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2017 Calendar of Events for DeKalb County Alabama

DeSoto State Park’s Calendar of Events offer Campfire Talks, Classes, Demonstrations, Guided Interpretive or Fitness Hikes, Guided Tours and Workshops, facilitated by park personnel & many guest speakers. Most programs are free, or charge a small supply fee. More info: www.alapark.com/DeSoto-State-Park-Events or find DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama on Facebook.

True Adventure Sports - Call to plan your adventure today at DeSoto State Park, the Little River Canyon National Preserve and other Lookout Mountain locations.  Outdoor gear, rock climbing, rappelling, wild cave tours, camping, kayaks, clothing and shoes.  Guided trips. Lessons available and team building. Snacks available.  Now renting scooters! Weather info & Tourist info. Email 256-997-9577

Every Saturday Collinsville Trade Day Come to historic town of Collinsville and experience the largest outdoor markets in the south.  We have more than you could possibly see on a Saturday, so plan to come back again and again.  When you get here you will find all kinds of antiques, collectibles, children's toys and clothes, work clothes and boots, fishing gear, fresh fruits and vegetables, furniture, tools and whole lot more.  Collinsville is located on US Highway 11 halfway between Gadsden and Fort Payne, Alabama.  We are located 3 miles from I-59.

Every Saturday & Sunday I-59 Flea Market in Valley Head. Featured on Turner South's JUNKIN', this indoor/outdoor event takes place each Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Individual booths Located at Exit 231 off of I-59. 256-635-6899

Third Saturday Sunset Event Every Third Saturday of the month from May to October you can come out and enjoy an afternoon of family fun activities in downtown Fort Payne. This public event will include food, live music, a car show, and more from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 256-996-3857

Open 7 days a week...Alabama Fan Club & Museum in Fort Payne DeKalb County is home of the Country Music Group of the Century, Alabama.  This museum houses the group's many awards and achievements, along with collections from their youth.  Don't forget to purchase Alabama memorabilia at the souvenir/gift shop.  Located at 101 Glenn Blvd. SW in Fort Payne. Call for information at 256-845-1646.

Open Wed., Thurs., & Fri...Fort Payne Depot Museum 5th and Gault Ave. across from Fort Payne City Park. Railroad memorabilia, Dioramas handcrafted back in 1913, Indian artifacts, local history and more! Publications of our local Landmarks Historical Society are available for purchase.  (256) 845-5714.

Year Round...Shady Grove Dude Ranch Horseback Riding and Saddle Rock Golf Course. Alabama's ONLY Dude Ranch is located in Mentone on Lookout Mountain, just off County Rd. 165. 256-634-4344.

December 15... Ski Season Opens Weather Permitting.  Cloudmont Ski Resort.  Call for information 256-634-4344.

Every fourth Saturday from January to October Little River Canyon Center River Rhythms Nature & Art Family Fun Program Join Jacksonville State University’s Canyon Center staff, partners and volunteers  of the month for fun nature programs including hikes, crafts, games, nature talks, activities and more.  There is a different program each month. 1 pm - 3 pm; No Fee, For more information, please call Renee Morrison at 256-782-5697.

Registration is going on now for One World Adventure's Summer Day Camps! This is a great way for children to stay active during the summer while learning about the great outdoors. Our camps are perfect for ages 2-13! We even have activities each Friday night for teens. Locations are convenient for most everyone in the Fort Payne, Valley Head, Mentone, and Lookout Mountain areas. Spaces are limited so Call 256-634-8370 with questions or visit our website for dates and pricing info. 

Open September - November Down on the Farm  Make memories with your family that will last a lifetime. You'll experience hours of enjoyment including a relaxing tractor pulled hayride to the 30 acre pumpkin patch.  Get lost in our 6 acre corn maze.  Enjoy petting and feeding our animals.  Pack a picnic lunch or order from our snack bar.  We look forward to seeing you.  Fridays 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 256-638-6200 or 256-899-6227

FARMERS MARKETS -
Mid-June to Mid-September, weather permitting...
DeKalb County Farmers Market
every Tuesday & Friday, 3pm to 6pm at the VFW Fairgrounds. 18th Street North, Fort Payne. Call the DeKalb County Cooperative Extension for more information at 256-845-8595.
Rainsville Farmers Market  every Thursday, 4pm to 7pm. Rainsville City Park.
June to October, Fort Payne Main Street Farmers Market every Saturday from 8am to 11am at Fort Payne City Park (Gault Ave. N. & 4th St. N.) 256-996-2131
Year Round, Mentone Farmers Market every Saturday from 10am to 1pm with fresh produce, eggs & baked goods. 6139 AL Hwy 117 in Mentone. 256-638-1842
Windy Hill Farmers Market Summer Fridays from 3pm – 6pm. Fresh produce, eggs and meat from the Farm. Located at 445 County Rd 942 in Mentone (Just off Hwy 117).

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February 3 Night Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another. Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

February 4 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

February 4 – 5 Alabama Arena Cross  At the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center in Rainsville. 256-638-1650

February 4 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  True Adventure Sports. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

February 6 - 7 Loomis Bro. Circus Come and enjoy the Show!! Circus features performing elephants, white tigers, dogs, ponies, acrobats, clowns, jugglers, trapeze and more! There are two shows 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Doors open an hour before each show. Tickets are $15 for adults, two children age 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by paying adult, additional children are $8 cash only is accepted at the circus. Shows last 1 hr. 45 min. 256-638-1650

February 6 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  True Adventure Sports. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

February 7 Hypothermia Class This 3-hour class teaches the extreme dangers and how to treat hypothermia. Learn how quick hypothermia can set in and the signs indicating it is setting in. True Adventure Sports 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  256-997-9577

February 8 Cold Weather Survival Class Learn tips to prevent hypothermia and death.  This class covers the basics for emergency cold weather conditions and also covers a few tips on how to stay warm and comfortable for everyday cold conditions.  9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 256-997-9577

February 9 Afternoon Rock Climb Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about in the afternoon with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed. TAS   2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

February 9-11, 13, 16 - 18 Children’s Advocacy Center Annual Dinner Theater The Children’s Advocacy Center presents the 23rd annual dinner theatre. “Cheering for Auburn Can Be Murder” The play will be held at the First United Methodist Church.  Ticket prices vary and are by reservation only. For more information or tickets, 256-997-9700

February 10 Full Moon Hike Come and join One World Adventure with a full moon hike and get to know the park after dark! How to prepare: • Bring water and a light jacket in case the evening is cool. • Bring a flashlight or headlamp for an emergency. • Children are welcome, but must be supervised. We will hike The Boardwalk Trailhead in DeSoto State Park. Check-in will take place at the trailhead 15 minutes prior. If you aren't a member with us, this is your chance to take advantage of all the things we do for and with our members.  Call 256-634-8370 or  Email: angie@oneworldadventureco.org

February 10 DeKalb Theatre Concert Men and Mountains, Tir Asleen, Pace House & Soul Karnival will all be performing at the DeKalb Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5

February 10 - 12 & 17 - 19 Sweetheart Dinner Special Enjoy a Romantic Dinner with your sweetie in DeSoto State Park's Mountain Inn Restaurant. An all-inclusive romantic dinner for two.  Dinner Hours: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dinner Choices: Ribeye Steak or Grilled/Baked Tilapia Baked Potato Green beans Salad Bar Coffee/Tea, & Dessert Beer & Wine available at an additional price.  $50 (tax & gratuity included) Call DeSoto State Park's Lodge at 256-845-5380 for any details

February 11 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

February 11 – 12 Valentine Weekend at Tigers for Tomorrow This Valentine’s day weekend Tigers For Tomorrow will host a special guided Valentine’s day tour for the price of general admission.  On the tour, you will discover fun facts about wild animal behavior and conservation efforts to save these great giant cats! The First 50 guest visiting the preserve Saturday and Sunday will also  receive a free Valentine’s Day carnation. Photos will be permitted on the tour, no videos please, and all cell phone ringer must be turned off. 1 p.m. 256- 524-4150 or 364-0143

February 11 Sculpt Your Own Flower Have you ever wanted to actually sit at the gaffer bench and feel what it is like to shape hot glass?  It’s all about hands on experience in a safe and fun atmosphere with a final product we know you will love. Minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5 in each class.  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Reservations and full payment are required. $75 per person 256-523-3188

February 11 The Alabama Ballet Spend a perfect evening with the Alabama Ballet. Northeast Alabama Community College is proud to announce a performance on campus by the world renowned Alabama Ballet. Tickets are general admission and are $10 per person. 7 p.m. 256-638-4418 ext 2248

February 13 Advanced Rappelling Class This class reviews rappelling basics then teaches advanced rappelling. Learn special rigging, mechanical advantage, ascending and rope walking, alternate rappel devices, changeovers, advanced knots, safety procedures, special gear, and backup belaying.  You will also do several rappels and a change over before returning to the store for the rappelling test and knot exam.  Meet at T.A.S. Training Center $135/person. Note: You will receive a class 2 rappelling certification photo ID card upon request and successful completion of this class and exams for a card processing fee of $15.00. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

February 15 Rock Climbing Adventure Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.   10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  256-997-9577

February 16 Made in DeKalb Expo Business representatives will have the opportunity to network with peers, representatives from education, the Alabama Department of Commerce – Export Alliance, the Small Business Administration, the USDA, the Fort Payne Career Center and others. Students (9th and 12th graders) from DeKalb County and Fort Payne Schools will have the opportunity to learn about local business career options and about DeKalb County's manufacturers. At the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center in Rainsville. 256-638-1650

February 16 Knot Class & Application Introduction and instruction to essential knots and their application for camping, rappelling, rock climbing, outdoor survival, and other applications.  1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 256-997-9577

February 16 Radiovizions Presents Sandra Lafferty and Jerry Ellis RadioVizions kicks of the 2017 season with the Acclaimed Actor Sandra Lafferty, known for roles in the Hunger Games, I Walk the Line and others. Joining here is her brother, Pulitzer Nominated Writer, Jerry Ellis, author of Walking the Trail of Years and his latest, Ciao From Rome, the City of Love. Admission by RSVP $10, at door $15, students $5. Doors open for artist Reception at 6 p.m. Performance at 7p.m. RSVP# 256-979-1910 if no answer call 256-845-0203

February 17 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  True Adventure Sports. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

February 18 Hot Chocolate 5k & Fun Run Hosted by the FPHS Track & Field Team 5K begins at 8 a.m. and Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. Fees and Deadlines: 5K - $30 and Fun Run - $20 Register by February 10th to ensure a t-shirt! Go to www.racesonline.com/events/hot-chocolate-5k-fun-run to register for our race! All of the money that is raised will benefit the FPHS Track & Field Team.

February 18 Paperweight Class This class is designed for those who really just want see what molten glass is all about.  Feel the heat, gather from the furnace, sculpt the glass into you own design.  It is ultimately about the experience, some experimentation and a couple nice paperweights to take home or to the office to show your friends.  Please join us for some in-depth discovery. Reservations Required $135 per person. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-523-3188

February 18 Birding Hike-Great Backyard Bird Count JSU professor, Dr. Robert Carter, will be leading this birding hike at the Little River Canyon Center. This hike is for new and experienced birders. This will be a part of the Audubon’s annual Great Backyard Bird Count weekend. Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. Things to Bring: Plenty of water and/or sports drink, snacks/lunch, sturdy shoes (open toe shoes are not recommended), binoculars (if you have them). Please be sure to dress appropriately according to seasonal temperatures/weather. 9 a.m.

February 18 Hand Building Slab Class Come join Miracle Pottery for a great time and fun for the whole family! $40 per person. Call to reserve your seat 256-635-6863

February 18 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

February 18 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  True Adventure Sports. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

February 20 Hiker Series: Powell Trail Join the staff from the JSU Field School, DeSoto State Park, and the National Park Service for this exciting hike in our 2017 hiking series. Powell trail is located in the Little River Canyon National Preserve. This dirt trail is 0.75 miles long and is rugged and steep at times. (Level-Difficult). Things to bring: Plenty of water and/or sports drink, snacks/lunch, hiking poles/staff (optional), sturdy shoes (open toe shoes are not recommended). Please be sure to dress appropriately according to seasonal temperatures/weather. Meet in the lobby of the Little River Canyon Center. 1 p.m. Free and open to the public; for more details contact: 256-845-3548

February 20 Afternoon Rock Climb Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about in the afternoon with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed. TAS   2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

February 21 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

February 22 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

February 22 Rock Climbing Adventure Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.   10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  256-997-9577

February 23 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

February 23 – 24 Adamsburg Christian Academy Fundraiser Let’s Eat! Come support the Adamsburg Christian Academy at Krystal Restaurant in Fort Payne.  50% of your order will go to ACA.  3 p.m. to 9 p.m. both nights.

February 24 Advanced Rappelling Class This class reviews rappelling basics then teaches advanced rappelling. Learn special rigging, mechanical advantage, ascending and rope walking, alternate rappel devices, changeovers, advanced knots, safety procedures, special gear, and backup belaying.  You will also do several rappels and a change over before returning to the store for the rappelling test and knot exam.  Meet at T.A.S. Training Center $135/person. Note: You will receive a class 2 rappelling certification photo ID card upon request and successful completion of this class and exams for a card processing fee of $15.00. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

February 25 Blow Your Own Ornament Come design and blow your own ornament with the help of one of our glass artists.  No reservations are needed, it is on a first come, first serve basis.   For this we welcome people of all ages (at least 5 years old). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Cost is $38 per ornament blown 256-523-3188 

February 25 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

February 25 Canyon Concert: Tad of Jazz Anniston’s T.A.D. of Jazz is back again for a second wonderful winter show at the Canyon Center. With a unique mixture of soul, gospel, jazz, and funk roots, the band produces a sound quite different than any other of its kind. This year’s event will feature a three course seated dinner catered by Tina Whiteside & Regina Henderson. This exclusive event is sure to please and as a bonus is an annual fundraiser for environmental education. Little River Canyon Center. Doors Open at 5 pm; Music begins at 6 p.m.  Please call for more information and ticket details.  256-782-8010

February 25 Hotel California: Salute to the Eagles Tickets available at www.eventbrite.com  DeKalb Theatre 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

February 25 Mardi Gras Masquerade Dance This will be a great event featuring "Still Kickin" and friends!  There will beprizes for Best Mask, a Mardi Gras photo backdrop and party favors.  All the proceeds of the event will go to Collinsville Recreational Parks. Event will be held at the Collinsville Community Center Armory Building. Tickets are $15  8 p.m. to 1 p.m.

February 27 Rock Climbing Adventure Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.   2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  256-997-9577

February 28 Rappelling Certification Class This class covers rappelling basics indoor and basics outdoor.  The basics indoor class teaches you about rappelling safety/rappelling gear and its application, rappelling knots and application, and rigging points needed for rappelling. The basics outdoor class reviews safety procedures, knots, gear, and rigging points; then you learn how to safely rappel and do several rappels before returning to the office for the rappelling test and knot exam. Meet at T.A.S. Training Center $165/person Note:  You will receive a class 1 rappelling certification photo ID card upon request and successful completion of this class and exams for a card processing fee of $15.00. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

March

March 1 Orienteering Class Basic yet essential skills for survival navigation are brought to you in map reading, compass reading, and topography. True Adventure Sports 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 2 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 2 Make your Heart Smile Blood Drive The Skelton Orthodontics Team would love for you to donate with us along with Blood Assurance. Everyone who donates will be entered into a drawing for $200.00 cash from Dr. Aimee Skelton. Noon to 6 p.m.

March 4 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 6 Celestial Navigation This two-hour class is a basic introduction to navigation by the stars. Learn how to navigate without the use of a compass or GPS with the same rules used for almost six thousand years. Meet at True Adventure Sports. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 7 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  True Adventure Sports. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 8 Night Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another. Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 9 Lunch and Learn with Sarah Stahal Eat, chat and enjoy a dynamic speaker line-up with Lunch & Learn, sponsored training sessions taught by innovative business minds.  Each session will provide take-home-and-put-to-use information, which includes topics on leadership, destination retailing, marketing & social media, economic development & incentives, entrepreneurial growth, business processes, and understanding community-initiated development offered to business minded professionals in and around Fort Payne. Held at the Vintage 1889; $15 ticket includes training session, choice of a house special lunch with drink. For every ticket, $5 is also donated towards funding Fort Payne Main Street project initiatives. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 256-845-3380  

March 9 Sky Swing Adventure This is an adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy the thrill of the swing at night. Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure.  Meet at True Adventure Sports 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 10 Rock Climbing Adventure Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.   10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  256-997-9577

March 11 Paperweight Class This class is designed for those who really just want see what molten glass is all about.  Feel the heat, gather from the furnace, sculpt the glass into you own design.  It is ultimately about the experience, some experimentation and a couple nice paperweights to take home or to the office to show your friends.  Please join us for some in-depth discovery. Reservations Required $135 per person. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-523-3188

March 11 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 13 Afternoon Rock Climb Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about in the afternoon with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed. TAS   2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 14 GPS Basic Training and Navigation Class Part 1 Learn how to use a map, compass, and a handheld GPS. Learn basic navigation and how to pinpoint a location for quick return, or quick rescue. Also learn how to search by waypoints or coordinates. True Adventure Sports    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  256-997-9577

March 16 Hiker Series-Canyon Mouth Trail Join the staff from the JSU Field School, DeSoto State Park, and the National Park Service for this exciting hike in our 2017 hiking series. Canyon Mouth trail is located at the Canyon Mouth Picnic area. This is a dirt path along the river leading you through the woods. It is 0.90 miles long and ends at Johnnie’s Creek. Difficulty: Moderate (some uneven terrain).Things to bring: Plenty of water and/or sports drink, snacks/lunch, hiking poles/staff (optional), sturdy shoes (open toe shoes are not recommended). Please be sure to dress appropriately according to seasonal temperatures/weather. Meet at Canyon Mouth Picnic area. 1 p.m. Free and open to the public; for details contact: 256-845-3548 (note: day use fee waived for hikers)

March 16 Rock Climbing Adventure Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.   2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  256-997-9577

March 17 Forest & Field: Yoga Experience yoga while enjoying the beauty that is Desoto State Park! Join yoga teacher Deidre Brown and park naturalist Brittney Hughes for a great outdoor experience of strengthening yoga poses and hiking along beautiful trails. This hike will be a mix of trail hiking with an outdoor yoga session. Combining hiking and yoga practice in the great outdoors confers benefits unmatched in any other setting. You get the light cardio and strength-building that hiking offers, the toning, flexibility, and relaxation that yoga offers, and the powerful connection to Mother Nature that being outdoors offers.  This hike will be along the orange trail, hiking to see Laurel Creek, Laurel & Lost Falls, and will loop back to briefly get on the Talmadge Butler boardwalk trail to see Azalea Cascade. Moderate hiking, there and back, about 2 ½ miles. 10 a.m. to Noon DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Meet at DeSoto State Park Country Store on County Road 89. Free, but pre-registration is required. Hikes are open to all ages. Email renee@galandtrust.org for more info.

March 17 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  True Adventure Sports. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 18 Take a Hike: Waterfalls Tour Join JSU Field School and Desoto State Park staff on a tour exploring Little River Canyon National Preserve and Desoto State Park waterfalls. Easy to moderate hikes on rocky dirt trails. Will see some well-known waterfalls as well as some hidden treasures.  Little River Canyon and Desoto State Park. Meet at JSU’s Little River Canyon Center. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. JSU Van shuttle for tour; noon lunch at Desoto State Park Lodge (included in price)  $25 per person; pre-registration is required by March 15, 2017 by calling 256-845-3548 or 256-782-8010

March 18 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 18 Sculpt Your Own Flower Have you ever wanted to actually sit at the gaffer bench and feel what it is like to shape hot glass?  It’s all about hands on experience in a safe and fun atmosphere with a final product we know you will love. Minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5 in each class.  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Reservations and full payment are required. $75 per person 256-523-3188

March 18 Exile in Concert Canyonland Vocal band and guests will begin the evening followed by Exile. Chris Roberts School of Music. Tickets can be purchased at the following locations: Roger's Music and Pawn, Blacks Tire in Rainsville and Chris Roberts School of Music. Admission is $30 per person. Show begins at 7 p.m. 256-996-1547

 March 21 - 23 High Adventure Trip This is a 3 day adventure including a Wild Cave Tour, Rock Climbing, An Extreme Night Hike and end with a relaxing canoe trip.  Price includes all activities, attractions, permits, fees, gear, and guides. 10 a.m. 256-997-9577

March 21 Zip Line & Sky Swing Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another. Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before adventure.   10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  256-997-9577

March 24 Rock Climbing Adventure Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.   2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  256-997-9577

March 25 Blow Your Own Ornament Come design and blow your own ornament with the help of one of our glass artists.  No reservations are needed, it is on a first come, first serve basis.   For this we welcome people of all ages (at least 5 years old). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Cost is $38 per ornament blown 256-523-3188

March 25 Rappelling Certification Class This class covers rappelling basics indoor and basics outdoor.  The basics indoor class teaches you about rappelling safety/rappelling gear and its application, rappelling knots and application, and rigging points needed for rappelling. The basics outdoor class reviews safety procedures, knots, gear, and rigging points; then you learn how to safely rappel and do several rappels before returning to the office for the rappelling test and knot exam. Meet at T.A.S. Training Center $165/person Note:  You will receive a class 1 rappelling certification photo ID card upon request and successful completion of this class and exams for a card processing fee of $15.00. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577 

March 27 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 28 Knot Class & Application Introduction and instruction to essential knots and their application for camping, rappelling, rock climbing, outdoor survival, and other applications.  1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 29 Sky Swing Adventure This is an adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy the thrill of the swing at night. Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure.  Meet at True Adventure Sports 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 29 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 30 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 31 Forest & Field: Spring Fairies: Fairy Houses & Observation Hike Join author Renee Simmons Raney (Hairy, Scary, but Mostly Merry Fairies: Curing Nature-Deficit Disorder through Folklore, Imagination, and Creative Activities) for fairy stories, fairy house building, and a fairy observation hike in DeSoto State Park. Funding for Forest & Field is made possible by a grant from the Stringfellow Health Fund of the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama. 10 a.m. to Noon. DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama. Meet at DeSoto's Nature Center on County Road 89. Program is FREE including supplies, but registration is required. Space is limited. For more information or to register, contact Renee Raney at (256) 447-1006 or renee@galandtrust.org

March 31 Forest & Field: The Art of Awareness Join naturalists and artists for this creative nature observation hike, combining art & nature! The focus of this nature walk is to reflect your observations of nature using a personal journaling style…..in many different ways! Learn how to keep your own nature journal while strolling along trails in DeSoto State Park. On this hike, we will create a sensory map recording our experiences as we walk along. We will focus not just on what we see, but what we smell, hear and feel. Art materials are provided, just bring along your favorite notebook. Watch for other events in this series: each one will be different and seasonal! DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama. Meet at the Nature Center next to the Country Store on Co. Rd. 89. 6 p.m. Free, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited for each event. Hikes are open to ALL ages; minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Register below on "ticket" link. Email renee@galandtrust.org for more info.  

April

April 1 Starving Artists Booth Sale Browse from a selection of handcrafted items and meet the artists who created them. You'll be provided with a ticket when you arrive to fill out for a chance to win a door prize as provided by our vendors. Presented by Rendezvous Event Space. This will be an arts, crafts, music and food event.  Admission is free! A purchase from any one of our vendors will earn you an extra entry for door prizes. 256-272-6686

April 6 Lunch and Learn with Donna Feazell Eat, chat and enjoy a dynamic speaker line-up with Lunch & Learn, sponsored training sessions taught by innovative business minds.  Each session will provide take-home-and-put-to-use information, which includes topics on leadership, destination retailing, marketing & social media, economic development & incentives, entrepreneurial growth, business processes, and understanding community-initiated development offered to business minded professionals in and around Fort Payne. Held at the Vintage 1889; $15 ticket includes training session, choice of a house special lunch with drink. For every ticket, $5 is also donated towards funding Fort Payne Main Street project initiatives. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 256-845-3380  

April 8 Sculpt Your Own Flower Have you ever wanted to actually sit at the gaffer bench and feel what it is like to shape hot glass?  It’s all about hands on experience in a safe and fun atmosphere with a final product we know you will love. Minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5 in each class.  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Reservations and full payment are required. $75 per person 256-523-3188

April 8 Canyon Spring Fest Celebrate the season by visiting the Canyon Center for the annual Children’s Spring Art Show, baby animals, bunny games, and an Easter egg hunt…a day your kids will NEVER forget! Little River Canyon Center. 10 a.m. to Noon. No fee; call 256-845-3548

April 29 First State Bank 5K Run/Walk Fun Run Join First State Bank for the 6th Annual Relay for Life 5K Run/Walk Fun Run. Participants are encouraged to walk or run in memory or in honor of a loved one. DeKalb Lake in Sylvania. Final registration beginning at 6:45 a.m. – 7:15 a.m. and race begins at 7:30 a.m. 256-845-6101

April 15 Blow Your Own Ornament Come design and blow your own ornament with the help of one of our glass artists.  No reservations are needed, it is on a first come, first serve basis.   For this we welcome people of all ages (at least 5 years old). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Cost is $38 per ornament blown 256-523-3188 

April 20 - 23 & 26 - 30 NACC Theatre Presents "Shrek the Musical" Everyone’s favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film. Irreverently fin for the whole family. Wed – Sat 7 p.m. and Sun matinee 2 p.m. 256-638-4418 ext 2218

April 22 Earth Day Celebrate Earth Day with JSU Field Schools at the Little River Canyon Center. We will host hikes, crafts, and a day of fun. Sign-up sheets will be at the front desk for attending hikes hosted by various instructors. Live animal programs, awesome nature hikes, and even an appearance by the Leave No Trace Team (and maybe even Big Foot) promise to make this celebration a blast! Little River Canyon Center. 11a.m. to 2 p.m. No fee; call 256-845-3548

April 22 Paperweight Class This class is designed for those who really just want see what molten glass is all about.  Feel the heat, gather from the furnace, sculpt the glass into you own design.  It is ultimately about the experience, some experimentation and a couple nice paperweights to take home or to the office to show your friends.  Please join us for some in-depth discovery. Reservations Required $135 per person. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-523-3188

April 29 Blow Your Own Ornament Come design and blow your own ornament with the help of one of our glass artists.  No reservations are needed, it is on a first come, first serve basis.   For this we welcome people of all ages (at least 5 years old). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Cost is $38 per ornament blown 256-523-3188 

May

May 5 -6 Spring Vintage Pickin Barn Sale Shop from some of the best vendors from around the South! Vintage marketplace featuring: Farmhouse • Primitives • Rustic Junk • Industrial •Shabby & French Country • Repurposed goods and more. There will be live music and local food vendors! Priority Pickin' Passes for both days are $15 for private 3-hour shopping day of the event from 9 a.m. to Noon. General admission tickets are $6 per day and sale runs from noon to 5 p.m. White Oaks Farm in Fyffe.

May 13 Blow Your Own Ornament Come design and blow your own ornament with the help of one of our glass artists.  No reservations are needed, it is on a first come, first serve basis.   For this we welcome people of all ages (at least 5 years old). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Cost is $38 per ornament blown 256-523-3188

May 13 Sculpt Your Own Flower Have you ever wanted to actually sit at the gaffer bench and feel what it is like to shape hot glass?  It’s all about hands on experience in a safe and fun atmosphere with a final product we know you will love. Minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5 in each class.  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Reservations and full payment are required. $75 per person 256-523-3188

May 18 – 21  US 11 Antique Alley Yard Sale Follow the scenic U.S. Highway 11 from Meridian, MS to Bristol, VA for more than 500-miles of yard sales! Explore charming historic communities and downtown districts like the 1889 boom town district of Fort Payne, Alabama. 888-805-4740 & 877-871-1386 www.discoverlookoutmountain.com

May 20 - 21 Mentone Rhododendron Festival A bonfire and storytelling always get this event off to a great start. Live music, arts and crafts, food vendors, and much more round out the weekend. rhododendronfestival@gmail.com

May 20 Sculpt Your Own Flower Have you ever wanted to actually sit at the gaffer bench and feel what it is like to shape hot glass?  It’s all about hands on experience in a safe and fun atmosphere with a final product we know you will love. Minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5 in each class.  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Reservations and full payment are required. $75 per person 256-523-3188

May 27 Paperweight Class This class is designed for those who really just want see what molten glass is all about.  Feel the heat, gather from the furnace, sculpt the glass into you own design.  It is ultimately about the experience, some experimentation and a couple nice paperweights to take home or to the office to show your friends.  Please join us for some in-depth discovery. Reservations Required $135 per person. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-523-3188

June

June 3 14th Annual Latino Festival Live Mariachi band, pony rides, face painting, authentic Mexican to Tex-Mex food vendors and so much more.  Northeast Alabama Community College Campus. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  256-638-4418  

June 8 Lunch and Learn with James Cowan Eat, chat and enjoy a dynamic speaker line-up with Lunch & Learn, sponsored training sessions taught by innovative business minds.  Each session will provide take-home-and-put-to-use information, which includes topics on leadership, destination retailing, marketing & social media, economic development & incentives, entrepreneurial growth, business processes, and understanding community-initiated development offered to business minded professionals in and around Fort Payne. Held at the Vintage 1889; $15 ticket includes training session, choice of a house special lunch with drink. For every ticket, $5 is also donated towards funding Fort Payne Main Street project initiatives. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 256-845-3380

June 12 - 16 Overnight Family Camp This is an opportunity for families to explore Lookout Mountain and the surrounding natural places with experienced guides! Each night you will camp under the stars and be amazed each day by the beauty you take it, not to mention the adventure you will experience! Camping, climbing, hiking, canoeing and kayaking in the great outdoors is the perfect way to kick off the best summer vacation ever!! $1250 per family of 4. Additional members $250 each. 256-634-8370

June 19 – 23 Overnight Adventure Camp Kids ages 9 – 12 will trek and camp all week in amazing locations along Lookout Mountain and the surrounding areas, learning how to live among a group and take on a range of adventure sports—rock climbing, bouldering, rappelling, canoeing, and kayaking! $375 per camper.  Additional Siblings $350 each 256-634-8370

July

July 4 34th Annual Sand Mountain Potato Festival Sand Mountain is well known for its rich diversity of agricultural products, including potatoes. Celebrate our heritage with live music, arts and crafts, entertainment, games and fireworks. Event begins at 10 a.m. and culminates with a beautiful fireworks display. 256-657-6282

July 24 – August 1 Teen Leadership Camp An opportunity for teens ages 13-17 to take on meaningful outdoor leadership roles within all areas of their life. They will push their limits on a nine-day expedition in the wilderness and grow their outdoor skills, building lasting knowledge and experience they can use throughout their lives. This program is ideal for youth who are going into education or plan to work with youth in any capacity. $675.00 Additional Siblings $650 each. 256-634-8370

August

August 3 - 6 31st Annual World’s Longest Yard Sale Travel the scenic byways of America for more than 450-miles of yard sales and unique treasure finds. Follow the Lookout Mountain Parkway from Gadsden, Alabama to Chattanooga, TN for the southern portion of the sale. Connect with the U.S. Highway 127 in Chattanooga for the remainder of the route to Hudson, MI. 888-805-4740   

August 26 13th Annual Fyffe UFO Day Hot Air Balloon Rides showcase this unique family outing! Arts and crafts, children’s games, food vendors, antique tractors, live entertainment, street dance and much more make this event fun for the whole family. Gates open at 9 a.m. and music starts at 10 a.m. 256-623-2222

 

September

September 16 Boom Days Heritage Celebration This annual art and musical event displays citizens of Fort Payne taking a second look at their past and the heritage passed down to them through the arts and crafts of our area.  Many events will take place the week prior to the celebration on Saturday. The Boom Days Heritage Celebration will feature many of these facets in the presentation of musical performances as well as art displays in City Park.  10 a.m.  256-845-1524  

September 22 - 23 Collinsville Annual Quilt Walk Stroll through the beautiful historic Victorian homes of downtown Collinsville and view some of the most wonderfully handcrafted quilts you have ever seen. Hours are Friday Noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 256-524-3296

October

October 21 - 22 Mentone Colorfest Come and enjoy the Fall season at the annual Mentone Colorfest. This event is filled with arts, crafts, great food, live entertainment and much more. It is held at the scenic Mentone Brow Park and downtown Mentone on Saturday and Sunday. mentonecolorfest@gmail.com

November

November 4 9th Annual Canyon Fest: A Celebration of Arts and Nature Little River Canyon Field School and Interpretive Center want you to come and enjoy live music, nature and arts activities, arts demonstrations and sales, great food, vendors, children's activities and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 256-782-5697

November 11 Collinsville Historic Turkey Trot Join us for food, fun and games. An antique car and tractor show, turkey shoot, cake walk, and historic “turkey toss” from the roof of a building make this an event fun for all ages. Sponsored in part by the Collinsville Historic Association. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 256-524-2788

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