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Dozens of egg hunts are scheduled for San Diego County Easter weekend, most free of charge. Here are some best bets for parents who fear their own microlawns might not provide sufficient room for the Easter Bunny to do its stuff.

Carlsbad: The annual EGGstravaganza is held at two public parks in this coastal North County city on April 19, beginning at 10 a.m. The civic egg hunt is scheduled for Holiday Park and is open to all kids, ages 3-12. Poinsettia Park hosts crafts, games, music, face painting and a visit from the Easter Bunny. For more information, call 760-602-7527.

Chula Vista: This year, the annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by McMillin Realty is at Discovery Park in the Rancho del Rey subdivision. Hundreds of kids are expected to line up promptly at 9 a.m. on April 19 and dash full-speed into a field littered with some 6,500 candy-filled plastic eggs. More info: 619-422-4500.

Linda Vista: Colored hard-boiled eggs as well as plastic eggs filled with jellybeans, chocolate bunnies and speckled candy are scattered across the lawn at the Linda Vista Recreation Center for a hunt at 10 a.m. on April 19. Some of the plastic eggs contain winning tickets that may be exchanged for Easter baskets filled with more sweets. Info: 858-573-1392.

Ocean Beach: Thousands of plastic eggs get turned in for bags of mixed candies during the Peninsula Egg Hunt at Robb Athletic Field on April 12. At any one time, up to 20 adults and kids can ride around the park in a red fire engine. Also on tap: a party for kids and music from D.J. Mike. The action starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Info: 619-531-1563.

Escondido: The city’s annual egg hunt is April 19 at the southern end of Kit Carson Park, starting at 10 a.m. for kids 3 and 4, with older kids (5-7) following at 10:45. Toddlers (2 years old and younger) get to meet with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny. Some eggs contain coupons that can be redeemed for stuffed animals, toys, gift certificates and Easter baskets. A $2 donation is requested. Info: 760-839-4382.

Encinitas: Adults who don’t have children needn’t fret. The Weidner’s Gardens nursery hosts hunts for grownups April 12, 13 and 19, when 100 plastic eggs filled with candy or coupons for free poinsettias and other plants are scattered throughout the nursery’s vibrant west lawn. The daily hunts start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. “Kids shouldn’t be the ones to have all the fun,” says co-owner Evelyn Weidner. Info: 760-436-2194. —Mandy Tust

Did You Know?

Linda Vista is now known as an affordable working-class neighborhood with a large population of Indochinese immigrants, but it was originally a defense housing project built in 1941 by famed San Diego leader Reuben H. Fleet, the founder of Consolidated Aircraft. At the time, it was the largest building project in local history, with 3,000 homes on a 1,200-acre site completed in only 139 days at a total cost of $9,070,000. To facilitate construction, builders used assembly-line techniques, with each box-like house divided into 45 operations, from surveying (No. 1) to window shades (No. 45). As a kid, San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts lived there.

Is It Real, or Is It Astroturf?

It’s neither. FieldTurf is synthetic grass that requires no water or fertilizer, yet looks so much like the real thing it’s mowing a path to glory here in San Diego. SDSU, SeaWorld, Patrick Henry High School, La Jolla High, Mesa College and more than 100 homes have installed it instead of real grass lawns.

“With the continued water shortage and the ‘Think blue’ campaigns about pesticides in our sewer systems, this is just what the San Diego environment needs,” says Paul Menard, marketing consultant for local distributor EasyTurf, headquartered in Escondido. (Menard was the Harrigan half of famed local radio team Charlie & Harrigan.)

Menard installed what the New York Post calls “synthetic new-age grass” in his front lawn four months ago and now swears by it. “It has so many advantages I don’t know where to begin,” he says. “Nothing bothers it—dogs and other animals can’t stain it or dig in it, and critters can’t dig through it.”

FieldTurf consists of hybrid fibers, silica sand, ground rubber and other ingredients. It costs about $10 per square foot, installed, and is guaranteed for eight years. FieldTurf is in use at several NFL stadiums (but not San Diego’s). For more information, go to the EasyTurf Web site at www.easyturf.com.









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