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Poking the Bunny

One-year-old Javonte Martin plays with the Easter Bunny at the Easter EGGstravaganza at Douglass Park on Saturday, April 11. The event was free to the public and included various activities for children, including an Easter egg hunt.

MU tennis player Jamie Mera

Missouri freshman Jamie Mera made her first appearance at the No. 1 singles position against Colorado on Saturday. The Tigers failed to get their win at the No. 1 singles position in Big 12 Conference play this season, as Mera lost in three sets.

Rock Bridge tennis player Aaron Skinner

Rock Bridge's Aaron Skinner serves during warmups. Skinner and double's partner Blake Buchert defeated Parkway Central's Andrew Zhang and Tony Zhang in two sets, 6-4 and 6-2.

Leading the bid for votes

From left, Amanda Huhman and Susie Mehle dressed themselves and their dogs in style for the Zootoo parade in downtown Columbia Saturday. Amanda is one of the principal organizers of the efforts to win the grand prize to redo the Central Missouri Humane Society.

Parading her support

Relaurielle Sisson-White marches with her dogs and other supporter in the Zootoo parade held in the streets of downtown Columbia on Saturday. "I want to help Zootoo collect money," say Sisson-White.

Rock Bridge tennis player Blake Buchert

Rock Bridge's Blake Buchert makes a return during doubles play against Parkway Central on Saturday at Bethel Park.

Big prize winner at the Easter egg hunt

Stephen Smith, 5, trades in a shiny Easter egg for a special prize. Jared Culver, one of the MU parks and recreation students helping to coordinate the event, offered him the choice of several prizes, including stuffed animals, signed baseballs and a selection of candy. "I tried to talk him into picking the signed baseball," said Robin Smith, Stephen's mother, "but he really wanted that candy."

Trading in Easter eggs

Participants line up to trade in their Easter eggs for prizes at the flashlight egg hunt at Stephens Lake Park on Friday.

The golden egg

A child discovers an Easter egg at the flashlight egg hunt.

Off to the Easter egg races

Jesse Spratt Plunkett, 6, darts off to hunt Easter eggs at the flashlight egg hunt Friday at Stephens Lake Park.

Hi there, Easter Bunny

Maddie Phillips, 10, teases the Easter Bunny, played by Greg Bearce, at the first flashlight egg hunt Friday at Stephens Lake Park. The Hunt was sponsored by Columbia Parks and Recreation and coordinated by MU parks and recreation students, who stuffed 1,500 eggs with more than 60 pounds of candy and prizes. More than 150 children attended the event, and each child was allowed to pick up eight eggs.

Rock Bridge's Ford Zitsch

Rock Bridge freshman Ford Zitsch plays against Hickman opponent Ben Levin during their match at Cosmopolitan Park on Friday in Columbia.

Hickman tennis player Ben Levin

Hickman junior Ben Levin returns a ball during his match against Rock Bridge's Ford Zitsch on Friday at Cosmopolitan Park in Columbia. Levin lost 6-2 in the first set and 6-0 in the second set.

Adding harmony to Easter music

Alex Blanton adds his melody with trumpet while rehearsing the Easter music program at the Calvary Episcopal Church on April 8.

Eileen Porter practices Easter songs

Eileen Porter, a professor of nursing at MU, rehearses with the choir for the Easter music program at the Calvary Episcopal Church on April 8.

Preparing Easter music

Ed Hanson, director of music, conducts the choir during the rehearsal of the Easter music program at the Calvary Episcopal Church on April 8. Hanson has served at Calvary since 1986.

Historic Boone home

The City Council will hold a public hearing April 20 on the planned renovation of the outside of the historic J.W. "Blind" Boone home at Fourth Street and Broadway. Upon council approval, the Convention and Visitors Bureau will provide $225,000 for the exterior renovation.

Rendering of finished historic Boone home

This is a sketch of what the city is hoping that the J.W. "Blind" Boone home will look like when all of the renovations are complete. Preliminary renovation of the house began in 2002 with the removal of the aluminum siding and other nonhistoric additions made over the years.

Selene Marquez hugs her cousin during her quinceanara

Selene Marquez hugs her 6-year-old cousin Debany during her quinceanara reception party on Saturday. Selene, originally from Mexico, celebrated her 15th birthday, known as a quinceanera, in Columbia. The term refers to the celebrant, and the celebration carries religious significance for Spanish-speaking Roman Catholics.

Selene Marquez at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church for her quinceanera

Selene Marquez at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Saturday during the celebration of her quinceanera.
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