Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat

Easter arrives Sunday, but many activities in the Sierra foothills are getting under way Saturday. Here is a look at some of them:

• The Groveland Rotary Club will present its 23rd annual free Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at Mary Laveroni Community Park in Groveland. Children should arrive at 9 a.m. to line up by age brackets. Some of the eggs will have a prize ticket inside. If it is raining, the event will be moved to the Tenaya Elementary School gymnasium.

• Christian Heights Church at 13711 Joshua Way in Sonora will host a free community Easter Egg Hunt for children 12 and younger from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday on the church athletic field, rain or shine.

• The Tuolumne Park and Recreation District will sponsor free Easter Egg Hunts starting at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tot Lot next to the Tuolumne County Library branch for those 5 and younger. The next hunt will be at Tuolumne Westside Memorial Park for ages 6 to 9, and the last one will be in the Tuolumne Memorial Hall area for those 10 and older. It will be held rain or shine unless it is raining very hard, coordinator Cindy Wano said. For more information, call 928-1214 or visit

• The fourth annual Spring Fling Easter Egg Hunt for ages 11 and under will begin at noon Saturday at Dodge Ridge Ski Area in Pinecrest. One golden egg will contain a 2013-14 Youth Season Pass (not applicable to ages 4 and under). Register at guest services on the day of the event. The hunt will be held snow or shine. Admission is free. For more information, call 965-3474 or visit

• A Victorian Easter Celebration sponsored by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce will take place Sunday in Columbia State Historic Park. Registration for the Victorian Easter Parade will begin at 11 a.m., with the parade at 12:30 p.m. Egg hunts will include the Small Fry Egg Search at noon for ages 3 to 5; Junior Egg Poachers for ages 6 to 8 at 1 p.m. and the Great Egg Scramblers for ages 9 to 12 at 1:30 p.m. All events are free and go on rain or shine. For more information, call 536-1672 or visit

• Easter Egg Hunts for children through age 12 will take place Sunday at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, rain or shine. Hunts will begin at 11:30 a.m. for children 4 and under, noon for children 5 to 8 years and 12:30 p.m. for children 9 to 12. Admission is free. For more information, call 728-1251.

• The Coulterville Community Club will hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bonnet Contest beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Coulterville Park. Egg hunt divisions are Bunny Tykes (infant to 3), Long Ears (4 to 6), Hoppy Hops (7 to 9) and Carrot Chompers (10 to 12). Special eggs will contain a gold coin entitling the finder to choose an extra prize. Children should bring their own baskets. The Easter bonnet contest is open to adults and children. Judging will begin about 11:45 a.m. Divisions are child (infant to age 8), youth (9 to 17), adult 18 to 59, and mature (60 and over). Prizes will be awarded to the winners. All activities are free and will be held rain or shine. If it is very stormy, the events will be held at the old Coulterville schoolhouse, and there will be signs directing people. For more information, call chairwoman Judy Hein at 878-3750.

• The Twain Harte Rotary Club will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt for children through sixth grade at 1 p.m. Sunday at Eproson Park in Twain Harte, rain or shine. An egg toss will follow the hunt and prizes will be awarded. Admission is free.