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Easter Weekend Events Abound
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Easter is here. Local churches are scheduling services to mark the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ; young children will be hunting for eggs in a pagan celebration of rebirth; and school students are preparing for a weeklong spring break including this coming Friday, April 10.

And there's one more event that will make this weekend busier still - Beyond Earth Day.

Pastor Mike Atinsky of the Dry Creek Community Church and others are planning to hold an Easter sunrise service around 6 a.m. on Easter Sunday beside the river at Jacob Myers Park. Dress warm and bring blankets and lawn chairs if you want. The event has drawn the help of several other churches and a good crowd in previous years.

Among other Easter celebrations, Christ the King Episcopal Church is planning a whole slate of services for Holy Week. For Maundy Thursday on April 9 at 6 p.m. there will be a Seder Service and from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. a Watch Service. Services on Good Friday, April 10 are slated from noon to 2 p.m., on Holy Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Easter Sunday at 7:45 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Call 869-1075 for more information or go to the website,

The annual Rabbit Run and Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the City of Riverbank will occur Saturday, April 11 at Castleberg Park, the run starting at 10 a. m. and the egg hunt following at 11 a.m. Hundreds of children are expected to turn up for the hunt. Parents are banned from joining them in the grassy area.

The Riverbank Nursing Center, also, is scheduling an Easter Egg Hunt on its front lawn for anybody who cares to turn up. The hunt is free for children and so is the ice cream that will be served afterwards.

And then without doubt, families will hold their own egg hunts on lawns and yards all over town.

Beyond Earth Day calculated to encourage us to take better care of our planet is also planned for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and that event will take place in the parking lot of Galaxy Theatre. Also a free event, this one promises entertainment for the whole family like juggling, storytelling and magic, a bike rodeo for children, contests to win tomato plants and young trees, information from many vendors and lots of family activities.