5 Things to do in La Jolla this Weekend: May 20 – 21

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There’s always something happening in exciting La Jolla for people of all ages! Get out and have a great time this weekend at these five appealing places/events.

La Jolla Library events

Friday through Sunday

If you’re thinking libraries are boring, you couldn’t be more wrong, especially this weekend at the La Jolla Library. Located at 7555 Draper Avenue, the library has several fun events for kids and adults alike. From 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., Friday, Big Science for Little People: Inspect Inspectors promises to enthrall the kiddos. Take your children to discover remarkable variations of insects and be educated about food chains in this hour long program dedicated to the amazing insect world. On Saturday at noon, for those 18 and older, the library will host a writing workshop. Writers of any level will delight in experimenting with writing prompts to create unique experiences with their words. Led by published author Heather Fowler, this hour long workshop helps writers sharpen their skills and interact with other like-minded people. Finally, on Sunday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the library features CSI: La Jolla. This intriguing workshop teaches those 12 and above the powerful molecular techniques for solving crimes with DNA and fingerprint analysis, chromatography, and other exhilarating scientific methods. All events are absolutely free!

La Jolla Secret Garden Tour

Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

An exclusive opportunity presents itself this weekend sponsored by the La Jolla Historical Society. Those who are fond of gardens are free to roam through the garden gates and private courtyards of some of La Jolla’s most exclusive secret gardens. This élite tour is the single principal fundraiser of the year for the La Jolla Historical Society. Proceeds assist in supporting assorted programs for both La Jolla residents and visitors. The Secret Garden Boutique at Wisteria Cottage is open to the public throughout the day with an assortment of gardening accessories, plants, and gifts.

This is a self-guided tour that begins with a check-in at Wisteria Cottage. Once there, garden lovers will get a program booklet with all the locations of the secret gardens, a map of the tour, and a wristband which is a must have to gain entrance. Best of all, you can take a look at the map and visit any garden in any order to your heart’s content. Wisteria Cottage is located at 780 Prospect Street. Cost is $50.

Bite San Diego: La Jolla Walking Tour

Saturday and Sunday 12:30 p.m.

Looking to get your munch on this weekend? The La Jolla Walking Tour is an awesome place to spend 4 to 5 hours discovering La Jolla’s food establishments. The tour originates in the very center of La Jolla Cove, conceivably one of San Diego’s finest neighborhoods for getting your eat on.

As you start your journey on the fringes of the cove, you’ll listen to your guide enlighten you, your friends, and loved ones about the extensive history of the Spanish settlers dating back to the early 1900s. Your tour guide will also relate the history behind the Scripps family, and you’ll personally see where Ellen Browning Scripps once resided in the present day Museum of Contemporary Art.

La Jolla yet remains one of the more fashionable neighborhoods in the US and is one of the most popular areas in all of San Diego. Stops along the tour consist of Richard Walker’s Pancake House, Ohana Cafe, The Public House, We Olive, Jonty Jacobs, Prospect Bar, and Beaming. Tickets are a mere $47. For additional information, kindly call 619-634-8476.

Philanthropic Hobnob

Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you are a fan of great theater, why not mix it up with New Fortune Theatre artists and friends for a fantastic charity evening? Scrumptious catering will be sponsored by The French Gourmet. Patrons will delight in La Jolla’s scenic ocean view, open bar, and live musical entertainment, all for a great cause. The Hobnob is an annual fundraising event for New Fortune Theatre. New Fortune is an award-winning 501c3 nonprofit organization enthusiastically devoted to presenting “Great Plays, Rarely Done.” All proceeds, yes, 100% of Hobnob ticket sales as well as additional donations will create an elegant and moreover relevant production, to be announced at the Hobnob this October 2017 at the Lyceum Space.

And just for a tease, this Nobel Prize-winning script relates an actual true and prominent story, which stimulates captivating thoughts as they concern contemporary matters. Located at 9530 La Jolla Shores Dr., La Jolla, tickets range from $65 to $85 for an exciting event you won’t dare want to miss.

La Jolla Playhouse

Sunday, 5:45 p.m.

Round out your weekend at the La Jolla Playhouse, located at 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, for Native Voices at the Autry. This program is returning for its second year as resident theatre company through the 2017/2018 season. Led by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, the Resident Theatre Program purposes to inspire the imaginative advancement of up and coming performing arts organizations, all the while advancing and contributing to the San Diego and Southern California theatre scene as a whole.

Native Voices at the Autry is the only Equity theatre company wholly dedicated to developing and producing new works for the stage by Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations playwrights.

Visitors will experience staged readings of new works that examine inquiries of cohesion and community, spirituality and culture, environment and financial attainment, and the repeatedly antagonistic relationships that transpire. An audience talkback follows each reading. Admission is entirely free but space is limited. Reservations are recommended.

The Best Mother’s Day Activities this Weekend

Mother’s Day is that extra special time of the year to show your appreciation for the women that have profoundly touched your heart and affected your life in a positive way. Why not give her a treat, pamper her, and choose from several things she can enjoy this Mother’s Day weekend?

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Mother’s Day Sunset Dinner Cruise

6 p.m., Hornblower Cruises and Events
Here’s a treat sure to thrill your sweetheart this Mother’s Day weekend. Take mom on a scenic three-hour yacht cruise of the San Diego Bay! The cruise price consists of a private table, a special three course seated dinner, ongoing entertainment by a DJ, and, finally, an absolutely spectacular sunset view of lovely downtown San Diego and the bay. Tickets begin at $79.

Mother’s Day Brunch San Diego Zoo Safari Park

10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The weather looks spectacular this weekend and what better day to take mom to enjoy something different for a change? The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is having a Mother’s Day brunch Sunday May 14. The special brunch and all day pass for adult non-members is $98.95, $46.95 for members. If you’re bring the kiddos along, non-member prices are $60.95 and $18.95 for members.

La Valencia Mother’s Day Brunch

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Here’s a perfect way to pamper that exceptional mom with all you can drink mimosas and a memorable champagne brunch in La Jolla. The Mother’s Day brunch at THE MED Ocean View Restaurant features live entertainment from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in addition to an extravagant Mother’s Day menu. Breakfast classics, savory small bites, and tasty treats are but a small token to demonstrate your appreciation for that extraordinary mom in your life. Reservations are suggested at (858) 454-0771.

Ragtime: j Company Youth Theatre

7:45 p.m. David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre, La Jolla

After a day of treating mom to an awesome brunch in La Jolla, why not plan on wrapping up the special day by treating her to the J Company theatre production of Ragtime, an emotional performance that captures the essence of the American experience at the turn of the 20th century. Located at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre at 4126 Executive Dr, La Jolla, non-member tickets are $19.

Mother’s Day Helicopter Tour

Corporate Helicopters, San Diego

Give mom an exciting and memorable Mother’s Day gift this year – a helicopter tour of the stunning San Diego coastline! Her heart will soar as an experienced pilot provides a breathtaking view from above of magnificent Torrey Pines, Crystal Pier, Tourmaline Beach, La Jolla Cove and Mission Bay. The approximately 18-minute exhilarating tour is reasonably priced at $199 for up to 3 passengers.

What’s Good in San Diego This Weekend? May 6th – 7th

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If you’re a San Diegan, you already know there’s a gazillion things to do in the city. Picking one out of many can make for a difficult choice. Maybe you’re visiting our wonderful city and are looking for something to do. Either way, here’s some great events to consider this Cinco de Mayo weekend!

Rock Star Beer Festival San Diego: Cinco de Mayo Edition
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Mexican craft beers will be pouring repeatedly at the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the downtown San Diego Hard Rock Hotel. Participants of the annual extravaganza have an opportunity to delight in sampling in excess of 50 brewski’s! Meanwhile, patrons are free to peep out there separate areas to party down in: the “Woodstock Deck”, highlighting live music from Latin-inspired cover bands, the ever popular kicked back pool area, and “Float” featuring high-energy goings on! Once you get that urge to munch out, superb varieties of tacos replete with the works will be on hand. Tickets begin at $35 and $50 per person.
San Diego Padres v. Los Angeles Dodgers
7:10 p.m. at Petco Park
A three-game series begins this weekend at lovely Petco Park between the hometown Padres and their longtime rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Friday’s game begins at 7:10 p.m., Saturday’s game sees the first pitch hurled at 5:40 p.m., and the series wraps up on Sunday at 1:40 p.m. This is Nurse Appreciation Week so get out and show your support for the home team. Tickets begin at $18.

Cinco DEL Mayo
All day through May 8 at the fantastic Hotel del Coronado
Affectionately named and quite creative, the “Cinco DEL Mayo” weekend will see patrons relishing in adult beverages and foot-tapping tunes. Of course, all the fine food and good times come with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean to the west and Mexico to the south.

MiraCosta College’s 7th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MiraCosta College Parking Lot 1A
The MiraCosta College Automotive Technology Program will hold its 7th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show on its delightful campus located at Parking Lot 1A (1 Barnard Dr. in Oceanside). The eye-opening event is always free for spectators. Patrons can expect to feast their eyes on exciting cars, live music, awards, a drawing, and a heart-pounding go-cart competition.

Car daddies (and mommies, too!) may display their vehicles for $20 a pop on the day of the event. This isn’t only about cars, however! Any car or motorcycle may be exhibited and there is never any undue restrictions when it comes to makes or models. Types of vehicles will feature those head spinning hot rods, classics from years past we wish we’d kept, tuners, trucks to drool over, customs rides and choppers, rat rods, plus original and restored cars (and works in still in the progress of restoration). As always, all proceeds from the exciting event will benefit our military, veterans and EOPS students at MiraCosta College.

Where to Spend Your 2017 Cinco de Mayo in La Jolla

There’s always something to see and do in La Jolla and this Cinco de Mayo weekend is no different. Check out these awesome eating establishments! As always, please party responsibly.

Puesto 

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Prior to Puesto, many San Diegans had departed home to pursue other desires in other places. Sure, we found a few hotspots, a few places away from home, but it has always been Chef Luisteen’s tacos that brought us back to our senses and returned us to San Diego. His undying fervor for utterly re-defining the taco brought us back to our hometown of San Diego to begin a family-owned business, a delightful taco stand we’d never even dreamed of. Now that we’re tacoteurs, we have never looked back.

What’s in store? How about handmade maíz azul stone-ground tortillas, sustainable meats and seafood, slow-cooked guisados, and made from scratch, mouth-watering scratch salsas? Puesto is a merriment of fundamental Mexican flavors and an homage to the diverse palate of Mexico City.

Our bar features freshly made margaritas, house made aguas frescas, and wines from the burgeoning Valle de Guadalupe region of Baja.

The Puesto Party Philosophy still maintains that each and every celebration will be large, lively, booming and yet refined. At Puesto’s you’ll observe a bevy of fashionable people from all walks of life consuming great food and enjoying colorful conversations. But don’t fret! Your debutante grandmother is also there drinking her portion of the best tequila. Our parties are dedicated to her as well as anyone else that comes to Puesto for merriment.

Don Carlos Taco Shop

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For numerous decades Don Carlos Taco Shop has offered fine catering services to the greater San Diego community. Whether your group consists of 10 people or 200 individuals, Don Carlos has the capacity to prepare a delightful spread that will be sure to satisfy all sorts of tastes and cravings.

Verdes el Ranchero

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Opened in 1945 by Buzzy Martinez and affectionately nicknamed “The Ranch” by La Jolla residents, Verdes El Ranchero is one of the few restaurants to have outlived La Jolla’s ever changing tide from an old-fashioned seaside community to one of international acclaim. Since 2009, it is has been owned and operated by the Green family who have called the Barber Tract home for three decades. Gloria and her daughter Megan tirelessly work to preserve the cordiality and warmth that keep “The Ranch” an establishment where it is not unusual to observe four generations of families enjoying the finest Mexican cuisine La Jolla has to offer.

Verdes El Ranchero offers a full bar featuring a wide array of Tequilas, handmade Margaritas, and, of course, Mexican beers. The menu offers a range of Mexican dishes from chile rellenos, carnitas, enchiladas, burritos, and scrumptious tamales. Of course, fresh salads, tostadas and soups are also available as well as much more!

Visitors to Verdes El Ranchero will find themselves bounded by the cheerful colors of Mexico that ever exude warmth and relaxation. Enjoy rich wood accents and hand painted murals, as well, some of which date back to the early 1960’s, and of course, local artwork for sale.

What’s Good in San Diego This Weekend? April 29 – 30

There’s always something to do, see or visit in the greater San Diego area. Sitting on the sofa complaining there in nothing to do? Be sure to consider these events if you’re looking to get out of the house this weekend.

San Diego Rose Show

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday), at the McMillin Event Center at Liberty Station

For flower aficionados, you won’t want to miss the San Diego Rose Show presented by the San Diego Rose Society. The society invites amateurs to display their roses in the exhibit hall to be appreciated by judges and other attendees. Local rosarians will be around to reveal various tips as to how to choose and cultivate the best of the best of roses, contingent of course on where you grow your garden. Admission is a scant $5 per person, and kids under 12 get in absolutely free. Want another freebie? Park your car for free too!

Chocolate Festival

10 a.m. Sunday at the Maritime Museum of San Diego

Who doesn’t enjoy the melt in your mouth taste of chocolate? Can you think of a better day to spend a couple of hours to finish off your weekend with a special treat at the Maritime Museum of San Diego? Visitors can learn about the history of chocolate and how it came to the United States. Be sure to drop by this yearly event to take a look and sample an assortment of chocolate from more than twelve local retailers. For extra excitement, parents and their children can take part in making a chocolate pizza. For those over 18, there will be a wine and chocolate or beer and chocolate pairings, plus live baking and cooking demonstrations. Tickets begin at paltry $9.

San Diego Soul Festival

Saturday 8 pm at the Valley View Casino Center
Get your soul on at the Valley View Casino Center this Saturday evening. The San Diego Soul Festival is back with groovy performances by Anthony Hamilton, Keith Sweat and Guy featuring Teddy Riley and Dru Hill. The doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets begin at $39 but group discounts for 10 or more people are available by calling (619) 363-5330.

Decoy’s Walkabout Wine Series

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Decoy Dockside Dining
This event features sumptuous tastes from Groth Vineyards and Winery as well as knowledge from the winery’s sales manager, Mark Bernstein. Patrons can also revel in a three-course dinner prepared by executive chef, David Warner. Each course is paired with Decoy’s fine wines. Patrons are free to socialize and ask questions throughout the Walkabout. The delicious dinner is moderately priced at $65 per person. It should be noted that prospective patrons may reserve a spot any time between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. by simply calling (760) 744-0120.

What’s Good In San Diego This Weekend? April 22 – 23

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Red Velvet

8 p.m. at The Old Globe

“Red Velvet” takes you back to the tempestuous backstage world of London’s Theatre Royal in the early 1800s at The Old Globe this weekend. The play runs until April 30th with various performance times, so be sure to check the calendar if you can’t make it this weekend for the 8 p.m. performances. The multi-award-winning play by Lolita Chakrabarti relates the true story of a young American actor who steps into the role of Othello after one London’s most treasured actors of the era can’t go on. The only problem? No Black man has ever played the part of Othello before. Tickets begin at $34.

Earth Day Fair

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Balboa Park

San Diegans galore will be flooding to Balboa Park this Sunday for the 28th annual EarthFair event. The one-day festival is billed as the absolute largest free annual environmental fair in the entire world. Anywhere from 60,000 to 70,000 people come out annually to enjoy more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a food pavilion, a children’s activity area and live entertainment. Kids will have a blast with various crafts, fun games that educate, face painting, plus storytelling and hands-on activities for kids of all ages. The event is free. Consider helping the environment by car-pooling, taking the transit, trolley, or even bicycling to the event. Parking goes fast!

42nd Annual San Diego Wedding Party Expo

12 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort

If you’re thinking about or actually already planning a wedding, you won’t want to miss the 42nd annual San Diego Wedding Party Expo! The expo features in excess of 25,000 square feet of space at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort. This spectacular, eye-feasting event will be covered from top to bottom and side-to-side in wedding ideas, styles and planning resources. From venues to caterers, from florists to DJs, and from photographers to gown designers, there is something to enjoy for everyone! Tickets start at mere $11.

San Diego Gem Fair

12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (runs through Sunday the 23rd) at the Scottish Rite Event Center

Your heart is sure to sing, when your eyes see all the bling, bling! The Gem Faire returns again this weekend to the awesome Scottish Rite Event Center. The event runs Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In excess of 70 exhibitors will be on hand for the sparkling event.  Participants can check out a mass display of eye-catching jewelry and stones. Admission is just $7 for a pass that’s valid all weekend long. Children aged 11 and below get in for free.

San Diego Sights and Sips

5:30 p.m. at Hornblower Cruises and Events

Delightful California sunshine, smooth sailing and mouth-watering cocktails come together on this Hornblower cocktail cruise. Patrons can hop on board for a two-hour cruise with champagne, light Hors d’oeuvres and more, as they make merriment and relish in a beautiful view of the San Diego Bay during sunset. The boat leaves promptly at 6 p.m. Tickets start at a very reasonable $37.50 per person.

Four Great Spots for Easter Brunch

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Whether you’re an Easter morning church-goer, Easter basket opener, or just appreciate good brunch, come 11am, you’re going to want to go get brunch at one of these fabulous places. Hop on down and enjoy! Cheers!

The Marine Room

(2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037)

For well over 75 years, The Marine Room has been a seaside staple in La Jolla. Long celebrated for its superb views and surf pounding outside the restaurant’s windows, the culinary embodiment of luxury draws people from La Jolla and well beyond. This Easter Sunday, The Marine Room will serve its holiday brunch buffet beginning at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The awesome and ever creative menu includes breakfast fare such as leek goat cheese frittata and first course options such as sweet potato orzo salad. For main courses, delectable foods include Signature Spindrift Seafood Crepes and many, many other items. A delightful and ever tempting dessert station rounds out the impressive buffet. The Easter holiday meal is priced at $72 for adults and $36 for kids. Due to the immense popularity, reservations are required and may be made quickly online here.

Nine-Ten Restaurant

NINE-TEN will be hosting a delicious Easter Sunday Brunch.  Chef Jason Knibb and Pastry Chef Jose Alonzo, III, will prepare a very special Easter Sunday a la carte menu featuring everything from Strawberry Salad, Salmon Rillette Toast, and House-Smoked Salmon Benedict to Short Rib Hash, Shrimp & Grits, and Chilaquiles….and bottomless Mimosas for just $16 per person. If pastries and coffee are more your breakfast speed, the acclaimed Sunday Brunch Pastry Bar will be even better than ever.  Reservations strongly recommended and can be made by calling 858.964.5400.

The Shores Restaurant

Easter brunch on the water- does it get any better than that? You’ll find something for everyone with Carlsbad Strawberry and Spinach Salad and Herb De Provence Leg of Lamb. There’s also a complete children’s station for the kiddos, and plenty of tasty sides and a selection of seasonal desserts.

George’s at the Cove

(1250 Prospect St.)

A long time feature in the quaint seaside community of La Jolla, George’s at the Cove only serves brunch twice a year, and Easter Sunday is one of those special occasions. Easter brunch will commence at the charming restaurant’s California Modern area beginning at 10 a.m., as well as George’s Ocean Terrace and Level 2 beginning at 11 a.m. The menu proudly features individually priced selections such as warm French Toast at $18, a scrumptious Baja shrimp omelette for $22, and various vegetarian and vegan options, all served against the backdrop of the magnificent Pacific oceanfront view. Patrons who enjoy fine brunches are encouraged to make reservations online here.

What’s Good in La Jolla this Weekend? April 14 – 16

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Springtime is in full swing, and San Diego is celebrating the beauty of this season. Whether you’re looking to be outside in nature, or to have an Easter egg hunt, we have you covered with a weekend packed-full of activities. Have fun!

Spring Egg Hunt in La Jolla

10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the La Jolla Recreation Center

The La Jolla Recreation Center located at 615 Prospect St. will host its annual Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. For the price of a fast food burger with the works, or a mere $5, attendees will partake in the egg hunt and other associated Easter activities such as arts and crafts and, wow, get this, a meet and greet with Peter Rabbit. What kid doesn’t like Peter Rabbit!?

Charles Arnoldi exhibit at R.B. Stevenson Gallery

R.B. Stevenson Gallery will be presenting new paintings and drawings by Los Angeles artist Charles Arnoldi. The exhibition will open on Saturday, April 15th. and will remain on view through May 27th, 2016. An opening Reception will be held on Saturday, April 15th, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Season runs through May 14), Carlsbad Ranch

The well-renowned Flower Fields in Carlsbad Ranch continues its vibrant spring run, offering visitors outstanding views of bright blooms in all of their stunning and elegant glory. The fields are open each and every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and runs through May 14, 2017. Patrons will delight in nearly 50 full acres of colorful displays of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers, which are in bloom for only six to eight weeks. Ah, the short life of a flower! The celebrated fields also include various roses, orchids, sweet pea blossoms, petunias and poinsettias. Be sure to maintain any changes on the Flower Fields website, too, because Flower Field introduces special events throughout the bloom season. You simply have to see these blooms to marvel at nature’s unmatched beauty!

Sculpture in the Garden

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Diego Botanic Garden

Running through the end of April at the San Diego Botanic Garden is “Sculpture in the Garden,” a magnificent and stunning display of 53 sculptures from 32 regional artists set against the backdrop of a lush garden. Visitors can use a map provided by the Botanic Garden and enjoy a self-guided tour of the various works of art. The exhibit is included with general admission into the garden. Adults are $14, $10 for seniors, students and active military, and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Kids two years of age and under get in free. Parking is available on-site for $2.

Easter Bunny Teas

2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Friday & Saturday) at The Westgate

San Diego’s premiere hotel, The Westgate located in downtown San Diego will be hosting some kid-friendly tea sessions along with traditional egg hunts this Easter weekend. The quaint Easter Bunny Teas take place from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Children will be thrilled to snack on mini pastries and kid-approved petit-fours paired with traditional European afternoon tea. Traditional Easter egg hunts will commence on the Riviera Terrace and children will have an opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny. The tea sessions are priced at $50 for adults and $35 for kids 12 and under, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Spring Eggstravaganza

9 a.m., Santee Lakes

Patrons will want to be sure to bring the entire family out to Santee Lakes this Saturday for the 14th Annual Eggstravaganza! The community event begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. The Spring Eggstravaganza features continuous egg hunts for kids 8 years of age and under. In addition, the annual event features carnival rides, can’t miss pony rides, crafts, Primo DJ and additional fun for one and all no matter what age. And don’t fret about the cost because the event is always free!