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April 11, 2017 > Easter celebrates Resurrection and renewal

Easter celebrates Resurrection and renewal

Regarded as one of the most important Christian holidays, Easter is observed as a celebration of Jesus ChristÕs life and resurrection. According to Luke 24:1-4 (NIV), Òthe women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.Ó Two men in bright clothing Òlike lightningÓ told them, ÒHe is not here; He has risen!Ó

Many members of the Christian faith, particularly Catholics and Lutherans, also observe Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance leading up to Easter Sunday. During the last week of Lent, the faithful commemorate the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, JesusÕ crucifixion and death on Good Friday, and entombment on Holy Saturday.

Easter is considered a moveable feast because it does not fall on a set date. This year, Easter falls on Sunday, April 15, the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal (spring) equinox on March 21.

The Encyclop¾dia Britannica says the English word ÔEaster,Õ which parallels the German word ÔOstern,Õ is of uncertain origin. One view, expounded by the Venerable Bede in the 8th century, was that it derived from Eostre, or Eostrae, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility. Moreover, rabbits and eggs are remnants of the old fertility rites supplanted by the celebration of the Resurrection. The early Christian Church replaced the old festivals with its own celebrations as the religion grew in popularity.

Easter is a festive time, full of bright colors and family gatherings; egg hunts and Easter Bunny sightings are all part of the fun. In the East Bay, a number of events are planned:

Castro Valley:

ÒHis Story,Ó a dramatic Easter musical, will be presented with beautiful music, dance, and drama. It is the Gospel story as told by JohnÑJesusÕ life, ministry, death and resurrection. Please join 3Crosses Church in Castro Valley as we celebrate the miracle of faith.

His Story
Thursday, Apr. 13
7:30 p.m.
Friday, Apr. 14
7:30 p.m. (ASL interpreted)
Saturday, Apr. 15
2:30 p.m.
3Crosses Church
20600 John Dr, Castro Valley
(510) 537-4690 x 230
Tickets: $5


ÒCrosswalk: The Easter ExperienceÓ at Harbor Light Church will give you and your family the opportunity to step into mindset of Easter as you go through the story of Jesus' death and resurrection. This is done through visual art, cutting-edge video, and interactive stations.

Crosswalk: The Easter Experience
Tuesday, Apr. 11 Ð Friday, Apr. 14
6 p.m. Ð 9 p.m.
Harbor Light Church
4760 Thornton Ave, Fremont
(510) 744-2233

Bridges Community Church will host ÒThe Easter JourneyÓ on Saturday, April 15. Everyone is welcome; all activities are free, including an Easter journey tour, inflatables, face painting, egg hunts and much more. Come on a tour to discover and investigate why we celebrate Easter. Invite a friend to come along on the journey with you. As the attendance for this event has grown, we have egg-panded our play space! Instead of on-site parking this year, a shuttle will transport you from Mission San Jose High SchoolÕs parking lot.

The Easter Journey
Saturday, Apr. 15
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Bridges Community Church
505 Driscoll Rd, Fremont
(510) 651-2030


Hayward Area Recreation and Park DistrictÕs 72nd annual ÒEaster Egg Hunt & Bonnet ParadeÓ will take place at Kennedy Park on Saturday, April 15. Bonnet parade participants must be 6 years of age and under. Bonnets must be homemade and will be judged on the prettiest, most unusual, and most colorful. The egg hunt will immediately follow the parade. There are four egg hunt age categories; the Easter bunny will join the festivities as well.

Easter Egg Hunt & Bonnet Parade
Saturday, Apr. 15
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Bonnet Parade
Kennedy Park
19501 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward
(510) 881-6700


Christ Community Church will host a community Easter egg hunt on Saturday, Apr 15. The event will be held in the Worship Center, and then kids will join the Easter bunny to the park. Please bring a bag of individually wrapped candy to share.

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr. 15
10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Christ Community Church
1000 S Park Victoria Dr, Milpitas
(408) 262-8000

San Leandro:

San Leandro Recreation and Human Services Department will be hosting the CityÕs annual egg hunt for children ages 10 and under. The event will take place at Marina Park on Saturday, April 15, rain or shine. Participating children should arrive with their own basket. Egg hunts will be divided into age-appropriate groups. A visit from the Easter bunny is expected, so attendees are encouraged to bring a camera for photos. Adults and children over 10 years of age will not be permitted in the hunt areas but are encouraged to enjoy the event from the sidelines.

Annual Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr. 15
10:00 a.m.
Marina Park
14001 Monarch Bay Dr, San Leandro
(510) 577-3462

On Saturday, April 15, the San Leandro Improvement Association (SLIA), a non-profit community benefit district corporation that works to enhance its Downtown and the Community Impact Lab (CIL), a non-profit organization focused on empowering women and families to do good, learn, and build strong communities, are hosting the first annual ÒEgg Hunt at The Casa.Ó Festivities will include two egg hunts, face painting, music, story time, family friendly activities and a petting zoo sponsored by MikeÕs Feed & Pet. The petting zoo will feature chicks and bunnies for the kids and kids at heart to play with and pet. The two egg hunts will be broken up by age groupÑthe first one kicking off at 11:15 a.m. for kids three years and under and the second one starting at 11:45 a.m. for kids four years and up. Kids are encouraged to bring baskets for the egg hunt.

Inaugural ÒEgg Hunt at the CasaÓ
Saturday, Apr. 15
10:30 a.m. Ð 12:30 p.m.
Casa Peralta
384 W Estudillo ve, San Leandro

Union City:

Join Union City Community and Recreation Services for our annual ÒSpring Egg HuntÓ on Saturday, April 15 at Old Alvarado Park. The event includes a mini carnival, scholastic book fair, games, raffle prizes and more. Each participant will receive a bag of goodies and participate in an exciting egg hunt led by Mr. and Mrs. Bunny. If you would like to sponsor or donate, please contact Corina Aguilar at (510) 675-5806 or

Spring Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr. 15
9:00 a.m. Ð 12:00 p.m.
Old Alvarado Park
3871 Smith St, Union City
(510) 675-5276
$7 pre-purchase, $10 door

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