Easter is just around the corner and with all of the Holy Week services and activities comes the fun and frivolity of egg hunts, bonnets and bunnies. Here's a look at some of the events happening around the region from now through next weekend.
* Gray United Methodist Church children's ministry will celebrate Easter with a free spaghetti dinner, an Easter egg hunt and other activities for kids from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 28. For more details, call (423) 477-3792.
* Johnson City Parks and Recreation will hold an Easter Egg Hunt and Cookout from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., March 29 at Carver Recreation Center, located at 322 W. Watauga Avenue in Johnson City. All ages are welcome. The hunt will be divided into age categories with prizes awarded in each age group for most eggs found. The cookout follows the egg hunt. Free. Call (423) 461-8830.
* Johnson City Parks and Recreation will hold its Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt from 7:30 to 9 p.m., March 29 at Memorial Park Community Center, located at 510 Bert Street in Johnson City. The hunt is for children ages 3 to 12. Children can visit with the Easter bunny at 7:30 p.m. The hunt begins at 8:30 p.m. There'll be a separate hunt for children ages 5 and under. Special prizes for those who find the golden eggs. Participants are asked to bring their own flashlights. Free. Call (423) 434-5749.
* Sullivan Baptist Church, located at 4152 Maplewood Street in Kingsport, will host its annual community egg hunt at 2 p.m., Friday, March 30. Sweet treats, an egg hunt with lots of prizes and an interactive Easter story presentation.
* Free Gift Gospel Mission, located at 1025 Maple Street in Kingsport, will present its annual Easter Egg Hunt and Hot Dog Picnic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 31. Four different age groups and over 2,000 eggs containing candy and prizes. Free hot dogs, chips and drinks. Pastor Vern Hall will start things off with a brief message. Additional parking permitted along the road on Brook Street beside the church.
* Food City and Preaching Christ Church will team up once again to present the "Hop to It" Community Easter Egg Hunt, a free community event, on Saturday, March 31. The event promises 20,000 eggs for children to hunt in the field of Andrew Johnson Elementary School beside the Castle Park. There is no registration. The hunt schedule begins with a special needs children egg hunt at noon, followed by ages 0-2 at 12:20 p.m. and 3 to 5 year olds at 12:40 p.m. Both of those age groups can be accompanied by parents. Ages 6 to 8 will hunt at 1 p.m., followed by 9 to 12-year-olds at 1:20 p.m. There will be free food, including hot dogs, chips, drinks, popcorn and snow cones, cookie decorating with Food City's bakery, free family photos with the Easter bunny, inflatables and face painting. To learn more, call (423) 967-5997 or visit www.preachingchristchurch.com.
* State Line Baptist Church, located at 310 West Carters Valley, will hold a community Easter egg hunt from 12 to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 31 at its fellowship hall (located behind the main church).
* Vermont United Methodist Church, located at 1817 Bloomingdale Road, will hold a community Easter egg hunt featuring Easter fun and fellowship at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 31.
* Midfield Free Will Baptist, located at 1801 Granby Road in Kingsport, will hold a free community Easter egg hunt from 3 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 31. Kids will hunt in three age groups: 4 and under, 5-8 and 9-13.
* Natural Tunnel State Park will host its annual egg hunt at 2 p.m., March 31. The event is free. There will be thousands of eggs to hunt filled with a variety of prizes. There are five age groups (Toddler-2; 3-4; 5-7; 8-10; and 11-15). Participants should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the egg hunt begins and meet at the picnic area. A free lunch will follow at shelter No. 5. The event is sponsored by the Rye Cove Community Church, Rye Cove Community Church Women and Three Bells United Methodist Church Women. For more information, call the park office at (276) 940-2674.
* Salvation Army of Kingsport, located at 505 Dale Street in Kingsport, will hold an egg hunt for children who have attended its Easter service on Sunday, April 1. The Easter service, "Three Doors to Easter" presented by Joseph May, will begin at 11 a.m. and is open to the community.