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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.
November 26, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The Wharf is bringing cheer with a full season of holiday events and activities.
Real ice is back at The Wharf and better than ever! Located in Palm Plaza, the larger rink is the center of all Winter Wonderland activities this season at The Wharf.
Enjoy real ice skating on Mondays through Fridays from 4-10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. starting Nov. 28 and going through Jan. 4. Cost is $10 for a two-hour skate session or $12 for a two-hour skate session and Ferris Wheel ticket.
Novmember 25, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The Coastal Arts Center's After School Arts Program consists of 12-week class sessions for both fall and spring semesters of the 2014-15 school year.
Spring classes are Jan. 6 - April 15, but there will be no class on Mardi Gras, the week of Festival of Art, March 8-14 and week of Spring Break, April 5-11. (Pictured: Gabriel Menzel and Kate Johnson practice creating acrylic textures.)
All classes are from 3:15 - 5:15 p.m. with pick up by 5:30. Prices include all supplies and a snack.
November 25, 2014 – Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – Gulf Shore sHigh School students got a hands-on, real-life food prep opportunity from the Hangout chef, Ira Gallon, this Thanksgiving.
Students interested in the culinary/hospitality profession learned to prepare the dressing that was served at the Hangout’s Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Chef Gallon visited with the students on Friday, Nov. 21 to explain the recipe and the students prepared the dish on Monday.
November 24, 2014 – Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – It’s that time of the season and the Perdido Beach Resort is sponsoring a popular holiday program that gives brand new toys to children in need.
From now until Dec. 13 Perdido Beach Resort will be accepting donations of toys and cash for the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.
Marines will be on property at the Perdido Beach Resort on Nov. 27, Thanksgiving Day, taking collections from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. All donated toys will be distributed to local children who are less fortunate than others. Any cash donations received will be donated directly to Toys for Tots.
Also on Thanksgiving, the resort will be offering its famous holiday buffet. The buffet is only $29.95 per adult or $16.95 per child in the Grand Ballroom or $36.95 per adult and $19.95 per child in Voyagers, the Resort’s restaurant, which features a fabulous view of the beach.
November 23, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Gulf Shores restaurant Bill’s By the Beach (BBTB) formally welcomes Alabama native Executive Chef Jon Gibson to the BBTB team.
The addition of Chef Jon also marks a new menu for the local eatery, in a style Chef Jon describes as “coastal comfort cuisine.”
“This is when I take comfort food that you or I grew up with and put a different spin on them but staying true to the ingredients inside the dish itself,” he explains.
The new menu features subtle touches of Southern, Pacific Rim, Southwest, and European cuisines, updated every six months to emphasize the fresh, seasonal ingredients Chef Jon incorporates into his distinctive dishes.
Chef Jon possesses an extensive background in the culinary arts, most recently as the “King of Coastal Cuisine” for Orange County, California’s Beachcomber Café at Crystal Cove. During his time at the Beachcomber Café, Chef Jon made numerous appearances performing cooking demonstrations at the 2009/2010/2011 Taste of Newport, on KTLA morning news, in the Orange County Register and Coast Magazine, and on KABC 790AM Chef Irby’s “Bikini Lifestyles” radio show. His recipes were also published in Chef Irby’s “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cooking Quinoa” cookbook.
November 21, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Kenny Chesney Flora-Bama Jama concert from August 16, 2014.