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October 12, 2014 — ORANGE BEACH, AL (OBA) — Treasures Of The Isle invites all to our 3rd annual halloween bash! grab a costume and join in the ghoulish, freaky, fun.
On Oct. 25 from 7-11 p.m., the Orange Beach Community Center will be wickedly transformed reminding all of a “haunted party house” but have no fear, our monsters only want to entertain!
There will be costume contests and door prizes. Enjoy dancing the spooky night away to the sounds of our two bands, Hot Sand 2.0 and The Bar Stool Surfers.
October 13, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — In response to questions still abounding about Obamacare, District 4 of the Baldwin County Republican Party will host a town hall meeting on Obamacare Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Susan N. McCollough Gallery located at the McCollough Institute at Craft Farms in Gulf Shores.
The event is open to the public and is the first of a series of Town Hall meetings sponsored by District 4 of the Baldwin County Republican Party. District 4 includes the Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Foley and Lillian/Elberta parts of the county.
October 11, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — If you are looking for a unique holiday gift that will make a lasting impression on the environment plus provide over $75 in free monthly offers from the Original Oyster House restaurants, Battleship Alabama and Geez Louise, check out the Oyster Trailblazer Calendar.
The Oyster Trailblazer Calendar is a 101 on precious bivalves, sharing their abundant benefits that include cleaning our waters, protecting our shorelines from erosion and feeding us with some of the tastiest and most sought after cuisine while providing huge nutritional benefits.
Proceeds from the sales of the calendars benefit oyster gardening, restoration and environmental education.
October 10, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — Fall is cool at The Wharf with exciting events throughout the month of October. Enjoy beautiful fall weather and fun for the whole family.Calling all ladies, Girls Night Out is back at The Wharf on Oct. 16 from 5-9 p.m. Gather a few girlfriends and enjoy an evening of giveaways, fun and shopping.
Ladies attending the event can register at The Southern Grind for a free swag bag and a chance to win door prizes. Stroll down Main Street and Wharf Parkway and visit the participating stores to collect entries for the door prize drawing at 9 p.m. at the Compleat Angler. This is an event too fun to miss.
October 9, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Running Scared is back and promises to be a fun treat for people of all ages. The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail Foundation will host the revival of locals-favorite Running Scared 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run on Oct. 25, 2014.
The run will take place inside the Backcountry Trail just before dusk to provide a spooky yet family-friendly after-party atmosphere. Runners are encouraged to wear costumes and be entered into the costume contest to win prizes, such as a free weekend at a Gulf State Park cabin.
The 5K run will take place on the Gulf Oak Ridge paved trail and approximately 1 mile of off-road trails in the Gulf State Park. It will end at the Sportsplex parking lot, where an after-party with food, beverages, runners’ awards, costume contest prizes, and music will be held. The 1 Mile Fun Run will also start and end at the Sportsplex and will include the Twin Bridges paved trail and three wooden bridges.
5K Run fees are $20 for early bird registration, $25 for regular registration and $30 for on-site registration. The 1 Mile Fun Run fee is $10 for early bird registration, $12 for regular registration and $15 for on-site registration. Visit Backcountry Trail online for more information and to link to the registration page.
Following the runs, the Gulf State Park’s Wicked Woods Festival includes a “Haunted Hayride” that will take runners, non-runners, families and kids of all ages trick-or-treating along a decorated trail.
The Wicked Woods festivities include:
Haunted Hayride for all ages from the Sportsplex to the Backcountry Trail Pavilion and Butterfly Garden.
“Trail of Horrors” spooky forest section for those 12 and up
Halloween festival at the Pavilion with bounce house, games, music and more
Costume contests for runners, families, and kids
“Best Scene” winner for Hayride spooky spots participants
Fire pits and marshmallow-roasting
Music and much more!
October 6, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Students from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) at Gulf Shores High School recently went on a “Cool Business” field trip to LuLu’s, for a behind the scenes look at what it takes to operate the business.
The field trip, the first of six in the program, focused on demonstrating to the future business owners the importance of meeting customer’s needs.
Geroge Martin, General Manager, took the students on a tour of LuLu’s Homeport and Restaurant complex.
October 6, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The Orange Beach Fire Dept. Ladies auxiliary held their September meeting and their annual White Elephant Sale at the home of Wilma Trent on Ono Island. (Pictured: From left with the clothes donation are President Connie Baker, Jane Hanners and Pam Jeffries, Treasurer.)
Members brought T-shirts, underwear and socks in addition to uniforms for the clothes closet at Orange Beach Elementary School to be used for students in need.
Members voted to raffle off a Holiday Gift Basket and sell baked goods at the Merry Market in December which will be at the Events Center at the Wharf on Dec. 12-13. Merry Market is sponsored by the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber.
October 5, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — If you’re ready to embrace that touch of fall in the air, you might spend some time on the beautiful grounds of the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach.The annual Scarecrow Festival will be Oct. 17 from 3-6:30 p.m. with a movie on the lawn starting at 7 p.m.
Family fun is in no short supply at this event. Families can pre-register to participate in building their own scarecrow. The cost is $5 and space is limited. (Pictured: Saundra Kichler puts birds on her scarecrow frame at the 2013 event.)
October 5, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The seniors at DayBreak Senior Daycare enjoyed a “field trip” to The Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores recently.
The lunch, the Southern hospitality and a special birthday celebration were a real treat. Everyone had a great time. (Pictured: Shown here, ready for some birthday cake, from the left, are Dolly Crewes, Ellen Steele and Buddy Wallace.)
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.
October 4, 2014 - Foley, AL (FA) — For the second year, Chico’s at Tanger Outlet Center in Foley will host a wardrobe party benefiting the Christian Service Center in Gulf Shores. 10 percent of all purchases made between 1-6 p.m. at the Chico’s Foley store on Sunday, Oct. 5, will benefit the Christian Service Center. All store and Passport member discounts will apply.(Pictured: Christian Service Center President Linda Chappelle, left, and Chico's Manager Rhonda Clifford.)
The Christian Service Center provides assistance to qualified individuals and families in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan needing food, housing and/or counseling. For more information visit the Christian Service Center online.
For additional information regarding the Chico’s Oct. 5 wardrobe party, email Luv2shopchico@ gmail .com.
October 3, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The City of Orange Beach Wind and Water Learning Center will be offering a introductory kayak fishing class. This course will focus on kayak fishing techniques and skills such as maneuvering in a fishing kayak, using & detaching an anchor trolley, casting techniques specific to being on a kayak, and the importance of staying visible. Participants will also be taken on a short paddling excursion with the hope of reeling in a fish or two.
October 9, 2014 - Perdido Key, FL (PKF) - The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival will celebrate its 30th birthday in style, presenting a memorable lineup of Grammy-winning performers and up-and-coming hit-makers Nov. 6-16 at venues in Perdido Key, Pensacola and along the Gulf Coast.
The festival is a perennial favorite for music-lovers eager to hear songwriters not only perform but also discuss how and why they wrote some of the world's greatest hits. The music covers the gamut, with hits written for everyone from George Jones to George Strait, Jimmy Buffet, Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean.
The event is based at the sprawling Flora-Bama Lounge astride the Florida-Alabama line, but numerous venues will be used as more than 200 songwriters perform there and in other nearby locations - everywhere from quiet listening rooms to raucous honkytonks. Both Billboard and American Songwriters magazines have recognized the granddaddy of songwriter festivals. It's been called one of the Top 20 Events by the Southeast Tourism Society.
September 30, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Gulf Shores Police Department would like to invite you to participate in the 2014 National Night Out on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 from 5-8 p.m.
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and encourage participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are fighting back.(Pictured: Abrianna Madden trying on the night vision helmet and scope at the 2013 event.)
September 30, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Market, in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores, will be Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Meyer Park in Gulf Shores. Visitors can browse the original works of local and regional artists while enjoying the restful beauty of the park’s green grass and stately oaks. Picnic tables also sprinkle the area, giving visitors a chance to sit and enjoy the day.
Featured Artist Dustin Porta
September 29, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The membership of the Gulf Shores Garden Club presented a monetary donation to the Weeks Bay Reserve in support of the Weeks Bay Arboretum. The arboretum is a living museum that functions as a teaching classroom for students and the public.
Ninety-seven species are identified with permanent signs. The Foundation hopes to develop a collection of native trees and shrubs, with a special emphasis on the trees that are native to Baldwin County.
Garden Club members were provided the opportunity to view Weeks Bay and surrounding estuaries by boat. Angela Underwood, Weeks Bay Foundation staff member, provided a narrative of the ecological challenges of this area and the role of the Weeks Bay Reserve to the community.
By Mary Story
September 28, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - I might be new to the Alabama Gulf Coast, but I’ve already discovered a few things in my first full year living here; like how each season brings a different visitor: Summer is the traditional high season, when tourists flock to our sugar-white sand beaches to soak up the sun. Winter is snowbird season, and the spring break crowd hits town in March. Fall is arguably the best season here—if not for almost zero humidity and close-to-perfect temperature, then for the food.
September 28, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The Sand Sculpture Contest at the Annual National Shrimp Festival will be Oct. 11, 2014 on the beach at the southwest corner of the Festival grounds at the public beach access. Stop at the information booth (main entrance) for location assistance.
Registration begins on the beach at 11 a.m. and building occurs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. when the Sand Sculptures are judged by a carefully selected panel of judges.
A building team is allowed a maximum of four members. All participants will receive a plastic sand bucket and shovel. The four team categories are:
• 5-10 years age group
• 11-15 years age group
• 16 years and up
• Family (All ages)
September 27, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The membership of the Gulf Shores Garden Club presented a monetary donation to Ms. Leslie Gahagan, to support the Outdoor Classroom at the Graham Creek Nature Preserve.
The Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom offers various creative and imaginative areas for children to play surrounded by the natural environment.
School groups also utilize the area as a living outdoor learning center. Each designated area of the outdoor classroom is designed to support learning in a creative, hands-on lesson.
September 26, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The University of South Alabama and the City of Gulf Shores have announced an agreement to offer USA courses at the Gulf Shores Cultural Center, paving the way for south Baldwin County students to earn an undergraduate degree from USA in Hospitality and Tourism Management. USA will begin offering the classes in January, when the University begins its 2015 spring semester.
The agreement aligns with the signing of an articulation agreement with Faulkner State Community College, providing a seamless transfer of credits from Faulkner State graduates who have an associate in applied science degree in Hospitality Management to USA in order to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
September 25, 2014 - Perdido Key, Fla. (PKF) – Ideawörks has won an award for creatively marketing the first “Shindig on the Sand,” now quickly becoming a popular music festival at the Flora-Bama Lounge on Perdido Key.
The award was announced this week during the 2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism hosted in Boca Raton by Visit Florida. Ideaworks was recognized for “Creativity in Public Relations” for its low-budget, high-impact campaign to increase ticket sales for the inaugural “Shindig on the Sand” in 2013 and bring more tourists to Perdido Key.
September 24, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — From Gershwin to Annie and Andrew Lloyd Weber, a wonderful taste of Broadway is in store at the 11th annual Broadway and More concert Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, 1900 Gulf Shores Parkway.
Tickets at $10 are on sale at the church office Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Season concert supporters may use their passes. All concert proceeds are used to support the music ministry of GSUMC.