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ORANGE BEACH, AL — Attorney General Luther Strange today announced the winners of the 2014 Alabama Safe Schools Awards of Excellence which included Orange Beach Elementary from District 1.
Since Attorney General Strange reinstituted these awards, the emphasis has been on technological advances dealing with modern safety challenges. As a result of last year’s program, the Attorney General compiled a “Best Practices” guide, and schools this year were judged by their implementation of these recommended practices.
October 20, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — Sirens of the Sea Mardi Gras Krewe enjoyed a complete sell out of the 12th annual fall fundraiser - The Pirate Island Drawdown.
It was Sept. 26 at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf. Members and guests enjoyed great food and libations, fabulous decorations, and entertainment provided by the Tip Tops!
Funds raised will support the Sirens' scholarship fund, charities, and Mardi Gras activities for the near future.
October 19, 2014 – GULF SHORES, AL (GSA) – Holy Spirit Thrift Shop recently donated $10,000 to Camp Beckwith to support their 2014 renovation project.
The $10,000 donation will be used to purchase new furniture for the Bayfront Center, Cumings Conference room and two cottages, build a chapel from the Chapel to the Bayfront Center and renovate a handicap bathroom. Beckwith is the Camp and Conference Center of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, located on Weeks Bay off Highway 98, in Fairhope.
Set on 82 acres of tall pines and landscaped open spaces, Beckwith is available for adult conferences and workshops, overnight retreats, youth retreats, summer camps, weddings and family reunions. Founded in 1933, the center serves guests of all denominations, races and national origin.
The Holy Spirit Thrift Shop is an outreach ministry of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church. Located at 6786 Highway 59 in Gulf Shoreds, the Thrift Shop is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM - 4 PM and 10 AM - 1 PM on Saturdays.
Proceeds from the sale of donated clothes, furniture, books and small household goods benefit nonprofit organizations in Baldwin County For additional informatrion or to volunteer call Alicia at the Holy Spirit Thrift Shop 251-968-2797.
For additional information visit Camp Beckwith online or call 251-928-6744.
October 18, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The Harvest - A Festival of Gifts sixth annual event is scheduled for Saturday, November 1, at the south campus of the Gulf Shores United Methodist Church (Winn-Dixie shopping center behind Zaxby’s).
The festival is proud to showcase original works by local artists and crafters. This is a great way to get a jump start on holiday shopping while also enjoying a fabulous silent auction, decadent Sweet Shop, arts and crafts, unique Christmas gifts and much more.
The Harvest - A Festival of Gifts is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Gulf Shores United Methodist Church Mother's Day Out and Preschool ministry.
October 18, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Columbia Southern University is preparing for more than 3,500 graduates and guests from around the globe to attend its annual commencement ceremonies on Friday, Oct. 24 in Orange Beach, Ala.
Two graduation ceremonies will be held at the Orange Beach Event Center to accommodate approximately 700 graduates and their families and friends. There will be a ceremony at 9 a.m. and a second ceremony at 2 p.m. featuring graduates from as far away as Puerto Rico and Vietnam and many states such as Oregon, South Carolina, Florida and Maryland.
The keynote speaker will be Oliver North, a combat decorated U.S. Marine, a No. 1 best-selling author, the founder of a small business, an inventor with three U.S. patents, a syndicated columnist, and the host of "War Stories" on Fox News Channel.
October 17, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — In a round about way, those four lads from Liverpool who took the music world by storm in the 1960s are coming to the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival.
The 30th festival kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 6, and while the final day, Sunday, Nov. 16, won’t exactly be Beatlemania, it will have some akin to it: Fredamania.
Kathy McCabe of Baltimore and part-time resident of Gulf Shores since 2004 is bringing the film she produced, “Good Ol’ Freda,” about Beatles secretary and fan club president Freda Kelly to the Gulf Coast along with the film’s star, good ol’ Freda herself.
Freda Kelly, at 17, became the Beatles secretary and president of the official Beatles Fan Club. She is, longtime friend McCabe says, the only person employed by the Beatles from beginning to end of the madness that was Beatlemania. (Pictured: Freda Kelly in an Austin Hargrave Photo)
October 17, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – Join The Hangout for spooks and thrills and enjoy Halloween Gulf-style with The Hangout’s Terror on the Gulf Cabin Fear Haunted House and Fright Night Costume Dance Party. Each weekend through Oct. 31, The Hangout will transform into a haunted destination, and on Saturday, Oct. 25, it will throw the biggest Halloween party on the Gulf to celebrate Fright Night!
Terror on the Gulf presents Cabin Fear offers two haunted trails – one for the bravest souls and a toned down version for kids. Tickets are $7 for the Scary Cabin Fear and $5 for the Not So Scary Cabin Fear. Tickets are valid for one admission on any date. Dates for haunted house are Friday, Oct. 17, Saturday, Oct. 18, Thursday, Oct. 23, Friday, Oct. 24, Saturday, Oct. 25, Thursday, Oct. 30 and Friday, Oct. 31. In addition to the haunted house, The Hangout will feature live music on the Mermaid Stage each night at 7 p.m. with no cover.
October 16, 2014 - Perdido Key, FL (PKF) – Here’s a chance to see how that 403-gallon pirate ship aquarium got inside the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Information Center.
“Tanked” will air at 9 p.m. Friday on the Animal Planet Channel with the story of the aquarium.
The aquarium features a pirate’s ship, treasure chest and gold coins, part of Perdido Key’s legend for buccaneering. It is home to fish and an ecosystem native to the Gulf of Mexico.
October 14, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - On Oct. 14, the City of Gulf Shores officially released the lineup for the 2015 Entertainment Series. The Entertainment Series, now in its 28th year at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center, will feature 11 shows from six different acts ranging from Grammy Award winners and multi-platinum artists to American music pioneers.
On Jan. 12 and 13, folk revival pioneers, The Brothers Four, kick off the Entertainment Series with ”An Evening With The Brothers Four.” With hits like “Try to Remember,” “Greenfields,” and “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore,” their elegant harmonies blend flawlessly with traditional folk instrumentation of the guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass. Over the last five decades, the group has serenaded four U.S. presidents at the White House and performed around the world enthralling their audiences with their unforgettable melodies. The show starts at 7 p.m. each night and tickets are $35.
October 15, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — A chance visit with a long-time friend to Alabama Gulf Coast 10 years ago left Baltimore native Kathy McCabe in awe.
“I had an old friend with a home on Fort Morgan and I came down to visit her,” McCabe said. “The minute I pulled into her driveway in Bay Gardens, I was hooked. She lived on Bon Secour Bay where the water was so beautiful and calming. It was so uncrowded and nature and wildlife were everywhere since the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge was right next door. Being an avid birdwatcher, I was excited to find out Fort Morgan is on the migratory route for birds. Within weeks we had bought a house in the same neighborhood.”
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!