Auburn Easter weekend will be hopping

Egg hunts scheduled for Saturday and Sunday
By: Amy Lobenberg, Journal Correspondent
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Who’s up for easter brunch?

Several Auburn eateries will be celebrating Easter holiday festivities with menu specials, drink specials and discounted prices.
Lou La Bonte’s Easter Champagne Brunch
When: March 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $19.95 per person. Seniors are 10 percent off. Kids under 10 years old are $7.95 and kids under 4 years old are free.
What: One small glass of champagne will be served per 21 and over guest. Food items will include: leg of lamb, carved turkey, sausage, French toast, fruit salad, baby greens, pastries and cakes.
Where: 13460 Lincoln Way in Auburn
For more information: Call (530) 885-9193. Now taking reservations.
Alta Sierra Country Club’s Annual Easter Brunch
When: March 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What: Menu will include favorites such as: carved ham, leg of lamb, slow roasted prime rib, an omelet station and a decadent dessert buffet.
Cost: $35 all inclusive. Kids 6-12 are $17. Kids under 6 are free.
Where: 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley
For more information: Call (530) 273-2041. Now taking reservations.
Mel’s Diner Easter Specials
When: March 31 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Varies per entree item.
What: Breakfast and lunch specials will start at 6 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. and will include: banana pancakes for $7.99, eggs benedict for $8.99, New York steak and eggs for $7.99, California omelet for $9.49. Lunch and dinner specials will start at 10 a.m. and end at 10 p.m. and will include: Easter spring salad for $8.99, lemon dill salmon for $9.99, prime rib for $9.99, prime rib and shrimp for $13.99.
Where: 1730 Grass Valley Highway in Auburn
For more information: Call (530) 823-6357. Now taking reservations for groups of eight or more.

For many Auburn families, Easter weekend will be full of bunnies, candy and chocolate, pastel colors, and, of course, Easter eggs. Several egg hunts are scheduled to take place throughout town, some of which will include prizes, treats and Easter Bunny appearances.

Old Town Auburn’s Second Annual Bunny Hop will take place on March 30 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Herschel Young Park, located at 101 Sacramento St. next to Tsuda’s Eatery. Guests will pick up a blank word game ticket and visit participating merchants to collect hidden Easter eggs with words printed on them. After all words are collected and an Easter greeting message is completed, participants can turn in their tickets for the chance to win the Grand Easter Basket. 
This year’s festivities will include 30 merchants, who will offer treats and/or special sales. According to Kristen Marquis of Marquis Etc: Antiques, Collectables, Junque, the Old Town Bunny Hop is a popular local event.
“Last year we had so many people it was crazy,” Marquis said. “This year we made some changes and added some extra things to make it special. We will be hanging Easter flags and putting up balloons. We are basically decorating Old Town for this event. The Easter bunny will be there and will be riding on a tractor handing out candy.”
Old Town Auburn Bunny Hop is a free event. For more information, call Gloria at (530) 888-7355. 
Hope Lutheran Church in Penryn will be holding its Easter services on March 31 at 8 p.m. and again at 10:30 a.m. There will be an Easter breakfast served from 9 to 10 a.m. on Sunday along with an Easter egg hunt for children that will begin at 9:30 a.m. Hope Lutheran church is located at 7117 Hope
Way, north of the I-80 freeway by taking the Penryn road off-ramp. For more information, contact Pastor Kehren at (916) 652-4273.
The Newcastle Golden Spike Lions will be holding their Annual Easter Egg hunt on March 30 at 10 a.m. at the Placer County Office of Education Soccer Field located at Taylor Road and Kentucky Greens Way in Newcastle. The event is for 10 years and under only. There will be an Easter egg hunt and a spoon race for a chance to win prizes.
Commissioner of the event, Alex Blanca, advises that guests arrive on time because the hunt ends as quickly as it starts.
“We have about 2,000 eggs and run out of them within about 10 minutes,” Blanca said. “We usually get a couple hundred kids and break them up into five categories: ages 9 to 10, ages 7 to 8, ages 5 to 6, ages 3 to 4, and 2 and under. There are two winning golden eggs in each category of the hunt. Winners receive a stuffed animal of some sort.”
“There will also be a spoon race where kids have to run to the finish line while balancing eggs on spoons,” Blanca said. It’s mostly two-year-olds and it’s really fun watching them trying to balance the spoons while moving. We don’t make them run too far. The younger you are, the shorter the race.”
This event is a free event. For more information, contact Ed Sander at (916) 663-3927
Auburn Moose Lodge will also be hosting an Easter egg hunt for children 10 and under in Recreation Park at 123 Recreation Drive in Auburn. The hunt will take place on March 30 at 10 a.m. and the Easter Bunny is scheduled to appear.
Max’s restaurant and the Holiday Inn in Auburn will be having their first annual Easter Egg Hunt and Buffet Brunch on March 31. The egg hunt is from 8 to 9 a.m. and the buffet is from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Easter Bunny will be present. Some menu items will include: carved baron of beef, pineapple honey glazed ham, scrambled eggs, made to order omelets, applewood bacon, sausage, country style potatoes, and Belgium waffles.
General manager Don Zoccoli expects a good turnout for the event and is planning on hosting it again next year.
“We have done tons of buffets before and they have gone very well,” Zoccoli said. The Easter eggs will be filled with candy and there may be some special eggs with prizes. If this goes well, we will also have a Mother’s Day Brunch.” 
The cost to attend for adults is $28.95 and children five to ten-years-old is $13.95. Children four and under and adults 90 and over are free. Guests must attend the brunch to participate in the egg hunt. For reservations, call (530) 888-6100. Max’s and the Holiday Inn are located at 110 Grass Valley Highway in Auburn.