Makayla Suriano-Husman takes a break from searching for eggs to roll in the hay during the 32nd Annual Egg Hunt on April 7, 2007, at Howelsen Hill. The children searched for eggs and also had a chance to meet the Easter Bunny, who arrived via the Barrows Chairlift down Howelsen Hill.

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Makayla Suriano-Husman takes a break from searching for eggs to roll in the hay during the 32nd Annual Egg Hunt on April 7, 2007, at Howelsen Hill. The children searched for eggs and also had a chance to meet the Easter Bunny, who arrived via the Barrows Chairlift down Howelsen Hill.

City's annual egg hunt grows at Howelsen Hill

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Easter weekend worship services in Steamboat

- Holy Name Catholic Church

Where: 524 Oak St.

Call: 879-0671

Services: Ecumenical service at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Ninth and Oak Streets) at 11:30 a.m. today, followed by 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. worship at Holy Name. An Easter vigil is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday. Easter mass is at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

- Church of Jesus Christ

of Latter-Day Saints

Where: 1155 Central Park Drive

Call: 879-0220

Service: Sacrament starts at 9 a.m. Sunday.

- St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Where: Ninth and Oak streets

Call: 879-0925

Services: Ecumenical service at 11:30 a.m. today. Sunday services are at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

- Concordia Lutheran Church

Where: 755 Concordia Lane

Call: 879-0175

Services: 7 p.m. Good Friday service today. A prayer vigil is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Sunday services start with 6:30 a.m. sunrise worship, with regular services at 8 and 10:45 a.m. An Easter breakfast runs from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

- First Baptist Church

Where: 3200 Divine Way

Call: 879-1446

Services: Sunday services start with Sunday school at 10 a.m., followed by 11 a.m. worship and a 6:30 p.m. evening service.

- Steamboat Springs Evangelical Free Church

Where: 345 Anglers Drive

Call: 879-3020

Services: Easter service is at 10 a.m. Sunday.

- Seventh Day Adventist Church

Where: 347 12th St.

Call: 871-4927

Service: Sunday service is at 11 a.m.

- Steamboat Christian Center

Where: Off U.S. Highway 40, just east of town

Call: 879-0063

Services: Saturday evening service is at 6 p.m., Easter Sunday service is at 10 a.m.

- Anchor Way Baptist Church

Where: 40650 Anchor Way

Call: 879-7062

Services: Good Friday service is scheduled for 6 p.m. today. Sunday services are at 8:45 and 10:45 a.m.

- Euzoa Bible Church

Where: 32305 Routt County Road 38

Call: 879-0123

Services: Sunday services are at 9 and 11 a.m.

- Steamboat Church of Christ

Where: 1698 Lincoln Ave.

Call: 879-6670

Services: Easter Sunday services start with 9:30 a.m. Bible study, followed by 10:30 a.m. worship.

- United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs

Where: Eighth and Oak streets

Call: 879-1290

Services: A Good Friday service is scheduled for 7 p.m. today. Sunday services begin with sunrise worship at 6:45 a.m. on the mountain at the top of the Gondola. The Gondola will start running at 6 a.m., free of charge. There are Easter services at the church at 9:30 and 11 a.m.

— There is a direct correlation between Easter eggs and merriment - at least according to Jennifer Travis.

"The more eggs, the more fun. The more the merrier," said Travis, youth program coordinator for the City of Steamboat Springs. On Saturday, the city's Parks, Open Space & Recreational Services Department teams with Grand Futures Prevention Coalition for the 33rd annual Assets Egg Hunt. Grand Futures is a community organization that seeks to create and promote positive, healthy lifestyle choices for youths.

This year's event features 5,000 eggs - up from 2,000 last year. The increase accounts for a steady rise in participants in recent years. Travis said the hunt usually draws 200 to 300 participants, and is geared toward children ages 9 and younger.

The new partnership with Grand Futures means donated prizes in 40 of those 5,000 eggs, including skating passes to Howelsen Ice Arena. The number of prizes lines up with The Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets for a healthy lifestyle.

"Each of those prizes will be assets that promote activities for children. The prizes will be things that adults and children can do together," Travis said.

The event is a way to get younger children in town involved in the Assets program. Travis said parents with older children might know about it, but newer families to Steamboat could benefit from the introduction.

The Easter egg hunt kicks off at 11 a.m. at the Barrows Chairlift on Howelsen Hill, and features a visit from the Easter Bunny and a parent-tot area for children younger than 3 years old.

"We'll also have cameras there taking free souvenir photos," Travis said. "There's just so much happening in one event."

- To reach Margaret Hair, call 871-4204

or e-mail mhair@steamboatpilot.com.

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