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February 1, 2015 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — A musical and fun evening is in store when Three-on-a-String performs at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church on Thursday, Feb. 5, and Friday, Feb. 6.
Both shows are at 7 p.m. in the GSUMC South Campus auditorium. The show includes bluegrass, old favorites, pop tunes and some country as well as comedy skits. Reviewers note that the group is “folksy, but professional; funny, but seriously musical. If you have never heard Three-on-a-String, you just owe it to yourself to go.”
January 31 2015 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The Orange Beach Garden Club announces the date and theme for it's 28th Annual Garden Club Game Day and Salad Luncheon.
This year's theme is “After The Fox Hunt” and will be at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf on Feb. 11 from 10 a.m.-to 3 p.m. with doors opening at 9:30 a.m.
This annual event is renown for its expansive buffet and member-made salads and deserts and the fellowship of a fun day of table games with friends old and new. Many supporters attend just for lunch and the chance to win door and raffle prizes donated by generous local merchants.
January 27, 2015 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The seniors at DayBreak Senior Daycare were thrilled to be visited by the band Swayback recently.
The band performed for over an hour and often the seniors sang along. Everyone had a great time!
January 27, 2015 - Chicago, IL – Impact Advisors, LLC, a leading provider of healthcare information technology services, announced today that it has promoted Jenny McCaskey to Vice President. McCaskey, a resident of Orange Beach, AL, joined Impact Advisors in 2010 as a Principal Advisor where she has served as a delivery consultant.
As a member of the leadership team, McCaskey will continue to provide client delivery services as well as identify new business opportunities within healthcare organizations with a focus on the firm’s Cerner practice. McCaskey has a solid track record for defining, planning and optimizing the successful implementation of large-scale projects within a variety of healthcare settings.
She recently led a successful Cerner implementation at Ascension Health; partnered with Trinity Health and Advocate Health Care to rollout its core EHR solutions and led the Epic Clinical Readiness program for WellStar Health System.
“We are excited that Jenny is joining our executive leadership team,” said Andy Smith, President and Co-Founder of Impact Advisors. “Her hard work, diligence and commitment to our firm’s values combined with her excellent relationship development and management skills make her a perfect fit for this role.”
January 28, 2015 - Perdido Key, FL (PK) – Neil Dover, native Gulf Coast country music singer-songwriter, is celebrating his newly released sophomore album, “Looking For You” with a CD Release Party, Jan. 30, 6-10 p.m., at Flora-Bama Lounge, Package, and Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Dr, Perdido Key, FL 32507.
Fans, Gulf Coast friends, songwriters, musicians, media and industry professionals are welcome.
Showcasing eleven original songs on his sophomore album, Dover will offer equal parts entertainment and soulful, traditional country sounds.
“Writing, producing, and playing most of the instruments on my new album feels great,” Dover said. “Every song has a piece of my life journey in it and my fans can relate to something in every song. From Sit Here In It to Flora-Bama Time to Looking for You, I love to see the crowd enjoying my music."
January 27, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) Join us at the Orange Beach Senior Activity Center on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. for a talk on the culture of Alabama.
Alabama is perceived by the outside world as being monocultural and isolated. People are surprised to find a diverse state.The transplantation of companies like Mercedes, Honda and Hyundai have put Alabama on the map as a growing economy and cultural hub. This is not a new phenomenon, however. Alabama has different points of history where its population has grown as a result of globalization.
At the turn of the century and the manufacturing boom, settlers from all over the globe came to Alabama to work. The northern part of the state enjoyed an influx of Europeans after World War II.
“The Cultural Evolution of Alabama” is a presentation designed to help participants recognize globalization in Alabama. It also helps participants to differentiate between groups that have crossed cultural boundaries. The session will be interactive, including a mix of lecture and group discussion.
Bettina Byrd-Giles is a consultant, trainer and teacher. Her experience includes intercultural communication training, university administration, leadership development and writing. She is an intercultural consultant with the Byrd’s Nest LLC .
January 26, 2015 - Perdido Key, FL (PKF) -Come join the party by land or by sea as the Pirates of Lost Treasure Pirate Flotilla invades the waters of Perdido Key.
Enter your boat and join the parade for a chance at a $100 prize awarded for each category!! Most spirited crew, most original theme, and best decorated boat and it cost $25 and completed entry form to enter your vessel.
January 25, 2015 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber recently presented its Island Spirit Award for December 2014 to Myrtie Williams at a special ceremony at Gulf State Park.
In presenting the award, Island Spirit Committee Chairman Nora Mandoki praised Williams' work ethic and diligence in keeping the campground facilities clean for guests. (Pictured: Nora Mandoki, center with plaque, awards Myrtie Williams with the December 2014 Island Spirit award.)
January 24, 2015 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — For the sixth consecutive year, Holy Spirit Thrift Shop, has been named the Presenting Sponsor for the Christian Service Center's annual Spaghetti Dinner.
The spaghetti dinner is scheduled for, Feb. 23, from 4:30-7 p.m. in Building B Auditorium on Gulf Shores United Methodist Church South Campus in the Winn Dixie Shopping Center, Highway 59, Gulf Shores. (Pictured: From left are Holy Spirit Thrift Shop volunteers Lee Reid, Dick Reid, Thrift Shop Board Chair Yvonne Jones, Christian Service Center President Linda Chapelle, Thrift Shop volunteer Judy Dyer and Thrift Shop Manager Alicia Gattenio.)
January 23, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL - Favorite tunes from popular Broadway shows are on the program for the second annual Snowbird Broadway Extravaganza on Thursday, Jan. 29 and Friday, Jan. 30 at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church. The shows begin both evenings at 7 in the church sanctuary.
The program by the GSUMC Chancel Choir includes fun songs from The Best of the Beach Boys. You’ll also hear memorable tunes from Annie and Crazy for You along with haunting melodies from Phantom of the Opera. Soloists include Janis Ray, Bill Durmer and Cody Johnson, and a duet by Mel Middlebrooks and Jan Hinnen. The Chancel Choir is accompanied by organist/pianist Jackie Dahlman.
Admission is $5 per person with tickets available at the GSUMC South Campus ticket window. Located in Thee Coffee Shop in the Winn Dixie Plaza, the window is open from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.
For more information, call 251-968-4346. Event proceeds are used to support the music ministry of Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.
January 22, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The family of Marissa Leigh Nichols and Gulf Shores Police Department's detectives are asking for the public's help to locate Marissa Nichols.
Marissa Nichols was last seen leaving her residence on Wednesday, Jan. 7. She has not been seen or heard from since. Her family is extremely concerned for her welfare and wishes for Marissa to return home.
Marissa Nichols is described as a 16-year-old female white with black hair and hazel eyes. She stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 110 pounds.
Gulf Shores Police detectives have employed numerous resources to locate Marissa Nichols; we are now asking the public for assistance.
Anyone with information on Marissa Nichols whereabouts is asked to contact Sgt. Russell at 251-968-2431. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to our communications center at 251-968-2431.
January 22, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Friends of Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is in need of volunteers to work at its store at the refuge’s visitor center.
Volunteers are needed to work 8-11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Duties include sale of shirts, caps, cards an guides. Volunteers talk with people coming into the visitors center answering questions about the refuge and turtles.
If refuge staff is not available volunteers would also answer the phone. It’s a laid back atmosphere and you can bring a book or computer when times aren’t busy. The center his wi-fi as well.
January 21, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The first Art Market of 2015, hosted by the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores will be February 7 at the First Presbyterian Church, 309 21st Ave. in Gulf Shores.
The Art Market will be from 10-4 p.m. Local and regional artists will display original paintings, pottery and jewelry as well as wood, metal and textile art.
Among those exhibiting their original work will be Peggi Agosti Brewton. Born in Toledo, Ohio and having an early passion for art, Brewton attended art classes at the Toledo Museum of Art for nine years.
In her journey to learn everything about art, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in both Studio Art and Art Education, then a Masters in Art Education and Educational Leadership.
After moving to the Gulf Coast, Brewton taught Art Education at an elementary school in Pensacola and at the University of West Florida. She volunteers about 20 hours each week at the Gulf Shores Elementary School and teaches art to kindergarten and first grade.
Her work is known for its whimsical design, focusing on surfers, waves and serene beach scenes. She and her husband, Mike, reside in Gulf Shores.
January 19, 2015 - Perdido Key, FL (PKF) - Flora-Bama’s 21st Annual ‘Super Chili-Bowl Saturday’ Cook-off on January 31st, kicks off several annual events aimed at giving something back to a community that helped the iconic roadhouse to prosper over the last 50 years. Last year over $5,000 was raised to fight cancer! Entry fee is $40 per team competing for over $300 in cash prizes. All ingredients must be prepared and cooked on premises. Souvenir chef apron and complimentary beer from the Goldring Gulf Distributing is provided to all contestants.
A $2 donation, per bowl, goes to American Cancer Society efforts to eliminate cancer as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy, and service.
Through fire, flood, hurricane and oil spills, the Flora-Bama has been known to reach out to those in need along with local charities, youth, educational, environmental and veteran groups.
Not surprisingly, over $50,000 is raised from a litany of special events throughout the year…from Chili Bowl (January), Special Operations Warrior Foundation Soft Sand ½ Marathon & 5K (March), Mullet Man Triathlon, Mullet Swing Golf Tournament & Mullet Toss (April), Shindig on the Sand & Fishing Rodeo (June), Bulls on the Beach (September), Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival (November), to the Santa Drop & Make it to the Line Run/Walk (December).
January 19, 2015 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher returns to Orange Beach on Feb. 5 for a performance at the Orange Beach Senior Activity Center.
This concert is part of a nationwide tour, under the auspices of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, to promote Fletcher’s new Edvard Grieg CD, released in February by Centaur Records.
Fletcher will perform selections from this new CD, an all-Grieg album in which he himself wrote the guitar transcriptions. CDs will be available at the concert.
Other works will include Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Courante from the Third Cello Suite and Prelude in C minor and Fugue in G minor, BWV 999 and 1000.
Fletcher will also perform music from Michael Praetorius’s Terpsichore; Prelude No. 1 by Villa-Lobos; a Fandango by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo and two Catalonial folk songs, arranged for guitar by Miguel Llobet.