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January 11, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The seniors and volunteers at DayBreak Senior Daycare celebrated the Christmas season in style.
There was music, singing, holiday food, and joy all around at the annual DayBreak Christmas Party. Everyone had a great time. (Pictured: Standing from the left are Diane Lawrence, Bob Lawrence, Bob Walls, Steve Fountain, Buddy Wallace and Dolly Crewes. Seated from the left are Merle Lantrip and Pat James.)
January 10, 2014 - Gulf Shores (GSA) and Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – Winter visitors, both young and young at heart, are encouraged to attend the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Welcome Center Showcasing and Lecture Series in January and February. Headlining this year’s schedule is a nature-themed lecture series at the Orange Beach Welcome Center featuring experts from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Gulf State Park, the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
“The addition of this lecture series paired with our engaging lineup highlights the diversity of nature attractions along the Alabama Gulf Coast,” said Joanie Flynn, vice president of marketing for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism. “In its third year, this Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism effort is designed to drive our winter guests to the welcome centers to discover all the area has to offer.”
January 9, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Orange Beach has been home to a favorite winter event, the ‘Big’ Yard & Craft Sale. This will be the 12th year for the sale where shoppers find great bargains from more than 25 different vendors. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Orange Beach Community Center, located at 27235 Canal Road.
Doors open promptly at 7 a.m. and the event runs until noon. All vendor spaces are inside so it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing outside. If you like yard sales, this is one you don’t want to miss.
January 8, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - On Dec.. 6, 2014 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Gulf Shores Police responded to a report of a burglary at Papa’s Pizza, which is located in the 600 block of Gulf Shores Parkway. Once the officer arrived at Papa John’s Pizza he found evidence that a burglary occurred next door at Dippin Dot’s also.
With the assistance of community members Channing Taylor Fore, 24, of Gulf Shores was named and positively identified with the surveillance images that were captured. Detectives issued warrants for Fore and he was booked into the Gulf Shores Police Detention Center on Jan. 5, 2015 for numerous charges which are listed below. He was transferred to the Baldwin County Detention Center on Jan. 6, 2015. (Pictured: Channing Taylor Fore.)
After completing the report for both businesses the officer canvassed the area and saw some of the property floating in the waterway behind the businesses. The officer contacted detectives and they immediately requested GSPD dive team personnel to respond and assist in recovering electronic equipment which was stolen from both businesses.
January 8, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Scale Back Alabama kicks off its ninth year on Tuesday and the Bodenhamer Center in Gulf Shores will be serving as an official weigh-in site once again. The free statewide weight-loss program is targeted to help Alabama's adults, who own the country's eighth highest obesity rate, eat less and move more.
Scale Back Alabama has resulted in more than one million pounds lost since its beginning eight years ago, and it continues to be a great way for Alabamians to start the New Year and to begin reaching their fitness goals.
This year’s program is improved based on feedback from previous participants and local coordinators. Those 18 and older can now participate in teams of two, rather than teams of four, and they can go online to register themselves starting Jan. 6.
January 7, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – The Wharf has an approved franchise application with SpringHill Suites by Marriott, an all-suites hotel catering to family and business travelers with spacious suites featuring separate sleeping, working and living areas.
“Most destination properties begin with a hotel as the anchor, so this is a unique situation," Art Favre, owner of Wharf Retail Properties, said. "We’ve seen a lot of pent-up consumer demand. The new SpringHill Suites by Marriott will give meeting planners options they’ve been asking for.” (Pictured: Art Favre)
The new hotel will be built where the current marina office and Outfitter Store are located. Preliminary plans call for about 140 suites in the new hotel.
In-suite kitchenettes will have microwaves, mini-fridges and seating areas with pull-out sofas. Public areas will include a resort-style pool overlooking the picturesque Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, meeting spaces, a fitness room and a market.
January 5, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber is now accepting poster designs for the 44th Annual National Shrimp Festival. Artwork that is submitted must incorporate a certain criteria. Please visit the Shrimp Festival website for a list of rules and design criteria. The winning poster will become the property of the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, and will be the official artwork for the Annual National Shrimp Festival merchandise at the festival. The winning artist will receive a cash award of $1,000.00. You can submit artwork at the Chamber of Commerce office, 3150 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL.
January 5, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Iowa-Alabama Snowbird Club will meet for breakfast Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 8:30 a.m. at the the Perdido Beach Resort, 27200 Perdido Beach Blvd. in Orange Beach.
Breakfast will be served in the Ballroom Conference Center for $9. Guest speaker, Linda Spangrud of Foley, will explain the fascinating “Share the Beach” volunteer effort to save the sea turtles along the local Gulf Coast. Introductions will be followed by the drawings for door prizes and updates on local activities.
January 4, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Advance tickets for the Gulf Shores Garden Club’s 24th annual Floral Seminar, scheduled Feb. 4 at the Erie Meyer Civic Center in Gulf Shores, are now on sale.
Guest speaker Charlie Thigpen will present “Fun, Functional and Attractive Garden Designs” at the annual fundraiser. The program starts at 10 a.m. and doors open 9:15.(Pictured: Cindy and Charlie Thigpen.)
Admission is by advanced ticket sales only, and tickets are $20 including lunch, exciting door prizes raffles and second chance raffles.
January 2, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The next Town Hall Meeting will be Thursday evening, Jan. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gulf Shores Activity Center.
The Town Hall Meeting will focus on issues that are important to the citizens of Gulf Shores. This is an opportunity to learn what is happening in our city.
Our special guest presenter will be the President and CEO of the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, Ed Rodriguez. Gulf Shores city leaders will update us on city business and members of the City Council and city department heads will be there to answer your questions. You will also meet your area representatives who can assist you between Town Hall Meetings.
The purpose of the Town Hall Meetings is to increase citizen involvement in community decisions. All residents of Gulf Shores are encouraged to attend and bring their comments and suggestions. This is a great opportunity to share your ideas on what will make our community even better.
For further information, contact Tom or Sharon Moore at 251-948-7864.
January 3, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Friends of the Orange Beach Public Library will be hosting their annual Book and Bake Sale on Friday, Jan. 9 and Saturday, Jan. 10 in the Orange Beach Community Center at 27235 Canal Road. A Member's Only Preview will be held on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. Memberships can be paid at the door. (Pictured: Friends of the Orange Beach Library volunteers man the bake sale. From left are Sue McVey, Helen Clark Sharon Ramirez and Fran Harry all of Orange Beach.)
January 1, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Local artist Kathleen Tucker announced this season’s acrylic painting classes will be on Mondays 9-11:30 a.m. for beginners and noon-2:30 p.m. for students with some experience.
The classes will be at Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, 225 E. 24th Ave. in Gulf Shores through January, February and March. Students will complete a 16x20 painting with the canvas, acrylic paints, brushes and all supplies provided. Tuition is $40 per class which includes all supplies.
For the afternoon classes, students must have some experience and can paint a subject of their choice. The morning classes cover one subject at class.
Examples of subjects: beach scenes, pelicans, palm trees, local bays, sunsets, great blue herons, tropical scenes, waves, crabs, sea oats, surf, a pallet knife painting, and more. The schedule of subjects may be viewed at Kathleen Tucker online .
These classes are ideal for new beginning artists or those who have just always wondered if they can paint. Many students walk into class declaring that they “can’t even draw a stick figure” and walk out with a lovely finished painting.
“Anyone who can hold a brush can paint a picture,” says Tucker, “it is just a matter of learning a few basic techniques, discovering your personal style and deciding if you enjoy it or not.”
She specializes in teaching students to find their own style rather than just copy her paintings.”I have never enjoyed classes where the instructor stands in front of the class, paints a picture and the students follow along step by step, because then the goal is simply to produce the same picture,” she said. “Students are often disappointed because they are trying to copy the work of an experienced professional.”
December 31, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Flora-Bama really gets down on New Year’s Eve and wet and wild on New Year's Day.
Blow it all out before making those pesky resolutions. Live music on all three stages will be rockin’ until the party stops. Food, party favors and champagne flow all night help bring in the New Year the Flora-Bama way. You won’t regret it.
And on New Year's Day join the Bama for the 30th Annual Polar Bear Dip. It happens at high noon as Flora-Bama owners lead revelers into the Gulf of Mexico for a splash. Afterwards dippers will receive a free beer and food from the buffet including traditional New Year's Day fare.
Dates of breakfasts: Jan.7 and 21, Feb. 4 and 18, March 4. There is a great selection of food and everyone should find a satisfying meal.
Programs that have been scheduled to this point are:
Jan. 21 – Cody Johnson, Methodist Church director of Music Arts will sing and play for us.
Feb. 4 – Patti Hall with an update about the zoo.
Feb. 18 – David Walker, Reef Maker, the man who turns cars, boats, planes, and things into Gulf Mexico reefs to provide protection for our marine life.
December 29, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Wisconsin Sno-bird Club will be meeting at a NEW location inJanuary and February - the Orange Beach Event Center (OBEC) just west of the Wharf. Please remember this for our first meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 7. (Pictured: Nancy Durgin, left, presents $1,400 in gift cards to Kassie Everett-Carroll raised by the Wisconsin Sno-bird Club for foster children of Baldwin County.)
We meet at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and donuts with the meeting beginning at 9 a.m.
Be sure to wear your name tag and bring any of the following that you have collected: boxtops for education, Campbell soup labels, Nestle water bottle labels, pop tops from aluminum cans, empty printer cartridges, motel-size toiletries and manufacturer coupons for our military overseas.
December 28, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) -On Jan. 1 five Alabama State Parks will host guided hikes celebrating the fourth annual First Day Hike event.
The nationwide event invites families to start the New Year with an outdoor adventure. This year, Cheaha, DeSoto, Gulf, Monte Sano and Oak Mountain state parks will each be hosting a guided hike. In 2014, more than 27,000 people logged approximately 66,000 miles on 885 hikes in state parks across the country.
“This event is great way for people of all ages to get outside and see what our parks have to offer,” said Greg Lein, Alabama State Parks Director. “From the easy trails at Gulf State Park to the more moderate trails of DeSoto, hiking at an Alabama State Park is a deeply rewarding experience.”
December 27, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Mary Lou Nicolai will teach a six-week course, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, at the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery, 225 E. 24th Ave., Gulf Shores.
Her classes will be on Fridays from 10 a.m.-noon and start on Jan. 9. The cost of the course is $130. A list of supplies is available at the GCAA Art Gallery or online at Gulf Coast Arts Alliance.
Mary Lou began taking art lessons at the age of 11 at the Adelee Wendel School of Art in Indianapolis. She later attended the John Herron Art Institute.
After working for several years as a registered nurse, she eventually realized that her true passion in life was art. Mary Lou went back to college, studied watercolor, drawing and airbrush. She earned her degree in Graphic Design and illustration. Mary Lou Nicolai currently resides in Lillian.
December 26, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Things are already forming up for the Indiana Snowbird Club for 2015. The first official breakfast planned for the Indiana Snowbird Club will be Jan. 8, at Lulu's. Lulu's doors open for breakfast at 7:30 a.m., with breakfast being served at 8 or 8:15.
Our very first program will be one that is almost a tradition for us -- Herb Malone of the Convention and visitor's Bureau will welcome the snowbird season back again and tell us of what's been happening in the area since his last report a year ago. (Pictured: Herb Malone of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism.)
This first meeting will be opened by the Gulf Shores High School ROTC kids, who will present the flag and lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Coupon books may be for sale.
Future breakfasts are also scheduled at Lulu's, the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, January, and February, with the final breakfast being March 12.
Watch for announcements for other events, and please plan to be in attendance at all of our breakfasts to make note of all of our upcming activities. Breakfast cost is $9 per person, all taxes and tips included, and includes a small amount for the operational expenses of the Indiana Snowbird Club.
You are welcome to join us! Please call Jo Strycker at 251-967-4444 or Bev Lockhart at 317-432-8708 for reservations at all breakfasts.
Bev Lockhart, from Unionville, Ind.is president of the club, new Vice-presidents are Jerry and Betty Quick, from Indianapolis. Secretary is Sue Bowmer, from Greenfield, and treasurers are Randy and Jan Pell, from Gosport, Ind.
At the second Indiana Club breakfast, on Jan. 22, the scheduled program is Dr. Nikki Ward from the Gulf Coast Family Chiropratic Center in Gulf Shores. You are all welcome.
December 25, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Watercolor artist, Rich Willows, will offer a six-week course of classes at the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery, 225 E. 24th Ave., Gulf Shores.
His classes will be on Thursdays from 10 a.m.-noon beginning Jan. 8. The cost for this complete course is $130. A list of supplies is available at the GCAA Art Gallery or online at Gulf Coast Arts Alliance.
Rich received a BSE in Art Education from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kan., and worked for two years at Washburn University toward his MFA in drawing and painting.
He taught high school art in the 1970’s before going to work in industrial management where he worked for 24 years. He retired to his sailboat and got back in touch with his creative side in 1998. He currently resides inland in Pensacola.
BY DAVID RAINERAlabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
December 24, 2014 - Montgomery, AL - To borrow from an old song from the holidays that I was forced to endure for six years as a snaggle-toothed youngster, “All I want for Christmas are my two red snapper.”
It’s obviously not going to happen in a couple of weeks, but there is hope the situation will look much better in the near future.
Congressman Bradley Byrne, Alabama’s U.S. Representative from the First District, and Alabama Marine Resources Director Chris Blankenship think a plan to move red snapper management to regional control could become a reality.
December 24, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Take the Plunge into the Gulf of Mexico for a non-traditional, family friendly, Polar Bear Dip in Gulf Shores. The Kiwanis Club of Gulf Shores and the Alabama Law Enforcement Torch Run presents the Fourth Annual Polar Bear Dip at high noon on Thursday at the Gulf Shores Public Beach in front of The Hangout.
All participants will be treated to a great post-dip party at The Hangout with complimentary chili (for those who braved the cold waters and while supplies last) and live music by Grayson Capps and The Lost Cause Minstrels. Of course, all the football bowl games will be shown on the Hangout's 20-plus TV screens.
Polar Bear Dip souvenir T-shirts will be available for $15 and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the Gulf Shores Kiwanis Club and Alabama Special Olympics. Both organizations will be accepting charitable contributions at the event.