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December 28, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) -On Jan. 1 five Alabama State Parks will host guided hikes celebrating the fourth annual First Day Hike event.
The nationwide event invites families to start the New Year with an outdoor adventure. This year, Cheaha, DeSoto, Gulf, Monte Sano and Oak Mountain state parks will each be hosting a guided hike. In 2014, more than 27,000 people logged approximately 66,000 miles on 885 hikes in state parks across the country.
“This event is great way for people of all ages to get outside and see what our parks have to offer,” said Greg Lein, Alabama State Parks Director. “From the easy trails at Gulf State Park to the more moderate trails of DeSoto, hiking at an Alabama State Park is a deeply rewarding experience.”
December 27, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Mary Lou Nicolai will teach a six-week course, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, at the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery, 225 E. 24th Ave., Gulf Shores.
Her classes will be on Fridays from 10 a.m.-noon and start on Jan. 9. The cost of the course is $130. A list of supplies is available at the GCAA Art Gallery or online at Gulf Coast Arts Alliance.
Mary Lou began taking art lessons at the age of 11 at the Adelee Wendel School of Art in Indianapolis. She later attended the John Herron Art Institute.
After working for several years as a registered nurse, she eventually realized that her true passion in life was art. Mary Lou went back to college, studied watercolor, drawing and airbrush. She earned her degree in Graphic Design and illustration. Mary Lou Nicolai currently resides in Lillian.
December 26, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Things are already forming up for the Indiana Snowbird Club for 2015. The first official breakfast planned for the Indiana Snowbird Club will be Jan. 8, at Lulu's. Lulu's doors open for breakfast at 7:30 a.m., with breakfast being served at 8 or 8:15.
Our very first program will be one that is almost a tradition for us -- Herb Malone of the Convention and visitor's Bureau will welcome the snowbird season back again and tell us of what's been happening in the area since his last report a year ago. (Pictured: Herb Malone of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism.)
This first meeting will be opened by the Gulf Shores High School ROTC kids, who will present the flag and lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Coupon books may be for sale.
Future breakfasts are also scheduled at Lulu's, the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, January, and February, with the final breakfast being March 12.
Watch for announcements for other events, and please plan to be in attendance at all of our breakfasts to make note of all of our upcming activities. Breakfast cost is $9 per person, all taxes and tips included, and includes a small amount for the operational expenses of the Indiana Snowbird Club.
You are welcome to join us! Please call Jo Strycker at 251-967-4444 or Bev Lockhart at 317-432-8708 for reservations at all breakfasts.
Bev Lockhart, from Unionville, Ind.is president of the club, new Vice-presidents are Jerry and Betty Quick, from Indianapolis. Secretary is Sue Bowmer, from Greenfield, and treasurers are Randy and Jan Pell, from Gosport, Ind.
At the second Indiana Club breakfast, on Jan. 22, the scheduled program is Dr. Nikki Ward from the Gulf Coast Family Chiropratic Center in Gulf Shores. You are all welcome.
December 25, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Watercolor artist, Rich Willows, will offer a six-week course of classes at the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery, 225 E. 24th Ave., Gulf Shores.
His classes will be on Thursdays from 10 a.m.-noon beginning Jan. 8. The cost for this complete course is $130. A list of supplies is available at the GCAA Art Gallery or online at Gulf Coast Arts Alliance.
Rich received a BSE in Art Education from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kan., and worked for two years at Washburn University toward his MFA in drawing and painting.
He taught high school art in the 1970’s before going to work in industrial management where he worked for 24 years. He retired to his sailboat and got back in touch with his creative side in 1998. He currently resides inland in Pensacola.
BY DAVID RAINERAlabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
December 24, 2014 - Montgomery, AL - To borrow from an old song from the holidays that I was forced to endure for six years as a snaggle-toothed youngster, “All I want for Christmas are my two red snapper.”
It’s obviously not going to happen in a couple of weeks, but there is hope the situation will look much better in the near future.
Congressman Bradley Byrne, Alabama’s U.S. Representative from the First District, and Alabama Marine Resources Director Chris Blankenship think a plan to move red snapper management to regional control could become a reality.
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.