The Great Falls Optimist Club and Adeler Jewelers Invite You, Your Children, Your Grandchildren to: The Grand Opening of Spring with the 33rd Annual Children's festival, Sunday, April 9th, 2017 1:00 - 4:30 PM at Village Centre in Great Falls

Hoping the weather will be fantastic, the Great Falls Optimist Club and Adeler Jewelers are ready for the annual Children's Spring festival to take over the Village Centre Sunday, April 9th, a sure sign Spring is here in the community.

We'll have rides and games and end with the Easter Egg Hunt, eggs filled with candy and gems.

The Children's festival is the largest fund raiser for the Great Falls Optimist Club with proceeds benefitting children locally. This is a great inexpensive family outing!

THE GREAT FALLS OPTIMIST CLUB provides Thanksgiving and Holiday Meals and Gifts for those less fortunate; in the past we've provided school supplies, equipment, word processors, LCD projectors, etc for special education classes,as well as children's cancer, private injured parties, and many more.

This year, we are supporting, the Little League, the Great Falls Rugby teams, the local HS ROTC program, and our Junior Optimist Club of Langley High School. They are currently working on blankets for the homeless.

Sometimes we have oratorical and essay contests to compete for Scholarships and help them gain leadership skills.

What's new and exciting this year is we are looking forward to supporting the new Great Falls Grange Foundation where many organizations in Great Falls are coming together to create an entity that will share control of the Grange and Schoolhouse property with the Park Authority to make it available for the community's use at reasonable rates and make it our space! We will have Donation Jars set out for the Optimist Club and the Grange Foundation. This is our flagship program this year in an effort to help make the grange available for youth needs for our community.

Linda thanks the many volunteers who come out every year to help with the festival, whether it's stuffing eggs on Thursday, Apr 6th or setting up, and cleaning up the day of the festival! These are the ones who make it a success!

"The festival began as a way for Adeler Jewelers to thank the community for its support", said Wendy Adeler Hall, whose father began the celebration over 30 years ago. "He's very community minded and in fact as been the main proponent of the new Grange Foundation Project", she said.

There are four age groups for the egg hunt at 4 PM: 8-10 Years to the north of the green, 5-7 years in the middle, 3-4 years to the south of the green. The Toddlers and younger are free to pick up eggs near the festival rides and games during the festival 1-4. The children 4 and younger can have one parent with them, the older ones will be only allowed on the green by themselves. Parents can watch behind the ribbons.

The eggs contain candy, but some of the 8,000 eggs will contain gems donated by Adeler Jewelers. "We usually hide about $5000 of gems mixed in", Adeler said. "Typically the gems include amethyst, garnet, peridot, blue topaz, citrine, some rubies and emeralds, all the typical birthstones", she said.

In addition local vendors have sponsored rides, like a moon bounce, a mini Ferris wheel and a tilt-a-whirl for the children to enjoy. The $10 per child admission gives each child a bracelet that's good for unlimited rides and the egg hunt. "We don't charge the parents admission, but they're free to make donations", she grinned!

The event will take place rain or shine, and parents can call 703-759-4076 starting at 9 AM on that Sunday if the weather is poor to find out details. Tickets will become available to purchase at 12:30 behind the village center where the rides will be set up.
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