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Mollie Jenkins, an Auburn High senior in this 2014 file photo, sets up her pottery display for Art at the Lake on Friday, May 23, 2014. The art show benefits Childrens Harbor. The 2019 show will take place Memorial Day weekend, Saturday-Sunday, May 25-26. (File photo)

Lake Martin-area events the next two weekends are expected to attract visitors from Lee County and the surrounding area, and both events are in support of worthy causes.

Saturday, the Union Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its annual spring festival on the open grounds surrounding the fire department’s station on Highway 50, about five miles west of Walnut Hill.

The event begins Saturday morning with a breakfast, followed by a variety of vendors selling arts and crafts as well as a rummage sale. A BBQ lunch, car show and children’s activities also fill the slate.

The annual festival, which continues into early afternoon, is intended as a community social event, but also is conducted as a fundraiser for the Union Fire Department, which services a wide area that includes portions of the Union-Beulah-Walnut Hill –Sardis-Blue Creek areas, and south and southeast Lake Martin shore lines.

Next weekend, Memorial Day weekend, Children’s Harbor in the Kowaliga area of southwest Lake Martin, south of Alexander City on the Elmore County side of the lake, the annual Art on the Lake event takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26.

Arts and crafts vendors from throughout the state participate in the popular event, which has grown in recent years and takes place right on the shoreline of Lake Martin, near and around the lighthouse and buildings at Children’s Harbor.

Children’s Harbor assists children and families of children facing difficult financial times while seeking treatment for serious and often life-threatening injuries.

Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl on Monday will be promoting his upcoming golf tournament fundraiser in support of Children’s Harbor, “BP Fore the Children Golf Classic,” which will take place Willow Point Golf & Country Club near Alexander City.

Pearl has helped raise more than $1 million over the years for Children’s Harbor.

Troy Turner is editor of the Opelika-Auburn News. He previously served as the news editor in New York for the nation's second largest newspaper company, and as the senior editor at several other news entities around the nation. He is an Auburn grad.

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