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April 18, 2011


The Easter Hunt Find an Egg, Eat Brunch and Celebrate the Holiday Downtown by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR


here’s no excuse to be lazy on Easter Sunday in Downtown this year. There are egg hunts, meals, ways to help the less fortunate and even options to ensure your pets’ well-being. In case you need some help, here are a few events that cover the gamut of what you’ll want to do in Downtown Los Angeles. On a Mission: It’s going to take hundreds of volunteers to serve the thousands of homeless men, women and children an Easter brunch at the Midnight Mission. So why not help out at the April 24 event? The needy will get a meal, food bags and donated clothing. Kids will also get to meet the Easter Bunny and take home baskets full of treats. Virgil Gibson, former lead singer of the Platters, will be there. It’s another reminder that the Skid Row missions can use help from volunteers all year round. The event runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. At 601 S. San Pedro St. To volunteer, visit

Easter Munch: The steakhouse Fleming’s is known for serving thick hunks of meat to Downtown crowds, particularly at night before games or concerts. On Easter however, it’s all about the Sunday brunch. The Flemings at L.A. Live will join the other restaurants in the chain and open early at 11:30 a.m. on April 24 for a three-course prix-fixe menu served until 3 p.m. The $32.95 lunch

for adults includes five entree choices such as smoked salmon and toasted bagel, and filet benedict. Kids 12 and under can enjoy a $15.95 brunch menu that includes French toast or an egg omelet. If you have room, there are desserts including cheesecake or a hot fudge sundae. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 745-9911 or Blessed Pets: The day before Easter holds one of Downtown’s most beloved, charming events. The annual Blessing of the Animals returns to El Pueblo Historical Monument on Saturday, April 23, from noon-5 p.m. The event includes a procession on Olvera Street led by a cow covered with a blanket of flowers. Then, Archbishop Jose Gomez will bless pets one at a time. It’s not just cats and dogs, as assorted humans bring along birds, bunnies and even snakes for the blessing and a sprinkle of Holy Water. The festivities include pony rides for kids and a petting zoo with llamas, sheep, cows and other animals. The tradition goes back to the fourth century when San Antonio de Abad was recognized as the patron saint of the animal world. Back then, people asked for fertility and health for their animals. Today, the ceremony is meant to recognize the services, including companionship, that animals provide for people. At 125 Paseo de la Plaza, (213) 625-7074 or (213) 485-8372. Church Bells: It’s a busy weekend for Archbishop Jose Gomez, who in February

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Cats, dogs, birds, snakes and more are expected at the annual Blessing of the Animals at El Pueblo. It takes place April 23. Archbishop Jose Gomez will replace Cardinal Roger Mahony (above).

took over from Cardinal Roger Mahony as head of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Gomez will preside over his first Easter Mass in the city at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on April 24. Masses start at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Spanish services are at 12:30 p.m. and a bilingual mass is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. At 555 W. Temple St., (213) 680-5200 or The Best Fests: Two Downtown churches are joining forces for a free Easter celebration in South Park. New City Church of Los Angeles and City Light Church are organizing the third annual Downtown Easter Fest on April 24 from 12:30-3 p.m. The event is free and will take place at Grand Hope Park at Ninth and Hope streets. It will include a picnic lunch, an egg hunt, a bounce house, face painting, a sack race, and even free haircuts, since you want to look good on Easter. Not far away is the Live Church LA Easter Celebration, with the big

Bunny Continued from page 19 grabbed an egg and walked away, ignoring our pleas for a picture. He later came back and dropped the egg back in, although I think he took the candy out first. A few more people begrudgingly agreed to take a picture with the Easter Bunny, though most of Downtown just ignored me. One woman was too busy making what she said was a “big business deal” on her cell phone. Another man just laughed and shook his head, and a couple of young women looked at me the way most women look at me when I’m out of the costume, which is not good. Then, it got worse. A security guard from MPG Office Trust, which owns the nearby U.S. Bank Tower, followed me around for a while. I guess he wanted to bounce me from the area. He ended up being nice and took an egg from my bas-

rabbit, arts and crafts, an egg hunt and more. It runs noon-2:30 p.m. at Nokia Plaza. At Grand Hope Park, Ninth and Hope streets, Live Church LA event at Olympic and Figueroa, rsvp at (213) 439-4329 or info@ Lounge Egg: For a holiday brunch in a cool atmosphere, try J Restaurant & Lounge. Served on the patio of this hip South Park lounge, the $29 per person, prix-fixe brunch includes a choice of Atlantic lobster fritta, grilled Kurobuta pork shop or roasted vegetable terrine. The kids get an $8 menu with items like buttermilk pancakes or French toast. There will also be an egg hunt for the little ones. Reservations are recommended. At 1119 S. Olive St., (213) 746-7746 or Contact Richard Guzmán at

ket. Still, I couldn’t help thinking that if a grown man can’t wander the streets of the Financial District in a rabbit outfit and give out candy, then the terrorists win. Fortunately, things ended on a high note. Sort of. Rachel and Carlos Brizuela were more than happy to take a picture with the Easter Bunny, and seemed excited about it too. Rachel was just as pleased when she found a Tootsie Roll in her egg. Waiting behind them was 72-year-old Downtown resident Virginia ElwoodAkers. She was the only person to ask if she could take a picture with the bunny. “It’s not every day you see the Easter Bunny,” she said as she put her arm around me for a picture. She was also happy to get a candy-filled egg. “I get candy too,” she said. She paused, smiled and then asked me, “Do you like older women?” I think I blushed through my mask. Contact Richard Guzmán at

Union Church of Los Angeles

Sunday April 24 11:00am to 2:00pm $35 Prix Fixe $12 Kids under 12

plus a Picture with the Easter Buny

Modern American Comfort Food Spectacular Handcrafted Cocktails

Everyone Welcomed Join us for our special Easter Service

710 WEST FIRST STREET Adjacent to Music Center

Celebrate the Risen Christ at Union Church with Reverend Timothy Yee

Reservations > 213. 617. 8555

Also, join us for our Good Friday service, April 22nd at 12 noon.


Sunday, April 24th., 10am in English/Japanese

401 East 3rd Street | 213-629-3876


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