Traditional cookies: The Asbury United Methodist Women group in Charles Town is taking orders for pizzelles, the Italian wafer cookies that are an Easter favorite. Priced at $5 per dozen, the cookies come in chocolate, vanilla or the traditional anise. Place orders by Friday by calling 304-725-5513.
Easter Bunny event: Kids of any age are invited to enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny, photo sessions and activities from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at New Destiny Church on Border Road in Kearneysville.
The Lazy S Walkers, a team raising money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Jefferson County, is hosting the event. The breakfast costs $5. To reserve a spot or get details, email LazySWalkers@gmail.com.
Bunny breakfast: The Independent Fire Co. Auxiliary hosts “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the fire company at 200 W. Second Ave. in Ranson. The morning includes pancakes, with a picture with the Easter Bunny and treats for kids. A bake sale also will be held. The meal costs $7 for adults or $3 for children 6 and younger, with proceeds aiding the fire department. For details, email IFCAux@yahoo.com.
Educational egg hunt: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s sixth-annual egg hunt for children ages 3 to 6 begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Yankauer Nature Preserve north of Shepherdstown.
Parents are asked to accompany their children as they hunt for eggs colored to resemble real eggs of wild birds. “Children are challenged to find these eggs on the trail and, in the process, discover how birds use camouflage keep their eggs safe from predators,” organizers explain.
Children can turn in collected eggs for a sweet treat: the chance to decorate an egg-shaped cookie and lemonade. Other activities will include a penguin egg walk, an ostrich egg balance challenge, and an egg-toss game.
The event costs $5 per child, and space is limited. Sign up at potomacaudubon.org or by contacting Ellen Murphy (email@example.com or 304-676-8739).
Egg Hunt: Charles Town’s Asbury United Methodist Church at 110 W. North St. hosts a rain-or-shine Easter egg hunt at 9:30 a.m. Sunday following the opening of Sunday school. Children should bring their Easter baskets. Call 304-725-5513 or go online to myasburychurch.org.
Holy Week services: New Street United Methodist Church at 202 W. New St. in Shepherdstown marks Maundy Thursday April 17 with a light supper at 6 p.m. followed by the cantata, “In My Place” and communion at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday begins with a “Sunrise” service at 6:30 a.m. followed by breakfast and a traditional Easter service at 10 a.m. For details, call the church at 304-876-2362.
Special offerings: Ebenezer United Methodist Church at 11590 Harpers Ferry Road in Purcellville, Va., holds a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. April 17, a Tenebrae service at 7 p.m. April 18 and on April 19 a free Easter Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with egg hunts, games, crafts and more. Lunch will be available for purchase to support the youth ministry of Ebenezer UMC. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-346-4439.
Good Friday walk: The South Jefferson Ministerial Association hosts a “Walk of Witness” at 10 a.m. April 18 on the front steps of Asbury United Methodist Church at 110 W. North St. in Charles Town. The walk involves Christians carrying a cross to six stations for a selection of Bible readings, prayers and hymns before concluding at Edge Hill Cemetery to symbolize Jesus’ burial in the tomb. Learn more by calling 304-725-5513 or going online to myasburychurch.org.
Easter Parade: Shepherdstown’s annual Easter parade begins at 11 a.m. April 19 at the intersection of Church and German streets. Organizers will award prizes for the parade’s best-dressed dogs, children, family and more. Find details at Shepherdstownvisitorscenter.com.
Easter service: Grace Reformed United Church of Christ, 421 Kearneysville Pike in Kearneysville, holds special services April 20, including a “sonrise” service at 6:15 a.m. with guest pastor Clyde Eggleton of St. Paul Baptist Church of Kearneysville and music from St. Paul’s praise team. A community breakfast with pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee and juice follows. Easter worship with Grace Pastor David G. Beeson and communion begins at 9 a.m.
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