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The SMILE Easter Egg Hunt icontinues a family tradition in Westmoreland Park of many years

DAVID F. ASHTON - Dressed for the occasion, and scooping up the wrapped candy eggs, heres Claire Spiteri! As it has for decades, rain or shine, the "Sellwood-Westmoreland Easter Egg Hunt" delighted families who gathered at the south end of Westmoreland Park on Saturday morning, April 20, the day before Easter.

The annual fun is sponsored by SMILE, the neighborhood association for Sellwood and Westmoreland, and the Oaks Bottom Lions Club runs it, with help from several sponsors.

"This remains important for our members, helping to put on this event which generations of families look forward to and enjoy every year," remarked Portland Oaks Bottom Lions Club President Stella Brown.

"We come out and scoop up the bird droppings, rake away some of the prickly cones, cordon off the mud patches – and then scatter a whole lot of Easter Eggs in areas of the park sectioned off for kids of different ages," Brown said, while some of their 20 volunteers continued spreading colorful foil-wrapped candy eggs.

"It's a great service project for us," Brown noted. "We love doing anything we can for the community, and this one is a favorite!"

Volunteers began counting down to the 10:00 a.m. start of the event; at 10 sharp the kids were off and collecting, and by 10:06 a.m., the egg hunt wound down to a successful conclusion.

This annual children's event is underwritten by the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League (SMILE), with help from the Portland Oaks Bottom Lions Club, Sellwood New Seasons Market, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, as well as the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association, which donated the park permit.


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