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December 10, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Gulf Shores Police Department and Gulf Shores Fire Rescue are partnering to host a Teddy Bear drive this holiday season. The goal is to provide comfort to children suffering from a traumatic event. Police and Fire Fighters meet children daily who may be coping from a recent car accident or the arrest of a loved one. A gift of a stuffed animal can provide them with a level of comfort.
Donations of new huggable-sized stuffed animals are being collected from the community through Dec. 19.
Drop off locations:
• Gulf Shores Police Station located at 220 Clubhouse Drive Gulf Shores, AL 36542
• Gulf Shores Fire Station One located at 1921 W 1st St, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
GSFR will also be joining GSPD for the next Coffee with a Cop on December 19th at McDonalds in Gulf Shores where teddy bears will be collected during the event as well.
If you have any questions you can contact Cpl. Josh Coleman at (251) 968-3557.
December 9, 2014 - Destin, FL - Lucy Buffett, owner of LuLu’s Gulf Shores, plans to open her next restaurant in Destin.
The Gulf Shores, Alabama landmark restaurant, Lucy affectionately calls the “Mother Ship”, is a 15,000 square foot dining destination currently serving more than 4,000 guests a day during the peak summer tourist season.
“We’re going to spread the Gumbo Love,” she says, with plans to cross the state line opening LuLu’s Destin in the summer of 2015. Destin, one of the top emerging tourist destinations in the United States, was an obvious choice for Buffett.
December 8, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Gulf Shores Police Department is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our Second Annual Citizen’s Police Academy.
It will begin Jan. 13, and will meet every Tuesday evening from 6-9 p.m. at the Police Department which is located at 220 Clubhouse Drive. The course will last about 11 weeks.
The Citizen’s Police Academy is a partnership with the citizens of Gulf Shores and the Gulf Shores Police Department. The benefits of such a partnership can only help strengthen the entire community in public safety and quality of life.
December 7, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - CSC volunteer Shirley Paulus and Andrea DeMeyer, President of the South Baldwin Newcomers Club, recently brought in toys donated by members of the South Baldwin Newcomers at their December meeting.
The Christian Service Center Christmas Cheer program provides toys for children in need in the Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan areas. Last year the CSC provided toys for more than 600 children in the area.(Pictured: CSC volunteer Shirley Paulus, left, and Newcomers President Andrea DeMeyer.)
December 6, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Gulf State Park is proud to host the 2014 Coastal Christmas Kickoff Party on Sunday, Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with food from local vendors, arts & crafts, and pictures with Santa. There will also be special guest performances by the Dolphin Sound Children’s Choir and the talented RamCorp from the University of Mobile.
The kickoff party is intended to jump start and ramp up the community for all of the Coastal Christmas activities taking place in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach during this holiday season.
This year, Gulf State Park has teamed up with the Baldwin County Department of Human Resources in order to sponsor our areas foster children by providing holiday gifts and presents.
December 5, 2014 — Summerdale, AL — Baldwin EMC recently made a donation totaling $4,682 to the Orange Beach Fire Department to benefit their “Pink Heals” program. The proceeds were the result of the cooperative’s annual Pink Power campaign.
Throughout the month of October, Baldwin EMC offered specially designed Pink Power T-shirts and sunglass straps to the public in exchange for donations to Pink Heals. (Pictured: Baldwin EMC employeesm from left, Ken Pimperl, Christie Barkley, Buddy Miller, Melissa Vaughn, Greg Gipson and Briana Coleman present Baldwin EMC’s Pink Power donation to Matt Lewis and Asher Michon of the Orange Beach Fire Department.)
December 4, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Wynona Rogers, a resident of Elberta, AL, will be available to sign copies of her book, Riches to Rags: One Woman's Story of Betrayal and Redemption on Dec. 6 from 2-4 p.m. at the Southern Grind Coffee House in The Wharf.
Wynona Rogers is a name that most people that know it would associate with integrity and insurance. Thirty-one years in the insurance business and a number of awards couldn't prepare her for the events that unfolded in 2007.
Now she uses her unique storytelling skills in Riches to Rags: One Woman's Story of Betrayal and Redemption, the true-life story of her experience with a certain Baptist missionary and bookkeeper.
Wynona grew up in the Baptist church where she was fortified with God's teachings, especially the Ten Commandments. Those teachings would be tested when a rogue missionary devastated her life. Wynona takes you through the harrowing events she experienced firsthand.
The story has mystery, a bit of humor, but mostly inspiration. Pamela puts you there with her as she recounts the events that spanned the globe from Istanbul, Turkey, to the smallest island in Hawaii.
Wynona Rogers shares her story so that the horrible things that happened to her may never happen to you. Truly a riches-to-rags story you won't soon forget.
December 3, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – Perdido Beach Resort, a luxury beach front hotel, will be closed to the public only for facility improvements on Sunday, Dec. 14 at noon and re-open for business on Jan. 4 at 4 p.m.
The management and staff of the Resort would like to thank our customers and the local community for a successful year in 2014 and we look forward to continuing to provide the quality of service and facilities that the Perdido Beach Resort has long been known for in 2015 and beyond.
For information and scheduled events for the coming year please contact the Resort at 251-981-9811 or visit Perdido Beach Resort online.
December 2, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Landon Cooper and the Miles2Give team have embarked on a 10,000 mile journey across America to raise funds and awareness for Sarcoma cancer research. The Miles2Give team started its run in Times Square on April 29 and their trek brought them to Gulf Shores this week where team members met with Mayor Robert Craft.
Craft is an avid runner himself, but said he admires the efforts of the Miles2Give team for a more personal reason.
“Cancer is something that has affected me and my family, along with many other families across the nation,” said Craft. “I applaud what Landon and his team are doing to raise money for sarcoma research and wish them the best of luck on their journey.”
December 1, 2014 - Magnolia Springs, AL (MSA) - Several wildland firefighters with the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) continued Sunday to battle a large wildfire that has been burning for several hours south of Magnolia Springs in Baldwin County.
Sunday afternoon the fire was estimated at 400 to 500 acres in size.
The AFC is currently employing bulldozers to combat the flames, and several volunteer fire departments are also on the scene. The Alabama Department of Public Safety has dispatched a helicopter and bucket unit to assist with water drops in areas that cannot be accessed by the dozers.
Located at 9070 Bay Road South in Magnolia Springs, the wildfire is creating a considerable amount of smoke. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
AFC firefighters have confirmed that the wildfire is burning near a residential area, with homes in the immediate vicinity. Although this is a concern, the homes are not in imminent danger. Conditions are favorable for containment of the fire, and the cause is under investigation.
For more information, visit Alabama Forestry Commission online.
November 30, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Holy Spirit Thrift Shop recently donated $5,000 to The Refuge, formerly Saving Grace Home for Women. Pictured above making the presentation are Larry Smith, The Rev. Martha Kreamer, Peggy Hightower, Thrift Shop Chair Yvonne Jones, Refuge Treasurer Pricilla Condon, Suzanne Smith and Refuge Director Nancy Robertson.
The Refuge, formerly Saving Grace Home for Women, is the only residential alcohol and drug abuse recovery program for women in Baldwin County. Its mission is to break the cycle of addiction in women and restore whole families to health and wellness.
November 29, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The seniors at DayBreak Senior Daycare were thrilled to be visited by the band Swayback recently. The band performed for over an hour and often the seniors sang along.
DayBreak Senior Daycare provides a secure, loving environment where individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are encouraged to participate in playing games, craft projects, singing, exercising and social interaction.
November 28, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery will have a Christmas Celebration, Saturday, Dec. 6 from 1-5 p.m. Refreshments will be served and many of the displaying artists will be on hand to welcome visitors.
The public is invited to come browse the Art Gallery for original works of art, hand-painted Christmas cards, driftwood trees, uniquely designed jewelry, hand-made Christmas ornaments, local pottery and hand-carved wooden items. There will be door prizes with hourly drawings for locally created art items.
November 27, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (OBA) - Christmas music in all its many moods will ring out at the annual Holiday Concert at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, 1900 Gulf shores Parkway, on Sunday evening Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. The concert is free and the public is welcome and invited to attend, a joyous way for all to add to the magic of the holiday season.
The GSUMC Chancel Choir will present The Many Moods of Christmas, Suite 4, originally conducted by famed choral director Robert Shaw, with full orchestra along with traditional carols as a year-end celebration of the church's 50th Anniversary. The Choir will also present a group of three anthems by John Rutter, What Sweeter Music, Angel's Carol, and Christmas Lullaby, and the stirring chorus from Handel's Messiah, For Unto Us a Child is Born.
The choir will be accompanied by members of the Pensacola and Mobile Symphony orchestras, and by Jackie Dahlman, organist/pianist at GSUMC. Also on the program will be a solo by Marsha Guyer and a duet by Janis Ray and GSUMC Worship Arts Director Cody Johnson.
Choir member Dr. Clif Jones, retired professor and former General Manager of the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra, Tupelo, Miss., has arranged one of the numbers for the orchestra.
Featured soloist at the concert will be harpist Dr. Jeanne O'Connell, adjunct professor at Faulkner State Community College. Dr. O'Connell also maintains a private music studio, and plays piano and organ at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Fairhope and Christ the King Catholic church in Daphne. She is a member of several regional music organizations and plays her harp at many engagements throughout the area.
Following the concert, a "White Christmas Offering" will be taken in support of the United Methodist Children's Homes. Further concert information is available by contacting the GSUMC office at 251-968-2411 or by visiting Gulf Shores United Methodist Church online.
November 26, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – More than 50 festive floats will do their best to light up Gulf Shores on Friday, Dec. 5 as the City hosts its Lighted Christmas Parade and Beach Celebration, but there’s little doubt the brightest star power will be beaming from the celebrity judges grandstand.
The City has announced American model, beauty pageant queen, and television personality Katherine Webb-McCarron, reigning Miss Alabama 2014, Caitlin Brunell, and South Alabama Head Football Coach Joey Jones will reign over this year’s parade as celebrity judges.
The parade will roll from Clubhouse Drive at 6:30 p.m. and head south to the Gulf Shores Public Beach. The panel of celebrity judges will be crowning winners for Most Holiday Spirit, Most Original and Best Overall.
The magical atmosphere from the parade will roll continuously into the night as a celebration at the Gulf Shores Public Beach will kick off immediately following the parade. Families can enjoy stunning lights, pictures with Santa, a live nativity, holiday crafts and even meet and greet opportunities with celebrity judges Katherine Webb-McCarron and Caitlin Brunell.
Parade winners will be announced at the Beach Celebration. For more information about any of the City of Gulf Shores holiday events, contact the Special Events Division at 251-968-1172 or visit Gulf Shores online.