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Community Easter services and event listings

Staff ~ 3/25/2015

NORTH VALLEY – Easter is right around the corner. Churches around the North Valley will be holding special services, and multiple restaurants and resorts are featuring Easter specials.


Following is a selection of churches holding Easter services. Contact the individual churches for additional service details.


Christ’s Church of the Valley
Christ’s Church of the Valley will host one large Easter service for members from all five campuses at the University of Phoenix Stadium. As the largest church in Arizona, CCV typically holds more than 25 Easter services in multiple locations.

“This year, we wanted to find a space that would accommodate everyone in one place so that we could celebrate Easter together,” said CCV Pastor Dr. Don Wilson. “We are one church in many locations so the goal for this service is to bring everyone under one roof to focus on the most important event in the life of a Christian – the resurrection of Christ.”

Wilson also noted that the unified service would give members of the church and the community the opportunity to connect with people from other CCV campuses around the valley.

The CCV Easter experience, billed as “Easter at the Stadium,” will be held on Sunday, April 5 at 10:30 am. The service will be family-friendly and open to the public.

Following Easter weekend, all normal service times and locations will resume. See more information at


Coolwater Christian Church
Coolwater Christian Church is inviting the community to attend Holy Week and Easter Services, starting Palm Sunday on March 29.

The 9:30 a.m. Palm Sunday service will focus on “The Cry of the Whole Congregation.” Drawing directly on scripture, this service features a dramatic remembering of Jesus' last days. On Maundy Thursday on April 2, 7 p.m., the church will celebrate Jesus' last meal with his disciples in the Upper Room, reflecting on the meaning of Jesus' life and death through a series of interactive prayer stations. All day on Good Friday, April 3, Coolwater Christian Church's Meditation Trail will be open for walking and reflection. On Easter Sunday, April 5, there will be a 7:30 a.m. Son-Rise service, followed by an Easter breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and a traditional 9:30 a.m. Easter worship service. Following the worship service will be a children's EGGstravaganza.

Coolwater Christian Church is located at 28181 N. 56th St. Contact the church at (480) 585-5554 for more details.


Grace North Church
Grace North Church is holding Easter services on Easter Sunday, April 5, 8:30 and 11 a.m. A pancake breakfast is planned for 8-11:30 a.m. The family-friendly Easter events include a family photo and a bounce house.

Grace North Church is located at 4135 W Opportunity Way, in Anthem. Call the church at (623) 551-0007 for more information.


St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
St. Rose is holding Holy Week and Easter Sunday services.

On Palm Sunday, March 29, services will be held at 8 and 11 a.m. On Holy Thursday, April 2, a 7 p.m. mass will be held. On Good Friday, April 3, Stations of the Cross is planned for 12 p.m., and a liturgy will be held at 7 p.m. An Easter Vigil is planned for Saturday, April 4, with a 7:30 p.m. mass. On Easter Sunday, April 5, masses will be held at 7, 9, and 11 a.m.

St. Rose is located at 2825 West Rose Canyon Circle, Building B, in Anthem. For more details, see


Desert View Bible Church
Desert View Bible Church is holding Good Friday and Easter Sunday services.

A candlelight service is planned for Good Friday, April 3, 7 p.m. On Easter Sunday, April 5, a sunrise service will be held on the patio, starting at 6 a.m. Three Easter celebration services will also be held on Easter Sunday, at 8, 9:30, and 11 a.m.  Childcare for children birth-age 5 will be available on Good Friday and at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services on Sunday.

Desert View Bible Church is located at 105 West Carefree Highway, in Phoenix. Call (623) 298-4900 for more details.


Celebrate Easter with a special meal and fun events at these selected restaurants and resorts. Contact individual businesses for additional details.


Carefree Resort Lariat Restaurant
“Hop on over” to the Carefree Resort & Conference Center’s Lariat Restaurant for Easter brunch on Easter Sunday, April 5, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Specially-prepared chef selections will be on the menu, including carved roast beef tenderloin, bourbon glazed ham, roasted organic chicken breast, and more. A selection of brunch items will also be available, including eggs Benedict, salads, fruits, cheeses, and meats and seafood. Omelet and waffle stations will be attended by chefs. Top off Easter brunch with a variety of holiday dessert selections.

The family-friendly brunch is $55 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. The brunch will run through 3 p.m., with last seating at 2 p.m.

The Carefree Resort is located at 37220 Mule Train Rd., in Carefree. Call (480) 488-5300 for reservations or to find out more.


Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
This Easter Sunday, April 5, hidden treasures will be plentiful at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain.
The resort’s Sunset Lawn Garden will become an early morning playground for resort guests, with a hunt for hidden eggs and treats commencing at 8:30 a.m.

Easter brunch at Elements Restaurant includes Maine Lobster Bisque, with entrée choices of BBQ Shrimp n’ Grits, Korean Fried Chicken, and Lobster Benedict, among other options.  Desserts include Strawberry Shortcake and Liquid Center Chocolate Torte. Brunch will be offered 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and is $80 per person or $90 with sparkling wine and ($25 for children ages 6-12).

Easter Brunch at The Views will offer a buffet menu with artisanal bread, cheese, and dessert displays, an omelet station, and a carving board with roasted ham, as well as leg of lamb. Plates will include Orecchiette Pasta with Lobster, Shrimp and Crab, Cognac Bananas Foster French Toast with chantilly crème and rum caramel, and Pan Seared Salmon with organic spinach, capers, and lemon, among others. Brunch will be offered 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and is $65 per person ($20 for children ages 6-12).

Reservations are required for both Easter events; call (480) 948-2100 for details.


The Phoenician
The Phoenician is celebrating Easter with a special outdoor tea party for young guests, local children, and their families, presented by three hosts.

On Saturday, April 4, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., the Orchid Lawn will be the setting for Phoe-Phoe’s Afternoon Tea Party, a charming version of The Phoenician’s traditional offering, complete with kid-friendly finger sandwiches, scones, and an assortment of desserts.  All children in attendance will receive a plush bunny Phoe-Phoe, the resort’s signature mascot, as well as a copy of its latest children’s book, Fun at The Phoenician with Phoe-Phoe & Friends.  Local Scottsdale couple author Emily Randolph and photographer/illustrator Dan Merchant will be on hand to sign copies of the book and read to the children.  Joining them will be one of the stars of the story: Lady, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling (480) 423-2530. The cost is $45 per person.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For additional information, call (480) 941-8200 or visit


The Boulders
The Grill Kitchen and Bar will feature an evening Easter meal, running 6-9:30 p.m. The Easter menu a la carte will include Build Your Own Omelets, Smoked Brisket Hash, Eggs Benedict, Vanilla French Toast, and more.  Other menu items include steak and eggs, Scottish sablefish, rosemary crusted pork t-bone, pan seared chicken breast, and grilled shrimp and pasta. Cost of menu items varies.

Easter Dinner at the Palo Verde Restaurant will run 6-9:30 p.m. The Boulders’ Palo Verde Restaurant will be featuring a three course Easter Dinner menu prepared by Executive Chef Michel Pieton. The menu will include prosciutto heirloom beet salad, seared red snapper, and spring lamb loin, as well as carrot cake with cream cheese icing and carrot chip golden raisin coulis. Cost is $50 per person for three-course menu items, or items can be ordered a la carte.

For more information about Easter dinners at these Boulders restaurants, call (480) 595-3496 or visit


 Anthem Days
Egg hunts for multiple age groups will be held during Anthem Days, on Sunday, March 29. The egg hunts will be held in softball fields 1 and 4.

March 29 egg hunts schedule:

Softball Field #1
11:10 a.m.: 2 yrs.
11:30 a.m.: 4 yrs.
11:50 a.m.: 1st grade
12:10 p.m.: 3rd grade
12:30 p.m.: 5th grade/Special Needs
12:50 p.m.: 3 yrs.
1:10 p.m.: 5 yrs.
1:30 p.m.: 2nd grade
1:50 p.m.: 4th grade/Special Needs

Softball Field #4
11:20 a.m.: 3 yrs.
11:40 a.m.: 5 yrs.
12 p.m.: 2nd grade
12:20 p.m.: 4th grade
12:40 p.m.: 2 yrs.
1 p.m.: 4 yrs.
1:20 p.m.: 1st grade
1:40 p.m.: 3rd grade
2 p.m.: 5th grade


Find a golden egg, and win a prize! See more about the egg hunts and other Anthem Days events at