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Easter events include egg hunts, sunrise services and festivals

A sunrise celebration at the Pier in downtown St. Petersburg begins at 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times (2009)

A sunrise celebration at the Pier in downtown St. Petersburg begins at 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

Friday

The St. Petersburg College Madrigalians, under the direction of Vernon Taranto Jr., and the choir of Christ United Methodist Church will present John Stainer's The Crucifixion at 7 p.m. at the church, 467 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. This deeply moving work for choir, soloists and organ is part of a Good Friday service. A goodwill offering will be collected. For more information, call the church at (727) 822-3343.

Lakewood United Methodist Church, 5995 Martin Luther King Jr. St. S in St. Petersburg, presents "The Last Day," a Good Friday worship service of words and music including a handbell choir, at 6 p.m. For information, call (727) 867-1744.

The sacred cantata, This Man, will be presented at 7 p.m. at Pasadena Community United Methodist Church, 227 70th St. S, St. Petersburg. This service includes the drama of the Last Supper, the arrest, trial, betrayal, crucifixion and entombment of Christ. For information, call Robert Drick at (727) 381-2449.

'Sing a Song of Lament' offers a special way to get in touch with the depth of Good Friday's truths through gospel music and spirituals. 6 p.m. at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church at 2920 26th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Using prayers, Scripture readings and special music, this service will encourage you to place yourself near Jesus during his sufferings — to feel closer to him.

Saturday

North East Park Baptist Church presents a fun, free, family Easter event including concessions, a bounce house, balloonist and craft area will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Crisp Park, 3699 Poplar St. NE, St. Petersburg. For more information, call (727) 896-3178.

Holiday Festival, a family event with pony rides, an Easter trail egg hunt, inflatable rides, games, face painting, visits with the Easter Bunny, live entertainment and food, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Anne of Grace Episcopal Church, 6650 113th St. N, Seminole. $10 wristband, $1 individual tickets. For more information, call (727) 392-4483.

Children ages 10 and younger can hunt for eggs at 10 a.m. at the Treasure Island Community Center, Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue. Then sport that fancy bonnet for a contest and photos with the Easter Bunny. Bring your own camera. Free. For more information, call (727) 360-4121.

Kids ages 8 and younger should grab their baskets for a hunt for more than 4,000 Easter eggs at the Fun in the Sun Day from 9 a.m. to noon at the Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S. There will also be visits with Peter Cottontail, a Touch-A-Truck with city vehicles and Bayflite, magicians, balloon art, jugglers and food. The event is free. Call (727) 893-1068 or visit tinyurl.com/3ljxe6j and click on "Upcoming Events."

Sunday

Voices and instruments will join in familiar music during an Easter sunrise celebration beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Music by the Salvation Army Band and a sermon, "Finding Life," by the Rev. Doug McMahon. Parking in the city parking lots approaching the Pier costs $3. Call (727) 823-4742.

The People That Love Church and Mission, 817 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, will hold its 20th annual Easter cookout from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The free dinner includes hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken. Call (727) 421-3745.

A sunrise service at Lakewood United Church of Christ will be held at 7 a.m. Breakfast will be served after the service. The church is at 2601 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. For more information, call (727) 867-7961.

Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church presents its 70th annual Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. The service will be on the Intracoastal Waterway on Pass-A-Grille Way between First and Second avenues, followed by a pancake breakfast at 7:30 at the church, 107 16th Ave., St. Pete Beach. Call (727) 360-5508 or visit pagchurch.org.

Easter events include egg hunts, sunrise services and festivals 04/19/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 3:32pm]

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