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Happy Easter and Earth Day!

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Today, celebrate the planet and Good Friday. If you're lucky enough to have the day off, grab the kids and head to the Jackson Zoo for the annual Party for the Planet. The fun started at 10 a.m., but it should be a great day. Admission is $8, $5 children 2-12, $7.20 seniors, members and babies free; call 601-352-2580. Later, stop by Farish Street Park for the free Farish Flourish starting at 5 p.m. and includes poetry, music and healthy food in honor of Earth Day. Call 601-291-7381. In the mood for some indoor entertainment? The Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) is screening indie films "Another Harvest Moon" and "Peep World" tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. $7 per film. Begin your search for the best in Jackson events on the JFP Best Bets page.

Have some more family fun this weekend at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland. KidFest! features two days of big-top acts, a children's activity tent, music, food, animated characters and rides. The frivolities are noon to 6:30 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday. $8 in advance, $10 at the gate, children under 2 free. If you missed the zoo Friday, go have breakfast with the Easter Bunny and animals starting at 7 a.m. Saturday. Enjoy a breakfast buffet and get a personal tour of the zoo with animal care staff. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 601-352-2580; $9, $7 children 2-12, $8.20 seniors, members and babies free. At 9 a.m., the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum hosts an Easter Egg Hunt on the museum grounds. $6, $4 ages 3-18. Find these events and more on the JFP Events Calendar.

Are you looking for something a bit more grown up on Saturday? Head to the Mississippi School of Massage at 10 a.m. for the "General Manager of the Universe" workshop. Cost is $65 in advance, $75 day of class. Visit http://www.intuitiveencounters.com for more information. Saturday night is a great time to catch up with friends and listen to great music. At 8 p.m., Thalia Mara Hall features "American Idol" winner Fantasia performing her latest hits such as "I'm Doin' Me." Urban Mystic also performs. Get your tickets through Ticketmaster. $37.50 and up, $32.50 limited advance tickets. To see all of the musical happenings in Jacktown, go straight to the JFP Music Listings for everything from spoken word to blues to straight-ahead rock 'n' roll.

Relax on Easter Sunday and have someone else do the cooking and clean up. Some Jackson area restaurants will be closed, but most look like they will be serving. Begin your search for the perfect meal with the JFP Restaurant Listings and the Menu Guide. Just make sure to call ahead.

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