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Easter Events and Dining This Weekend in Venice and Mar Vista

Happy Easter! Here's a roundup of Easter-related events and dining opportunities this weekend.

Here's a look at some of the Easter-related events and dining options this weekend in Venice and Mar Vista.

The Mar Vista Recreation Center will host a "Spring Eggstravaganza" on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with games, jumpers, prizes and treat bags for youngsters. An event wristband cost $5 and there will be four egg hunts for children of different ages with 2- to 3-year-olds at 11:30 a.m., 4- to 5-year-olds at 12 p.m., 6- to 7-year-olds at 12:30 p.m. and 8- to 12-year-olds at  1 p.m.

The Venice Beach Recreation Center will have an egg hunt with prizes, candy and face-painting for 3- to 11-year-olds for free from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1800 Ocean Front Walk.

James' Beach restaurant will have their annual Easter brunch buffet Sunday that includes eggs benedict, lox and bagels, fish tacos, a selection of sushi from the Canal Club and more. Cool Beat Borscht will play live jazz on the patio from noon to 3 p.m. and an Easter egg coloring will take place on the patio bar for children and adults. The cost is $29 per person, $12 for children 12 and under. There also will be $5 mimosas and bloody marys.

Chaya Venice is having an Easter brunch Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that is $38 for adults and includes bottomless champagne. The menu includes an array of appetizers ranging from spicy tuna tartar to wild arugula Fuji apple salad with entree options that include Challah French Toast, Tandoori Spiced Scottish Salmon and Angus Rib-Eye Steak. There's a separate $18 menu for children 12 and under.

Joe's Restaurant on Abbot Kinney Boulevard has cooked up a special Easter brunch menu that will be served Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. featuring a California French menu. Starters include artichoke soup or Jerry's Farm Salad and entree options include a charcuterie plate of rabbit mortadella, free-range poached eggs or Sonoma duck salad or Blue Crab Hash. The price is $35 for adults and $15 for children. Fox News recently named Joe's Restaurant as one of the Top 10 places to have Easter brunch in the country.

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