The Orange Beach Area Community
Overview of the Alabama Gulf Coast including Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Foley & Perdido Key.
January 12, 2015 - New Orleans – The Coast Guard is searching for a kayaker whose last known location was near Gulf Shores on Saturday.
Sean Switzer last communicated with his family while he was reportedly in a yellow kayak and not wearing a life jacket off the coast of Gulf Shores. (Coast Guard Cutter Cobia has been dispatched.)
The Coast Guard was notified at 10 p.m., Sunday.
A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Dauphine Island as well as an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile were launched shortly after the Coast Guard was notified.
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.