White House and Atlanta Celebrate Easter with Family Fun

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    It’s ON! Rumors that the budget sequester might threaten the nation’s best known Easter Egg event had no substance. On Monday, April 1, the First Family will host the 135th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year, more than 35,000 people will flock to the South Lawn for games, stories, and, of course, the traditional egg roll competition.

    The Obamas and their guests will be joined by the Easter Bunny and other famous characters as they take part in storytelling, sports courts and cooking demonstrations. Many of the activities will help educate families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routines, which are key pillars of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.

    The First Dog, Bo, is reported to have an excellent nose for sniffing out hidden Easter eggs, and hunters should keep an eye on him during the day.

    Atlanta is no slouch when it comes to Easter family fun and games. Churches and organizations around the city will offer opportunities for hunting, rolling and munching Easter eggs and other goodies.

    Here are just a few:

    Bring a basket and take part in the giant egg hunt at Callanwolde, located at 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, on Saturday March 30.

    Thousands of candy eggs will be hidden on the grounds. Meet the Easter Bunny, play games, pet live bunnies and more! Tickets are $10 for kids ($12 at the door); adult admission is free.

    This event starts at 10 a.m. Egg hunts will be set up for three age groups: 11:15 a.m. — Newborns to age 3, 11:30 a.m. — ages 4, 5 and 6, 11:45 a.m. — ages 7 and up. In case of rain, the event will be cancelled. Parking is $5, and shuttle buses will be provided at the Emory University Briarcliff Campus, 1256 Briarcliff Road, just one-half mile north of Callanwolde. For more information call 404-872-5338.

    Ben Hill United Methodist Church, under the direction of Senior Pastor Richard D. Winn, invites the community to its Children’s Easter Celebration and Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. until noon. Children 5-12 years of age are welcome and asked to bring their own baskets and buckets. Ben Hill UMC also welcomes the public to Easter Sunday Sunrise worship service at 6 a.m. and additional services at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Ben Hill UMC is located at 2099 Fairburn Road, S.W., Atlanta, GA 30331.

    For more information on the Saturday Children’s Easter Celebration and Easter Egg Hunt and the Easter Sunday Sunrise Church Worship Service and other services, visit the website at http://www.benhill-umc.org or call the church at 404-344-0618.

    The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church Children’s Easter EGGtravaganza will be held Saturday, March 30, at 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at DeKalb Memorial Park (the park across the street from The Grove). There will be lots of fun and games for the family. For more information contact Pastor Katrina Moore at kmoore@pineygrovebapt.org or call 404-377-0561, ext.251.

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