Referred to as Holy Week — which began on Palm Sunday and culminates with Easter — many area churches and organizations have special services and Easter activities planned. Most events are free, unless otherwise noted. Information about special events that were sent to the Hermiston Herald include:
Hermiston Public Library
Hop on over to the Hermiston Public Library for an Easter egg hunt. The event is Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at 235 E. Gladys Ave.
Open to babies and kids through fifth grade, the activity takes place among the book collection. A bag will be provided to participants. In addition, prizes will be distributed. (541-567-2882).
Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter bunny is going to be hopping all weekend with the Simmons Agency sponsoring the annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt.
Thousands of filled eggs will be hidden in the dark. Children 10-and-under are invited to bring a flashlight and gather eggs Friday at 8:15 p.m. at Butte Park, 1245 N.W. Seventh St. Don’t be late because the Easter bunny won’t wait. (541-667-5018).
Living Stations of the Cross
A re-enactment of the Easter story of Jesus begins at noon in the parking lot at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, 565 W. Hermiston Ave.
The dramatic presentation features live actors who will travel along the streets to the top of the Hermiston Butte. The presentation is bilingual. (541-567-5812).
Peter Rabbit Breakfast
In its 31st year, the First United Methodist Church is hosting its annual Peter Rabbit Breakfast.
The all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast is Saturday from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at 191 E. Gladys Ave. Kids 5-and-under are free and everyone else pays $5 each. Don’t forget your camera to take pictures of your kids visiting with Peter Rabbit. The event also includes an Easter egg hunt, face painting and Easter craft projects. (541-567-3002).
St. John’s Episcopal Church
There are nightly services Wednesday through Friday at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 665 E. Gladys Ave. In addition, the church will be open Good Friday from noon to 6:30 p.m. for reflections. An Easter service is Sunday at 9 a.m. (541-567-6674).
Faith Presbyterian Church
A Maundy Thursday Service is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, 1005 S.E. Ninth St.
Rev. Bruce Sexton will present a brief message, followed by communion and several choir numbers. (541-567-1025).
Victory Baptist Church
Several services and an egg hunt are planned by Victory Baptist Church.
The worship services are Friday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. They will be held at 193 E. Main St. The Easter egg hunt and family picnic is Saturday at 11 a.m. at McKenzie Park, 320 S. First St. (541-303-3840).
Hermiston Church of the Nazarene
Several special events are set for Easter weekend at Hermiston Church of the Nazarene, 1520 W. Orchard Ave.
Experience Good Friday is Friday from 6-8 p.m. People are invited to drop in and stay for a few minutes or the full two hours. A kids Easter egg hunt is Saturday at 10 a.m. for ages birth through fifth grade, then at 10:30 a.m. a separate hunt will be held for kids with special needs. Sunday features breakfast served from 9:30-10:15 a.m., followed by an Easter worship service at 10:30 a.m. (541-567-3677).
Easter Sunrise Service
Get up bright and early for the Easter sunrise worship service Sunday at 6:30 a.m. at the Hermiston Butte.
People are encouraged to dress according to the weather and wear sturdy shoes. (541-567-3002).
Easter Sunrise Service
An Easter sunrise service is Sunday at 7 a.m. at the Echo Community Church picnic shelter, 21 N. Bonanza St. It will be followed by a breakfast in the church basement and the regular Easter service in the sanctuary at 10:45 a.m. (541-376-8108 or 541-376-8664).
Stanfield Moose Lodge
A community Easter egg hunt is sponsored by the Stanfield Moose Lodge.
Kids up to age 12 are invited to participate Saturday at 10 a.m. at Coe Park. Lots of eggs will be hidden, along with some special prize eggs. (541-449-3304).
Easter Egg Hunt
Children through fourth grade are invited to Boardman’s annual Easter Egg Hunt with more than 4,000 eggs hidden at Boardman Marina Park.
The event begins Saturday with an Easter bunny meet-and-greet at 9:15 a.m., followed by the egg hunt at 10:30 a.m. In addition to regular eggs, special prize eggs are hidden for each age category. There will be plenty of fun for the whole family, including bouncy castles, face-painting and food concessions. No dogs are allowed. (541-481-9252, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
An Easter breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 420 Locust Road. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted. The Easter service, presented by Rev. Paul Berthelot, begins at 11 a.m. (541-481-6132).