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Easter Bunny gets some help from folks at The Commons at Union Ranch

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Easter Bunny gets some help from folks at The Commons at Union Ranch

Kileigh Haynes shows love for her brother Dominic as they search through the grass for Easter eggs during activities Friday at The Commons at Union Ranch.


POSTED April 11, 2009 5:04 a.m.
Leonard Rosas couldn’t have been happier as he watched his son scurry around the grounds at The Commons at Union Ranch Friday morning.

While dozens of kids scoured the immaculate garden property at Manteca’s newest assisted living facility – which opened the event to the public to build a relationship with the outside community – Rosas got to watch his son Leonard Jr. dig through bushes and look in trees for his share of 10 of the 500 eggs that were planted by staffers from The Commons.

“I think that events like this are great for the kids and it gives you a chance to do something together with your family,” Rosas said. “We got the kids all dressed up and they’re having a great time – seeing the smiles on their faces is the greatest part.”

While several members of the community at The Commons came outside to take pictures, the event was geared mainly towards the children in the community that were invited in to meet the Easter bunny, search for the 500 hidden eggs, and decorate Easter cookies.

A petting zoo that included rabbits, roosters, ducks, and even a pig were also on hand for the curious youngsters who wanted to venture inside.

According to Activities Director Verna Rollet, three golden eggs were included in the lot that was stashed and each of the children that found them received a special Easter prize for their good fortune.

But nobody went home empty handed.

For each of the youngsters that showed up – some with parents and others with grandparents – staffers at The Commons had prepared individual Easter-themed gift baskets to give out to each of the participants so that they all had something to smile about.

“It’s good to see all of the kids with the smiles on their faces – it makes the residents happy to see such joy and the families all seem to be having a good time,” Rollet said. “We wanted to do this so that we can let the community know that we’re here, and that we’re part of the community as well.

“It’s good to see everybody come together like this and celebrate together.”
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