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January 29, 2002
There's something very David and Goliath about the battle between a venerable civic group and a large television ministry over the Hollywood Bowl's Easter sunrise service. Except that Goliath won. And he did it on a coin toss, not on any test of strength or virtue. The nondenominational program has been a tradition for generations, and for most if not all that time a Hollywood-based civic group has produced it. Hollywood Bowl Easter Sunrise Services, incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1943, traces its roots to the organizers of the 1921 Easter service, the first to be held in the natural amphitheater then known as Daisy Dell.
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March 15, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Amid stirring surroundings and breathtaking views, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu will hold its annual Easter sunrise service March 31. It's one of a variety of Easter weekend activities -   religious and secular - on Oahu. The military park, located on 116 acres inside the crater of the now extinct Punchbowl volcano, is the final resting place of more than 13,000 American soldiers and sailors who died during World War II. Roughly 5 million visitors a year come to the cemetery to pay their respects and to enjoy the inspiring views from the rim of the crater.
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April 14, 2001 | TERESA WATANABE
Easter, the joyous commemoration of Christ's resurrection, will be celebrated this weekend throughout the Southland with services featuring dramatic performances, choirs, art displays, multidenominational sermons and the release of doves of peace. The traditional sunrise service at the Hollywood Bowl will feature more than 650 participants, including an adult choir with members from six churches and community groups, the Jubilation Boys Choir, the International Peace Choir, the Spirit of L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2010 | By Ann Simmons
The recession and a lack of adequate donor support have led to this year's cancellation of the popular Hollywood Bowl Easter Sunrise Service, organizers said Thursday. "It's terribly heartbreaking," said Trina Herrmann-Boychenko, president of the group that organizes the annual service. "It's the economy, and our donors are unable to . . . contribute as before." The Hollywood Bowl Easter Sunrise Service, which presents the nondenominational Easter celebration, is a nonprofit group that relies on financial assistance from corporations and the public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1989
A smaller-than-expected turnout for the 69th Easter sunrise service at the Hollywood Bowl Sunday left the volunteer sponsors with a $20,000 deficit, producer-director Norma Foster said Tuesday. An estimated 6,500 worshipers attended the service instead of the hoped-for 15,000. Foster attributed the small crowd to weather forecasts signaling a chance of rain. "It showered briefly about 3 or 3:30 a.m., about the time when many would have been rising, but the skies were clear after that," she said.
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April 12, 1993 | RON RUSSELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Easter sunrise at the Hollywood Bowl survived its 73rd year Sunday, but the rift between rival groups vying for control of the service showed no sign of abating. "After all we've been through in taking the service back on behalf of the people of Hollywood, this one was something special," said publicist Norma Foster, the event's producer. But the woman who lost control of the service this year because of her controversial association with a popular television ministry saw it differently.
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April 2, 1988 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
Would-be worshipers on Easter morning, especially those going to sunrise services, may have to fall back on televised rites at home unless they spring ahead tonight. The start of Daylight Saving Time coincides this year with Easter, a holiday that brings out many occasional churchgoers and parishioners. "I expect a lot of people to wander in at the tail end of our service, wondering what happened," said the Rev. John A. Huffman Jr., pastor of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach.
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April 8, 1985 | BARRY S. SURMAN, Times Staff Writer
As the gray fog shroud over the La Sierra hills slowly grew brighter, a line of horses cantered up a dirt trail to the arena. A white cross, planted in a rock-strewn hill above the horse ring, was nearly invisible to the riders who had come to celebrate Easter with their mounts at Norco's 14th annual sunrise service in Ingalls Park.
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April 4, 1994 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the pre-dawn darkness at Libbey Bowl, blanket-clad worshipers trickled in to the amphitheater, coffee cups in hand. Before the end of Sunday's interdenominational sunrise service in Ojai, more than 100 people had assembled in a brisk chill to hear the Easter message delivered by Father Dennis Mulkey of the Ojai Valley Christian Center.
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June 9, 1985 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
Hugo Paul (Bud) Herrmann, a pianist and hotel musical director who dipped into his own pocket each year to help the struggling Hollywood Bowl Easter Sunrise Services continue, has died at age 60 from an illness he developed before this year's successful event. "He had a loss of energy and strength before Easter, but he was determined he wouldn't take any time off for himself," said Herrmann's wife, Maurice.
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April 13, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
With the moon still high in the sky, about 350 people gathered at sunrise Sunday to celebrate Easter and the traditional rite of baptism at Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades -- one of scores of events that attracted tens of thousands of worshipers across Southern California. At the beach service, a group of young musicians from Trinity Church of Santa Monica set up drums and electric guitars on a plywood platform to play hymns and pop hits, including U2's "Yahweh." The Rev.
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April 17, 2006 | Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writer
The two families come from far different backgrounds, yet for decades have come together in the early morning darkness to worship at the Hollywood Bowl Easter Sunrise Service. After a two-year break for renovations, that tradition resumed Sunday for the Boychenkos and Chans and thousands of other worshipers who came to the outdoor amphitheater for the service that began at 5:30 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2005 | Natasha Lee, Times Staff Writer
As he has done for the last 27 years, Will Bredberg plans to wake up before dawn Easter morning, put on his wetsuit and a pair of Levis, and head to Will Rogers State Beach. A pastor at the First Baptist Church of West Los Angeles, Bredberg expects to arrive at the beach at 4 a.m. to help set up for the annual sunrise service, organized by his and 13 other Westside churches. "It's pretty exciting to me. It speaks of people's passion for their faith, the joy of celebrating together," he said.
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April 21, 2003 | Richard Fausset and David reyes, Times Staff Writers
Patriotism and martial music shared the stage with hints of dissent and pleas for peace at the Hollywood Bowl's Easter sunrise service on Sunday, signs that divisions over the war in Iraq persist, even amid the most unifying expressions of Christian faith. The war also was mentioned in several services in Orange County. "Many of our members are Marines who are now deployed," the Rev. Packard L. Okie of St.
SPORTS
June 22, 2002 | From Staff Reports
The sun had yet to rise when Ursula Souders and her two children got up, pulled on their German soccer jerseys and headed for a German restaurant not far from their home. What better place to watch their beloved German team face the United States in a World Cup quarterfinal match on Friday? Except the Loreley Restaurant in Anaheim was already crowded when they arrived at 4:20 a.m. Crowded with people rooting for the other side.
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February 7, 2002 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The worldwide Trinity Broadcasting Network's abrupt withdrawal from next month's Easter pageant at the Hollywood Bowl means there will probably be no televised coverage of the annual sunrise service, event planners conceded Wednesday. There is not enough time now to arrange for even a local broadcast, said leaders of Hollywood Bowl Easter Sunrise Service Inc., which regained control over the pageant.
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April 2, 1994 | JOHN DART
As Westlake Village began to take shape in 1968, the first minister to form a congregation in that planned community held his first service on Palm Sunday, then led an Easter sunrise service the following Sunday atop a cemetery hill. By holding outdoor Easter rites for about 65 people and a few long-eared rabbits scampering nearby, the Rev. Robert Bos of Westlake Village was introducing a venerable Southern California tradition to its newest housing development.
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April 13, 1990 | Gerald Faris
It will still be dark when the Salvation Army Redondo Beach Band sounds its first notes on Sunday morning. But a short time later, the sun will invade the eastern sky and the few hundred people gathered at Veterans Park next to the Redondo Pier will welcome Easter. "You have a view over the ocean, the sun is coming up, you're close to nature. It's very inspirational, a real special feeling," said Debbie Stadler, chair of the Easter Sunrise Service sponsored by the Redondo Beach Jaycees.
OPINION
January 31, 2002
Re "Sunshine on Sunrise Service," editorial, Jan. 29: Music draws thousands in L.A. to the Easter sunrise service. Russell Fox, conductor of the service, has for years performed a miracle with amateur choirs, various orchestras and minimal rehearsal time. A highly skilled musician, he works with grace and warmth, having the perfect temperament to be the maestro for such an event. Imagine if they tossed a coin to decide who could use the Music Center. Would the L.A. Philharmonic be replaced by John Tesh or the Backstreet Boys?
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