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Go see the Easter bunny on Saturday, April 16, at McAuliffe Elementary School

Spring must be coming. Jane Lightbourn here at the Star Gazette is starting to panic -- this time of year, she and the Rivertown Lions Club are hard at work on two major projects, and stress is beginning to take its toll.

The club is putting on the annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday. They're also hard at work on the citywide garage sale (planned for early May).

The bunny breakfast is a favorite in my household. First, as the name implies, there's breakfast. It's $5 for adults and $4 for children to get in. Children younger than 2 are free. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. April 16 at McAuliffe Elementary School, 1401 W. 12th St. Advance tickets are available at Meloy Park Florist. They will also be available at the door.

The breakfast consists of French toast sticks, scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee.

Once you're full, kids can have their photo taken with the Easter bunny. Then comes the good stuff: games. The gym at McAuliffe is turned in to a way for kids to try their luck at a number of Easter-themed games. Prizes are awarded. Tickets to play the game are available in the gym for 50 cents each, or 12 for $5.

Last year, my son won a basket and we came home with a Horton Hears A Who board game. We also came home with a couple dozen little toys and had spent a total of about $15, which included breakfast.

The Rivertown Lions Club has been part of the Hastings community for more than 30 years. Proceeds from the breakfast are returned to the community to such agencies as Hastings Family Service, Hastings Area Senior Center, Pleasant Hill Library, Hastings Police Department Crime Prevention Fund, and Lewis House Shelter. For more information, call 651-437-6058 or 651-437-8764.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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