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Columbia Hope Church's 'Journey Companions'

Members of Columbia Hope Church's "Journey Companions" all-female faith-sharing group enjoy coffee, spiritual books and fellowship on Thursday. From left to right: Julia Chang, Chris Vitt, Lisa LoPorto, Shannon Hensley and Amanda Wheeler with her daughter, Meribelle Wheeler. The group was started by Parish Administrator Tamara Oberbeck in October 2008, and met at her house until the new space was ready in early February 2009. Oberbeck said the group rotates leadership, and follows covenants to make sure that no one voice dominates during discussion. "That's how churches grow is through small groups, " Oberbeck said.

Face painting

Volunteer Ana Hagedorn of Stephens College paints a butterfly on 5-year-old Bianna Petty's cheek. Face painting was one of several children's activities at the Easter EGGstravaganza in Douglass Park on Saturday.

Easter piñata

Five-year-old Alqueze Jones takes a swing at a piñata at the Easter EGGstravaganza. To the delight of the children around him, Alqueze burst the piñata, spraying candy everywhere.

Indulging in Easter candy

Kyleigh Proter, 3, pops a piece of bubble gum into her mouth while waiting for the Easter egg hunt to begin.

Popping bubbles

Five-year-olds Jessie Wang, left, and Guya Moncrief chase down bubbles to pop at the Easter EGGstravaganza at Douglass Park.

Family fun at EGGstravaganza

Samiya Donnell, right, looks at her two-year-old sister Ashonda Bolden playing a toss game with the help of her aunt, Jayshane Bolden,at the Easter EGGstravaganza.

Playing with bubbles

Six-year-old Rebecca Pan twirls around to make bubbles for other to pop at the Easter EGGstravaganza on April 11 at Douglass Park. The event included activities like sidewalk chalk art, face painting and an Easter egg hunt.

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.
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