RIRA: Celebrate Spring at the Egg Hunt

Written by Super User. Posted in Volume 37, Issue 13 - March 25, 2017

Like the longest of nights, it seems that the dawn of Spring has finally come to our little ship floating in the East River. The snow and ice capping our streets, walkways, and parks is melting to reveal fresh ground. Our Island family, friends, and neighbors are emerging from the cocoons of their apartments to bask in the warming sun and breathe in the renewed fresh air. It seems that Spring has finally arrived, and with it brings a number of Island celebrations to renew the ties that bond us as neighbors, starting with the Annual RIRA Egg Hunt.

RIRA Annual Egg Hunt

Jeffrey Escobar
Jeff Escobar
President RI Residents Association

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On Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. - noon, at the Manhattan Park Green, we once again invite you and all of your little ones, aged ten and under, to wear your spring finest and attend this year’s RIRA Annual Egg Hunt, a cherished community event. The Egg Hunt is hosted by RIRA’s Social, Cultural and Educational Services (SC&E) Committee, along with partners Island Kids, P.S./I.S. 217, and the Main Street Theater & Dance Alliance. This event wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of Wholesome Factory, Piccolo Trattoria, the Roosevelt Island Starbucks, RIVAA Gallery, The Carter Burden Center for the Aging, the Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts and Daisies, Hope Church, the Roosevelt Island Center for Community Development, the Roosevelt Island Branch of the New York Public Library, Roosevelt Island Marlins, the Wildlife Freedom Foundation, Manhattan Park, the Roosevelt Island Senior Association (RISA), and RIOC.

Rain or shine, this year promises to be just as fun and exciting as years past, with a visit from the Easter Bunny, story time under the tree, children’s book give-aways, raffles, egg hunts for each age group, bonnet making, and so much more.

With more than 500 children expected to attend, space again will be limited and registration is required. To skip the entry line on the day of the event, pre-register online at http://rira-eeh.weebly.com, which will remain open until the day before the event. A suggested donation of $4 per adult if you pre-register or $5 per adult on the day of the event is strongly encouraged. For safety purposes, we ask that an adult be responsible for every three children at the event. The egg hunt is not a fundraising event and is entirely self-funded through your donations and those of the community. Scholarships for anyone who is unable to donate are available, by reaching out to either the Chair of the RIRA SC&E Committee, Lynne Shinozaki, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or the Chair of the RIRA Egg Hunt Subcommittee, Irena Durkovic, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Doors will open to check in and/or register at 10:00 a.m. on April 1 and will remain open until 10:30 a.m. Table activities will be led and put on by differing Roosevelt Island Community groups while families are given the opportunity to check in or register until approximately 11 a.m., including a special musical performance by the Main Street Theater & Dance Alliance Children’s Theater from their upcoming show, Seussical Jr. This year’s Egg Hunt will formally commence at 11 a.m.. The first hunt will be for children aged three and over. Children under three will take their turn at 11:15 a.m. in a separate area. Note: Adults will not be allowed in the egg hunt area during the three and over Egg Hunt. One adult per child will be allowed in the egg hunt area for the three and under crowd.

Despite what you may think, the eggs don’t stuff themselves and the baskets don’t tie their own ribbons! We need volunteers to help us stuff eggs and assemble gift baskets; we especially need volunteers for setup and breakdown on the day of the event. Do you or your organization have items to donate for this year’s festivities and give-aways or have the manpower to volunteer? Do you want to donate to this year’s event or be a sponsor? If you have the time, talent, or want to support the success of our Island’s beloved tradition, reach out to either the Chair of the RIRA SC&E Committee, Lynne Shinozaki, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the Chair of the RIRA Egg Hunt Subcommittee, Irena Durkovic, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out how you can help. We will see you there!

Thank You Eva Bosbach

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge and thank Eva Bosbach, past coordinator and founder of the Roosevelt Island Parents Network (and former RIRA Representative for Southtown).

She resigned from RIPN to pursue a full-time professional opportunity. We are grateful to her for her dedication and love for the families, parents, and children of the Island. A partner to RIRA in its community endeavors, and always an advocate and stalwart for the children of our Island and their parents, Eva turned what was first a network for Island parents to share thoughts and resources, into a formidable advocacy group with only one mission in mind: the hearts, minds, and well-being of our Island children. We look forward to working together with her successors, Cecilia Chen and Sangeeta Joseph, and I wish Eva the best of luck on her future endeavors. You will truly be missed!

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