Pioneer Park in Loachapoka will again be open for Second Saturday this weekend. 

Come early and enjoy a garden walk ‘n talk with Dr. Charles Mitchell at 9 a.m. and discover both historic and new things you can grow in your East Alabama garden.

There are six gardens at Pioneer Park, ranging from Grandma’s Garden to the 19th Century Crops Garden. All venues will be open and free to the public. 

Blacksmiths are usually working at the forge; spinners and weavers are upstairs in the Trade Center; and all the museums and historical buildings are open to the public from 9 a.m. until mid-afternoon. 

At 1 p.m., the Whistle Stop Pickers usually meet to practice on their acoustical instruments. 

Historical Society volunteers will prepare a traditional Alabama lunch in the Cook House at noon for all visitors to enjoy. 

Pioneer Park and Second Saturdays are hosted by the Lee County Historical Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, presentation, and education about local history. All visitors are urged to wear masks and a keep social distance. Most activities will be outdoors, weather permitting. 

More information can be found at www.leecountyhistoricalsociety.org/.

Free downtown parking until May 18

With Auburn University students on break between spring and summer semesters, downtown parking will be free until Tuesday, May 18. 

In addition to on-street parking available throughout downtown, parking can be found on and surrounding the ground floor of the Auburn Municipal Parking Deck and in the Gay Street Parking Lot.

Spring Sundown Concerts begin today

Auburn Parks and Recreation will be hosting good tunes and times every Thursday in May for the Spring Sundown Concerts at Kiesel Park. 

Food vendors will be on site with food for purchase at each concert. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy some great music in the park.

Bands will perform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This year’s band lineup includes:

May 6 - Auburn Jazz Band and D.J. Cole

May 13 - H2O Featuring Louisiana Fred

May 20 - Blake Brock Trio

May 27 - Dion Hawkins and the Experience

These events are FREE to the public. Attendees are asked to maintain their distance from other groups. 

For more information visit auburnalabama.org/parks.

NAMI to meet May 18

NAMI East Alabama, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will meet at  7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18 at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce at 714 East Glenn Ave. in Auburn. 

NAMI supports families dealing with mental illness through mutual support, education and advocacy. The meeting will include time for sharing. The public is invited, social distancing will be required.

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