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Happy Easter! A weekend of events

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The Living Last Supper at Englewood United Methodist Church. (Photo provided)

 

Jungle Trails and Bunny Trails -- Sarasota Jungle Gardens will be decked out for the Easter holiday, with continuous egg hunts, the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo, food, raffles and more from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday. Sarasota Jungle Gardens, 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 355-1112, sarasotajunglegardens.com.

Easter Party & Egg Hunt -- The Siesta Key Village Association presents its annual Easter shindig, complete with egg hunt, face painting, games, photos with the Easter Bunny, fire trucks and ambulances and more. The party takes place on Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon and registration is required for the egg hunt (which costs $10 per participant). 685-2274.

Eggstravaganza -- The best-named Easter event in the area features the Easter Bunny and a massive egg hunt, from 9:30 a.m.-noon on Saturday. Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice. 484-6722.

Bunny Breakfast & Egg Hunt -- Have breakfast with the Easter Bunny and join in the annual "Egg-Normous" egg hunt in North Port on Easter Sunday. Breakfast is $3 per person from 8-9 a.m. and the egg hunt begins at 9:30 a.m. sharp. George Mullen Activity Center, 1602 Kramer Way, North Port. 429-7275.

Easter Sunrise Service -- Pre-dawn service (6-8 a.m.) presented by The Tabernacle Church. Island Park, 1 Marina Plaza, Sarasota. 355-8858.

First United Methodist Church — "Celebrate This Holy Season in Worship" begins Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m. (March 28) with "The Story," a dramatic presentation and experiential participation in the events of the passion of Christ. Communion will be available. Then on Easter Sunday, there will be three services. The 8:30 and 11 a.m. traditional services in the Sanctuary will be accentuated with choir, brass, organ and percussion. 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. 955-0935; firstsrq.com.

The Living Last Supper — 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday (March 28) at Englewood United Methodist Church, 700 E. Dearborn St. Dramatization of Da Vinci's The Last Supper painting features church members portraying the disciples, each of whom delivers a soliloquy in response to Jesus' words "One of you will betray me." Communion, open to all, will be served. On Saturday (March 30), children and adults are invited to bring their baskets and attend the annual Easter Egg Hunt, starting with free registration in Fellowship Hall at 10 a.m. There will be egg hunts by age group, including adults; themed Easter basket prizes; guided craft projects; and more. On Easter Sunday, services at 8 and 11 a.m. will feature the 75-voice Chancel Choir, Allen-Austin digital pipe organ, trumpets, timpani and Voices in Bronze Handbell Choir. 474-5588; englewoodumc.net.

Good Friday Concert — 7 p.m. Friday (March 29). The music department of First Methodist Church, Bradenton, will present the sacred oratorio by Dubois, "The Seven Last Words of Christ." The choir of First Church will be joined by a string orchestra, organ, harp and timpani. Conducted by Director of Music Mary Mozelle. 603 11th St. W. 747-4406; fumcb.com.

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