As the City of Mill Valley’s Recreation Director, Jenny Rogers wears many hats, charged with shepherding her department’s vast array of recreational offerings and ever-expanding arts and music programs.
But on April 12 outside the Mill Valley Community Center, Rogers wore the best of all hats at the City’s annual Eggstravaganza and Bunny Breakfast. Armed with a basket full of eggs filled with candy & toys from the Easter Bunny, Rogers trailed the wave of egg hunters, looking for children who had either arrived a bit late or weren’t able to get their hands on any eggs during the event, and making their day by giving them a few.
“Just the relieved look on some of the parents faces said it all: ‘Thank you,’” Rogers says with a laugh. Dating back more than 25 years, the City’s annual Spring Egg Hunt has become “a cultural touchstone for Mill Valley families,” Rogers adds.
Between the breakfast and the egg hunt, City officials estimated that 1,000 children and adults attended the event, which doled out more than 5,000 eggs. The event was first held as the Spring Egg Hunt on the field behind the old recreation center, and then on Bayfront Park. In 2005, it morphed and expanded into the Eggstravaganza and Bunny Breakfast at the Community Center and on Friends Field, including jumpees, a train, live music and face painting.
This year, the City’s Arts Program Cordinator Kevin Marlatt had some of his instructors provide live entertainment. The backbone of the event, Rogers says, is the Mill Valley Seniors’ Club, which in 2008 began sponsoring the event, donating $1,000 each year to allow the egg hunt to be offered for free to all attendees.
“They make the egg hunt possible,” Rogers says.