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Celebrate Easter with Peter Rabbit Breakfast and egg hunts

by: VERN UYETAKE - Funds from the annual Peter Rabbit Breakfast help run the West Linn Community Preschool. Pictured are front row, from left, J.J. McGraw, Vivi McGraw, Baylen Borntrager, Brylie Borntrager, Kiva Sato, Georgia Rozes, Karina Secchi, back row, Grace Sato and Ben Rozes.Break out your finest Easter clothes, grab a basket, and be on the lookout for Peter Rabbit.

The West Linn Community Preschool will hold its popular annual Peter Rabbit Breakfast on Saturday.

This breakfast has been a tradition for the school before it even was a school. The event, which is geared toward grade-school children, was create by parents to raise funds to open the school in 1977. The event still supports the cooperative and is a West Linn tradition.

For Jaime McGraw, the preschool’s president, the breakfast is near and dear to her heart. Not only do her own two daughters attend the preschool, but her husband also attended the school as a child and they share the same teacher, Cathy Vause, who has been with the school since 1980. McGraw still has a photo of her husband as a child with Peter Rabbit.

The breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. and includes all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage. Peter Rabbit will make his entrance shortly after 8 and will be available for photos with children until noon. There will also be carnival games, a craft table, an auction and raffle baskets.

“It’s always the biggest fundraiser for our school,” McGraw said. “There’s a lot of community support in our auction.”

Auction items include a house rental in Hawaii, a beach getaway, an Allium Bistro gift certificate, passes for the Willamette Living History Walking Tour along with many other items from local businesses. There will be four raffle baskets valued at $150 each and two grand-prize raffle baskets valued at about $250 each. Starting at 8:30 a.m., children can tour police vehicles and fire engines.

“It’s just a big bunch of activities,” McGraw said. “I like the auction for me, but I also love seeing the kids get their faces painted and running from game to game.”

The breakfast runs from 8 to 11 a.m. and the carnival runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Cost is $6 for those 11 and older and $3 for children 10 and younger. Those 2 and younger are admitted for free. The breakfast will be at West Linn High School, 5464 West A St.

For more information, visit wlcp.org.

West Linn Community Preschool was established in 1977 and is a nonprofit, parent cooperative preschool for children 3 to 5.

Egg hunts

Two egg hunts will be held on March 30.

The West Linn Albertsons will hold an egg hunt at 9 a.m. at Willamette Park, 1100 12th St. It will be held rain or shine and is for children ages 1 to 12.

The West Linn Lions will also hold their annual egg hunt at 10 a.m. at the West Linn High School track and football field.