1. Honoring lifelong canine caregivers in a tail-wagging festival, Bark for Life of Ellis County will be raising cancer awareness at the Midlothian Civic Center on Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. With more than 56 vendors, the event will have everything from a 3K run to musical guests and live demonstrations, promising to unleash the fun! — Chelsea Groomer

2. With baseball and softball in the cities of Midlothian, Red Oak and Waxahachie returning to district play and four soccer playoff games — Ferris, Midlothian, Midlothian and Red Oak High Schools — this weekend, there is more than enough entertainment to keep Ellis County rolling. The Indians and Hawk baseball teams are battling for first in District 10-5A, the Lady Indians of Waxahachie are looking to get into playoff position, the Lady Panthers of Midlothian High are looking to gain sole control of their district's lead and the four playoff teams are looking to make a confident step into the Regional Tournament and toward state championships. — Marcus Marion

3. Looking for some good live entertainment this weekend? The Waxahachie Community of Theater is putting on three plays, which include "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Little Red Riding Hood and the Power Mutants," and "I Hate Shakespeare!"Shows will be performed at Living Hope Nazarene Church at 2420 Brown Street, Waxahachie. Show dates are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online through the theatre website at www.waxahachiecommunitytheatre.com. (NOTE: A service charge will be added to the price of each ticket for online purchases.) Preschool children get in free with a paid adult admission. Tickets will also be available at the at the door one hour before each performance. For questions, contact the Box Office at 972-646-1050 or send an email to wct.texas@gmail.com. — Andrew Branca

4. Navarro College is holding its annual Brilliance scholarship fundraiser to benefit Ellis County students Saturday, April 1 from 6-10 p.m. at the Midlothian Conference Center. This is the ninth Brilliance event, with the first eight funding over 1,000 scholarships. Tickets are $75.00, each with tables sold for $600. For more information, contact Julie Clasper at (972) 923-6439. — Travis M. Smith

5. Runners take your mark and have a flapjack or six. The Waxahachie Preparatory Academy is hosting its Warrior Run and Flapjack Breakfast on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. The 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. and costs $35.00, with a one-mile run and half-mile run starting at 9:30 a.m. and each cost $15. There is also an option to be an Armor Bearer for $20. All entries receive a T-shirt and stack of pancakes. — Travis M. Smith