FFA."

Children can register for prizes at 9:30 a.m. before the hunt begins at 10 a.m. and also enjoy a cookie or two with the residents of Spring Valley Senior Living.

Mlinar explained, "We will have prizes from different businesses in town, and a bag of candy for each child who turns in found eggs from the hunt." There will be three age groups for the hunt - preschool and under, kindergarten and first grade and second and third grades.

At 10 a.m., each group will gather at its assigned area, and upon the sounding of the horn, the hunt for Easter eggs will begin. Mlinar noted, "When the eggs are found, they will be returned to the table in each age group's area, and the children will receive their bags of candy. As they leave the hunt, they can check the whiteboard to see if their name was drawn for a prize, which can then be claimed at the front door." Refreshments will again be available after the Easter egg hunt for those who would like to stay to visit.

Mlinar advised parents to prepare their children well for some seriously fun egg searching. "Parents may want to bring a sack or basket for their child to gather eggs in, and also a camera for a photo op with the bunny and petting zoo animals. If the weather is bad the hunt will still be held inside The Evergreens and assisted living area, but all attempts will be made to hold it outdoors, so if it's chilly, make sure the children are dressed warm enough."

She noted that The Evergreens residents decorate and fill the candy bags ahead of time for the event and the hunt brings children to the apartment building.

"It's a lot of fun to see the children all enjoying themselves with the Easter rabbit and also the residents of The Evergreens. The residents also enjoy watching and talking with the hunters and their families. It's a great time to blend different generations together in one fun activity."