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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.
January 18, 2015 - Gulf Shoes, AL (GSA) - Little Lagoon Preservation Society (LLPS) invites members and the general public to attend a quarterly membership meeting on Thursday, Jan. 22, 5:30 p.m., at the Adult Activity Center in Gulf Shores.
The guest speaker will be Dr. Brian Burnes, Associate Professor Biology, University of West Alabama, making a presentation on identifying sources of pathogen/bacteria contamination in Little Lagoon.
Dr. Burnes will share with us a technique he has used in other fresh water environments in Alabama where microbe patterns are analyzed to determine potential sources of surface water pollution/bacteria. He will also share plans for applying that technique to Little Lagoon in the near future.
January 17, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - A special treat is in store for lovers of great piano music when Brian Arnold appears in two concerts at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.
He will be performing on Friday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2:30 p.m. If you close your eyes, you would never know that Brian plays with only one arm. He is well-known as a singer, songwriter, speaker, evangelist, and of course, pianist.
Brian's personal story is one of determination and success. After losing a leg at the age of 6 in a lawnmower accident, Brian's mother encouraged his musical abilities.
Then as a young adult, his left arm became paralyzed as the result of an auto accident but he did not let that hold him back. He resolved to be a victor not a victim and today is known as America's favorite one-handed pianist. Brian has opened for several big-time Branson acts and was instrumental in establishing the award-wining quartet “The Chosen Few.”
Admission is $10 per person. Tickets are available at the GSUMC South Campus ticket window in Thee Coffee Shop (in the Winn Dixie Plaza) Monday through Friday from 9AM until 12 noon and also at the door. Concert passes are welcome.
For more information, call 251-968-4346. Event proceeds are used to support the music ministry of Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.
January 16, 2015 - GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – Dollar General will celebrate the opening of its new location at 224 Gulf Shores Parkway in Gulf Shores on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 a.m. with free prizes and special deals. Dollar General will offer Gulf Shores residents a convenient new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices.
Additionally, the first 50 adult shoppers at the store will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag, among other giveaways.
“Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient location, a wide assortment of merchandise and great prices on quality products,” Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development, said. “We hope our Gulf Shores customers will enjoy shopping at Dollar General’s new location.”
January 16, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL, (GSA) — On Thursday, Feb. 5, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will open in Gulf Shores. The ships will be docked at Lulu’s Homeport Marina, 200 E 25th Ave., until their departure early Monday morning Feb. 9.
The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeologymagazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The “Pinta” was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel.
Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the 15th century. Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and schoolchildren on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world.
January 14, 2015 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — It will be a musical weekend at Gulf Shores United Methodist with “Cody and Friends” on Friday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. “Cool Change,” a foursome from Foley, will be playing. (Pictured: Cool Change members Don McPherson, John Andrews, Walter Tatum, and Don Horton.)
“Cody and Friends” will feature a number of area singers and instrumentalists including local young artists singing Broadway and Disney hits. You’ll also hear original compositions as well as classical music by noted composers Ralph Vaughn Williams and Robert Schumann. In addition, you’ll be entertained by country and pop music, a live band and compositions with a decidedly Latin beat.
January 15, 2015 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — John D. Amen, National President of the Benevolent and Protective Elks, will visit Orange Beach on Thursday through Saturday to address the mid-year conference of the Alabama Elks Association at the Perdido Beach Resort.The conference will consist of representatives of Alabama’s 25 Elk’s lodges and their guests. President Amen will make a report on the progress of the B.P.O.E. this fiscal year, as well as prospects for the success of Elkdom in the near and far-off future. He will also give a report on the Elks National Foundation, the main source of funding for most Elks programs, including the largest private scholarship endowment in the U.S., the Elks Veterans program, youth programs, including Hoop Shoot (national free-throw contest), soccer shoot-out, nationally recognized Drug Awareness Program, the Dictionary project, and dozens of local charity activities. The Elks National Foundation’s assets now total nearly half-a-billion dollars, most all of which has been contributed by Elks members themselves. Also included will be the Elks newest initiative, the Community Investment Program, in which grants are provided to the local lodges to be used in their own communities. More information can be found online at the Elks website.
January 13, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Educating Our Children: A Community's Responsibility will be the topic of a town hall meeting to be hosted by District 4 of the Baldwin County Republican Party and newly elected Chairman Dr. Gaylon McCollough on Tuesday, Jan 20, 6 p.m. at Kaiser Realty in Gulf Shores.
In announcing the town hall forum, Dr. McCollough, quoting the proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child" said, "It takes parents, schools, businesses, government and citizens to create an environment conducive for learning life skills. Does that kind of environment current exist in our community and schools?" (Pictured: Dr. Gaylon McCollough (standing) and national education consultants Dr. Sarah Caldwell, left, and Dr. Betty Edwards.)
January 13, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Hangout Music Festival had three big announcements on Monday, including revealing the 2015 lineup.
The sixth festival installment will take place May 15-17, 2015 and will feature headliners Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, Beck, My Morning Jacket, Skrillex, Paramore, Foster The People, Spoon and over 70 bands to the beautiful white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, AL. Three day tickets went on-sale Jan. 12 at and are $249. To purchase three-day tickets, visit The Hangout online.
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.”