Weekend has Easter trails for you

4/16/2014

By ANGIE HAFLICH

By ANGIE HAFLICH

ahaflich@gctelegram.com

A couple events are planned to celebrate Easter this weekend along with some unrelated activities that include a motorcycle safety course, legislative coffee, a musical program and an art exhibit.

Lee Richardson Zoo has the wildest egg hunt in town planned for Saturday. Throughout the day, keepers will be giving the animals hard-boiled eggs, gelatin eggs and papier mache eggs created by zoo volunteers and decorated by students of Florence Wilson Elementary School. 

Kristi Newland is interim director of LRZ. “They (keepers) go in with the animals and see what they do with their eggs,” she said. “Some of the eggs might have treats in them for the animals.”

Attendees can visit the mountain lions at 8:30 a.m., elephants at 10:30 a.m., sloth bears at 12:30 p.m. or the snow leopard at 2:30 p.m. to see the animals enjoying their eggs. And from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., visitors can take turns giving the giraffes one of their favorite items. Giraffe encounters are $2 for one feeding or $5 for three.

Visitors can count eggs for the chance to win a special prize, too.

“They’re going to have laminated pictures of eggs with the Zoo logo on them hidden around the zoo and you can count those, write down your number and turn it into the Safari Shoppe,” Newland said.

Also planned is a cupcake walk at 10 a.m. at the gazebo on the west green, with visitors paying $1 to try to win a cupcake.

Newland said there will be a member-only egg hunt at 1 p.m. on the west green, featuring hidden eggs containing a variety of surprises for children up to age 12 (register at www.folrz.com). 

Zoo hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 29th performance of the Scott County Easter Pageant, “The Road to Redemption,” is set for Friday.

The Camp Lakeside Soup Supper will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attendees are to park their cars at the pageant site, 12 miles north of Scott City by the south entrance of Lake Scott State Park on Highway 95, and then a shuttle will take you to and from the camp dining hall.

There will be live music from 6 to 8:30 p.m., followed by the pageant at 9 p.m.

A free-will offering will be received for the supper and at the pageant’s intermission.

The music and the pageant narration will be broadcast on 107.1 FM, a short-range station heard only in the pageant area.

A motorcycle safety course will be held at the Finney County Law Enforcement Center at 8 a.m. Saturday. Participants must pre-register to participate and need to have a valid motorcycle license, helmet and motorcycle. 

For more information, contact Officer Kerley at the Garden City Police Department Motor Unit, 276-1300/276-1355.

St. Catherine Hospital is hosting a Legislative Coffee at 10 a.m. Saturday in Classroom B of the hospital.

Representatives John Doll and Larry Powell will be on hand to discuss legislative updates and answer questions.

A full breakfast will be served. The event is free and open to the public. 

For more information, contact the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce at 276-3264 or go to www.gardencitychamber.net. 

A musical program featuring the group “String Beans” from the String Academy of the Plains will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Homestead Assisted Living, 2414 N. Henderson St.

The public is encouraged to attend at no charge. 

The art of 10 women is the focus of an exhibit that opened Tuesday at Garden City Arts Gallery, 318 N. Main St. The show runs through May 10, when there’s a closing reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

Featured artists include: Dawnel Francis, Elizabeth Baker and Laurie Chapman, Garden City; Tracy Teeter and Shalene Henley, Ulysses; Margaret Miller Butcher, Dodge City; Amy Warfield, Wichita; Jennifer Higerd, Washington, Mo.; Amanda Calhoun, Corpus Christi, Texas; and Manna Garrick Rice, British Columbia.

In addition, GCA has partnered with Family Crisis Services to present an interactive display, “The Art of Recovery,” in the small gallery. In this exhibit, local domestic abuse survivors created a display depicting the emotional impact of their journey and their own feelings of self-worth. 

Other visual elements highlighting the topic will be on display as well. Guests viewing the exhibit will have the opportunity to create their own message of hope and recovery for victims of abuse.

Viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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