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Suggested travels plans to Lookout Mountain 

2014 Calendar of Events for DeKalb County Alabama

Every Weekend beginning in May through the Autumn months - Nature Programs & Guided Hikes at DeSoto State Park - Frogs, creepy crawlers, mountain life, Trail of Tears, flower and bird watching, are just a sampling of what you will learn by state park naturalists and Jacksonville State University Field School staff. Printed brochures of all programs are available by calling 256-782-5697.  Programs are held every Friday and Saturday night at the DeSoto State Park Pavilion and begin at 8 p.m. In the event of rain, programs are moved to the Nature Center. 256-845-0051

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

Open 5 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 Mon., Wed., Fri. & Sun...Fort Payne Depot Museum 5th and Gault Ave. across from Union 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.

Mid-June to Mid-September Weather permitting...DeKalb County Farmers Market every Tuesday & Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the VFW Fairgrounds. 18th Street North, Fort Payne. Call the DeKalb County  Cooperative Extension for more information at 256-845-8595.

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.

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.  Tuesday - Thursday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; 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

October - November Moose Lodge Haunted Barn The Haunted Barn is a two level complex filled with excitement and cold chills as you make your way through the maze of terror and blasted by the hard rock theme music that permeates the walls of the barn.  All proceeds go to the Children's Advocacy Center and help with the Christmas for Kids. EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT FROM 7:30PM TILL THE SCREAMS STOP 256-996-4866

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April 1 Orienteering Class Basic yet essential skills for survival navigation are brought to you in map reading, compass reading, and topography.  Bring your own compass or you may purchase one at our store.  10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 256-997-9577  

April 2 - 4 Spring Break Tours At Tigers For Tomorrow An exciting Spring break line up! Visitors can get an up close visit with the animals in The Legacy Living Classroom and even feed the animals at the animal contact area while waiting for the tour to begin.  Regular tour prices discounted during this special time.  The tour is just $10.00 for children ages 3-11 and $15.00 for those ages 12 and above.  All children under 3 are free!  These tours are usually $25.00 a person for this up-close and personal time with the animals.  On the tour you will learn about the predators we share our world with, their instincts and behaviors as well as why they are here at Untamed Mountain.  Bring your camera as tour guests will be allowed to take photos, but no videos will be allowed during this time. NO CELL PHONE USE IN PRESERVE please.  Please also wear closed toed shoes or sneakers this is a 1 ˝ hour walking tour are recommended.  NO RESERVATIONS are needed and for More info please call 256-524-4150

April 2 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577  

April 3 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. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 256-997-9577  

April 3 Flowers of the Pocket  Enjoy a  slideshow introducing flowers of the Pocket by Jay Clark, naturalist and author of Wildflowers of Pigeon Mountain. Parish Hall St Joseph's Episcopal Church 7 p.m.  

 April 4 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 5 Run for Uganda 5K Rainsville Community Church hosting a 5K to raise money for Uganda. The cost of the race is $20 before March 21, and $25 on the day of the race. Registration forms are available at Straight Up Barber Shop in Rainsville, or register online here. Visit the Run for Uganda Facebook page 8:30 a.m. 256-638-7793

April 5 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  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

April 5 - 6 Bugging Out Weekend Part 1 with One World Adventure What is a bug out bag its purpose? A 2 part class on how to make and park a bug out bag and strategies for a bug out plan. Learn different type of cashes, what should and shouldn’t be cashed and small hints about hiding the location of a cash on a map. Saturday 9 a.m. to Sunday 3 p.m. 256-634–8370

April 5 RTI Movie in the Park Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic for an evening with your family under the stars while watching the movie “Frozen”. Free admission to all and Free popcorn to the first 500 people. Rainsville City Park.  7:30 p.m. 256-638-7800  

April 6 Cystic Fibrosis BBQ Benefit Help find a cure for Emma and Eli. Lunches includes baked beans, bread, dessert and tea. Dine in and enjoy live music or carry out. The Barnyard at Fisher Crossroads 11a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-996-2461

 April 7 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577  

April 7 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577  

April 8 - 10 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.  256-997-9577  

April 8 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. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 256-997-9577  

April 8 Chamber of Commerce Celebrity Roast Join us as we celebrate the 1st annual Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce Celebrity Roast.  Probate Judge Ronnie Osborn is entertainment. You will enjoy a night of laughter, food and entertainment. Tickets are $30 each or 2 for $50. DeKalb Theatre 6 p.m. 256-845-2741

April 11 Rock Climbing Adventure Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  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  

April 11 Sky Swing Adventure at Night This is an adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy the thrill of the swing. Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure.  Meet at True Adventure Sports   7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 12 First State Bank 5K Run/ Walk For Fun Come and have some fun while supporting Relay For Life. DeKalb Lake in Sylvania. Registration begins at 7 a.m. 256-845-6101 ext.111

April 12 Blow Your Own Ornament & Open House This had become very popular here at Orbix Hot Glass.  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 12 p.m.  Cost is $35 per ornament blown 256-523-3188 

April 12 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 12 Barrel Horse Show Barrel horse competitions in several categories. Sponsored by the Alabama District 1. National Barrel Horse Association. Northeast Alabama Agri Business Center 256-638-1650

April 12 Easter Egg Hunt Hop on Over & enjoy! Everyone is invited!  Easter Egg Hunts~Inflatable slides~Free photos with the Easter Bunny. Egg Hunt Age Categories (baskets will be provided) 0-12 months, 3-5 years, 6-8 years, 9-10 years Fort Payne Sports Complex-Across from the Heil Manufacturing facility (on Highway 11) Free event and open to everyone 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 12 Bunny-Palooza: Spring Fest for Children Celebrate the season by visiting the Bunny Factory (where children are magically transformed into bunnies and learn all the basics: how to hop, decorate eggs, and more enchanting fun)! Children’s Spring Art Show, storytelling, music, baby animals, bunny games, egg hunt with prizes, fairy tales and fairy houses workshop…a day your little bunny will NEVER forget! Little River Canyon Center  10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Free and open to everyone. Some programs may have limited space so pre-registration is encouraged 256-782-5697

April 12 RTI's Community Easter Egg Hunt Your children can have their picture made with the Easter Bunny. There will be separate hunts for different age groups up t o 11 years of age, free face painting, and golden prize eggs. Held at the RTI Building. 1 p.m. 256-638-7800

April 12 Growing Up WILD and Living Wild: Fairy Houses Join Renee Morrison for this fun fairy-house building workshop that teaches children to be creative and how to to use their observation skills. Stories about fairies, Easter Bunny and more!  Little River Canyon Center  1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free and open to everyone. Some programs may have limited space so pre-registration is encouraged. 256-782-5697

April 12 EXILE at The Pickin Post Come and enjoy a great night of music with a concert by one of the best Country Super Groups ever. So get your tickets before their gone. Tickets $30 each at Blacks Tire in Rainsville or Rogers Music in Fort Payne. 6 p.m. 256-657-3817 or 256-996-8910

April 12 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.  Headlamp and enthusiastic guide included. Meet at True Adventure Sports.  7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 14 Rock Climbing Adventure Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  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

April 15 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 16 -17 One World Backpacking Series Trail navigation with a map and compass: Second trip in the series, we’ll have a brief land navigation crash course for trail hiking. Learn the ins and outs of the compass and basic map understanding and how to mark trails so you don’t get lost. We’ll hike out and do some hands on training while we are out there for the remainder of the time and will even touch on some night navigation if it the sky is clear. You will need to bring a good compass. Ages: Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $110 per person includes meals and all equipment. $85 per person includes meals (must provide your own equipment). $65 per person includes instruction (must provide on equipment and food). Group max: 6 Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list. To register, call 256-634-8370  

April 16 - 18 Spring Break Tours At Tigers For Tomorrow An exciting Spring break line up! Visitors can get an up close visit with the animals in The Legacy Living Classroom and even feed the animals at the animal contact area while waiting for the tour to begin.  Regular tour prices discounted during this special time.  The tour is just $10.00 for children ages 3-11 and $15.00 for those ages 12 and above.  All children under 3 are free!  These tours are usually $25.00 a person for this up-close and personal time with the animals.  On the tour you will learn about the predators we share our world with, their instincts and behaviors as well as why they are here at Untamed Mountain.  Bring your camera as tour guests will be allowed to take photos, but no videos will be allowed during this time. NO CELL PHONE USE IN PRESERVE please.  Please also wear closed toed shoes or sneakers this is a 1 ˝ hour walking tour are recommended.  NO RESERVATIONS are needed and for More info please call 256-524-4150

April 17 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

April 18 Mountain Bike Tour This tour explores some beautiful trails and paths atop Lookout Mountain or Sand Mountain. Come have an enjoyable ride without the fear of getting lost. This three hour tour includes a mountain bike rental, instruction, and a guide for safety, direction, and information. Meet at True Adventure Sports 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577   

April 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.  Headlamp and enthusiastic guide included. Meet at True Adventure Sports.  7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 19 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. There is a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5 in each class.  9 a.m. and 10 a.m.  Reservations are required. 256-523-3188

April 19 Easter Egg Hunt The Community Easter Egg Hunt will be at the MERF house.  There will be an egg hunt, a hot dog lunch, cotton candy, several gift cards to give away and lots of fun.  Bring your basket and parent(s). Dress suitably for the weather.  All Free!  Due to limited parking, we ask that you park in the school parking lot and walk to the MERF House.  This event is sponsored by the Mentone area churches. 10 a.m. to 12 noon

April 19 How to Make Pucker Pouches Join Robert Wilson for a class on how to make a Pucker pouch, which is a simple bag that can be made into a necklace and even a belt pouch.  All supplies will be provided. 10 a.m. to 12 noon  DeSoto State Park Nature Center  $10 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited to 10. 256-997-5025

April 19 Easter Egg Hunt The Community Easter Egg Hunt will be at the MERF house.  There will be an egg hunt, a hot dog lunch, cotton candy, several gift cards to give away and lots of fun.  Bring your basket and parent(s). Dress suitably for the weather.  All Free!  Due to limited parking, we ask that you park in the school parking lot and walk to the MERF House.  This event is sponsored by the Mentone area churches. 10 a.m. to 12 noon

April 19 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  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

April 19 How to Make Weaved Pouches There are many handy things that can be made by weaving paracord/cordage. Join Robert Wilson to learn how to make basic -weave pouches from paracord that can be used for many different things. All supplies will be provided.  DeSoto State Park Nature Center (next to the Country Store) 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  $10 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited limit to 10. 256-997-5025

April 19 Night Zip Line  All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.  Enjoy the thrill of the zip line at night.  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

April 20 Easter Lunch with Kamamas Join Kamamas with a lunch for the family. Reservations are recommended. Lunch served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-634-3001

April 20 Easter Buffet at DeSoto Mountain Inn Restaurant Traditional lunch buffet with all the trimmings. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-845-5380

April 21Afternoon 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

April 21 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.  Headlamp and enthusiastic guide included. Meet at True Adventure Sports.  7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 22 Administrative Professionals Day & Literacy Luncheon Show your appreciation to your staff by bringing them to our luncheon. The luncheon is sponsored by Altrusa and Edward Jones. Guest speaker will be the First Lady of Alabama, Dianne Bentley and entertainment by NACC Show Choir. Deadline to register is April 15. First United Methodist Church Life Center. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $25. Make checks payable to Altrusa, P.O. Box 681536, Fort Payne, AL 35968  

April 22 Bouldering Adventure – Atop Lookout Mountain Come experience first-hand what bouldering is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. We will climb on some of the best boulders atop Lookout Mountain. No prior climbing or bouldering experience is needed.  Meet at True Adventure Sports. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577      

 April  23 – 27 & 30 – May 4 "Les Miserables" Northeast Alabama Community College Theatre presents “Les Miserables”  Call 256-638-4418 for more information.  

April 23 Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon Enjoy a catered lunch, gift bags and entertainment. Several door prizes will be given away. Held at the Tom Bevill Enrichment Center Sponsored by the Rainsville Chamber of Commerce. Lunch at Noon 256-638-7800  

April 23 Mountain Bike Tour This tour explores some beautiful trails and paths atop Lookout Mountain or Sand Mountain. Come have an enjoyable ride without the fear of getting lost. This three hour tour includes a mountain bike rental, instruction, and a guide for safety, direction, and information. $65 per person Meet at True Adventure Sports 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577 

April 23 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 24 Treasure Hunt Adventure  Do you enjoy trying to solve riddles and clues?  This 5-hour adventure will take you deep into the heart of Manitou Cave.  You will have to solve and follow each clue in order to find the next one, and ultimately the Treasure!  True Adventure Sports 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 25 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

April 25 Wildflowers in DeSoto State Park A guided tour for MAAC members and guests, by Brittney Hughes, park naturalist.  Meet at DeSoto State Park's Country Store. 3 p.m.  

April 25 Night Zip Line  All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.  Enjoy the thrill of the zip line at night.  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

April 26 Kiwanis Pancake Day  All you can eat freshly made pancakes and hot sausage. Fort Payne High School Caferteria. $5 per adult, children 12 & under 2 for $5. 6:30am to 11 am

April 26 Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale This is an event sponsored by the DeKalb County Master Gardeners Club.  There will be plants on sale, such as roses, perennials, and more. The sale will be at the VFW Building in Fort Payne. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

April 26 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.  Class size at the largest will be five students so everyone has adequate time at the bench working.  There will be material provided before the class for you to review and become familiar with concerning safety and basic glassblowing vocabulary.  Please join us for some in-depth discovery. Reservations Required $130 per person. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-523-3188

April 26 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 26 Earth Day At Little River Canyon Trivia Challenge Join Dr. James Rayburn (JSU Biology) for this fun trivia challenge which includes questions (and answers) about the Natural History of Little River Canyon and Lookout Mountain. Participants will be divided into teams and use “clickers” to answer questions during this fun competition. “Prizes” will be awarded to the top performers. Little River Canyon Center 10 a.m. to noon $5 per person; pre-registration required. 256-782-5697 

April 26 Fly Fishing for Beginners Join Conservation Coordinator and master outdoorsman B.J. Johnson for this fly fishing workshop. You will learn all the basics to get started on your own fly fishing adventures! This workshop will be on dry ground, not in the river. But by the end of the workshop you will be river savvy! Little River Canyon Center 10 a.m to 2 p.m. $20 per person; pre-registration required by Wednesday April 18th. 256-782-5697

April 26 Treasure Hunt Adventure  Do you enjoy trying to solve riddles and clues?  This 5-hour adventure will take you deep into the heart of Manitou Cave.  You will have to solve and follow each clue in order to find the next one, and ultimately the Treasure!  True Adventure Sports 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 28 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 29 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 29 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 30 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 30 GPS Basics Training and Navigation Class Part 2 You will learn to find a beacon placed in the woods as a SAR attempt while knowing your position, and the position of your teammates. True Adventure Sports 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  256-997-9577

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May 3 22nd Annual Wildflower Saturday Wildflower Saturday is an annual 1-day event held in DeSoto State Park atop Lookout Mountain. Springtime at DeSoto State Park is truly beautiful, with wildflowers & trees blooming around every corner. Join DeSoto State Park staff & volunteers for a wonderful day of learning about the many species of blooming plants found on Lookout Mountain. Trail Maps & Wildflower Checklists can be found at the Lodge, Country Store and Nature Center. All hikes are free to the Public and no registration required!  9 a.m. - 1st Hikes of the Day 11:30 a.m. - Lunch(on your own)  1 p.m. - 2nd Hikes of the Day 3 p.m. - 3rd Hikes of the Day 7:15 p.m. - plant presentation at Lodge 256-997-5025

May 3 Storytime at the Canyon Center: A Horse Names Funny Cide by the Funny Cide Team Little River Canyon Center staff and volunteers will read aloud unique children’s literature every first Saturday of the month. Storybooks will be available for purchase. Little River Canyon Center. 11 a.m. to Noon. Free and open to everyone.  256-782-5697

May 10 Blow Your Own Ornament  This had become very popular here at Orbix Hot Glass.  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 12 p.m.  Cost is $35 per ornament blown 256-523-3188 

May 15 – 18 16th Annual 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

May 16 – 18 Mentone Rhododendron Festival A bonfire and delicious local food always gets this event off to a great start, and this year we are excited to announce the return of the Miss Rhododendron Pageant on Friday night at 6pm. Enjoy an event that highlights the best of Mentone! Local musicians, arts of all mediums, horse drawn carriage rides, a children's festival with rides, games and activities, ponies, sidewalk chalk art contest, a cow train, and a "Taste of Mentone" are some of the things you can expect for this year's festival. 256-845-3957 Email  

May 17 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. There is a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5 in each class.  9 a.m. and 10 am.  Reservations are required. 256-523-3188

May 17 Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration Dutch ovens have been in use for hundreds of years; especially when our country was expanding and families were on the move. Unable to bring their large cook stoves with them, women learned how to cook entire meals from stews & soups to bread & desserts, in their Dutch ovens. Stop in anytime and check out the basics of cooking in a Dutch oven, and sample any food we have coming off the fire!  DeSoto State Park’s Country Store & Information Center Free & open to everyone; Starts around 12 noon to 4 p.m. Great for all ages! 256-997-5025

May 17 Native American Tools & Weapons Demo Join National Park Service archaeologist Larry Beane for a demonstration of how Native Americans utilized natural resources to hunt and gather food, to make weapons, to start fires, and more!  DeSoto State Park’s Country Store & Information CenterFree & open to everyone; Great for all ages! 12 noon to 4 p.m. 256-997-5025

May 17 Campfire Talk: Hernando DeSoto in Northeast Alabama Join us for a fun campfire talk in the great outdoors! Hernando DeSoto landed in North America 475 years ago on May 25, 1538. Jacksonville State University’s Dr. Harry Holstein will take you through the amazing adventures of Hernando DeSoto, one of the first European explorers, as he searches for the ancient town of "Coosa". DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground (In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center) Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish. Free and open to the Public; Great for all ages! 256-997-5025

May 24 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.  Class size at the largest will be five students so everyone has adequate time at the bench working.  There will be material provided before the class for you to review and become familiar with concerning safety and basic glassblowing vocabulary.  Please join us for some in-depth discovery. Reservations Required $130 per person. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-523-3188

May 24 How to Make a Roycroft Pack Frame Nothing says survival like the ability and experience of making a Roycroft backpack.  This craft is an excellent lesson in self-sufficiency, outdoor survival skills, knife craft, lashing, and the use of natural materials.  All supply will be provided for this class, tools may need to be shared or you can bring a knife and handsaw for your use. DeSoto State Park Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground  Free & open to everyone. This class will be open until all supplies are used up. 10 a.m. to 12 noon 256-997-5025

May 24 How to Make a Roycroft Stool Join Robert Wilson to learn how to make a Roycroft camp stool of his own design. This craft is an excellent lesson in self-sufficiency, outdoor survival skills, knife craft, lashing, and the use of natural materials. Similar to making the Roycroft packframe, this class will teach a few basic knots & how to do a little weaving.DeSoto State Park Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground Fee:  Free & open to everyone. This class will be open until all supplies are used up. 1 p.m.to 3 p.m. Call 256-997-5025

May 24 Legends on the Lookout Series: Civilian Conservation Corps The Legends on the Lookout is a series of casual 1-hour programs in DeSoto State Park, featuring the histories of the people & the places around Lookout Mountain, Alabama. Series showcases everything from the story of Spanish Conquistador Hernando DeSoto to the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps that built DeSoto State Park.  Read about the Legends on the Lookout at www.Alapark.com/desotoresort The Civilian Conservation Corps In celebration of DeSoto State Park’s 75th Anniversary. The Civilian Conservation Corps was one of the better known and most successful of the New Deal programs following the Great Depression; one that did a lot of good for forests, recreation, and the men for whom it provided short-term jobs. Between 1933 and 1942, an average of 30 camps operated across Alabama. CCC boys helped fight fires, reforest lands, protect the state’s then newly acquired national forests and build roads and recreational facilities in its state parks. Learn about these great men that built DeSoto State Park & see pictures & artifacts from the 1930-1940s.  8 p.m. 9 p.m. Where: DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground Fee: Free and open to the Public; Great for all ages! Call 256-997-5025

May 25 Tri stick and Knife Safety Class Join Robert Wilson for a class about the different types of knives used in survival. A knife safety briefing will be taught during the first portion of the class, and participants will be making a version of the Mora Kochanski tri stick, which teaches you how to use a knife and different notches. Participants may bring their own full tang or rat tail knife (No pocket knives for safety reasons please).  A few knives will be available on a first come-first serve basis. DeSoto State ParkPicnic Area, pavilion  $10 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited limit to 15. 10 a.m. to 12 noon.   256-997-5025

May 25 Civilian Conservation Corps History Hike: The CCC Quarry The Civilian Conservation Corps was one of the better known and most successful of the New Deal programs following the Great Depression; one that did a lot of good for forests, recreation, and the men for whom it provided short-term jobs. Between 1933 and 1942, an average of 30 camps operated across Alabama. CCC boys helped fight fires, reforest lands, protect the state’s then newly acquired national forests and build roads and recreational facilities in Alabama State Parks. In celebration of DeSoto State Park’s 75th Anniversary of its dedication day, join DSP Staff on a moderate to mildly-strenuous hike to the CCC Quarry. Learn how the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the original structures that you can still see in the park today. Moderate hike along mountainous terrain, mildly strenuous due to rocky terrain.  Roughly 2 miles round trip Meet at DeSoto State Park’s Country Store. Free and open to the public. 10 a.m. to 12 Noon SE RSVP 256-997-5025

May 25 Walking and Tracking Sticks Class Robert Wilson will be teaching this fun carving class. Participants will be carving their own walking/tracking stick for their own use. A few sticks will be available, or preferred wood sticks may be brought from home. Some knives will be available on a few come, first served basis. A knife safety briefing will start the class, so participants will need to arrive early. DeSoto State Park Picnic Area. $10 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited limit to 15. 1 p.m to 3 p.m. 256-997-5025

May 30 DeSoto State Park Campfire Talk: The CCC The CCC boys helped fight fires, reforest lands, protect the state’s then newly acquired national forests and build roads and recreational facilities in its state parks.  DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground. Free and open to the Public; Great for all ages!  8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. 256-997-5025

  

June

June 14 Blow Your Own Ornament  This had become very popular here at Orbix Hot Glass.  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 12 p.m.  Cost is $35 per ornament blown 256-523-3188 

June 21 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. There is a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5 in each class.  9am and 10 am.  Reservations are required. 256-523-3188

June 28 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.  Class size at the largest will be five students so everyone has adequate time at the bench working.  There will be material provided before the class for you to review and become familiar with concerning safety and basic glassblowing vocabulary.  Please join us for some in-depth discovery. Reservations Required $130 per person. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-523-3188

July  

July 4 31st 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 11- 13 & 18-20 “The 39 Steps” Northeast Alabama Community College Theatre presents “The 39 Steps”.  Call 256-638-4418 for more information.  

July 20 – 21 Julyfest in Mentone The Mentone Area Arts Council is pleased to host the 2014 Julyfest. The two-day event will have the prestigious juried arts and crafts show featuring the works of about 50 talented artists and craftspeople who specialize in oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, photography, sculptures, wood art, rustic furniture, pottery, iron work, basketry, fiber and wearable art, and jewelry. The juried show will be held under the trees in Mason Park where visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll as they shop for one-of-a-kind art.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.  256-634-4836  

August  

 August 7 - 10  28th 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   

 September  

September 1 Ider Mule Days This annual event showcases Sand Mountain’s rich agricultural heritage. Enjoy a parade of mules, horses, carriages, antique tractors and more. A horse pull, mule pull, antique tractors and cars, arts and crafts, food, children’s games, and so much more make this day one you won’t want to miss. Event takes place in the town of Ider and begins at 9:30 a.m.  256-657-4184  

September 20 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 20 14th Annual John Benge Commemorative Motorcycle Ride We welcome you to join us as we ride in commemoration of DeKalb County's Cherokee Indian Heritage and all Indian Nations who were forced to walk on the Infamous Trail of Tears.  The ride is strictly voluntary and you Ride at Your Own Risk. The John Benge Ride is in remembrance of those who walked this trail and brings awareness to this tragedy. 256-845-3957 or 888-805-4740  

   

October  

October 18 - 19 The 30th Annual Mentone Colorfest  Over the two day event, a steady stream of music from talented local musicians featuring the "Sounds of Mentone" can be heard in the brow park pavilion. Before leaving, be sure to browse the rest of the mountaintop town and check out locally own shops and boutiques and other unique places. When your tummy starts talkin', look for the "Taste of Mentone" signs and indulge in some of the best cuisine in the South!  Email for more information.       

November

November 6th 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  

  

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