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March 27, 2018 > Special programs, egg hunts mark return of Easter

Special programs, egg hunts mark return of Easter

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

Catholics and Lutherans 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, JesusÕs crucifixion and death on Good Friday, and entombment on Holy Saturday.

Easter is considered a moveable feast because it is determined on a lunar calendar. This year, Easter falls on April 1, the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal (spring) equinox on March 20.

The English word ÔEasterÕ parallels the German word ÔOstern,Õ and is of uncertain origin. One view, promoted by the 8th century scholar, the Venerable Bede, is that that it derives from Eostre, or Eostrae, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility, a name which itself is remarkably similar to ÔAstarte,Õ the Greek equivalent of Ishtar, a deity popular from the Bronze Age through classical antiquity. 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 and meanings, but many symbols remained.

Easter is a festive time, full of egg hunts, family gatherings, and special church programs. In the East Bay, a number of events are planned:

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Fremont:

Crossroads Church invites you to a fun-filled, completely free Easter egg hunt event for the whole family, on Saturday, March 31 at Centerville Community Park in Fremont! With games, face painting, crafts, stories and, of course, Easter eggs, everyone is sure to have an egg-celent time! We can't wait to see you there!

Crossroads Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 31
10 a.m. Ð 12 noon
Centerville Community Park
3355 Country Dr., Fremont
For more information: http://visitcrossroads.church/home/easter
Free

Over 2,000 years ago, GodÕs plan of redemption altered the world. The power of sin and death was broken through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ that first Easter. If you would like to experience a fresh start in life, join us at Bay Area Baptist Church for a special Easter series. Discover how an encounter with GodÕs love and sacrifice can impact our lives today!

Three-Service Easter experience
Sunday Mar 25, 10:00 a.m.
Friday, Mar 30 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Apr 1, 10:00 a.m. (Free Kona Ice)
Bay Area Baptist Church
2929 Peralta Blvd, Fremont
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-3-service-easter-experience-tickets-44202695452
Free

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Hayward:

You're invited to join Resonate Hayward for our 2nd Annual Easter EGGstravaganza. There will be games, food, door prizes and tons of fun for kids up to 12 years of age. We will have 5 egg hunts for different ages. The egg hunt is divided into age categories. See the ticket page (below) for more information.

OpieÕs GSB food truck will be on site for you to make a tasty purchase at your convenience. Admission is free though we are asking for donations of a toiletry item or school supply for the Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth Program of Alameda County. We hope to see you there! Register today!!

EGGstravaganza
Saturday, Mar 31, 2018
10:00 a.m. Ð 12:30 p.m.
HUB HUSD Parent Resource Center
24823 Soto Road, Hayward
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/easter-eggstravaganza-2018-tickets-43733762862?aff=es2
Free

The Hayward Area Recreation and Park DistrictÕs Youth Program will be hosting the 73rd Annual Egg Hunt and Bonnet Parade. Bonnet Parade registration will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. The Bonnet Parade, led by the Easter Bunny, will begin at 9:30 a.m. Bonnet Parade participants must be 6 years and under and all bonnets must be homemade and worn by the participants during the parade to qualify. Participants will have their homemade bonnets judged in the following categories: the prettiest, most unusual, and most colorful. The egg hunt will immediately follow after the Bonnet Parade. There are 4 egg hunt age categories: 1-2 year olds, 3-4 year olds, 5-6 year olds, and 7-9 year olds. The event will take place rain or shine.

Easter Egg Hunt & Bonnet Parade
Saturday, Mar 31
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Bonnet Parade
Kennedy Park
19501 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward
(510) 881-6700
www.haywardrec.org
Free

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Milpitas:

Christ Community Church will host a community Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 31 for kids 2 years through 5th grade. The event will be held in the Worship Center, and then kids will follow the Easter bunny to the park.
Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 31
10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Christ Community Church
1000 S Park Victoria Dr., Milpitas
(408) 262-8000
www.cccmilpitas.org
Free

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San Leandro:

Come celebrate spring on Saturday, March 31, at the second annual ÔEgg Hunt at the CasaÕ hosted by the San Leandro Improvement Association (SLIA). The celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 12p.m. at the historic Casa Peralta grounds in Downtown San Leandro. The SLIA will decorate the Casa Peralta and will hide plastic eggs stuffed with toys and goodies for the kids to find around the Casa Peralta grounds. Festivities will include three egg hunts, face painting, music, family friendly activities and a petting zoo sponsored by MikeÕs Feed & Pet filled with chicks and bunnies for the kids and kids at heart to play with and pet. The three egg hunts will be broken up by age groupsÑthe first one kicking off at 10:30 a.m. for kids three years and under, the second one starting at 11 a.m. for kids four to six and the third starting at 11:30 a.m. for kids ages seven to ten. Kids are encouraged to bring baskets for the egg hunt.

Egg Hunt at the Casa
Saturday, Mar 31
10:00 a.m. Ð 12:00 p.m.
Casa Peralta
384 W Estudillo Ave., San Leandro
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/downtown-san-leandros-egg-hunt-at-the-casa-tickets-43898144532?aff=es2
Free


The Recreation and Human Services Department announced that it will host the CityÕs annual Egg Hunt for children ages 10 and under on Saturday March 31st. The event will take place at a new location this year, at Stenzel Park beginning at 10:00 a.m. sharp, rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required with the San Leandro Recreation and Human Services Department at www.sanleandrorec.org or in-person at the San Leandro Senior Community Center or Marina Community Center.

Participating children should arrive with their own basket and egg hunts will be divided into age-appropriate groups. A visit from the bunny is expected as part of the event, so attendees are encouraged to bring a camera for photos.

This event is being made possible thanks to the generous donation from the San Leandro Optimist Club. The event will include volunteers from the Optimist Club and Community Impact Lab and the Youth Advisory Commission.

San Leandro Rec Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 31
10:00 a.m.
Stenzel Park
15300 Wicks Blvd, San Leandro
For more information: (510) 577-3462
Free but registration required: www.sanleandrorec.org

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Union City:

Join Union City Community and Recreation Services (CRS) for our annual Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at Old Alvarado Park. Mr. & Mrs. Bunny are ready to meet and greet all the families. Event includes egg hunts, mini carnival, snack bar and Scholastic Book Fair. Each child receives a bag full of goodies. Look out for the golden egg during each egg hunt!! Prizes will be given out to the lucky winners! Purchase your tickets before the event for a discount.

Spring Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 31
9:30 a.m. Ð 12:30 p.m.
Old Alvarado Park
3871 Smith St, Union City
(510) 675-5276
http://www.seecalifornia.com/events/easter/union-city-egg-hunt.html
$7 pre-purchase, $10 door

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