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MoCo residents celebrate Easter in Silver Spring

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Children prepare to take part in a sack race as part of the Easter celebration in Downtown Silver Spring on Saturday.  PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZChildren prepare to take part in a sack race as part of the Easter celebration in Downtown Silver Spring on Saturday. PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZ  SILVER SPRING — Although Peter Cottontail did not make an appearance, Easter in Montgomery County was still full of surprises this weekend as residents enjoyed a variety of events in Silver Spring.

Children of all ages got a chance to enjoy an Easter egg hunt, sack race, egg spoon race, and scavenger hunt at the Civic Building in Downtown Silver Spring Saturday morning. The event hosted by Jesus House DC, a church also located in Silver Spring, was made to bring the community together and celebrate the holiday with one another.

“We are really do this to give hope to the community, to encourage people [to come to the event] especially since Easter is tomorrow we just wanted to reach out,” said Joel Olujide, 17, a volunteer during the Easter celebration.

Olujide’s mother Chinyere Olujide, an associate pastor at Jesus House who organized the Easter event, said over 700 people registered online to participate. Olujide also said the prizes given at the event included gift cards donated by Chick-fil-A, Dave & Busters, Cooper Canyon Grill, 50 free quarter legs from Nando’s Perri Perri, and tickets to the nearby ice skating ring.

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Keep your eyes on the skies for the latest eclipse festivities

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So you’ve picked up your NASA-approved glasses and gathered your viewing group for Monday’s solar eclipse. Now all you need is somewhere to watch it. Although Maryland viewers will only be able to catch 80 percent of solar coverage as opposed to a full eclipse, many local parks and libraries are taking advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to host viewing parties and events. Whether you’re looking to watch it with the kids or catch a glimpse yourself, the phenomenon can be caught in the area any time after 1 p.m. with coverage reaching totality around 3 p.m.

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