March 18, 2005

Easter Week Activities

Easter Lilies Bloom in Balboa Park’s Historic Botanical Building

BALBOA PARK — From Friday, March 26, through Wednesday, April 14, Balboa Park’s 90-year old wood-lath Botanical Building will be filled with 300 fragrant Easter lilies. Built for the 1915–16 Exposition, along with the adjacent Lily Pond, the historic building is one of the largest lath structures in the world. Designed by Carleton M. Win-slow, the Botanical Building is 250-feet long, 75-feet wide, and over 60-feet tall and filled with an ever-changing landscape of beautiful and interesting plants. The view of the Botanical Building with the Lily Pond in the foreground is one of the most photographed scenes in Balboa Park and a “must-see” destination in San Diego.

In addition to this popular and fragrant seasonal display, the Botanical Building contains over 2,100 permanent tropical plants, a carnivorous plant bog, and a ‘touch and smell’ garden. The Botanical Building is open free to the public Friday through Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Generous funding from The San Diego Foundation, The Balboa Park Endowment Committee, and the Ida Louise McCalvin Botanical Gardens Easter Fund at The San Diego Foundation make the Easter lily display possible.

SPRING in to Camp

This Spring Break what are your kids doing? Help to make this spring break a memorable one by participating in one of the eventful and fun Spring Day Camps offered by the Oceanside Parks and Recreation Department. You know us for our SUNsational Summer Camps and now you can send your campers to the same safe and secure environment with qualified and enthusiastic camp staff the week of March 28-April 1, 2005. Give your kids a sample of what they can expect at Summer Camp 2005 this spring at Spring Break Camp. Camps include a soccer day camp at John Landes where kids will have fun learning soccer and getting fit or try one or all of the “day trip” camps offered March 29, 30, and 31 to places like the San Diego Zoo, Knotts Berry Farm and Sea World. Stop worrying about what your little ones will do all spring break and call the Oceanside Parks and Recreation Department at 435-5041 or visit us on the web at for a complete detailed listing of Spring Break Days camps and all other programming offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. Oceanside means Spring Break FUN! Parks and Recreation, Creating Community Through People, Parks and Programs.

Oceanside Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Annual City of Ocean-side Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 26th, at Buddy Todd Park will bring spring cheer to all! The Easter Bunny will be on hand to kick off the Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 3 to 11 years. The event will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m., be sure to arrive early! No advance ticket or reservations are needed. This is free family event sponsored by the City of Oceanside.

Join us on Saturday, March 26th at 10:00 a.m. at Buddy Todd Park, located at the corner of Mesa Drive and Parn-assus Circle in Oceanside. See you there for a hopping good time!

Kids with Disabilities Find Fun Around Every Corner at Easter Seals and Hilton’s 32nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Seals and the Hilton San Diego Resort are once again making the day before Easter a fun-filled time to remember for local kids with disabilities by hosting their 32nd annual Easter Egg Hunt. On Saturday, March 26, beginning at 11:30 a.m., hundreds of children with disabilities will hunt for more than 3,500 plastic eggs filled with candy throughout the beautiful grounds of the Hilton San Diego Resort. Immediately following the hunt, the children and their families will be treated to a luncheon and entertainment compliments of the resort.

The kids with disabilities who experience the egg hunt leave with much more than treats “they leave with the joy of knowing they can do the same things non-disabled kids can do,” said Easter Seals Program Director Tracy Gordon.

“The egg hunt has become a San Diego tradition that we are happy to be part of. It’s our pleasure to be able to give children with disabilities the chance to celebrate a holiday just like any other child,” said Jennifer Berk, hotel manager.

Due to the popularity of this event, a reservation with Easter Seals must be made to participate in the egg hunt and luncheon. To make reservations or receive further information, call Tracy Gordon at 760-774-8231.

YMCA Celebrates 44th Annual Good Friday Breakfast

The YMCA of San Diego County 44th Annual Good Friday Breakfast hosted by the Downtown San Diego YMCA is set for March 25, 2005 at 7:30 a.m. The breakfast will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Mission Valley located at 7450 Hazard Center Dr. with an expected attendance of over 500 members from the community. The featured guest speakers will be author, speaker, and radio personality Danna Demetre.

Danna will present a healthy perspective on celebrating life. Also featured will be Christian recording artists Jon and De-anna Ramsay. In addition, there will be a special opening with music provided by the Navy Bank Brass Quintet. Adults are $17 per person and children 12 and under are $10.00. For more information contact the Downtown San Diego YMCA at (619) 232-7451.

The YMCA of San Diego County is dedicated to improving the quality of human life and to helping all people realize their fullest potential as children of God through the development of the spirit, mind and body.

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