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Easter Brings Services, Egg Hunt, Spring Break
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Easter is almost here which means egg hunts for children, a whole week off school for students and church services throughout the community.

Riverbank Recreation Department will again stage its Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7 starting at 11 a.m. at Castleberg Park.

The annual event is free. Children will be divided into age groups of 4-6 years, 7-8 and 9-10. The department purchases the plastic eggs containing candy that are spread over the grass in the majors' baseball field. Children are asked to bring their own basket for collecting the eggs.

The traditional event attracts several hundred children and parents each year. The only problem for the organizers and volunteers is keeping parents from getting past the wire fence and joining their children in the hunt.

Local schools will be taking a "Spring Break." They will on Thursday, April 5 after a minimum day and reopen on Monday, April 16.

There will be an Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 8 at Jacob Myers Park. People are invited to gather on the banks of the river at about 6:30 a.m., said Pastor Miguel Delgado of the Church of the Nazarene. Warm dress is advised. In the case of rain, the service will be moved under the barbecue shelter.

St. Frances of Rome Church is among several churches that have scheduled special services for Easter.

The church will conduct a Mass in both English and Spanish tomorrow, Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. and celebrate the Passion of Christ on Good Friday at noon.

Good Friday's outdoor dramatic reenactment of Christ's suffering that was staged in 2011 and for some years before that will not occur this year, for lack of volunteers, said church member Scott McRitchie.

The church will continue services on Saturday with a Mass in English at 8:30 pm. and a Vigil in Spanish at 11:30 p.m.

Services on Easter Sunday which marks Christ's resurrection are scheduled for 7:30 a.m. in English, 9 a.m. in Spanish and at noon again in Spanish.