Strongs Creek to hold 3rd annual Spring Extravaganza Saturday

Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

Strongs Creek Plaza will be holding its 3rd annual Spring Extravaganza this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 1095 South Fortuna Blvd. in Fortuna. Families and residents can come out to enjoy a wide variety of activities and merchant sales supporting local youth.

The event will host Fortuna High School students who will provide a bounce house to raise funds for the Fortuna Creeks Clean Up Project.

KiDLiCiouS will also have a free raffle for a local massage. The drawing will be held at the end of the day and the winner will be contacted."

Glamorous will be hosting a launch party for Melissa Effig who will be promoting Origami Owl.

There will be a petting zoo and adoption fair by Miranda's Rescue with a wide range of animals to visit with or take home through adoption.

Hydesville students will be there in force with the Hydesville Girl Scout Troop selling Girl Scout cookies and Hydesville School selling candy apples. Hydesville School will also be painting an assortment of fun images on faces.

The Fortuna PTA will be selling cotton candy to raise money to help support students.

Redwood Preparatory Charter School will be returning with the Easter Bunny to have pictures taken with local youth. Last year brought over 200 children to the fuzzy embrace of the Easter bunny for a memory picture.

There will be an in-store promotion at 5 O'Clock Shadow and everyone is invited to check out all the great deals at all the local businesses located at the Strongs Creek Plaza during this festive event.

Safe and Sober students and families will be on hand selling tickets to their annual benefit dinner which will be held in April. The event helps fund the FUHS student's safe and sober graduation party.

"The response to this annual event has been fantastic," organizer and owner of KiDLiCiouS Felicia Thomsson said. "This is just another way the community can give back to the children of our community. We have schools from the area here to help raise money for their students. Not everyone in the community has children and they want to help our schools, but don't know how. This is a way that they can enjoy an event, get great deals on merchandise, and give back to the students in our community."

The event is also having a coloring contest. "We distributed about 500 coloring pages to the schools and we will have the results posted in the KiDLiCiouS window at 10 a.m. when the event begins," Thomsson said. The contest was for children 8 years and under and winners will receive a prize.

"The Strongs Creek Plaza Spring Extravaganza will happen rain or shine," Thomsson said. There will sidewalk chalk to express your creative side. For more information, contact Felicia or Sara at 725-3200.