This will be an Easter to remember.
Union Street in San Francisco on March 31 will host its annual Spring Celebration and Easter parade.
That will be seven hours of live entertainment, children's activities and yummy food – not to mention the Easter bunny, who will be hopping around during the whole event. In addition to the street food fare, area restaurants will offer special Easter menus.
The Union Street Easter Parade is "a fabulous procession showcasing all that is wonderful, unique, wacky and elegant about the San Francisco Bay Area," boasts promoter Steven Revisto Event Services.
Starting at 2 p.m., the intersection of Gough and Union streets will fill up with 50 parade groups that will march down five blocks to Fillmore Street. Everything from old cars to floats will be participating in what is billed as the "Biggest Little Parade in San Francisco."
For more information: www.SRESproductions.com or (800) 310-6563.
Lynch Canyon hike
Lynch Canyon Open Space Park, in unincorporated Solano County near American Canyon, hopes to entice you to spend a day hiking its trails.
The park celebrates its seasonal opening day Saturday with a slew of special events, including a guided equestrian ride at 9 a.m. and a three-mile exploration hike at 10 a.m. A guided hike at 11 a.m. starts in Solano County and crosses into the Newell Open Space in Napa County.
The natural park offers 1,000 acres of grassland hills and oak woodlands with views of San Francisco Bay. You might also spot some winter raptors, including golden eagles and red-tailed hawks.
The park, which is managed by the Solano Land Trust, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 6. Parking is $5 per car. The park is at 3100 Lynch Road near McGary Road in American Canyon.
For more information, go to www.solanolandtrust.org.
Passport services at the library
While you're researching that overseas destination, you can now apply for your passport at the Sacramento Public Library.
The Central Library, 828 I St., Sacramento, is now able to process U.S. passport applications. You can even get your passport photo taken at the library office for $15.
Passport services will be available on selected days and times. For more information and appointments, call the library at (916) 264-2920.
For information on applying for a passport, go to www.travel.state.gov.
Open cockpit day
Sit in the cockpits of some of America's wartime planes at the Oakland Aviation Museum's Open Cockpit Day on March 24 from noon to 4 p.m.
You'll get a chance to sit in a MiG-15, the plane used against U.S. fighters in the Korean War. An F-14 Tomcat also awaits, just like the one used in the movie "Top Gun."
The museum is at the old North Field at Oakland Airport, 8252 Earhart Road, Oakland. For more information, go to http://oaklandaviationmuseum.orgor call (510) 638-7100.
– Richard Chang
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Editor's note: This story was changed March 11 to correct the location of Lynch Canyon Open Space Park.