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Kids egg-cited about  egg hunt at Commons

Brandon Cleghorn, 3, shoves the Easter eggs gathered at Friday's annual hunt at the Commons at Union Ranch into his mother's purse.


POSTED April 3, 2010 3:02 a.m.
Young Brandon Cleghorn may have been without an Easter basket.

But that certainly didn’t deter the 3-year-old Manteca boy from gathering his share of goodies at Friday’s annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Commons at Union Ranch.

Instead, Cleghorn used his mother’s purse as a basket.

Each year, the Easter egg hunt is conducted at the independent, assisted living and memory care community located at 2241 N. Union Road.

According to Commons’ activity director Kim Boccia, the young Easter egg hunt participants are grandchildren of those in the facility, children or grandchildren of staff members, or the general public.

Tracy Cleghorn, who operates Pitter Patter Daycare in the Shasta School area, found out by word of mouth.

“My neighbor told me about it,” she said.

Partly because of the Easter break, her business was slow on this day. Cleghorn was able to bring a few youngsters including her two boys to the annual egg hunt.

 “This is great for the children because it’s little kid oriented,” she said.

Boccia said 1,200 eggs were spread throughout the enclosed outdoor area of the Commons, with the younger children – age 4 and under – having first crack at the Easter eggs. From there, many went to the other egg hunt held indoors at the nearby Renaissance at the Common.

Meanwhile, the older kids were limited to 10 eggs apiece.

“We had two golden eggs,” said Boccia. “They were hidden away in some pretty tough spots.”

The finder of those eggs received prizes for their efforts.

The regular Easter eggs were of the colorful plastic variety containing an assortment of candy.

“We asked parents to monitor the amount of candy (for their children) at their own discretion,” Boccia said.
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