Best Bets: Easter Bunny and his baskets

Published 10:29 am Thursday, April 2, 2015

Get ready for eggs, a bunny and great food this weekend, as Easter hits Austin. Collect eggs, eat brunch and head to the ArtWorks Center to enjoy this year’s Easter with family, friends and neighbors. The Easter bunny may even still be hanging around.

1. Open Studio at the Austin ArtWorks Center

5-8 p.m., Friday, Austin ArtWorks Center

Grab the art supplies and head to the Clay Cavern. The ArtWorks Center will provide the clay and participants should bring other supplies such as paint, paper and canvas for their project. To use one of the throwing wheels, participants will need to attend an orientation session with John Sullivan. The event is free for AACA members, or $5 for non-members. For more information, call 507-434-0934. Also, visit for updates and other information about demos, in-studio workshops and more.

2. NAHL Playoffs

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7:05-9:35 p.m., Saturday, Riverside Arena

The Austin Bruins begin their quest to once again return to the Robertson Cup finals, when they kick off the playoffs Friday and Saturday night. They will host the Aberdeen Wings for a pair of games in the best-of-five series.

3. Annual Easter Event

9-10:30 p.m., Saturday, Westminister Presbyterian Church

This family event has entertainment by Jim Jayes, a carnival, crafts, snacks, an Easter story and egg hunt to follow. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free and open to the public.

4. Austin Knights of Columbus Annual Egg Hunt

9-11 a.m., Saturday, North Driesner Park, 8th St. NE and Oakland Ave

Kids should bring their Easter basket or a bag. Parents should bring their cameras. The hunt will be divided into age groups, and plastic Easter eggs will contain candy or prizes. The hunt takes place rain or shine, snow or no snow, so please dress for the weather. For more information, contact Arlo Drees at 507-440-1530.

5. Hy-Vee Easter Brunch

9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, Austin Hy-Vee

Enjoy a special holiday buffet. Adults are $14.99, children under 12 are $6. For more information, call Hy-Vee at 507-437-7626.

6. Grand Easter Brunch

10:30 a.m.-2 p.m, Sunday, Austin Holiday Inn Conference Center

Enjoy a yummy brunch featuring a waffle bar, omelet station, fresh fruit display, roast beef, sliced honey ham, cod, sides and desserts, without the hassle of cooking and cleaning up. Adults, ages 13 to 54, cost $18.95; seniors ages 55 and older cost $15.95; children ages 2 to 12 cost $9.95, and those under 2 years old are free. For more information or to make reservations, call Ben at 507-433-8000.

7. 16th Annual Free Community Easter Dinner

12-1 p.m., Sunday, Christ Episcopal Church, 301 3rd Ave NW

Everyone is welcome. Dinner will follow the 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist service. Dinner will include ham, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, salad, assorted desserts and vegetables. For more information, call 507-433-3782.