Weekend to feature art exhibits, Easter egg hunts and various performances

Easter celebrations and other spring-themed activities throughout the weekend will feature interactive opportunities, performances and exhibits to appeal to residents of all ages.

Hannibal-LaGrange University (HLGU) senior art student Hannah Donoho's art exhibit at the university's Roland Fine Arts Center will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, one of the first events during a weekend with multiple opportunities for creativity and celebration. Saturday's events include a children's Easter egg hunt at the Hannibal Free Public Library and a spaghetti dinner and spring craft bazaar at Park United Methodist Church. On Sunday, the Barry Community Chorus will perform their annual Easter Cantata and the Hannibal Jaycees will hold an interactive “Superheroes” gathering for children and parents at the Mark Twain Museum.

Hannah Donoho's art exhibit

HLGU senior art student Hannah Donoho will display her collective works of art, beginning with an opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday, April 5 in the Roland Fine Arts Center. The Bluford, Ill. native is a senior art major and recent winner in the Hannibal Arts Council “Art in the Open” billboard art competition. During her studies at HLGU, Donoho has developed an artistic style of “living paintings,” which she creates by painting directly on models and the scene surrounding them to make three-dimensional space appear flat.

Some of her artwork will be for sale. The exhibit is open to the public and will run through Saturday, April 13.

Easter egg hunts

Hannibal Free Public Library staff members will have all three floors of the library stocked with eggs for their Easter egg hunt for children and babies. Library doors will open at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 6, and the hunt will begin promptly at 9:15 a.m. The event is free, and eggs could contain candy, stickers and larger prizes.

“It is our hope that from these special events, children in the community will come to see the library as a fun place to be as well as a useful resource. We ask that children be accompanied with an adult, and we hope that the kids are as 'eggcited' as we are,” said Assistant Library Director Caitlin Greathouse.

She said that an egg hunt just for teens will take place during the library's weekly Teen Night at 6 p.m. Monday, April 8. For more information, contact Greathouse at cgreathouse@hannibal.lib.mo.us or 573-221-0222.

Park United Methodist Church Spaghetti Dinner and Spring Craft Bazaar

Park United Methodist Church invites community members to attend its spaghetti dinner and spring craft bazaar featuring a variety of arts and crafts, including Pat Ruhl's Hannibal Bicentennial display. The event will begin with the Spring Fling Craft Bazaar opening at 9 a.m. with a bake sale and items including plants, birdhouses, yard ornaments and freeform stuffed animals. The dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Park UMC Church, 2335 Palmyra Road. Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, homemade desserts and drinks will be on the menu, and carry-outs are available. For more information, call 573-221-4522.

Barry Community Chorus Easter Cantata

The Barry Community Chorus will perform their annual Easter Cantata one week early for 2019, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Barry United Methodist Church, 720 Perry St. in Barry, Ill. Narrators Rev. Tony Loyd and Rev. JoAnn Ruff, director Judy Steers, accompanist Cindy Piper and soloists Teresa Goetten, Kevin Heberlein, Tina Moyer and Larry Stapleton will tell the story of Holy Week with their performance of “Jesus! The Resurrection of the Messiah” by Mary McDonald and Rose Aspinall. Baskets will be placed at the exits to help cover the costs of the performance. For more information, call the church at 217-335-2064.

Hannibal Jaycees Superheroes event

The Hannibal Jaycees are holding a superhero-themed interactive event for children 12 years old and younger who are accompanied by an adult. Spiderman will be at the event, and crafts, games, snacks, prizes and photo opportunities will be available. Admission is $10 per duo. The event will take place from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 7 on the second floor of the Mark Twain Museum, 120 N. Main St. To RSVP, email mandi.l.minor@gmail.com. Space for the activity is limited to the first 50 kids who sign up.

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