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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.
December 23, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) -The Dec. 9, 2014 story time at Orange Beach Public Library had a special visitor.
Children that gathered for the program were surprised and pleased when bells begin to ring and the jolly old elf entered the room. (Pictured: Carsyn Berry visits with Santa Claus.)
Santa sat by the tree and visited with each child. Music was played while snacks were eaten and Christmas crafts were made. Everyone enjoyed the festivities.
Each child took a toy away from story time as well as artwork, reindeer food, and fond Christmas memories.
For more information visit Orange Beach Public Library online..
December 21, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Iowa-Alabama Snowbirds welcome any Iowans or their guests to the snowbird breakfasts and activities.
Steve and Chris Hedlund, Co-presidents, have announced breakfasts will be the second and fourth Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 14 and 28 and Feb. 11 and 25.
The NEW location for the $9 breakfasts will be at Perdido Beach Resort, 27200 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach. Breakfast will be served in the Perdido Ballroom, Conference Center, first floor, with a covered drive-up drop off area and easy parking. (Pictured: Pat and Jim Collins of Iowa at the 2014 Bratfest.)
Reservations for breakfasts can be made on the sign-up sheet for the breakfasts on the Iowa Alabama Snowbirds Club website, (preferred) or by calling Shari DeCook at 641-521-0929 or Sharon Hesselmann at 563-357-2721. Please do not email reservations.
The club plans to have a 50/50 lottery at its breakfasts with the profits being used to defray expenses for prizes at the cocktail parties and at the golf outings.
Iowa Cocktail Parties will be Jan. 23 at the Caribe, 28103 Perdido Beach Blvd.,Orange Beach, 5-7 p.m. in Building C and Feb. 6 at Phoenix on the Bay, Orange Beach, 5-7 p.m. No RSVP is required. Bring a dish to share and your own beverages.
A Pizza Party date to be announced on the website as soon as it is scheduled.
The golfing sign-up and schedule and many other activities are listed on the Iowa-Alabama Snowbird website.
For more information call Gruenhaupt, Iowa Publicity Chairman at 319-337-2814 or 319-330-2446.
December 20, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The active Rotarian program called “Lunches for Learning” is raising money for school lunches for the children of Honduras.
The proceeds along with requested donations are to be totaled and an anonymous donor agreed to contribute a like amount for the funding of the children of the rural Honduras schools. The amount is expected to fund an entire single school for a year. (Pictured: Karline Ellis, Bryant Ellis, Judy Ryan, Dave Chapman, and Tom Steber.)
Rotarian Ralph Gilges personally observed these operations in Honduras and came away convinced of the program’s efficacy.Current funds were raised by preselling of delivered lunches to local businesses.
The club is planning was for the delivery of 150 meals which at the time seemed a lot and more than 160 were sold.The Rotary Club is planning on more engagements for the Club’s contributions for this and other purposes.
December 19, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The seniors at Day Break Senior Daycare have begun preparations for their big Christmas party. Participants and volunteers set up the tree and decorated it. Everyone had a great time.
Day Break 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. The senior daycare provides participants’ fulltime caregiver with short term relief from the unrelenting demands of care giving by providing time out to grocery shop, attend support groups, or visit friends and family.
December 18, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL — The Adult and Youth Choirs of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church will present The Festival of Christmas Lessons and Carols at 4 p.m. on Dec. 21. This year, a special script of Biblical lessons and period-appropriate hymns and carols will be performed by Holy Spirit's choirs with commentary by noted local author Dick Vaughan. The choirs will be under the direction of Daphne Grimsley.
The congregation will participate in singing well-known carols including “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “Silent Night” and “Hark The Herald Angels Sing.”
December 17, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Gulf Shores Utilities Board will celebrate the official grand opening of its new Administrative Offices and renovation of existing office building with an Open House on Thursday 1:30-4 p.m. at 1629 E. First Street, Gulf Shores, Alabama. The Board welcomes you to come meet our staff and tour our new and renovated facilities.
The Utilities Board was established in 1967 by a group of local businessmen who saw the need for a public water system to serve the community. In 1989, the City of Gulf Shores Sewer Board was merged with the Water Board to establish our current water and sewer utility entity.
December 16, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL - (OBA) - The Backcountry Kitchen originally planned for Dec. 19 as a benefit for Mary's Shelter has been moved to Jan. 2 because of rain. It will be on the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail at the pavilion on Catman Trail.
The lunch out on the trail is a way to thank the community for its support and to benefit Mary’s Shelter. It will include red beans and rice, hotdogs, sweets and sodas at $5 per person and proceeds will go to Mary’s Shelter.
This lunch will be from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at a central hub located near the center of Catman Road near the trailheads of Rosemary Dunes, Twin Bridges, and Rattlesnake Ridge. This location can be accessed from any of these trails.
December 13, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Wharf's annual street party sponsored by Lite Mix 99.9 FM radio. FREE to the public, the party promises plenty of fun for the whole family throughout the night. Countdown to 2015 with headlining act Dee Jay Silver and The Wharf’s signature “Marlin Drop” followed by a spectacular firework display at midnight.
Enjoy live music in Marlin Circle throughout the night starting at 7pm. Get your groove on with “4 Barrel Funk”, and party to your favorite cover songs from Motown, top 40 hits, classic rock and more. “4 Barrel Funk” hails from Mobile, Alabama and is a local favorite of many followers.
December 11, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show will have a contest for its Official 2015 Boat Show Poster.
Calling all artists and boating enthusiasts, The Wharf Marina, host to The Boat & Yacht Show is looking for your creative expressions to promote the 2015 Wharf Boat & Yacht Show on March 19-22. Deadline to submit original artwork to The Wharf Retail Management Office is Jan. 31. All submissions will be reviewed and the winner will be notified by Feb. 15.
December 11, 2014 (PKF) - The Governors of Alabama & Florida are coming together to honor Joe Gilchrist (owner of the Flora-Bama) for his contribution to live music and the happiness of others here on the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast.
Gulf Coast gives accolades to one of their own. Joe Gilchrist, owner of the famed Flora-Bama and founder of The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, will receive long over due recognition and appreciation from his loyal customers, music lovers and entertainers who frequent the legendary Flora-Bama.
Friends, family, and foes will gather in the Main Room to pay homage to a local hero and much loved by all, near and far. No one ever forgets their visits to the Bama! This historical event will take place Monday, December 15th at 6:00pm. Come and hear some of your favorite musicians and give Joe a “High Five”!
The brief history on Joe Gilchrist and Flora-Bama:
December 10, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Gulf Shores Police Department and Gulf Shores Fire Rescue are partnering to host a Teddy Bear drive this holiday season. The goal is to provide comfort to children suffering from a traumatic event. Police and Fire Fighters meet children daily who may be coping from a recent car accident or the arrest of a loved one. A gift of a stuffed animal can provide them with a level of comfort.
Donations of new huggable-sized stuffed animals are being collected from the community through Dec. 19.
Drop off locations:
• Gulf Shores Police Station located at 220 Clubhouse Drive Gulf Shores, AL 36542
• Gulf Shores Fire Station One located at 1921 W 1st St, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
GSFR will also be joining GSPD for the next Coffee with a Cop on December 19th at McDonalds in Gulf Shores where teddy bears will be collected during the event as well.
If you have any questions you can contact Cpl. Josh Coleman at (251) 968-3557.
December 9, 2014 - Destin, FL - Lucy Buffett, owner of LuLu’s Gulf Shores, plans to open her next restaurant in Destin.
The Gulf Shores, Alabama landmark restaurant, Lucy affectionately calls the “Mother Ship”, is a 15,000 square foot dining destination currently serving more than 4,000 guests a day during the peak summer tourist season.
“We’re going to spread the Gumbo Love,” she says, with plans to cross the state line opening LuLu’s Destin in the summer of 2015. Destin, one of the top emerging tourist destinations in the United States, was an obvious choice for Buffett.
December 8, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Gulf Shores Police Department is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our Second Annual Citizen’s Police Academy.
It will begin Jan. 13, and will meet every Tuesday evening from 6-9 p.m. at the Police Department which is located at 220 Clubhouse Drive. The course will last about 11 weeks.
The Citizen’s Police Academy is a partnership with the citizens of Gulf Shores and the Gulf Shores Police Department. The benefits of such a partnership can only help strengthen the entire community in public safety and quality of life.
December 7, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - CSC volunteer Shirley Paulus and Andrea DeMeyer, President of the South Baldwin Newcomers Club, recently brought in toys donated by members of the South Baldwin Newcomers at their December meeting.
The Christian Service Center Christmas Cheer program provides toys for children in need in the Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan areas. Last year the CSC provided toys for more than 600 children in the area.(Pictured: CSC volunteer Shirley Paulus, left, and Newcomers President Andrea DeMeyer.)