The Easter Bunny Hopped into Town for an Eggcellent Event

Several hundred kids and their parents gathered in Memorial Park on Saturday, April 1, 2023. The occasion was the annual Bunny/Earth Day Celebration and Service Provider Fair.

The Easter Bunny (Photo by Ricky Richardson)

 

By Ricky Richardson | Contributing Writer

(Hawthorne, CA) – Several hundred kids and their parents gathered in Memorial Park on Saturday, April 1, 2023. The occasion was the annual Bunny/Earth Day Celebration and Service Provider Fair. 

Organizers couldn’t have asked for better weather. The day was pleasant, warm, sunny and dry. This wasn’t an April fool’s joke, considering all of the much needed rain that we have been experiencing.

Mayor Pro-Tem Angie Reyes English (Photo by Ricky Richardson)

Hawthorne City Officials, Angie Reyes English, Mayor Pro-Tem and Councilmember Alex Monteiro greeted the enthusiastic crowd with welcome remarks.

Dave Skale The Magician (Photo by Ricky Richardson)

The program shifted into high gear with a performance by Dave Skale The Magician. His show was fun, entertaining and engaging. You can image the priceless sea of smiles on the faces of the attentive kids.

The City of Hawthorne, sponsors and community partners wasn’t fooling around for this event. Several dozen bicycles, skateboards, and gift baskets were given out to lucky recipients throughout the day.  

Attendees enjoyed games, arts and crafts, face painting, inflatables, as well as entertainment from local dance ensembles and local musicians and box lunches.

Hilda Valenzuela and Julian Zepeda (Photo by Ricky Richardson)

The day featured an egg hunt and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny for all of the kids in the “City of Good Neighbors.” 

Kinecta Credit Union was onsite to answer questions from the community about banking and to share treats of ice cream.  Community partners were present to share information and resources about the respective organizations.

Hawthorne Public Works Department, Hawthorne Parks and Recreation Department Hawthorne Community Services Department, SoCal Gas, Clean CA, Safe Clean Water Program, Project Pollution Prevention, Clean Power Alliance, Republic Services and Southbay Environmental Services (Southbay Cities Council of Government) booths provided information on how to learn to protect and preserve our natural resources while reducing energy consumption and how to reduce, reuse and recycle household trash. Resources were shared about how families can save money in the process.

Oscar and Adriana (Photo by Ricky Richardson)

Residents who got a jump start on their Spring cleaning projects were able to dispose of E-waste for recycling, paper shredding disposal and leave with some compost.

Mayor Pro-Tem Angie Reyes English is credited with creating this signature event for the City of Hawthorne that continues to grow in popularity.

Lions Club offered free eye exams, hearing test and blood pressure check. The Hawthorne Police Department had several vehicles available for photo ops for the kids and their families.

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