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Events This Week in and Around Mentone

Events taking place during April & May in Downtown Mentone!
Make plans to be here!!!
April – May in Mentone and across Lookout Mountain!


Nature in Bloom 
Wild azaleas, Mountain Laurel, Pink Lady Slippers, Sweet Shrub, Rhododendron and many other native plants fill the forests and streams with fragrant and colorful blooms flanked by majestic waterfalls and lovely sounds of bird calls.  Plan a weekend, a week and return visits during this lively season to take in nature at its finest!

   Wild Azaleas in Bloom on Lookout Mountain  
Photos by Patty Tucker

April 3 Flowers of the Pocket Enjoy a slideshow introducing flowers of the Pocket by Jay Clark, naturalist and author of Wildflowers of Pigeon Mountain. The event takes place at the Parish Hall in St. Joseph's Episcopal Church in downtown Mentone at 7 p.m. More about this and other Wild Flower Events HERE!

April 4 Guided Hike of The Pocket in Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA  Tour of the Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail at the Pocket - led by Jay Clark. Head down the boardwalk trail with your book and camera for a bedazzling wildflower trip. It's easy walking above the flowers. Jay will point out dozens of woodland plants. This is a five star tour with a five star leader. Don't miss it. Cost is $10 per person. Hike begins at The Pocket at 9:00 a.m. CDT.

April 25 Wildflowers of DeSoto State Park and Lookout Mountain  Event takes place at 3:00 p.m. Meet at the Country Store in DeSoto State Park.

May 16 – 18 Annual Rhododendron Festival in Mentone! Make plans to be here for all the fun and excitement!!

Mentone Farmer’s Market each Wednesday and Saturday in downtown Mentone!

Taking place during April in historic downtown Fort Payne!

Lotion and Soap Making Classes with The Soap Lady at CornerStone Market in historic downtown Fort Payne! These classes are hands-on in making lotions and soaps from natural ingredients like oats and honey and scented or unscented to your liking. Corner Stone Market is located on Gault Avenue in Fort Payne, across the street from The Strand – home of the famous Bananza Burger! Contact The Soap Lady, Kimberly McNutt, for more information about her classes and on her website.


Photo by Patty Tucker

Events around the County

April 2 - 4 Spring Break Tours At Tigers For Tomorrow Get an up close visit with the animals in The Legacy Living Classroom and feed the animals at the animal contact area while waiting for the tour to begin.  Regular tour prices discounted during this special time.  The tour is just $10.00 for children ages 3-11 and $15.00 for those ages 12 and above.  All children under 3 are free!  These tours are usually $25.00 a person for this up-close and personal time with the animals.  Tours will teach you about the predators we share our world with, their instincts and behaviors as well as why they are here at Untamed Mountain.  Bring your camera as tour guests will be allowed to take photos, but no videos will be allowed during this time. NO CELL PHONE USE in the preserve is allowed.  Please wear closed toed shoes or sneakers as this is a 1 ½ hour walking tour.  No reservations are needed. Call for more information at 256-524-4150.

April 2 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 3 Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 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.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 4 Karen Peck and New River in Concert The Pickin Post in Fort Payne is pleased to host Karen Peck and New River! This Gospel Music event begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and available at the door or in advance at 256-996-8910.

April 5 Run for Uganda 5K Rainsville Community Church hosting a 5K to raise money for Uganda. The cost of the race is $25.00 and it begins at 8:30 a.m. 256-638-7793

April 5 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 5 - 6 Bugging Out Weekend Part 1 with One World Adventure What is the purpose of a bug-out bag? This 2-part class will explain how to make and park a bug-out bag and strategies for a bug-out plan. Learn different type of cashes, what should and shouldn’t be cashed and small hints about hiding the location of a cash on a map. Saturday 9:00 a.m. to Sunday 3:00 p.m. 256-634–8370

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

April 6 Cystic Fibrosis BBQ Benefit Help find a cure for Emma and Eli. Lunches include baked beans, bread, dessert and tea. Dine in and enjoy live music or carry out. Event takes place at the Barnyard at Fischer Crossroads on Lookout Mountain from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 256-996-2461

April 7 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 7 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

Events provided by Mentone Cabins and are in part courtesy of DeKalb Tourism.

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