Easter and Passover Events Rule the Weekend

By Maggie McKay, KFWB afternoon anchor
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Celebrating Easter or Passover this weekend? There are LOTS of events.

The Passion Play at Shepherd of the Hills Church

This is not your typical local church production put on by the Sunday School class. Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch, at the very northern edge of Los Angeles, stages a professional production with some major Hollywood talent. There will be plenty of children and teens in the cast of hundreds, but also expect stellar voices and acting performances. The tented outdoor theater will also host Easter services on Sunday.
When: April 10-19, 2014
Where: Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi Street, Porter Ranch, CA 91326
Cost: $10-$20
Info: www.passionplaylive.com, (818) 831-7880
Note: A sign-language interpreter will be provided. Call the ticket office for seating for deaf patrons, and for wheelchair or group tickets.

Bunny’s Spring Fling at the LA Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Kids can make bunny ears, pet bunnies and have their photo taken (for a fee) with Big Bunny and other cartoon characters at this three-day event at the LA Zoo. There will be crafts, face painting, music and more.
When: Easter Weekend, Fri-Sun 10 am – 4 pm
Where: the LA Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA, in Griffith Park, off the I-5 and 134 Freeways
Cost: Check website
Parking: Free
Info: www.lazoo.org

Blessing of the Animals at Olvera Street

The Merchants of Olvera Street and a cow decorated with flowers lead a procession of gaily decorated animals past a priest delivering the blessing. The procession with Cardinal Roger Mahoney begins at 2 pm. Free pony rides and petting zoo. Animals and their owners assemble on the north side of the Plaza.
When: Saturday of Easter weekend, noon to 5 pm
Where: El Pueblo Historic Park at Olvera Street
Cost: Free
Parking: For a fee in area lots
Info: www.elpueblo.lacity.org, (213) 625-7074, (213) 485-8372

Easter Service at the Hollywood Bowl

Free Easter celebration at the Hollywood Bowl. The celebration will feature a band, orchestra, choir, and an inspirational message.  Hosted by Bel Air Presbyterian Church, Christian Assembly, and Fellowship Monrovia. Arrive early to get a good seat.
When: Easter Sunday, 11 am to 12:15 pm, door open at 9 am
Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Cost: Free
Parking: www.easteratthebowl.com/location.html
Info: http://www.easteratthebowl.com

Downtown LA Easter Fest at Grand Hope Park

New City Church hosts this free outdoor festival at Grand Hope Park at W. 9th and Hope Streets in Downtown LA. The event includes Easter arts and crafts, face painting, races and games, a bounce house, food and drink and an Easter egg hunt with thousands of eggs.
When: Easter Sunday, 2 – 5 pm, no entrance before 2 pm
Where: Grand Hope Park at W. 9th and Hope Streets
Cost: Free
Parking: Street parking is free on Sunday
Info: newcitychurchla.com/easterfest/

And of course if you don’t celebrate either, there’s always the beach, should be nice and warm on Sunday. Whatever you do…..enjoy!

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