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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

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 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 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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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 1 Medicinal Herb Walk Join Robert Wilson on an easy meandering walk along the trails of DeSoto State Park to see several species of plants & learn some of the ways that plants have been used for food & medicine in the past. Bring a day pack with water & snacks if you wish. 10 a.m. to12 noon. Meet at Country Store. Free & open to everyone; but Pre-registration is required. 256-997-5025  

September 1 Herbal Salves Demonstration Join Robert Wilson for a demonstration on how to make a healing salve from plants for several different skin ailments. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Meet at Country Store. Free & open to everyone; but Pre-registration is required.  256-997-5025

September 2 Celestial Navigation This two-hour class is a basic introduction to navigation by the stars. Learn how to navigate without the use of a compass or GPS with the same rules used for almost six thousand years. Meet at True Adventure Sports. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

September 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

September 3 - 4 Overnight Camping Skills Class Most needed camping skills are brought to you as well as advanced skills such as how to find dry fuels, how to build a fire without smoke, how to start a fire without matches or flint, lean to construction, and safety barriers.  True Adventure Sports 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. 256-997-9577   

September 4 Kamama Music Series Come and enjoy music with the Barrel House Piano Blues Sounds of Alabama Annie. Kamama stage and seating provide the audience an intimate listening experience where live music can be fully appreciated. Admission is $10 and seating is limited. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Dinner at 5:30 and Music starts at 7 p.m. 256-634-3001

September 4 The DeKalb County Master Gardeners Presents “Fall Flowers” This is bring your lunch and learn program about fall flowers.  Program will be given by Park Naturalist, Patti Donnellan.  Drinks will be available, so just bring your lunch and enjoy learning about flowers. The Coal and Iron Building on the corner of Gault and 5th Street NW. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

September 4 Sky Swing At Night 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 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

September 4 An Evening with Eli Gold Enjoy music, dinner, and more. 5:30 p.m. at the DeKalb County Schools Coliseum in Rainsville. Tickets from $25 to $125. Call 256-605-1801 for info

September 5 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

September 6 - 7 Fall Survival Class With One World Adventure An early fall survival class for Wilderness Survival 101. A weekend long class with a specific for the lower Appalachian mountain range and spring weather conditions. We will cover a broad range of topics from Clothing, Kits, Shelter, Fire, Water, and Rescue. Saturday 9 a.m. to Sunday 3 p.m. 256-634-8370

September 6 Storytime at the Canyon Center The Story of Cotton and a Celebration of Farming 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

September 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

September 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

September 8 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  

September 10 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

September 11 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 pm. 256-997-9577

September 11 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

September 12 Mountain Bike Tour 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 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 256-997-9577 

September 12 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  

 September 13 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

September 13 Basic Pine Needle Basketry Class Learn the basics of pine needle basketry, an old craft with a long history. Join DSP staff and volunteers to learn the basic steps to making a coiled basket from longleaf pine needles. Each participant will learn the basic skills of pine needle basketry and take home their very own creation. The art of coiling baskets is universally common to indigenous peoples. Coiling is the technique of creating baskets and art from pine needles and was a part of pre-Columbian Native American crafts. Today, pine needle baskets and art are made primarily for decorative purposes. All materials (pine needles, thread, and small center for basket) will be furnished. Class is for ages 12 to adult. DeSoto State Park Nature Center (Next to the Country Store). 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Central Time Zone). Fee: $20 supply fee - Payable to DeSoto State Park. Pre-registration required; class number is limited to 10. 256-997-5025

September 13 Wildflower Walk Little River Canyon National Preserve will have a Wildflower Walk. Ranger Larry Beane will lead the walk beginning at Lynn Overlook and continue onto 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.  Visitors are encouraged to bring drinking water, good hiking shoes, and field guide books for this 1.5 mile walk.  The trail is easy, but because we will make stops for photos and learning wildflowers we will spend about 2 hours on the trail. The walk will be limited to 15 people so make reservations to attend early. 10 a.m. For more information or to register call 256-845-9605

September 13 NPS Green & Gray Saturday The National Park Service staff and volunteers will present “Green & Gray” programs on the second Saturday of each month. Topics include park resources and activities, climate change, recycling, energy conservation, eco-gardening, exotic plants, native landscaping, pollution prevention, green energy, and more! Little River Canyon Center. 10 a.m. Free; for more information contact the National Park Service at 256-845-8548

September 13 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

September 13 Music On The Mountain The Music on the Mountain festival will be held in the Tom Bevill Lyceum and on the grounds at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC), this will be a fun afternoon filled with local artist booths, food vendors and inflatables for outdoor activities. Festival will start at 4 p.m. 256-638-4418 ext 248 

September 13 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

September 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

September 16 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

September 16 - 18 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

September 16 Alabama Ballet Come and enjoy a spectacular show by the Alabama Ballet. Tom Bevill Lyceum on NACC campus. Tickets are $10 each. 7p.m. For tickets, call 256-638-4418, ext. 248

September 17 United Givers Fund Kickoff Funds are raised during a six week period in September and October and distributed to our agencies throughout the year.  100% of the money raised stays in DeKalb County.   Donations are tax deductible. First Presbyterian Church in Fort Payne.  11:30 a.m. Please help us help others. 256-845-4006

September 18 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

September 18 Kamama Music Series Come and enjoy music with April Mae and The June Bugs. Kamama stage and seating provide the audience an intimate listening experience where live music can be fully appreciated. Admission is $10 and seating is limited. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Dinner at 5:30 and Music starts at 7 p.m. 256-634-3001

 September 19 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

September 19 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

September 19 Boomtown Days Willstown Conference Andrew Jackson and Cherokees weren’t always enemies. In fact, they were allies against the Creeks during the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Presenters at this year’s Willstown Conference will discuss the battle of Horseshoe Bend and the transformation of these alliances.  7 p.m. at the City Hall Auditorium. 256-845-9605

September 19 Campfire Talk: Beautiful Butterflies Join lepidopterist and photographer, Vitaly Charny, co-author of 'Butterflies of Alabama' to learn about the many species of butterflies in the great state of Alabama. Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish. DeSoto’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground (In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center). 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free to the Public; Great for all ages! 256-997-5025

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    

September 20 The 5th Annual Haulin' for Hannah 5k Run/Walk & 1 mile Fun Run Come enjoy a Saturday filled with fun! Our 5k will begin at 8:00 am. Your family can cheer you on and then enjoy our annual Boom Day celebration. Profitsate Park’s Campfire Ring . 7 a.m.  go towards the Hannah Martin Scholarship Fund

September 20 Humane Society 7th Annual Pet Pawrade Come and show off your pet in the HS/AR DeKalb Pet Pawrade. This is an Annual event of the Boom Cays Celebration. The Pet Pawrade will begin at the HS/AR DeKalb tent located in the Alabama Walking Park (5th St SW Fort Payne, AL).   We have lots of new things going on this year, including a Stuffed Animal Hospital & K-9 Detection, Agility & World Class Frisbee dog demonstrations. And of course we will have pets available for adoption!  Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. & the parade kicks off at 10 a.m. 256-997-9180

September 20 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

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 Farm & Garden Fest Enjoy a day celebrating agriculture, gardening, and livestock...Ag in Action interactive farm fun, Alabama 4H, garden info, displays, animals, fiddle music, arts, food & more! 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Activities and exhibits all day; FREE (Donations appreciated) Little River Canyon Center; From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. there will be a Butterfly Talk & Walk 256-845-3548

September 20 Growing Up WILD & Living Wild Family: Fun Butterflies & Flutterbys Join Canyon Center staff and volunteers every fourth Saturday of the month for fun nature and art programs for preschool age children. Learn about beautiful Butterflies, Dragonflies, and Damselflies and do some fun activities. Little River Canyon Center. 1p.m. to 3 p.m. No fee; some programs may have limited space so pre-registration is encouraged. 256-782-5697 

September 20 – 21 One World Backpacking Series Bush craft fun while camping (Chairs): For our last Backpacking club of 2014 you will learn the art of bush craft. Make a stool and cool little tripod chair that will make the time you spend in the woods more fun and relaxing. 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

September 20 Book Signing with Deborah Robillard Author Deborah Robillard will be at the Book Shelf for a book signing. 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.  256-844-8663

September 20 Campfire Talk: Dragonflies & Damselflies Join lepidopterist and photographer, Vitaly Charny, to learn more about the fascinating life-cycle of Alabama’s Dragonflies and Damselflies. Stunning photographs to see! Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish. DeSoto’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground (In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center). 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free to the Public; Great for all ages! Call 256-997-5025

September 20 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

September 21 YES, I CAN! Pressure Canning Class We are offering this class to participants that attended the canning workshops held in DSP this year, as well as folks that already have experience (prerequisite: hot water bath canning) We will be canning a vegetable(possibly green beans) as well as vegetable soup.  Taught by Mary Alice Stout. Bring a paring knife and a brown bag lunch. Workshop is limited to 7 participants: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. DeSoto State Park $20 per person. so pre-registration is required.  256-997-5025

September 21 Tri-State Paper Crafting Meetup Join us to learn, create and be inspired while crafting with papers, stamps, inks, punches, and die cuts. Take some time-out, meet new friends, and relax while doing fun projects. No experience needed. Kamama Gallery in Mentone. 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. To learn more or reserve a spot go to www.meetup.com/Tri-StatePaperCrafters 206-349-4026

September 22 - 27 The 57th Annual DeKalb County VFW Agricultural Fair Rides on the midway, great food, live entertainment, livestock exhibits, agricultural displays, awards, and so much more. Held at the VFW Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5 p.m. 256-845-4752

September 22 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

September 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

September 23 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

September 24 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

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. 256-524-2323  

September 26 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

September 27 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

September 27 How to Make Hunting Shirts This interesting class will give you a choice of making a simple pull-over hunting shirt from wool or canvas. Participants may finish in class or be able to finish at home. 10 a.m. to12 noon. DeSoto State Park Nature Center (Next to the Country Store).  $30 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited limit to 10. Call 256-997-5025

September 27 How to Make Pocket Alcohol Stove Join Robert Wilson to learn how to build an ultralight portable stove from an altoid can. These simple designs are also called hobo stoves, and are useful for outdoor use. This class will be a make & take, and there will be a demo of one in use at the end of the class. All supplies will be provided. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. DeSoto State Park Nature Center (Next to the Country Store). $10 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited limit to 20. 256-997-5025 

September 27 2nd Annual Sportsman's Dinner Mtn. View Baptist Church in Fort Payne will be having thier 2nd annual Sportsman's Dinner. The event will includes skeet shooting, a bow tournament, vendors, live music, dinner, a speaker, & lots of door prizes. Tickets are $5 each. Event will begin at 1 p.m. and dinner will be at 5 p.m. and speaker at 6 p.m. 256-630-0307

September 27 Bluegrass Gospel Music with 4 in Accord Join musical group 4 in Accord for bluegrass gospel music in DeSoto State Park, bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish and enjoy the music! DeSoto State Park Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground (Next to campsite 94) In case of inclement weather, will be moved to the CCC Pavilion in the Picnic Area;  Free & open to everyone. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Campground gate opens to the public 30 minutes before program. 256-997-5025

September 28 Medicinal Herb Walk Join Robert Wilson & Jenny Turner on an easy meandering walk along the trails of DeSoto State Park to see several species of plants & learn some of the ways that plants have been used for food & medicine in the past. Bring a day pack with water & snacks if you wish. 10 a.m. to 12 noon. DeSoto State Park. Meet at Country Store. Free & open to everyone; but Pre-registration is required.  256-997-5025  

September 28 Fall Herbal Teas Join Robert Wilson & Jenny Turner 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. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. DeSoto State Park Country Store.  Fee and open to everyone. 256-997-5025

September 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

September 29 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

September 30 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

  

October  

October 1 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

 October 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 12 p.m. 256-997-9577

October 2 Mentone Community Flu Shot Clinic Bring your insurance cards along with a list of any allergies you may have. The following insurances cover the flu shot with a $0 copay! For Alabama Medicaid patients, the flu shot copay is $1.30.Cash price for the flu shot is $31.99. Flu shots will be provided by your local Rite Aid Pharmacy. Please contact your Rite Aid Pharmacist to see if your insurance plan covers the flu shot or if you have any additional questions. Mentone City Hall 9:30 a.m. to10:30 a.m. 256-845-6338

October 2 Kamama Music Series Come and enjoy music with Claude Bourbon from England with his Medieval and Spanish Blues. Kamama stage and seating provide the audience an intimate listening experience where live music can be fully appreciated. Admission is $10 and seating is limited. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Dinner at 5:30 and Music starts at 7 p.m. 256-634-3001

October 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

October 4 – 5 Bugging Out Weekend with One World Adventure Test your gear: Test your bug out gear during the wetter and cooler weather conditions. Specific bug out classes and exercises during the weekend. Saturday 9 a.m. to Sunday 3 p.m. 256-634-8370

October 4 - 5 Northeast Alabama Cutting Horse Show Enjoy the team cutting competition. At the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center 256-638-1650

October 4 Storytime at the Canyon Center: “The Headless Horseman” by Mayne Reid 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  

 October 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  

October 4 Moon Lake Costume Dance This Annual Harvest Festival fundraiser for Moon Lake School is open for all Moon Lake and Valley Head Students from Kindergarten to 6th grade. It is held in the Moon Lake Gymnasium from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per student and includes a hotdog dinner. Pictures will also be available for those interested for an additional $2. 256-634-4113

October 4 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 “Hot to Train Your Dragon Part 2”. Free admission to all and Free popcorn to the first 500 people. Rainsville City Park.  8 p.m. 256-638-7800  

October 6 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

October 7 - 8 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

October 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. 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

October 7 Moon Lake PTO Meeting and Chili Supper A Harvest Festival fundraiser sponsored by the Moon Lake Second Grade Class. Chili supper will be served in the Moon Lake cafeteria beginning at 3:30 p.m. 256-634-4113

October 9 - 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. During the day there will be optional community service groups going out at each hour all day and worship will continue though out the day and night.  It’s a chance to serve the people of DeKalb County who are in need.  Hope you can join us. Twilley Fields in Dogtown. 256-706-2319

October 9  Sav-A-Life Annual Banquet Sav-A-Life of DeKalb County will host their 20th annual fund-raising banquet at the Christian Life Center of First United Methodist Church of Fort Payne.  Tickets are $15. Meal will begin at 6:15 p.m. Call 256-845-0838 for more information

October 10 Campfire Talk: Corn~Atruly A-maizing Plant! Join us for a fun campfire talk in the great outdoors!Join geographer Kelly Gregg in a casual discussion of the origins of Native American corn, how it shaped American culture and cuisine, and how it went on to help feed the world!” Free & open to the public, bring the family along for fresh popcorn!  Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish.  7 p.m. to 8 p.m. DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground (In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center) 256-997-5025

October 11 Little River Canyon Half Marathon The Little River Canyon Center will host its second annual “Little River Canyon Half Marathon.” Possibly one of the most scenic half marathons in the country, the certified course loops 13.1 miles on paved roads, starting and ending at the Little River Canyon Center. Little River Canyon Center 8 a.m.  $50 fee; pre-registration required.  256-845-9605

October 11, 13 -18 Fall/Winter Finders Keepers Consignment Sale You will find gently used, good quality name brand children and adult clothing and shoes, home furnishings, electronics, books, toys, furniture and more, all at great prices. Sign up NOW to become a consignor!  Held at the VFW Fairgrounds. Special pre-sale hours for consignors. Call for more details! 256-632-2420

October 11 - 12 Christmas at Eddies This 29th annual decorating of Eddie’s Garden Center in Henagar is a fun tradition. With over 140 Christmas trees, each with individual themes, it’s impossible to see everything in just one trip. Stroll through the Christmas Wonderland and see how each room has been tastefully decorated for the holidays. Ornaments ranging from western to whimsical, cartoons to retro. Open regular store hours and special holiday hours during Thanksgiving and on Sundays. Eddie’s is located in Henagar at 9112 AL Highway 40. 256-657-3841

October 11  NPS Green & Grey Saturday The National Park Service staff and volunteers will present “Green & Grey” living programs on the second Saturday of each month.Topics include climate change, recycling, energy conservation, eco-gardening, exotic plants, native landscaping, pollution prevention, green energy, and more! Little River Canyon Center; 10 a.m. Free; 256-845-8548

October 11 - 12 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.  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  DeSoto State Park Country Store Free & open to everyone. 256-997-5025

October 11 1st Annual Pumpkins in Sylvania Park There will be variety of vendors, live entertainment, car show, inflatables, Pumpkin contests & lots more! Fun for the whole family! Contact Town Hall for information. 11 a.m. 256-638-2604

October 11 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. This is a demonstration, so the best part is when food is just coming off the fire!  Learn the basics about Dutch ovens, how to clean & care for your cookware, AND cook (& eat!) dinner & dessert at the same time!  . DeSoto State Park Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground Free & open to everyone; Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish. Drop in whenever you like & check out the food! 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-5025

October 11 Campfire Talk: 'Moonshine' Moonshining began very early in American history & for early moonshiners, making and selling alcohol wasn't just for fun or a few extra bucks — it was a means of survival. Learn about the history of moonshining in the Appalachian. DeSoto’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free to the Public Great for all ages! 256-997-5025

October 13 Poisonous Plants of Alabama Class This class is a brief overview of many poisonous plants in Alabama. There are many types of poisonous plants, learn how to spot them and what to do if you are affected by them. Also learn the vital role they play in our wilderness. Meet at True Adventure Sports Training Center. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 256-997-9577

October 14 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

October 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

October 16 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

October 16 Kamama Music Series Come and enjoy music with the folk duo Yancy & Yancy. Kamama stage and seating provide the audience an intimate listening experience where live music can be fully appreciated. Admission is $10 and seating is limited. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Dinner at 5:30 and Music starts at 7 p.m. 256-634-3001

October 17 Fish Fry and Backyard Concert & Bonfire One World Adventure will kick off the Colorfest Weekend with their famous Fish Fry and Backyard Concert & Bonfire! PLATES $10 - Includes a heaping plate of fresh catfish, Dave’s Hushpuppies, homemade slaw, drink and dessert! Mentone Inn Backyard Pavilion. Serving fish from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. or until it lasts! David Lusk will play a Tribute to the Beatles from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.   256-634-8370

October 17 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

October 17 Campfire Talk: The Trail of Tears: A Journey of Injustice At the beginning of the 1830s, nearly 125,000 Native Americans lived on millions of acres of land in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida--land their ancestors had occupied and cultivated for generations. By the end of the decade, very few natives remained anywhere in the southeastern United States. Working on behalf of white settlers who wanted to grow cotton on the Indians’ land, the federal government forced them to leave their homelands and walk thousands of miles to a specially designated “Indian territory” across the Mississippi River. This difficult and sometimes deadly journey is known as the Trail of Tears.To commemorate the Trail of Tears, Historian Larry Smith will present this interesting program to remember and memorialize the survival of the Cherokee people. DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground (in case of inclement weather the program will be held in the nature center) 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fee: Free & open to everyone. 256-997-5025

October 18 - 19 One World Backpacking Series: Alternative Ways to Backpack Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company After putting some trail time behind your tested gear, you may be wanting to change things up a little. Try another style of backpacking, and that's where this class comes in. I'll show you some small changes you can make to add a little change in your backpacking routine and get a little taste of a different style in your next camping trip. Desoto State Park, Fee: $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)*. Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list. To register, 256-634–8370 

October 18 2nd Annual Color Craze 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run One World Adventure will host the 2nd annual COLOR CRAZE 5K & 1 MILE FUN RUN! The race is great for all ages and will begin at Mason Park in Mentone, adjacent to Mentone Town Hall. Sign in and Race Day Registration begins at 7am Saturday morning with 1st wave starting at 7:50 a.m. Fees vary from $15 - $30. Awards will be presented to top runners at 9:45a.m. in the pavilion at Brow Park. Find out more information by visiting our site http://oneworldadventureco.com/fall-fundraising-events/  256-634-8370

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. There will also be a Scavenger hunt. These are a great way to bring families together, and the Colorfest Scavenger Hunt will be a fun, family-friendly game to play during the festival weekend. The focus of the Colorfest Scavenger Hunt will be to challenge game participants to discover what the local businesses of Mentone have to offer. 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.   
October 18 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

October 18 Mountain Bike Tour 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 

October 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 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 256-996-3857

October 18 Campfire Talk: Cherokee Folklore Join us for a campfire talk in the Great Outdoors! As night falls and the flames flicker, imagine the “Little People” of the Cherokee are gathering to dance in the firelight. (They love a Party!) Hear stories of their legendary history with the Cherokee and other tales of plant and animal origins from Cherokee descendants, Jerry Coleman and Ila Hatter -Coleman. DeSoto State Park's Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground (in case of inclement weather, program will be held in the Nature Center) 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free and open to everyone; Great for all ages! Bring along the kids for S’mores! 256-997-5025

October 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 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 256-997-9577

October 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

October 21Rappelling 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

October 21 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

October 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

Ocotber 23 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

October  23 Valley Head Homecoming Parade Line-up will begin at Valley Head High School at 4:30 p.m. and parade will begin at 5 p.m. to make the traditional loop around downtown. If anyone is interested in participating in the parade, please contact Mrs. Hulgan at 256-635-6228

October 24 - 26 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

October 24 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

October 24 Storytellin’ Campfire Talk: Haunts & Happenings Author Steve Stratton from Huntsville, Alabama & storyteller Lee Piskor z from Scottsboro will entertain in this spooky storytelling campfire talk. Steve will read out loud from his deliciously spooky books, One October & Plainridge. Afterwards Lee will make chills shiver up and down your spine with her spooktacular haunting stories.  Great for all ages! Be sure to bring your own comfortable camp chair or blanket, as seating is limited. DeSoto State Park's Improved Campground at the James L. Wynn Campfire Ring. Gate will open to the public 30 minutes before the movie. In case of inclement weather, the program will be in the DSP Nature Center (next to the Country Store) 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free & Open to everyone. 256-997-5025

 October 24 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

October 25 - 26 Mounted Shooters of America MSA competitions at the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center. Free admission for spectators.  256-638-1650

October 25 – 26 The 6th Annual Mentone Area Art Council Home Tour and Silent Auction The Mentone Area Arts Council (MAAC) will present a two-day fall tour of eight homes and other historic landmarks including a camp, a church and an inn.  Tickets good for both days can be purchased at Mentone Town Hall for $12 each during tour hours.  Cost is only $10 each for MAAC members. A Silent Auction will again be held in conjunction with the Home Tour.  It is the main source of funding for MAAC projects.  Auction items will be displayed at the Mentone Town Hall where the tour tickets are sold.  Bid on paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry, restaurant meals, vacation rentals, native plants, boat rides, antiques, classes and much more.  This year, bidding will once again be available online at www.mentonearts.com.  The Silent Auction items will be displayed in the Town Hall during tour hours. Bidding ends at 3pm Sunday when purchases can be claimed. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. www.mentonearts.org.

October 25 Moon Lake Harvest Festival 5K Race Race registration will begin at 7a.m. at the MERF House in Mentone. You can register by mail for $25 with an application, available at the school or Mentone Market, or online at www.racesonline.com for $27. All participants that pre-register will receive a T-shirt. Race day registrants will receive t-shirts if they are still available. All proceeds go to Moon Lake PTO on behalf of first and third grades. 256-899-7403

October 25 Home - Made Bow Drill Set & Practice Bow Drill Class The bow drill is a simple tool used to ignite a small pile of dried tinder, useful in making a fire. There are five basic parts to a bow drill: the bow, the bowstring, the handle, the drill, and the fireboard. Everything you need will be supplied to make your own bow drill set; 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. Class will start with a basic knife safety course, and during the class you will make your own spindle and heath board. A demonstration will be given on the construction and use of the bow drill, and participants will be given a collapsible bow, hand hold, dust pan and a bag to put your bow set in set in. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. DeSoto State Park Picnic Area $20  supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited limit to 10. 256-997-5025

October 25 Pumpkin Carving Contest DeSoto State Park is glad to host the 3rd Annual Spookapalooza Pumpkin Carving Contest! Entries will be judged on overall appearance, creativeness, neatness, and originality. Date: Entries must be turned in no later than 12 noon on Saturday, October 25th. DeSoto State Park. Winners will be announced at the Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground, 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 25th. Fee: free and Open to all ages. 256-997-5025

October 25 Growing Up WILD for Preschool Children: Mask Making Little River Canyon Center; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  No fee; some programs may have limited space so pre-registration is encouraged. 256-845-3548

 October 25 All Paws Halloween Costume Contest: Something Furry This Way Comes! What creature is lurking underneath the furry coat of your dog? Is it Dracula? A fairy princess? A pirate? Join JSU’s Little River Canyon Center staff for fun, treats and prizes! Little River Canyon Center. 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free and open to everyone! 256-845-3548  

October 25 Spookapalooza Fun & Games Join DeSoto State Park staff & volunteers for a great afternoon of fun & games; Pumpkin Decorating, Halloween Bingo, bobbing for apples, moonbounces, slides, rub-on tattoos, & more!   DeSoto State Park's Improved Campground in the Campfire Ring/Pavilion area. Gate will be open to the public .In case of inclement weather the games will be cancelled.  2:00 p.m. ending around 3:15 p.m. Free & Open to everyone; Great for all ages! 256-997-5025  

October 25 Trick or Treating Come have some fun in DeSoto State Park’s Campground and wear your favorite costume if you wish! Candy stations are located through-out the campground. Parents must accompany children at all times. Dress up your pets and bring them along! (Always on a leash) DeSoto State Park's Campground. Gate will be open to the public starting around 3:30 p.m. Free & Open to everyone; Great for all ages! 256-997-5025  

October 25 Storytellin’ Campfire Talk: Spooks in the Valley Spooky stories guaranteed to put shivers up your spine! Learn about some of Alabama’s finest spooks, legends and folklore from JSU Field Schools ’ Renee Morrison. DRESS WARMLY & be sure to bring your own comfortable camp chair or blanket, as seating is limited. Great for all ages! DeSoto State Park's Campground Campfire Ring. Gate will open to the public 30 minutes before the program. In case of inclement weather, the program will be in the DSP Nature Center (next to the Country Store) 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Free & Open to everyone. 256-997-5025  

October 26 Spookapalooza Critter Show Join Naturalist Mandy Pearson to discover some of the native creatures of Alabama (as well as non-natives) in this fun uncaged presentation. Meet some live critters!  Be sure to bring your own comfortable camp chair or blanket, as seating is limited. 9 a.m. DeSoto State Park's Campground at the Campfire Ring. Gate will be open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the program will be in the DSP Nature Center (next to the Country Store) Free & Open to everyone. 256-997-5025

October 26 How to Build a Pocket Alcohol Stove Join Robert Wilson to learn how to build an ultralight portable stove from an altoid can. All supplies will be provided. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. DeSoto State Park Nature Center. $10 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, class limit is 20. 256-997-5025

October 26 Hobo Mess Kit Demonstration Join Robert Wilson for a demo on how to put together a useable hobo mess kit super cheap, as well as making a hobo stove and a pot and bail to cook in. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. DeSoto State Park Nature Center (Next to the Country Store) Fee: Free & open to everyone. Call 256-997-5025

October 27 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

October 28 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 pm. 256-997-9577

 October 28 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. 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

October 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

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

October 30 Made in DeKalb Expo Manufacturers and craftsmen from across DeKalb County, Alabama will showcase their products. High school students will have the opportunity to review local manufacturing career options. Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center. Free admission to the public.  

October 30 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.  3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

October 31 Trunk or Treat The annual Trunk or Treat will be held this year at the Geraldine Town Park on Friday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Hot dogs will be served by the Mayor and Council. Contact town hall for more information or to sign up to set up a Trunk. 256-659-2122

October 31Extreme 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. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 256-997-9577 

October 31 Annual Trunk or Treat Come join the fun!  “Trunk or Treat” is sponsored by local Mentone churches. We will have trunks full of candy, hayrides and a hot dog supper. It is free! This event will be located at the Mentone Community Church parking lot.  6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

November

November 1 – 2 Bush Craft Weekend With One World Adventure Bring old school camping back to the 21st century learning outdoor skills and enjoying nature with your family. During this bush craft weekend learn projects–+ you can do with your family while camping. Gear list will be sent out prior to the class.  Saturday 9 a.m. to Sunday 3 p.m. 256-634-8370

November 1 Moon Lake Harvest Festival Moon Lake Elementary School will host their Annual Harvest Festival this year. This family friendly event is always a community favorite. Bring the kids down for lots of kids games, local entertainment, tons of raffles, a hula hoop contest and of course, the infamous hay ride! There is no better way to break in the fall season than a good old fashioned hay ride. Bring your jackets and snuggle in the hay with a blanket for a fun ride in the neighborhood. The cafeteria will be open serving BBQ plates and the concession stand will have all of your favorite concessions available. All proceeds from this event go to Moon Lake PTO. Please come out to this family fun event and show your support for our historic "little" school with strong community involvement. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 256-634-4113

November 6 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 6 Kamama Music Series Come and enjoy music with The Glass Jars. Kamama stage and seating provide the audience an intimate listening experience where live music can be fully appreciated. Admission is $10 and seating is limited. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Dinner at 5:30 and Music starts at 7 p.m. 256-634-3001

November 14 – 15 Rainsville Holiday Open House Rainsville retailers will welcome shoppers with a variety of activities such as décor, refreshments, music door prizes and more.  256-638-7800

November 21 – 23 Fall Retreat for Youth/Teen Fun outdoor adventures and challenging Bible lessons!  Invite a friend and come join us! Ponderosa Bible Camp  256-634-4397

  

December  

December 4 DeKalb County Children's Advocacy Center Holiday Market & Open House We are so excited about doing our Open House and Holiday Market here at the CAC! We will be showing off our  building along with having dinner theatre tickets on sale, t-shirts, refreshments, Santa and more. We will also have information available to those who would like to “adopt a child” for Christmas. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 256-997-9700

December 13 Annual Rainsville Christmas At the Crossroads and Parade Come and enjoy a celebration on the season with this fun festive annual event.   Parade begins at 4 p.m. 256-638-7800 

 

 
 


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