LISTEN FOR THE WHISTLE - Youngsters eagerly await last year’s signal to start finding Easter eggs at La Porte City Nursing & Rehab’s annual event. Photo by Mary Bauer.

LISTEN FOR THE WHISTLE – Youngsters eagerly await last year’s signal to start finding Easter eggs at La Porte City Nursing & Rehab’s annual event. Photo by Mary Bauer.

On Saturday, March 23, La Porte City Nursing & Rehabilitation Center will be hosting the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Children through age 9 are invited. Eggs are located in three separate areas of the lawn and divided up by age groups:  ages 3 and under, 4-5 year olds, and 6-9 year olds. The hunt officially begins with the 1:00 whistle and ends when all the eggs are collected. This event is open to the public and free for all.

There will be 2500 eggs filled with candy and nine with special prizes. Anyone finding one of the nine special eggs should turn it into the Easter Bunny to receive the prize. The Easter bunny will also be on site for pictures. Winnie the Pooh will be here with hugs for everyone and  SpongeBob SquarePants will make an appearance. Afterwards, cookies, punch and popcorn will be served to all on the patio.

Participants are reminded that the eggs are recycled for this event and encourage everyone to empty their eggs of candy and leave the eggs for use again next year.

Parking is limited at the nursing home.  Families are encouraged to NOT park along the highway for safety reasons. Compressed Air, Black Hawk Auto (now the Spence Fertilizer lot) and Car Quest have been neighborly enough to allow parking in their lots. There is also a school bus for families to ride. The bus will take children up to the nursing home from the city parking lot across from the fire station at 12:45 PM.  The bus will allow time after the hunt for cookies and socializing after returning downtown.

Please dress for mud as it is an early Easter this year.  If it rains on March 23, the event will be moved to the following Saturday, March 30. It will still be a great time, so don’t miss it!

The nursing home residents are the ones who make this event possible. They really enjoy preparing for this event and look to it with great excitement, spending one week counting and filling Easter eggs and one day frosting 400 cookies. For anyone who would like to donate toward the special prizes or volunteer to help, please contact Allison Clark at (319) 342-2125.