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This week, Frugal Family reporter Carolyn Cunningham scoured our local sources to come up with free Easter events, a Relay for Life yard sale on Saturday, a free Cyber Summit to learn about protection from social media dangers and a children's tea party with registration ending soon:
Deal: This free event will be held Saturday at White Oak Park, 298 Mustang Drive, Dallas and sponsored by the Paulding County Parks and Recreation Department.
Here is the schedule:
1:30 p.m. ~ 2 & Under
1:40 p.m. ~ 3 & 4 year olds
1:50 p.m. ~ 5 & 6 year olds
2:00 p.m. ~ 7 & 8 year olds
2:10 p.m. ~ 9 & 10 year olds
2:10 p.m. ~ Special Needs
Prizes will be awarded to each age group.
2. Easter Events
Deal: Various Paulding churches are hosting free Easter events that are open to the community this weekend. (Please add your own for any we've missed.) Here are a few:
North Paulding Eggstravaganza, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Paulding High School, 300 North Paulding Drive, Dallas. Hosted by Gracepointe Church in Dallas and Pirate Printing, this free event will include a Helicopter Egg Drop, a Children's Easter Egg Hunt, inflatables, live music and food vendors. Contacts for information or sponsorships: email@example.com or 678-763-0618.
Communitywide Easter Celebration, Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Dallas Theater, 208 Main St. Breakfast will be served from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the church gym at Dallas First United Methodist Church, 141 East Memorial Drive next to city hall. Contact: 770-445-2509.
3. Lockheed Yard Sale
Deal: Lockheed Community Credit Union's third-annual yard sale will be held Saturday, benefiting Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.
Location: Lockheed Community Credit Union, Hiram branch, 5875 Wendy Bagwell Parkway (U.S. 278) at Poplar Springs Road.
4. Free Cyber Summit
Deal: Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge will host his third-annual Cyber Summit at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of East Paulding High School. His goal is to equip parents and children to know the potential dangers involved with the Internet, electronic exploitation, texting while driving, “sexting,” cyber bullying and more.
Hours: 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday.
Location: East Paulding High School, 3320 East Paulding Drive off Ga. 92, Dallas.
5. Children's Tea Party
Deal: This event also is hosted by the county's Parks and Recreation Department. "Mommy, 'Bear' and Me Makes Three - A Springtime Tea Party" will be held at the new Burnt Hickory Park. Children are invited to bring their favorite cuddly critter. Finger foods and drinks will be served—along with surprises.
The event will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on May 7, but registration will end April 29. All ages are welcome.
Cost is $12 per mother and one child, plus $4 for each additional family member. Dads and grandparents also are welcome.
Location: Burnt Hickory Park, 8650 Cartersville Highway, Dallas.