Churches and community groups throughout the West Bank filled their lawns with a sea of colorful eggs this spring.

The Easter egg hunt at Christ Baptist Church has been a tradition of the church since 1985, drawing approximately 100 children every year.

“The goal of putting on this event every year is to share the real meaning of Easter,” said Nika Beville, Christ Baptist Church children’s director. “We celebrate Easter to rejoice in Christ that he is risen and alive today.”

Volunteers of the church donated eggs, candy and other supplies to carry out the hunt. The children participate in activities, such as cookie decorating, face-painting, crafts and storytelling.

“They were so excited they couldn’t wait,” Blair Duhon, of Harvey, said about McKenna Ates and Andersyn Duhon. Shawn Lake, of Marrero, also brought her daughter Priscal Lake to the Easter egg hunt.

The children were split up into age groups — preschool, lower elementary and upper elementary — to gather eggs in their designated areas. There was a golden egg with special prizes inside. The recipients received a chocolate bunny.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Easter egg hunt was filled with children running all over the yard looking for eggs. They were greeted by the Easter Bunny, Mary Gardner.

“We also incorporated a bake sale with our hunt,” Donna Hurley, senior church warden, said.

Jaquetta Wright, who lives down the street from the church, brought her 2-year-old daughter Janiyah to the Easter egg hunt.

“We went to purchase her basket yesterday, and I told her that I was going to take her to her first Easter egg hunt,” Wright said.

Woodmere Civic Association activities

WCA recently held an Easter egg hunt at the same location. The children in attendance had a great time and walked away with plenty of prizes and candy.

The Woodmere Civic Association will host a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10 at Faith is the Victory Christian Center, 3145 Alex Kornman, next to Woodmere Elementary School.

The cost to rent a table is $25. To reserve a table or booth, call (504) 333-4969.

John McDonogh Day

A public commemoration of the life of public school philanthropist John McDonogh was rescheduled due to inclement weather. McDonogh will be honored at 9:45 a.m. Friday, May 2, at the John McDonogh Cenotaph, McDonoghville Cemetery, 520 Hancock St., Gretna.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at VFW Post 3121, 475 Monroe St., Gretna.

This is the 124th iteration of Jefferson Parish’s oldest annual community event. In return for his donation of 39 public schools in the New Orleans area, all McDonogh asked was that students place flowers around his grave annually.

In connection with the Battle of New Orleans bicentennial, living-history interpreters in authentic uniform will discuss McDonogh’s role in the Battle of New Orleans as a member of the Beale’s Rifles regiment.

Cadet Crawl 5K Fun Run

Join in a day of fun and fitness Saturday, May 10, when the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy Parent Organization hosts the inaugural Cadet Crawl 5K Fun Run. Registration on race day will be open from 7:30 a.m. with the event beginning at 8:30 a.m. in front of NOMMA at 425 O’Bannon St., Federal City in Algiers.

The riverside grounds of Federal City in Algiers will play host to this new event, which aims to promote community awareness of the school and raise money for the expansion of NOMMA’s athletic department.

Registration on the day of the race is $35 and includes a race bib and T-shirt. Early registration is $25 and ends on May 1. T-shirt selections will be limited on the day of the race, so early registration is encouraged.

Visit to download registration and sponsorship forms. Registration forms should be submitted by mail or in person at the Main Office of NOMMA.

Yetoria Lumpkin DeShazier writes about the people and events in Algiers and the West Bank. Contact her at or call (504) 367-0905.