The Easter bunnies behind today's Spring EGGstravaganza have been hopping. They've organized four eggs hunts, face painting, caricatures...

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The Easter bunnies behind today’s Spring EGGstravaganza have been hopping.

They’ve organized four eggs hunts, face painting, caricatures, relay races, games, food booths, arts-and-crafts booths and live entertainment at the free Issaquah/Sammamish community celebration, which runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The event is sponsored by the Sammamish Family YMCA in partnership with the Sammamish Kiwanis Club and the city of Sammamish Youth Board.

Last year’s community carnival attracted more than 800 people. Tim Meliah, youth-development director for the Sammamish YMCA, said organizers expect 1,000 folks today.

Eight teenagers have been the main bunnies behind the project, Meliah said.

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They’re led by Paul Knudsen, a senior at Eastlake High School. He made the EGGstravaganza his senior project and has been working since October to put on the show.

Knudsen and most of his committee knew what they were getting into. The group, including Erin Horvath, Heather Hergert and Connor Bischak of Eastlake High, and Lindsey Wilson of the International Community School, ran last year’s carnival. (They recently received YMCA Youth Leadership awards for the 2004 event.)

Maggie Harlow and Bridget Beattie of Skyline High School, and Nicki Bastine of Eastlake High are new to the group. They hope to continue the project next year — without a Knudsen in the leadership chair.

Paul’s older sister, Laura Knudsen, launched the original EGGstravaganza in 2003 as her senior project. She’s now at the University of Washington. The Knudsen family lives in Sammamish.

Spring EGGstravaganza will be held on the Trinity Lutheran College campus, 4221 228th Ave. S.E., Issaquah.

Proceeds from the booths will benefit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Puget Sound.

Fortunate encounter

Sarah Jane Kutzke and her family had just finished dinner at Chan’s Place on the Issaquah Plateau. When the fortune cookies were opened, Kutzke’s said, “You will meet someone famous.”

The Skyline High School freshman left the restaurant and went into the QFC grocery store, located in the same strip mall, to pick up something.

Ahead of her in the checkout line was Jay Buhner, the popular former Seattle Mariners baseball star.

Delicious servings

Leigh Henderson Brink spreads good taste. Brink owns Alexa’s Cafe, an “in” place for breakfast and lunch in downtown Bothell. She also owns Alexa’s Catering. Recently she added one more notch to her growing reputation as an Eastside entrepreneur.

Brink purchased the party/meeting management business at the Monte Villa Farmhouse in the North Creek area.

If you’re driving north on Interstate 405, Monte Villa is the lovely restored farmhouse on the east side of the freeway just north of the Beardslee Boulevard/Northeast 195th Street exit.

When the office/industrial park was developed on the old dairy farm, the farmhouse and the giant old barn were preserved. The farmhouse can be rented for parties, wedding receptions and business gatherings.

Brink had been the exclusive caterer at the farmhouse for several years, and the management business was a natural fit. Now she handles everything from reservations to locking the door after the party.

So why would someone named Leigh call her cafe and catering company Alexa’s?

She named the businesses after her now-grown daughter.

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or