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Kids and parents can decorate Easter eggs together at City Arts Center

Gazette staff March 25th, 2010

Easter Egg Family Dye Day
1 p.m. Saturday
City Arts Center
3000 General Pershing
bring hard-boiled eggs

Kids are invited to help the Easter Bunny by painting and decorating hard-boiled eggs at the Easter Egg Family Dye Day, 1 p.m. Saturday at the City Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing.

All ages are welcome. The event is free and all supplies will be provided by the City Arts Center, except for the hard-boiled eggs, which participants are asked to bring.

Elia Woods and Nancy Peterson of the center will show participants how to dye eggs in an array of natural colors, and teach kids and families how to create designs using rubber bands, masking tape and wax. Kristin Richter, public relations manager, said the instructors will use everyday kitchen items to create and mix the colors, in lieu of harsh dyes.

For example: Once chopped, simmered, strained and cooled, red cabbage can be used to create a robin's egg blue hue. Eggs are dipped in the cabbage dye for five to 30 minutes, which creates light to medium blues.

Richter said Woods "didn't want to give too many secrets away," but said that the center's instructors had "several more" surprising dye recipes.

For more information, call 951-0000 or visit"LeighAnne Manwarren

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