There is plenty to do at Heartland Mall this weekend. Food, fun, Easter bunnies, dogs and good causes are all on the schedule.
Starting things off, the mall will have pictures with the Easter Bunny from 4-6 p.m. Friday afternoon. It's an opportunity to dress up the little ones, to have photos ready to show family on Easter Sunday.
The busy day begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, when The ARK and Heartland Mall team up to raise funds for The ARK's Domestic Violence Shelter. The $5 ticket price includes breakfast and photos with the Easter Bunny, a picture coloring contest and Easter egg hunts.
The coloring contest will include three age divisions: birth to 4 years, 5 to 8 years and 9 to 12 years. The pictures will be judged with prizes in each division donated by CS Toyland.
There will be an egg hunt for children under the age of 5 and another for children 5 to 12. In the latter, those aged 5 to 8 will be allowed to start ahead of the older kids. Tickets will be hidden in some eggs, redeemable for prizes at the conclusion of the hunt. The ARK reminds everyone to bring their own basket to gather eggs.
Tickets and coloring sheets are available, until Thursday evening, at the Heartland Mall office, CMS Healthcare at 1102 Early Blvd., the Comanche Chamber of Commerce, and the Coleman Public Library. Proceeds from the event will benefit the The ARK Shelter.
Also Saturday morning, from 8 a.m. to noon, the mall will participate in the Early city-wide garage sale, by providing space in the parking lot for individuals and organizations to peddle their wares. Spaces may be leased at the mall office for $20 and, for an additional $10, the space will be listed and marked on a map for shoppers.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Corinne T. Smith Animal Shelter will hold a mobile pet adoption inside the front entrance of the mall. Freda Day, the administrative manager, said they will have a number of small to medium-sized dogs available at the mall, or potential new pet owners can come to the shelter, if those don't match expectations.
"Even if you are not wanting to adopt, you can come out to give the animals some attention," Day said.
The mobile adoption program is also a good opportunity to visit with volunteers about helping with the shelter, or to complete a volunteer application.
Saturday afternoon, from noon to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 1-3 p.m., the mall will host photos with the Easter Bunny. With so many opportunities for photos, readers should remember to choose their favorite and send it to the Bulletin.
Submit your Easter photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, April 17, in order to be published in the Sunday, April 20, edition of the Bulletin. Please include first and last names and ages of those in photos.