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THE EASTER BUNNY HOPS INTO TUALATIN PARK ON APRIL15th - 03/30/17

The Easter Bunny will making his 41st annual visit to Tualatin Community Park, 8515 SW Tualatin Rd., at 2:00PM on Saturday, April 15th, with the help of the Tualatin Lions Club and Boy Scout Troop 530. The boys and girls of Tualatin always have the best rated Easter Egg Hunt anywhere because this is where the Easter Bunny is the most welcome!

As always, there will be lots of Easter Eggs and guaranteed candy for all of the "hunters". There will also be a special egg in each group with a big prize for the hunter that finds it. Hunters are asked to collect a maximum total of five eggs during their hunt times. Each hunting group will have its own time and field space for their hunts. Infants to 2-Year-Olds go first, followed by 3 and 4-Year-Olds, then 5 and 6-Year-Olds and finally the 7 and 8-Year-Olds in the outfield.

This year, the Easter Bunny, Lions and Scouts will have special help from a new partner in town, the Cracker Barrel Restaurant, slated to open just after Easter as the first Cracker Barrel on the West Coast. Cracker Barrel will have a fun photo booth for all the members of the family and the Easter Bunny, as well as Cracker Barrel Kids Cards for all hunters. As a special way to help the Lions help the community, Cracker Barrel is donating an iconic Cracker Barrel rocking chair that the Lions will raffle on site that Saturday afternoon. $5 Tickets will be available from all of the Tualatin Lions in the park and the drawing will happen right after the last hunt at about 2:30PM. Look forward to more community projects partnering the Lions and Cracker Barrel.

Moms and Dads and Grandmas and Grandpas are all welcome as spectators and they can render "minimal aid" to the Infant to 2-Year-Old hunters. The Lions will have fresh popped popcorn, soda and water for sale and a big barrel for non-perishable food donations.

The Tualatin Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt has been taking place at Tualatin Community Park since Easter, 1976. The eggs for the hunt have evolved from real, hand-colored hard-boiled eggs to colorful plastic eggs. Kiddos are encourage to collect up to 5 bright plastic Easter Eggs and to have lots of fun! Every year happy hunters take home (or eat right at the park) a sack full of Easter candy.

The Tualatin Lions and Scouts of Troop 530 ask parents to please bring non-perishable food items to help them support the Tualatin School House Food Pantry (www.schoolhousepantry.org). Cash contributions, sponsorship from Cracker Barrel and proceeds from popcorn sales will be used for Lions youth programs in Tualatin, particularly as scholarships for the Tualatin Police Department's G.R.E.A.T Summer Camp. As with every Lions Club project, every penny of every dollar donated goes right back to the community. The Tualatin Lions can be reached at tualatinlions@gmail.com.

For further information, contact Brad King at 503-984-8090.

Medically Underserved Oregonians will receive free eye and health screenings April 8 at Portland's William Temple House - 03/28/17

Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) recently marked the milestone of one million sight and hearing screenings for Oregon's children, adults and seniors. This monumental achievement will be highlighted on April 8, 2017, through a vision clinic to be held at the William Temple House in NW Portland, OR.

The William Temple House (WTH) has been serving the disadvantaged and distressed in Portland for 50 years through counseling, social services and pastoral care. Partnering with WTH gives the Oregon Vision Coalition (OVC) an opportunity to serve a diverse and disenfranchised community with critical vision services and health screenings. The event will include vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams, blood pressure and other health screenings, as well as prescriptions for and provision of corrective eyewear for those who need it.

OLSHF is a member of the OVC, a consortium of Oregon primary eye health organizations with a mission of supporting a comprehensive approach to meeting the eye health needs of the state through fostering and developing strategic partnerships. With this shared vision, OVC shares their expertise, as well as direct services, via mobile eye health and safety events like the April 8 clinic at WTH, in order to effectively maximize the impact and scope of partner organizations' vision care missions. Members of the OVC are Casey Eye Institute/OHSU; Dave Lien, Optician; OLSHF; OR Optometric Physicians Assn; and, Pacific University College of Optometry.

Although Oregon law requires all children to have vision screenings and/or comprehensive eye exams before age 7, the vast majority of Oregon's children still enter school without these sight saving exams. All children 0-18 in Oregon are entitled to comprehensive eye exams, thanks to the Children's Vision Bill (HB 3000), supported by OVC members, which passed the Oregon legislature in 2013. This public health policy is designed to catch eye conditions, treatable diseases and medical issues early, as well as ensuring vision correction needs are identified and met to provide all children the highest degree of potential academic success.

OLSHF has worked successfully with school districts, school nurses, local eye doctors and other nonprofits across Oregon to provide screenings required by HB 3000 - just over 520,000 children since 2013. According to Annie E Casey's Kids Count data from 2015, there are 339,400 school aged children per year between the ages of 5-11 in Oregon.

One in four children ages 5-11 have undiagnosed vision problems. These children often get misdiagnosed with attention or behavior disorders, medicated, academically and behaviorally tracked, and therefore experience lower academic success and graduation rates, not to mention losing the child-like joy of exploration and learning. All of this then results in higher incidents of crime and incarceration, and contributes to lower employment achievement and lifelong earning potential. The public often then bears the financial burden through the penal system and social services, when an early comprehensive eye exam and corrective vision, like what will be provided at the WTH April 8, would have revealed likely brilliant children with bright futures. OR Senate Bill 187 is pending legislation that would provide additional funds to expand school screenings to reach all of Oregon's children.