With Easter less than two weeks away, it’s time to start making plans. Listed below are events or meals planned for Easter. Unless otherwise indicated, everything takes place on Easter Sunday, April 24.

    Observe Easter a little early at the 30-Minute Beach Cleanup starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, on the beach at Granada Avenue. Cleanup organizers will hide 200 candy-filled eggs for first through fourth graders for the hunt, which will get started after the cleanup at approximately 10:45 a.m. Adults and children can have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny with the photos posted on the 30-Minute Beach Cleanup’s Facebook page.

     A Mommy/Daddy and Me workshop to help children make Easter eggs and decorations will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Recreation Park. 4900 E. Seventh St. A $12 fee includes most supplies, but you’ll have to bring your own eggs and a small scissors. This is for ages 6 to 12.

    First Church of Christ, Scientist, invites all faiths to pray between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, April 22. The church is at 629 Atlantic Ave. For more information, call 427-6061.

    California Heights United Methodist Church is hosting an Easter Eggstravaganza for children through the fifth grade from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at 3759 Orange Ave. In addition to the egg hunt, there will be crafts, games, face painting, the Easter Bunny and more. It’s free. Visit www.calehightsumc.org or call 595-1996.

    Grace Community Church of Seal Beach has a Good Friday Communion Service at noon and Easter Sunday services at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Grace Community is at 138 Eighth St.

    Forest Lawn Long Beach hosts an Easter Sunrise Service a 6 a.m. Sunday, April 24, at 1500 E. San Antonio Dr. Reverend Karyn Packard, director of pastoral care at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, will deliver an Easter message and music will be provided by the Lakewood Church Choir.

    Brunch starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way. In addition to the buffet, children can decorate their own Easter cookies. Tickets (which include admission to the aquarium) are $38 for adults and $28 for ages 3-11, with discounts for aquarium members. Call 590-3100.

    Claire’s at the Museum will serve Champagne Easter Brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a carving station, seafood station, made-to-order omelets, and more, plus bottomless Champagne. It’s $44.95 for adults and $12.95 for ages 10 and under. There are discounts for members. Reservations are required. Call 439-2119, ext. 270 or visit www.lbma.org. The Long Beach Museum of Art is at 2300 E. Ocean Blvd.

    It will be family-style Easter from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Don the Beachcomber, 16278 PCH in Huntington Beach. There will be a live Polynesian Fire Show, pictures with the Easter Bunny, egg coloring and a special children’s buffet. The menu for adults includes bottomless Champagne, make your own omelets, Macadamia nut pancakes and more. It’s $29.95 for adults and ages 12 and younger can partake of the children’s buffet for $13. There’s also a three-course Easter prix-fix for $25. For reservations, call 592-1321.

    Gladstone’s opens at 9 a.m. for an Easter Brunch on an a la carte basis. Bottles of Mimosa’s are $15. For reservations, call 432-8588. Gladstone’s is at 330 S. Pine Ave.

    Live Latin Jazz will provide the background for a Champagne Easter Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Dr. Among the entrees are Braised Pork slow roasted in achiote and citrus juice, Sea Bass and Plantains, Chicken Cilantro and more. The price is $45.95 for adults and $22.95 for ages 6-12. For reservations, call 481-3910.

    The Champagne Easter Brunch at the Hyatt Regency includes live entertainment, complimentary parking and photos with the Easter Bunny along with the brunch. It’s $42 for adults, $21 for seniors and children ages 6 to 12. Call 492-1234. The Hyatt is at 200 S. Pine Ave.

    The Marriott Long Beach has brunch and dinner buffets on Easter Sunday. The brunch features the usual breakfast items and both the brunch and the dinner feature fresh seafood, roast beef, baked ham, desserts and more. Brunch (10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) is $35.95 for adults, $32.95 for seniors and $18.95 for children ages 5 to 12. Dinner (4-7 p.m.) is $32.95, $26.95 and $16.95 respectively. For reservations, call 624-6099. The Marriott Long Beach is at 4700 Airport Plaza Dr.

    The Naples Rib Company is offering a special Easter Meal of ham, turkey (one or both), with mashed potatoes, gravy and steamed vegetables for $15.99. They open at 10 a.m. for take-out and noon for dining in. The Naples Rib Company is at 5800 E. Second St. Call 439-7427.

Kurt comes to the Gazettes with 30 years experience in broadcasting and journalism. He has produced and/or directed hundreds of television programs, including news, sports, entertainment, election coverage, town meetings and telethons.

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