Things: Cotton Pickin'

The Cotton Pickin' BBQ in Hartselle will feature professional and backyard teams. [CHRIS SHIMEK/DECATUR DAILY FILE]

Today-Aug. 2

Watercolor Society of Alabama Exhibit

Only a week remains to see the national award-winning watercolor paintings at the Alabama Center for the Arts. The Watercolor Society of Alabama’s 78th National Exhibition, which features 89 works created by artists from 29 states, will close Aug. 2. The exhibit includes paintings, ranging from realistic to abstract, of landscapes, still life and portraits. Admission is free. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m.-noon.


Environmental Film Festival

Six short films exploring environmental topics, such as eco-tourism, marine and land conservation and man’s impact on the future of Earth will be screened at the Alabama Center for the Arts on today at 6 p.m. The Alabama Center for the Arts partnered with Wild South and University of Alabama’s Honors College to host the film festival. Admission is free.


Cotton Pickin’ BBQ

The enticing aroma of barbecue will fill Hartselle’s Sparkman Park this weekend as professional and backyard pitmasters compete in the 10th annual Cotton Pickin’ BBQ. The event will kick off today with musical performances by Bishop Black and The Lamont Landers Band. On Saturday, a beer garden will be on site for individuals 21 and older and the public can participate in a people’s choice contest. Admission is $10 for both days and includes pool entry and people’s choice barbecue samples. Hours are 6-10 p.m. today and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Awards will be announced around 4 p.m. Teams will compete in chicken, ribs, pork and brisket.


Bike & Car Show

Motorcycle and car enthusiasts will show off their rides during the Bike & Car Cruise-In at the Decatur Hardee's at 2618 U.S. 31, on Saturday. Registration is $15 per car or motorcycle. Proceeds will benefit Hands Across Decatur, a nonprofit outreach organization for the homeless community and people in need. Along with cars and bikes, the event, scheduled for 2-8 p.m., will feature music, food, raffles and the roller derby girls.

— Catherine Godbey
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