Celebrate Springtime Holidays In Boca Raton

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By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Writer

It’s no April Fool that Easter falls on April 1 this year. (With Passover having begun at sundown just two nights before, on March 30, “Good Friday.”)

Area churches added extra services to celebrate the joyous occasion –including Spanish River Church on Yamato Road (which added a 7:30 a.m. sunrise service outdoors on the field by the school).

The Journey Church – Boca, which meets at Grandview Preparatory School on Spanish

River Boulevard, added a 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31 service to their regular Sunday services at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., and offered an egg hunt for kids while their parents were in church.

Calvary Chapel Boca Raton and Grace Community Church, both on Camino Real, each had Good Friday services.

Grace also held a 7:30 a.m. Easter sunrise service on the lawn, as well as a 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 31, Egg Hunt with Petting Zoo, Crafts, Photo Booth with Live Bunnies and Refreshments.

Families dressed in their Easter best attended church together and gathered afterward for festive family lunches featuring ham and lots of chocolate candy.

Those attending Seder dinner on Passover feasted on gefilte fish (poached fish dumplings), matzo ball soup, brisket or roast chicken, and potato kugel.] Being that Jesus grew up in the

Jewish tradition, some Christians have now begun partaking in Seder supper as well.

City of Boca Raton recent springtime events featured a Spring Children’s Fair at Patch Reef Park on Tuesday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monday Morning Muffin’s & Mysteries at 10:30 a.m. at the Downtown Library; Animal Adventures Day Camp (Grades 3 -5) March 20, 21, 22 at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center; FREE Saturday Fitness Yoga at 9 a.m. in Sanborn Square and Zumba at 10:30 a.m. in the South Beach Pavilion.

A 9 a.m. Saturday, March 10, bike ride invited Boca residents to “bring your bike and helmet to Mizner Park Amphitheater to join the Mayor and City Council for an escorted, 4-mile and/or 2-mile bike ride around Downtown, A1A and surrounding neighborhoods” to recognize March as Bicycle Month. (A Resolution proclaiming Bicycle Month in Boca was read at the Feb. 26 Boca City Council meeting.)