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Easter Weekend Events Around Metro Atlanta

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Quite a few Easter events are going on in and around Metro Atlanta. We've included a few of them here. If your organization or church is having a special event or service, please use the comment area below the story to add yours!

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The Fulton County Sheriff's Office is partnering with the Howell Station Neighborhood Association to hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 11, 2009 from 10 a.m. until noon. The event will be held at Knight Park, 1194 Church Street in Northwest Atlanta.

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The great apes at Zoo Atlanta will have their own egg hunt on Saturday in the Zoo's annual Gorilla Egg Hunts. The event is a lightning-fast and amusing activity that has western lowland gorillas of all ages hurrying to collect egg-shaped Jell-O treats. The simian scramble has become one of the Zoo's most beloved annual spring traditions. A word to the wise: arrive early! The eggs don't stay hidden for long in The Ford African Rain Forest.

It happens Saturday at 2 pm in Gorilla Habitat Three, and at 2:30 pm in Gorilla Habitat One, at Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Avenue, S.E., Atlanta.

For more information go to Zoo Atlanta's site at http://www.zooatlanta.org/.

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The Resurrection House For All Nations in Union City is holding an Easter Parade Saturday at 10 am. The parade will be two miles long with decorated cars and seven floats. Pastor Chika Onuzo invites everyone to come join them. The church address is 6605 Mall Boulevard, Union City -- right behind Union Station (formerly known as Shannon Mall) off of I-85 at Georgia 138.

For more information, call the church office at 770-994-3777 or check their Web site at http://www.rhfan.com/.

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The North Georgia House Rabbit Society will sponsor multiple Easter Egg hunts on Easter weekend at an event venue with an enclosed yard. Each child can gather plastic eggs that can be exchanged for bags of candy. In addition, bunnies will be available for for petting and photos with children. Information about rabbits as pets also will be available.

Rabbits are the fourth most popular pet in the country (after cats, dogs and birds) and with the right care, are loving, intelligent, playful and interactive, with distinct personalities. For those parents willing to make the long-term commitment to adopt a rabbit, the North Georgia chapter can be contacted at 678-526-5884 or http://www.houserabbitga.org/. A wide variety of healthy, friendly, spayed/neutered rabbits are available for adoption.

Come to The Yellow House, at 1088 Green St., in Roswell, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm each day.

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Sheriff Kem Kimbrough will be hosting Clayton County Sheriff Office's 1st annual Easter Egg Hunt and Cookout. Kembrough is encouraging all Sheriff's Office employee's to bring their family to the Southside parking lot (employee entrance) on Saturday at 11:00 am.

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The Greater Vine City Opportunities Program, Inc.'s 11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm at John F. Kennedy Middle School at 225 James P. Brawley Drive, in Atlanta. For more information, contact "Able" Mable Thomas at 404-525-7251.

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Easter traditions will continue at Callaway Gardens this year during the weekend of April 11 and 12.

All ages are invited to participate in the Easter Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 11, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. around Robin Lake Beach. Finding thousands of candy eggs, along with some very special prize eggs, will be the goal of guests of every age. The Easter Bunny will visit from noon to 5:00 p.m. for boys and girls to have their Easter photo taken. Bring your own basket or buy one once you arrive. Egg hunts are free with admission to Callaway Gardens.

The annual Easter Sunrise Service will be April 12, at 7:00 a.m. at the Robin Lake Ski Pavilion. This year's service will be led by Mark Outlaw, senior minister of the First United Methodist Church of Pine Mountain, and will feature an inspirational choir. The natural beauty of Callaway Gardens during the early morning hours serves as a fitting backdrop to this memorable event. Admission is free prior to 8:00 a.m. Guests should enter through the beach gate on U. S. Hwy. 27.

Make this Easter "eggstra" special when you bring your loved ones to Callaway's popular Easter Brunch for dozens of delicious selections. Callaway chefs will have something to please every palate with choices from scrambled eggs and bacon to Atlantic salmon and roasted prime rib. Guests may indulge themselves with desserts featuring shortbread with peaches as well as other scrumptious cakes, pies and pastries.

Easter Brunch with a special children's buffet will be served 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in both the Mountain Creek® Inn Ballrooms (reservations required) and Plant Room Restaurant (reservations not accepted). Both will be $28 for adults. For ballroom reservations please call, 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) ext. 6832 or 706-663-6832.

In addition to this delectable brunch, the Gardens Restaurant and the Piedmont Dining Room will feature special Easter meals. The Gardens Restaurant will offer a limited a la carte menu from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $30. To make reservations for the Gardens Restaurant, call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) ext. 5198 or 706-663-5198. The Piedmont Dining Room in the Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens will offer an Easter Prix Fixe menu from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for $31. To make reservations for the Piedmont Dining Room, call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) ext. 6857 or 706-663-6857.

For all Easter dining options, children age four to 12 dine for approximately half-price; ages three and under dine for free. Easter menus are posted at Callaway Gardens' website at www.callawaygardens.com <http://www.callawaygardens.com/>. Taxes and gratuities are additional.

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Cascade United Methodist Church will celebrate Easter Service at Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College on Sunday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m.

The service will mark the end of several Holy Week observances of service and celebration at Cascade, including the musical, "Bow the Knee" held Friday, April 10 at 7pm at the church, 3144 Cascade Road in southwest Atlanta.

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On Sunday April 12, thousands will gather at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church including local, state and national politicians to celebrate the Easter Holiday for three worship services that will be held in the Cathedral on New Birth's Lithonia campus.

A special sunrise service begins at 5:30 a.m., followed by two services at 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The Easter holiday worship returns to New Birth in Lithonia after 14 years at the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta, where it became known as one of the nation's largest Easter service, drawing crowds as large as 40,000. Between the three services this year, New Birth expects to welcome nearly 25,000 worshippers for Resurrection Sunday, which again will mark the New Birth Easter Resurrection Celebration among the largest in the nation.

Also new this year, on Saturday, April 11 and Easter Sunday, April 12 is the traveling Hosea L. Williams Exhibit, featuring the papers and artifacts of the Civil Rights icon. Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless Co-Director Elizabeth Omilami, the daughter of the late Hosea L. Williams, will join Bishop Eddie L. Long for an exhibition ribbon cutting on Saturday, April 11 at 1:30 p.m.

The Easter Holiday Resurrection Services will include a special performance by Bishop Eddie L. Long as he debuts his highly anticipated CD, Bishop Eddie Long and Friends present the Kingdom, Volume One, featuring the GW's on Ultimate Entertainment. The CD scheduled for release on May 19, 2009, was produced by former Def Jam executive James E. Jones and is distributed by E1 Entertainment, formerly Koch Records.

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The chaplain of the Atlanta Police Department, Rev. Officer James C. Polite Jr., will be having Easter services Sunday at 11 am at the Cascade Chapel, next to Murray Brothers Funeral Home, at 1199 Utoy Springs Road (off I-285 at Cascade Road) in southwest Atlanta.

The public is invited to attend.

The Stone Mountain Ministerial Association presents two simultaneous, non-denominational Easter services -- their 65th annual observance -- at the top and at the base of Stone Mountain on Memorial Lawn on Sunday, with services beginning at 6:15 am. Park gates and Summit Skyride open at 4 a.m. Please allow an extra hour or more for large crowds.

Vehicle entry to the park is $8 for a one-day permit or $35 for annual permit. Church vans and buses enter free. Round-trip Skyride fees are $9.00 for adults and $7.00 for children 3-11 and $5.50 one-way. There are no fees for the walk-up trail to the top of the mountain.

For more information, go to http://www.stonemountainpark.com/.

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