If there's on thing that Rutherford B. Hayes has in common with lagomorphs, it's the egg. President Hayes, as you know was the first to say "roll 'em" on the White House lawn.And lagomorphs - that is, bunnies - are said to lay eggs at Easter - time to hide them for children to find.
We wouldn't want you to miss the chance to pick up a few eggs this weekend, even if you have to pay a kid to do it for you. We mention a few alternatives, in case your cholestrol level is up.
And if the list seems too secular to you, remember that the egg symbolizes new life. Happy hunting!
10 A.M. - Lanham. An easter bonnet parade, egg hunt, movies and jellybean guess (winner gets to keep the jar of jellybeans) for ages four to twelves! Bring your own basket or bags, bonnet and parents to Good Luck Community Center, 8601 Good Luck Rd. Small fee. Rain date: March 27. Call 552-1093.
11 A.M. - Manassas. Plastic eggs, fill with jelly-beans or prize slips, will be hidden in Ben Lomond Community Park, Sudley Monor Road. Bring your own Easter basket. They wnat the plastic egg back, but keep the jellybeans. Sponsored for ages two to nine by Prince William County Park Authority and Park West Lions Club, rain of shine. Call 703/221-1101, ext. 543.
1 to 3 - The Renwick Gallery. A native of the Ukraine, Ala Mosijezuk, demonstrates Ukrainan egg-decorating. Repeated Sunday.
6 A.M. - If you're up, you can watch the sunrise from Sugar Loaf Mountain's east view. Upper Montgomery Country churches plan a nonsectarian Eastter service. Gates to the mountain will open at 5.15. Afterward, breakfast is served at Dickerson Methodist Church. To reach Sugar Loaf Mountain, take I-270 north in Maryland, exit on Route 109 W, turn right to Comus onto Route 95, and drive 2 1/2 miles to the mountain
9 To 5 - Your last chance to see the annual spring flower show at the U.S. Botanic Garden on the southweat corner of the Capitol grounds.
1 P.M. - Rockville is holding two egg-hunts at once, at the Civil Center, Baltimore Road and Edmonston drive, and at Welsh Park, Martins Lane and Mannakee Street.
Children two to twelve should bring baskets to collect candy eggs, thousand of 'em. A feew sprayed gold, and worth a prize. Rain date: March 27. Ca ll 424-8000, ext 227.
1 P.M. - The Easter Bunny hosts a hunt for decorated eggs at Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Rd., Fair-fax Station. Free, but out-of-county cars pay $2 to park. Canceles if it rains. Call 323-6600.
1:30. - Over at Gunston Hall Plantation in Lorton, kids under 10 get a free ride in a horsecart. At 2 the Easter bunny arrives to distribute eggs, which can then be rolled on the field next to the cemetery. Easter admission to the plantation is $2 for adults, 50 cents for age 10 to 16, and free for under-10s. Call 703/550-9220.
1:30 - "Charlotte's Web" is shown in the Museum of History and Technology's Carmichael Auditorium. The connection? The rotten egg Templeton the rat cherishes.
2 P.M. - A netherlands Carllion concert of folk song and traditional Easter hymns. The 49 bells stand on the northern end of Arlington National Cemetery.
2P.M. - Un Great Falls Park, Va., Woodsey the Owl hosts the hunt, egg dyeing and decorating, arts and crafts, games and films. Bring your own eggs. For reservations, call 759-2925.
3 P.M. - At Constitution Hall, the Stalter Brothers (No.1 country vocal group for the last five years) will jion with the Singing Sergeant in a gospel medley. Lest forget what day it is, the Air Force Band performs Rimsky-Korsakoff's Russian Easter Overture. It's a free cencert and the doors open at 2.
7 P.M. - Stick around. Constitution Hall has a free gospel festival to kick off the city's Easter week program. The Mansfield Singers, the Ivory Singers, Kings of Harmony and the other groups perform. For detail call 859-7050.
10 to 2 - All ages can enjoy the egg hunt at Cosca Regional Park in Clinton. A rock band, a dance contest and free refreshment relieve some of the urge to find eggs. Call 2489-1260.
10 A.M. - The hunt begins at Margruder Park in Hyattsville, Easter games follow. Call 277-8350.
10 to 2 - Drop off your kids (kindergarten through sixth grade) at Montgomery County's Easter Party, Lake Needwood, off Munchester Mill Road in Rockville. Contest, relays, crafts,games and an eggs hunt, all supervised. The recreation department says a picnic lunch would be nice, too, if you'll bring it. They also say there'll be a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny, if they can find one. Don't forget your child's entry for the Best Decorated Egg Contest. Call 468-4217.
10 TO 2 - Eastern Egg Roll on the south lawn of the WHite House. And you thought we forgot. For children eight and under, a forgot. For children eight and under accompanied by an adult. Young contestants roll real eggs with a spoon. Added attractions: magicians, marionettes performing a circus show, Irisih dancers and live animals to pet. Call 472-3669.
10:30 TO 3 - Easter Circus at Kenilworth-Park-side Recreation Center, 4300 Anacostia Ave. NE. This is a biggie for D.C. kids, from preschool age to teenage. Featured are ventriloquists, clown, poines, train ride, a magician, a sword-swallower, and The Ambassadors, a contemporary orchestra. Buses transport children from each ward; contact your nearest recreation center for departure and place.
Noon. - An Eggsplosion, and about time. Alexandria's egg rolling, egg-hunting, egg-decorating egg-strvaganza. If you want to win the egg decorating contest, bring your own materpiece to Chinquapin Park, 3200 KingSt. Call 750-6325.