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2017 Calendar of Events for DeKalb County Alabama

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FARMERS MARKETS -
Mid-June to Mid-September, weather permitting...
DeKalb County Farmers Market
every Tuesday & Friday, 3pm to 6pm at the VFW Fairgrounds. 18th Street North, Fort Payne. Call the DeKalb County Cooperative Extension for more information at 256-845-8595.
Rainsville Farmers Market  every Thursday, 4pm to 7pm. Rainsville City Park.
May to October, Fort Payne Main Street Farmers Market every Saturday from 8:30am to 1:30pm at Fort Payne City Park (Gault Ave. N. & 4th St. N.) 256-996-2131
Year Round, Mentone Farmers Market every Saturday from 10am to 1pm with fresh produce, eggs & baked goods. 6139 AL Hwy 117 in Mentone. 256-638-1842
Windy Hill Farmers Market runs from March to November on Fridays from 3pm – 6pm. Fresh produce, eggs and meat from the Farm. Located at 445 County Rd 942 in Mentone (Just off Hwy 117).

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March

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

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

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

March 2 Open Mic Night At The Vintage 1889 Totally free of pressure, we welcome any and all performers and practitioners of the arts to participate, no matter your age or level of experience; this includes musicians, poets, actors, singers, comedians, magicians, jugglers...whatever! The list goes on forever, and rest assured, whatever it is you perform, you're included.  Additionally, Vintage 1889 is a top-tier family restaurant, and I encourage you to bring the kids along for dinner; Open Mic Night starts at 7 p.m. Feel free to contact me (Jared Cushen) with any questions and concerns, or to reserve your time slot for Open Mic in advance, via Facebook message or at 256-717-9656

March 4 Yoga on the Mountain Start your morning off right with Dee Brown. Classes are held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at DeSoto State Park. Cost is $5. To register contact 256-634-8370  

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

March 4 Little River Backcountry Paddle Trip National Park Ranger Larry Beane will lead the very popular paddle trips in the backcountry portion of the preserve on several days in March, weather permitting. This section of Little River has easy paddling with class one and two level rapids. Larry will include stops along the way to learn about safety and special resources in the park. The preserve is planning to provide free shuttle service for these events. Paddlers will need to bring their own kayak/canoe, paddle, life preservers, food, water, hat and sunscreen. For those without equipment, the park has six kayaks, paddles and lifejackets available for public use. To reserve these kayaks, get your reservations in early. The water will probably be cold, and the weather may be cool too, so plan your clothing accordingly. A dry suit, wetsuit, splash jacket, and warm change of clothes may be needed, depending on weather, especially on the early trips. Weather and water levels may require rescheduling of trips. Little River Canyon National Preserve. Space is limited to 20 paddlers/boats for each trip. 256-845-9605 *other tentative dates are March 6, 8, 9, 14, 22, 24, 25, and 26

March 4 Soup & Song at The Farm at Windy Hill The Farm at Windy Hill invites you to enjoy soup & song.  The event will feature a performance by friend of the farm and Atlanta singer-songwriter, Caroline Herring, as well as a soup-and-sandwich lunch showcasing seasonal produce and meat grown on the farm. Tickets are $5 (children 12 and under are free) and can be purchased the day of the event, and we are requesting that folks RSVP in advance to megan@thefarmatwindyhill.com. Lunch will be sold à la carte and our farm market will also be open during the event. This event is indoors and will take place rain or shine. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

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

March 8 Little River Backcountry Paddle Trip National Park Ranger Larry Beane will lead the very popular paddle trips in the backcountry portion of the preserve on several days in March, weather permitting. A dry suit, wetsuit, splash jacket, and warm change of clothes may be needed, depending on weather, especially on the early trips. Weather and water levels may require rescheduling of trips. Little River Canyon National Preserve. Space is limited to 20 paddlers/boats for each trip. 256-845-9605

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

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

March 9 Little River Backcountry Paddle Trip National Park Ranger Larry Beane will lead the very popular paddle trips in the backcountry portion of the preserve on several days in March, weather permitting.. A dry suit, wetsuit, splash jacket, and warm change of clothes may be needed, depending on weather, especially on the early trips. Weather and water levels may require rescheduling of trips. Little River Canyon National Preserve. Space is limited to 20 paddlers/boats for each trip. 256-845-9605

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

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

March 10 – 12 Willstown Knap-In This will be our 1st annual Knap-In. A knap-in is simply defined as a large gathering of flintknappers. Flint knapping is to shape (a piece of stone, typically flint) by striking it so as to make stone tools or weapons. This will be an educational event for the community. This event is open to the public and free. Please join us to learn more about this fascinating activity! Fort Payne Depot Museum, Inc. 256-845-5714

March 11 – 18 Finders Keepers Spring/Summer 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!  Will be held at the VFW Fairgrounds. Special pre-sale hours for consignors.  Sale Hours: Sat, Mar 11  9 a.m. to 6 p.m. , Closed Sunday, Mar 12th, Mon. Mar  13 – Fri. Mar 17th 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Sat. Mar 18th 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call for more details! 256-632-2420 or 256-638-5998

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

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

March 12 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

 March 13 Forest & Field: Fused Glass/Mosaic Stone Workshop Join the Conservation Education Institute and glass artist Linda Munoz for this incredible opportunity to make a fused glass pendant and a mosaic stepping stone "Vibrant patterns, textures and colors are vital elements in my glass artwork. Coming from a family in which quilting was a much loved and practiced art form, I enjoy creating mosaic and fused glass art pieces inspired by the lines, shapes and colors of the quilts I grew up with as a child."- Linda Munoz 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Space is LIMITED so register on the official link below. Email renee@galandtrust.org for more information.

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

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

March 14 Little River Backcountry Paddle Trip National Park Ranger Larry Beane will lead the very popular paddle trips in the backcountry portion of the preserve on several days in March, weather permitting. A dry suit, wetsuit, splash jacket, and warm change of clothes may be needed, depending on weather, especially on the early trips. Weather and water levels may require rescheduling of trips. Little River Canyon National Preserve. Space is limited to 20 paddlers/boats for each trip. 256-845-9605

March 15 Basics Climbing Class This class starts at the basics of rock climbing utilizing a top rope set up. No prior experience is necessary as this class will teach you the basic set up for safety, gear, and rigging.  You will learn about holds, routs, belaying, belay commands, and emergency procedures. This class starts indoors and then moves outdoors for several actual climbs. (Private groups are subject to a 3- person minimum) Meet at TAS Training Center 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 256-997-9577

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

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

March 17 – 18 Spring Open House At Tiger Lily Tiger Lily will be hosting a Spring Open House. Come see what all they have to offer to make spring come to life in your home. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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

March 17 Watters/Felts Project Kamama will host an evening of jazz featuring the Watters/Felts Project on St. Patrick’s Day Admission is $10 per person. All proceeds will go to the Mentone Arts & Culture Center. Reservations are recommended.  7 p.m. to - 9 p.m. For more information, please contact Ray Padgett at 256-634-3001 or MACC Executive Director Randy Grider at 256-674-3366

March 17 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 18 Yoga on the Mountain Start your morning off right with Dee Brown. Classes are held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at DeSoto State Park. Cost is $5. To register contact 256-634-8370  

March 18 Run for Uganda 5K Rainsville Community Church hosting a 5K to raise money to benefit their missions team and the digging of wells in Uganda. You can contact Rev. Jeff Sayre for registration information or online.    Entry fee is $30 Rainsville Community Church. 8:30 a.m. 256-601-9236

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

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

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

March 18 Country Singing and More L & B Restaurant & Fun Place is having music, dancing, food  & more. Come listen to Country Grace performing classic country and oldies but goodies. Hot Bar all you can eat available 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Music is 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $5 256-418-5497

 March 18 - 19 Grand Opening of The Big Cat Playground Join Tigers For Tomorrow to celebrate the Grand Opening of The Big Cat Playground. The Big Cat Playground is a 2 plus acre wooded romping area for the big cats, bears and wolves. The Playground will bring many hous of natural enrichment to the animals visiting the natural roping area. In addition to the playground is equipped with fun predator play items like a huge splash pool, tower of tires and a cool culvert for lounging. The playground can be viewed from the Moljac Bear Wolf Pavilion, along Predator Parkway within the preserve and from the Untamed Walkway planned to open April 8, 2017. This is a community celebration and we would like to thank our community with a complimentary breakfast biscuit and juice at 9 a.m. Saturday and complimentary hotdogs, hamburgers, chips and drink from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 256-524-4150

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

March 20 Advanced Rigging Class This class covers basic to advanced level knots and rigging.  The goal of this class is to learn how to use gear to safely rig for any job, weather with rope, webbing, cable, or other rigging gear.  This class covers knots and application for hauling, rappelling, rock climbing, ascending, securing objects, setting safe boundaries, or lowering loads.  You will learn the rigging points needed and what can be used for rigging.  Learn special rigging with mechanical advantage, advanced knots, special gear, and backup or emergency belaying. This class reviews safety procedures and protocols for the rigging world. (Private groups subject to a 3-person minimum) Meet at T.A.S. Training Center 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

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

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

March 22 Little River Backcountry Paddle Trip National Park Ranger Larry Beane will lead the very popular paddle trips in the backcountry portion of the preserve on several days in March, weather permitting. A dry suit, wetsuit, splash jacket, and warm change of clothes may be needed, depending on weather, especially on the early trips. Weather and water levels may require rescheduling of trips. Little River Canyon National Preserve. Space is limited to 20 paddlers/boats for each trip. 256-845-9605

March 24 Little River Backcountry Paddle Trip National Park Ranger Larry Beane will lead the very popular paddle trips in the backcountry portion of the preserve on several days in March, weather permitting. A dry suit, wetsuit, splash jacket, and warm change of clothes may be needed, depending on weather, especially on the early trips. Weather and water levels may require rescheduling of trips. Little River Canyon National Preserve. Space is limited to 20 paddlers/boats for each trip. 256-845-9605

March 24 Rock Climbing Adventure Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.   10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

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

March 25 Little River Backcountry Paddle Trip National Park Ranger Larry Beane will lead the very popular paddle trips in the backcountry portion of the preserve on several days in March, weather permitting. A dry suit, wetsuit, splash jacket, and warm change of clothes may be needed, depending on weather, especially on the early trips. Weather and water levels may require rescheduling of trips. Little River Canyon National Preserve. Space is limited to 20 paddlers/boats for each trip. 256-845-9605

March 25 Serious Skills Series: Longleaf Pine Needle Basketry Class Learn the basics of pine needle basketry, an old craft with a long history. Join artist Brittney Hughes 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.  DeSoto State Park Nature Center, next to the Country Store on County Road 89.  9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $25 supply fee- Supply fee due day of class. All materials (pine needles, thread, and small center for basket) will be furnished. Class is for ages 10 and up. Pre-registration required; class number is limited to 12. 256-997-5025

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

March 26 Little River Backcountry Paddle Trip National Park Ranger Larry Beane will lead the very popular paddle trips in the backcountry portion of the preserve on several days in March, weather permitting. A dry suit, wetsuit, splash jacket, and warm change of clothes may be needed, depending on weather, especially on the early trips. Weather and water levels may require rescheduling of trips. Little River Canyon National Preserve. Space is limited to 20 paddlers/boats for each trip. 256-845-9605

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

March 28 Knot Class & Application Introduction and instruction to essential knots and their application for camping, rappelling, rock climbing, outdoor survival, and other applications.  1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 256-997-9577

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

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

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

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

March 31 Outdoor Survival Class Level 1 You can learn how to find and purify water, build shelters, set snares to catch food, build a fire without matches, find edible plants and bugs, and find and make outdoor remedies.  With these skills you can survive the outdoors without even the “basic essentials.” (Private groups are subject to a 3-person minimum) Meet at T.A.S. Training Center 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 256-997-9577 

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

April

April 1 Yoga on the Mountain Start your morning off right with Dee Brown. Classes are held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at DeSoto State Park. Cost is $5. To register contact 256-634-8370  

April 1 Walk For Autism Come out and support the Walk For Autism. Fort Payne Sports Complex. 8 a.m. 877-428-8476

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

April 1 Medicinal Plants with the Southern Herbalist This workshop is designed for both homesteader and prepper alike to learn the art of using medicinal plants in everyday life. This program will be presented by Darryl Patton, well-known herbalist and author of “The Southern Herbalist.” Darryl Patton has been hunting, gathering and working with medicinal plants for the past twenty-five years on Lookout Mountain in the Southern Appalachians. Darryl is an ND as well as a Master Herbalist and brings many years of experience to the field of alternative medicine. Known for his easy going approach towards teaching the identification and uses of medicinal plants, Darryl has been called a walking encyclopedia of herbal folklore. Little River Canyon Center; 9 a.m. tp 3 p.m. $20 per participant; pre-registration required by calling 256-845-3548 or email fieldschool@jsu.edu for details.

April 1 1st Annual Lookout Mountain Ferment Festival in Mentone Join us for a celebration of fermentation techniques, food culture, and local terroir. Coffee/pastries and lunch provided. Includes limited-edition screen-printed poster by Paul Halupka signed by Sandor Katz!- Registration must be done our website www.harvestrootsferments.com —LIMITED TO 50. 9:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 for early bird and must be purchased atwww.harvestrootsferments.com. Free lunch and 18x24 silkscreen poster included with admission. 

April 1 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 1 Night 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 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 3 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

 April 4 - 6 High Adventure Trip This is a 3 day adventure including a Wild Cave Tour, Rock Climbing, An Extreme Night Hike and end with a relaxing canoe trip.  Price includes all activities, attractions, permits, fees, gear, and guides. 10 a.m. 256-997-9577

 April 4 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 Noon  256-997-9577

April 4 Hiker Series-Never neverland/Vizneyland Join the staff from the JSU Field School, DeSoto State Park, and the National Park Service for this exciting hike in our 2017 hiking series. The Never-Neverland and Vizneyland loops are located in DeSoto State Park. Combined the trail will be around 4 1/2 miles long, with interesting rock formations and small creeks found along the trail. Trail Difficulty: Moderate (some uneven terrain). Things to bring: Plenty of water and/or sports drink, snacks/lunch, hiking poles/staff (optional), sturdy shoes (open toe shoes are not recommended). Please be sure to dress appropriately according to seasonal temperatures/weather. 1 p.m. DeSoto State Park Country Store/Nature Center. Free and open to the public; for details contact 256-997-5025

April 6 Forest & Field: Enchanted Botany Hike Join Renee Morrison & Brittney Hughes for a guided botanical walk to "The Pocket" on Pigeon Mountain. The ‘Pocket” is a local name for this beautiful hidden spot located in the Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Management Area in Georgia. This will be an easy to moderate hike. The start of the Shirley Miller Wildflower trail has a low boardwalk at first, where you can see wildflowers blooming galore without trampling them. Then where the boardwalk ends there is a short moderate hike to the end of the ‘Pocket”, where there are 2 waterfalls, a small cave section, and high cliffs to see. Plenty of places to explore much like the Walls of Jericho. 9 a.m. Will try to be back to the Country Store around 4 p.m. Meet at DeSoto State Park’s Country Store, will caravan to the parking area. Free, but pre-registration is required. Email renee@galandtrust.org  

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

April 6 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 6 p.m. Tickets available at Elizabeth’s Closet, church office or by calling 256-845-1141 or 256-996-1250

April 7 Forest & Field: Sound Mapping Join naturalists and artists for this creative nature observation hike, combining art & nature! The focus of this nature walk is to reflect your observations of nature using a personal journaling style…..in many different ways! Learn how to keep your own nature journal while strolling along trails in DeSoto State Park. In this program, hike out with us on the trails of DeSoto State Park to hang up our hammocks and focus on the sounds of the forest. Participants will use art supplies to create a sound map. Art materials & hammocks are provided, just bring along your favorite notebook. Watch for other events in this series: each one will be different and seasonal! 6 p.m.  DeSoto State Park Nature Center next to the Country Store.  Free, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited for each event. Hikes are open to ALL ages; minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Email renee@galandtrust.org for more info

April 7 Rock Climbing Adventure Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 8 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. This is a fund raiser for our donation to Auburn Horticultural Scholarships. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.   

April 8 Fort Payne Reservoir Clean-Up! The Fort Payne Reservoir/Wills Creek is heavily littered and we need your help! Gloves, vests and trash bags will be provided. Along with snacks and plenty of water. We know how valuable time can be – we hope you join us in helping keep Alabama beauitful! If you're interested in volunteering, shoot us a direct message or email angie@oneworldadventureco.org  9 a.m. to Noon 256-634-8370 

April 8 Community Easter Egg Drop & Carnival Join the Mentone Community for an Easter Celebration like never before! The Mentone Summer Camps, Mentone Churches and local businesses have come together to create a massive Egg Drop of over 10,000 eggs from a helicopter flying above. There will be carnival games, inflatables, food, fellowship and lots of fun! Mentone Community Church. Bring your family out for a day to remember!  10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 256-634-4210

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

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

April 8 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

 April 8 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

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

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.  True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 12 Rappelling Certification Class This class covers rappelling basics indoor and basics outdoor.  The basics indoor class teaches you about rappelling safety/rappelling gear and its application, rappelling knots and application, and rigging points needed for rappelling. The basics outdoor class reviews safety procedures, knots, gear, and rigging points; then you learn how to safely rappel and do several rappels before returning to the office for the rappelling test and knot exam. Meet at T.A.S. Training Center $165/person Note:  You will receive a class 1 rappelling certification photo ID card upon request and successful completion of this class and exams for a card processing fee of $15.00. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 13 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 14 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 15 Yoga on the Mountain Start your morning off right with Dee Brown. Classes are held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at DeSoto State Park. Cost is $5. To register contact 256-634-8370  

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

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

April 15 Prehistoric Alabama Pottery Workshop Join Tammy Beane, nationally known Southeastern prehistoric pottery replicator, to learn how early Native American pottery was made in Alabama. Clay will be provided, along with stamps and paddles to create authentic Southeastern Native American designs on the pottery. $25 per person. Proceeds go to the Mentone Arts & Cultural Center. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact Ray Padgett at 256-634-3001 or MACC Executive Director Randy Grider at 256-674-3366

April 15 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. Bring your own basket for collecting eggs. Held at the RTI Building. 1 p.m. 256-638-9760 ext 2261

April 15 Third Saturday Downtown Cruise-In 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

April 15 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 17 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 17 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 18 Bouldering Adventure – Atop Lookout Mountain Come experience first-hand what bouldering is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. No prior climbing or bouldering experience is needed.  Meet at True Adventure Sports. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 19 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 20 - 23 & 26 - 30 NACC Theatre Presents "Shrek the Musical" Everyone’s favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film. Irreverently fin for the whole family. Wed – Sat 7 p.m. and Sun matinee 2 p.m. 256-638-4418 ext 2218

April 20 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 21 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 22 Yoga on the Mountain Start your morning off right with Dee Brown. Classes are held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at DeSoto State Park. Cost is $5. To register contact 256-634-8370  

April 22 Community Cleanup & Potluck Come join One World Adventure and clean up the community. We will meet at the Rotary Pavilion in Fort Payne. There will be gloves and trash bags provided by TVA then go to the mapped out areas and clean until noon. A potluck lunch will be from Noon to 1 p.m. Trach pickup from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Cash prizes will be given away for those who find the most unusual litter during the cleanup! $100 for 1st place, $50 second place, $25 third place. To sign up for either cleanup or to bring a covered dish email angie@oneworldadventureco.org

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

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

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

 April 22 Taste of the Mountain and Art Auction Join us for a night of great food creations provided by Mentone Area Restaurants and for amazing artwork for auction by Moon Lake Elementary School students and local artist friends of MERF.  Table of Eight $200 or Single ticket $30 Don’t miss out on a special evening that celebrates and supports all of MERF’s programs enriching Moon Lake students, Mentone senior citizens and the community.  6 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance from MERF, merf.mentone@gmail.com or 256-634-4673

April 24 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

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

April 26 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 26 Plants of the Pocket Join Desoto State Park botanist, Brittney M. Hughes, and JSU Field Schools Staff, for this enchanted botany trip to “The Pocket” on Pigeon Mountain. Excellent photo opportunities of unique and beautiful plants. Easy to moderate short boardwalk hike with optional moderate to difficult hike to waterfall. Please make every effort to arrive early or on time so that you do not hold up the group.  Meet at Desoto State Park Nature Center on County Road 89; shuttle to site 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  $10 per person (transportation to site included) Pre-registration required by Monday, April 24, 2017 by calling 256-845-3548

April 26 Administrative Professional Day Luncheon Enjoy a catered lunch, entertainment by comedian Michelle Thomas and door prize drawings. Tom Bevill Enrichment Center. Only $20 per person. Please reserve your tickets in advance. Noon to 1 p.m. 256-638-7800 

April 27 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

April 27 - 29 The Jungle Book Presented by Fort Payne High School Drama Club, The Jungle Book. To purchase tickets, stop by Fort Payne High School, DeKalb Theatre or the cast and crew will be selling tickets. They are $5 each. Tickets will be available day of the show @ 7 p.m. – Doors open at 6 p.m. April 30 @ 2 p.m. Doors open at 1p.m. Any further questions, please call 256-845-0535

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

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

April 29 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 Noon 256-997-9577

May

May 3 Wildcrafting Wednesdays A program brought to you by a partnership between One World Adventure, Seven Pines Survival and DeSoto State Park. Wildcrafting is a term for the age-old practice of collecting plant materials in their natural habitat for food, medicine, and craft. These classes are for anyone to build wildcrafting skills and deepen your connection with the natural world. It's also a great program for home-school groups that will help students develop their observation skills, critical thinking and natural intelligence. Led by naturalist Robert Wilson, you will learn Wildcrafting from ethical harvesting to creating nature's medicine cabinet. Most of all, you will be participating hands-on in nature, making it a meaningful and memorable activity. What to bring: Water bottle, notebook and pencil, camera. DeSoto State Park $12 per person - 1 hour class. Pre-registration is required-limited to 10 participants. Email angie@oneworldadventureco.org to pre-register. For questions, contact Robert at  sps@sevenpinessurvival.com

May 4 Afternoon Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 4 DeKalb Theatre Concert The Protest, Foreveratlast, 3 Times Driven and special guest Adam Fields will be rocking the stage at DeKalb Theatre. Only $5! Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m. For any questions, call 256-997-0396

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

May 5 - 6 Wildflower Saturday Springtime at DeSoto State Park is truly beautiful, with wildflowers & trees blooming around every corner. Join DeSoto State Park staff & guest speakers for a wonderful weekend of learning about the many species of blooming plants found on Lookout Mountain. Choose to stay the whole weekend, or just come for the day to enjoy the hikes and programs. Weekend starts off with a welcome social and guest speaker program on Friday night and a day full of hikes to choose from and a guest speaker on Saturday. DeSoto State Park Lodge. Free & open to everyone, no pre-registration required (groups over 10 please RSVP). For any information needed, call 256-997-5025  

May 5 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 Noon 256-997-9577

May 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.  True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 6 Hustle for Heroes 5K Celebrate those who fought for our country with a jog through the city of Fort Payne in the Hustle for Heroes 5K. Open to all; runners and walkers. 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 Fairgrounds and the Alabama Walking Park. All proceeds will be used in the construction of Patriots Memorial Park in Fort Payne, AL. This park will be built honoring men and women who died in service to America. $25 – Pre-registration fee and $30 – Race Day Registration fee. Register by April 21st to guarantee a t-shirt. Race Begins promptly at 8 a.m. Race Day Registration will be held from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Make all checks payable to ‘VFW Auxiliary’ Please direct all questions and comments to Robin Cochran at: robincoch61@yahoo.com or 256-996-0769

May 6 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

May 6 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 6 Spring Frog Pond Adventure Experience “love” from a frog’s point of view! Join the one-and-only, “Dr. Frog” George Cline, for an unforgettable evening of romance and songs from the first amphibian voices of the season. Learn to identify frog songs and get a hands-on experience with these slippery creatures. Participate in Frog Watch USA. Subject to water level/weather conditions.   Frog Pond (Weather and Drought Dependent); near White Plains School.  Little River Canyon Center.  7 p.m. to 9 p.m. $5 per person 256-845-3548

May 8 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 9 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 10 Basic Rock Climbing Adventure Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 256-997-9577

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

May 11 Lunch & Learn with Scott Gillaspie Guest Speaker Scott Gillaspie, Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch will be talking on the skilled labor gap of the millennial generation, and what affects the local economy. Eat, chat and enjoy a dynamic speaker line-up with Lunch & Learn, sponsored training sessions taught by innovative business minds from Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia.  Your $15 ticket includes training session, choice of a house special lunch with drink, parking and networking. Held at the Vintage 1889. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  For every ticket, $5 will be donated back to fund Fort Payne Main Street beautification projects. 256-845-3380

May 12 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 12 Miss Rhododendron Pageant Mentone Area Preservation Association presents the Miss Rhododendron Pageant 2017. 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) The Pageant will take place at the Mentone Community Church Family Life Center at 6 p.m. Email rhododendronfestival@gmail.com or come by Dekalb Tourism office to get an application. 256-845-3957

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

May 13 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 13 Medicinal & Edible Plants-with Francine Hutchinson Join Botanist, Francine Hutchinson, a regular instructor for the JSU Field Schools for this workshop. The morning will begin with a hike to learn how to recognize and utilize various medicinal/edible plants. In the afternoon, participants will get hands-on time working with the plants iscussed during the hike.  JSU’s Little River Canyon Center; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $20 per person; Limit 15 participants; pre-registration required call 256-845-3548

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

May 15 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 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

May 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. 10 a.m. 256-997-9577

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

May 19 – 21 Bioblitz-Little River Canyon National Preserve This service-wide initiative is a chance to inspire and engage a new generation of stewards of our fantastic natural resources, all while taking a vast snapshot of the biodiversity that is protected by our nation's parks. You can choose an easy area or challenge yourself on a canyon trail. We are lining up specialists to help discover fish, amphibians and reptiles, birds or any creature or plant that call this place home. If you are interested in leading a group in the park to document species in your field of expertise, then please call Larry @ 256-845-9605

May 19 – 21 Boat Rides Festivalgoers can enjoy the blooming riverbanks with a scenic boat ride on Little River. The boat will leave from DeSoto Falls about every 45 minutes and travel up river before returning. Each ride costs $10 and should last around 30 minutes. Hours of operation are Friday, May 19th from 1 p.m. to dusk; Saturday, May 20th from 9 a.m. to dusk and Sunday, May 21st from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (All dates and times are weather permitting.) rhododendronfestival@gmail.com

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

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

May 20 RTI Charity Mud Volleyball Tournament Get ready to get muddy! Minimum 8 person team, must be at least two females on the court at all times and a maximum of 10 members on the team. $0 per person for early registration and $15 for the day of event. All players must be 16 years are older. Forms can be picked up at RTI in Rainsville. Deadline to enter is May 15th.  All proceeds go to the Toys for Tots. Tournament begins at 9 a.m.

May 20 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 20 Third Saturday Downtown Cruise-In 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

May 20 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 22 Bouldering Adventure – Atop Lookout Mountain Come experience first-hand what bouldering is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. No prior climbing or bouldering experience is needed.  Meet at True Adventure Sports. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 23 Treasure Hunt Adventure Do you enjoy trying to solve riddles and clues?  This 5-hour adventure will take you deep into the heart of a 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 24 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 24 - 25 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   

May 26 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

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

May 27 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 29 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 30 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

June

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

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

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

June 15 - 18 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 15 Singing with the Stars Teddy Gentry and The Children’s Advocacy Center Presents Singing with the Stars! Held at the NACC Lyceum.  Tickets are now on sale! $15 for adults (18 & older), $8 for students (5-18). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Show at 7 p.m. All proceeds go the Children’s Advocacy Center. 256-997-9700

June 16 Jeff Cook Fan Appreciation Daze Show Come enjoy Jeff Cook and the All Star Goodtime Band for their annual fan appreciation concert. Concert held at DeKalb Theatre in downtown Fort Payne. Doors open at 5 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m. Get tickets now at www.jeffcook-agb.com or pick up at the door. $20 each 256-845-2286 ext 7

June 17 9th Annual Freedom Fest 5K & 10K Don't miss the area's largest fun run/walk. Registration and starting of race is at Broadway Baptist Church in Rainsville. For online registration, contact info and more, visit the website www.racesonline.com Race begins at 8 a.m.

June 17 Third Saturday Downtown Cruise-In 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

June 17 Fan Club Concert with ALABAMA The group Alabama will be performing a concert at the Fan Club.  Limited number of tickets will be available. Must have current Membership number to purchase, or you can purchase a membership to the Alabama Fan Club and then buy tickets to the show. Show is at 7p.m. Limited number of tickets available. On sale March 31, 2017. 256-845-1646

June 18 Gospel Singing at the Alabama Fan Club All proceeds will go to the Town of Rosalie to help with repairing of tornado destruction.  Show at 2 p.m. ALABAMA Fan Club & Museum (indoor) Limited number of tickets available. Ticket go on sale March 31, 2017. 256-845-1646

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

June 30 Independence Day Celebration in Fort Payne The City of Fort Payne invites you to a wonderful celebration with free hot dogs, soft drinks, American flags, live entertainment, and a fantastic fireworks display. Event takes place at the Fort Payne High School football stadium and begins at dusk. 256-845-1524

July

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

July 6 – 9 Alabama State 4-H Horse Show Northeast Alabama Agribusiness Center in Rainsville. 256-638-1650

July 15 Third Saturday Downtown Cruise-In 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

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

August

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

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

 

September

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

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

October

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

November

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

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

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