Third Thursday: Tomato Tasting!

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Third Thursday: Tomato Tasting
Thursday, July 21, 2022, Time: 5:00pm
Longleaf Event Center – Sensory Garden

Did you know the tomato originated in the Andes Mountains of South America? It wasn’t adopted into the kitchen until the 16th century by Europeans. Join our family-fun Tomato Tasting at the Longleaf Botanical Gardens! Try a variety of tomatoes, discover new types, and determine which one is your favorite.

Third Thursday programs are $5 per registrant and free for Anniston Museums and Gardens members. Pre-register online at or call 256-237-6766.

Black and Blue Berries & Other Small Fruits!

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Join us this June for a special program featuring Jason Powell from Petals From The Past! 

Petals From The Past is managed by Jason and Shelley Powell, horticulturalists, whose skills complement each other. Jason has a master’s degree in horticulture from Texas A&M University and Shelley has a BS in Horticulture from Texas A&M. Since starting Petals From The Past in 1994, they have applied contemporary techniques in growing the finest old-garden plants along with new varieties. 

Third Thursday programs are $5 per registrant and free for Anniston Museums and Gardens members. Pre-register online at or call 256-237-6766. 

Hike and Seek!

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Join us as we explore the upper and lower loops of the Eugenia G. Brannon Nature Trail. Along the way, we will learn how to use the Seek app from iNaturalist to identify plants and animals. 

This program is included in museum admission and is free for members. 

Upper Tallapoosa River Float Trip!

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This will be a 5-hour float trip on the Tallapoosa River near Tallapoosa, GA. This portion of the river has a slight current with several shoals but no major rapids. We will be utilizing the services of Lazy River Rentals for this trip.

Lazy River Rentals offers rental boats and a shuttle service at the following rates: $25.00 for single person kayaks, $45.00 for double person kayaks, and $10.00 to shuttle private boats. They will put us in at the Broad Street Bridge in Tallapoosa and we will float to their takeout located at 131 Doe Valley Road south of US Hwy 78 near the AL/GA state line.

The shuttle for this trip leaves the outfitter at 9:00 am (cst) / 10:00 am (est). Participants are encouraged to pack a lunch with something to drink, wear clothing/footwear suitable for water activities, and to use sunscreen. The meeting time and location for this trip will be 8:00 am (cst) from the Publix parking lot located across from the Oxford Exchange adjacent to Exit 188 on I-20 and US Hwy 78. Those wishing to meet directly at the outfitter should arrive there no later than 8:45 am (cst) / 9:45 am (est).

Participants should contact Keith Hudson by Monday, June 20 to register for this trip. When registering, indicate if you will need to rent a boat or will just need a shuttle for your personal boat. Please do not contact the outfitter directly as they have requested that participants register through Keith who will give them a headcount following the registration deadline. Keith may be reached by email at or by phone or text at (256) 453-9527.

Club Social & Home Made Ice Cream Competition!

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This will be a time of fellowship and will include hotdogs, fixings, chips and drinks provided by the AOA along with a homemade ice cream competition! All those who still make homemade ice cream are encouraged to participate and compete for a small prize!

This event will begin at 5:00 pm at the Tucker Park Lodge located at 6514 Weaver Road in Anniston. Please contact Keith Hudson by Thursday, June 16 to register for this event. Keith may be reached by email at or by phone or text at (256) 453-9527. There will be a $5.00 charge for non-members to help off-set the cost of the provided food.

Rock the Trails!

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Did you know the Anniston Museums and Gardens (AM&G) is home to three nature trails with a wide variety of plant species? You can explore the Mrs. Eugenia G. Brannon Nature Trail with two main loops, the Bird of Prey Trail, and the Longleaf Nature Trail. Explore with our education team for a fun afternoon of creativity as we paint nature-inspired images and encouraging messages on rocks. Once your masterpiece is complete, you can help us “Rock the Trails” by placing your rock on one of AM&G’s three trails for guests to enjoy along the way. 

This program is included in museum admission and is free for members. 

Main Street Rivalry Run 5K!

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Main Street Anniston and Main Street Oxford have partnered together to bring you the first annual Rivarly Run!
Participants will register to run for Team Anniston or Team Oxford (you may choose your team by selecting the team shirt and your corresponding size when signing up online). The City with the most runners will be deemed the Main Street Rivalry Run Champion till the following year. So make plans to support the city you love!
Packet pickup and race starting line will be hosted in Historic Downtown Anniston at Christmas Tree Park (the intersection of 11th and Noble) at 7am. The race will begin at 8am.

From 11th Street, runners will head South down Noble, cross over to Front Street in Oxford and continuing South to Simmons Park in Historic Downtown Oxford.
The award ceremony will be held in Simmons Park at 9am, with shuttle service back to Anniston being offered beginning at 9:45am.

Registration Fee is $30 till Friday, November 5, 2021!

You may register by following this link:

Day of registration will increase to $40!