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The Dekalb County Tourist Association welcomes you to Lookout Mountain Alabama


         


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

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.

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.

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. 

September 20 - November 2 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

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April 1 Enchanted Botany Join Brittney M. Hughes, for this botany trip to “The Pocket” on Pigeon Mountain. Excellent photo opportunities of unique and beautiful plants. Easy to moderate short hike.  Meet at Little River Canyon Center to shuttle to site. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $10 pp.  Pre-registration required. 256-782-8010

 April 1 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 2 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 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 3 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 4 Mentone Community Easter Egg Hunt  Bring the kids and have some FUN! There will be devotional, egg hunt, hot dog lunch, blow-up slides, cotton candy & more. Children may bring their own baskets and must be accompanied by an adult.  Will be held at Moon Lake Elementary School. This event is free and open to everyone! (Event may be cancelled in case of bad weather)10 a.m.to 12 noon 256-634-4444

April 4 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 4 Basic Survival Class A good first course for someone new to bushcraft and survival. It's designed to teach you the most important and practical skills of bushcraft and survival in the Southern Appalachian region Golden Rules of Survival, Clothing, Kits, Kit mentality and the bare essentials, Shelter, Fire, Water, Rescue. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (bring bag lunch and personal water bottle) Desoto State Park Primitive Group Campsite 2. $65 per person ages 12 and up. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited. 256-634-8370  

April 4 Easter Eggstravaganza Community Easter Celebration with games, prizes, hotdogs, and over 10,000 hidden Easter Eggs! Everyone is invited! Kids will be divided into groups by ages to make the egg hunt more fair and fun for everyone. Ages 12 and under. Rainsville City Park 11 a.m.

April 4 DeSoto Scout Trail Hike It is a wonderful time to get out there & enjoy the scenery on the DeSoto Scout Trail! For those not familiar with the DST, it connects 2 of the finest parks in the State: Little River Canyon National Preserve and DeSoto State Park. The trail follows the West Fork of Little River and traverses a varied terrain of ridges, valleys, rock formations, rocky plains, and sandy stretches. See original rockwork from the Civilian Conservation Corps era, wonderful views of Little River, and several wet-season waterfalls along the way.This will be a moderate to strenuous hike along rocky terrain. This hike will be mostly in the DeSoto State Park section, with rugged, mountainous terrain and some steep inclines. Meet at Country Store & Information Center; 10 a.m. to roughly 4 p.m. 4 to 5 miles. Free and open to the public. 256-845-0051

April 4 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 4 Night 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  7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 6 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 6 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.   2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  256-997-9577

April 6 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 6 Main Street Deli Blues Monday We are proud to have Maz Mitrenko from England to kick off our first "Blues Spotlight" at the Blue Monday Jam. The BWAC is partnering with Main Street Deli and the Holiday Inn Express to showcase regional Blues Artists in Fort Payne on the first and third Mondays of each month. The Blues Spotlight with Maz Mitrenko and the blues jam follows the Showcase. There is no cover. Doors Open at 7 p.m. 256-845-3900

April 7 - 9 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.   $137 per person. 256-997-9577

April 7 – 9 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 for children ages 3-11 and $15 for those ages 12 and above.  All children under 3 are free!  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 ½ hour walking tour are recommended.  1:30 p.m. NO RESERVATIONS are needed and for more info please call 256-524-4150

April 7 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 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

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

April 9 Kamama Music Series Come and enjoy music with Diedra The Blues Diva. Kamama stage and seating provide the audience an intimate listening experience where live music can be fully appreciated. Adm. is $10 and seating is limited. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Dinner at 5:30 and Music starts at 7 p.m. 256-634-3001  

April 10 - 12 The Courage Worship Event This is going to be a worship event like never before.  The Courage mission is to heal the broken hearted, to remember the forgotten, to bring hope to the hopeless and courage to the weak.  Courage Worship event is designed to create this environment for a constant 72 hours. There will be dozens of Christian Bands, Solo Artists, and Speakers. Hope you can join us. Twilley Fields in Dogtown. 256-997-9577

April 10 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.   2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  256-997-9577

April 10 Paint & Praise For A Purpose Let your inner artist out and join us for a painting class instructed by Lindy Vizzinia, Marcie Davis & Marilyn Taylor. You will be painting a canvas art to take home.  Event is sponsored by ladies of the First United Methodist Church with proceeds going to missions and ministries. Tickets are $25 per person. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets available at church office or by calling 256-845-1141 or 256-996-1250

April 10 Wine Tasting & Auction Fundraiser There will be a wine tasting, appetizers, live music and auction that will be going on to help raise funds for Fort Payne to become an official Main Street Alabama City. Held at Vintage 1889 at 6 p.m. 256-845-3380

April 11 Mid South Paint Horse Show Come and enjoy a day of it! You can see the horses work and the beauty that each one has in color and talent. Held at the Northeast Alabama Agri Business Center in Rainsville. 8 a.m. 256-638-1650

April 11 Run for Uganda 5K Rainsville Community Church hosting a 5K to raise money for Uganda. 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 11 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 4 p.m.  Cost is $35 per ornament 256-523-3188

April 11 Mentone Area Community Clean Up and Cookout Day Come join and help clean up our community. Meet at the Mentone Inn parking lot at 9 a.m.  There will be a covered dish lunch at the pavilion at noon. Call for more information 256-634-4124

April 11 Earth Day At Little River Canyon Center Join Jim Lacefield, author of “Lost Worlds In Alabama” for an interpretive tour of Little River Canyon rim habitats. Little River Canyon Center 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. $5 per person; pre-registration required. 256-782-5697 

April 11 Nature Journaling Hike Nature Journaling: Canyon Observations and Writing Have you ever been inspired by nature to write a story or create a poem but you simply didn't know how to develop your thoughts to paper? Roger Reid (author of Longleaf, Space and Time) will lead you on a journey to journaling through this easy inspirational stroll from Little River Canyon Center to Little River Falls.  9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Little River Canyon National Preserve Canyon Center.  $5 per person; registration required by April 10, For more information. Spaces limited!!  256-782-5697

April 11 Wildflower Walk at Little River Canyon Wildflowers are blooming so come and enjoy this easy 1.5 mile loop walk.  The walk will begin at Lynn Overlook and continue on the Beaver Pond Trail.  Visitors should meet Ranger Beane about a mile south of Highway 35 on Highway 176 at the Lynn Overlook Parking area.  10 a.m. and 1 p.m. 256-845-9605

April 11 Extreme Canyon Hike: Rocks! Jacksonville State University Field Schools presents this fun and interesting hike! Join JSU geographers, Dr. Stephen Tsikalas and Jade Patolo, for this moderate to difficult hike into the depths of Little River Canyon National Preserve in Fort Payne, Alabama. (No recommended for participants under the age of 15) Little River Canyon National Preserve.  Meet at the Little River canyon Center:  $20 per person per hike; pre-registration required. Limit space so register early. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  256-782-8010

April 11 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 11 Learning to Look, Looking to Learn, Wild and Wackie Discoveries Join Heather Montgomery, nationally renown children’s nature author, for this family friendly hike where you become an explorer and make your own wild discoveries in the forest. 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. $5 per adult and $3 children 12 and under. 256-782-5697

April 11 Earth Day Expo The event will showcase Eco-friendly products from local businesses, natural resource conservation and healthy living tips. We will have family activities featuring a FAMILY BIKE PARADE! Music from Recycled Cigar Box instruments will fill the park on what we hope will be a fine spring day. Join us!! Rotary Pavilion in downtown Fort Payne. Free and open to everyone. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-634-8370

April 11 EE Literacy Fair, Author Chats & Book Sale Enjoy science chats from some of Alabama's most renown authors, an author meet and greet, book sales and signings, and refreshments during this ongoing fair in the Little River Canyon Center's exhibit hall. Little River Canyon National Preserve Canyon Center.  1 p.m. to 2 p.m. No Fee; Open to the public; 256-782-5697  

 April 11 Butterfly Safari Join Vitaly Charny, Lepidopterist, for this colorful butterfly walk on the Canyon Center Path to Learning. Little River Canyon National Preserve-JSU’s Little River Canyon Center.  Open to the public 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 256-782-8010

April 11 Merfs Taste of the Mountain and Art Auction Come support the MERF House and have some fun! Tickets purchased by April 5th are $30 per person or $200 per table of 8.  Moon Lake Gym  6 p.m. 256-634-4673

April 11 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 12, 13, 15, 18 & 19 Hope Puppets Present “Beauty & the Least” Come enjoy a fantastic puppet show with a great story. First Baptist Church of Rainsville. Times are April 12th at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. April 13, 15, & 18th  at 6 p.m. & April 19th shows will be at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Free Admission 256-638-3141

April 13 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 14 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 - 19 & April 23 - 26  “Into the Woods” Northeast Alabama Community College Theatre presents “Into the Woods”.  Call 256-638-4418 for more information

April 16 - 18 Annual Spring Lions Club/Library Book Sale The DeKalb County Library and the Fort Payne Lions Club will be hosting their annual book sale. It will be in the Iron & Coal Building in downtown Fort Payne. It is on the corner of 5th Street NE and Gault Ave.

April 16 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 16 Plant Discover Hike Join Robert Wilson from Seven Pines Survival for a short nature hike around the boardwalk area identifying some common plants. This is a short basic plant identification class with some basic info about medicinal, edible, and utilitarian uses. Most of the info that will be given will be from the Peterson Field Guide Books (edible and medicinal). It is suggested to bring a camera and note book. Meet in DeSoto State Park Country Store & Information Center. Free & open to everyone 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-5025

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

April 18 Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative’s 75th Annual Meeting

April 18 Dentistry From The Heart Dr. Mark Wilson and Dr. Tim Fiquett are pleased to host their second annual Dentistry From The Heart.  This event will provide free dental care to local residents who could not otherwise afford it. so individuals seeking treatment are encouraged to arrive early. Services will be provided based upon a first come, first serve basis. Patients must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid ID. Also, they should bring with them a list of medications. Drs. Wilson and Fiquett and their team of hygienists, dental assistants and volunteers will provide patients with a free extraction, filling or cleaning. They will care for as many patients as possible during the above hours. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their office located at 110 23rd Street NW, Fort Payne. Registration will begin at 7 a.m.  256-273-4368

April 18  Mentone Community Church Spring Indoor Yard Sale and Pancake Breakfast  The Church youth is hosting a yard sale and pancake breakfast to help raise funds for their mission trip to Falmouth Jamaica.  “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!” Please come help support the youth by shopping for some of your own treasures and enjoying some freshly made pancakes.  If you had rather turn your “trash” into someone else’s “treasures” and would like to make a donation, please contact the Church. Pancake breakfast and Yard Sale will begin at 8 a.m. in the Life Center. 90 Summerville Road, Mentone. 256-634-4210

April 18 Autism Awareness Walk Join Donohoo Chevrolet on this day to help being awareness to autism. There will be games, slides, bounce houses and more along with the 5k Walk/Run. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and race begins at 8 a.m. VFW Fairgrounds. 256-273-4986

April 18 Vendors Show The Spot Coffee Shop will host a vendors show. Thirty-one, It Works, Avon and many more will be there for you to shop. Proceeds for the help missionaries in Nepal, South Asia. The Spot is located at the corner of 1st Street & Gault, Fort Payne. 10 a.m. 256-979-1287

April 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.  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 $135 per person. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-523-3188

April 18 Blacksmith Forging Demonstration with Walter Howell Locally & nationally-known craftsman Walter Howell will demonstrate this interesting artform of usefulness & beauty. See raw materials become works of art using this age-old method of heating & shaping metal known as forging.  Some of Walter’s finished pieces of art will be available for purchase.  DeSoto State Park Country Store & information Center. Free & open to everyone. Stop by anytime! 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 256-997-5025

April 18 Appalachian Broom-Making Demonstration with Lenton Williams Locally & nationally-known craftsman Lenton Williams will demonstrate the interesting art form of making hand-tied brooms & brushes in the Appalachian style. Lenton uses raw materials such as natural broom corn and handles to fashion useful & beautiful pieces of art. Some of Lenton’s finished pieces will be available for purchase. (Please note: demo may be postponed due to wet conditions) DeSoto State Park Country Store. Free and open to everyone. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 256-997-5025

April 18 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 18 Third Saturday Sunset Event 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 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 256-996-3857

April 18 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  

April 18 Movie at the Fairgrounds with Donohoo Chevrolet Come help raise awareness for those with Autism by joining Donohoo Cheverlet with a movie at the VFW Fairgrounds. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic for an evening with your family under the stars while watching the movie "The LEgo Movie". Free admission to all and free popcorn, cotton candy, drinks and fun. VFW Fairgrounds.  7:30 p.m. 256-273-4986

April 19 Cystic Fibrosis BBQ Benefit Help find a cure for Emma and Eli and all others with Cystic Fibrosis. Lunches includes BBQ, baked beans, bread, dessert and tea, all for only $7. Dine in and enjoy live music or carry out. The Barnyard at Fisher Crossroads 11 a.m. until the food runs out. 256-996-2461

April 20 Mountaineering Adventure This 4-6 hour adventure starts with a rappel into a low light maze where we will stop and anchor part of the way down the rock wall and travel on the rock face mountaineering style to get to our main destination.  True Adventure Sports 9:30 a.m. 256-997-9577

April 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

April 20 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 21 Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon Enjoy a catered lunch, gift bags and entertainment. Several door prizes will be given away. Held at the First United Methodist Church Life Center.  Sponsored by Altrusa International of Fort Payne. Lunch at Noon 256-638-7800  

April 22 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 22 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 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 24 Tack Auction The Hillbilly Saddle Club will be hosting its annual tack auction benefit for St Jude Children’s Hospital. There will be the auction and concessions. 6:30 p.m. 256-623-3276

April 24 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

April 25 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 shrubs, annuals, perennials, and more. The sale will be at the VFW Building in Fort Payne. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

April 25 DeKalb County Tornado Community Memorial Ceremony A special event dedicated to honoring those who lost lives on April 27, 2011. DeKalb Schools Coliseum, Rainsville. 1 p.m. 256-717-3355 or 256-717-7256

April 25 NACC Mustang 5K Northeast Alabama Community College Mu Alpha Theta, Phi Theta Kappa, SGA, and Sigma Kappa Delta organizations invite you to participate in a 5K run/walk. The proceeds from this event will be used to fund scholarships for current and/or future NACC students. Race day registration will be at the NACC Student Center from 7:15 – 7:45 a.m. Participants should assemble for race instructions at 7:50 a.m. at the start line. The race will begin promptly at 8a.m. Restrooms will be available inside the Student Center. The cost is $20 per individual 256-638-4418

April 25 37th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day The pancake day issponsored by Fort Payne Kiwanis.  Held at the FPHS cafeteria. All You Can Eat for $5.  6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 256-845-6218

April 25 Chili Cook Off Can you take the heat? Come out and support Relay For Life as a contestant or a spectator. Event will be held at Twin City Used Car Dealership located at 1015 Gault Avenue South, Fort Payne. Please register by April 20 if you want to participate with a famous chili recipe. Cooking begins at 9 a.m. and judging at noon.  256-997-1770

April 25 DeKalb County 2015 March for Babies Join the March of Dime for the 2015 March for Babies. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and Walk starts at 9 a.m. at the Fort Payne City Park. You can register online at www.marchforbabies.org or call 256-585-6243

April 25 Seven Pines Survival Walking Staff Class You will need to bring with you a staff that is either equal to your height or shoulder height. Make sure this staff is thick enough to firmly grip and is comfortable using as a walking stick. Any youth can accompany an adult to this class and bring his own staff to work on free of charge (but will not receive a knife with the class). Class will be held at Jericho Outdoors Class in Rainsville. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  209-559-0040  

April 25 St Jude Trail Ride & BBQ Supper The Hillbilly Saddle Club will be hosting its annual ride and BBQ plate supper to benefit St Jude Children’s Hospital. The ride will start at 8 a.m. and the plate supper will start at 4 p.m. Please come and help support this great cause. 256-623-3276

April 25 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.  Reservations are required. 256-523-3188

April 25 -26 Gun and Knife Show This event will be held at the DeKalb County VFW Fairgrounds in Fort Payne. It will house 350 tables of rifles, shotguns, handguns, knives, edged weapons, modern & antique weapons, and related items. Admission is $5 per person and children under 12 are free with an adult.  Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 256-845-7140

April 25 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 27 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 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 28 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 28 – May 2 Spring Carnival This annual Spring Carnival is fun for the whole family!  It is sponsored by the DeKalb County VFW and will be held at the VFW Fairgrounds.  The gates will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Saturday, May 2, gates will be open from 2 p.m. to close.  Price is $10 per person to ride from open to close each day.  Food Concessions will be available.

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 30 Movie Night At Vintage 1889 Come join vintage movie night in the boarding room at Vintage 1889. We will be showing “Indian Jones & Raiders of the Lost Ark”. 7 p.m. 256-845-3380

May

May 1 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

May 1 – 3 & 8 – 9 Plainview Bear Theatre presents "Joseph and the Amazong Technicolor Dreamcoat"  This spectacularly fun musical of the Biblical story of Joseph, Jacob's favorite son, and his multicolored coat. Fort Payne Opera House; May 1, 2, 8 & 9 at 7 p.m. and May 2, 3, & 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. 256-638-3510

May 1 Wildflower Saturday: “Friend or Foe Among the Flora” A weekend of learning about all things botanical! ‘There’s "food underfoot” if we recognize what our Mothers and Grandmothers gathered to feed their families in hard times. They knew what to gather in season for medicines they would need if illness struck. And many a meal was flavored with wild herbs and spices. All this is still available for us to learn today. Collecting plants is rewarding & fun, but identification is very important.  So what’s “friend” and what’s “foe’? Is it “edible and incredible” or “edible and forgettable”? Take an armchair hike with Naturalist & Wildcrafter Ila Hatter to discover what is safe to collect and what lookalikes to avoid. 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. DeSoto State Park Lodge. Free & open to everyone, no pre-registration required (groups over 10 please RSVP). For any info needed, call 256-997-5025  

May 1 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 

May 2 Hustle For Heroes 5K Run/Walk Please join the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary in their 1st Annual Hustle for Heroes 5K Run/Walk. Celebrate those who fought for our country with a run through the city of Fort Payne. Open to all; runners and walkers All proceeds go toward the construction of the Patriots Memorial Park. The race begins and ends behind the Rotary Pavilion in Fort Payne. It is an out and back course that goes along Williams Avenue, around the VFW Fair grounds and the Alabama Walking Park. $20 Pre-registration and $25 Race Day Registration from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Register by April 18th to guarantee a t-shirt. Race Begins promptly at 8 a.m. 256-996-3090

May 2 23rd 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 2 Mad Science & Crazy Art Mad science days may include chemical magic, special effects, bubbling potions, slimes, high-bouncing balls, while the crazy art days will include a mix of science into art for some crazy but beautiful artistic creations with buttons, strings, recycled materials, dirt paint and more!  Kids ages 6-10 can put their hands into mad science and crazy art experiments hosted by the Canyon Center Gift Shop First Saturdays every ODD month. Little River Canyon Center; 11 a.m. to Noon; $5 per child 256-782-5697

May 2 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.   11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  256-997-9577

May 2 Sandstone Glades of Lookout Mountain A weekend of learning about all things botanical! A glade is an open area where the bedrock is at or near the surface, and where soils are so thin, trees and shrubs find it difficult to grow, yet you’ll find thriving, rare and unique plant communities that depend on the chemistry and conditions the environments provide. Through hot and dry summers and cold and wet winters, beautiful and tough plants live on in these sunny and hostile islands of rock among the sea of shady forests.  Join naturalist Michelle Reynolds for a slideshow on sandstone glades of Lookout Mountain, Little River Canyon, and DeSoto State Park. Learn about this unique environment and the rare and beautiful plants that inhabit it. DeSoto State Park Lodge; 7:15 p.m. Free & open to everyone, no pre-registration required 256-997-5025

May 4 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

May 5 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

May 6 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!  TAS 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 7 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

May 8 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

May 8 Tri-stick and Knife Safety Class Join Robert Wilson from Seven Pines Survival for a basic Tri-stick & knife safety class. Tri-stick is defined as practicing skills of woodcraft joinery and is great learning tool in bushcraft when it  comes to types of notches and knife safety. Supplies limited; IF possible bring a fixed blade knife and a green branch 1 ½ to 2 feet long and bout 1 ½ in diameter. DeSoto State Park Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground Gate will open 30 minutes before class) Free. Ages 10 to adult; minors to be accompanied by an adult. 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-5025  

 May 8 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

 May 9 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 4 p.m.  Cost is $35 per ornament 256-523-3188

May 9 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

May 9 Canoeing Class Learn your basic canoeing strokes during this safe 4 hour instruction. You and your partner will each learn to manage the steer and the bow so your canoe excursions are fun and successful. Bring a bag lunch and personal water bottle. Snacks are provided. DeSoto Falls Cost: $65 per couple or $35 per person and we will pair you with someone. For ages 12 and up. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-634-8370

May 9 7th Annual Cody Renfroe Rod Run/Poker Run Come spend the day looking at Vintage, Street Rods, Hot Rods, Motorcycles & Tractors. This car show is in memory of Cody Renfroe. There will be kid entertainment, great food and more. All proceeds go to Crossville Volunteer Fire Department.  Crossville City Park. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 256-659-8352 or 256-302-3637

May 9 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

May 11 Orienteering Class Basic yet essential skills for survival navigation are brought to you in map reading, compass reading, and topography.  10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 11 Blood Drive Your blood donation can mean a lifetime to a patient in need.  America’s Best Care Plus is sponsoring a blood drive along with Blood Assurance. We would like your support! Please call to secure your place as a life saver! 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  America’s Best Care Plus located at 1805 Everett Dr. W, Fort Payne 256-997-1770

May 12 - 14 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.   $137 per person. 256-997-9577

May 12 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

May 14 – 17 17th 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 15 Miss Rhododendron Pageant Mentone Area Preservation Association presents the Miss Rhododendron Pageant 2015. The categories for the pageant are as follows: Baby Miss 0 – 3; Tiny Miss 4 – 6; Mini Miss 7 – 9; Pre-teen Miss 5th grade – 7th grade; Teen Miss 8th grade – 11th grade and Miss 12th grade. (Receives a scholarship from NACC) Deadline to enter will be May 8th.  The Pageant will take place at the Mentone Community Church Family Life Center at 6pm. Email

May 15 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

May 15 - 17 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 16 Fyffe First Baptist Church 5K Run/Walk Join First Baptist Church for the 1st Annual “Send Me” 5K run/Walk. This is fundraiser for a mission trip to Peru. Cost to enter is $25 (guaranteed t-shirt) if signed up by May 4th. Cost after that date is $30. Race day registration is 7 a.m. Door prizes will be given before awards ceremony. 256-996-5872 or 256-630-8356

May 16 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 $135 per person. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-523-3188

 May 16 Alabama Water Watch Water Chemistry Monitoring Class This class that will provide you with hands - on education about citizen water monitoring, water quality standards, water pollution, and ways to address pollution. Participants will learn the principles of water chemistry monitoring and bacteriological monitoring, and will practice monitoring techniques in the West Fork of Little River. Alabama Water Watch is a citizen volunteer, water quality monitoring program covering all of the major river basins of the state. The mission of AWW is to improve both water quality and water policy through citizen monitoring and action. DeSoto State Park Nature Center. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 256-634-8370    

May 16 Blacksmith Forging Demonstration with Walter Howell Locally & nationally-known craftsman Walter Howell will demonstrate this interesting artform of usefulness & beauty. See raw materials become works of art using this age-old method of heating & shaping metal known as forging.  Some of Walter’s finished pieces of art will be available for purchase.  DeSoto State Park Country Store & information Center. Free & open to everyone. Stop by anytime! 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 256-997-5025  

May 16 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

May 16 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. Starts around 12 noon, till 4 p.m.  Free & open to everyone; Great for all ages! 256-997-5025    

May 16 Archery Classes in DeSoto State Park Archery is the art, practice, and skill of shooting arrows with the use of a bow. Historically it has been used for hunting and combat and has been around for many years. Archery is also a sport that is becoming increasingly popular as an outdoor recreation activity. Join Alabama Department of Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division's Stuart Goldsby for an opportunity to learn archery safety & techniques. Activity is suitable for those who have never shot a bow, or for those with some previous experience. DeSoto State Park’s Picnic Area (Across the road from the Country Store) Class timers are 1 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. Please arrive on time! These classes are free & open to everyone, but Pre-registration is appreciated: Call or sign up at DSP’s Country Store.  256-997-5025

May 16 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

May 18 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

May 21 Wild Tea Demonstration Join Robert Wilson for a taste-test of teas made from certain plants found in the great outdoors. Some dried herbs will be provided with tea bags and some boiling water. Participants will need to bring a cup or bottle to use. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. DeSoto State Park Country Store.  Fee and open to everyone. 256-997-5025

May 22 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

May 22 Movie Night under the Stars: PBS Special The Civilian Conservation Corps Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands,) the men of 'the C’s’ created camping areas and hiking trails in State and National Parks, built roads, fought forest fires, constructed dams, and planted 2.3 billion trees — half of the trees ever planted in the U.S. all for $1 a day. In celebration of DeSoto State Park’s 76th Anniversary of its dedication day on May 24, 1939, DSP will be showing the PBS American Experience DVD, The Civilian Conservation Corps. This film has personal accounts of CCC veterans and rich archival images to tell the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1933 to 1942. DeSoto State Park Lodge Deck. Free and open to everyone. Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish. 8 p.m. 256-997-5025

May 23 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.  Reservations are required. 256-523-3188

May 23 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

May 25 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

 May 26 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

May 26 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

May 27 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!  TAS 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 28 Sky Swing Adventure 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 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 29 Book Signing with David Lynn Lyons Author David Lynn Lyons will be at the Book Shelf for a book signing. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-844-8663

May 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

June

June 8 – 11 “Kayak Camp" Learn all about river systems, the wonders of wetlands, and how finding special creek critters equal clean water.  Our camp staff is certified in the skills they teach and are caring and professional with each camper. Our camps sessions are small and limited to only 20 campers, ages 7 - 13. Staff to camper ratio is 6:1 with at least 2 instructors per age group. Nippersink Lodge 256-634-8370

June 13 Magazine Signing with Sally Gentry Sally Gentry will be at the Book Shelf for a magazine signing. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-844-8663

June 18 - 21 Alabama Band Fan Appreciation Weekend Fort Payne's own Country music group ALABAMA invite you to their Fan Club & Museum and weekend activities throughout DeKalb County. Tour the Fan Club, attend an autograph session, enjoy concerts, and much more. 800-557-8223

June 18 Sing with the Stars The Children’s Advocacy Center Presents Singing with the Stars! The show will start with the songwriter symposium open forum, announcements of winners the will feature Teddy Gentry and the Rockit City Band. Held at the NACC Lyceum.  Tickets are now on sale! $10 for adults, $15 for adults day of the show (18 and older). $5 for students (K-12). Tickets are available at the CAC office in Fort Payne or over the phone. Doors open at 4 p.m. 256-997-9700

June 19 Jeff Cook Fan Appreciation Daze Show Come enjoy Jeff Cook and the Allstar Goodtime Band for their annual fan appreciation concert. Will be at DeKalb Theatre in downtown Fort Payne. Doors open at 5 p.m. and show starts at 6:30 p.m. Get tickets now and pick up at the door. $20 each 256-845-2286 ext 7

June 20 7th Annual Freedom Fest 5K & 10K Don't miss the area's largest fun run/walk. There will be hundreds of dollar in cash prizes for the winners in several age categories, plus dozens of valuable door prizes to be given away. Early registration through June 14, 2014 is $25; after June 14 it is $35. The first 400 to register will receive a dri-fit t-shirt and race bag. Registration and starting of race is at Broadway Baptist Church in Rainsville. For online registration, contact info and more, visit the event page. 8 a.m

June 20 Fandemonium On The Farm Join Country singer Randy Owen for a fan day concert to be done on his farm. You must be a member of the fan club to attend. Autograph session after the concert. Gates open at noon and concert is at 5 p.m.

June 22 – 25 "Forest Explorers” Go on an insect safari, learn forest ecology, Geocache for treasure and learn safety tips to stay on the right trail!   Our camp staff is certified in the skills they teach and are caring and professional with each camper. Our camps sessions are small and limited to only 20 campers, ages 7 - 13. Staff to camper ratio is 6:1 with at least 2 instructors per age group. Nippersink Lodge 256-634-8370

June 27 The Crossroads Freedom Fest Come and enjoy the family fun at Rainsville City Park.  There will be music, food, inflatables, and a big fireworks show to end the day. 3 p.m. 256-638-7800

July

July 4 32nd 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 4 Mad Science & Crazy Art Mad science days may include chemical magic, special effects, bubbling potions, slimes, high-bouncing balls, while the crazy art days will include a mix of science into art for some crazy but beautiful artistic creations with buttons, strings, recycled materials, dirt paint and more!  Kids ages 6-10 can put their hands into mad science and crazy art experiments hosted by the Canyon Center Gift Shop First Saturdays every ODD month. Little River Canyon Center; 11 a.m. to Noon; $5 per child 256-782-5697

July 10 – 12 & 17 – 19 “The Foreigner” Northeast Alabama Community College Theatre presents “The Foreigner”.  Call 256-638-4418 for more information

July 13 - 16 "C.S.I. Cool Science Investigators" Learn about the world around you through Cool Science experiments! Generate electricity, create stalactites/stalagmites, and learn about weather patterns!  Our camp staff is certified in the skills they teach and are caring and professional with each camper. Our camps sessions are small and limited to only 20 campers, ages 7 - 13. Staff to camper ratio is 6:1 with at least 2 instructors per age group. Nippersink Lodge 256-634-8370

July 18 - 19 Julyfest in Mentone The Mentone Area Arts Council is pleased to host the 2015 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

July 20 - 24 Summer Youth Workshop at NACC This workshop consist of five days of intense theatre curriculum. Open for Kids ages 10 – 15. Registration begins in May. 256-638-4418

July 27 - 30 "Survivor Camp” Get in survival mode and learn the knowledge to better understand the natural world. Shelter building, bushcraft and nature awareness and more are just some of the topics we will embark on. As we journey through the beautiful land your child will learn the mysteries of the wilderness - identifying edible plants and their poisonous look alikes, hands on skills such as shelter/fire building, fishing, and tracking.  Our camp staff is certified in the skills they teach and are caring and professional with each camper. Our camps sessions are small and limited to only 20 campers, ages 7 - 13. Staff to camper ratio is 6:1 with at least 2 instructors per age group. Nippersink Lodge 256-634-8370

August

August 6- 9 29th 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 22 11th 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. 10 a.m. 256-623-2222

September

September 5 Mad Science & Crazy Art Mad science days may include chemical magic, special effects, bubbling potions, slimes, high-bouncing balls, while the crazy art days will include a mix of science into art for some crazy but beautiful artistic creations with buttons, strings, recycled materials, dirt paint and more!  Kids ages 6-10 can put their hands into mad science and crazy art experiments hosted by the Canyon Center Gift Shop.  Little River Canyon Center; 11 a.m. to Noon; $5 per child 256-782-5697

September 7 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 19 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 19 15th 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  

September 26 – 27 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 17 – 18 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. Email

October 30 - November 1 Spookapalooza! Weekend At DeSoto State Park Fun for the entire family…snacks, treats, costumes, and excellent slap-yourknee-&-shiver storytelling! Join us here at DeSoto State Park for a weekend of fun events guaranteed to run shivers up and down your spine! Movies, treats, games, storytelling & more are in store during this popular annual event. All events are free to the public & great for all ages! 256-997-5025

November

November 7 7th 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 7 Mad Science & Crazy Art Mad science days may include chemical magic, special effects, bubbling potions, slimes, high-bouncing balls, while the crazy art days will include a mix of science into art for some crazy but beautiful artistic creations with buttons, strings, recycled materials, dirt paint and more!  Kids ages 6-10 can put their hands into mad science and crazy art experiments hosted by the Canyon Center Gift Shop.  Little River Canyon Center; 11 a.m. to Noon; $5 per child 256-782-5697

November 7 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

December

 
 


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